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Adobe Illustrator/Cannot Ungroup Compound Paths


I am using Illustrator CS6. I have used this method in the past many times to divide a sketch into separate pieces instead of having to join each shape.
Select entire sketch
Object- Path- Outline Stroke
Pathfinder- Unite
Compound Path- Release
But when I do the last step, selecting Compound Paths & release, I get a message saying Can't ungroup objects.
Don't understand why it isn't working. Is there another process? Or is this a glitch in Illustrator CS6?

Hi Ching,

Pathfinder has changed in CS6. It now creates a released compound path automatically (unless you have changed the settings). So you do not need to do the Compound Path>Release setting.

It's just saving you a common step.



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