What is the illustrator equivalent to Coreldraw convert outline to object?

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What is the illustrator equivalent to Coreldraw convert outline to object? This is an easy one actually. Although when coming from Coreldraw to illustrator (usually when going from PC to MAC) you can find it hard to find equivalent functions, this time the functionality is there, the terminoligy is just different.



Ok, just before I show you where the illustrator equivalent to Coreldraw convert outline to object is, lets get two simple terminology diferences between illustrator and Coreldraw straight:

  1. Coreldraw calls all vector objects; "objects". Illustrator might refer to them as either objects or paths depending on context. It's just a difference in the name really, they both mean vector drawings made up of lines (or curves) and points (nodes).
  2. Coreldraw calls the <sometimes colored/thick> lines around the edge of an object an "outline". Illustrator calls the same thing a stroke (more accurately outline strokes). Both 'stroke' in Illustrator and 'outline' in Coreldraw are common industry terms, but Stroke is also used in Photoshop because it is also made by adobe, the makers of illustrator.

So:

  • Coreldraw "objects" can be either "objects" or "paths" in Illustrator
  • Coreldraw "outlines" are called "strokes" in Illustrator.


Therefore the Illustrator equivalent in Coreldraw to "convert outline to object" function would be to convert strokes to a path in Illustrator. That's what we will do:

To convert a stroke to a path in Illustrator, select the object and choose object>path>outline stroke. The stroke of the object you had selected will now become a path (another object). NOTE. it will be grouped with original object, so you will need to ungroup it to fill it or work with it.

There you have it, any questions?

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