I love the results you can get when working with meshes, but sometimes I don’t love trying to edit them. When a path is converted to a Mesh Object, it is no longer a Path. This can get frustrating if you want the original path for other purposes. To extract the original Path, select the Mesh Object, go Object > Path > Offset Path and enter 0. Now you have a copy!
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OMG thankyouuu so much !! was so frustrated . super helpful
This was a serious help!
I tried this with Illustrator CS6 and it didn’t work.
So instead of this I added a new fill in the Appearance panel and used Object > Expand… to extract the path from mesh.
Thanks much for this! I’ve been wondering how to do this for ages! This tutorial was super helpful!
This is sooo helpful! I’ve been trying to find a solution to this issue for a while now. Life saving! Truely! Thanks!!
Love this tip! Been looking for this for five years … thanks!
This was the first thing that came to my mind too, but you get a lot of stray points. Somehow Illustrator thinks that adding more anchor points makes the shape that much better.
How do you get rid of those?
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I’m doing a test for a course in computer graphics with Adobe Illustrator and your post helped. Thanks!
very nice tip, thanks
Thank you very much! saved my day 🙂 (actually 3 days so far :\ )
0Oh men this is great save me alot of time and it has been a long time since i asked myself if this could happen, thanks!
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Thanks man. I’ve been wondering how to do this since CS2.
THANK YOU. I knew there was an easy solution somewhere but wasn’t sure what it would be. 🙂
I have been wanting to do that for YEARS, and now, in a few seconds, it’s done. THANK YOU!!
wow this is…. genious !!! 🙂 i have read books where it sais once converted to a mesh u never get a path back…. shows again how good vectips is
Thank you so much for this little trick.
Nice tutorial. Thank you so much.
This is really cool.I was making a greeting card and this helped me a lot
Useful tip. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for catching that! I forget to spell check the artwork sometimes.
You spelled “original” wrong. 😀
Thanks! is very helpful
Super helpful, thanks!