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Old 11-07-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
adam taylor
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Import Paths from Illustrator have double splines!

This is the first time i have tried importing splines created in Illustrator since i upgraded Illustrator to CS6 and Cinema to R14.

I first realised i could not extrude correctly and looking closer in AI - found that the splines i created have an inner and outer path.

I have no idea how this is happening, but really need to find a way around this problem.

Any suggestions?
Old 11-07-2012, 05:20 PM   #2
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Hi, break the artwork apart in illustrator and make sure there aren't nested outlines, it mostly happens when you have fill colours or masks. There is always a bit of prep work to get them in to C4D cleanly but once you know it's a doddle.

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Old 11-07-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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Hi Lightningad,
in Illustrator, to get an inner + outer path you must have drawn paths containing an outline colour (stroke thickness), which is standard (+ mostly annoying), which then got converted by going OBJECT > PATH > OUTLINE STROKE (maybe there's a key-combo assigned to it you may have hit accidentally).

In case you can no longer go back to the originally singular path (command + Z or an earlier saved version?), check in illustration mode (command + Y on mac) if the original path is still present. It should be right in between the inner + outer paths.

Delete the inner + outer paths by using the Direct selection tool (aka white/open arrow),
drag select a part of the inner or outer path and hit delete twice (first delete deletes only a part of the path ,the second the remaining).

But this can be tedious depending on the complexity and quantity of paths.

Or I'm missing something since I'm not yet on CS6…

Oh and, yes, what Brasco says also… Make sure to clean up your Illustrator file
(even guides get imported as splines)


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Old 11-08-2012, 11:02 AM   #4
adam taylor
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Thanks both of you.

Very helpful info which pretty much answers the problem. I'll be trying to correct the problem very soon.

In the several years i have been using illustrator to create splines for C4d I have never seen this problem before, so i'm thinking there is either a keyboard shortcut i have hit by mistake, or maybe Adobe have added or changed an existing shortcut.

again - thank you

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