Convert Objects to Shapes in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Edited by Freya, VisiHow, Eng, Anonymous

You're watching VisiHow. This tutorial will show you how to convert an object to a shape in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7.

Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas169 865209.jpg

Ad

Steps

  1. 1
    To begin, ensure that you have Adobe Illustrator open and a document ready.
    Please view our other Adobe Illustrator tutorials for instructions on how to complete this step. There are three different objects on the artboard: the blue rectangle as the background, a red circle, and a yellow rectangle.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas19 88442.jpg
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Click "Selection Tool".
    It is the black arrow in the top-left corner of the vertical toolbar. You can use other selection tools if you have more complex objects.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas29 557482.jpg
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Now, click the object that you want to convert.
    Let's click the red circle. A blue frame will appear around the object, indicating it is selected and ready for editing.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas45 225836.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Click "Effect" in the horizontal toolbar along the top of the window.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas50 164194.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    Then, move the cursor to "Convert to Shape" within the "Illustrator Effects" section.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas62 824736.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    In the expanded menu, click the shape into which you would like to convert your object.
    You can click "Rectangle...", "Rounded Rectangle...", and "Ellipse..." For this tutorial, we click "Rounded Rectangle..." A dialogue box where you can further specify your preferences will appear.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas76 263896.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  7. 7
    Click the "Shape" drop-down menu.
    This menu also lets you confirm that you have selected the correct shape. You can change it.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas94 134259.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  8. 8
    You can adjust "Extra Width" and "Extra Height".
    You can click either up and down arrows next to the options or type the value in the input boxes.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas105 659392.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  9. 9
    You can change "Corner Radius".
    That option is available owing to your selection of a rounded rectangle.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas128 542915.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  10. 10
    It is recommended to move the box out of the way of the canvas by clicking and dragging its border.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas138 391352.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  11. 11
    Check the "Preview" box in the bottom-left corner of the pop-up window.
    You will see how your adjustments affect the shape.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas142 390352.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  12. 12
    We can increase the "Center Radius" and "Extra Width" values.
    The preview will be updated.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas159 011352.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  13. 13
    Then, click "OK" to apply any changes.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas174 569805.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  14. 14
    Otherwise, click "Cancel" to go back.
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas182 051352.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  15. 15
    If you want, you can undo the last action by pressing "Ctrl" and "Z".
    Convert An Object To A Shape On Adobe Illustrator CS6.mp4-canvas191 191352.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

    Advertisement

This is a VisiHow tutorial on how to convert an object to a shape in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then feel free to add them to the section below. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Video: Convert Objects to Shapes in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Questions and Answers

Trying to convert die line into compound shape?

Tried all types of things and still get no results. I have tried: Compound path, fill color

VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

Comments

VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.




Freya
Featured Author
1,135 Articles Started
1,135 Article Edits
57,750 Points
Freya is a featured author with VisiHow. Freya has achieved the level of "Major" with 57,750 points. Freya has started 1,135 articles (including this one) and has also made 1,135 article edits. 459,000 people have read Freya's article contributions.
Freya's Message Board
Freya: Hi, my name is Freya.
Freya: Can I help you with your problem about "Convert Objects to Shapes in Adobe Illustrator CS6"?
 

Article Info

Categories : Software

Recent edits by: Eng, VisiHow, Freya

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 272 times.

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article
x

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No