Convert Objects to Shapes in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Click "Effect" in the horizontal toolbar along the top of the window.
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    Then, move the cursor to "Convert to Shape" within the "Illustrator Effects" section.
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    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.
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    Click the "Shape" drop-down menu. This menu also lets you confirm that you have selected the correct shape. You can change it.
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    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.
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    You can change "Corner Radius". That option is available owing to your selection of a rounded rectangle.
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    It is recommended to move the box out of the way of the canvas by clicking and dragging its border.
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    Check the "Preview" box in the bottom-left corner of the pop-up window. You will see how your adjustments affect the shape.
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    We can increase the "Center Radius" and "Extra Width" values. The preview will be updated.
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    Then, click "OK" to apply any changes.
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    Otherwise, click "Cancel" to go back.
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    If you want, you can undo the last action by pressing "Ctrl" and "Z".
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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

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Changing Default settings in Adobe Illustrator CS6 "Convert to Shape>Rectangle"?

I'm working with an Adobe Illustrator batch action that part of the tasks is the Convert to shape>rectangle. But every time my action gets there I have to retype the extra width and the extra height values to set it to "0". They come with 0.25 in default values. . . Is there a way to set these numbers that when this window prompts the values are already to "0"?

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