Clean up content converting strokes to fills

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renae
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Clean up content converting strokes to fills

Post by renae » Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:54 pm

Hello. We are running into an issue where our non-rectangular dieline STROKES (so custom shapes, circles/ovals, rounded-corner rectangles, etc) are getting converted to fills (compound paths) when we run the 'Clean Up Content' action. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? (Pitstop Pro 2019)

Thanks!

abailescollins
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Re: Clean up content converting strokes to fills

Post by abailescollins » Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:00 pm

It's the Action 'Crop Line Art to Clip Masks...' that is doing that.
if you remove that it won't happen.

You can remove the 'Select all 'above it as well
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renae
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Re: Clean up content converting strokes to fills

Post by renae » Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:19 pm

Thank you for the quick response. Unfortunately these options aren't giving the desired results (maybe I'm just doing it wrong lol)

This is the original image in wireframe https://imgur.com/4TrCbVR
This is the goal: https://imgur.com/PPQ2pbn
I got there by cutting the dieline, running the action, then pasting the dieline back in place. Not ideal.

If I delete the 'select all' above 'Crop Line...' the dieline is still converting to a fill.
If I delete 'Crop Line...' it's not cleaning up all of the extra paths.

Is there a way to exclude strokes with a certain color name before running the action?

Dropbox link to pdf if needed https://www.dropbox.com/s/mxllik0gdjg6o ... 3.pdf?dl=0

(Hope all those links work!!)
Thank you!

bens
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Re: Clean up content converting strokes to fills

Post by bens » Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:09 am

Change the Select all right before Crop line art to:

Select spot color
NOT

In the spot color selection make it select a spot color by name and fill out or select the Dieline spot color. This will select everything _except_ objects using the Dieline separation.

You can also use a regular expression or a list should you get files with different names for die die line (e.g. Die, Dieline, Cut, ...)

renae
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Re: Clean up content converting strokes to fills

Post by renae » Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:52 pm

Works perfectly!
Thank you so much!

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