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Design Illustrator Foundations Creating an Icon Using Pathfinder with Objects

Why flatten? Why would I want to flatten my icon versus leaving the individual parts and shapes as they are?

Why flatten? Why would I want to flatten my icon versus leaving the individual parts and shapes as they are?

2 Answers

luke hammer
luke hammer
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Two reasons i can think of first file size. Flatten objects should consume less memory and storage.

second some times i wish to change (move) the objects as they appear not as they are. say you wanted to make a icon that was a puzzle in the process of being put together. It would be more simple to have the draw you image then flatten it. That way you are only spiting one object verses many.

Thanks-this makes sense now!

So that you don't have a bunch of editable layers that you might accidentally mess up. You have a copy so that you can go back to the original if you need to.