Make option to generate compound paths instead of groups when text is outlined
Create simple black-on-white string of text.
AI will make a group of compound paths.
I would like to have a non-default option that would make AI generate one big compound path instead of group of paths.
If text has more then one character color within it — only then this option would produce a group, with a colored compounds within.
Right now I have to use an Action (ungroup, release compound path, make compound path) and manually run it for every string/area of text before proceeding to next step of my workflow.
I will make a script to automate it, but still.
CorelDraw does single curve from a text (almost), and this is nice (sometimes).
If AI could do both ways from the box, it would be great.
And perhaps you also want to upvote this:
Add an option for Pathfinder to make compound paths instead of groups
A workaround we now can use is to create a compound shape first, using opt/Alt when using Pathfinder, and expanding the result, like it is shown it the GIF.
Also relates to this bug report:
Unite/Merge paths creating groups instead of Compound path
Meanwhile we can all use this script https://twitter.com/onthehead/status/951734044366012416?s=20
Thanks to Seiji Miyazawa who made it a month before I requested this!
It’s not perfect and will ignore characters of unique colour, but this is much better than action solution I used before.