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kathykonkle
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Posted Sun Feb 3, 2013 6:43AM
I've had  five different files rejected this week for open paths when there are no filled open paths in the file. I use an open paths plug in and I make sure the fill box is empty when all open paths are selected. Does anybody have any idea what might be wrong? I just open, check the file and make no changes then resave and reupload and it usually is accepted on the second try.

This has happened before. Sometimes I get a rash of these rejections. Is this just a case of the inspector making a lot of mistakes or is there really something wrong with my file? 
PaCondryx
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Posted Sun Feb 3, 2013 7:55AM
I don't think you can leave paths open, even if they're just outlines without fill. You should expand them. For extra safety, I usually expand unfilled outlines even if they're closed.

(Edited on 2013-02-03 07:56:24 by PaCondryx)
kathykonkle
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Posted Sun Feb 3, 2013 11:55AM
No you don't have to expand all strokes. I just got a third rejection for a file I can't find any filled open paths in.
kathykonkle
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Posted Sun Feb 3, 2013 12:39PM

There are no stray shapes, no stray points, nothing off the pasteboard and no rasterized shape in my rejected files. has a new inspector been hired who rejects all open paths whether they are filled or not?


Does anyone know of another way to check for open filled paths other than to use the open path plug in. I'm using Illustrator CS4.
PaCondryx
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Posted Mon Feb 4, 2013 1:53AM
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has a new inspector been hired who rejects all open paths whether they are filled or not?




I'm quite surprised, I've always thought that all kinds of open paths (filled and unfilled) were not accepted. Anyway I found this article and there is an "Exception to the rule", though I believe it only refers to straight lines with no angles:


http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=578



 

(Edited on 2013-02-04 01:54:17 by PaCondryx)
kathykonkle
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Posted Mon Feb 4, 2013 6:58AM
Thanks, I was looking for that article after emailing to Cheryl Graham who wrote it. it is a little confusing where she shows the grid with the straght line being ok to leave unexpanded but that doesn't mean you have to expand curved or jointed unfilled strokes. It makes it really hard to edit the file if you expand all the strokes. I know because i used to expand all strokes and then later wanted to modify my old files to reuse elements and I ended up having to redraw all the expanded strokes. I've been on istock for many years and I promise you that unfilled open paths are fine.


Cheryl told me another way to check for open filled paths is to use the document info windo and systematically locate and lock each line untill all have een checked

I'm convinced that what is happening is the inspector is trying to go too fast so they can make more money and he/she is confused when he see open strokes and forgets to look to see if there is a fill.

(Edited on 2013-02-04 07:05:14 by kathykonkle)
dhanford
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Posted Mon Feb 4, 2013 7:25AM
Hi Kathy, I'm sure you already know this, but brush strokes need to be expanded. Sometimes a brushstroke can look like a standard stroke. I'm not saying this is the case for you, but it might be worth a look.
PaCondryx
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Posted Mon Feb 4, 2013 7:56AM
Thanks for the info, Kathy, 'll keep that in mind.
FreeTransform
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Posted Mon Feb 4, 2013 11:39AM

Posted By PaCondryx:
Anyway I found this article and there is an "Exception to the rule", though I believe it only refers to straight lines with no angles:


http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=578


Open paths that have a stroke and no fill are acceptable. It doesn't matter if they're straight or curved. Paths with a brush stroke, however, need to be expanded, as dhanford says above. It's all in the article. Mind you, it was written a few years ago, but I not aware of any changes in the policy.
kathykonkle
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Posted Mon Feb 4, 2013 2:37PM
I wonder if there is an unexpanded brush. Sometimes I taper lines with custom brushes, I'll be sure and check. Thanks.
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