How to turn a dashed line into separate lines for scoring or cutting in Illustrator

Here are the steps. Note: this will work with any line and any shape.
If you are using a shape, make sure to set it to no fill.

  1. Draw your line.
  2. Open the Stroke Palette and click on Dashed Line. You can change the size of the dash and gap here.
  3. Change the size of the stroke to .0001 pt
  4. Under the Object Menu choose Expand and make sure only Stroke is checked and hit enter
  5. Change the size and color of the stroke to whatever you want.
  6. Import into your Laser Software and set to score or cut.

That’s it! Ready for scoring or cutting!


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It’s such a quick thing and I needed for something. LOL