Illustrator Artwork, from only one of our artists, is extremely slow to work with

I work for a company that mainly sells city and state art transfer-printed, etched, engraved, etc. onto dinnerware.

Most of the time i deal with the art, personally, i see that it contains anywhere from 15,000-30,000 paths but have no problems working with them quickly . However, one of our artist’s illustrations always has a tremendous amount of paths in the 150,000-250,000 range…and i wanted to see if there was anything i could do.

What I have tried

  1. Fix bad plug-in global object names(no idea what this meant, just
    saw it here
  2. Object>Path>simplify (made sure to not include text outlines. Has
    never worked in a year’s worth of attempts.)
  3. Object>Path>Clean up : says it isn’t needed.

Image below is of Sixteen pieces of artwork for a square dinner plate. Here is a link to a single piece of artwork from that product, so you can take a look and hopefully help me out.

Do you see anything i can correct in the file supplied? enter image description here


Simple steps for that file… although that file isn’t problematic here.

First fix the type counters on the arch by filling them with white. Then . . .

  • Select All
  • Object > Expand
  • Pathfinder Panel > Merge
  • Click a white filled object (with the Direct Select Tool – white arrow)
  • Select > Same > Fill & Stroke
  • Hit Delete
  • Draw a no fill, no stroke rectangle
  • Select > Same > Fill & Stroke
  • Hit Delete

This removes at least 50% of the objects in the file.

Source : Link , Question Author : mephisto21 , Answer Author : Scott

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