You can turn objects into a set of compound paths or outlines.
How to convert objects to outlines
1. Select the object(s) which you want to convert.
2. Choose Extra > Outline. The Outline dialog is displayed.
A = Join option
B = Conversion option
C = Distance from original
D = Number of outlines
3. Select the Join option to determine the corner of an angle (Sharp / Round / Flat).
4. Select the Conversion option to decide where to place the outlines.
5. Select a number of outlines.
6. Click OK.