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When I apply a color with the exact same RGB as the fill for 1 shape and the stroke of another, the shape with the stroke shows a slightly lighter color. Why does this happen and what can I do to correct it?

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Is this in the same document? are there any other Appearance attributes applied? Effects? –  Scott Aug 27 '13 at 10:34
    
No effects. Opacity at normal for both shapes –  Run Loop Aug 27 '13 at 11:15
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There's no common reason why this should happen... people might be able to help if you post a screenshot of the appearance window with each shape selected. –  user568458 Aug 27 '13 at 11:27
    
What happens if both shapes are on the artboard? Do they match then? –  Scott Aug 27 '13 at 12:28
    
Those two circles appear to be the same color. I cliped just the red part of the circle on the right - blew it up a bit and overlayed it on the circle on the left... I think the blue outline is creating an optical illusion. –  Don Nickel Aug 27 '13 at 13:13
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There's a good chance that the effect is caused by your custom stroke. If the stroke shape isn't completely black (because, for example, it was made using CMYK black insted of RGB black), it will show as a slightly lighter variant of your chosen stroke colour.

To solve your problem: expand the shape (Object > Expand; or Object > Expand Appearance...) and give it the correct colour as a fill colour.

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That did it! Thank you so much. –  Run Loop Aug 27 '13 at 13:22
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