I have a design with a number of paths that have thick strokes and they overlap and intersect. I want to take each one and convert it into a shape - but Outline Stroke doesn't do what I want. Then I cam merge them and play with them and other things
Imagine you draw a line and give it a stroke of 40pt. It looks like a rectangle but click on it and its a thick line. I want to do something that means I get a rectangular path that looks identical - effectively a filled rectangle not a line any more
Edit: The answer for me is to use Object>Expand Appearance that I had never previously noticed as an option. Rather than just marking my own answer,its more useful if someone knows why the approaches below don't work for me?!