I am creating a leaf from scratch in illustrator, I made the stroke a different color than the fill, and now I can see that the stroke is sort of distorted and is not properly lined up to the actual shape itself. How can I fix this?

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  • It is hard to say what is going on with your drawing without more info or a screenshot- it could be that you have an "effect" applied to the path that is making it not adhere exactly to the path (roughen or zigzag maybe ?) a look at the appearance panel would be a good place to start- it seems unlikely that the distorted stroke has anything to do with your different colored fill
    – Kyle
    Jun 26 '20 at 2:54
  • The Stroke appears to have a brush applied to it. Chances are it's the brush stroke causing the apparent misalignment. Change the setting to "Basic" and see if it aligns.
    – Scott
    Jun 26 '20 at 5:39

As Scott mentioned you probably have a brush applied to the stroke for some reason. Open up the Brushes panel from the Main Menu > Window > Brushes and click the 'Basic' style as shown below.

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  • I just now tried to change it back to basic, it's still showing the same appearance for some reason. Jun 26 '20 at 8:09
  • What happens if you just remove the stroke completely then ?
    – Lucian
    Jun 26 '20 at 8:11

I guess you have drawn a separate stroke shape which doesn't fit well enough. Remove it and insert a new to the base leaf shape or (or a copy of it, no fill). Use the width tool to get some variation.

If you have a copy of the leaf shape you can even split the curve with the Scissors to get individually adjustable stroke shapes.

An example:

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  1. My basic leaf shape with no stroke

  2. An uniform stroke is inserted

  3. The width tool is used to get some variation. The stroke is not a separate shape in this case.

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