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I am trying to create an icon in Ai. But the problem I am facing is...

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I want to give a rounded stroke. Any idea how would I achieve this?

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  • ...you have to draw it. Or expand strokes to shapes.
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 17, 2022 at 9:13
  • @Scott I cannot expand because expanding makes strokes into fill. By doing that my style guide will change. Can you please show me the "Draw" method? Thank You Commented Oct 17, 2022 at 9:30
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    You grab the pen tool and create a shape that lays on top of the strokes and makes things appear curved/rounded. There are only 2 solutions - 1) You expand or 2) you create a new object on top that causes the desired appearance. You can't do what you want with only 2 stroked paths.
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 17, 2022 at 9:33
  • Alright, Thank You @Scott & Billy Kerr!! Commented Oct 17, 2022 at 9:46

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You can't easily round the corners if you want to keep the lines as open paths with a stroke. There is no way to round a stroke on separate paths where two paths are touching. No such functionality exists. However, it's easy to do this on a closed path which is filled.

  1. Select the stroked paths and do Object > Expand - this will convert the strokes to shapes with a fill.

  2. Open the PathFinder and hit the Unite button. This is a boolean operation to unite the separate pieces

  3. Select one of the Live Corner Widgets, and click and drag it.

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It would be possible to retain the paths as strokes, but then you would have to draw a filled shape on top manually to make a piece that gives the illusion of a curved join. Any time you change the strokes, you'd need to manually edit this covering piece.

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