I'm creating symbols using custom brush packs that I downloaded. Most of these brushes have many different colors in them ("textures"), not just a single one. My question is how to dismiss these colors and, using the outlines of the brush strokes, fill that brush stroke/shape with a single color instead.

I know this can be done with Expand Appearance and then changing the fill color, but that doesn't seem to work for me:

This is a close-up of one of the brush strokes for one of the symbols I'm making:

Picture 1

Here's what it looks like after using Expand Appearance:

Picture 2

If I then change the fill color, I get this:

Picture 3

"No biggie" I thought, "I'll just add a slight stroke to cover that up". Except then I instead get these spikes of doom everywhere along the brush strokes (and it'd take way too long for me to manually clean it all up):

Picture 4

Thankful for all the help I can get!

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After changing the Fill color, Use PathFinder > Unite.

If you need to add a stroke to cover things... Setting the corners to rounded or adjusting the Miter Limit on the Stroke Panel will traditionally remove the "spikes."

  • You got me by 7 seconds... :D
    – ikartik90
    Mar 12, 2013 at 17:57

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