I have drawn a broom in Illustrator and cant apply any brushes or strokes to it. I just don't get it. What do I have to do? Here is a screenshot:

Adobe Illustrator


To get out of Outline View. Press Ctrl/Command + Y or go to ViewPreview


I had the same problem. It doesn't matter if you are in Preview or Outline mode. You still get an outline. The solution is to hold down the crtl key and click on the eye in your layers menu.

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    Can you please add a screenshot? – Mensch Dec 12 '15 at 19:58

maybe try using the shape builder tool. Shift + m that will allow it to become its own shape and maybe then you can do it. hope that helps you.

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    How does that exactly solve the issue? Also, there is already an accepted answer for this very old question. – Luciano Apr 19 '16 at 14:34
  • most irrelevant answer award. – nikk wong Oct 30 '18 at 23:03

view -> Preview on CPU (or GPU Preview)


Go to View --> and click Normal

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    There is no "Normal" under the View which is probably why you're receiving downvotes. – Ryan Jun 16 '15 at 13:14
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