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

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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, 2015 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, 2016 at 14:34
  • most irrelevant answer award.
    – nikk wong
    Oct 30, 2018 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, 2015 at 13:14
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