I created some shapes with the pen tool and then with the brush, but when I switched back to pen tool I couldn't change the stroke.

I can't change its colour or make it transparent either. Does anybody have an idea what went wrong?

Here's screen:

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    Did you try to select the shape in question?
    – Ilan
    Commented Dec 26, 2014 at 13:23
  • Could it be that you converted your shape into a raster layer? Can you select nodes with the Direct Selection Tool?
    – Yisela
    Commented Dec 26, 2014 at 14:10
  • It would be helpful if you posted a screenshot of what you what object you want the stroke changed selected, with the appearance panel in view. You should be able to change it via the appearance panel. Is it grayed out or something?
    – Celine
    Commented Dec 27, 2014 at 0:58
  • postimg.org/image/e8nke1y93/full like this?
    – Kasia
    Commented Dec 28, 2014 at 14:34
  • A word on stroke width: if you want to edit the stroke width you will need the stroke toolwindow->align stroke->center or editing the stroke width profiles and width editing will get disabled. I didn't find that answer here but this page did help me think in the right direction. Commented Sep 8, 2022 at 19:35

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Check your Appearance Panel. There may be a stroke applied there. You may need to highlight the stroke in the Appearance Panel before attempting to change it.

  • I tried but it still won't work.Maybe this will explain postimg.org/image/e8nke1y93/full
    – Kasia
    Commented Dec 28, 2014 at 14:34
  • @Kasia the layer has a stroke applied to it. Therefore anything on that layer will have a black stroke.
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 29, 2014 at 1:07

You need to select the elements in the dartboard that you want to wait before changing the color in the toolbar. Try clicking on your black line then removing the stroke in the toolbar.

  • It's hard to see in the printscreen but i did. I selected the smaller stroke.
    – Kasia
    Commented Dec 26, 2014 at 15:28

I know this is an old thread, but in case anyone winds up here looking for answers, I had this same problem with a project where I used the pen tool and then used live paint to fill in the shapes individually. If you go to Window>Appearance then select your lines, then click Add New Stroke (the box on the far left of the Appearance tab that pops up), you should get all of your strokes back. This allowed me to use brush packs again, which it was preventing before. Hope that helps!


Open the "Brushes Palette" and locate the brush you want to edit. Double click on the brush to open the "Settings" menu for that brush. Click the drop-down menu labeled "Colorization" and select the option "Tints." The color of the brush will now be determined by the selected stroke color.


I had an issue where I couldn't change the colour. Livepaint was just not working and it drove me up the wall. Then I went into View>Overprint preview, and suddenly I could add colour...

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