I'm a newbie. I traced a photo with live trace, it looked good. Then I expanded it, and I can't get these paths to fill or take a stroke width, whether its grouped or not. I drew a rectangle and it looks good and shows a fill and stroke width.

  • the traced result show only fills ... tracing could not predict the outline value of your artwork. – hsawires Mar 16 '15 at 8:10
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    You might get a good answer if you edit your question to show a picture example. – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Mar 16 '15 at 13:01
  • If you can't fill and stroke that path you need to determine what's special about it. Is it a compound path? A mask? – Scott Mar 16 '15 at 18:07
  • I would say thsi is impossible to answer because we have no clue what you have done. – joojaa May 16 '15 at 6:57

Based on your layers panel in your screenshot it looks like you might have accidentally converted your shape to guides. Your layer icon is showing a blue box and typically it will preview the whole shape contained in that layer which would include your custom shape.

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Guides are ignored in an icon preview. So I highly believe your shape is no longer an official "shape".

To undo this select your guide. If you can't View > Guides > Uncheck Lock Guides Then Select the gude and View > Guides > Release Guide

  • that doesnt seem to be the issue because i had already deleted the extras when they showed up after editing with handles and adding nodes. i transformed the edited version away and deleted two duplicates, but the problem is still there. hmmm Thanks for the response though! – Smiley Cyrus Mar 16 '15 at 22:47
  • i found i had a rectangle around it i thought was just the artboard but it had anchors on it, i deleted them, but still no stroke weight showing, although i told it 9pt. – Smiley Cyrus Mar 16 '15 at 23:12
  • See my edited answer, your shape has been converted to a guide accidentally. – Eddie Adolf Mar 16 '15 at 23:20

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