I have traced an icon from a png in illustrator; I had to fix the rough edges and ended up with this shape:


I'm using Fill set to black and Stroke set to nothing. Everytime I try joing the four lower points, all of my shape turns into black. Even if both end points are joined properly.

  • I'm not really certain how anyone here could answer this. Check the paths,.. the joins... the fills, check for compound paths, clipping masks, etc.
    – Scott
    Commented May 19, 2015 at 4:58
  • Which two lower points?
    – 13ruce
    Commented May 19, 2015 at 14:39
  • Sorry, 4 lower points. This shape is supposed to be a Stopwatch. Commented May 19, 2015 at 15:11
  • I hope you plan to clean up the proportions on this thing a bit! haha the disproportional dimensions of this make my eyes hurt.
    – Manly
    Commented May 19, 2015 at 15:31
  • Hahaha, indeed. You can blame the tracing tool. I just needed to close the last gape before cleaning up the proportions. Commented May 19, 2015 at 18:02

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You need to separate inner and outer "circle" and Exlude them with Pathfinder tool. If you cant see the light gray shape, you have it below the dark gray object.

Before Exclusion — two objects:

before Exclusion — two objects

After exclusion — one object:

after exclusion — one object

  • That's it. If I close the points, I'll have 2 separated "circles". Thanks. Commented May 19, 2015 at 15:15
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    – Vincent
    Commented May 19, 2015 at 15:21

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