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I'm not very comfortable with Illustrator, and I'm stuck on this problem: how can we change from outline strokes to filled shapes?

For example, in this situation, I would like to 'decompose' each shape formed by different strokes into a unique shape. It should be simple I think...

example

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    If the curves are separate use shape builder – joojaa Oct 12 '15 at 11:40
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Use the Live Paint Bucket Tool -- select all, pick a color, grab the Live Paint Bucket Tool and click where you want fills.

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More information can be found via Adobe TV tutorials: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/illustrator-live-paint.html

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  1. to switch from stroke to fill, you can select the shape and then click on this little switch icon (or press shift + x).

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  2. to merge the shapes in one unique shape. You have to select that shapes, then window > pathfinder (or shift+ctrl+f9) and click on the unite icon.

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