I'm using a 0.5 3pt round brushstroke and no fill yet Illustrator often fills in areas where there is a loop or corner, as in the example image. How do I stop it from doing this? Fidelity is on 0.5px and smoothing is on 0. Example

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    Are you using a brush on your stroke? Seems like there's some settings you didn't mention that could have an effect on this. Other than that it sounds like a technical support question which we don't typically answer here. – Hanna Feb 8 '16 at 14:51
  • No, no brush. Sure, I might need to ask adobe about it. I thought it might be an issue others had had too. – Peter Schachtel Feb 9 '16 at 22:00
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    Did you apply a width profile without noticing? Check the drop down besides the stroke weight. Also, if you take a screenshot of the whole application with that object selected, so we can see the menus and panels, we might be able to notice what the problem is. – cockypup Feb 15 '16 at 17:02

This is caused by the calligraphic brush settings and the size at which you are drawing.

To fix an existing stroke:

  1. Edit the options for the brush used on the path. Lower the brush size in the options dialog. For example, reduce its size from 3 pt to 1 pt.
  2. Select the path(s) affected by the size change.
  3. Increase the Stroke size until it matches the original visual size. For example, increase from 1 pt to 3 pt.

If a calligraphic brush is not needed on the stroke, you can simply change to the Basic stroke. This removes all calligraphic properties from the stroke. Original vs Fixed

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