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I have made a pattern brush to apply for a hand drawn brush. It usually works nicely, but yesterday it went started acting up.

When I draw, I have a solid outline and invisible fill (which looks like a solid line and has only one stroke when I select it) and then apply the custom pattern brush. This one particular brush stroke (rather complex that I created all my artwork around) is two outline strokes and not a solid line. How do I manage to make it a solid line that I can apply my pattern brush to?

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  • You may need to upload some screenshots as I'm having trouble picturing what you have and what you're trying to do – Cai Jun 21 '16 at 20:06
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    Ok so you have an outlined stroke that gives you a double stroke when you reapply a stroke. You want a single path to apply a brush stroke to, correct? – Cai Jun 21 '16 at 20:55
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If I understand your situation correctly, you could use the method I described here:

Essentially you use the blend tool with 1 step.

You may need to split your stroke in to more manageable sections before you begin for the blend to work correctly. You can find a more in depth explanation in the linked answer.


  1. Use the Scissors tool (C) to cut each end of you outlined stroke so that you have 2 distinct paths.

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  1. Open the blend options (Object → Blend → Blend Options...) and set spacing to "Specified Steps" with a value of 1.

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  1. Select both paths and create your blend (Object → Blend → Make).

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  1. Expand the blend (Object → Blend → Expand) and delete the original paths.

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  1. Apply your brush stroke.

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