Why does my image have black lines? This is created using pen tool and I'm using Illustrator.

  • 1
    welcome to GD.SE. Can you expand your question to explain exactly what is the problem, what did you try that didn't work? Perhaps with screenshots? If you want to know more about the site, please see help center. Keep contributing and enjoy the site!
    – Luciano
    Jun 23, 2016 at 15:15
  • Yes- please provide an example of what you are seeing and the steps you took to produce. Thanks.
    – paulmz
    Jun 23, 2016 at 16:47

1 Answer 1


It sounds like you enabled outline mode. This is a mode that will break your image/design down to simple black lines, where you can see everything (even if it's behind an object). Commonly referred to as "outline or wireframe". You can toggle this view by pressing CMD + Y(Mac) or CTRL + Y(Windows) or View > Outline in the top application toolbar.

This is an example of a design in normal view and outline view Original and Outline View

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.