Doodling around in Ai, I'm wondering how to find where my shape has a "hole" in it?

Outline mode:

outline mode

When filling that:


What's a method to find where the path/shape is open, causing the area in the 2nd iteration of the circles (2nd largest) to fill in vs. following the pattern?


  • A shape that has a hole in it is always a compound path, but not all compound paths have a hole. But i don't know how that is incomplete?
    – joojaa
    Oct 27, 2016 at 7:43

2 Answers 2


If it's a compound path and it's doing this, try to change the option inside the Attributes panel. Expand it to show more options and try the fill rule option that isn't active right now. They are "even-odd" and "non-zero winding" rules.


Did you try merge the whole graphic? Maybe can work. Usually show an error when you applied a pathfinder effect.

Normal enter image description here Outline enter image description here Merge with pathfinder enter image description here

Good luck!

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