What I am doing is, I open up a file I saved as an Illustrator template, which I have used several times to create icons. What's happening is, I created a rounded rectangle and set it for a 2px stroke, but no fill, yet Illustrator is filling it with this off brown color. Why is that?enter image description here

Here's a shot with the Layers panel: Layers panel

  • Something has a fill applied.. maybe the group or layer that it is in? – Cai Nov 26 '16 at 10:14
  • Open the Appearance panel and show what it says with this selection. – usr2564301 Nov 26 '16 at 12:00
  • it shows the black stroke and no fill, that's what it's showing, so what's going on with the fill? – Daniel Baker Nov 26 '16 at 13:16
  • the fill does not have to come from the object it can come from the layer too. Show your layer panel expanded so we see the objects too. – joojaa Nov 26 '16 at 17:14
  • Ok, I added a screenshot with the Layers panel here above. – Daniel Baker Nov 27 '16 at 12:28

As previously commented the layer "Layer 1" has an appearance override. You can see this because the circle next to the name is filled. Click on the filled circle and clear appearance in the appearances panel and you are clear of the effect.

Note, slecting a item in the layers panel does not select the object unless you click on the circle.

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