I'm using a font called Nashville. I want to outline only the most outside of the paths. If I try to use the outline tool, it outlines all of the small holes in the font, too. I want to fill in the holes in the font and then outline the most outside paths.

Somehow I got this to work on on block of text, but can't remember how I did it. I used some combination of Outlines, Expand, and Flatten Transparencies.

Font-no outlines


Font-how I want it to look


Also, is there a way to round the edges of the outline so it's not so spikey?


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You could add a stroke to the text, then expand and unite via Pathfinder.

Or you could simply switch to Outline Mode (View > Outline) and use the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow) to select and delate the areas you don't want.


Expand your letter art (Object > Expand...), degroup, offset the path (Object > Path > Offset path...) and if that's not to your liking, try and simpify it (Object > Path > Simplify...). Hope that helps!


To eliminate the "spikey" outline, just selected the rounded option for corners in the stroke panel.

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