enter image description hereWhen looking very closely at my shapes, the fill is not following the paths I have defined. I have attached a screen shot where you see the blue does not go all the way to the red path. I have never seen this issue before.

  • are you sure you don't have 2 paths overlapping? Also is your path closed? Can we see more of the shape?
    – Luciano
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 11:08
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    To be sure that fill belongs to this path, select path, open Appearance panel and check stroke and fill.
    – emax
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 11:23

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I know this question is 4 years old, but I thought I'd share an answer I discovered on the Adobe forum thread here: (https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator/fill-doesn-t-match-the-path-created/td-p/10474435)

The solution is: View > View using CPU

For whatever reason, the GPU view was messing with some of my anchor points, extending the fill color out in an odd, squared-off way beyond the path (image 1 below). I switched it to CPU, and it cleared right up (image 2 below). Hope this helps anyone else coming here for an answer to this question!

Vector fill error with GPU view

Vector fill issue resolved with CPU view


If it steers anyone in the right direction, I can replicate it, having experienced it in the past. I can't remember if I managed to fix it.

For me, this only happens when creating a 72ppi RGB document, and then upscaling it (Effect > Document raster effects settings...) to 300ppi. For now, I can only view this at 17,000% zoom: https://postimg.org/image/w797ceuw3/

What % zoom do you have set to get this result, Jessica? If you can, it may be worth pasting everything in to a new, 300ppi document.

  • at that zoom level it's most probably just a rendering issue. If it exports fine for your intended purpose, than it's fine.
    – Luciano
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 14:03
  • Uhn... The Document Raster Effects item has zero effect on vector objects. As the title itself alludes to.. it's for raster elements. While I believe you may be able to recreate this anomaly.. I do not believe the Document Raster Effects setting has anything to do with it.
    – Scott
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 18:23

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