Lets say I have a circle with a fill and stroke. How can I separate the stroke from the fill?


2 Answers 2


1- Select the object.

2- Choose Object > Expand.

3- (Optional) : Ungroup


Be aware that elements might overlap.
If you don't want that, use pathinfinder "Trim" or "merge" option after step 2

enter image description here

  • Vinny ... man... you saved my life with your comment . Thanks a lot !!! Commented May 17, 2021 at 18:32

There's a few ways to interpret what you're asking which could be clarified if you say what your intent is.

@Vinny gave a good answer to what I think you may have been requesting. I'll add a (possibly) simpler method to do a similar task:

  1. Duplicate your shape. You can just copy and paste it.

  2. In your original shape, set fill to nothing.

  3. In the new shape, set stroke to nothing.

You now have the same shape in its two different forms. If you need something more complex than this, I'd suggest writing questions with more specifics in them.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

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