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How to outline a stroke in Adobe Illustrator

Tim Youngs
Last updated March 27, 2020
How to outline a stroke in Illustrator

Need to convert a stroke in Illustrator into a shape?

Converting a stroke into an outlined shape has many benefits.

Many designers outline strokes before handing off a project file to ensure the design looks the same no matter who opens it.

This technique for outlining stokes is particularly important for logo designs, since you want the logo to always look the same, no matter where or how it's used.

Whatever your reason for converting a stroke into a shape is, the process is very simple.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Open your Illustrator project file
  2. Select the stoked shape you want to outline
  3. From the top menu, choose Object > Path > Outline Stroke