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How to Remove an Outline in Adobe Illustrator

Updated April 17, 2017

Adobe Illustrator objects may feature outlines, also known as strokes. Such stroke effects may surround organic or inorganic shapes and letters with a thin or wide band of colour. Successful use of the stroke effect can make a word or design jump off the page, especially when accompanied by a drop-shadow. Unnecessary strokes, on the other hand, may make Adobe Illustrator objects and fonts appear clunky and amateurish. When your gut tells you that the appearance of a typeface or object will improve without the stroke effect, remove it to confirm that your instincts are right.

Open the file that contains the stroked object or letters in Adobe Illustrator.

Select the stroked item with the "Selection" tool.

Move your mouse over to the "Stroke" box, which may be found in the "Tools" panel.

Click the "Stroke" box to bring it in front of the "Fill" box.

Press the "None" button, just beneath the "Stroke" box, in the "Tools" panel.

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Christina Hadley holds a Bachelor of Arts in design. She writes copy for an assortment of industries. Her work also appears in the "Houston Chronicle" small business section. Hadley is a UCLA-certified computer professional. The British Museum recently featured one of her digital images in an exhibit.