How to revert outline stroke to normal path editing mode?

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Nov 08, 2016 Nov 08, 2016

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Hey! So I'm new at this whole illustrator thingy and i have a question:

I wanted to edit a stroke I've drawn with the drawing tool, and selected Object > Path > Outline Stroke.

After doing so it seemed like i was able to edit the outline of the stroke, but i couldn't figure it out how to revert it to normal path editing mode.

Anyone could help?

Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 09, 2016 Nov 09, 2016

Like I said, you cannot revert the Outline stroke command.

Like Jacob suggested, if you want to modify the stroke contour, use the Width tool instead.

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Nov 08, 2016 Nov 08, 2016

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You cannot revert the command. Once outlined it has become a path instead of a stroke.

If you did not save the file maybe you can select undo a couple of times to get back to the stroke.

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vardas,

Depending on the way you wish to change the stroke, you may have a look at the Width Tool.

How to paint with fills and strokes in Illustrator

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I guess you didn't understand the question. I was editing the stroke, by using the command Object > Path > Outline Stroke. After doing so, i was able to edit the outline of the stroke. After that, I wanted to start editing the PATH again, but couldn't seem to be able to exit out of the outline editing mode. Take a look at the illustration below. ThanksPLS HELP.jpg

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Like I said, you cannot revert the Outline stroke command.

Like Jacob suggested, if you want to modify the stroke contour, use the Width tool instead.

stroke.png

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Oh, thanks!

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Dec 01, 2020 Dec 01, 2020

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Using the direct selection tool, select the outlined stoke only (it is now its own shape). Then simply delete it using your delete key on your keyboard. After deleting the stroke you can now add a new stroke on the fill of your original shape.

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I'm late to the game, however, if you've outlined the stroke of a shape and want to convert it back to a shape will fill properties, highlight the shape --> go to Properties Tab -->Quick Actions--> Release

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Aug 15, 2021 Aug 15, 2021

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The correct answer has been given above.

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Aug 15, 2021 Aug 15, 2021

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Hi.

There IS a way though, to get a path back. It won't be exactly the same but almost the same.

 

  1. You have a path with a stroke. This is the situation in the first image: a path with a coloured stroke.
  2. Go to 'Object > Path > Outline Stroke' to outline it, which is what you did and what you can see in the second image: this is a path with a coloured fill.
  3. If you close the file and then decide you want the stroke back, you will need to do something else. Go to 'Object > Path > Offset Path. Choose the lowest negative option there is, if the value is too low you won't see a result which is helpful. Remember you don't have to use whole numbers, just use the value that works best for your object. You can see the result in image 3, I left it a bit 'thick' so you can see it well. Both objects are left behind which is terrific.
  4. But you can remove the 'thick one' 🙂 You can see this in image 4.
  5. Next, hit 'c' to select the 'Scissors' tool. Cut the thin object in the places where you can visualise the path you had before, I show this in image 5. This is still an object with a fill, so...
  6. You can see what happens in image five: I now have an object with a stroke instead of a fill. This object is similar to the path you had before, before you hit 'Expand Stroke'.
  7. But you might want to make it neater: it's very likely that your path has too many anchor points. So, go to 'Object > Path > Simplify'. Turn on the preview to see if the result will be okay.

 

Let me know 🙂

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