I downloaded an image from https://thenounproject.com/search/?q=mind&i=894164
It's just a silhouette of a head with three gears inside the head. When I change the fill for the head, I have to do the same for each gear, but there are gaps that need to be filled with stoke, but that sometimes changes the head's stoke as well, and so i'm just chasing my tail in circles.
What I want to do is make those gears disappear, so all I have is a silhouette of a head. However, I can't join them, apparently because they're closed paths. I discovered the merge option, but that didn't really work, either.
Then I realized I could just paint over the gears - but that didn't work, either. I simply replaced the gears with a big blob of paint, that isn't really connected to the head.
Anyway, is there a way to erase the gears and blob of paint, so all I have is a silhouette?
You could probably just circle the gears with the lasso tool and then delete them. Does that work?
I think the lasso tool is working. Portions of the gears still become visible when I click on the head with the selection tool. However, I think I'm on the right path, and I'll probably get rid of them eventually. Even if I don't, I'm guessing they won't show up in the finished product. 😉
Or Object > Compound Path > Release and direct select the elements you want to remove.
Thanks for the tip; I think that helped me, too.