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Why doesn't the fill work in my Adobe Illustrator CC file?

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As you can see; in the attached image, the (Lower part of Africa) is highlighted. Also, on the left side Fill and stroke are both black. So…why doesn’t the fill work? What prerequisite am I missing for the fill to fill in.?  I am running Windows 10 on my PC. Thank you for any help.
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Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS Specialist
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Is there a reason that you provided a MS Word document rather than an EPS?  An EPS would be much more helpful in finding the root cause of your issue.
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These are the options  Valid: jpg, png, txt, docx, xlsx, pdf, more (50 MB max)  I attached a PDF.
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I checked further and and attempted an eps file; no luck. EPS is not on the larger list either. It would be nice.
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After looking at the screen shot and looking at the PDF, HMMM. What's up with that?
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Okay, so I took a quick look, and it looks like you have several issues.  First off, your Illustrator file is in Outline mode, so you can't see the fill and stroke.  Secondly, your stroke is set to 100pt, which is just way too thick.

Open your original file, and select View -> GPU Preview (or CPU Preview depending on your PC), the select all, and remove the stroke.  You should see what you were expecting to begin with.

Let me know if you still have questions.
Kat DoneganUX/UI Designer
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Actually, the fill DOES work, but it's filling the stroke because the stroke is expanded. If you want to try this yourself, create a circle with a stroke, go to Object > Expand, and it will turn the stroke into an outlined image with its own fill and stroke settings.

Therefore, your Africa image cannot be filled in because it doesn't actually have a true stoke. If you want Africa filled, you will have to manually outline it yourself. One way to do this is taking an image of Africa and tracing over it.
Kat DoneganUX/UI Designer
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Upon looking further, if the stroke isn't expanded after all, you still wouldn't be able to fill the image in because the stroke needs to be completely closed. There are many gaps in the stroke of your  image that are preventing you from filling it in.
Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS Specialist
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If you follow the instruction in my previous comment, it certainly does apply a fill to his outline.
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Thank you both. You were very helpful.  --  Joe

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