Let's say you drew a shape using the freehand or line tools.
It probably looks like the lines are connected...but if you zoom in really close there's a tiny, tiny space somewhere. If you double click to get the edit points to close the gaps, you can't.
The problem is the design is not a compound path.
The fix is simple! Select around the entire design. Right click and Make Compound Path.
Now because it's a compound path, you can double click the design and access the edit points. Note the red dots (which indicate breaks in the path). Simply click each one to close the break.
Once closed, the red dots will become gray square edit points...
And now your design is not only closed, but fillable with a solid fill, gradient, or pattern.
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