Font with transparent holes-fill in and outline in illustrator


Question

I'm using a font called Nashville. I want to outline only the most outside of the paths. If I try to use the outline tool, it outlines all of the small holes in the font, too. I want to fill in the holes in the font and then outline the most outside paths.

Somehow I got this to work on on block of text, but can't remember how I did it. I used some combination of Outlines, Expand, and Flatten Transparencies.

Font-no outlines

have

Font-how I want it to look

desired

Also, is there a way to round the edges of the outline so it's not so spikey?

Thanks!

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8/14/2012 6:39:00 AM

You could add a stroke to the text, then expand and unite via Pathfinder.

Or you could simply switch to Outline Mode (View > Outline) and use the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow) to select and delate the areas you don't want.

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8/14/2012 6:40:00 AM

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