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-how I want it to look
Also, is there a way to round the edges of the outline so it's not so spikey?
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.