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Is it possible to remove on side of a stroke on a rectangle?

Let's say you have a rectangle with a stroke all the way around it and I want one end of the rectangle to be 'open' and take the stroke off. I've tried searching but there doesn't seem to be a concise explanation if it can actually be done. I know I can make clipping masks and minus front and all that but I was wondering if there's a simple solution. Let me know if you need more details.


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I don't think there's a native setting. You'd have to kind of hack it. –  Johannes Mar 2 '12 at 4:16
Oh ok, that's what I seemed to be finding everywhere. –  MxmastaMills Mar 2 '12 at 4:19
Be aware, open strokes on filled shapes can cause all sorts of issues with files. It's best to have 2 objects. A shape with a file, then an open path around the shape if needed. –  Scott Nov 9 '13 at 2:08

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Delete the line connecting the 2 anchor points on either end of the "strokeless" side. It will leave an open shape, but shouldn't cause any major issues. The stroke won't be applied to the open edge.

The other approach is to expand the stroke as a separate object and modify it separately from the fill object.

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Ah, ok, yeah that worked. Thanks for the help tonight. –  MxmastaMills Mar 2 '12 at 5:01

For more clarity - a simple way is to select 'A' for the white arrow tool - drag a selection through the line part of one of the box sides and hit delete.

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  1. Choose Direct Select tool (A) which I call the ANCHOR tool for my students.
  2. Press + to add an anchor. (Changes direct select tool to pen + tool).
  3. Click on the stroke half way between the two anchors you want to remove the stroke from.
  4. Hit delete.

Stroke disappears.

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This one is great! –  Reshad Aug 10 '14 at 21:31

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