Questions about objects' outline. Mostly applies to vector programs, where the stroke is editable separately from the object's fill.

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How can I convert a jpg-signature into strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature into a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small svg, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no ...
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How to manipulate only one stroke/side of a shape/object in Illustrator CS5

How would I manipulate only a single stroke of a rectangle while leaving the strokes unchanged? For example, if I have a line and use effects > Distort & Transform > ZigZag, the line ...
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How can I separate a stroke from the raster image in Photoshop?

I've added a stroke to a rasterised image (Edit -> Stroke). Now, how do I select the stroke so I can copy it into a new layer and delete the current layer, leaving me with just the outline of the ...
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How to custom color the stroke in Adobe Illustrator?

I am wanting the stroke of the text I'm creating to match the fill color of the text, to give it a 'bolder' look in Adobe Illustrator. I cannot seem to figure out how to eyedrop the custom color for ...
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Inkscape unable to add the same stroke width to all paths

Hi i just modified a text into paths and curved some paths, i attach an svg of my work. Now i just would like to add stroke to the object so that i can make bold the text, but as you can see , trying ...
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How to make a stroke that is separated from its object?

I want to make a stroke to be a little bit further than the object itself, so between object and stroke there will be a transparency. By default, the stroke is touching the object. How can I achieve ...
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Illustrator How can I do this? > draw a stroke with a shadow?

Hi how can I do this: draw a stroke in illustrator with a shadow? Thanks
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Stroke adding size to an object

I know this happens in indesign where i would create a 3"x3" object and when i add a stroke it becomes 3.0139x3.0139. I know the shape is still the same, but is there a way i can disable this and have ...
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How do I make an incomplete circle stroke for a donut chart?

I'm trying to emulate this type of stroke: So far, I've only been able to pen over the stroke and try to Minus it off (though I'm a rookie and still don't understand the whole pathfinder tool ...
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Does any body know how to dynamically change outline in illustrator?

I know the setting Edit > Preferences > General > Check "Scale stroke & effects". But this setting is changing outline setting for all objects in illustrator. Does anybody know setting for only ...
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How do I create orbital circles around a letter like on the sphere?

I need to create something like this, and I don't know how to! How can I create "orbiting" circles around a sphere similar to the symbol for an atom?
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How to add a DOUBLE outline to a text or a shape in Adobe Illustrator ?

I am creating a logo and I would like to put a double outline on it, do you know any clever way to do it ?
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How to make circle with bordered boundary using ellipse tool

I am trying to make a simple "Q" logo in gimp. Instead of just typing the character "Q" in big font I am trying to make it using "Ellipse tool". However, I don't know how to make the borders of the ...
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How do I cut out strokes from a shape in illustrator

I have a bunch of lines that go behind the layer of a mountain that I have created and I would like to cut them out. Proving to be impossible right now with the pathfinder tool. Any suggestions?
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Illustrator cannot add stroke to path

Can someone tell me why i cannot add a stroke to the selected path? I have opened the file multiple times/copied and pasted the paths and tried to change the color and weight of the stroke. I ...
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How can I make a double stroke in Photoshop?

I have a group of merged shapes. How can I make a double stroke in Photoshop? I'm using Photoshop CC
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Aligning objects without them popping over

In Illustrator I can't align an object with a stroke with an object without a stroke. It keeps popping over out of alignment. How can I stop it from popping over?
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How to set path to middle of stroke Illustrator CC? [duplicate]

I have a shape that I designed using the pen tool with an extremely thick stroke. As it needed to be laser cut once the shape was complete I went to Object -> Path -> Outline Stroke. This gave ...
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CS6 Illustrator: join two differenty sized lines, maintaining individual stroke Weight

I'm running into an issue trying to join two different size lines together. I am trying to join them together but when I join them it changes the Stroke Weight of one of the lines instead of just ...
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Create some Stroke from expanded shape

I created some shape using 6 pixels stroke (no fill), then I expanded it and get the desired shape. Later, I need the same shape with thinner lines, but resizing does not work well for it. So, the ...
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Illustrator - not outlining entire path

This is ridiculous: I have a simple looping path. It has a stroke and a fill. I apply "Object > Path > Outline Stroke" and it only applies to half the path. If I break the loop in two places, it ...
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Inkscape - Doubled bezier curves

I want to have a bezier curve with a double line stroke. The LinkedOffset option for paths, when I apply it to an unclosed bezier curve, creates a linked offset object that is closed - ie, it draws a ...
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Diagonal lines for brush stroke or dashed stroke

I would like to stroke a path with 45 degree diagonal lines that are set a fixed distance of of 0.125 inches to each other. I'd also like the diagonals not to distort on curves- in other words, I ...
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Stroke just one path in single layer independently

This is a Photoshop question. I created a rectangle in a layer. Then I copied it and moved it until it touched the first one along an edge. I would like to be able to stroke each rectangle ...
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How to add a solid black border around a layer when it is under a Hue/Saturation Layer in photoshop?

I have a Layer which i have adjusted Hue/Saturation with a Hue Saturation Layer in CS 5.1 . I want a solid black border around it. Now when i go to apply stroke to it in blending options, the stroke ...
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Photoshop CS6: Pen/Custom Shape Fill & Stroke Color Options are Locked?

I'm new to Photoshop, and am teaching myself. In playing with the pen and custom shape tool I've noticed that the Fill and Stroke settings for "Shape" appear to be locked. I cannot click to change ...
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Outlining a path looks ugly at the start/end of the path

I have a closed path. The corner where I started and ended the path looks like this: When I do Object > Path > Outline Stroke, that corner is not perfectly outlined. Sometimes I can see the ...
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Illustrator different color stroke

Is it possible to paint only inside a stroke on illustrator? what i actually want to do is paint the same stroke with different colors in diferent segments of it but i can't do it... Also... I've ...
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How to be sure that a layer is completely empty?

I've got a .psd file with multiple layers. Some layers "seem" empty. I say seem because I cannot see any element on them but I am not sure that there aren't some 1px elements. How can I be sure that ...
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Fill shape created using “Pen Tool”

I have created an Arc using Pen Tool in a new layer. I want to fill and the convert it into a shape for further manipulation. I tried "Ctrl + left click" on layer to select the stroke as well as ...
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How to make a fill or stroke change its color when the swatch used for it changes?

New to Illustrator, and perhaps I am misunderstanding the purpose of a "swatch". e.g. My understanding was that if you were doing a 4-color design, and one of those "colors" corresponded to some sort ...
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How to create an editable pixellated stroke

How can I make a stroke look pixellated like this in Photoshop CS6? I'm talking about the sign's border specifically (not the text). Ideally I don't want to have to manually draw the pixels, so ...
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How to change thickness of outline shapes?

How can I change thickness of "outlines", which actually are not strokes but closed shapes? In the following example you can see outlines which I would like to make thicker, all of them. I wish I ...
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How to create a fading effect on the border of an object, with illustrator

Imagine I have a black disc. I would like to create a gradient around the disc, whose value is white 100% opacity on the border of the disc and white 0% opacity at the end of the gradient. Now, ...
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How to create a transparent stroke or outline around a vector shape?

I'm attempting to create a transparent stroke around the inner heart shape, which knocks out the "lungs" layer below to reveal the red bottom layer. I seemed unable to create this as an actual ...
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Illustrator reducing double stroke svg to a single stroke svg

I have a double stroke svg that I want to reduce to a single stroke svg. The area on the svg is defined as some white shapes that are overlayed on a black background, with anchors outlining the shapes ...
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How to make a line in illustrator with $ signs

The behavior I'm looking for is similar to how one can make a path line dashed. Except, instead of being dashes, I'd love to make it show $ signs. Thanks for your help!
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Shape gets distorted when adding stroke in Illustrator CS6

I very recently started learning how to use Adobe Illustrator (CS6), and just now I noticed something strange. When I add a 1pt stroke to my shape, it gets slightly distorted. This distortion does not ...
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Can I stroke a line with a pattern in illustrator?

I have a diagram with many colour-coded lines and a key to which colour means what: red line = electricity cable; blue line = gas pipe etc. This is inaccessible for colour-blind people. I would ...
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Can I change the pressure amount of a brush line –drawn by mouse pen- after I drew it?

I am using Illustrator for doing some calligraphy, and I am not really experienced with this program. I am using a mouse pen with pressure to draw/write calligraphy. My question is: Can I change the ...
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Draw pencil-stroke like line in Gimp

I found this pencil stroke is very fancy and I wondered how it can be emulated in Gimp or Photoshop. Actually I found pencil drawing is really fascinating and I hope to learn more about it. I will ...
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Removing part of a stroke and adding a gradient to a stroke in Illustrator CS5

Here's what I have... The top and bottom half are two separate objects each with their own gradient. I would like to remove the curved horizontal line going across the shape, then I would like to ...
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How to draw a smooth line (small in some places, large in others) like in this image

Check the image I attached above. I need to design a different logo. But need to draw it like this one because both the logos will be placed together (they need to match). So, anyone know how to ...
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How can I add multiple concentric outlines around text?

I can get this effect very easily in Photoshop using the stroke layer style and making it a shape burst gradient, but I want to be able to do it in illustrator so the stroke around the text can be a ...
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Subtract object's stroke from adjacent objects (to create a border of negative space)

I really don't know how to explain this in words in a simple way, so just take a look at the photo I've linked to below. I have a compound path, and I want to multiply it, but have a "stroke of ...