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 achieve a sharp pixel perfect stroke effect in Photoshop?

I'm working on retro-style pixel art for a video game. I would like to be able to add a border around a sprite, but I need it to be sharp and "pixel perfect". Using Photoshop's Stroke effect seems ...
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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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Custom stroke caps in Illustrator?

First post here! What I'm trying to accomplish looks fairly simple but so far I've had no luck in finding a way to accomplish it. Essentially I want to create custom stroke caps (or strke profiles if ...
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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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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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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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Delete all strokes at once in Inkscape

I'm trying to recover and old document from my grandfather's stuff. It's pages from a family book. So I scanned the page then inserted it in Inkscape and I inverted the colors so the black ink became ...
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Blurred Stroke on Circles in Photoshop

I'm assuming that this sort of thing should be done in photoshop and not illustrator, so please correct me if you feel otherwise. I'm trying to create circles with blurred stroke in photoshop like ...
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Stop two different paths from connecting at the same point - Illustrator

I was wondering if anybody knew how to stop two different paths from connecting when they meet at the same point in Illustrator while using the pen tool. It's quite the annoyance when they do it when ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to make rounded corners from shapes drawn with lines?

I am trying to make a shape like this: And so far in Illustrator, I've drawn this: Now, I know how to make a rectangle/square rounded. Select object, go to Effect -> Stylize -> Rounded ...
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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 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 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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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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Change Multiple Line Stroke in Illustrator and mantain the same distance between them

I have a serious problem. I want to change the weight of multiple lines but when I try do that the distance between them disapears and overlap. In straight lines that doesn´t happens, but in diagonal ...
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How do I keep the spaces in my dashed line from changing when I modify the line length in Illustrator?

Using Adobe Illustrator CS6, I drew a line and clicked the "Dashed Line" option in the stroke palette. When I change the length of the dashed line, by grabbing an endpoint and moving it or clipping ...
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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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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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Transparent path/stroke fill in Illustrator

This is an odd request and something I've never had to worry about in Illustrator until now. I'm building out a logo that will be printed on a shirt. Instead of having a solid black border around the ...
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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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What's the more appropriate way to introduce a “flashback” in a graphic novel, in terms of color, line strokes and panel shape?

i'm in the process of making a graphic novel together with a scriptwriter. We're both at our first attempt in making a graphic novel although we are not new in drawing (me) and scripting (him). This ...
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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 ...
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How do I create a stroke like this?

I've tried multiple tutorials and even asked the designer — (his response: "If you want it perfect you will have to create it in adobe illustrator and import it into photoshop. In the case of the two ...
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I'm trying to create a letter with multiple strokes within a stroke.

I want to create something like the attached photo, but with other letters and shapes. does anyone know how to do this?
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How do I create a dual lined border in Photoshop?

I have a square box, that I need to create a dual lined border of differing widths. I've selected the shape and then done a 10px stroke inside. Now I want to add a 2nd rectangle of 5px width that is ...
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How do I make a shape not show outside its stroke in Illustrator

As said in the title I need to know how to make it so a shape does not show outside its stroke in Illustrator. As you can see in the image. The black shape, which is a circle, is going outside of its ...
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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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Change default stroke alignment in Illustrator

I can't believe that I couldn't even find somebody asking this question. I just signed-up to stackexchange to ask this... I know I can change the default appearance of objects in Illustrator. But is ...
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How to change stroke width of image made by drawing in iPad?

I have a drawing using Adobe Ideas app in iPad, then export it to PDF to open it with Inkscape. It is a vector image since I can enlarge it as much as I want. However the width of the stroke too big ...
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I need help with making the lines sharper in a drawing

As the title says, I need help with making the lines sharper in a drawing my friend drew. He asked me if I can make the lines better, and I have tried going over it with the brush tool but it's going ...
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Two points on curved path have a “gap” when stroke width is increased

I apologize if this has been asked before, but I don't really know what to search for. The issue is that I'm designing a "shield" emblem for my company, and I've done that by creating one half with ...
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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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Illustrator: changing the opacity of fill and stroke independently won't work

I've read various threads on how one can change the opacity values of stroke and fill individually by going to the Appearance panel. Unfortunately I cannot do that and I'mm stuck. As you can see in ...
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Illustrator adding multiple stroke to type layer on outside, in CS6

Trying to do something which seems so simple and failing badly. I have created a simple Type layer. I need to add two strokes to the layer. But I would like the stroke to be on the outside of the ...
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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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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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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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Illustrator - set stroke colour of multiple objects as respective fill colours

I have traced a photo in Illustrator, resulting in a complicated vector image with 20 colours. I would like to add a stroke to all of the shapes in the image and set the stroke colour to be the same ...