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

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Illustrator now refuses to draw lines with stroke weight below 1 pt

Starting yesterday, Illustrator has been refusing to let me set a line weight under 1pt. If I set a lower one, the line snaps back to 1pt weight. This is crippling to my work: The art is being output ...
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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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Make fill translucent but keep stroke opaque in Illustrator

How do I set the fill of a rectangle to be 50% opacity, but keep the stroke at full opacity? The transparency panel controls both fill and stroke. I want to set them independently.
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How to adjust Miter Joints to look pointy?

I would like to make the edges of the figure became pointed, similar to that of another figure. I set Stroke Style to Miter Join, but that didn't work. Any solution for this?
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Create a custom stroke with an exact pattern of many different square and rectangular dashes

Can anyone suggest a method that will essentially allow me to use the pattern shown in the below image as a stroke? I want to be able to apply this to any path, and want to ensure that the each ...
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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 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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Extrapolate the curve of a stroke join

Is there a plugin or any other way to make sharp edges of an offset path command or stroke behave like the Extrapolate example in the image below? I have searched but have found nothing so far. ...
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Is there a way to change the widths of a compound path's strokes independently?

The stroke width tool in Illustrator features some really unpredictable behaviour when used on a compound path. When I change the width on one part of the compound path, Illustrator applies that width ...
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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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How can I remove two edges of a shape but leave the fill in Inkscape?

I have a hexagon with a border. I can remove one edge from it, and keep the fill colour in it. But if I want to remove a second edge, the fill disappears, because the node has been deleted - as you ...
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How do I mix rounded and squared caps in a single path in Illustrator?

How could I mix rounded and square caps in one single path in Illustrator? For example, I need to make a rounded cap on the starting point and a square one on its end? See the screen capture ...
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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 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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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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GIMP: Stroke Path along single points

What I need: to draw different sets of icons in the same points of the picture (with the purpose of drawing different network schemes with the same structure). There are A LOT OF Points. Therefore I ...
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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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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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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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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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Outline of my shapes, but I have no stroke selected?

All of my shapes on my globe are outlined in white even though I do not have a stroke selected and there is not a second stroke showing up in the appearance pallete. How can I get rid of the white ...
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Outline stroke from path in Illustrator

I've made a path in Illustrator which I need to be outlined. Quickest way to do this is with Outline Stroke, but then you'll get this united shape (see object in the middle below). Is there a way to ...
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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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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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How to add multiple strokes aligned 'outside' to a type layer in Illustrator 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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How to make spirals into endcaps for strokes?

I'm creating an illustration for a quote and I want to finish the strokes with swirls -like in the image below- but I'm having problems making them look similar. I'm using a spiral tool and adding a ...
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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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Indesign stroke resize

I'm using Adobe Indesign CC 2015. When I create a shape, by default it will add a black stroke to it. So if I need to create a 2 inches square for example, it will be 2 inches stroke included. But if ...
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Removing a section of a stroked path in Illustrator

I'm creating a shield and have used a few shapes with multiple strokes. See pic below. I'm not sure how to get rid of the indicated part of a stroke. If there is a better way, by not using strokes I'm ...
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Average stroke from a fill

I would like to generate an average stroke from a given compound enclosed path, or fill, in Adobe Illustrator CC or Inkscape. Sorry I don't know the mathematical function name to achieve this. I've ...
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Apply stroke only to top layer of clipping mask

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CC. I have a clipping mask with text over colored rectangles. I want to apply stroke to the text in the clipping mask without applying stroke to the rectangles. This is ...
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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 ...
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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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How do I make scratchboard/etching effects?

I'm having a hard time grasping how to get the same brush stroke with the right proportion of space in between like in this image (Marilyn). I'm sure it wasn't free handedly drawn with a brush tool, ...
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Why does the paint brush style revert back to the old setting the moment I start painting?

In Adobe Illustrator I've changed the paint brush style to something else, (this happens with stroke size too) but the moment I start trying to paint the settings revert back to what they were before ...
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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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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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Convert outlined stroke to single stroke

recently I've been messing with Illustrator/Inkscape and trying ot convert something like this: to a single-stroked one(don't know how it's called thoe) like this: I've searched a lot and I ...
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How to make white stroke show up for a shirt printing

hoping you can help me today. I think my question is very simple. I have almost no experience with Adobe, but I am trying to finish up a Christmas present... I am making a digital file for a shirt ...
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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 ...