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Simply draw your paths then use the Width Tool: You can click-drag a stroke to alter its width in Illustrator CS5 or CS6.


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I'd like to note two things. First, you want to watch your width when you're dealing with shapes. Something that tapers and swells smoothly and consistently will look a lot better. Also, I find when I'm trying to draw smooth curves that I draw them better if I set the curve handles in a way that they flow from one into the next. Let me illustrate with a ...


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You could simply use the Spiral Tool..... when drawing with the Spiral Tool, tapping the up and down arrows on the keyboard will increase/decrease the amount of arcs as you drag, and holding down the Command/Ctrl key while you drag will allow you to adjust how tight the spiral is. Then use the Width Tool to add some dimension to the path: In the end ...


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That happened because you connected the two vertical lines, giving an extreme small angle, resulting in a very pointy tip. You could change the corner appearance in the stroke palette (e.g. round) to adress this. But you really only need to connect them if you want to draw a shape.


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If you only care about the outside corners, you could use the round corner in stroke settings. This one is in Illustrator: And this one is in Photoshop: Like I said though, this will only make the outer corners round. The inner corners will still be sharp. The round corners stylize effect in illustrator is more versatile and controllable.


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As per request, a script to do this on selected paths. This is an alternative for @CConroy answer that may make things easier to do in the long run. It draws symbols on points and tangents and connects the tangents with lines, You can use symbols palette to change how they look after the fact. Might be useful for somebody. Put following in a .jsx file and ...


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There are actually many ways to accomplish rounded shapes.... You can draw circles at ends of rectangles and use Pathfinder or the Shape Builder Tool. You can use Effect > Stylize > Round Corners You can use VectorScribe from Astute Graphics (third party $$ plug in -- See note below). You can use thick strokes with round end caps. And then, of course,...


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There's a trick... it's not an open path. It's a closed path with 3 sides outside the canvas. By making 3 sides fall off the canvas, their edges aren't seen, the path is closed and you can then apply layer styles to it.


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Go to brush panel, Select Shape Dynamics, Select Fade as the Control type of Size Jitter.By increasing the length of the Fade you can control the how quickly it transitions from thickest to thinnest point. Having this approximate the length of the line you are stroking will likely yield best results. Additionally the Minimum Diameter can be set to ensure ...


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Let's say we have 2 shapes as on your picture (face + head). I make these two shapes overlapping with the face layer below the "head": I duplicate the head layer, Select 1 head and face layers and by Pathfinder operation Minus Back get this perfect match - Next: Let's say you should create long ray as you asked. I choose on Direct Selection Tool (...


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Start by drawing a line and circle and style each how you would like the polygon sides and vertices to look. Drag the line to the Brushes panel and choose Pattern Brush. In the Pattern Brush Options dialog, set the first tile (Outer Corner) to None and hit OK. Then, Option-drag your circle onto the Brushes Panel into that first tile slot. You'll return to ...


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If the path is a stroke Make a square that cuts off the top part of the V shape. You do not need a fill or stroke for the square. Select both, go to Object -> Clipping Mask -> Make. If the path is expanded You can use the direct select tool and manually move the inner-endpoints down. OR Make a square that cuts off the top part of the V shape. Open ...


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It would be far easier to draw in Illustrator and then copy paste into Photoshop. More on this later. How to do this in Photoshop Unfortunately theres no direct way of doing this in Photoshop. Don't let that discourage you it is still possible to this. We just need to fish slightly further. Draw a line on horizontal or vertical. Select the line. Enter ...


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With the Pen Tool selected, or an existing shape or path selected with a Selection Tool, change the Path Operation to Combine Shapes.


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Illustrator ships with several nice brushes. If you choose Open Brush Library > Artistic > Artistic_ChalkCharcoalPencil from the Brush Panel menu, several pencil-like brushes will load. From there, using a brush to draw whatever it is you want and applying one of the brushes should give you a pencil-like line. If you are working with existing shapes, you ...


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If you are trying to save the shape for further manipulation, all you need to do is name the path in the Path window so it won't get overwritten when you create another shape. If you don't see your Paths window go to Window > Path to show it. To create a shape with the pen tool from the start, make sure the Shape Layer icon is selected.


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A similar approach can be taken in Photoshop, but here is one solution done in Illustrator: 1) Draw rectangle 2) Select rectangle > Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners > ~10px 3) Select Direction Arrow (a) > Grab top right corner of rectangle holding shift to keep structure and create your desired angle 4) Select rectangle > Object &...


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Smart guides (ctrl-u / cmd-u) can help, but they aren't always enough, especially on curves. Often it's best to overlapping path lines - if it's solid fill it might be better to just go underneath, and if it's empty outlines it might be better to just stop when you connect the line (like you would if drawing on paper: you wouldn't carefully draw over the ...


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Draw your path and merely set the stroke options in the Control Bar across the top of the screen. This is possible in CS6 or newer with vector layers. For versions prior to Photoshop CS6 you'll need to check here: Do paths in Adobe Photoshop have to be closed?


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If you have Adobe Illustrator and all you need are rectangles, you can simply use a dashed stroke with a large stroke weight.... If you need one rectangle, as AndroidHustle suggests, simply untick the "Dashed Line" option. Then to edit the rectangles, choose Object > Expand. Then copy this in Illustrator, switch to Photoshop and Paste as a Shape Layer. ...


3

If you undo while in the middle of drawing a path, you can click the last point in the path to let Photoshop know that you want to continue drawing the same path. This also keeps it on the same layer. Also, if you set the Pen tool to Shape, it will keep drawing on the same layer (but the path won't be connected unless you click on the point you want to ...


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Not entirely. When it comes to both of these tools (pen to less extent) as depressed they leave not only thinner, but also lighter trace. That can't be easily simulated in Ill. Other aspects however are more or less achievable. As for pencil/pen simulation, I'd go for calligraphic brush sensitive to pressure (I assume you've got access to pressure ...


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With a lot of practice and a great deal of care, you can probably get that hand-sketched look in Illustrator using the pencil tool and brushes, but that's an arduous way to go about it. It's not what Illustrator was made for, so you're fighting the tool rather than making it work for you. What's fast is to draw by hand on paper, scan, and import into ...


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Select all objects, and go to Object > Path > Offset Path to offset all the objects to 0.1mm. that should work


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Upgraded from a comment: It looks like an open path and the "strikeout" is an auto-attempt to close the path for the mask. Try converting the text to an outline (rather than a stroked path) before making the clipping mask?


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Easiest method I use... click for the second anchor away from the other path, while holding the click depress the Space bar and drag the click where you want it to be. This will prevent the two paths from joining. You just have to click and move with the spacebar down. This is generally the fastest method since you don't need to lock or hide or ...


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I'd hazard a guess that in 99.5% of uses such as this those flourishes are not drawn or created. Rather they are decorative glyphs found in any number of fonts. Here's one such font: http://www.myfonts.com/search/fleurons/fonts/ Simply pick the glyph you want and set it like you would any type character. If you really want to draw your own, it simply ...


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You can use the scale tool with the tangent. Once the tangent is selected with the direct selection tool (a) click on the vertex tangent to move scale pivot to vertex. By holding Shift you can now constrain the scaling to be equal in both direction, which achieves what you want. You can also scale both tangents in unison this way. Screencast 1: Moving ...


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There are two solutions to this. The first: Go to Edit > Preferences > General Check the box "Scale strokes and effects" That solves it! The first is somewhat temporal or should I say local to your machine because if you send the ai file to someone else and they don't have this stuff checked, they run into the same issue. The Second fix. Click on ...



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