I created lines using the line segment tool in Adobe Illustrator (latest Adobe Cloud version) and I can't change the color of the stroke (through the Appearance panel) if the stroke weight is less than 2.0pt. enter image description here If the stroke is 2pt or more, then the color around the line changes but not the line itself. enter image description here

The whole behavior is odd for me as I've never faced in Illustrator before.

Edit: added screen below with the line selected. enter image description here

  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. Unfortunately I can't replicate your problem. There must be some hidden effect/stroke somewhere. Perhaps show your layers panel with layers expanded so someone might be able to work out what's wrong.
    – Billy Kerr
    Apr 15, 2019 at 10:54

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In both screenshots you have deselected the line, so we don't see the appearance of the specific line.

It sounds like you have by accident added two strokes to the line. A black 2 pt stroke and a green stroke which becomes visible when it's larger than the black stroke:

  • I updated the post to include an image with the line selected. In it, you can see that there is only one stroke. I created the line using the line segment tool, btw, without any other extra steps. Apr 15, 2019 at 10:29

The reason you can not see the line color applied to a thin path is because you have an appearance attribute applied to the whole layer and this affects all the elements.

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To remove the layer attributes, click on the circle to the right of the layer name (target icon) and from the Appearance panel click on the forbidden icon (Clear appearance icon)

The Target icon, the little round icon displayed at the far right of each individual layer in the Layers panel, is used to select every item on the layer. Click the circular Target icon, then apply a stroke, change a color, or apply a style to all the objects on the layer.


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