I want to cut a border exactly like the stroke. So i applied offset. But the offset's end is not as pointy as the stroke.it ends up as flat/smooth.

How can i make both the offset and the stroke to have same shape and end pointenter image description here?

  • Hi there again! The pink line is a path with a brush stroke, right? – The B Feb 26 '20 at 17:07
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    Have you tried checking your stroke's settings? (rounded, flat, pointy) Also, zooming in on the pointy end may provide more information (are the points properly joined, etc.) – curious Feb 26 '20 at 17:08
  • @TheB Hello :) no i use pen tool to draw a wavy shape and then from stroke panel i choose 'width profile 1' and then it changes to a smooth one. – Suraiya Abedin Feb 26 '20 at 17:12
  • @curious no i did not. do they matter?? :O i think the problem caused by the offset not stroke setting.... – Suraiya Abedin Feb 26 '20 at 17:14
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    It's a bug with variable strokes... I know it exists in CS6 and a couple early CC versions. No idea what version of AI you are using. – Scott Feb 26 '20 at 17:17

This a workaround which doesn't involve making an offset.

I assume you made the curved shape as a stroke with Width Profile 1. If not, then I suggest you create it that way.

  1. Select the curved shape, copy it, and Paste in Back

  2. Set the stroke colour to white, increase the stroke width

  3. Use the Curvature Tool to click and drag the ends towards the edges of the circle.

  4. Do Object > Expand Appearance

  5. Now select both the black circle and white inner shape, open the Pathfinder and hit Minus Front to cut it out.


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  • Brilliant!!!! Jaw dropping solution!! <3 Thank you so much – Suraiya Abedin Feb 26 '20 at 19:23

To have the result that you want to achieve, it is more preferable that you use the stroke setting, instead of using offset. You will find under the stroke setting (I have it in german) how much the max of a corner should be. If you get some very long corners, then you must adjust the corners of the pink stroke with the pen tool.

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  • Your sample shows a filled shape with a stroke, not an offset path. – Scott Feb 26 '20 at 17:20
  • yes, but that is the way that she has to make, if she wants the corner pointy. She doesn't have to stick with the offset, if she wants that result. – The B Feb 26 '20 at 17:23
  • Then you should explain that in the answer. Because the miter limit won't really have any effect on single stroke with a profile assigned to it. – Scott Feb 26 '20 at 17:29
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    With the pen tool try to make the corner not that sharp, by moving the handles that are connected to the corner point. – The B Feb 26 '20 at 17:44
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    @suraiyaabedin You can edit in images in your original question as an update, then refer to it in a comment :) – curious Feb 26 '20 at 19:43

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