I recently got the Adobe Illustrator Software and have been enjoying it. My main problem is that when I use a Calligraphic Pressure Brush with 3pt Variety and try to erase the line, the line shrinks from its original size. I have searched and searched online to see if anyone else has found this and no luck. I tried using the path eraser tool for a good while but it is really tedious and annoying. If you need a video Example of what is occurring I can whip it up and share it.

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Unfortunately, that's the way Illustrator works.

In this specific case, I use the Scissors tool and I erase the unwanted path after. This method keeps the pressure variation.

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If you don't need to edit the stroke after, and want to keep the shape, got to "Object" -> "Expand Appearance" and it will convert the strokes to an outlined vector shape. Before - line stroke After - Expand Appearance

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