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I want to make a bracket like this, but the longer, top line should be slightly thicker than the vertical, shorter lines. This seems surprisingly hard:

  • I cannot align the lines of different width using smart guides (and/or changing the stroke settings below), it's offset and if I match 'manually', resizing the thing changes the relative positions
  • Starting out with a square with stroke and no fill, I can easily get the result below (leaving out bottom, longer line), but fail at isolating the lines (without changing them) to change their widths individually.

This drives me crazy, I hope whoever reads this can empathize... any help or advice welcome

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You can't have one path with multiple stroke widths. You can create a stroke with varying width for one path, but it won't work for this.

Try this instead: Do Object > Expand to expand the stroke to a filled shape, then select two anchors and nudge them with the arrow keys, while counting how many you nudged it by. Repeat for the other side.

Example

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  • It could be done with stacking width points, similar to stacking gradient color stops for a hard edge. But.... it's really a nightmare to try and control the Width Tool that way, especially on corners. – Scott Jan 19 at 17:43
  • @Scott -there are many ways this could be done, but since the OP has already created a stroke, this is a simple method to continue from that point. – Billy Kerr Jan 19 at 17:45
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    I agree and +1'd already :) – Scott Jan 19 at 17:45
  • ow. I seemed completely off track with this one, thank you. So, the upshot is, this approach is much more feasible than multiple line objects, correct? +1 from me too, obviously – user2305193 Jan 19 at 19:13
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    @user2305193 This is just one simple method starting from a stroke. But there are also other possible methods. For example, using the pen tool and a grid, or doing a unite boolean operation on some rectangles, or a difference boolean operation, or using the shape builder tool, etc, etc. – Billy Kerr Jan 19 at 21:47

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