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So I'm trying to figure out how to add a curved little highlight to the right of this rounded rectangle. I have a highlight underneath (in it light green), but I can not for the life of me create one to sit beside this rounded rectangle.

I tried to draw it with the pen tool, but it looks "off" I tried to use the shape builder but that just gives me a semi circle. When I add the stroke, it obviously strokes the full object.

Any ideas?? I'm using AI CC.

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    Can you maybe Photoshop us up a quick visualization of what you're trying to accomplish? I think I have an easy way to accomplish this, using strokes, but I need to make sure we are on the same page. – Manly Jun 7 '16 at 18:03
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Just going off of what I picture in my head that you are after. I would use a circular path, stroked, with a round cap:

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Select which Anchor Point(s) you'd like removed and delete:

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Add a round cap:

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Voilà:

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When you get your highlight how you want it, I would suggest expanding its appearance (Object > Expand).

Edit
I just realized that I made my highlight inside the rectangle and not beside it, but the method is still the same, regardless of where the highlight gets placed.

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    Yes! Thank you so much. It didn't even dawn on me to just delete the anchor points. – Anna Platano Smith Jun 8 '16 at 0:51
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Just to add to Manly's answer—If you are working with irregular shapes, you can use the Offset Path function (Object → Path → Offset Path...) to get the paths you need. Use a negative value to inset and a positive value to outset.

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Delete the parts you don't need, set a stroke etc:

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    Thank you! I also didn't think of this method. Very helpful for odd shapes. Thanks! – Anna Platano Smith Jun 8 '16 at 0:52

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