Questions tagged [stroke]

Questions about objects' outline. Mostly applies to vector programs, where the stroke is editable separately from the object's fill.

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Lincap goes from rounded to squared when expanding layer in Illustrator

I have a stroke with rounded caps. When I go to expand the stroke, the end turns back to squared while the beginning node is kept rounded. How do I preserve the rounded cap? https://screencast.com/t/...
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Illustrator Custom Art Brush Stroke Inverted Colour

I'm using a custom art brush I made with the pen tool, and the stroke seems to have a different colour than the fill and I can't figure out how to get the stroke colour to match the colour that is ...
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InDesign - Arrange doesn't work with stroke applied to frame

I'm hoping someone has the answer to this. I have a frame with a stroke around it, and I want to position a text box with the word 'bird' in front of it. There is no colour fill, but I don't think ...
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Not seeing results of blob brush - Illustrator CS6

I'm working through Lynda.com's Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals course (chapter: Reflecting across an angled axis) and I'm having trouble with my blob brush tool. I've been using the tool ...
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Converting a stroke to an object in InDesign

I wan't to convert a stroke to an object in InDesign. Do you know how to do that?
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Illustrator: how to bring fill in front of the stroke?

I'm wondering how to create a stroke so it doesn't overlap the fill of an object. Working in Illustrator CC. Specific example here:
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Does stroke add on the outside or inside of an object in Photoshop?

I'm working on the front panel of a product at my company and I have an old physical model that I have to work off of. It has white outlines around a couple switches etc. These outlines have ...
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How to add a DOUBLE outline to a text or a shape in Adobe Illustrator ?

I am creating a logo and I would like to put a double outline on it, do you know any clever way to do it ?
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How to remove overlapping strokes in Inkscape?

I want to remove black line between the larger and the smaller rectangle. Using Path → Exclusion resulted in this ugly two smaller lines.
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How can I easily create a path out of a non-linear shape in Illustrator?

I'd like to convert this shape into a path from the center so I can easily adjust the weight of the graphic with a stroke. Drawing it anew won't preserve the round elements perfectly.
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Illustrator: can I align an open path to either Inside or Outside

I'm trying to create a quotation mark, and am having trouble aligning my shapes. The top arc is the arc tool, but I can't figure out how to align the stroke to the inside of the line. Could you help ...
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How to convert a signature from JPG to vector strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature to a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small SVG, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no fill ...
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How can multiple arrows be created along a path in inkscape?

I need to indicate the path of light rays along different paths. So along each path, arrows are required (not as arrowheads, but at exact places I want it). How can this be achieved? [Edit: I tried ...
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Merging triangles into a bigger one

I'm trying to make a bigger triangle by merging 2 smaller ones, but I get these strange overlapping corners on the top. What can I do differently to get perfect corners? Attaching an image to ...
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Making text bolder with strokes

In Illustrator, I am trying to make my text bolder by adding a stroke to it. The stroke is the same color as the text, but when saving as SVG, the stroke is considered separate from it, adding ...
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Stroke small text in illustrator

I would like to narrow some small black text, where the fill is black and the stroke is white in order to make the text look thinner. The font's sizes are from 3-6 pt. The stroke I use is 0.005pt. ...
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How can I create a stroked path with the Pen tool?

I'm trying to make 3 px stroke with the regular pen tool without resorting to brush, pencil or anything like that. Is there any way to do that like in Illustrator? This is the image where I'm stuck ...
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Add thick outline to existing artwork in Illustrator [duplicate]

I have some vector images they I need to add a thick outline similar to the image below. Is this possible to do quickly and easily in Illustrator? Note : I have permission/licence to edit and ...
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Illustrator C6 How to count the border width into the box dimension?

Is there any way of telling Illustrator that I want it to include the border width into total dimension of the object? For example I want a box 30x30px with 1px border. Of course I could make it ...
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Outline stroke from path in Illustrator

I've made a path in Illustrator which I need to be outlined. Quickest way to do this is with Outline Stroke, but then you'll get this united shape (see object in the middle below). Is there a way to ...
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How can I do “Stroke Offset” in Illustrator?

In After Effects, when using a shape layer, I can add an offset to the stroke by applying a Trim Path. I want to do something like this: I can convert the text into outlines, and create a stroke of ...
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How to join strokes to be one continuous line in illustrator?

Attached is an image of some icons I drew using the line tool on illustrator, some of these are overlapping on top of each other but I would like to connect all these strokes together so the icon will ...
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Inkscape: bucket fill area enclosed by stroke

I have got a path that encloses small areas within it. I would like to fill each small square below with some color using the bucket fill tool in Inkscape. However, it always tells me the "area is ...
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Brush outline and fill

I have made a pattern brush to apply for a hand drawn brush. It usually works nicely, but yesterday it went started acting up. When I draw, I have a solid outline and invisible fill (which looks like ...
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How do I stop strokes from increasing the measurements of an object?

When I draw a box that's 4x2. The transform panel usually confirms this measurement by showing W:4 (width) and H:2 (height). The new version adds the stroke measurement to this which makes it ...
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How do I stop Illustrator filling in areas of a path even when 'no fill' is assigned

I'm using a 0.5 3pt round brushstroke and no fill yet Illustrator often fills in areas where there is a loop or corner, as in the example image. How do I stop it from doing this? Fidelity is on 0.5px ...
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How do you create these illustrations in Illustrator that look like pencils by Ryan Putnam?

I want to achieve the same style in Illustrator like the ones in here https://www.dropbox.com/pro
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Create some Stroke from expanded shape

I created some shape using 6 pixels stroke (no fill), then I expanded it and get the desired shape. Later, I need the same shape with thinner lines, but resizing does not work well for it. So, the ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How do you expand a vector to the extent of the stroke?

I have some vector shapes with a white fill and a 0.3pt white stroke. What I want to do is expand the shape to the extent of the outside edge of the stroke. To put it in kind of visual terms, what I'...
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Illustrator: Prevent stroke crossing with converging shapes

I've got three triangular shapes, converging towards a single points. Even though I've chosen inline stroke alignment, the strokes cross at the converging anchor point (see picture). How do I prevent ...
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How to snap end points of straight lines to form connected triangles?

I'm trying to create connected triangles in inkscape. Similar to how the header of https://blender.stackexchange.com/ looks like: except that I only want triangles and no fill, just strokes. I ...
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Why are my strokes showing up black, with no colour selected?

All of my strokes are coming with a random black 1pt stroke that I can't edit or get rid of. I can change the colour of the 'outer' stroke, which is technically the same line. That shouldn't be ...
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InDesign — Avoiding the gap on some stroke types

Is there a way to avoid the ugly gap while using the right (or left) slant hash stroke type? My workaround is to create a circle-like shape instead of circle: …and to adjust the two ends manually: ...
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Apply blending mode only to fill in Illustrator

Would this be possible? Applying for example an "overlay" blending mode to the fill of a shape while keeping the mode of the stroke set to normal? Or would I have to duplicate the shape?
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Inkscape How to create outer border after Clip 'Set'?

Not sure I am asking this correctly. Here's my problem, Originally, I perform 'Object' --> 'Clip' --> 'Set' on 2 images. Here's the result: Note that the pink color object is successfully contained ...
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Illustrator - not outlining entire path

This is ridiculous: I have a simple looping path. It has a stroke and a fill. I apply "Object > Path > Outline Stroke" and it only applies to half the path. If I break the loop in two places, it ...
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Is there any way to add a round cap on a pattern brush stroke?

I'm trying to create laces with rounded ends, so I created my pattern then turned it into a pattern brush with Auto-Between cornering. No matter what I do, the "Round Cap" setting under Stroke ...
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Arabic Text stroke overlap (with zero fill)

How do I remove the stroke overlap between the individual Arabic characters when I use zero fill or even white fill?
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How can I control the dots (and gaps) on a stroke in Illustrator?

I'm trying to recreate the attached image, and I'm hitting a wall that seems like a no brainer, but I just can't figure it out! I need to have a dotted line with a set number of dots (29 to be exact) ...
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How can i get this stroke with square corners? (illustrator CS6)

I'd love to get some more insight on this. So i'm trying to get this stroke to respect the sharp corners of a letter C. I'm trying to make the round corners to look like the upper one: I made ...
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Display zero-width strokes in Illustrator?

I'm working on some die-cutting designs in Illustrator. I have made a symbol out of a 200px-wide rectangular shape. The stroke around the shape's perimeter has a thickness of 1px. As a result, the ...
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How to make a Pattern brush that doesn't distort the pattern shape?

we have a LASER-CUT machine, and we need to build a template for strass & Diamond. I use Adobe Illustrator CS6, and I've tried to let the object follow the path of template using Pattern Brush. ...
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Shape gets distorted when adding stroke in Illustrator CS6

I very recently started learning how to use Adobe Illustrator (CS6), and just now I noticed something strange. When I add a 1pt stroke to my shape, it gets slightly distorted. This distortion does not ...
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How do I make the inner outline of a stroke have a gradient on my map?

Excuse any ignorance, I am actually a GIS Analyst (a cartographer) and do most of my work in GIS software. I am making a map where I need to create inner outlines, based off of an older map my work ...
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Equalize (reset) stroke width along a path in Inkscape

Like a million people out in the real world, I do not understand how strokes work in Inkscape, and do not have the time or dedication allotment to really learn. I have through sheer act of luck and ...
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How to control strokes in Illustrator?

My stroke is bleeding, and I was wondering how to clean up dirty stroke corners. I'm creating a simple envelope for a newsletter (rectangle and triangle), but the triangle stroke is bleeding over. ...
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Can't Set Illustrator Stroke Weight

Recently my Illustrator CS6 on 10.11.5 El Capitan has started to change the stroke weight I'd like to a random anomaly. For example if I try set the stroke weight to 1mm it automatically changes it to ...
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Remove objects, leaving only the stroke and the drop shadow (illustrator)

Just found this site! Seems pretty awesome. Im wondering if anyone knows how to achieve this effect: I want to remove the white objects (text) from the image, but keep the stroke and the drop shadow. ...
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Transparent stroke overlap in Illustrator

I'm trying to do a semi-transparent stroke on a path. When 2 different paths overlap (right) the area where they cross is darker, as expected. But if it a single path there is no such area (left). Any ...
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Importing EPS to Adobe Photoshop adds stroke around the objects

I have created an object using Adobe Illustrator and when saving as EPS file and opening it on Photoshop, I see all these white stokes around them: if I save it as PNG and open it with a photo ...