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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Should I outline or expand strokes when making a logo?

Do I have to outline or expand strokes when making a logo? When I use an ink brush for example, should I expand or outline the stroke or can I leave it if I want to?
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How to add a specified gap in a object stroke without separating the two?

I feel like this should be a simple technique, but I haven't been able to find information on it. So basically what I'm wanting to do is add any number of gaps in any place along a stroke on an object,...
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How to trace pattern along a path in GIMP?

I need to know how to trace patterns along paths, like in this image: I've tried to stroke the selection with pattern, but that obviously doesn't care about any angles and only works like a mask.
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How to change colour of outline after I draw with a brush in Photoshop?

I drew something in Photoshop using brushes but I wanted to change the outline colour. I have seen many people change the outline colour without any side effect like became thicker. I tried to use the ...
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Why does Affinity Designer stroke not match the object?

If you look at the upper left of the N you can see the outline matches the object perfectly. But on the upper right side the outline is diagonal to the sharp corner, but I want it just like the left ...
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Can't change the stroke width for a symbol object in inkscape

I have inserted a flowchart object using: Object -> Symbol. I can not change the stroke width as I usually do from the fill and stroke. Even when I try to make the stroke width to 0, it has not ...
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Illustrator: gradient stroke artefacts

I am currently trying to recreate the "drop shadow" appearance effect as a vector. As suggested by this tutorial, I tried supplementing the benefits of stroke-gradients. While it did work with other ...
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Illustrator CC artifacts in text stroke

I'm working on a logo in Illustrator CC, and have a single letter (text) with 5 strokes, but for some reason there are random black artifacts/lines that appear in the stroke. I hoped it was just a ...
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illustrator cut text from a shape with a brush

I have a rectangle with a brush applied like this: I then put some text on top of the shape like here: I want to subtract text from that shape so that it is cut out. when I use pathfinder => ...
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Trying to turn brush stokes into something so i can move it without lag

I could not find a font that I liked so I kind of made my own. However I used so many strokes with my brush that it makes ai very laggy when i try to downsize, move etc. I was just wondering whether ...
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Unable to draw logo with correct strokes and shadow

I am trying to design a logo for my company. However I have tried for 12 hours now making the design below, but I have huge problems getting what I want. I want the road to be crossing the other one ...
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How to keep pointed stroke on a triangle after expanding?

How do I keep my pointed bottom edges of the triangle sharp? I have a triangle with a stroke but after I expand the shape it looses it's pointed edges but only at the bottom, why is this? I haven't ...
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Why my illustrator brush acts differently than the tutorial one?

I am having a problem in following a tutorial: it's like my all my brushes "fold" in the corners while in the video (and I also remeber I could do it in the past) the edges of the brushes are sharp. ...
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Odd outline in Adobe Illustrator [duplicate]

I wonder why the circle on the top has weird outline. My zoom is set to 100%. I am working in CMYK color mode and this is my settings.
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Illustrator: how do I equally space interlocking shapes

I have an illustration consisting of different geometric shapes. All of them are touching each other, they "lock in" to each other if you will. I would like to space them all out from each other ...
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How to create an outline of a outline using illustrator?

I'm new to graphic design and self learning adobe illustrator. I have been attempting to create almost like contour lines around an image but cannot seem to figure it out. Any tips on how to go ...
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Can I align a stroke to the inside of a shape with “Apply gradient across stroke”

I am trying to make a gradient going from the edge of a shape to its offset center, to make it look like letters that have been forged or carved in stone, in this style (but with 0° shadows): ...
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How to change the color of this line?

I want to change the color of this black line. It should have the color #7C6741 But when I do that, it looks like this
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Outlining a group of movable objects in Inkscape

So I have a group of completely arbitrary objects in Inkscape that I want an outline around. Not around each individual object, but around the group as a whole. So I convert to paths, do a Union, ...
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How do I keep rounded corners consistent in InDesign when drawing a stroke?

I'm working on a diagram where I want my strokes corners to be rounded and keep consistent. However, when I draw a stroke, the measure doesn't seem to apply to all corners equally. I didn't scale this ...
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Non-contiguous stroke (pixels touching diagonally) in Photoshop

I need to make a few custom subtitle bitmaps for a DVD. The trouble is that DVDs support only 3 colours, which gives me one colour for letters, one for anti-aliasing and one for outline. What I've ...
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How to Outline stroke included appearance panel

Hello. I'm an illustrator in Korea. I have one question. How to outline stroke to stroke in appearance panel? (now.. If I create outline to type still on stroke option not change to path.) I have ...
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Creating a line of dots that goes gradually from 1PPI to 1000PPI (DPI) in Illustrator

I'm testing a laser cutter and need to make a "graduated" line consisting of tiny dots that goes from 0 or 1 PPI(DPI) to 1000 PPI(DPI) - breaking a line into gradually smaller pieces with same-size ...
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How to convert line to object with stroke and without fill in Inkscape

I want to convert a line element to an object in Inkscape and add a stroke to this object without fill. How can I do that?
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How do I convert these paths so that I have a transparent fill and colored stroke?

I apologize in advance for failing to ask my question articulately. I'm pretty new to illustrator and following a tutorial where he/she at one point changes the colors of the outline of the mug seen ...
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combining layers in illustrator, adding stroke & shadow [duplicate]

I'm trying to put together a logo that consists of more than one layer but I want to put a stroke around it. I can't seem to figure out how to combine these layers together so the stroke will only go ...
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How to create Illustrations with thick outer strokes?

I have seen quite a lot of illustrations on Dribble which have thick strokes. For example this one. I have a general idea, and can go about making some of my own designs like this. But I don't think ...
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How do I give a stroke knockout transparency in Inkscape?

Ok, I'll admit, this is a really weird question. What I'm trying to do is have a transparent stroke. By that, I mean that the stroke takes up space, but it's showing what's behind the object. When I ...
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Default style of arrows in Inkspace

Is there a way to set default settings of the arrow marker in Inkspace with a given color and style? Currently I copy/paste the line shown below into documents to retain the style.
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Inkscape: Convert “filled” lines of imported .svg to no-dimension strokes

I've exported a 2D drawing from Sketchup which consist of not filled shapes made with lines. I want to keep the exact dimensions and manipulate it in Inkscape, so I imported it using Vector Magic. The ...
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Cannot change the width profile of a brush stroke in Illustrator

I'm learning to use Illustrator and I've maid a brush stroke, but I cannot change the width profile of the brush stroke. This is what I do: I select the stroke I've made with my custom brush, I go to ...
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Creating a striped line in Illustrator

I'm trying to model some wire for a wiring diagram and I'm trying to figure out a quick way to model striped wire in Illustrator. I can do a solid wire by making a line and then adding a secondary ...
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How do you change the thickness of one side of an object in Illustrator?

I want to create this type of effect on text in illustrator but where there are 2 objects next to one another they create a thicker line or distort like in the W. I first wrote out the text and ...
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Path with decreasing stroke SVG

I'm writing a program in Julia that creates SVG images. My program generates the figure on the left, and I want the same figure, but with a decreasing stroke, like the one on the right (dont mind the ...
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3 rectangles with same stroke weight appear different

I am working on a catalog that has a bizarre issue that we can't seem to get to the bottom of. The top two rectangles are from an older document from a client, and the boxes have the same stroke ...
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Resizing adds on the stroke width

I have a graphic in illustrator CC that I need to resize. The original size is about 3.5, when I go to resize it to 10.5 it bumps itself up to 10.6 adding the dimensions of the outer most stroke.
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Strokes appearing on my logo in the browser when no stroke colour has been set on the SVG in Illustrator [duplicate]

First of all please forgive my lack of experience in illustrator, I've just started out and am therefore a complete novice in design. I've just created my logo, saved and exported it as an SVG. It ...
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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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Where is the option for scaling stroke width in Inkscape? [duplicate]

When you scale objects in Inkscape, it either scales the stroke with the object, or it leaves the stroke width alone. I think I've seen a button for it on another post next to "Affect:" but can'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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Is it possible to convert a path to a stroke?

What I'm doing is animating a stroke by first setting its stroke-dasharray and stroke-dashoffset, and then animating its stroke-dashoffset, so that the stroke appears as if it is being drawn by an ...
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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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Textured and gradient image as stroke/outline of logo

I am trying to get a textured, gold outline on a logo. I want it to be the texture and gradient of an image of gold. I tried to create a clipping mask but I don't want the fill, only the outline. Is ...
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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 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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Random stroke width change (using Brush Tool)

I'm getting these random variations in my path's stroke and it's driving me crazy not knowing how to fix it. Anyone have any ideas? I want no style to this stroke but it seems to be going wonky in ...
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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 ...