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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Removing a section of a stroked path in Illustrator

I'm creating a shield and have used a few shapes with multiple strokes. See pic below. I'm not sure how to get rid of the indicated part of a stroke. If there is a better way, by not using strokes I'm ...
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What's the more appropriate way to introduce a “flashback” in a graphic novel, in terms of color, line strokes and panel shape?

i'm in the process of making a graphic novel together with a scriptwriter. We're both at our first attempt in making a graphic novel although we are not new in drawing (me) and scripting (him). This ...
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How to make a fill or stroke change its color when the swatch used for it changes?

New to Illustrator, and perhaps I am misunderstanding the purpose of a "swatch". e.g. My understanding was that if you were doing a 4-color design, and one of those "colors" corresponded to some sort ...
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Can I stroke a line with a pattern in illustrator?

I have a diagram with many colour-coded lines and a key to which colour means what: red line = electricity cable; blue line = gas pipe etc. This is inaccessible for colour-blind people. I would ...
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GIMP: Stroke Path along single points

What I need: to draw different sets of icons in the same points of the picture (with the purpose of drawing different network schemes with the same structure). There are A LOT OF Points. Therefore I ...
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How to put a dotted line stroke on a vector shape using Photoshop

I've created a simple vector pennant type banner using Photoshop. I'd like to put a stroke on the banner with dashed lines approximately 3 pixels in from the edges of the shape. I know I can add a ...
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Can I change the pressure amount of a brush line –drawn by mouse pen- after I drew it?

I am using Illustrator for doing some calligraphy, and I am not really experienced with this program. I am using a mouse pen with pressure to draw/write calligraphy. My question is: Can I change the ...
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Delete all strokes at once in Inkscape

I'm trying to recover and old document from my grandfather's stuff. It's pages from a family book. So I scanned the page then inserted it in Inkscape and I inverted the colors so the black ink became ...
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How to add a solid black border around a layer when it is under a Hue/Saturation Layer in photoshop?

I have a Layer which i have adjusted Hue/Saturation with a Hue Saturation Layer in CS 5.1 . I want a solid black border around it. Now when i go to apply stroke to it in blending options, the stroke ...
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Outline of my shapes, but I have no stroke selected?

All of my shapes on my globe are outlined in white even though I do not have a stroke selected and there is not a second stroke showing up in the appearance pallete. How can I get rid of the white ...
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How to make white stroke show up for a shirt printing

hoping you can help me today. I think my question is very simple. I have almost no experience with Adobe, but I am trying to finish up a Christmas present... I am making a digital file for a shirt ...
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Illustrator different color stroke

Is it possible to paint only inside a stroke on illustrator? what i actually want to do is paint the same stroke with different colors in diferent segments of it but i can't do it... Also... I've ...
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How do I cut out strokes from a shape in illustrator

I have a bunch of lines that go behind the layer of a mountain that I have created and I would like to cut them out. Proving to be impossible right now with the pathfinder tool. Any suggestions?
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How do I make a ray effect in Illustrator?

What I've been doing is copied each stroke, selecting the end anchor point and moving it using the arrow keys: Is there an easier way to do the following "semi-circle ray effect" in Illustrator?
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How do I apply a color gradient to a stroke?

I can see the color gradient when my mouse is over the stroke but once I move my mouse away, the gradient goes away with it. How do I apply the gradient, I have been at this for 3 hours?! I am using ...
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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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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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Blurred Stroke on Circles in Photoshop

I'm assuming that this sort of thing should be done in photoshop and not illustrator, so please correct me if you feel otherwise. I'm trying to create circles with blurred stroke in photoshop like ...
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Cut a stroke into pieces in Inkscape

I have drawn the stroke or border, that is without the fill set, of a star with the star tool. Now I want to cut the star stroke into several pieces. I tried to use the eraser tool but it will add ...
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How can I remove two edges of a shape but leave the fill in Inkscape?

I have a hexagon with a border. I can remove one edge from it, and keep the fill colour in it. But if I want to remove a second edge, the fill disappears, because the node has been deleted - as you ...
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How to make spirals into endcaps for strokes?

I'm creating an illustration for a quote and I want to finish the strokes with swirls -like in the image below- but I'm having problems making them look similar. I'm using a spiral tool and adding a ...
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Stroke width tool equivalent in Inkscape

Is there a tool in Inkscape similar to the stroke Width Tool in Illustrator? In other words, is there a way to manipulate the width of a stroke by setting the weight at a given position or anchor ...
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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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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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Illustrator space around outline and removing shape

I've used "//" and "\" to create this "W", and have made them into outlines, as I'm trying to give the different layers a colour, as well as having a white space where the lines touch and I would like ...
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CS6 Illustrator: join two differenty sized lines, maintaining individual stroke Weight

I'm running into an issue trying to join two different size lines together. I am trying to join them together but when I join them it changes the Stroke Weight of one of the lines instead of just ...
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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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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 do I make scratchboard/etching effects?

I'm having a hard time grasping how to get the same brush stroke with the right proportion of space in between like in this image (Marilyn). I'm sure it wasn't free handedly drawn with a brush tool, ...
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How to be sure that a layer is completely empty?

I've got a .psd file with multiple layers. Some layers "seem" empty. I say seem because I cannot see any element on them but I am not sure that there aren't some 1px elements. How can I be sure that ...
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Removing part of a stroke and adding a gradient to a stroke in Illustrator CS5

Here's what I have... The top and bottom half are two separate objects each with their own gradient. I would like to remove the curved horizontal line going across the shape, then I would like to ...
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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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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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Circle with arrows in Illustrator

So I'm trying something pretty simple, that is to have arrows around a circle, like the blue arrows in the following image At the minute, I have a circle, with a stroke, in the stroke flyout menu I ...
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Adding transparency to a gradient on a stroke in After Effects

I'm in the process of creating a loader animation using After Effects. Is there a way I can add a level of transparency to the tail? All the gradient effects I've tried using don't seem to allow you ...
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Outlining a path looks ugly at the start/end of the path

I have a closed path. The corner where I started and ended the path looks like this: When I do Object > Path > Outline Stroke, that corner is not perfectly outlined. Sometimes I can see the ...
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Subtract object's stroke from adjacent objects (to create a border of negative space)

I really don't know how to explain this in words in a simple way, so just take a look at the photo I've linked to below. I have a compound path, and I want to multiply it, but have a "stroke of ...
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Shape outlines show through on other shapes in Illustrator

I started getting a weird issue where outlines of shapes that are behind other shapes are showing through. I tested if it happens in a new document and it doesn't, so it must be something strange ...
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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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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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How to create an editable pixellated stroke

How can I make a stroke look pixellated like this in Photoshop CS6? I'm talking about the sign's border specifically (not the text). Ideally I don't want to have to manually draw the pixels, so it's ...
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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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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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Tip of stroke gets cut off at certain angles in inDesign

I am lettering a comic in inDesign and I've come across this problem. When I create the speech balloons the tip of the tail is cut off. This seems to be an issue with the angle. If I keep the lines ...
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How can I fade an object which uses the gradient or mesh tool?

I am trying to achieve this look in illustrator. I can only do this much using gradient tool in illustrator. Can someone tell me how can I make it look fade out like the first picture?
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Join paths that are branching into 2 or more smaller paths (like nervous system or brain connections) Illustrator

How do I join branching paths? I have tried the 'Join Tool' and 'Direct Selection Tool'. This seems to only work for 2 paths/endpoints? This is what I am trying to achieve: What method can be used ...
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Illustrator: how to fit a circle perfectly inside the arboard

I have the artboard's dimensions set to 1000px by 1000px. I am trying to create a circle that fits perfectly inside the artboard without the circle's edges being "cropped" out, which happens when I ...
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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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Need to erase the stroke between start & end points of a path in Illustrator

I opened a PSD in Illustrator. The file has a path in it, but when given a stroke, it joins the ends of the path, which I do not want. I do not want a closed stroke, instead I want an open stroke.
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Illustrator: How to change stroke weight proportionally without scaling the objects?

I have a bunch of lineworks with different stroke weights. Is there a direct way to reduce/increase all stroke weights proportionally without changing the size of the objects? Thanks, Newton