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Custom stroke caps in Illustrator?

You could create end caps by creating custom arrowheads. [Adobe video tutorial link removed. They changed it to some "pop art" tutorial.] You can follow the Adobe Help Pages, here's what ...
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Illustrator: how to bring fill in front of the stroke?

Add your stroke using the Appearance panel (Window → Appearance), you can then drag each appearance attribute to the order that you want. You can use this on a single object, live type or even a ...
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Increase stroke size of an arrow, while keeping the arrowhead unchanged

2022 Update: The functionality described below is now possible directly within the GUI in Inkscape 1.2 which has been redesigned. I'll leave the following answer unedited, but please be aware this is ...
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Can I increase the thickness of an outlined path in Illustrator?

Yes, you can make the outlined path thicker. Simplest way is to just apply a stroke on the outlines. This will then be added to your stroke (so remember it needs to be 1/2 the additional weight you ...
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Responsive SVG path without distorting stroke

As covered in this SO post, you should use vector-effect="non-scaling-stroke" to keep the stroke width the same regardless of the scaling. Updated demo
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What is the difference between a path and a stroke?

A path, as you said, is a set of points. It is a set of coordinates that define a shape. The path itself is only a set of numbers, a mathematical definition, nothing more. Anything you see on your ...
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Illustrator: changing the opacity of fill and stroke independently won't work

You should expand the small triangle on the appearance panel and adjust as usual - If it does not work - probably the problem it the way you created the shapes
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Arrow head brush distorted on a curved path

Another method would be to use a Scatter brush instead of a Pattern brush. Create your arrow head, select it and create new Scatter brush. Select "Rotation relative to path". Select your path, ...
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Transparent path/stroke fill in Illustrator

There is a little known feature, in Illustrator, that allows you to do this non-destructively. That is without expanding and using pathfinder. This can bring some future flexibility to your designs. ...
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Cannot change stroke width in Inkscape

In your file we have two (or three) nested problems. The first is related to the group: for a grouped object we see 0 px as stroke value: Your icon is nested in a series of groups, and you have to ...
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Changing stroke width vertically but not horizontally in Inkscape

There is a way to make variable width strokes using the Power Stroke path effect, however it doesn't seem to work properly with a closed path such as a circle (in Inkscape 0.92) Example: What you ...
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How to make parallel dashed stroke lines?

Make a pattern brush like this from alternating 2 black filled rectangles, and 4 rectangles with no fill and no stroke. Here's an example of the brush with settings, which I then applied to a path. ...
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How to obtain single-stroke fonts for laser cutting

(EDIT:) As true single line fonts are very hard to obtain, tracing is cumbersome and Hershey text is made up of straight segments, I created a free (advertisement-free too) solution where you can ...
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Cut a stroke into pieces in Inkscape

There are several ways to do it. Select the star shape and click Path > Object to Path Add nodes by double clicking using the Edit Paths by Nodes Tool, and/or select a node/nodes where you want to ...
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Changing stroke width vertically but not horizontally in Inkscape

Your example, the O, isn't a stroke with non-uniform width. It's a combined path. This is normal for how letters are constructed. Draw 2 ellipses, fill only, no stroke, different sizes Align the ...
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How do I apply a color gradient to a stroke?

I am not sure at what point you are unable to apply the gradient. Here is a very short tutorial on how to apply a gradient to a stroke. First create the gradient in the gradient panel Once you're ...
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Increase stroke size of an arrow, while keeping the arrowhead unchanged

Draw a horizontal line and set the arrowheads you like. Scale the line until it has the thickness you need. Duplicate the line and do Path > Stroke to Path Ungroup. The two arrowheads are now ...
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Inkscape shape has no stroke

The alpha channel is all the way down. Alpha controls basically the same thing as opacity, but it is for that color specifically. Set it all the way up to have the stroke shown.
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Adobe Illustrator: How do you expand a vector to the extent of the stroke?

A little late to the party here, but here's the way I would do it Object > Path >Offset Path You can adjust the size of the offset (which is basically expansion of the path) and preview it to fine ...
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Average stroke from a fill

Using Inkscape... tl;dr Interpolate paths As a generalized case, this is a very interesting question, for which I have a reasonable answer. However, your specific example is further complicated by ...
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Unable to draw logo with correct strokes and shadow

I assume you're trying to do all this with a single stroke?? Things really depend upon how you currently have objects constructed. In order to get the appearance of an "overlap" you need an overlap. ...
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How to make rounded corners from shapes drawn with lines?

As Johannes mentioned, Joining or using the pen tool is the way to go. You don't need to go to round corners from effects. (Once you've joined the lines, or made them with the pen tool) You can set ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How do you expand a vector to the extent of the stroke?

Object > Expand Appearance then merge with Pathfinder. Alternatively: Object > Path > Outline Stroke
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How can I separate a stroke from the raster image in Photoshop?

There's a few ways to do this: If you're going to use Edit -> Stroke then you must've selected your image first. After you select it create a new layer BEFORE doing the stroke. Then you can delete ...
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Stop two different paths from connecting at the same point - Illustrator

Easiest method I use... click for the second anchor away from the other path, while holding the click depress the Space bar and drag the click where you want it to be. This will prevent the two ...
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How can I make a double stroke in Photoshop?

As of the June 15, 2015 update you can add multiple strokes to things in Photoshop CC. Simply open the layer style dialog on whatever you want to stroke and then click the plus icon on the right side. ...
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How do I mix rounded and squared caps in a single path in Illustrator?

You could use the scissor tool to sever the path without a gap or you could create a custom pattern brush. But the way I think is the most interesting and creates the best results is adding a custom ...
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InDesign: removing stroke changes object size

This is common issue. In the Control panel menu located in the far upper-right corner of your screen, you’ll notice an option 'Dimensions Include Stroke Weight'. (via InDesignSecrets).
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