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Chapter 9. Fill & Stroke > Changing stroke attributes

Changing stroke attributes

You can change a stroke's color, weight (thickness), and style (dashed or solid, rounded or sharp corners, flat or rounded ends). First, the width.

To change the width of a stroke:

1.
Select an object or objects.

2.
On the Stroke palette:

Click the up or down arrow on the palette to change the current stroke weight one unit at a time. Or click in the Weight field, then press the up or down arrow on the keyboard.

or

Choose a preset weight from the Weight pop-up menu.

or

Enter a width in the Weight field (.01–1000 pt) . Note: A stroke narrower than .25 pt. may not print. A weight of 0 produces a stroke of None. The stroke will be balanced on the path: Half the stroke width on one side of the path, the other half on the other side of the path .

  • Don't apply a wide stroke to small type—it will distort the letterforms.

  • You can enter a number in inches (in), millimeters (mm), centimeters (cm), picas (p), or pixels (px) in the stroke Weight field. When you click Return/Enter or Tab, the value you enter will be converted automatically to the Stroke unit currently chosen in Edit > Preferences > Units & Undo.

Figure 1. To change a stroke's thickness, enter a value in the stroke Weight field, or click the up or down arrow, or choose from the pop-up menu.


Figure 3. Strokes of various weights



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