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Chapter 16. Strokes and Brushes > Basic Stroke Attributes

Basic Stroke Attributes

In the past, strokes had to straddle both sides of a path. Today, anything goes. In Figure 16.1, I've applied different strokes to an open path and a closed path. The left side shows what life was like in the past: the path always ran through the center of the stroke. On the right side, I've shown what life is like today. Strokes can be positioned way outside their path and don't even have to have the same shape as the path. But before you go hog-wild seeing how strokes break the rules, let's look at some of the basic aspects of strokes.

Figure 16.1. These open and closed paths are stroked with heavy outlines. The paths themselves are shown in black.



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