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Hour 10. Tricks of the Trade > Advanced Stroke Options

Advanced Stroke Options

If you want the ultimate control over how the stroke on a path appears, you can use the Stroke Options menu and the Edit Stroke dialog to specify every little detail. These custom strokes can then be saved as a stroke style or as part of a style on the Styles panel. Custom strokes can be used for vector objects or for the Brush tool in the Bitmap group on the Tools panel.

To create a custom stroke, simply select a vector object, a drawing tool, or the Brush tool. On the Property Inspector select Stroke Options from the Stroke category menu next to the stroke color swatch. From this menu, you can select the style, color, tip softness, stroke width, texture, and path orientation—inside, outside, or centered. You can also choose to place the fill over the stroke in places where they intersect. Click the Advanced button to bring up the Edit Stroke dialog, shown in Figure 10.10.


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