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Feature Focus: Tapered Shape Strokes

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Apr 09, 2020

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When creating a shape layer stroke, there are new parameters to create tapered or wavy strokes. See the new parameters selected below and please provide feedback on their usability, animation capabilities, and performance. 

 

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Feature Focus: Tapered Shape Strokes

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When creating a shape layer stroke, there are new parameters to create tapered or wavy strokes. See the new parameters selected below and please provide feedback on their usability, animation capabilities, and performance. 

 

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This is a really great addition, and is fun to play around with!

 

One issue I noticed is that if you create a tapered stroke, animate the wave properties, and then switch the Stroke type from Solid to Gradient, it will remove all the Wave property keyframes but retain the Taper property keyframes. That same happens if you have animated Wave properties on a Gradient Stroke and then change it to Solid. I could see this being a frustrating issue.

 

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Thanks for the feedback, this is a bug!  I'll have this fixed soon 🙂

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not super intuitive but I got it to work. This will benefit from some presets and it still feels like it's a long way from done. First thing I wanted to do on the square was use a round cap and it didn't work. the UX on this needs some tweaking. I'm going to put my mind to it and see if I can come up with something. 

 

 

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Can you provide more details?  In order to see the rounded end caps, your tapered stroke must have a non-0% width, otherwise, it tapers to a point.  Here's an example of a tapered and rounded stroke using a Start Width of 20%, Start Length of 100% and a Line Cap set to Round Join.

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not sure if this is a bug or just a limitation, but if I switch between pixels and percentage, it zeros out the numbers that I was working on.

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It's currently a limitation.  A stroke can be applied to multiple paths, so the converison needs a single path and length.  If there is a single path, we should be able to determine the length and correctly convert the units in order to perserve the appearance, but if you're animating the path, or even the lengths, it becomes more complex.  We are priortizing this with the other requests, but we would like to do something reasonable for the common case.

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Adobe Employee ,
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Look for improvements coming soon to preserve shape taper length values when changing the units between Pixels and Percent.  Should be available in the next day or two.  Thanks for your feedback!

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well I can tell you that I slide every slider and never saw the results you have there. Maybe it's because I'm using a square shape? Lots of glitching when I'm making adjustments. There also didn't appear to be a way to grow the shape on like a trim path, but with that said I didn't try to apply trim path either. 

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The intention is the you would apply Trim Path in order to animate the shape and works best when using taper units as pixels.  We have some bugs related to rounded shapes and are addressing those now.  Stay tuned...

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sounds good. I'm seeing it working better on circles and the star tool. Getting some pretty good results, although I do have a gradient applied to the fill, and the stroke when used with a trim path seems to follow that path. I can think of a workaround though, so not too big of  a deal. 

 

I'm sure this next request might be for future builds but I can see alot of people wanting to make this have that 2d spashy paint type effect. Not even sure how that would work with this but would be cool-

 

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Love that this work is being done – one wrinkle that feels weird is switching between pixels and percentage right now. Start Length and End Length zero out while the rest of the parameters stay the same. It feels like flipping between the two should almost be like working with Frames or Timecode where the equivalent parameters for either option show up?

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Look for improvements coming soon to preserve shape taper length values when changing the units between Pixels and Percent.  Should be available in the next day or two.  Thanks for your feedback!

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👏This is a huge improvement over the earlier, always-pointy version that we discussed here.  I'm stoked that you folks are listening and adopting user's suggestions so dynamically. We've needed this kind of thing from Adobe for a long, long time.

 

I'm pretty happy with what I can do with these tapers now. I think my next request would be that the Start Width and End Width properties could go up beyond 100%.  At the moment (17.1.0.54) you really have to think and plan ahead with your base Stroke Width being the widest you'll ever want.  Trying to get a taper just right can mean a bit of back-and-forth between the Stroke Width and the Taper Widths.

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