"width tool" and paintbrush strokes???

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May 09, 2010 May 09, 2010

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Hello Folks,

I drew a cured line with the brush tool in illustrator CS5, but when I select the new "width tool" to change the width, it doesn't work.

What am I missing?

Here are my steps:

1. Select the paintbrush tool

2. Draw something

3. Select the "width tool"

4. Try to change the width but it won't work.

Since I draw with the paintbrush tool, the "width tool" can be very handy if I can get it to work.

Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional , May 09, 2010 May 09, 2010

I guess you used a calligraphy brush. The width tool only works with nromal strokes, art brushes and pattern brushes.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 09, 2010 May 09, 2010

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I guess you used a calligraphy brush. The width tool only works with nromal strokes, art brushes and pattern brushes.

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LEGEND ,
May 09, 2010 May 09, 2010

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I confirm what Monika wrote.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 21, 2010 Jun 21, 2010

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And be aware, when editing the pattern brush, width edits will be lost on all paths using that pattern. You'll need to SAVE your custom width profiles and re-assign them after editing the brush. This is NOT a good thing. Hope it is corrected in future updates.

I have also found using the width tool with pattern brushes causes AI to quit unexpectedly quite frequently.

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New Here ,
Feb 18, 2011 Feb 18, 2011

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Outrage!

This was the first thing I tried when I installed the software. Took 30mins tracing some custom script. Then chose the Width Tool to edit and then BAM 20mins of looking it up to make sure there wasn't some workaround to make it happen.

guess I didn't have the forsight for this one

really should be an option. or it would really be one that we would appreciate rather. ❤️ adobe team

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Feb 18, 2011 Feb 18, 2011

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I agree. I am hoping for future enhancements of these tools.

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New Here ,
Jul 24, 2013 Jul 24, 2013

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I had the exact same problem. What i did was select the lines you would like to edit with the Width Tool and in the Brushes panel select the "Remove Brush Stroke" toggle, it looks like the Paintbrush tool toggle with a line through it. Then go ahead and edit with the Width tool.

Hope that works.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 03, 2016 Oct 03, 2016

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Perfect! Saved me an absolute headache. Thank you

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Aug 04, 2022 Aug 04, 2022

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LATEST

You're a lifesaver 

 

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Participant ,
Jul 19, 2015 Jul 19, 2015

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On behalf of illustrator users around the world... let me ask, We need a way to edit the width of lines.. no matter what tool they were drawn in. At least give us a way to convert brush paths to fixed width lines...  This is one of those situations where a tool is not completely baked... and while being able to edit the width of some lines is better than nothing, still very frustrating.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 19, 2015 Jul 19, 2015

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DS WildOutWest schrieb:

At least give us a way to convert brush paths to fixed width lines...

I don't see the problem. This is possible using the brushes panel.

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New Here ,
Feb 17, 2017 Feb 17, 2017

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go to brushes palette and select basic.

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