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Variable Width Profile is greyed out

New Here ,
Nov 07, 2018 Nov 07, 2018

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I'm trying to use my illustrator account but the variable width profile is greyed out in any new document that I create and any document I work on which is affecting my ability to print. Does anybody know how to fix this issue? Thank you.

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Nov 07, 2018 Nov 07, 2018

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When you select a stroke to apply a variable width to it, does that stroke have a calligraphy brush applied?

In which wa does that affect printing?

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Nov 07, 2018 Nov 07, 2018

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Screen Shot 2018-11-07 at 1.36.27 PM.png

I'm trying to print on cardboard and it won't allow me to vector print without it.

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Nov 07, 2018 Nov 07, 2018

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dw79160129  schrieb

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I'm trying to print on cardboard and it won't allow me to vector print without it.

I don't understand at all what you're doing there.

Please elaborate what exactly you're doing. It will also help to see your artwork and not just parts of your screen.

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New Here ,
Oct 14, 2019 Oct 14, 2019

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I am having the same problem. All I want the variable width profile to say is "Uniform" but it wont. I have a page here of some stars (the lighter ones) that will cut fine on the laser cutter and then bolder ones wont. The only difference that I can see when I click on the line is that the "Varible Width Profile" is greyed out

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Oct 15, 2019 Oct 15, 2019

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Is one of those strokes aligned to the outside or inside of the path?

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New Here ,
Oct 17, 2019 Oct 17, 2019

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They are both seperate lines. The kids drew one star and then drew a smaller star and put it inside the first one. Is that what you are asking? (Sorry, quite a novice)

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Nov 07, 2018 Nov 07, 2018

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What happens if you increase your stroke size to 1 or 2 point thickness?

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New Here ,
Jun 02, 2022 Jun 02, 2022

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I had the same issue and fixed it using this solution:

 

https://lioncx.com/2019/09/02/variable-width-profile-is-greyed-out-in-illustrator/

 

You just need to make sure that the “Align Stroke” setting is set correctly, as per the link. Fixed the issue instantly.

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Jul 02, 2022 Jul 02, 2022

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Thank you, this totally answered my question. My computer crashed and I had lost my regular settings in pretty much everything, and couldn't figure out why what I normally just do I wasn't able to do. Thanks again! Sj

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New Here ,
Apr 10, 2024 Apr 10, 2024

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I just had the same issue. I tried changing the Allign Stroke to Center setting but that didn't change it. Strangely enough if I do the key command to select the tool (Shift W on Mac) it allows me to use it. But the tool is still greyed out in the tool panel "Modify section". There are a couple other tools like this too. Some kind of UI bug???

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Apr 10, 2024 Apr 10, 2024

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That is a screenshot form the edit toolbar dialog box.

And it means that the tool is already in the toolbar,.

 

Go to Window > Toolbar > Advanced to get all tools.

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Apr 10, 2024 Apr 10, 2024

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As many have already suggested the main reason for this is if the stork is not set to align center, but inside or outside.  There might be a new reason we are missing so I would suggest selecting the path and hit "D" to default the stroke, and see if variable width profile is then available.

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