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When I use my pen tool, it causes a thick block of color on both sides of line. HELP

Community Beginner ,
Feb 13, 2024 Feb 13, 2024

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When I use my pen tool, it causes a thick block of color to show up on both sides of line. I have no fill selected. So I don't understand why it keeps doing it.  Screenshot 2024-02-13 224519.png

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Feb 13, 2024 Feb 13, 2024

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What are the Stroke Settings? 

Could you please post screenshots with the pertinent Panels (Toolbar, Layers, Stroke, Appearance, …) visible? 

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Feb 14, 2024 Feb 14, 2024

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Thank you, I figured it out! Thank you so muchhhh!

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Feb 14, 2024 Feb 14, 2024

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The thick block appears because you have an outline (stroke) set on your pen tool. Even though you don't see a fill color selected, the outline is still there.

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Feb 14, 2024 Feb 14, 2024

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Marissa,

 

In addition to what c and Shruthi said, I believe you have a Stroke Weight far above the desired value.

 

For a redraw task like that I often use the lowest value in the dropdown (0.25 pt), along with a contrasting colour, preferably red as you have also chosen here.

 

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Feb 14, 2024 Feb 14, 2024

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In some cases it can also be useful to create the line/s on a separate Layer and toggle the View Mode for only that Layer (by cmd-clicking its visibility icon in the Layers Panel). 

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