[ Branched ] Can't align a stroke to inside

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Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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This supposedly correct answer is not working for me.



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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 27, 2021 Mar 27, 2021
Your stroke profile in the first pic is something like 1 here. Why not make a version like 2.?

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Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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This supposedly correct answer is not working for me.


By @SMcreative

 

And without seeing your issue, nobody can tell you a solution that helps you in your individual issue (which is probably completely different from the original problem). Please create a new thread first.

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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"How do you align a variable width stroke?" I appreciate it. But the answer to my question is, "Illustrator can't do it".

Illustrator can't flatten one side of a variable width stroke to a path/shape contour and displace the width profile to the other side. It should be able to, but it can't.

 

Also, defining the starting point of a variable width profile on a closed path should be easy to do. It's impossible, set in stone from the first anchopoint. 

 

Imagine the goal is to produce clean, non overlapping paths. Now imagine that you have thousands of shapes to sylize.

Obviously there are tedious workarounds for everything, shown here via screenshot. (details in captions).Screen Shot 2021-03-26 at 1.00.30 PM.pngScreen Shot 2021-03-26 at 1.01.52 PM.pngScreen Shot 2021-03-26 at 1.02.20 PM.pngScreen Shot 2021-03-26 at 1.29.39 PM.pngScreen Shot 2021-03-26 at 1.38.31 PM.pngScreen Shot 2021-03-26 at 1.30.32 PM.pngScreen Shot 2021-03-26 at 1.46.20 PM.png

 

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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So the captions I was prompted to add arent' visible? Ughh...

 

  1.  Variable width stroke not alignable, so I doubled the stroke size and set appearance to overprint fill.
  2. Same thing set to overprint stroke so you can see the overlap margin.
  3. Expand Appearance.
  4. Duplicate fill group (fill+clipping mask) above the stroke shape, then, with stroke and the top fill group selected,  click pathfinder/minus front
  5.  (result in layers panel)
  6. (result in layers pane) Moved stroke to top to assure only the black intended to be visible exists.
  7. Final clean image (width tool would have even been more work and yielded a less consistent style). Now, how to first control the start point of the variable width profile, then do this in 3 clicks? 

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Another solution to this problelm would be an "Expand Unobscured Appearance" function which would outline the visible portions of the stroke and "Minus Back" where necessary.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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If I understand you correctly: Why not just assign the fill and variable stroke to the group - and drag the stroke under the fill in the hierarchy of the Appearance panel?

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Explorer ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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If that's what the goal was, I would've stopped at image one and bypassed frustration altogether. 🙂

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Clean non-overlapping colors (technically not paths, sorry) with controlled variable width stroke is my goal. 

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Mar 27, 2021 Mar 27, 2021

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Your stroke profile in the first pic is something like 1 here. Why not make a version like 2.?

 

Screen Shot 2021-03-27 at 11.05.39.jpg

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Mar 27, 2021 Mar 27, 2021

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Brilliant! And it was right in front of me the whole time. Good lesson too. If you run out of options with the operation, work with the element that it immediately interfaces with.

 

Thank You!

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