can't align a stroke to inside

Explorer ,
Apr 11, 2012 Apr 11, 2012

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Hi,

I 've created a shape (Rectangle) , Applied a rounded corners, expand appearance, and a linear gradient.

After that i added a stroke in the appearance panel (2pt wide), filled it with white and when I wanted to align this stroke to inside

I can't.  The options "Align Stroke to inside" "Align Stroke to Outside" are greyed out .

What's wrong ?

Thank you

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 11, 2012 Apr 11, 2012
Following your steps, I suspect you added a stroke at the group level. At the group level your option will be greyed out. Yo need to ungroup after your expand appearance.Try using the appearance panel often, there are many very important features there.

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Apr 11, 2012 Apr 11, 2012

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It may be an open path although it looks like a closed path. Aligning strokes inside or outside does only work on closed paths.

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Contributor ,
Dec 29, 2015 Dec 29, 2015

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This is one of the dumber things that still somehow exist in Illustrator. Why? What if you only want a stroke on one segment of a path? I'd use that ALL the time. If I could put the stroke on one side or another of the actual path, closed or not, it would allow the same result. I love Illustrator but there is bafflingly stupid stuff that Adobe just seems to ignore. You can save the "you're using it wrong" comments. I get it.

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New Here ,
Apr 22, 2016 Apr 22, 2016

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I sympathize with SINRISE...Adobe tools should be more consistent in use across all products - INDD, AI, PSD, etc. The things you can do in one program, you can't do in another. [Grrrr...]

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019

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See fernandolins golden tip below

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New Here ,
Jul 26, 2019 Jul 26, 2019

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OMG. I was given a file with shapes in it that honestly looked like closed paths but when I double-checked the option to "Join" was available so I clicked it and voila all my problems went away! Thank you!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 11, 2012 Apr 11, 2012

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You can easily achieve it with a custom width profile in version CS5

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Advocate ,
Apr 11, 2012 Apr 11, 2012

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Hi Kililio

If your shape is using brushes you cannot select align inside or outside (just to center). Also if you have a custom width profile you cannot select that align options too. But using width profiles (or the Width Tool) you could achieve the result you want..as Monika mentioned.

Best Regards

Gustavo.

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Jan 10, 2017 Jan 10, 2017

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Another user friendly feature from Adobe...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 11, 2012 Apr 11, 2012

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Following your steps, I suspect you added a stroke at the group level. At the group level your option will be greyed out. Yo need to ungroup after your expand appearance.

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Try using the appearance panel often, there are many very important features there.

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Explorer ,
Apr 12, 2012 Apr 12, 2012

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Thanks a bunch guys !!!

@Mike Gondek , I use the Appearance Panel all dayyyy every day it's my bread and butter , i really like the color panel too , just on top of it ( I got "like photoshop" workspace set up )

thank you a bizillion very much !

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 26, 2014 Nov 26, 2014

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If you have imported the vector from another document or SVG or PDF file, Control+J / Command+J will join the loose ends and help you out on most cases

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 17, 2015 Mar 17, 2015

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This worked for me. Thanks fernandolins!

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Apr 28, 2015 Apr 28, 2015

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Thanks fernandolins86- your comment was perfect.

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Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019

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Thanks fernandolins! Hit the bulleye

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Nov 26, 2019 Nov 26, 2019

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You're a star, thank you!

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Yes! This is it. This is the one! Thank you Fernando!

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016

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The "correct answer" doesn't work for me. I am working with a single, ungrouped object. Expanding appearance does nothing; aligning stroke to either inside or outside is greyed out. Period.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016

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Cindy1643 schrieb:

The "correct answer" doesn't work for me. I am working with a single, ungrouped object. Expanding appearance does nothing; aligning stroke to either inside or outside is greyed out. Period.

Then please create your own thread, because your problem is different.

Post a screenshot.

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New Here ,
Mar 09, 2018 Mar 09, 2018

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expand the shape then expand appearance, then try.
Worked for me.

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Explorer ,
Dec 27, 2020 Dec 27, 2020

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Thank you but sadly not working. I ungrouped and even checked for open paths but nada. The options still don't appear.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 27, 2020 Dec 27, 2020

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Yo mean you have tried since 2018?

Can you perhaps show something?

Your problem path and the layers and the appearance panel (path needs to be selected)

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Explorer ,
Dec 30, 2020 Dec 30, 2020

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Thanks for the reply. Looks like rebooting Illustrator did the trick... go figure. ~Cheers!

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Explorer ,
Apr 22, 2021 Apr 22, 2021

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This glitch has just caused me to lose 5 hours of work after drawing a complicated floorplan and then finding out the client wants EXACT dimensions based on inside stroke measurement -  and this after cutting up the all the open paths for door openings. No way to re-align the stroke. Darn. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 22, 2021 Apr 22, 2021

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This glitch has just caused me to lose 5 hours of work after drawing a complicated floorplan and then finding out the client wants EXACT dimensions based on inside stroke measurement -  and this after cutting up the all the open paths for door openings. No way to re-align the stroke. Darn. 


By @rickwtexas

 

It's not "a glitch". It's how this works. Open paths don't have an inside or outside.

 

But still you can align the stroke to one side. By using variable width profiles. They can be aligned to just one side of the path and they don't need to be "variable".

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