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Can't align stroke to the inside

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Hello. I've been trying to make the stroke in the above image to go on the inside, but I can't do it, as the option is greyed out. I've read something about the paths being grouped on the appearance panel, but I don't know what to do with it.

I'd be thankful if anyone could help me finding a way to make the stroke go on the inside.

 

 

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Draw a horizontal path (click, hold shift, click again with the pen tool). Make its stroke very thick so you can see what you're doing.

Select the Width tool (Shift + W).

Click on one end of the path, hold alt and drag. Pull one side of the stroke in to the centre. Repeat for the other end of the path.

With the path selected, click the save icon at the bottom of the width profiles menu and give it a name:

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Can't align stroke to the inside

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Hello. I've been trying to make the stroke in the above image to go on the inside, but I can't do it, as the option is greyed out. I've read something about the paths being grouped on the appearance panel, but I don't know what to do with it.

I'd be thankful if anyone could help me finding a way to make the stroke go on the inside.

 

 

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Correct answer by Doug A Roberts | Adobe Community Professional

Draw a horizontal path (click, hold shift, click again with the pen tool). Make its stroke very thick so you can see what you're doing.

Select the Width tool (Shift + W).

Click on one end of the path, hold alt and drag. Pull one side of the stroke in to the centre. Repeat for the other end of the path.

With the path selected, click the save icon at the bottom of the width profiles menu and give it a name:

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For whatever reason, Illustrator does not allow you to set strokes to inside/outside in combination with gradient across a stroke.

 

You can get around this limitation by using a width profile that aligns the stroke to one side of a path -- i.e. create this with the width tool, then save it to width profiles:

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Thanks, but how do I save something to the width profiles? I'm a beginner.

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Draw a horizontal path (click, hold shift, click again with the pen tool). Make its stroke very thick so you can see what you're doing.

Select the Width tool (Shift + W).

Click on one end of the path, hold alt and drag. Pull one side of the stroke in to the centre. Repeat for the other end of the path.

With the path selected, click the save icon at the bottom of the width profiles menu and give it a name:

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Sorry. I can only create this weird shape.

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I press where it says anchor, I press alt and drag to where it says intersect. I get this:

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Then I do the same with the other side and I get that shape.

 

I can't select path whenever I try to select the end of the path. It always says anchor.

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You don't need smart guides to say 'path', just click on one end or the other. When I said drag to the centre, I meant vertically to the centre of the stroke, not horizontally.

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