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Feb 24, 2017

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Hi all,

I would like to add arrowheads to a stroke in Illustrator. However, the section "add arrowheads" is missing in the stroke panel. Where did it go? Thanks for your help.

Florian

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Double click the panel's title bar (or its tab).

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"Add arrowheads" missing

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Hi all,

I would like to add arrowheads to a stroke in Illustrator. However, the section "add arrowheads" is missing in the stroke panel. Where did it go? Thanks for your help.

Florian

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Double click the panel's title bar (or its tab).

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Double click the panel's title bar (or its tab).

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Feb 24, 2017

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Thank you... works!

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 06, 2018

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THANK YOU!! Also, why did they need to hide the stroke options unless the "Stroke" title was double-clicked?? That was such a confusing and useless feature...

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Sep 06, 2018

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it's always seemed a bit silly to me that any of the options in panels are hidden.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 14, 2018

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It doesn't work the same way it has for a dozen+ years in Illustrator CC 2018.

Adobe - WTF did you do???

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 14, 2018

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thinkcooper!  schrieb

It doesn't work the same way it has for a dozen+ years in Illustrator CC 2018.

Can you please tell us step by step what exactly is not working for you?

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 14, 2018

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User error...

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New Here ,
Jul 10, 2020

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I don't know why (the hell) Adobe with EVERY new Version is making a once-perfect software tool worse and worse and worse instead of improving it! This is something I will never understand and is why I still prefer to work with the old 5.5 Master Collections Versions. These ones are much more logical, much faster to work with, more intuitive, and user friendly than the new versions!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 10, 2020

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What change is causing problems for you? It's not clear from your post.

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Jul 10, 2020

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Jul 10, 2020

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New Here ,
Aug 17, 2018

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It's real easy, but does not excuse them needlessly changing it:
In the Appearance tab (Window > Appearance), click on the word/hyperlink "Stroke."
That's all.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 17, 2018

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What has changed?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 17, 2018

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/Jamie+Starr  wrote

It's real easy, but does not excuse them needlessly changing it:

Well, I don't think I'd characterize removing its weak implementation from the Effect > Stylize > menu and replacing that with a comprehensive set of controls on the Stroke panel as "needless change."

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New Here ,
Nov 22, 2019

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No one of the options has worked for me, I just can't seem to find the arrow library anywhere...

I'm on CC 2019 ID v14.0.3

Any guidance appreciated

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Nov 22, 2019

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InDesign 2019? This topic is about Illustrator.

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New Here ,
May 28, 2020

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Yeah none of those worked for me. Am on CS3. Any guidance much appreciated. Screen Shot 2020-05-28 at 09.09.14.png

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 28, 2020

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At some point, the arrowhead controls were moved from the Effect menu (as John Mensinger mentioned above) to the Stroke panel. My memory doesn't stretch back far enough to know if that was between CS3 and CS4, but it would make sense if that was the case, given your experience.

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New Here ,
May 28, 2020

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Ah thanks doug. Id read John's comments but not twigged that may be where it switched from. Yes - CS3 it's under effects. Thank you 🙂 I've spent two hours so far trying to draw an arrow. Given up on Illustrator. It's just beyond me. Even in photoshop am trying to create a transparent background cutout and failing. 12 years Ive had cs3 - also a subscriber to Creative Cloud but deleted all the current crop of versions from my machine and reverting to CS3 which I get on better with. It just baffles me why everything is so hard. I use Archicad every day but there isn't a day I have to do something in Adobe when I don't wish I didn't have to.

I think I'm gonna to have to buy a transparent background arrow, because the £2k adobe software I bought and have been using for 12 years I can't work out how to use. Crazy.

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New Here ,
May 28, 2020

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But I'm sure everyone will say 'user error'. But I say - software design error.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 28, 2020

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Please don't hesitate to make topics here if you need help. Lots of things have changed since CS3, but lots more hasn't, and plenty of users have been around long enough to help you with either.

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May 28, 2020

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Hi Doug, Thank you and I do appreciate communities. I really do. the trouble is with adobe (my creative cloud subscription not my CS3 but also in CS3), their design gives no more weight to what I would consider core functions than rare - because everyone uses it differently. I'd argue everyone uses it differently because there is no core function led design. And the help tutorials and guidances in my experience are always aimed at experienced users. To give you the current nightmare from hell I'm facing trying to draw round an arrow. I've had to watch a 30 minute you tube tutorial on how to use the pen tool. 30 minutes. Gave up entirely on illustrator. And more worringly I've discovered that actually the pen tool doesn't do pen tool stuff. There are options on options on the pen tool depending on whether I'm holding, alt, shift, cmd, shift bar or standing on my head, dragging or clicking. And it is impossible to use it even vaguely without using the keyboard also. All I'm trying to do is draw round an arrow and delete the background. 4 hours and counting. This isn't ok.  And the forum feedback are ALWAYS 'draw round the object with the pen tool, invert the selection and then add a layer mask'. In software terms that's as helful as a mechanic forum saying 'just unscrew the bolts with a spaneer and remove the gearbox'. Impossible. Looking at internet theres an awful lot of 'I hate Adobe' - I try not to join them, but right now that's how I feel. I've invested £3k in tools that I cannot use.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 28, 2020

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This software is aimed at professionals, so please don't expect to be able to use it wihtout reading any documentation. 30 minutes tutorial for being able to operate the pen tool is actually not bad.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 28, 2020

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Using the pen tool with all the shortcuts is a muscle memory thing, I think. It's like playing a computer game.

 

Please make a topic with your arrow problem, if you still have the stomach for it. Include screenshots and a detailed description of what you're trying to do.

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Jun 03, 2020

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