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Stroke around shapes & grouped - stroke changing colour

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Hi guys,

 

I've drawn some shapes and put a stroke on them, then grouped them and created a larger outer stroke using the appearance toolbar. Both strokes are set to black however when I drag the grouped stoke to below 'content' in the appearnce window, the inner stroke seems to turn a lighter shade... please see attached image.

 

I'm new to Illustrator so perhaps this isn't the best way, but what I want is a thin stroke around each shape, then a thick stroke around everything as one. But each time I try this, the stroke around the shapes turns a differnt colour

 

Any ideas? Thanks 🙂

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Correct answer by Ton Frederiks | Adobe Community Professional

The group stroke is not an RGB black, but 29/29/27, the way a CMYK black would be converted to an RGB black.

It is easy to reproduce:

Create an RGB document.

Draw a rectangle and give it a 10 pts stroke

Group it an give it an additional 20 pts stroke in the Appearance panel.

Drag the stroke below the contents, it is lighter than the previous one.

Check the stroke color in the Color panel.

This looks like an old bug, I can repeat it in older versions (like CS4).

It would be good to report it here:

https://illustrator.uservoice.com

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Stroke around shapes & grouped - stroke changing colour

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Hi guys,

 

I've drawn some shapes and put a stroke on them, then grouped them and created a larger outer stroke using the appearance toolbar. Both strokes are set to black however when I drag the grouped stoke to below 'content' in the appearnce window, the inner stroke seems to turn a lighter shade... please see attached image.

 

I'm new to Illustrator so perhaps this isn't the best way, but what I want is a thin stroke around each shape, then a thick stroke around everything as one. But each time I try this, the stroke around the shapes turns a differnt colour

 

Any ideas? Thanks 🙂

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Correct answer by Ton Frederiks | Adobe Community Professional

The group stroke is not an RGB black, but 29/29/27, the way a CMYK black would be converted to an RGB black.

It is easy to reproduce:

Create an RGB document.

Draw a rectangle and give it a 10 pts stroke

Group it an give it an additional 20 pts stroke in the Appearance panel.

Drag the stroke below the contents, it is lighter than the previous one.

Check the stroke color in the Color panel.

This looks like an old bug, I can repeat it in older versions (like CS4).

It would be good to report it here:

https://illustrator.uservoice.com

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Please show us the layers panel.

Please check the colors in the appearance panel. Are they really the same?

It might be easier if you just upload the file.

I can't see a difference.

 

Please don't attach images. Embed them in your post, so nobody has to download them.

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Yep, the outer stroke appears darker.

While you're in the appearance panel check transparency and opacity>blending modes. The group-level setting sometimes stacks with the object-level setting, creating unexpected results.

 

 

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The group stroke is not an RGB black, but 29/29/27, the way a CMYK black would be converted to an RGB black.

It is easy to reproduce:

Create an RGB document.

Draw a rectangle and give it a 10 pts stroke

Group it an give it an additional 20 pts stroke in the Appearance panel.

Drag the stroke below the contents, it is lighter than the previous one.

Check the stroke color in the Color panel.

This looks like an old bug, I can repeat it in older versions (like CS4).

It would be good to report it here:

https://illustrator.uservoice.com

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