Join Mordy Golding for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating variable-width strokes, part of Illustrator CS5 New Features.
One of the most basic ways of adjusting the appearance of artwork inside of…Illustrator is by using Fills and Strokes.…In fact, these settings are so basic, we often take them for granted.…Well, now in Illustrator CS5, Strokes take on a whole new meaning.…And that's because you now have the ability to control variable width on…each individual Stroke.…Let me explain what I mean.…I'm going to zoom in on this piece of artwork right over here, this little leaf,…which is actually made up of two Paths that just kind of cross each other.…Notice right now that we have a single Path over here that has the…Stroke applied to it.…
The Stroke has a weight of 4 point.…We will refer to the Stroke weight as the width of the appearance of that Path.…Normally, inside of Illustrator, that 4 point weight is distributed evenly…across the entire Path. It's consistent.…The Path is always 4 points in width,…no matter which point of the Path you're looking at.…However, now in Illustrator CS5, through the use of this Width tool here in the…
- Creating complex art from basic shapes with the Shape Builder tool
- Transforming flat artwork using perspective grids and vanishing points
- Creating variable-width strokes
- Controlling dashed line length, corners, and gaps
- Creating original brushes using the Brushes panel
- Adding arrowheads to strokes
- Creating web-ready graphics, text, and slices
- Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: In the “Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids” video, directions for moving a box in a perpendicular direction say to use the Tilde key. However, upon attempting to move the box using this method, the box continues to move in the same plane, not in a perpendicular fashion. Is the technique in the video incorrect?
A: Adobe changed this keyboard shortcut just before the final release. The shortcut is the "5" key. The video tutorial has been updated to reflect this.