Join Mordy Golding for an in-depth discussion in this video Using variable-width profiles, part of Illustrator CS5 New Features.
With Illustrator CS5, we have the ability now to create variable-width Strokes.…That means we no longer have to have one uniform width applied to an entire Path.…We can have a Stroke have different widths along that Path.…You can control the thickness of a Stroke at any point along the Path by using…the Width tool here inside of the Tools panel.…However, if you're working with a lot of artwork, it can be quite tedious to go…in and add all these width points along every part of your Path.…So, to make it easier to draw an expressive Paths directly inside of Illustrator,…Adobe made it easy to apply, save and reapply these widths across multiple Paths.…
Let's take a closer look.…I'm going to zoom in on this piece of artwork right over here, this little leaf…over here, and I'll show you that I could use the Width tool to adjust the width…on this particular Stroke.…Let me pull so that it's a little bit thicker over here and a little bit…thinner here on the top.…So, I get this nice little even look that's over here.…
- 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.