Why doesn't Illustrator have this?

TGaskin's picture

I have been using Illustrator for quite some time, and I can't believe they haven't built in a modulated stroke function. Something where you can make a line start at one thickness and then end at another, and adjust it in between just they way you adjust a gradient. It seems so basic. Currently I believe the only way to do this is make a brush then apply it to your shape, but then it's not adjustable. I hope someone from Adobe reads this. It would come in handy for a lot of logos I design.

-Thomas

Dan Gayle's picture

I thought they did. It's something silly like hitting the number 2 as you're drawing to increase the stroke, and hitting the number 1 to decrease.

Or is that a feature of Freehand? I haven't re-installed everything yet since reloading my computer, or else I would check.

timd's picture

To adjust the brush stroke, one can use Flatten Transparency or Expand Appearance to outline the stroke(s) and then adjust them.

Tim

tomatej's picture

go to brush pallete and double click on the brush you want to use.
There you have an option to alter diameter to random or depending on pressure, tilt and so on.
But I guess there is not much fun without tablet.

ill sans's picture

Illustrator still has a number of things that need adjusting, many of them regarding strokes.
If anyone from Adobe should be reading this, please take the time to read these other threads as well...

http://typophile.com/node/29981

http://typophile.com/node/28273

http://typophile.com/node/29077

Si_Daniels's picture

>I can’t believe they haven’t built in a modulated stroke function.

I think the answer is that Adobe has an aversion to supporting anything Corel had in their product prior to 1998. ;-)

Cheers, Si

blank's picture

There's an easy way to do this: make a long triangular brush and tweak the shape to change the thickness it starts and stops at. You can do similar tricks with brushes that have sets of points at the ends and middle to make it narrow, widen, then narrow again.

The downside is that when you have to make sure that when you change the brush, you don't apply the change to every line it's been used on.

But I tend to agree with Tom; Adobe needs to start focusing on longstanding customer complaints/needs and stop just adding new features without much thought as to what the software is really missing.

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