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Show how to change the weight of a stroke or make the caps rounded or flush.
When to use
You can adjust the weight of a stroke any time that you want to make an outline heavier or more bold. You can also change a stroke from a hard edge to a rounded cap for a softer look.
- Open the Adjusting Strokes - Exercise.ai file and select the 'Contours' layer in the Layer Panel.
- Select one of the outlines that we created for one of the three peppers.
- Click on the Stroke Panel to the right side of the interface to open the dialog box.
- With one of your contours selected, change the weight of the stroke to see the lines getting more or less bold.
- Toggle the roundness of the corners as well as the caps on and off to see how it affects the appearance of your shapes.
- You can also choose a dashed line that will alter the appearance of a shape.
- Try out some of the different Profile settings found at the bottom of the Stroke Panel to see the different types of lines that you can select and how it changes the look of the peppers.
- Select the Width Tool from the toolbar and experiment with changing the width of some of the lines to broaden or tighten the lines to create more contrast between the lines.
- If you ever used a dashed line you have the ability to input values for the length of the gap as well as the length of the dash in a line.
- The Width Tool is a very handy tool for changing the thickness of any line in Adobe Illustrator.
- The shortcut for the Width Tool is Shift+W on the keyboard.
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