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Unlock Stroke Width?

Jul 31, 2010 8:42 PM

After tracing a photograph, I have discovered that there are certain strokes within my tracing that cannot be narrowed less than 1 point. Some of the lines were done with the pen tool and some were done with the pencil tool but the tool used seems to have no relation to the problem. I have selected the entire drawing with the Select > All command. All of the lines (except for three) can be thinned down to 0.25 pts. How can I unlock the width of those three lines; they always seem to be wider than the other lines regardless of where I set the stroke control.  Is there a lock command that I may have inadvertently activated? If so, I can't find it nor undue it.

 
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    Jul 31, 2010 9:39 PM   in reply to 3Grizzlies

    Hmnnn... The only time I've seen behavior like that is when some of the paths have been stroked with brush effects. Select the paths that are behaving oddly and check either the brushes panel or the appearance panel to see if the stroke is anything other than "basic"

     
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    Aug 1, 2010 7:54 AM   in reply to 3Grizzlies

    Which version of Illustrator are you using?

     
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    Aug 1, 2010 11:31 AM   in reply to 3Grizzlies

    Check the transform panel - maybe you have activated the "align to pixel grid" option for those paths.

     
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    Aug 1, 2010 1:41 PM   in reply to 3Grizzlies

    Congratulations on finding a solution! Nice call from Monika!

     

    The icon you are looking for is the "precise cursor". You can set up to use it by default in your preferences, and/or you can toggle it on and off via the caps lock key on the keyboard.

     

    Cheers

     

    Michael

     
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    Aug 1, 2010 1:58 PM   in reply to 3Grizzlies

    Maybe all your strokes have the "align to pixel grid" setting. But the stroke width is only affected when the path is exactly horizontal or vertical. Maybe the other paths happen to be diagonal or curvy

     
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    Aug 1, 2010 2:04 PM   in reply to 3Grizzlies

    GRiZ,

     

    You should be aware that, at least in older versions, the Caps Lock inactivates the use of certain keyboard combinations such as Alt/Option+O+T+M for Object>Transform>Move, so remember to unlock again or you may end up with another puzzle.

     
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    Aug 2, 2010 2:03 AM   in reply to 3Grizzlies

    For my small part you are welcome, GRiZ.

     
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    Nov 18, 2010 9:08 AM   in reply to 3Grizzlies

    My pencil tool is locked in on CS4.  I can't get rid of it.  What do I do?

     
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    Nov 18, 2010 10:03 AM   in reply to reynolds1234@yahoo.com

    PC

     

    1. Quit Illustrator.
    2. Rename the AIPrefs file (for example, to AIPrefs.old) in the Users/(user)/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS3 Settings folder.
    3. Start Illustrator. Illustrator creates a new preferences file.

     

    Or hold the Control Alt Shift keys when launching Illustrator

     

    Mac

     

    1. Quit Illustrator.
    2.Go to User/username/Library/Preferences/ Adobe illustrator CS4 Settings and trash the settings folder, the whole folder not just the contents of the folder..
    3. Start Illustrator. Illustrator creates a new preferences file.

     

    Or hold the Command Option Shift key when launching Illustrator

     
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