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Why can't Illustrator's line segment tool make a stroke of .5 pt?

Jun 16, 2012 9:09 AM

Tags: #stroke #thickness #line_segment #thinner_than_1 #pt

Why can't Illustrator's line segment tool make a stroke of .5 pt? When I create a line at either 90° or 180° I cannot make the stroke thinner than 1 pt., even if I create the line first and then try to change its stroke. When I create a line at any other angle I can make the line thickness whatever I want by changing its stroke thickness. What I want is to make line segments that are .25 or .5 pts, but the minimum Illustrator will do is 1 pt even if I select the line or rectangle and try to change it to .5 or .25 pt. This same problem exists with the rectangle tool when I create a rectangle oriented at either at 90° or 180°, but if I rotate that same rectangle to anything other than 90° or 180° I will then have the ability to change the thickness to less than 1 pt. Any ideas what's going on?

 
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    Jun 16, 2012 9:28 AM   in reply to ArtfulFacts

    In CS2 it's the same bug, but it works correctly if I type

    0,5 pt or 0,25 pt. Strange phenomenon.

    Even 0,0 pt works, is shown as 0 pt. In PostScript termi-

    nology this means the thinnest line  which the (- so far

    unknown) output device can draw.

     

    Best regards --Gernot Hoffmann

     
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    Jun 16, 2012 9:39 AM   in reply to ArtfulFacts

    Select all objects and in the Transform panel uncheck Align to Pixel grid. Also if desired, uncheck this options for new objects from the menu of the Transform panel.

     
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    Jul 12, 2012 2:36 PM   in reply to ArtfulFacts

    Hope this bug was fixed in CS6 :-)

     
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    Jul 12, 2012 3:06 PM   in reply to Gernot Hoffmann

    Gernot,

     

    In your case I believe it is owing to a discrepancy between the punctuation mark in the Regional & Language Settings in the OP and in Illy, one being the comma, the other being the dot/(full) stop.

     
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    Mar 30, 2013 4:18 PM   in reply to emil emil

    This fix works on some objects and not others, Still experimenting, but this is better. 

     

    Is there a way to turn off "align to pixel grid" as the default for new documents? 

     
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    Mar 30, 2013 4:39 PM   in reply to DavidLaufer

    Edit the new document profiles

     
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    Mar 30, 2013 5:02 PM   in reply to Monika Gause

    Hi MG- thanks for this feedback, I use Illustrator daily, but I must say I have never seen Edit New Document Profiles. Does not appear under Edit, I don't find it in preferences, nor in Window, and it Illustrator Help does not seem to list it. Thanks again for the help... D

     
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    Mar 31, 2013 8:38 AM   in reply to DavidLaufer

    The new document profiles are Illustrator files which are located at a very special place:

    http://blogs.adobe.com/adobeillustrator/2009/05/startup_profiles_a_gre at_tool.html

     
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    Mar 31, 2013 10:24 AM   in reply to Monika Gause

    Well, this is good information, but it does not quite get me there. I get as far as {user}:Library:Application Support:Adobe:

    but there is no Adobe Illustrator folder. Suggestions?

     

    I want to suggest they add Hyphenation to that list. I never hyphenate anything, and I can't count the number of times I have had to uncheck the hyph box in InDesign and Illustrator. Can you point me to the appropriate suggestion box? Thx D

     
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    Mar 31, 2013 10:46 AM   in reply to DavidLaufer

    What OS are you using? If Mac, then since 10.7, the Users/<yourname>/Library folders are a hidden file. Do a Google search on hw to make them visible.

     
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    Mar 31, 2013 11:55 AM   in reply to Larry G. Schneider

    Hi Larry thanks for this tip - for others who may be trying to solve this problem here is a link

    <http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/access-hidden-user-library-f iles.html>

    However, I am still not able to access my new document profile. I opened the basic RGB profile and all I get is a blank screen-  not the screen Monika shows in her link above. Does this really need to be so difficult??

     
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    Mar 31, 2013 12:28 PM   in reply to DavidLaufer

    You now need to set the relevant options and then save it. Document profiles cannot contain anything on the artboard.

     
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