5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 30, 2010 7:23 PM by Lateraline1 RSS

    Tapering a Path




      I have a path that has a .5 pt stroke applied to it that I am trying to figure out how to taper...  Any suggestions??





        • 1. Re: Tapering a Path
          Larry G. Schneider CommunityMVP

          Use a Brush or outline the stroke and start dragging anchors.

          • 2. Re: Tapering a Path
            Lateraline1 Community Member

            Thanks for the response, but my limited background is in Xara.  In Xara it is very easy to shape lines, taper, do all sorts of things...  there has got to be an option in Ai... Just cannot find it!





            • 3. Re: Tapering a Path
              Paul Cracknell CommunityMVP

              There isn't a simple tool for tapering lines, so it's not that you can't find it.


              If you are trying to create a stroke that is fat one end a tapers down to a point you could use this method.


              1. Create a straight stroke on your artboard and choose Object > Path > Outline Stroke

              2. Zoom into one end of your outlined stroke and delete one of the points

              3. Re center the remaining point horizontally with the adjacent points at the other end of your line (if you are a perfectionist)

              3. Drag this tapered line to the Brushes panel and choose Art Brush when prompted


              This brush can now be applied to any stroke that you draw, even curved paths.

              • 4. Re: Tapering a Path
                JETalmage-71mYin Community Member

                1. Rectangle Tool: ShiftDrag to draw a small square. Black fill. Stroke of None.

                2. DoubleClick the Rotate tool. Enter 45°.

                3. Delete Anchor Point tool (The minus Pen tool. Tap the minus key to invoke it.): Click the leftmost anchorpoint.

                4. Drag the resulting triangle and drop it into the Brushes Palette. In the resulting dialog, select ArtBrush. In the ArtBrush dialog, make sure the blue direction arrow is pointing rightward. Okay the dialog.


                Draw any path with any tool. In the Brushes palette, click the Brush you just created. Adjust Stroke Weight of the path to adjust the maximum width of the brush stroke.


                See online Help; search for Brushes for explanations of more options.


                Create additional ArtBrushes based on similarly simple shapes and you'll have pretty much the same thing as Xtreme's menu of stroke shapes. Two very useful ArtBrushes are:


                • The right-pointing triangle as described above.
                • A small circle.
                • A "football". (Draw a small circle; convert its left and right anchorPoints to corner points.)


                A little additional forethought makes the Brushes you build more useful and compatible. For example, after drawing each of the shapes, turn on the proportional checkbox in the Transform palette, and set their heights to the same meaningful value. For example, if you prefer to define stroke weights in points, you might make the shapes 10 pt. in height each. Then, as you apply the Brushes to paths, you'll always know that a stroke weight of 1 pt. results in Brush strokes that are 10 pt. at their widest.



                • 5. Re: Tapering a Path
                  Lateraline1 Community Member

                  All, thanks I will be trying these various options soon!