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  1. …actually Ad has a much easier contour function than Ai does. No work around needed.

    Here it goes, I hope this helps…

    Step 1, take any object and apply a stroke to it. In this case the stroke is red, weight is 7,5 pt. You can use all attributes you would usually do when it comes to strokes, in this case round corners and stroke aligned to the outside of the object. Color panel shows a blue fill and a red stroke color.

    350049711_ScreenShot2019-05-08at23_39_08.thumb.png.eb0250bfe89d2a4dd27d119f3a51a997.png

    Here in split view you can see that the stroke is indeed a stroke and not an object (yet).

    798813663_ScreenShot2019-05-08at23_40_45.thumb.png.a1e43159ccf24b9a557b4f55e4364374.png

    Step 2, convert object to curves in Layers menu.

    1203345491_ScreenShot2019-05-08at23_40_52.thumb.png.279448cad3dc3253c889d31bfb889bc8.png

    Step 3, without deselecting the object, choose Expand Stroke again from the Layers menu.

    1162422667_ScreenShot2019-05-08at23_41_15.thumb.png.1be9d12a99bed47a3ea3bec026f8d3bd.png

    Now the stroke has become an object as is clearly visible in split view. Also, the color panel no longer displays a stroke color.

    2035971918_ScreenShot2019-05-08at23_41_24.thumb.png.50d997c01e7d81d9645a4da8682a4ee4.png

    Step 4, now I can apply another stroke to the new (red) object, this time an orange color, weight is 8 pt.

    51617131_ScreenShot2019-05-08at23_42_43.thumb.png.b4726a9fcc0d4f09dcc497662c6b475c.png

    …and Expand Stroke again.

    1650933333_ScreenShot2019-05-08at23_42_53.thumb.png.fa1ec489ec5ee521aecbed10e873ccde.png

    Here you can see that the orange stroke has become an object, too. Again, the color panel does not indicate a stroke color anymore.

    477556636_ScreenShot2019-05-08at23_43_02.thumb.png.3c5555537c2e723f1917dbe047203766.png

    This is the result.

    1720429657_ScreenShot2019-05-08at23_43_56.thumb.png.38476373687be791b630ae4a678c82e6.png

    And these are the single parts dissected.

    932185469_ScreenShot2019-05-08at23_44_39.thumb.png.9f3c20bec5fb1852b2f21068ad60a6ec.png


  2. Hi all,

    I am not sure whether this topic has been brought up before…

    a simple function from QuarkXpress which I missed over the years with Indesign and find worthy of implementation, especially when working with text, is to have hot key panning changed from using the spacebar to the command  key. Or at least give the user the ability to change it themselves. this way one can pan while being zoomed in on text while it is highlighted.

     

    Cheers!


  3. Hey there Linosia,

    not sure I fully understand your problem… if you are talking about the menu/path/offset path command in Ai then there exists such a command also in Ad and in all honesty, the operation in Ad is pretty slick. I hope this will help you.

    All you need to do is give your object a stroke and then use the command menu/layer/expand stroke.

    Choose what sort of offset path you need, the width of your offset path will be determined by the stroke weight you choose. Here it is 20 pt.

    Grey box with red stroke as you can see below:

    Align stroke to inside 

    385616489_Screenshot2019-01-19at18_50_48.thumb.png.dbda61c3ca318b13b011a062f3a88a82.png

    Align stroke to the center: 

    672574748_Screenshot2019-01-19at18_49_29.thumb.png.0a5510990dec07d2c958fc79a593676d.png

    Align stroke to outside:

    547764542_Screenshot2019-01-19at18_52_34.thumb.png.ce61ab1474792dbdf5da2a07b26a924a.png

     

    Expand stroke in the Layer menu:

    56124977_Screenshot2019-01-19at18_04_17.thumb.png.44b40ce53263efd18e33d668725da2a5.png

    This is the result of the three examples above, offset path separated from the grey box for demonstration purpose. Now the the red frames are no longer strokes but objects.

    1862322444_Screenshot2019-01-19at18_39_42.thumb.png.b83d21897aa49dfe6bebdda85f6cf2d7.png

    Here in split view:

    1485700488_Screenshot2019-01-19at18_39_56.thumb.png.f67716d6a5c20ded6d8ea5274ca0c9c6.png

     

    The really interesting part about this implementation is that you can combine all of the stroke styles available for creating offset paths.

    As you can see,  the stroke in this example is a dashed line:

    1626341143_Screenshot2019-01-19at18_36_34.thumb.png.c21889e7ca5fb49f0d195ab0d47d4215.png

    Expand stroke…

    56124977_Screenshot2019-01-19at18_04_17.thumb.png.44b40ce53263efd18e33d668725da2a5.png

    Voila! Again, objects separated for demonstration purpose.

    1500691512_Screenshot2019-01-19at18_38_40.thumb.png.c7f7dee50f3552a1c3cce72ccbc4a828.png

     


  4. Hi all,

     

    I was wondering whether there is a way, or if anybody already started a topic about how to make incremental steps in, say, text adjustments like baseline, tracking or kerning. In illustrator it would be cmd+click+up and down arrows of said palette. Also, In quarkxpress the alt-key serves as the view tool (H) when text is marked with the text tool. Is there an option for this in AD?

     

    Replies greatly appreciated.

     

    Cheers

    George


  5. HI,

     

    I was wondering whether there is a way, or if anybody already started a topic about how to make incremental steps in, say, text adjustments like baseline, tracking or kerning. In illustrator it would be cmd+click+up and down arrows of said palette. Also, In quarkxpress the alt-key serves as the view tool (H) when text is marked with the text tool. Is there an option for this in AD?

     

    Replies greatly appreciated.

     

    Cheers

    George


  6. MEB, thanx for the quick response, I was afraid that this was the case… perhaps one can hold out hope for a deselect function for vectors in the future, as well? This would be a rather helpful little functionality.

     

    Other than that, thank you very much for Aff. Designer, the latest update (spot colors, text palette) has helped me spend less time in Illustrator. Looking forward to the day I leave Adobe behind.

     

    Kind regards

     

    George


  7. Hello everyone,

     

    I was wondering whether there was any other way (command) to deselect a selection in Aff.-Designer. I find it confusing that I can select all (cmd-A) but deselct (cmd-D) does nothing. The command in menue/ select/ deselect is fogged out, also. Is this a bug, a problem with my machine, or is the deselect command meant for pixels only? Has anybody else encountered this problem?

     

    I would be grateful for an answer/ idea/ hint from anybody.

     

     

    Cheers

     

    George

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