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Illustrator CS6 Stroke Effects And Tricks
Adobe Illustrator CS6 has added many refinements and improvements, including Image Trace and Gradients on a Stroke. The stroke panel has also turned up a couple of effects that I discovered and wanted to share.
CS6 has been my first upgrade for a couple of versions – and I’m surprised at some of the improvements that have been made by Adobe!
The image on the left is a basic star shape with a stroke applied. If you want to change the stroke to a Dashed line you can, but by default on a shape like this the dashes follow each other, with the same length and this gives us uneven points to our star:
If we change the alignment of the dashes we get a much more pleasing arrangement:
Using this technique, if we take the weight of our stroke up, it is easy to create a snowflake in Illustrator:
Illustrator CS6 now lets us apply gradients to our strokes, and we can apply them in different ways over, across and along the stroke:
Using this new feature, our snowflake gets a new appearance:
For another effect, taking the Dashed Lines off, with a large stroked and a gradient applied across it, we can create the illusion of a star in 3D, like an extruded shape or one that has been punched in to a surface: