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Illustrator Question on the pen tool

Hello all.

I have an issue with the pen tool. If you look at the image below, I draw the black outline with the pen tool. These are several shapes on top of each other.

Sometimes, when I come to a point (see the blue arrows), then change the line direction, I get a flat, squared-off endpoint.

Sometimes (red arrows), I get a sharp single point.

Any idea why sometimes one, and sometimes the other?




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This is caused by the stroke alignment in relationship to the path. In the examples below, I used the INSIDE alignment.

When the paths are close or touching after the corner node you will have a blunt stroke.
(Please note the path)
Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 9.27.46 PM.png

If the path's are farther apart you get a sharply pointed stroke.
Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 9.29.12 PM.png

If you wish to avoid the blunt stroke altogether, just set your stroke alignment to CENTER.
Awesome. Thanks so much. Although, I do set my stroke alignment to center on the stroke palette, but it doesn't seem to get rid of the blunt stroke.

Is there another setting I can mess with?

Stroke alignment will alter it, but it has more to do with where you place the points.


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