Stroke

Shape Modifier - Change the stroke aspect of a shape

The stroke modifier almost creates a new shape along the edges of your main shape.
It's similar to Solidify Path but for Shape layer.
This modifier lets you:
  • Trace the edges like a shape
  • Create a snake effect along the edges
  • Modify the aspect of the caps
  • Dash the stroke
  • Repeat the stroke

Note that by using this modifier, filling method is changing.

Thickness

Use it to modify the thickness of the stroke.

Trace

Trace the stroke and create a snake effect.

Warning: Placed over a Group of shapes , the trace option change depending of the blending mode of the differents shapes inside.
The option "Group behaviour" is also useful when placed over a Group of shapes a or a Text. It's quite like the option "shape index" of the Position in Shape mask:
The trace option will take all the shapes or characters and trace the stroke one after the other.

Stroke cap (Start/End)

Similar to Joiner, only available if Trace is enabled.
Modify the way caps of the stroke join the rest of the edges.
you can choose between 6 mode for caps:
  • Fillet
  • Chamfer
  • Smooth (polynomial)
  • Smooth (exponantial) : control this mode with the "Exponent" parameters
  • Columns : control this mode with the "Count" parameters
  • Stairs : control this mode with the "Count" parameters

Depending of the associated radius parameters, caps begin earlier/later along the shape.
If you want to go further with custom caps, use Instantiate!

Dash

Use it to replace the stroke by a dashed line.
Stroke modifiers have a Dash sub-object that can be customized with these parameters:
  • Size : the length (in px) of each dash
  • Gap Before : Define the margin (in px) before each dash
  • Gap Before : Define the margin (in px) after each dash

Dash modifiers have 2 other variables:
  • Offset : The offset of each dash
  • Scale : The Scale (in %) of each dash. If you have set the size parameter of your dash to 100px and this parameter to 50%, every dash will appear with a length of 50px (50% of 100)

Note that you can add as many "Dash" sub-objects as you want by right-clicking on the Stroke modifier and choose Dash.

Repeat (Inside/Outside)

Repeat the stroke.
  • Count : Number of repetitions
  • Distance : Distance (in px) between each repetition
  • Radius Multiplier : Thickness of the repetition. Depends on the thickness of the the stroke modifier

Parameters

  • Define the thickness stroke
  • Stroke Trace Options: clamp and trace the stroke
  • Stroke Caps Options: Define the stroke cap at the start of the stroke
  • Stroke Caps Options: Define the stroke cap at the end of the stroke
  • Stroke Dash Options: Dash the stroke
  • Stroke Repeat Options: repeat the stroke on the outside
  • Stroke Repeat Options: repeat the strokeon the inside

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