Latest posts by techwriter (see all)
- BOOK REVIEW: “Design for How People Learn” by Julie Dirksen - July 10, 2017
- 12 Top Characteristics of a Good Technical Writer - July 3, 2017
- What Are the Qualities of a Good Technical Writer? - June 28, 2017
© 2011 Ugur Akinci
Sometimes you will need to draw technical illustrations with shapes that not only connect but also have double or multiple strokes. Think of converging railroad tracks.
A shape like this:
Follow these steps:
(1) Draw your individual overlapping shapes by using any tool necessary (rectangle, ellipse, etc.).
(2) Press Ctrl + F10 to display the STROKE pallet. This is where you set the thickness of your strokes to anything you like.
(3) Press Shift + F6 to display the APPEARANCE pallet. Make sure your fill is ZERO (no fill).
(Click to enlarge the images)
(4) Add a SECOND STROKE layer in the APPEARANCE palet. Give it a different color and then reduce its stroke size in the STROKES palette:
TWO stroke layers of different color and width on top of each other will create the illusion of a multi-stroke object.
(5) While all the objects are selected, press Ctrl + 8 to create a COMPOUND PATH:
Play with different stroke sizes and colors for different effects: