Lines are treated the
same way as outlines of closed shapes, such as ellipses and polygons. You can
change the appearance of both lines and outlines by using the controls of the
Outline pen dialog box, the Outline page of the Object properties docker, and
the property bar. For example, you can specify the color, width, and style of
lines and outlines.
You can choose a
corner style to control the corner shape in lines and choose a line cap style to
change the appearance of a line’s endpoints. By default, an outline is applied
on top of an object’s fill, but you can apply it behind the fill, with the fill
overlapping the outline. You can also link the outline thickness to an object’s
size so that the outline increases when you increase the object’s size and
decreases when you decrease the object’s size.
styles were applied to the upper and lower row of triangles. Different line caps
were applied to the lines in the upper-right corner. Arrowheads were applied to
the lines in the lower-right corner.
When an object
contains lines that meet at sharp angles, you can set the miter limit to
determine their corner shape. Corners with angles above the miter limit are
pointed (mitered); corners with angles below the miter limit are beveled
You can create
calligraphic outlines. A calligraphic outline varies in thickness, creating the
effect of a hand-made drawing. In addition, you can add arrowheads to lines and
curves. You can create new arrowheads and edit existing arrowheads.
The default line and
outline properties for each new object that you draw are as follows:
• CMYK black
• solid line
corner and line cap styles
applied on top of an object’s fill
• outline not
linked to an object’s size. However, you can change any of these default line
and outline properties at any time.