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Peter Phillips

Offset line thicknesses

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OFFSET LINE THICKNESSES

It would be useful to be able to offset the thickness of a line to one side. I use selective line thickening (either by thickening existing lines or tracing over existing ones) to enhance the clarity of a drawing - outlining major elements of a design or cut lines of a section. In the old pen and ink days (of not so long ago for me) I did this on the inside of the design element, not along the centreline. Not being able to do so in Vectorworks can obscure small scale elements.

[This message has been edited by Peter Phillips (edited 03-03-2001).]

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One option here, at least for thicker lines, is to use the double line tool. Set it to create polygons, set the separation to the line thickness you want (like 0.02"), and set the fill color to be the same as the pen color, or else set a fill color and no pen color. Then you can use the various mode bar options to choose how to offset the "line".

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