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4.2 Working With Strokes

Stroke controls have a lot in common with fill controls, but there are some extra tricks that apply to strokes exclusively. Learn about them all in this lesson.

4.2 Working With Strokes

Hi and welcome back to Affinity Designer Quick Start. In the last video we went through how to work with fills and in this video, we're gonna talk about how to work with stroke in Affinity Designer. Most of what applies to working with fills works also with strokes, so we'll just start with a regular old rectangle. And not just as before we looked at the context menu to work with fill. In the same context menu you have all of the settings to stroke. And just like with feel you can choose from swatches colour and gradient. And just like with fill this stroke context menu will come when you're using the move tool, the node tool, the curve tool, the pen tool, and any of the shape tools. And also like when you're working with fill. You can actually use the fill tool. That might not seem obvious at first because the where he was stroke. But if you select the filter all. And then up here look for this context. Sub menu And choose Stroke. And from there you can work with the stroke using this same tool. So that covers how you can set the color of your stroke. But there is also a range of stroke specific settings you can use. So I we just head back to the move tool, you can access your stroke sittings by clicking this button here, or by looking at the stroke panel. So this gives you a range of different types of stroke that you can use. So we have the sold stroke, a dashed stroke, and we can also use a textured stroke, and that allows us to pick out a brush, any brush, and texture the stroke. We also get control over the width of the stroke. And you can then just also control the way the corners of the stroke appear, the alignment of the stroke, and just exactly how the stroke is drawn in relation to the shape that it's surrounding. And the last thing that's really good to know about working with Stroke in Affinity Designer is that you can completely separate this stroke out from its original shape that is bordering said he can work with it as a self-contained curve and to do that make sure that the shape. Is selected and they go up to lay and choose expand stroke. Now if you have a look in a layer menu here, you can see that our stroke is now a separate shape. To our original rectangle. So this means that you can get in and you can edit the Nodes and you can do everything with district that you would with any other curve, in your design. In the next lesson, we're going to look at all of the different types of color selection that Affinity Designer provides. And we're also going to look at what you need to do if you want to copy and paste hex code into your document or around within your document. I'll see you in the next lesson.

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