You are here:

Adobe Illustrator/Illustrator stroke distortion problem


spanner visual
spanner visual  
Hi Kevin,
something weird started happening when I edit strokes of vector shapes in Ai, that has never happened before.
It looks like each time I edit the stroke size, the vector shape slightly offsets itself. the bezigons each shifts randomly. after doing this a few times, the entire shape is distorted.

Do you know if i perhaps activated a weird feature that would do this? I cant seem to fix it.

HI Jaco,

I actually just answered this for another user. Try this - select the object and go to Object>Compound Path and see if it lets you release. If it does do it. There appears to be a bug in AI that compound paths change the alignment of paths.

Next go to your Transform Panel and show the options turn OFF align to pixel grid.



Adobe Illustrator

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Kevin Stohlmeyer


I am an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Freelance Professional. I travel nationally speaking on Adobe Creative Suite applications, including Illustrator and design. I can answer questions about Adobe Illustrator version CS1 through the all-new Creative Cloud.


I am an Adobe Certified Instructor for Adobe Illustrator and have been teaching this software in college/higher education and for an Adobe Authorized Training Center since 2000. I have been an active user of Adobe Illustrator as a professional graphic designer since 1994. I am also the author of the Adobe Illustrator Certified Expert Exam. I am a published author for Adobe Inspire Magazine, writing articles on Creative Suite applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and the Adobe Touch apps.

Adobe Freelancers Program Adobe Influencers Program Milwaukee Adobe Users Group AIGA National Association of Photoshop Professionals C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions

Adobe Inspire Magazine Photoshop User Magazine Layers Magazine

BA - Graphic Design Adobe Certified Instructor - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Adobe Community Professional - Adobe Creative Suite

Awards and Honors
Member, Adobe Influencers Program and Adobe Freelancer Member Spotlight, National Association of Photoshop Professionals, November 2011 Runner-Up, The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist contest, 2010, 2011 Runner-Up Layers Magazine Design Contest

Past/Present Clients
Harley Davidson, Reader's Digest, GE Medical Division, Kohl's Corporate, Bon-Ton/Boston Stores, Cramer-Krasselt, Marquette University, AIGA, Mattel/American Girl, Photoshop World

©2016 All rights reserved.