I think this is really simple, but am an Illustrator newbie and not a graphic designer either. I've attached a pic of what I need to do - have a red offset outline around my blue text. I need it "clean" as the final vector will be scaled up for wide format printing. Easy steps please 🙂
Object > Path > Offset path does this.
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Type the text, remove the fill and stroke so the text will become invisible , now withe the select tool click on the text object to select it then open the appearance panel Window -> Appearance
add new fill and new stroke, change the colors. Then click on the stroke and go to memu:
Effect -> path -> offset path
Thanks you so much for your help - solved!