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Refilling shape within adjusted outline

New Here ,
Dec 07, 2023 Dec 07, 2023

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Hello. I have a shape in Illustrator that has a 2pt stroke (one color) with a fill (second color). I want to separate the stroke and fill the color into two compound paths. I specifically want the fill shape to only fill to the inner edge of the visible 2pt stroke. Right now, if I copy the two elements and set one with fill only and the other stroke only (2pt), the fill shape extends over the edge to the original shape. I hope this makes sense. Link to file:

https://assets.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:US:04a60df4-782a-493c-938d-d1ae0b2cd958?view=difile

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Dec 07, 2023 Dec 07, 2023

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Can you unlock that file?

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Dec 07, 2023 Dec 07, 2023

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My bad! Just did 🙂 Thank you for taking a look.

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Thank you. English is not my mother tongue, I don't think I can make sense of what you are describing. Can you sketch it?

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Dec 07, 2023 Dec 07, 2023

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You may select the filled path, go to Effect menu > Path > Offset Path, take (minus) 1 Pt offset and then Expand Appearance in the Object menu.

 

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Dec 07, 2023 Dec 07, 2023

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Thank you for taking a look. That didn't work for me. The offset -1 looks the same as the original fill (without a stroke). Adjusting to -2 or more had no effect either. 

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That wouldn't be normal behaviour. You did Expand Appearance (see Object menu), didn't you?

 

Or are you saying that the Offset Path effect does not work at all? If so, can you share a sample Illustrator file?

 

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Correct, the Offset Path effect did not work. I did try to Expand Appearance after applying it as well and nothing happened. Here is a link to the AI file: https://assets.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:US:04a60df4-782a-493c-938d-d1ae0b2cd958?view=difile

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Yes, this is the file you already shared in your initial post.

 

For me, the Offset Path effect does work as expected with your objects. Not sure why it would not work for you.

 

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Hmm, just to be clear, I am applying this to the filled-only shape (the second one down from the top)? 

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Yes, I did that as well. Works fine.

 

Your document units are set to inches. Probably in the Offset Path Effect dialog you are not using (minus) 1 pt, but rather just (minus) 1. That would explain the behaviour.

 

Also, just change the document units to pt and try again.

 

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