It appears that Offset Path is non-functional (+/-) and that Drop Shadow ignores negative values. Tech unable to replicate. Anyone else see this issue? Is it a bug or am I missing something?
This is the problem:
The rectangle is smaller than the -8 picas that you want to apply
Please select the object and show the appearance panel.
It would help tremendously if you would post a step by step instruction (written) so that people can try and reproduce the issue.
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The steps you followed to replicate were the same as mine. Solution came from Adobe Customer Care via Twitter: Reset Preferences (launch with shift-opt-cmd). Hated to sacrifice all settings for sake of one anomaly. Thanks to all.
Thanks penrules. This worked for me when I was having the same problem.
ARGH!!! I was having trouble with this too, it seemed like AI Offset Path was not working, for negative or positive values, either in preview or when it was applied. I think it has to do about whether or not you include your increments in the offset path dialog box. When I converted my -.3 to -.3 p for picas, it worked! This definitely feels like a bug!
"ARGH!!! I was having trouble with this too, it seemed like AI Offset Path was not working,"
And your version is? This thread is about version CC2017 or the like.
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