Offset path does not respect shape

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So, I'm creating a mustache and when I use the offset path option it looks like the image below. How do I get the path to end like the original shape? The shape is closed and there are no extra anchor points.

 

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Just change your settings for Joins (and/or Miter Limit > 4)

 

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Offset path does not respect shape

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So, I'm creating a mustache and when I use the offset path option it looks like the image below. How do I get the path to end like the original shape? The shape is closed and there are no extra anchor points.

 

OFFSET.png

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Correct answer by pixxxelschubser | Most Valuable Participant

Just change your settings for Joins (and/or Miter Limit > 4)

 

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Just change your settings for Joins (and/or Miter Limit > 4)

 

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Piter, Hi.

 

I was able to duplicate your problem.

 

Zoom way in, select your mustache using Direction tool (white arrow)

Betcha you have 2 anchors not one.

With that very large offset, you do get that square offset shape.

 

To Fix, delete one anchor one each side using Pen minus tool.

 

K

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Both options mentioned are right, but maybe lowering the Miter Limit might cause huge corner ends in this case... If this happens it might be a solution to make the corners less angular in combination with lowering the Miter Limit. 

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Or to draw the outer shape at first. Then use Offset Path with negativ offset for creating the inner part of Santa Claus beard.

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Or use a very bold outward facing contour on the inner shape.

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Or …

 

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Lot's of options, haha! 

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Engaged ,
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Totally agree Rob.  So many options.

 

Offset, Interesting topic, none the less. 😃

If we only we had OP's Illustrator file that would lessen this conversation.

 

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Piter,

 

I believe this exquisitely simple suggestion from Hans-Jürgen will get you there, with a sufficient(ly high) Miter Limit as he also suggested:

 

"Or use a very bold outward facing contour on the inner shape."

 

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Yes! The first answer was the correct one. The funny thing is that I did move the number up and down but only a bit, so I didn't see any change until moving the number to 10!

 

Thanks for all your useful responses and happy new year!!!

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