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Offset Path(s) not showing in Outline View

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I'm new to all this, so please forgive my ignorance...

I've created multiple offset paths on a piece of text. They show in Normal View (ie., the word appears fatter), but when I switch to Outline View, only the original text (no offset paths) is displayed.

Here are the steps I'm taking:

Type a word >

Select word > Go to Type > Click Create Outlines

Everything appears fine when I switch to Outline View (picture 1).

picture 1picture 1

I switch back to GPU Preview, then...

I select the word, click Effect > Path > Offset Path

and do this:

Picture2.PNG

So now I've got the original text and the 52 pt offset.

Picture 3 is Normal View; picture 4 is Outline View:

picture 3picture 3picture 4picture 4

Why is the offset path not showing in my Outline View like it shows for this guy on YouTube? (picture 5)

Picture5.PNG

The guy in the above video is able to select the original word and ungroup it from the offset path, thereby allowing him to easily manipulate the colors of each.

This is what I'd like to be able to do. I hope this all makes sense. Like I said - I'm new to all this.

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

 

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Hi @haysp,

You used an effect. An effect is an effect is an effect … No real paths at all.

 

If you want real paths you have to use another menu command (with same name, but this isn't an effect):

Object --> Path --> Offset Path

 

Or you can use your own drawing (with the effect) and reduce/flatten the appearance. But after that, your effect can no longer be edited - it's a real path now. As with the other menu command.

 

 

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Offset Path(s) not showing in Outline View

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I'm new to all this, so please forgive my ignorance...

I've created multiple offset paths on a piece of text. They show in Normal View (ie., the word appears fatter), but when I switch to Outline View, only the original text (no offset paths) is displayed.

Here are the steps I'm taking:

Type a word >

Select word > Go to Type > Click Create Outlines

Everything appears fine when I switch to Outline View (picture 1).

picture 1picture 1

I switch back to GPU Preview, then...

I select the word, click Effect > Path > Offset Path

and do this:

Picture2.PNG

So now I've got the original text and the 52 pt offset.

Picture 3 is Normal View; picture 4 is Outline View:

picture 3picture 3picture 4picture 4

Why is the offset path not showing in my Outline View like it shows for this guy on YouTube? (picture 5)

Picture5.PNG

The guy in the above video is able to select the original word and ungroup it from the offset path, thereby allowing him to easily manipulate the colors of each.

This is what I'd like to be able to do. I hope this all makes sense. Like I said - I'm new to all this.

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

 

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Correct answer by pixxxelschubser | Most Valuable Participant

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Hi @haysp,

You used an effect. An effect is an effect is an effect … No real paths at all.

 

If you want real paths you have to use another menu command (with same name, but this isn't an effect):

Object --> Path --> Offset Path

 

Or you can use your own drawing (with the effect) and reduce/flatten the appearance. But after that, your effect can no longer be edited - it's a real path now. As with the other menu command.

 

 

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Hi @haysp,

You used an effect. An effect is an effect is an effect … No real paths at all.

 

If you want real paths you have to use another menu command (with same name, but this isn't an effect):

Object --> Path --> Offset Path

 

Or you can use your own drawing (with the effect) and reduce/flatten the appearance. But after that, your effect can no longer be edited - it's a real path now. As with the other menu command.

 

 

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Thank you.

It appears I've still MUCH to learn!

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A German proverb says: Rome was not built in one day also.

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Was my previous answer the solution for your question?

Or do you need further assistance in this case?

 

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It did! I can now offset, ungroup, and separate, which is exactly what I needed to do.

I don't understand how the YouTube guy created the offset path through Effect and was able to see it via Outline Mode, though.

Thank you very much for your help with this!

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Hmmh?

However, this is strange. This guy never uses an effect. He always creates offset paths with: Object -> Path -> Offset Path

 

Just for your information:
However, this is not the best solution!

 

Text can no longer be edited. All subsequent changes must be applied to all path groups and so on ...

 

The way through the appearance palette and additional contours with effects is much better. Text remains editable, you can use the Touch Type Text Tool, changes are made automatically to all contours, nothing has to be grouped and all changes can be controlled centrally via the text object or via the appearance palette. You can create graphic styles and apply them to other text objects, and much more. Much more pleasant.

 

multiple contours on text object

effect_multiple_contour_01.png

 

use the Touch Type Text Tool and select a part of editable text

effect_multiple_contour_02.png

 

change another part of editable text

effect_multiple_contour_03.png

 

There is still much to learn.

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