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Simple (?) question about expanding an outline

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I have a horseshoe I want to put in a box.  To make it look nice (and keep it from sliding around) I want to laser cut a cutout in a piece of acrylic that conforms to the horseshoe.  I've placed a photo of the horseshoe into Illustrator, converted it to a path, and scaled the path to match the horseshoe (see attached inage).  Of course, I need the cutout a little bigger than the horseshoe, but if I just scale it up then the geometry changes so that the horseshoe won't fit in the cutout.  Is there a way to make the cutout "wider," measured from the cutout's centerline, without changing the centerline?  I think that's what I want, if that makes sense.  Thanks for any tips.

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Effect > Path > Offset path.

When you're done adjusting it: Object > Expand appearance

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Simple (?) question about expanding an outline

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I have a horseshoe I want to put in a box.  To make it look nice (and keep it from sliding around) I want to laser cut a cutout in a piece of acrylic that conforms to the horseshoe.  I've placed a photo of the horseshoe into Illustrator, converted it to a path, and scaled the path to match the horseshoe (see attached inage).  Of course, I need the cutout a little bigger than the horseshoe, but if I just scale it up then the geometry changes so that the horseshoe won't fit in the cutout.  Is there a way to make the cutout "wider," measured from the cutout's centerline, without changing the centerline?  I think that's what I want, if that makes sense.  Thanks for any tips.

Horseshoe cutout.jpg

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

Effect > Path > Offset path.

When you're done adjusting it: Object > Expand appearance

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Effect > Path > Offset path.

When you're done adjusting it: Object > Expand appearance

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Perfect!  Thanks.  What would have happened if I didn't perform Object > Expand appearance?

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The laser cutter will only see the original path or do other funky stuff.

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