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New Here ,
Feb 24, 2021 Feb 24, 2021

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Whats the fastest way to make a outer border outline around the whole vector object?

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 24, 2021 Feb 24, 2021
activate the stroke in Appearance Panel add menu: Effect --> Pathfinder --> Add ( ! to the stroke) choose menu: Object --> Expand Appearance

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 24, 2021 Feb 24, 2021
Select all the artwork. Group it (Object > Group). In the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance) Add a New Stroke (button at bottom left). Drag the new stroke below Contents. In the Appearance panel select the Stroke. Choose Effect > Pathfiner > Add. With the stroke still selected in Appearance panel, choose Effect > Path > Offset Path. Choose a desired Offset amount and click OK. Hope that helps! NOTE: If you need to edit anything inside the group, use the Group Selection or Direct...

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It's not clear what you are asking. If you want one border around the entire object, then remove the strokes from the individual objects first, then with the Group selected, add a stroke to the Group using the Appearance panel.

 

Is that what you are asking?

 

~ Jane

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  1. Click on the circle right beside your layer name and open the Appearance Panel.
  2. Add a new fill (to the layer) in Appearance Panel.
  3. Drag this new fill below contents in Appearance Panel.
  4. Add menu: Effect --> Path --> Offset Path  with your wished settings.

 

Done

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I want to cut this graphic out on the cutting machine... so I need to make an outline of the whole object, so the cutter can cut alot the edges of the graphic.

 

In photoshop, i would just select outside the object, invert the selection, and create a path....

 

Is there a similar workflow in Illustrator?

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Ok.

 

Because of your last answer (additional to my previous post):

  • a new fill is not needed - but a new stroke
  • and I think you don't need the effect

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Ok, i see the outline.  How do I select the outline and put it on its own layer?

 

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  • activate the stroke in Appearance Panel
  • add menu: Effect --> Pathfinder --> Add ( ! to the stroke)
  • choose menu: Object --> Expand Appearance

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  1. Select all the artwork.
  2. Group it (Object > Group).
  3. In the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance) Add a New Stroke (button at bottom left).
  4. Drag the new stroke below Contents.
  5. In the Appearance panel select the Stroke.
  6. Choose Effect > Pathfiner > Add.
  7. With the stroke still selected in Appearance panel, choose Effect > Path > Offset Path.
  8. Choose a desired Offset amount and click OK.

 

Hope that helps!

 

NOTE: If you need to edit anything inside the group, use the Group Selection or Direct Selection tools (or double-click to go into the group). Do not ungroup it or you will loose the appearance (which creates the outline). As you adjust the contents of the group, the outline will automatically update.

 


— Adobe Certified Expert & Instructor at Noble Desktop | Web Developer, Designer, InDesign Scriptor

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Hi Dan,

two souls - one thought.

 

But - we are already a little further.

😉

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@Jasu_IKEA 

Have you been successful?

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yes, it worked out. Thanks so much

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