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    6 comments  ·  Illustrator (Desktop) Bugs » Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Everyone,

    Can you please provide a screenshot or step-by-step details of what you are trying to do. I ask because it’s working fine for me (see attached screenshot; it’s quite possible that I misinterpreted what you are trying to achieve). Could it be that the negative offset you are applying is greater than the size of the object. In that case, it won’t work. Otherwise it should.

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    A temporary workaround:

    1) Clone the object and paste in front
    2) Apply a stroke with a fill of "none" and set the stroke to "inside" the path in the stroke palette. Adjust stroke width as needed to visually "inset" to your desired appearance
    3) From the menu, release this newly-created compound path
    4) From the menu, Expand Appearance of this object. You should now have a new object with a "thinner" appearance that mirrors what "offset path" with a negative value would normally do

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    Pen commented  · 

    This is a vital feature - present in texting and many other apps at the OS level on any mobile device, all MS products, system-wide in Mac OS applications and SOME Adobe apps including InDesign, but NOT Illustrator.

    PLEASE bring this feature - it is very easy to make mistakes that can be quite costly on simple words that are easily missed by designers and proofreaders along the way.

    Illustrator user since v. 3 - this is not a "fluffy" request but one that addresses the real business needs of your core user base. Did I say "PLEASE??"

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