Create some Stroke from expanded shape


I created some shape using 6 pixels stroke (no fill), then I expanded it and get the desired shape. Later, I need the same shape with thinner lines, but resizing does not work well for it.

So, the question is - Is there any way to get stroke (i.e. line connecting middle of thickness of the expanded line) from expanded shape?

(I cannot redo the actions because move far away from the expanding the path).


10/26/2016 12:03:00 PM

Accepted Answer

You could try this:

Your expanded stroke should be a compound path. So..

1. Release the Compound Path

Using Object → Compound Path → Release. This will hopefully leave you with two shapes:

released compound path

2. Offset One of the Shapes

Each shape should be 3px either too small or too large. You can delete one of them (I deleted the smaller shape) and use Object → Path → Offset Path... to "shrink" it. If you use the larger shape, enter -3px.

This will create a "shrunken" shape for you that is hopefully what you need:

shrunken shape

There are probably some cases where this will not work, I'd guess that it depends on how complex your expanded stroke is.

1/16/2014 4:34:00 PM