How to create an outline from a vector image on Illustrator


I'm trying to make an outline for a light bulb that would look something like this:

(Outline of light bulb with 30pt stroke)

My original outline looks like this:

By increasing the stroke of the outline I lose the details on the screw portion of the bulb.

I was wondering how I could make an outline of the bulb without ruining the detail.

10/17/2015 7:07:00 AM

Besides the methods mentioned above, here is another way to achieve the effect. If stroke was not the main concern, you can also use the Offset Path method to have a better outlined detail.

First select your object, then go to Object>Path>Offset Path

You can either expand or contract the outline, just use the one that has more detail.

Next make sure the smaller graphic is on top of the larger graphic then use the Subtract option from Pathfinder tool.

Finally just fill color for the look and feel.

11/19/2015 9:34:00 AM