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AI: Offset Path to reduce the thickness of a vector


Question

I downloaded this icon from flaticon and want to reduce the thickness of the path:

http://www.flaticon.com/free-icon/bird-in-broken-egg_44434#term=broken%20egg&page=1&position=2

enter image description here

I followed the guide here: http://projectwoman.com/2011/05/make-a-path-bigger-or-smaller-in-illustrator.html and used the offset path function but it just doesn't seem to do anything if I make the offset a negative number:

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If I make it a positive number, I can see the paths will increase in thickness. Why will it not reduce in thickness if I make it negative?

2016/05/03
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5/3/2016 7:05:00 PM

Accepted Answer

You're having an issue, because the source file is tiny.

To illustrate this, I increased the object's size by 500% (Object > Transform > Scale):

scale

At 500% scale, you can finally begin to notice the offset path (-1 px here):

offset

I would increase your object's size, to begin with. Alternatively, you can try to mess around with small decimals to offset your path, but that seems much more difficult, to me.

2016/05/03
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5/3/2016 7:17:00 PM