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:

enter image description here

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?

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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.

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5/3/2016 7:17:00 PM

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