Subtract object's stroke from adjacent objects (to create a border of negative space)


I really don't know how to explain this in words in a simple way, so just take a look at the photo I've linked to below. I have a compound path, and I want to multiply it, but have a "stroke of transparency" around each shape, just like in the image below. How can I do that? I've tried with pathfinder, but I can't get it right.

Thank you!

Black vector-style silhouettes of 3 staggered male figures—one in the foreground, 2 in the background. A border of negative space outlines the forward figure.

5/25/2012 4:43:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Here is how I did it: Edit -> Path -> Offset path, which will create a new path that is X pixels bigger/smaller. Afterwards I used that to cut out a hole in the background shape (with the help of pathfinder)

5/28/2012 1:18:00 PM