Sign up ×
Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Trying to do something which seems so simple and failing badly. I have created a simple Type layer.

I need to add two strokes to the layer. But I would like the stroke to be on the outside of the layer, but the options for the stroke do not let me select that. The options are greyed out, I have the type layer selected in the appearance panel. What am I supposed to do?

share|improve this question

3 Answers 3

up vote 8 down vote accepted

Certain objects will not allow the stroke alignment options. Type is one of these objects. While creating outlines of type objects may work in some instances. I, myself, prefer to keep type live whenever possible.

In order to move a stroke applied to a type objects, simply do things how they were done prior to the stroke alignment options being added - with an effect.

Apply your stroke via the Appearance Panel. Then choose Effect > Path > Offset Path.

Remember that Illustrator centers all strokes. So if you have, for example, a 4pt stroke and you want it aligned to the outside, you need to move it +2pts (half the stroke width). If you want it aligned inside, you would use a negative value (-2pt) to move the stroke inward.


That being posted, if you simply want stroke outside of the type, just move them below the Characters item in the Appearance Panel and double the stroke width (since half the stroke will be hidden by the type).


share|improve this answer

You will need ot right click on the text and choose Create Outlines from the drop down:

enter image description here

Now you will be able to choose the alignment for the stroke.

enter image description here

share|improve this answer

Simply create the style you want with borders and positions on any object, or on a letter outlined for example Object has no importance but used generating style. Then open Windows "Graphic style" and slide your new style on the style table Then apply this style on any text = it's working S

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.