I am creating a logo and I would like to put a double outline on it, do you know any clever way to do it ?
Edit: There was a better way to do Quick & Dirty #1. I have revised the answer with the improvement. This is now my preferred method.
Like many Illustrator things, there are multiple ways to do this.
The Quick & Dirty Ways
Use these methods if the outline object is at the bottom of your layer stack and transparency doesn't matter.
Quick & Dirty #1 (Recommended)
Quick & Dirty #2
If you really need transparency, you can select your objects and
The "Brush" Way
This method is very flexible but takes more time to set up.
Creating your own brush is simple and powerful for basic shapes like lines or easy curves. If your object has many corners you will need to edit your brush to include the correct way to form corners.
Edit: Afterthought. If you're making a complex shape that needs outlines, you're going to need to create a
Here's the easiest way I know of to make your pattern brush:
There is a much easier way to do it, I think. In the Appearances panel, after you've selected the path, just click on fx and add another stroke, or two if you like. You'll have to fiddle with the settings to get it to sit beside your previous stroke rather than on or inside it.
Simply apply additional strokes to the text via the Appearance Panel and use
If you then want the strokes to be independent objects, choose
How I do it:
Create your text. Clone it three times. You now have your text layered 3 times.
Bottom layer gets a border of, say, 10pt black. Next gets 8pt white. Next gets 6pt black. Top layer gets no border at all.
But I'm old fashioned. Farray's solution is probably good too. Just be sure that you don't distort the letterforms with a stroke that goes inside glyph.