I converted the letter "Z" to a path. Now I want to make the Z extra bold. The corners should stay sharp. I don't want to make the letter bigger, I want it to be more bold. Any hints?
As Telofy notes, simply adding a stroke to the letter shape (like Scott suggested) may produce unexpected results if the stroke / fill color is semitransparent. For example, here's a semitransparent letter Z:
This letter has an RGBA fill color of
Note the conspicuous dark lines where the stroke overlaps the fill.
There are (at least) two ways to avoid this. The simple one is to make the fill and stroke colors fully opaque and just move the opacity slider (which affects the entire object) down to compensate. For example, here's the same letter Z with
This simple technique, however, might not work if you want your letter to have a more complicated texture or gradient fill. In that case, an alternative solution is to:
Here's what the result looks like, both with a plain
Ps. Here's what you get with Path → Dynamic Offset. It's not the same:
If your font (and thus also the stroke) is semi-transparent, you get an ugly line where fill color and stroke overlap.
I like Xav’s method here better even though it’s a tad more complicated.