In Illustrator CS5, i don't get some fundemental thing. When I download from the internet some icon in psd, then I open it with illustrator, I try to make the path more thin.

Was trying everything with every file, some works some just won't change.

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Whats really going on here ? how do you finally change this line to be thin ??

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If applying a negative offset, you can't offset more than the available space.

In other words, if the shape is 8pts wide... the maximum interior space is half the width, to allow the path to show you need to keep the offset below half the object width. So, 4pt maximum. Less than 4pts to allow any stroke to show.

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Any easy way the "thin" shapes is to apply a black fill, and then a white stroke. AI strokes are centered on the path by default. So make the stroke twice the amount to remove, i.e. if you want to remove 1pt, make the stroke 2pts, want to remove 2pts, make the stroke 4pts thick, etc.

  • Make the stroke as wide as you want until the black area is as thick as you want.
  • Then select the objects and choose Object > Expand.
  • Then click the Merge button on the Pathfinder Panel
  • Use the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow) to click one of the white shapes.
  • Choose Select> Same > Fill & Stroke from the menu.
  • Hit the Delete key to remove the white shapes.

You are then left with only the (thinner) black shapes.

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