I have this map of Europe, and my problem with it is that there is white space between the country shapes after I removed the outline.

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I want the paths of the different countries to fit perfectly to each other. The simplest solution I thought of would be making all the countries 2% larger so the paths overlap and you use trim on that.

How do you make objects larger in every direction? Or is there a better solution where you can have the paths calculate half the distance between each other and come together in the middle?

  • Have you tried selecting all the countries, then in Pathfinder click on Union? – Billy Kerr Jul 17 '18 at 10:16
  • Select the shapes and add a Stroke
  • Align Stroke = Outside

*Align Stroke

  • Menu Object > Expand Appearance
  • With the Direct Selection Tool select the inner part of the shapes > Delete
  • With the Direct Selection Tool and pressing Alt to select the whole path, select the inner part of the frames > Delete


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    Thx, That worked. Is it possible to only apply the stroke on a specific part of the path, so you can expand the border between countries without expending the costline? – Victor Jörnving Jul 17 '18 at 9:32
  • Yes, but with a different procedure, it is another question and another answer: How to make objects larger in some direction? – Danielillo Jul 17 '18 at 9:47
  • What are you saying yes to? That I can expand an object in one direction, or that you can apply stroke to a section of a path? Do you imply that your solution doesn't work if the stroke doesn't surround the object? – Victor Jörnving Jul 17 '18 at 10:21
  • Yes: it's possible to do that, but the solution it is not with a stroke, is with a different procedure. Different question, different procedure, different answer. – Danielillo Jul 17 '18 at 10:33

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