I am using Illustrator. I got this:

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and I want to create this effect:

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At the moment I am using a white border to create this effect but I want to remove the part from the outer lines. I know that this is possible but how?

  • It took me a second to realize this checkmark wasn't a like a line going across the eye signifying that it something is perhaps hidden or something...
    – Joonas
    Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 17:54

1 Answer 1


Add an outer stroke to the central shape

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  • Go to menu Object → Expand
  • Press Cmd + Shift + Alt + 8 Mac or Ctrl + Shift + Alt + 8 Win to Release the Compound Shape
  • Press Cmd + Shift + G Mac or Ctrl + Shift + G Win to Ungroup
  • Select all and press Shift + M to activate the Shape Builder Tool and click in every part of the outer stroke holding Alt to delete

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  • Delete the leftover shapes

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  • I can't use Expand?!? I can only use Expand Appearance. I used this instead and then I used Expand but then nothing happens. I made this check symbol with two lines which I expanded and then put together using pathfinder. What am I doing wrong?!?
    – Myzel394
    Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 17:43
  • After expanding appearance you can't follow the other steps?
    – user120647
    Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 18:42
  • Yes I can't. When I expand the appearance "Expand" isn't muted anymore but when I click on it nothing happens. Normally a box would appear where I can select some options and then expand the object but now nothing comes.
    – Myzel394
    Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 18:47
  • Did you add the stroke to the shape?
    – user120647
    Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 18:51
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    Ok it works now. Idk what I made wrong but I still had to expand the eye. Thanks for your help! I would vote your answer up but I don't have enough reputation. Sorry.
    – Myzel394
    Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 19:06

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