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For the example image above - I would like to add a white background. However, I want that white background to "trace" around the logo + text so it isn't simply a rectangle.

I'll try to explain another way: Think of this image with a white stroke added to the outside of the shapes + letters. That cares for the shapes specifically, but I will have transparency in-between the shapes and in-between the larger gaps of the stroke.

Below is an example of what I am trying to achieve, except I want the INSIDE of the white outline filled also.

I hope this makes sense.

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One method is simply to group the objects, then add a very thick stroke to the group via the Appearance Panel. Lastly, move the stroke below the Contents on the panel....

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You could expand this artwork via Object > Expand Appearance, then Object > Expand and Object > Expand (I had to expand twice because the group contained live type. If there's no live type, one expand should work.)

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Then tap the Merge button on the Pathfinder Panel...

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Another option is to add a new Fill via the Appearance Panel. Move the fill below the Contents on the panel and highlight it. Then choose Effect > Path > Offset Path from the menu. Adjust to your liking...

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Then you can follow the same expand steps above to get actual shapes you can manipulate if desired.


The difference between using a fill vs a stoke is in the Stroke Options. With strokes you can do things like tick the Round Corners option to, well, round stroke corners easily if desired.

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  • Thank you for the information. This doesn't work for my need, though, because my graphic has a picture (on the left where the Li is in the example) with larger gaps. So I would have to increase the stoke so greatly, the border becomes huge around everything else. Are there any other methods that may work?
    – haqzore
    Sep 24, 2022 at 1:31

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