I want to make a stroke to be a little bit further than the object itself, so between object and stroke there will be a transparency.

By default, the stroke is touching the object. How can I achieve a stroke that is distant from the object in Illustrator?

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Select your strokeless shape and seek out your Appearance panel. In there, you'll find the option to Add a new stroke, either in the options, or using the button:

appearance panel with add stroke options highlighted

  • Add a new stroke by choosing either option
  • Once you've added the new stroke, select it in the panel.

appearance panel with extra stroke selected

  • Choose Effect > Path > Offset path and choose a positive value.
  • why didnt you offset default stroke?
    – joojaa
    May 24, 2014 at 22:09
  • @joojaa force of habit :)
    – Vincent
    May 25, 2014 at 15:31
  1. Create an object with a stroke (shortcut m, d, click)
  2. Object > Path > Offset Path
  3. Remove the fill of the new object (shortcut /)

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