I'm trying to duplicate and scale a rectangle I created with arc corners to create a series of thinner lines inside. The problem is when I start scaling the lines the arcs don't equally line up with the larger outer arc. I held shift+alt down to scale uniformly toward the center, didn't work. I tried using the "Scale Stroke & Effects" option in the transform dialog but that didn't help. Any idea how to do this without having to create this multiple times?

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  • I think maybe the simplest thing would be to create a brush?
    – benteh
    Mar 7, 2014 at 1:13
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    How did you "create a series of thinner lines inside"? Using the Appearance Panel and Offset Path effect should work fine.
    – Scott
    Mar 7, 2014 at 1:22

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I think @Scott is right, you should be able to just use a negative value for Object > Path > Offset Path and achieve the new inner paths. You may have to manually adjust the stroke weight though to achieve each iteration looking thinner. Object > Path > Offset Path

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    I would use the Appearance panel with one object and not generate a multitude of separate paths with the Object menu. But that's me.
    – Scott
    Mar 7, 2014 at 21:13
  • You teach me yet another thing! I didn't even know that was an option... thanks @Scott
    – apex
    Mar 8, 2014 at 1:21

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