What is an easy way to achieve this "Out of Sync" Color Fill style?
I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS6 and I think there is an easy way to do this with the way Illustrator is set up, but I'm not sure how.
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To make things easy for yourself when editing later, it pays off to do a bit more work upfront by using the
Appearance panel for this.
Add New Stroke, either through
Appearancepanel options or with the icon bottom leftmost on the panel
Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform...and use the
Movesettings to change the stroke's position. Click
This way, the stroke and the fill are both controlled by the same shape. If you alter the shape in any way, both fill and stroke will change accordingly. This saves you the burden of having to make the exact same changes to a shape twice.
As an added bonus, you can drag the shape into the
Graphic Styles panel to store its settings later. If you select another shape and then click the graphic style, it will change its appearance to the style. Saves you the time to reproduce the exact same transformation over and over again.
I am not aware of any preference set-up to achieve the out of register look but simply 'copy' the object with the stroke and fill, then 'paste in front', then nudge it until it is the desired distance apart, remove the stroke from the lower layer, then remove the fill in the layer above.
Set the stroke to 'overprint' or else it may 'knock-out'.
Perhaps that is what you have already done.