I downloaded this icon from flaticon and want to reduce the thickness of the path:


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I followed the guide here: http://projectwoman.com/2011/05/make-a-path-bigger-or-smaller-in-illustrator.html and used the offset path function but it just doesn't seem to do anything if I make the offset a negative number:

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If I make it a positive number, I can see the paths will increase in thickness. Why will it not reduce in thickness if I make it negative?

  • For one, enable preview. Two, try a smaller value. -10 in seems like quite a bit, but then again, maybe your graphic is ridiculously large.
    – Manly
    May 3, 2016 at 19:07
  • Yes i did enable the preview, I just didn't show that in my screenshot but it is enabled. I have also tried it with -3 and it still doesn't work.
    – Simon
    May 3, 2016 at 19:08
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    I downloaded that vector and I can say, without any shadow of doubt, that the values you are using are MUCH too large. I just tried it with a value of -1px and that was still too large. To make it easier, you should make the entire image larger first, then try to offset the path. I can demonstrate in a minute...
    – Manly
    May 3, 2016 at 19:12
  • OK thanks - I'm quite a new AI user so I can use all the help I can get.
    – Simon
    May 3, 2016 at 19:16

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You're having an issue, because the source file is tiny.

To illustrate this, I increased the object's size by 500% (Object > Transform > Scale):


At 500% scale, you can finally begin to notice the offset path (-1 px here):


I would increase your object's size, to begin with. Alternatively, you can try to mess around with small decimals to offset your path, but that seems much more difficult, to me.

  • Thanks, it is now working properly. I increased the size and then used the offset path method.
    – Simon
    May 3, 2016 at 19:21

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