I'm working on some die-cutting designs in Illustrator.
I have made a symbol out of a 200px-wide rectangular shape. The stroke around the shape's perimeter has a thickness of 1px. As a result, the symbol has a width of 201px.
I would like the symbol to not include the stroke thickness in the dimensions of the symbol.
Things I have tried:
- Converting the strokes to guides. While they show up light-blue in symbol isolation mode, they are invisible otherwise.
- Giving the shape a fill. This works, but I do not want the shape to have a fill.
- Giving the stroke a thickness of 0. They turn invisible and I cannot see them.
Thank you for any suggestions!
Edit: Further complicating things: the path is open. That is, one edge of the rectangle has no stroke—so I can't change the stroke alignment.