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I have a file I've been working on and I placed in a link file of an Icon I previously made, and in the original illustrator file it looks fine, but when I save the artboard to a separate file or when I duplicate the same file the stroke on the Icon becomes thicker.

Original

Original

Duplicate File

Duplicate file

  • Im on a mac and when I use quick look or preview it comes out normal but whenever I open it in illustrator it gets messed up, even the original one now – F22lightning Nov 10 '16 at 1:18
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This is likely due to a size difference between the documents/artboards. Since strokes are given a set value (5px for example) their size can vary greatly, depending on the overal size of the document. A 5 pixel stroke on an object that's 2000px wide will seem much smaller than on one that's 100px wide.

I suggest you expand the appearance of anything that has a stroke.

Select anything you've applied a stroke to and go to Object > Expand...

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The object on the left has been expanded, you can see that the stroke is now a physical path, instead of just a style, as on the right.

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  • I tried this and I replaced the linked file and it works fine as it always did, but the problem still happens when I duplicate the file or when I save an artboard by itself – F22lightning Nov 10 '16 at 0:47
  • Never mind this worked when I expanded the original file and instead of relinking I had to place it again, thank you! – F22lightning Nov 10 '16 at 6:51

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