Jeff Witchel shows you how to avoid stacking problems and achieve typographically correct strokes in Adobe Illustrator.

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  1. Dan Rodney (Reply) on Tuesday March 12, 2013

    While offsetting the fill works (and is a good technique to know because it can be used for interesting effects) you can simply use the stroke. You just have to drag it below the fill. You can’t do that with Characters, but you can with the Type object! In CS6 you can even use gradient strokes, for some pretty awesome effects. Here’s a YouTube video I made a while ago showing how http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J9FnJDeAVA

  2. Nic Bongers (Reply) on Tuesday March 12, 2013

    My solution has two sets of characters pasted on top of eachother.
    I’ve been filling text and stroking it the same color (black) then Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F to paste on top.
    Then I get rid of the stroke, and change fill to red.

  3. Douglas (Reply) on Tuesday March 12, 2013

    Great info shared here! Never really understood why the stroke goes inside and outside of the path ha ha kinda hoping thats what this was about.

  4. Brian (Reply) on Tuesday March 12, 2013

    It seems like way to much work. Why not

    1. create your type
    2. Edit copy, edit paste in front
    3.Lock down the filled type on top
    4.Select underneath type and stroke layer underneath till your heart is content
    5. Unlock top layer and group the two pieces

    I can do this in 10 seconds whereas this demo takes much longer and involves more steps in the technique



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