# Quick and dirty path offset

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Waiting for the path offset feature I'd like to share my quick&dirty way to do it.

It's pretty easy and gives good control on resulting shapes.

Hope you'll find it useful!

The white dog, making tools for artists, illustrators and doodlers

Nice technique!

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That's useful Paolo.

On the subject of offset, how about offset snapping in future? IE, instead of snapping to an edge, snap to  an amount (eg X=12mm Y=15 mm) away from snapping point. Or is that too much like CAD?

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Probably the feature you described is too much "CADdish"... But never say never!  :)

I'd be happy enough with an easy modal that allows you to define a delta, direction (inside/outside) and joins.

The white dog, making tools for artists, illustrators and doodlers

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I hope when this feature does come to designer, we have an option to use a live preview slider. Starting in the centre, going right creates an offset on the outside, going left creates an offset on the inside. Maybe with a corner rounding tick box. Click, drag, done.

... as opposed to Ai's implementation of inputting some ridiculous number that has no obvious relevant meaning and is ultra sensitive... .0012 doh, .0014 doh, .0013...  :huh:

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Hi together, sorry I dont know for what I can use this technique?

Can you explain it to me please - Thank you.

I am a vector newbie :-)

Yours Kathrin

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Path offset is used when you need to create an outline of your main shape, maintaining the distance between fixed.

Useful with convex irregular shapes and/or concave geometries.

This is a pretty stupid sample of what I mean...

The white dog, making tools for artists, illustrators and doodlers

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On 12/1/2014 at 6:24 PM, paolo.limoncelli said:

Path offset is used when you need to create an outline of your main shape, maintaining the distance between fixed.

Useful with convex irregular shapes and/or concave geometries.

This is a pretty stupid sample of what I mean...

I would like to add that this used a lot with stickers and CNC work. Anytime you want a machine to cut around a shape edge you want to use a path offset for this.

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