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Im struggling a bit with a piece of text; I just want the outline with a transparent centre. 


If I just set a stroke, the stroke goes 'inside' the letters.


If I set an 'outline' in fx, then remove the fill, it removes the outline itself.


I have tried making another 'punch out' image and using geometry, but it axes all of the letters, not just the centres.


The only way I can think of to do it is rasterise the image and then 'erase' the centre, but this would be messy and inefficient.


I know this should be straightforward, but appear to be pretty well stuck now. 


I assume this is something real simple that I am missing. 


Can anyone enlighten me?









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Hi Jim,


Set an outline, then switch the proxy to the fill (or vice versa) and click the proxy shown in the screen shot.



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Set the stroke alignment to outside (third icon in the bottom row of the Stroke panel).

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Hi wscrcom,

You have to build this in a different way if you want to enlarge the stroke keeping the letters as they are:

- duplicated the text (to keep a copy of the original) and convert it to curves

- selected all the letters (curves) and add them (boolean operation) to create a single object from them 

- then apply a stroke to this object if needed.

Changing its stroke will enlarge the black outline around the letters without affecting them.

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Hi Meb


Thanks for responding. 


This lettering was originally in a logo that I made for a local business  http://prntscr.com/ch266l


what I am trying to do now is replicate the logo in line only to make a watermark for some photos. 


So what I actually want to achieve would look like this http://prntscr.com/ch26l0  but with transparency inside the letters instead of white. 

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To go from this




to this




I simply converted to curves, ungrouped the result and then clicked on 'Add' on the Geometry toolbar.


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I'm glad the issue was solved, but for the future, in regards to post 5, is there a "kerning" option in the paragraph formatting? Kerning will space out the letters. Doing that, you won't have to convert to curves.

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