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I have a 'line' drawing of a hand that has very thick 'lines'.  I simply want to make the lines thinner.  The reason I have the word 'lines' in quotes is because if it was truly a line drawing, all I would have to do is change the line's stroke to a smaller value.  The problem is, they're apparently not lines.  It's a drawing with a ton of little blue dots around it that can be moved individually, which distorts the image, but I don't see anyway to leave the drawing intact while thinning out the lines.  Can you help?

Hi Katie

Unfortunately from your description it appears that this is a live trace drawing and is shapes. You could try using Object>Path>Simplify to reduce the number of points making it easier to reshape. You could also just try putting a white stroke on it making it appear thinner.



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