Adobe Illustrator/illustrator help


I am working on a project that will be a multi layered cnc lit plexiglass art piece. The shape created is a mushroom...I need to make other layers of this that will not only overlap a specific amount but will look as though they are nested in each other. The problem I am having is by copying the original shape and then resizing it, it is not spaced evenly within the original shape. How can I do this? Is there a way to resize a particular complex shape to fit within a specific set of measurements and still be the same shape? Please help.


Hi Greg,

If I understand correctly this suggestion should work for you. Select your shape, then in the Object drop-down menu choose Path>Offset Path. a window opens and you can specify how much larger or smaller to make it. This will enlarge or reduce the size a specified amount creating an equal distance around the shape.

Hope it helps. If you need more info please let me know and I'll be happy to explain in more detail.



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