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Possible to Stroke only outside of illustration?

Jun 14, 2013 12:25 PM

I have the following illustration:

 

Screen Shot 2013-06-14 at 12.26.10 PM.png

 

I want to try just putting a small stroke that goes around the outside of the drawing, however when I do select all and apply the stroke, it obviously strokes the inner parts of the drawing (for instance the mouth, eyes, dimples, etc). I've tried merging all of the layers, but it doesn't work. Does anyone know how to do this or is it even possible? Thanks.

 

KiSS

 
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    Jun 14, 2013 12:50 PM   in reply to kissfrito@yahoo.com

    Which version of Illustrator are you using ?

     
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:38 PM   in reply to kissfrito@yahoo.com

    Select All

    Copy

    Paste In Back

    Pathfinder  > Unite

     

    Add a stroke to this shape.

     

    You often will want to adjust your corner setting to the middle one, depending pn if you wnat sharp or rounded courners.

    Screen Shot 2013-06-14 at 3.37.47 PM.png

     
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:47 PM   in reply to kissfrito@yahoo.com

    Route 2:

     

    - Group all

     

    - Add new stroke to the group in the Appearance palette and drag that stroke below the Content item in the same palette

     

    There are other ways as well.

     
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:50 PM   in reply to kissfrito@yahoo.com

    Select all; Group; with the group selected in the appearance panel, Add a New Stroke amd drag it below the Contents line. Set to an appropriate size remembering that it will be partially covered by the objects above.

     

    Damn, just a minute too late.

     
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:54 PM   in reply to kissfrito@yahoo.com

    KISS,

     

    Or do it with the Layer instead of the Group.

     
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    Jun 14, 2013 5:03 PM   in reply to kissfrito@yahoo.com

    I prefer Mike’s way.

    If you do things that way (with the stroke as a separate object) you can make minute adjustments to the stroke path without affecting the rest of the drawing.

     
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    Jun 15, 2013 3:15 AM   in reply to kissfrito@yahoo.com

    With the Group and Layer way, you can change individual paths and have the outline (in a new sense) change accordingly, so it may be seen as a question of choice of options.

     

    With the Layer way, you have a further blessing or curse: there is no need to Group, and you can add new paths freely and even create new pieces of artwork (without having to drag them into the/an existing Group); obviously, everything on the Layer, however unrelated, will be treated in the same way, with the same outline.

     
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