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Click the text with the Direct Selection Tool (White arrow).
Click the New Stroke button at the bottom of the Appearance Panel... color the stroke and change it's weight.
No need to outline text at all. The Appearance Panel is your friend
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I believe you want the type to keep its outer dimensions rather than grow thicker, as with an added stroke. Is that true?
I see where you were going there but pattern fills don't work that way. You're just making a pattern, you're not making an attribute.
To get a stroke on the inside of your text, as stated above, look at the appearance panel. It will allow you to add additional strokes and fills, reorder them in the object's stack, and apply effects to them individually (as well as to the entire object.)
What you need to look at is adding an additional stroke, and then, to get it within the bounds of your type, use effect->path->offset path to give it a negative offset that is 1/2 of it's stroke width.
Having these software questions has really made me realize how much I hate the browser/web based help system in CS4 stuff.
I realized I gave the wrong reference link above: Scott actually gave a way to accomplish my goals (Same as what Jesseham described) in this post: http://forums.adobe.com/message/1941621#1941621, but it doesn't quite achieve the look I want.
The offset path/stroke combination doesn't quite look right to me. Certain parts of the stroke don't stay pointed or get too narrow. It looks like I am going to have to stick to the old method to achieve the right visual.
What I've done normally done is to make two copies of my text one over the other and then give the bottom copy an outside stroke. This gives a nice stroke look around the text without the narrowing and corner issues I have with the offset stroke. Whenever I want to change the text I have to change the text multiple times and the effect sometimes as well and that's what I was hoping to be able to avoid with this inside stroke stuff.
"right" image is my two copies of text approach
"wrong" image is the negative offset stroke
See what I mean? The offset method just doesn't make a nice stroke. It DOES give me an inside stroke which is technically the right answer to my initial question though. Thanks guys.
It would be nice if the new AI stroke alignment options worked on text objects.... and open paths... and a couple other things. Too bad they don't.
So if you set your text and in the appearance panel add a new stroke, if you drag the new stroke below the character line does it not give the look you want and keep the text as editable without copies?
By golly that works. Never would have thought of that. I need to get
more used to Appearance panel! It still changes the overall weight,
but it saves me a number of steps. Thanks.
Putting your stroke behind your fill in the appearance panel yield an identical result as your two copy method (stroked behind filled) the benefit being that you have it all contained within one easily editable text element.
Get to know the appearance panel. It'll blow your mind. ;-)