How to decrease object proportionally


How to create border with equal width around object

Hi! Sometime there is need to insert one object inside other and get the same border width around the object. Like on this image:

How to decrease object proportionally

This object is simple but... what we can do if we have unexpected shape? Have a look:

How to decrease object proportionally

Let's find out how we can create border like this:

How to decrease object proportionally

You can say "We can just change size of the shape". Yes, we can, but the border will have different width. Have a look:

How to decrease object proportionally

Let's start. First step - we need to create border with necessary width. Open "Stroke" tab and set value for "Weight" field.

How to decrease object proportionally

Create shape. Go to "Object - Path - Outline Stroke".

How to decrease object proportionally

Now we have two shapes.

How to decrease object proportionally

Ungroup them....

How to decrease object proportionally

... and Subtract using "Pathfinder" tab. Press "Expand".
IMPORTANT NOTE! Copy your object before Subtracting

How to decrease object proportionally

Delete useless shape (black on the image below)

How to decrease object proportionally

Align your objects.

I hope this tutorial was helpful.
Thank you for reading this and good luck!

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