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Design Illustrator Foundations Creating an Icon Pen Tools

Ines Rosas
Ines Rosas
4,476 Points

Hi! It seems to me like outline strokes is "destructive". Is there a way to keep an un-outlined version as well?

I tried to duplicate the icon layer pre-outline strokes in order to outline only the duplicate layer, but seems to me like Ai applied the outline to both the original icon layer as well as the duplicate...

2 Answers

Atanas Sqnkov
Atanas Sqnkov
14,981 Points

Hi Ines!

You must select the sole layer you want to change by clicking the small sun-like icon in the right side of the layer. A circular icon on the oposite side of the layer thumbnail. This selects just and only that layer.

Cheers!

Ines Rosas
Ines Rosas
4,476 Points

Hi Atanas! When I did this by itself, I still had the problem that the outline stroke was applied to both layers, but, then I tried this plus locking out (with the padlock) the layer(s) I wanted to keep un-outlined, and that did it! Now I have both un-oulined icon and outlined icon in one file.Thanks!!

Hi Ines, The best part about Illustrator is all the room that is provided. I often save an extra copy of what I am working on off of the workspace in the sides just for issues with outlining stroke. Also in professional practice I save two files in an asset folder. One with outlines and one without. Generally the outline version is what I would submit to a printer or as a final version to a client. This is useful if you use a special font face that may not be installed on a clients computer, but the un-outlined version is still available if changes are needed. Hope that helps,

Ines Rosas
Ines Rosas
4,476 Points

Thanks Sarah! This is what I ended up doing before I asked the question, but it felt unnecessarily cluttered to have to have 2 files... I ended up trying out Atanas' suggestion, and that enabled me to have 2 icon versions in the same file in different layers. However, your answer made me think that I don't know how, from this one file, I will be able to create "printable" files for sharing... I guess we'll cover that later on in another video. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question!

Yea no problem, I actually have yet to get to this section, its just how I learned. Looking forward to trying out something new though!