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Adobe Illustrator: Adding a White Border for Window Clings
by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator
Window clings and stickers often have a white border added around the outside of the artwork. I encountered this question for the first time in class yesterday and here’s how we solved it.
- To make this more visual (because it is hard to see white on white), I changed the artboard to a color to a light blue. In File > Document Setup > Transparency and Overprint Options, I selected a light blue in the top color swatch box and checked Simulate Colored Paper.
- Start by selecting the final artwork by clicking on the selection box on the far right of the artwork layer.
- Copy the artwork, and paste it onto a new layer (I named mine White border). Select the copied artwork on the White border by clicking the selection box.
- Fill the artwork with white. Remove stroke, if necessary.
- In Window > Pathfinder, click on Unite to combine all of the individual shapes into one shape.
- Extend the path out on all sides by selecting Effect > Path > Offset Path. Turn Preview on so that you can gauge the distance of the offset and how the corners are joined (I picked Round).
- Select Object > Expand Appearance to convert the Offset Path appearance into vectors.
- Reverse the order of the two layers, so that the White border is under the artwork.