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Gary Rice
Using offset path to make a bevel
on May 8, 2018 at 11:48:56 am

I'm trying to create a bevel effect by using the offset path approach. I looked at the 3D approach but found it difficult to control.

Here is a picture of what I'm trying to achieve:

Note the chiseled edges of the bevel.

So i created a path and offset it like so:

I then added line segments between the original path and the offset one:

I then tried to make an object of the first segment of the path so that I could achieve the chiseled look of the original sample.

I couldn't. All I could select were the anchor points for the 2 line segments and NOT the original path or offset path:

How do I add the other paths to my selection or am I trying the wrong approach?


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Kalleheikki Kannisto
Re: Using offset path to make a bevel
on May 10, 2018 at 1:00:50 pm

Nothing particularly wrong with your approach, so the question of why you can't select the other paths remains.

I would make the two paths into a combined path so that the inner shape creates a hole (the shape becomes a filled "band" surrounding the center part). Keep a copy of the center part as well.

Then you can draw those connecting lines and use the pathfinder tools to split the "band" into pieces at the corners.

Obviously you will need to be able to select all objects involved.

Possible reasons for not being able to select: Are the shapes on two different layers or have you inadvertently locked some objects?

Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer

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