I recently started taking graphic design in college and I have run into a bit of a snag with Illustrator. Hoping someone can help out.
I created Figure A in the attached image using separate objects with a fill and no strokes. After making that I decided I wanted to go for a flat version of it. I made it one solid color and added a 3pt stroke on it as show in Figure B. What I ultimately want to achieve is Figure C which I faked by making the stroke white on a white background. Is there any way to separate the areas of black fill in Figure B from the green stroke?
I attempted to accomplish multiple ways, but none of the results look as clean as what I faked in Figure C:
Figure D: I removed the stroke and used the Transform Each function under the transform menu to shrink each objects size, but the spacing between the objects are not very clean or even for that matter.
Figure E: I used Outline Stroke under the Path menu then used pathfinder to cut it out of the solid polygon shape, but it had some adverse effects.
Am I missing something? I feel like it should relatively easy to separate the stroke and fill into separate objects since Illustrator treats them as separate things to begin with. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.