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Stroke won't change in Illustrator

I'm a beginner with Illustrator and I really need help. I created some shapes with the pen tool and then with the brush, but when I switched back to pen tool I couldn't change the stroke. I can't ...
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How to import Illustrator swatch libraries into InDesign - Adobe Indesign Mac?

I have a very reach swatch library in adobe-illustrator like food colors and.... But in adobe-indesign I don't have many colors. Why? Can I import them to indesign?
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How to create vector graphic image like these?

Would anybody please do let me know how to create graphic images/ effects as mentioned in below images? I want to know the tools/ techniques to create such graphics images for web based usage.
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How to save logo for web from Illustrator (logo looks pixelated after uploading)

Every time I try saving my logo from Illustrator, it comes out blurry. The logo was done in Illustrator (as a vector file). I tried tracing the outline, rasterizing, saving in all types of ...
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Trying to recreate graphic from image as a vector

I am trying to recreate the rings from the following image into a vector graphic. I have made several attempts using various shapes and the pen tool with no luck. Any help on which steps I could take ...
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Unable to cut path on Illustrator - keeps redrawing path [on hold]

I want to cut everything out within the rectangle. Like so: I've tried cutting the image with the knife, divide, minus front, shape builder... and the path keeps redrawing to look like the image. ...
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Why can't I draw on my image with illustrator?

I opened an image from the internet in Illustrator. Right after, when I selected the paintbrush tool, it turned into a circle with a line through it, implying that I couldn't draw. Does anyone ...
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How Can I Remove the background of an Image using adobe illustrator or Indesign? [on hold]

How Can I Remove the background of an Image using adobe illustrator or Indesign and then wrap the text around it?
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How to create an SVG path from a lineart?

I have a line drawing in PNG format, from which I need to create an SVG. I need to create the svg path from right to left, left to right, center to sides OR sides to center. Here’s an example: I’m ...
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Exporting to a png in illustrator [on hold]

I've been trying to save an Illustrator CS5 document to a web ready png but it isn't saving as the right colour values. I've converted it to sRGB in the document settings but it's coming up as a ...
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How do I 'save as' with a placed file's name in Illustrator?

Say I have a file DSC_0377.jpg. I can open a this with Illustrator, make changes, then choose File Save As Save as type Adobe PDF and it will be saved as DSC_0377.pdf, as desired. However if I open ...
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How to create a ribbon with shadows? [duplicate]

I have seen lots of images like this which used a slight shadow very nicely as if the sides are folded into each other but I don't know how to create such thing. I'm not looking for a full tutorial. ...
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Illustrator adds and shows stroke on text and object, but stroke color is none weight is none

I just created a circle in Illustrator CC 2014. The color swatches are a green fill, no stroke. The circle is green with a black stroke. Same thing happening with text. I specify a color fill and no ...
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How can I draw lines in this highly constrained way?

Please see the below image for examples of what I would like to do. On the left is the hand-drawn path and on the right is what I would like the result to be. Essentially, I would like freehand ...
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Is there a way to stop Adobe Illustrator from adding anchors when using the Pathfinder or Shape Builder?

When using the Effects > Stylize > Round Corners... Illustrator option on shapes I built using Pathinfder and Shape Builder, I'm having a distinct problem with doouble anchor points. Since the effect ...
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As a designer, how should I start designing an iOS app?

I am about to design an IOS 8 app for the very first time. I've been a designer for 5 years now, both on Photoshop and Illustrator, but I never got the change to design an app. I am looking for some ...
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Resizing groups of objects with fixed height of element in Illustrator

I've got a group of objects which shall serve as a template. I need to be able to resize the group but keep some sub-elements fixed to constrain the template. Lets say I want to resize the object on ...
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How to change image bounding box before tracing in Adobe Illustrator?

How to change image bounding box before tracing in Adobe Illustrator? I have this PNG image pasted into Adobe Illustrator: This is how the bounding box looks from close up: When I do a live ...
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Does SVG supports complex logos?

I have created a complex 3d style logo with transparency and other effects in adobe illustrator and later save as SVG file format. However, due to complexity of the logo illustrator or SVG failed to ...
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How can I get rid of the content edges when I mask it with smaller container in Illustrator?

I have placed an image about 1000px*800px and I mask it with a box of 500px*500px now the content boundaries of the image is annoying me when positioning with smart guide and align it. it always align ...
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modify toolbar in illustrator cs6 [migrated]

I just installed the Astute Graphics plugins in AI CS6 and now my left Toolbar is too big to fit onscreen. Is there any way I can remove/disable/hide items from it to free up space and reduce it's ...
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Canvas cut marks

I have this sample red image 16"x20", with 1.5" white padding and 4px black border. I created the border in Photoshop using Layer Style Stroke The print will be on canvas, and the border is to be ...
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Illustrator - Compund Paths (2 paths) to SVG

I have two compound paths that seemingly can't be merged together with any of the Pathfinder presets without loss or distortion to the objects. This image represents the two objects in the Layers ...
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Illustrator - stroke doesn't connect / brush pattern

so I'm having problems figuring out a stroke issue. Below is an image of what I am referring to. Essentially, I want to create a brush that I can use on strokes so that no matter the shape, when I ...
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Illustrator PDF save as: File size differs from yesterday to today in 1MB.?

I am saving a file (rich in text and photos, 15 artboards) as a PDF. I finished it yesterday and exported it. Got a 4.9 MB file. Fine. This morning I noticed a Typo. Corrected it (Changed no photo, ...
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How do I make a path from selected anchors points in illustrator?

I have Illustrator cs6. I would like to make a path from selected vertices (anchor points) in different objects created with the pen tool. Is this possible? All the path-from-selection methods I've ...
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How come the stroke size on a circle won't be smaller than 1 point? [duplicate]

I can't seem to change the stroke point size on a circle below 1 point. Tried changing to various sizes above 1 point, and it changes but not below 1 point, such as 0.5 point or 0.25 point. Any help? ...
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How come I cannot change the point size on this stroke? [duplicate]

I tired to change the stroke size of a circle I drew from 1 point to 0.5 point but the stroke won't change. Video of it here: http://youtu.be/P6iKUP2P1uU
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Illustrator losing most recent handle when I continue path after editing previous handles

In Illustrator, when creating a path (such as for lettering), how do you go back and adjust handles of anchor points before the current on, and then continue from where you left off without losing the ...
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Why can't I edit text in Illustrator files from China, and how can I help it?

I am working with a packaging manufacturer in China. I create the files using Illustrator cs6 but after they make adjustments to my files and send the file back to me, I can't edit the text like I ...
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why a just opened AI file need to be saved before closing without doing any changes?

I am working in a very regular AI file, it have no variables or any external links. each time I open that file in illustrator, I see an asterisk beside its name tab in my workspace, which mean the ...
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How do I transform 2 anchor points at the same time in Illustrator?

Recently, I've seen a video where the guy makes a pyramid by selecting both upper anchor points of a square, and then clicking and dragging with some tool, converging both points to the center. How do ...
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How to stop Adobe Illustrator's minus front Pathfinder command from altering sizes?

I am trying to use minus front on a grouping of objects (object 1) that I want to cut out of object 2. But when I click minus front, it actually changes half the group shapes. Any idea why? I've never ...
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How can I easily move multiple artboards in Illustrator?

All artboards in my current project are organized according to page and iteration. As I'm adding more and more, I've come to the edge of the workable area in Illustrator. I'd rather not break my ...
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How do I add the “enhance” toolbar in Adobe Illustrator CC 2014?

I have adobe Illustrator CC 2014, but don't have the enhance toolbar with the features such as spot healing, clone, red eye, etc. How do I add in this toolbar?
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Illustrator CS5: Selection Tool Highlights Object Just by Passing Over It?

This isn't a major issue, but I recently reset my preferences for Illustrator CS5 and now find the Selection Tool (black arrow) is highlighting every single object I pass over. Previously, only once I ...
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Why is Illustrator's minus front not working?

I have some white lines (converted to path) on top of my star shape (rasterized) as shown in the picture. I am trying to "delete" the white lines from the shape so the shape gaps can be seen in ...
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Can I use Illustrator to import text data and populate text boxes?

I have a long list of organizations in one column in my csv. I would like to populate separate text boxes within one Illustrator file with this data. These text boxes are not in a table, but in a ...
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My Illustrator CC graphics appear pixelated and paths are jagged. [duplicate]

I'm using Illustrator CC and my paths appear pixelated. I have no idea what may have caused the pixelation since it just started happening out of the blue. The image I've attached shows the saved jpg ...
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How to make a vector outline of select items?

I want to make a laser cut map of the world. I downloaded a vector file from the link below. I want to cut out the continents and islands but only etch the countries and states. My dilemma is that ...
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How do you create these illustrations in Illustrator that look like pencils by Ryan Putnam?

I want to achieve the same style in Illustrator like the ones in here https://www.dropbox.com/pro
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How do I achieve an “old” distressed poster effect in Illustrator, Photoshop or Pixelmator?

I am looking to create some graphics that look like modernism vintage style. Examples here: Any thoughts here?
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Help in creating woodcut-style illustrations [duplicate]

I would like to know how to make this pictures in Illustrator or Photoshop!!
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How to quickly setup a gradient mesh for annulus-like shapes in AI?

I usually encounter annulus-like shapes such as the one shown below: I want to create a gradient mesh out of this array of discrete patches. However, Adobe Illustrator can only create rectangular ...
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How can I create cartoon green grass for covering a sphere?

I've searched a lot about how to create grass for a sphere. I analyzed some pictures from different games. I can copy what I've found but it's important to know the methods because here I have a ...
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In Illustrator is it possible to take apart a Smart Object?

In IllustratorCC is it possible to take apart a Smart Object? I had a client send me a logo from another artist to update (former artist is no longer available to answer). I need to take apart the ...
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Live Trace VS Image Trace

I want to create a sphere with green grass texture , I searched and I wanted to use this method to create grass texture , but as we know , In Illustrator CC 2014 , instead of Live trace ,there is ...
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How do I prevent the Arc effect to be undone after I ungroup the objects I used it on?

I grouped a bunch of little things together and arced it, and it looked fine. I later tried to modify a single one of my objects and it didn't work without modifying everything, so I ungrouped them. ...
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How can I add Patterns and colors in the same folder in color swatch panel in Illustrator?

How can I add Patterns and colors in the same folder in color swatch panel in Illustrator? What I need to do is recoloring to switch between color scheme that contain pattern in it
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create custom gradients in illustrator using patterns

I am new to Illustrator and currently fiddling with some of the more advanced options. I would like to know if it is possible to create custom gradients using patterns in the swatches window that ...