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Easy Photoshop action or other Adobe automation to generate stylised stacked images

In my job I need to often showcase screens of our work. I find it's very stylish to showcase images like this one: Beautiful stack of screens Resting iPad screen Is there an easy way to do this in ...
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Illustrator Artboard size to scale up exact size in Photoshop canvas

I used to design billboards in Photoshop Where i converted Feets into Inches and design whatever i want. Photoshop makes system hang, and takes too much time to process any action being done on a ...
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Batch replacing colors in InDesign

Is there viable way to swap colors in a InDesign template and export them using a batch process or script? Ideally, I would like to be able to make a CSV file with a list of hexadecimal color values, ...
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Why does Illustrator transform both horizontally and vertically when the cursor suggests only one direction?

When using Illustrator to transform a shape vertically (increase it's height), the cursor will often change to a double-sided arrow pointing up and down. Often times, I find that if I click and drag, ...
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How to make direction points move together again in Illustrator CC [duplicate]

When you initially draw a smooth point with the Pen tool, dragging the direction point changes the length of the direction line on both sides of the point. However, when you edit an existing smooth ...
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Edited PDF viewing oddity [on hold]

I have a set of PDF files I created from Illustrator CC 2015, sent out to the client. They edited the files, using what I don't know. Resaved them as a PDF. When I click on the files, the windows ...
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Gaussian Blur in Illustrator CC Problem

I am using Gaussian Blur in Illustrator CC. However, parts of the glow are outside of the line art. How can I delete those parts? Before I applied the blur on that layer (solid color) i could easily ...
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placing artwork from sai paintool into adobe illustrator

So its my first time using sai paintool and im designing a dvd cover for my own anime. but im having trouble. My final product is going to be done in Adobe illustrator so i can work out the layout. So ...
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Adobe Illustrator Drawing Delay [on hold]

There is a slight delay upon drawing any object within Illustrator. The specific action is after drawing an object on the screen and releasing the mouse button. Does anyone know why this happens and ...
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Illustrator CS6 - Hand Tool moving along invisible grid

I've recently been working in Illustrator CS6 and after a fresh install the Hand Tool works as expected. However, after repeatedly pressing ctrl-z (or ctrl-+ or ctrl--, can't remember), the hand tool ...
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Weird cutouts in stroke Illustrator CC 2015

For some reason, no matter what size I set the stroke to, there is always a strange cutout or an add on in a corner where two strokes meet. I've even tried changing the corner type and the limit. ...
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How do I clean up my layers after outlining strokes and dividing?

Hey all. So I'm creating a design in Illustrator. I want all of the shapes to have an even outline, but no stoke. In order to accomplish this I add the stroke and outline the strokes. Afterwards I ...
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How do I remove parts of a cirlce?

Hi there. I really want to remove the parts of these circles marked by the yellow circles, but I've had a lot of difficulty doing so. Can anyone help.
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Illustrator CC can't select clipping masks on canvass

First of all I can't select any clipping mask via canvass in my Illustrator CC. I don't know why this happens as layers are not locked. Second, Illustrator often makes a clipping mask when I use ...
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How to align rectangles adjacent?

I'd like to make the selected rectangles all vertically adjacent (no gaps), not overlapping. Is there a simple way to do that?
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Stroke color with Eye dropper Tool

If select a color from Eyedropper tool and try to put it in stroke of any object, then it doesn't fills up in it's stroke instead it fills the whole object not the stroke. Eg say its a circle which is ...
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In Illustrator, is there a way smooth selected paths algorithmically?

I'm used to gimp in which there is a way to select a path and use an algorithm to remove excess points and generally smooth out the path. It asks for details like what kind of edge to keep as a ...
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From a CAD model to an Illustration drawing. How to?

I am trying to draw the best illustration I can for a user manual. I have a CAD drawing in .STP and I would like to get some simple illustations in .AI or .EPS or .SVG I tried to export the ...
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How do I combine an SVG file with auto incrementing text in illustrator

Currently we have a series of sequential QR codes as SVGs. We are looking to add an incrementing unique number to the bottom of the QR code. Something like the following process. Import SVG ...
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Illustrator: Clip using transparency

I want to clip the image in the background using the image on top based on the transparency Preview: http://prntscr.com/8brfnb I want the areas that are under the opaque parts of the top image to be ...
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What is a bevel join of two lines exactly (Illustrator)?

When joining thick lines there are usually some options round miter bevel In a bevel join, the joint is 'flat'. But what does that mean precisely? There seem to be two options: Orthogonal The ...
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Remove strokes in Ai [duplicate]

So I'm trying to remove the strokes on this Ai file. All the small gaps on between the text is strokes. I've been playing around with pathfinder and expand appearance but with no luck.
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Photos are grainy when imported in illustrator?

So I got some raw pictures from a client for some business cards, they all look grainy when imported to illustrator I tried to edit the pictures and export them to JPG, but they still look grainy in ...
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Adobe illustrator, arrowhead in the middle of a line [duplicate]

I'm new to Illustrator, I was going to create some schematics with lines that have arrowhead in the middle, indicating the flow of liquid or gas. I found the options to add arrowhead to either the ...
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Trying to combine letters in a specific way [on hold]

I am trying to create a logotype using the letters "TDR" all joined together, however I am having trouble with it. Of course the T and the D can be joined fine however I am struggling with the D and ...
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How to make a font resemble a logo? [on hold]

I would like to make text that looks like the "Mass" part of this logo. I have photoshop and illustrator, but need help with what tools to use and the best way to make it look like the logo.
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How would I create this extrusion in Illustrator?

It's a warp effect with a 3d letter depth/extrusion. I've tried the 3d extrusion effect, but it's not the right perspective. Is there a trick to get the extruded 'infinity' text behind the letters?
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How to bend multiple lines of a graph in AI CS5?

I have created a radar chart with three axes, and I would like to make all the lines in the graph curved instead of straight. I havent found a satisfying way to bend all the paths (i.e. the edges of ...
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How to access the rotate by angle functionality of Illustrator's Rotate Tool

I read that when I select the Rotate Tool (R) in Illustrator CS6 then Alt + Click on a point to select the rotational reference, a dialog should popup prompting for an angle. When I did that nothing ...
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gradient at the corner s only in illustrator

How can we make grey white gradient effect of gradient on all the four corners of the artwork only not in middle in illustrator. Like the one created in red marked areas.
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how to stop Illustrator from automatically distorting new shapes? [on hold]

I'm a newbie at Illustrator. Whenever I try to insert a new shape (rectangle, ellipse, etc.) the shape gets distorted: I'm not sure if this question was answered already (How to stop auto rotate ...
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Illustrator: Export layer combinations with a script

How to script exporting of several file/layer/layer combinations? For example in multilingual manuals. If there are of ai files of similar structure layered like this: [n+3) ...
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What is the right resolution if I half scaled my 8x24ft billboard design in illustrator? [on hold]

is it right that 1 foot = 1 inch in size? which led me to use the same numerical value only using inches instead of foot since illustrator doesn't use foot in their scale. So is 300 ppi good enough ...
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Convert font into a single path [duplicate]

I'm creating a trim path effect with After Effect CC 2015, but i must use a not monoline font (Fira Sans) as a path, there is a way to convert the font into a single path, or a way to use the font for ...
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Illustrator: Mouse hover with selection tool (V) does not highlight group objects

I seem to have hit a hotkey combo by accident or changed some preferences in Illustrator and I can't figure out what. When using the selection tool (V) and hovering over an object (Object selection ...
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Illustrator: How do I use clipping mask and shape builder together?

I am having a constant fight when building up complex shapes in Adobe Illustrator. I work out some piece of my shape, and to get it to look right, I put it in some sort of container clipping mask. ...
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Export multiple png from one illustrator artboard?

Another designer left me this AI file while everything is in one layer and in one art board. I have only exported assets on Photoshop with plugin before and I have no idea how to export individual ...
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illustrator cs6 : gradient of in each shape gone when unite

the gradient in each of my shapes are gone when I unite them. the combined compound shape just turns into one solid color. for example, before unite after unite i have searched the internet, ...
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Imperfect overlay Illustrator

I'm trying to perfectly overlap two images, one complementary of the other, but apperas a white stripe in the conjunction of the path, all points are perfectly aligned how can I fix?
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In Illustrator cc 2015 , changeing text size and style [closed]

I want to increase the text size more than 72 pt ! give the text fruits/vegetables skin as a style but in easy quick way
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Illustrator preview mode [closed]

So i have this problem where whenever I type, the font in the bar where the fonts are suppose to stand, wont show up. Neither can I make it bigger. I would have to click "command T" to get the menu ...
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InDesign pages to Illustrator art boards

I have a multi-page document in InDesign, each page is a separate design that really should have been created in Illustrator instead. Is it possible to export each page from InDesign into Illustrator ...
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Shortcut for not saving document in Illustrator

I am using Photoshop in Mac and I know there is a shortcut key for not saving a document, which is Cmd + Shift + '[back] Delete' (the one same as Windows' Backspace), but I cannot find the same ...
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Illustrator - two triangles with text

Using illustrator CS6, Is there a way to make only the text on the white triangle be black, and keep the part on pink still white? I do it manually, by making two copies of the text one with white ...
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How to divide shape in Illustrator?

I am new in Adobe Illustrator. This is my first assignment on it. I want to divide my shape This is my shape i want to divide this shape like following image how i can do it?
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How to prepare a spot varnish; does it need to have trapping if there's a gloss and matte one?

On a project that has a selective varnish, the print-ready file usually needs to be prepared separately in one spot color, a bit like a dieline. Only the area where the varnish will be printed should ...
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How to fix Illustrator preferences file is corrupt issue? [closed]

I have Illustrator CC 19.0.1. Everything is working fine except that everytime I launch my Illustrator I get "Preferences file is corrupt" message twice and then it starts. Also, after working ...
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import vector file from illustraror(*.ai files) to aftereffect

I want to import vector file from illustrator to aftereffect but it become pixel ed when it imported . Even when i draw a shape with pen in aftereffect it is not vector . What can i do?
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How to draw wave line on cricle in Illustrator [closed]

I am new in Illustrator and I cant draw wave on circle (like an image). Please help me!
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Apply blend-tool on grid of squares with blending of size and color

I am trying to create a grid made out of squares. Similar to the one in the image (without the wave effect). My approach was to use the blend tool in multiple directions, but I cannot apply it to ...