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Colours consistently change in Illustrator the moment I deselect an object

While working with a file I noticed that the moment I imported my Illustrator file into Photoshop it changed our company colour #ff5522 to a different orange-red variable. Considering ...
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Problem copying over an object that was created by live sketch in illustrator

I had a sketch that I created. Then scanned it and did a live trace in Illustrator CS5. I don't really need all of the drawing but there is a hamburger that I wanted to make its own project. So I ...
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How can I make an arrow thicker and save it for mobile usage in illustrator?

I am new to illustrator. Below is a screenshot of an arrow I am trying to make using illustrator. I need help in the following: How can I make the lower part (curved part) of the arrow thicker/wider? ...
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Why are gradients and opacity rasterized when saving SVG's in illustrator?

I'm a web designer and frequently use illustrator to create graphics for use on the web. The most ideal format for me is SVG because it is light, performant and looks HQ at any size. Something ...
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Compound Paths and Paths - One single object

I use an addon for web mapping geospatial PDFs, each object can have map attributes, but I have a group: >>> Can I merge them (every letter) into one single object instead of being in a group?
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How to Save .svg in Illustrator so it shows right on Adroid?

I am trying to create a .svg image for Android devices, but it is not visible clearly in the device. How should I save the file from Adobe Illustrator and how can I optimise the file?
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How to extract vector filename from .ai files

I have a lot of .ai files. Each .ai file contains a lot of vectors, each vector comes as a file (eps/ai) which has been downloaded from Shutterstock-like websites. We've lost all these eps/ai vector ...
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Creating outline using extendscript distorts text

I believe this is an Illustrator issue and not a coding issue therefore I'm posting it here. I have this script that does a few things to my documents including outlining the text (then saving as a ...
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How do you paste one object, several times at once on one artboard in illustrator CS6?

I have 20 of the same icons on one art board. I would like to select all and replace all with a new icon. I want the icons to show in the same spot as the replaced icons.
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Spacing between irregular objects

Is there any way to distribute spacing equally in every object? Is there any option to do? I want 2MM spacing in every geometrical shape. Thanks in advance.
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How do I create an outline around a raster image?

Let's say I have a PNG image (with transparent background) like the below simplified example. What is the quickest way with either Illustrator or Photoshop to create a vector path/image (i.e., ...
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something goes wrong with default brush setting in illustrator CS6

I have just installed my new Graphic tablet and a strange behavior appears to me in Illustrator CS6. The old day I used to pick my brush or any drawing tool and choose my stroke weight and the brush ...
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How to measure outline and in-line length of curves in mm/cm [duplicate]

Is there a plug-in for Inkscape, CorelDraw or Illustrator that can measure the length (in mm/cm) of the red outline and in-line in the letters?
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Finding Illustrator CC Color Swatches Being used

I'm going crazy over this one. I have been trying to locate color swatches being used in a Illustrator CC file. Through this process of elimination I have tried multiple search and locate options. ...
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Illustrator font problem [closed]

Sometimes it recognizes fonts, but randomly it will stop and no matter what I do when I try to load that page it permanently stops recognizing the fonts.The top image is correct, but the bottom image ...
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How to rotate and snap an object into a desired position? [Illustrator]

so I'm working with Adobe Illustrator, and I'm trying to have a rectangle pass through the centre, and also snap to two points. Basically, I want the marked (with the black lines) corner of the ...
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Substract color from all objects to mode alpha

I am trying to make some stuff from Illustrator, with using remove once color to setting up alpha mode. I created example from Photoshop like that: Any Idea? Edit 1: Recolor Art is useless, no ...
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Illustrator isn't allowing me to select part of a graphic

I'm trying to edit a text based image in Illustrator CC but parts of the text are not allowing me to edit or even select them. even clicking Select All doesn't work. has anyone had this problem? any ...
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How do I combine paths to make a clipping mask in Illustrator?

designing some van livery and have been provided with a template file (screenshot) however, the car's outline has been created with numerous paths / lines and I'm struggling to create one outline to ...
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How to stop pathfinder in illustrator cc from automatically editing / rounding shapes

So I've been using Illustrator for 6 years, and thought I knew everything about the pathfinder feature. Today I tried to use the merge pathfinder tool on some outlined text, and have gotten a 'neatly' ...
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Illustrator and CMYK or RGB mode when using Pantone colors?

Should Illustrator be set to CMYK or RGB mode when using Pantone colors? Thanks in advance!
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Align tool not working on Illustrator CC 2014 [closed]

It's kinda weird. I'm unable to figure out why 'Align' tool is not working on my Illustrator. If it's of help; i'm on Yosemite with CC 2014 latest release. PS: I'm using Mac for past 2 days only, so ...
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Illustrator CC - Creating an object mosaic but ignore transparent pixels?

I decided that converting my pixel images to vector through Inkscape was a lot of work and it couldn't convert 16px images without being resized first. So I figured out I could use the "Create Object ...
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Why are these lines not being set exactly parallel in Illustrator CS5?

I am building an icon that has a brick wall. So I set the grid lines at certain distances so I could draw the lines between the bricks. Seemed simple enough to then just connect with the line ...
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Aligning 2 shapes using a side or two points in illustrator?

Anyone know how to align 2 shapes using two points or one of the shapes side/path in Illustrator? I know there has to be an easy way to rotate two shapes and make sure their points align perfectly ...
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PS, AI & ID Performance Preferences & Reccomendations [migrated]

I've just only discovered that there is a section where we can actually adjust the performance preferences accordingly to our needs and individual computer's capability. I was wondering if allowing ...
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Change default stroke alignment in Illustrator

I can't believe that I couldn't even find somebody asking this question. I just signed-up to stackexchange to ask this... I know I can change the default appearance of objects in Illustrator. But is ...
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Put a border on an image in Illustrator or Photoshop or Fireworks

I picked up this "like" icon from iconfinder.com. Originally it was in black. I adjusted it to orange. To help the user, I'd like to have it be "hollow" (i.e. just a border - transparent in the ...
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How can I select exact color in Illustrator

I made this design in photoshop so basically its on rasterize format, A month later my client want it again but this time it has to be on vector format because it will be print on various colored ...
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How do I horizontally distribute text with equal spacing?

How do I horizontally distribute text in Illustrator so that it has equal spacing between the words? When I use the horizontal distribution tool it doesn't give equal spacing between words.
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Random horizontal white stripe in exported PNG (Illustrator)

I have designed a shape in Illustrator and I'm exporting this to PNG, however, some random, white line appears in the exported PNG. I've tried exporting it to different formats (BMP, PDF) and no ...
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How do I italicize fonts that don't have an italic variant in Illustrator?

For example, how do I italicize the font Impact (Regular) in Illustrator CS 6? I can't find the italicize option in the character panel window.
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Illustrator CS6 Shape vs path

Not sure if this question is ok to ask here, but i did notice that you could tag illustrator so i give it a try. Im following a tutorial where the tutor creates a ellipse on a layer and then creates ...
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White color objects not visible outside the artboard!

It wasnt like this before, It occured after changing the artboard background from document setup! isnt there any way to change the artboard color without affecting the white objects to turn invisible? ...
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What is the best way of cutting out objects to create SVG files?

I got a PSD file from a designer. I want to get the icons and logos as SVG files, so I started to cut them out, and create a new PSD file for each of them. When I want to generate a SVG file, I am ...
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How do I make my logo smaller without being blurry?

I'd like to make this logo small enough to use on a Facebook profile photo which is 160px x 160px. Will I have to redesign it to 160x160px? Thanks.
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Can I replace a pattern fill with solid fill on SVG files?

I have a SVG file with a shape that has a pattern fill. Can I replace the pattern fill with just a solid fill color in Illustrator?
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How to make 3D 2D text?

I want to make a 3D looking text that would in fact be 2 2D layers. Here's what I want to make - I duped the layer 2 times and moved the second layer a little lower, then used Blend, recolored and ...
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Why is Illustrator exporting only what's inside the artboard?

When I try to save an image with illustrator it only saves a part of the picture. So only the part of the picture that fits on the actual page gets so and everything that hangs off of the page just ...
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White border around transparent PNG after Illustrator export?

I created a logo in Illustrator CC and after I 'Save for Web' using PNG-24 with a transparent background and put it in my website html there is a thin white stroke around the logo. This is definitely ...
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What can Illustrator do that Photoshop can't?

I'm fairly expert in Photoshop but a total novice in Illustrator. I need to do an infographic and I have a suspicion that Illustrator is what a real designer would use, but I don't really know why I ...
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How can I convert an object layer to an ordinary layer in Illustrator?

How can I convert an object layer to an ordinary layer in Illustrator? In the illustration below ... how do I drag the Path object, which is the sun, from its layer to a new separated layer? Of ...
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How to output multiple image sizes from one design?

I am designing an app for android and as you may know that android uses 6 different density buckets from LDPI to XXXHDPI. Is there a way to save multiple outputs of different sizes from one design ...
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how do make an Archimedean spiral of words decreasing in font size every 3 characters?

I am attempting to do a logo where the phrase starts at the top of a spiral and continues throughout the spiral decreasing in size until the very middle of the spiral. Tried the Spiral tool but not ...
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Difference between “Expand” and “Create Outlines” in CC?

So, I've been doing a lot of text work lately which requires expanding the active text layers into paths so I can adjust things with more precision. Now, I'm wondering if there's any actual ...
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Drawing to a specific reference point, ala Sketchup

In Sketchup when making a line termination you can reference some other point by hovering over it, then when you shift-click to draw your straight line, its bottom will be aligned with the reference ...
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automatically duplicate and scatter a shape

A graphic' worth a million words : The red-circled wave (and associated layer) is Illustrator-made. The other waves were made in Photoshop just to support my problem : this is what I try to achieve ...
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Does anyone know where I can find a bike template or mockup? [closed]

I'm working on a school project about a fake campus bike rental company and I'm trying to create mockups of everything but I can't seem to find any customizable bicycle templates or mockup photoshop ...
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How to export png from Illustrator without anti-aliasing?

On first image yow can see an icon, a line is selected in Adobe Illustrator. On second image you can see the image after Save for Web .. was pressed. I do not need anti-aliasing, extra strip between ...
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How do I create a stroke like this?

I've tried multiple tutorials and even asked the designer — (his response: "If you want it perfect you will have to create it in adobe illustrator and import it into photoshop. In the case of the two ...