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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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no “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 ...
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how can I insert a placeholder in Illustrator

how can I insert a placeholder image in Illustrator, the way it can be replaced by an external real image file.
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Illustrator artwork present but not showing on layer?

I'm editing an existing AI file - a hexagon shape that shows with some scratches over it. However, I've removed every single object on the current layer except the hexagon shape. I can't figure out ...
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illustrator: pathfinder minus front, cut-out is crude, not precise enough

CS5. Trying to cut out text from a shape behind it. I select the text, then Object > Expand..., then select it along with the rectangle shape behind it and do Pathfinder > Minus front. The cut-out ...
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How to make white stroke show up for a shirt printing

hoping you can help me today. I think my question is very simple. I have almost no experience with Adobe, but I am trying to finish up a Christmas present... I am making a digital file for a shirt ...
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How can I automate importing images into Illustrator and exporting artwork?

How can I automate importing images into Illustrator and exporting my final artwork? say, like a magazine that have the same title in thew same place and a cover image to be replaced in every issue?
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Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator CC - Colors are inverted

I am trying to follow this tutorial on how to create Digital Version of a signature. In the Video he clicks on Trace Options, and then clicks Ignore white, before doing a a Live Trace to vectorize the ...
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Illustrator Colour Wheel Settings: How to change the color wheel settings to show a full spectrum?

The Colour Wheel in the Edit Colors Dialogue Box (see image) is patches of colours instead of a smooth spectrum. I'm looking to change the settings so that I get the smooth spectrum. How can I do ...
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How do I mix rounded and squared caps in a single path in Illustrator?

How could I mix rounded and square caps in one single path in Illustrator? For example, I need to make a rounded cap on the starting point and a square one on its end? See the screen capture ...
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Is it possible in Illustrator CC to set a Mac keyboard layout on windows?

I've always worked with my Mac and I just started using the company's PC with Windows 7, nevertheless I'm still using an Apple keyboard. Is it possible in Illustrator to set the Mac's shortcuts? Maybe ...
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Placing illustrator logos in Indesign retains artboard dimensions (dead space around actual logo)

My I need to export Print+Web versions of logos in several formats currently arranged in artboards but whenever I - save as... EPS - [tick "Use Artboards"] ... the resulting files when placed in ...
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How can i smooth out 3D edges in Illustrator?

As you can see the lens has fuzzy/distorted edges towards the top. Any way i can smooth this out in Illustrator 3D? Its only there after i add the 3D effect.
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Billboard vectored photo [closed]

I recently upgraded my system to be able to produce large images as well as video. So with this new powerful system I decided to vectorize a high quality photo portrait since I need to use it on a ...
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illustrator transform part of a curve

I'm very new to AI and am still learning about curves. I would like to know if it is possible to apply transforms to the curve between two anchor points. Specifically, I would like to increase the ...
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How to Activate and deactivate the RTL features in AI and PS CC 2014

how to get access to all Arabic / Hebrew language features in the last updated Adobe products 2014.1 specially Illustrator.
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I really need a bit of help with the objects on my screen and they way they are arranged.

so that's what i'm doing....the tech blue lines are 1 object and the rest of the cube is the 2nd object....what i want to do is bring those tech lines and arrange them in such a way that its below ...
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Best way to export a vector logo from Illustrator to Photoshop for printing?

I have a vector logo (eps-file) that needs to be exported to an A4-flyer created in Photoshop for printing (as a PDF). What is the best way to export the logo to Photoshop at the appropriate size ...
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How do I give text an offset path in Illustrator?

Okay, I am just trying out the offset path effect for a custom font. I followed this tutorial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU2wDdLNTdE I tried doing the same, typed a word and expanded it,then ...
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Web Design to Tablet Design

Me and my colleague have just completed designing a very complex web interface. However, we need to move on to design the tablet interface. Is there a way for us to scale down the designs to fit the ...
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How do I modify this colored Mesh in Illustrator?

I have this nifty glowing ring in an EPS file. I am trying to figure out how to use Illustrator to have the same blue ring with a white background. I'm having difficulty understanding where the ...
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Align text in center of circle vertically without creating outlines?

How do I vertically center text in a circle or box in Illustrator? If I choose the "Vertically Align Center" in the align palette to align the text in the center of my circle object, it's not in the ...
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Capture sound waves [migrated]

I'm trying to capture sound wave patterns from mp3s. At the moment I'm doing screen grabs from audacity, then fixing them up in photoshop. Does anyone know any other software I could use for this? ...
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How can I modify the width of only the last segment of a path?

Is it possible to make the last segment a different width? Something like this? I was thinking endcaps, but I want it to stretch to the second last to the last anchor point. I want something like ...
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iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus design confusions around dimensions, resolutions and densities

I have to design an iOS app in iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus in Adobe Illustrator. Can anyone help me with the ever confusing PPIs and retina/retina HD displays and dimensions of these? For example, I ...
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checkerboard draw behind in Illustrator

Is there a way to create a quick checkerboard pattern that can used to draw behind a shape? I can use the Rectangle Grid to make a normal grid to do this but when I create a checkerboard shape the ...
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Illustrator: lock/unlock current layer via keyboard shortcut?

Is it possible to toggle the locked/unlocked state of the current layer via keyboard shortcut? I'd love to be able to toggle show/hide for layers as well.
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How to anchor text to bottom-right of container?

When I use the Type tool in Illustrator, text automatically flows from the top-left: Is it possible to have the text flow from the bottom-right instead, like this (Illustrator CC 2014)? The ...
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Why are drop shadows so hard to render, and is there an easier alternative for an aging computer?

I've been using drop shadows on a logo I'm working with and when I apply the effect it takes a good 30-40 seconds for it to finish, and then same amount of time for each edit. I'm using an older ...
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Actually snapping to pixel grid

Does anyone know if there's a way to have Illustrator CC (2014) constrain control points to the pixel grid? I understand that "Align to pixel grid" makes it so that a shape will try to match the pixel ...
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Can I directly select colors on selected points in Illustrator's gradient slider?

As you can see in this image, I want to select those colors and use them in gradient effects. Right now, I first select one color and copy the hex code, then paste it in the gradient. Can I ...
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Pull apart pie chart slices in Illustrator but retain stroke

I have a pie chart created using Illustrator CC's Pie Graph Tool: I want to separate the slices to create a gap in-between. I see that this has been asked and answered before, but the answer ...
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How to create a full circle vector that its fill/stroke color changes along the path? [duplicate]

I would like to know how to color change a stroke in Illustrator or Photoshop like the Q in the picture:
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Fingerprint pattern in Illustrator?

Does anyone know how to create a fingerprint pattern in Illustrator?
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illustrator vector lines are straight but look jagged [duplicate]

Is there a way to avoid the appearance of jagged lines? I'd like for all the lines to appear fine and smooth, but there are uneven parts, as you can see, where the lines become jagged-looking. These ...