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Import curves files from illustrator to After effect?

How can I import .ai curved files to after effect without changing the quality? This is for a logo project.
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How do does one sync file changes in a Phothoshop file exported from Illustrator while maintaining layers

I am creating a website mockup with invisionapp.com, an app that let's you test drive website and mobile user experience with no coding, just graphics. They have a cool feature that allows you to ...
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What is the best practice for laying out and exporting custom icons from AI?

I'm working on creating completely custom icons with AI and essentially exporting them out as an individual svg icons to be used in our app development. I have been experimenting with different ways ...
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Taking color from another object in Adobe Illustrator

I'm using the latest version of Adobe Illustrator CC. I'm on a PC running Win 8.1 with Classic Shell. How do I copy a color from one object to another? It's a word, (text converted to path). I've ...
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Shortcut/MACRO for “Locate Object”? [migrated]

Is there a shortcut/MACRO for Locate Object? That's already tedious after 3 objects.
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How to change colors in a purchased vector stock image with masks.

I am using AI, and I have a vector image where I have over 25 different masks. When I select a shape, and try to change the color, only the border of that specific changes color but the inside stays ...
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How to distress a font in Illustrator?

I'm trying to distress a font. I have created outlines on the text, then using brush, drew a line of charcoal brush. Select All, Expand Appearance, Pathfinder minus. It works but only the first ...
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Organise / Align / Snap multiple objects in a box?

I am new to Illustrator so wondering if there is anyone who can help me. I have 195 flags of the world, each one a separate object. I would like to place them all in a rectangle in a neat and ...
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How can I get the clipping paths to be objects in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm converting a vector drawing from Bohemian Sketch to Adobe Illustrator so that I can export eps and svg, etc. When I copy and paste from Sketch I get a bunch of clipping paths instead of objects. ...
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Automating file export with different colored objects and file names

I’ve been working with Illustrator CC 2014 on a floor map for a ~400 rooms building. To allow visitors to find rooms more quickly, I wanted to generate a series of images with highlighted rooms. The ...
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Can't select my image in Illustrator CS6 to fill it with color

I traced an image in image trace, (Illustrator CS6) it is on its own layer and now I can't select it. I've tried with the select tool, the direct select tool, magic wand, lasso to fill it with a ...
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update colors and graphic styles in multiple Illustrator files

what is the most efficient way to update(change) named, global swatches and graphic styles in multiple AI files. Many files need to be updated to use tweaked colors and styles. Is there a way other ...
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Illustrator CS6 document setup background color

I have a problem with background color in Illustrator CS6. So i set up a desired color for background in document setup, but then i can`t see any white color within my document (i assume that white is ...
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dividing transparent objects into individual shapes

In Adobe Illustrator How do I divide two overlapping shapes into individual parts so the overlap area is a shape and the non overlap areas are two shapes. So I end up with three shapes that can each ...
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Break shape points into separate objects

I have a path, for example, looking like this: I want to break it into separate points, no need to keep bezier curves data, just simple points. Is there a way to do it in Illustrator?
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Hide/Show multiple objects in Illustrator

How can I change visibility of multiple selected objects (let say paths) at once? Is there any shortcut for this? Thank you
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Duplicating an entire artwork with contents within it only returns white background - why?

I want to duplicate an entire artboard with all the artworks within it to another location in Illustrator CC, and I think it can be done by pressing ⌥ and dropping and dragging. However, when I tried ...
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How to create a 3d vector rotable globe in illustrator CS 6

I have world map file in .png format that I then placed in Illustrator and traced in order to create a 3d vector rotable globe by following the tutorial at this link. However, I do not understand how ...
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How to reset Illustrator CS6 rectangle tool to zero degree?

I made previous work (as a beginner) in Illustrator CS6 and now when I select the rectangle tool it is by default oblique. Also, I would like to reset the rectangle to its orginal ...
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Why do gradients appear like this in illustrator?

I'm designing a window poster for shop, I'm working on this in illustrator and I'm trying to achieve this clean red to black gradient or feathered effect shown here, ...
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Combining and Layering Transparent Shapes in Illustrator

Sorry if my title is a big vague. I'm fairly new to Illustrator and and still trying to figure out how things work. I have a few paths that I'm looking to layer, one on top of the other. From bottom ...
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How to exactly align shapes in order to unite them in Illustrator?

I am new to Illustrator, I have been a Photoshop user for years. Im trying to combine a rectangle and eclipse shape. The issue I am having is that the rectangle doesn't seem to line up properly with ...
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How to export groups to separate PNG files?

I have an Illustrator file that contains several animation frames for a game. Every frame is a single group and they are all on the same layer. How can I quickly export all these groups, each to a ...
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Unable to ungroup objects in Adobe Illustrator

I have adoped an Adobe Illustrator document that I need to work with. The changes I need to make were just some very basic text changes (or so I thought). It turns out that every letter/intricate ...
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How to separate clusters of different vector objects in a purchased stock image?

I just purchased a group pack of umbrella silhouette vectors. They came in .jpg file, .eps file, and .png file. I only need one of these vectors. I am having trouble selecting just one in the ...
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Increasing the significant figures in Illustrator CS6

I am making very simple images that requires extreme precision. I would like to draw black boxes that have a width of 0.59266662mm, but illustrator rounds to 0.5927mm. I need this precision because ...
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How to combine two separate paths into one?

I want to combine two separate path into one, so when I click on one of them with the white arrow (A), both are selected. You can see it in live here : ...
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A way to automate or speed up transforms on multiple layers in After Effects?

I am trying to create something i like to call pseudo rotation in space. Given multiple objects created in illustrator, each representing the same thing (e.g. a triangle) of different sizes arranged ...
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Illustrator CS5 stroke moves anchor points [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a shape. I have successfully created the shape but when i try to add a stroke it moves my anchor points and the stoke becomes non symmetric around the joining part. Have any ideas ...
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Easiest way to create vintage grane/corners/angles in Ai

I am looking for an easy way to create in Illustrator vintage style corners like on the picture provided. I have some technical ideas, but they are time consuming, there should be an easier way I ...
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I need some advice on the process of designing window banners for a newsagents

I'm designing a window graphic for a newsagents (what covers the actual window with and advertises what they sell, booze etc), now I've got the sizing, 180cm Height x 170cm width so at first I made ...
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How can i change my font in menu bar and window back to normal in illustrator? [closed]

The other day a friend of mine used my computer to do some work in illustrator. But she did something, im not quite sure what. My menu bar and the document name is in a new gothinc font, very ...
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Wavy Lines going thick to thin around circle

been trying to work this out from Google links but getting no where. I haven't used Adobe illustrator for a while to custom draw anything, but have a client needing a pattern like this one: ...
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Mysterious, Undesired Outline Around Black Illustrator Shapes [duplicate]

Why do black shapes end up having a faint outline around them? Will there be any consequences to this when I print? Is there any way to avoid this? Thanks.
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Splitting one path into two

So I have this path that looks like this: And I want it to look like this: Is there a way to do this without redrawing the path?
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How to open a multiple page PDF file as artboards in Illustrator CS6

I'm trying to open a PDF file with 7 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CS6. How do I open the PDF file in one single AI files with all artboards within it?
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Having a base object that Interacts with copies in Illustrator [duplicate]

For Illustrator, is there a easy way to have copies of an object reference back to the original? For example, if I changed the color of the original then all the copies' color will change also.
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In Illustrator which setting causes View->Snap To Grid to be replaced with “Snap To Pixel”

I have a document that seems to have the Snap To Grid option replaced with Snap To Pixel. I'm sure that Snap To Pixel can also be quite useful, but right now I want to snap to a larger grid. Does ...
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Illustrator:Why does the PDF version of my file show content I already deleted on the AI file?

I had a few random lines on my illustrator file so i Decided to delete them. Now: When I open this file on illustrator, the lines are gone - perfect. But when I saved this exact file as a PDF, then ...
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How can I print multiple Illustrator artboards on one page?

I'm working on a design that's to be printed. The size of the item is 1/3 of a standard letter page. I would like to be able to work on it in Illustrator only once without the copy and paste at the ...
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How to generate a guilloche effect at the edge of certificate of authenticity or such?

I need to generate a guilloche border for certificate of authenticity (CoA) to be at the edge of the CoA. I'm talking here about the infinite curve that makes the certificate look "legit". I'm ...
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How recreate the grey ellipse over a text to look like this in illustrator?

How do I make a text look like this? This is a logo with a white text and a reflection of it, which I can do. I was wondering how to make the grey shadow that looks like an ellipse over the first ...
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Colour difference between Ai file print and PDF file print

I hope someone is able to help me solve this issue. I am launching an online stationery business whereby I design stationery for clients who can print the products in their home or at a printers (My ...
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Make Illustrator not scale up strokes when you zoom in

Is there anyway to make Adobe Illustrator not scale up the stroke when I zoom in? Basically I want Illustrator to scale the strokes incorrectly so a 1px stroke will still actually look like a 1px on ...
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Arrange multiple items at once in Illustrator

I have a series of rectangles I'd like to line up one right behind another - in other words, I'd like to have one "in front" of one object, which needs to be "in front" on another object, etc. etc. ...
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How do I bring back sharp edges on a Rounded Corner object in illustrator CS6?

As you see below, I've made a shape and I added round corners to it from Effect > Stylize > Round Corners, but now I want to bring it back to its original shape so I can make the edges less ...
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Blank border when importing eps files

I'm really new using illustrator (to be honnest, it's only been two days). When I try to open eps files, there is a big blank border appearing around the image I've opened. I really don't know if ...
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Importing a photoshop file into illustrator without a white background

I'm trying to import a .psd file into illustrator without showing the background. I kept on saving it as .psd, and .png files. (I only have one layer in photoshop, showing only the transparent image) ...
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How to prevent other user from modifying grouped object that I created in illustrator?

So I have a logo which is grouped objects, what I am trying to do is allow other users to open the .ai file and copy the logo and use it, but not allow them to ungroup it or make any changes in each ...
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How can I transform patterns in Illustrator to simulate perspective?

I am using rectangles filled with patterns to create the walls of a room. I have transformed the rectangles, to simulate perspective, but the patterns do not reflect these transformations - they ...