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Green numerl in Illustrator when I write a text?

Why I get a numeral green in Illustrator when I write a text?
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Align text field glyph anchor to box/grid

I want to align a textfield to the top left of a box, as per how the Grid Systems cover looks: The round letters in the headlines should overhang slightly. I am able to get quite close by using: ...
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In illustrator how do I make the cursor normal sized? [migrated]

I have never had this happen before and I can't figure out how to fix it. My cursor is only large in the actual illustrator documents. How can I fix this issue?
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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 do I colorize text with eyedropper?

If I have a text that I want to have the same color as an object I can't select the text and then use the eyedropper tool to get the color from a (for example) rectangle. The text will get the Fill ...
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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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Illustrator - Large Vector File to Print at A0

I have created large vector drawings for A0 printing - each file has thousands of vectors at different transparencies. The largest file is 270mb when saved as an editable pdf. I have not compressed ...
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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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Illustrator is cropping exported icons despite artboard being Fit to Selected Art

I'm trying to export certain graphics from an Illustrator file. I'm selecting the object, fitting the artboard to the selected artwork, and saving for web & devices, PNG-24 format. When I look at ...
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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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How to change the shape of the eraser tool in Illustrator?

I am Photoshop enthusiast, I can't find how to change eraser shape like in Photoshop (eraser "brush" mode). In Illustrator eraser is always circle or ellipse (when you change width in eraser ...
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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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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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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 to automate setting position and dimensions to round values?

I'm trying to set the position and size of selected objects in Illustrator to whole numbers quickly. Is there an Action or Script that does that already ? If so, where can I find that ? Otherwise, ...
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Illustrator: Resize Artboard With Objects Inside

I've been looking everywhere, and cannot find my answer so I wanted to ask here. I know how to re-size my artboard in Illustrator and all that, but I cannot get my artboard to re-size with objects ...
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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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White objects on white thumbnails are invisible, so can I change the thumbnail background?

I cannot find any option to change the default white background of the layers panel thumbnails in Illustrator CS6, thus all white objects are invisible and I cannot quickly work on them. I've found ...
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Is there any way to add a new page to my work in Illustrator ?

Is there any way to add a new page to my work in Illustrator ? I've seen these buttons on the bottom: I guess they are for the pages ? thanks
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Object won't align central to artboard in Illustrator

I create a new file in Illustrator. 30 x 30 px. No stroke just black fill. I create a new rectangle 27 27 px I select the rectangle and go to the icon align to artboard I click to the icon Horizontal ...
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Text imported from Freehand

I have an old Freehand file I have imported to Illustrator cs4 and then open and save with Illustrator cs6. In Illustrator cs6 most of the text boxes have problems. The text overflows the text ...
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Illustrator: changing the opacity of fill and stroke independently won't work

I've read various threads on how one can change the opacity values of stroke and fill individually by going to the Appearance panel. Unfortunately I cannot do that and I'mm stuck. As you can see in ...
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How to save text in illustrator and open it in photoshop without pixellation

I want to do silkscreen printing. I have done all the labels with Photoshop and saved as PDF. But, my printer said it is very blurry. I need to use Illustrator. So, if I have already done my label ...
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Create an artboard automatically to the size of an image (Illustrator)

I am trying to figure out how to make an artboard automatically snap to the size of an image. I know that you can draw a rectangle, then go to the Artboards window and choose "Convert to Artboards" ...
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How can I make crisp icons for Windows Store apps?

I'm pretty new to making graphics for a specific platform but not to graphic design in general. I have a logo I made using Illustrator and had scaled it accordingly by using the Save to Web feature ...
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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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Exporting Illustrator Art Boards without bounding box

I have a bunch of art boards that are sized to 88x88 pixels. When I export my art boards, all the images are sized as 88x88, where transparent pixels are surround my actual art work. Is there a way ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Graphical errors when exporting to the web from illustrator

I am having problems with graphical errors when i export from illustrator The problem is small border along the right side of the export, the colors of the line varies from export to export. first ...
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How to convert the shapes stroke into open or transparent in Illustrator CS5?

I created a path Inside that path I created several more paths and group those on separate layer. Inside paths doesn’t have any fill but have a stroke of 1. Since I want that stroke to be open( or ...
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Incorrect text outline in Illustrator

I'm trying to convert a letter "A" to a shape using the Type -> Create Outline function. However, the converted shape does not maintain the straight lines in the letter. Here is the original letter ...
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what tools will help my collaboration, version control and work-flow

I need a database to upload my artwork so they can be shared between myself, another designer and manufacturer. I'd like some suggestions of different services used within the designing community. ...
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How to delete a line of pixels in pixel preview, within illustrator?

I know how to do this with photoshop, but is there an easy way in illustrator to just delete this specific(marked in blue) line of pixels, while in pixel preview?
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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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From Freehand to Illustrator CS6

What is the best way to convert a file from freehand to Illustrator CS6? I tried different methods: Illustrator 7: Go to an old computer open the freehand file and export as Illustrator 7. Then ...
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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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What's the easiest way to create to get this subtle 3D effect in an icon in Illustrator?

I managed to make the drop shadow, and I think I know how to get the ~1px bright outline/stroke, but how would you do this dark/bright effect around the edge and across the hole path?
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Adobe Illustrator Save For Web SVG becomes empty

Windows 7, AI CS5 I have several artboards with different versions of a logo on them that I'm trying to save as an .svg file. ctrl+shift+alt+s to save for web. Active artboard's logo shows up in ...
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Adobe Illustrator Does Not Allow Me to Snap to Pixel

Illustrator CS5 on Windows 7. I have an artboard where I keep trying to move anchors onto even-pixel points and they keep moving back to odd numbers. E.g. I have these two anchor points on a path: ...
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Repeatingly increase an object size with certain amount of px

Fairly new to AI, certainly to scripting. I'm trying to recreate this poster: The problem I'm having is that I want to automate the creation of the large amount of circles. I want to record an ...
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Adding frames/borders to images in Adobe

So I use Lightroom very frequently to edit and export images. I do nightclub photography often and have been asked to put a frame around my photos. Obviously a creative frame, not just a white or ...
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I can't easily select artboards in Illustrator CS6

I've been using Illustrator CS6 for months and previous versions for years. I don't consider myself a novice by any stretch, but this is driving me NUTS. Up until probably 3 weeks ago, I've been able ...
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How use ' helvetica neue condensed bold' in logo

I used helvetica neue condensed bold in a logo project. Now I need to deliver the original files with font. The font was free but not licensed. If necessary I will buy it before sending files but I'm ...
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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 ...