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Shape gets distorted when adding stroke in Illustrator CS6

I very recently started learning how to use Adobe Illustrator (CS6), and just now I noticed something strange. When I add a 1pt stroke to my shape, it gets slightly distorted. This distortion does not ...
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Creating a custom font in Illustrator to use on a webpage? [duplicate]

My logo has a custom font taken from a handwritten text. I am starting a clothing company and want that same font to be used throughout our webpage. How do I go about exporting the font used in the ....
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No overlapping between two paths - creating “one line” - how?

I have two paths and I want them to be exact in one line. I tried to do this by hand, but this not exact - there is an overlapping area between the two paths. How can I change that? I'm using ...
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How to repeat a gradient multiple times in Illustrator and Photoshop?

How to repeat a gradient 'n' times, for example, repeating black to white gradient 5 times (along the path of stroke) like I've done manually in below example image. Is there a way to automate it to ...
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Applying a radial gradient to a bunch of lines in Illustrator

I'm trying to apply a gradient to a bunch of individual lines to create the effect of the lines fading out and also changing color as you go round the circle, however, I need everything to stay ...
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Issues with brush Tool In illustrator using graphics tablet

I'm using a Wacom graphics tablet and i'm trying to use the brush tool in Illustrator CS6 to write some 'curly' text for a project. It all looks fine when i'm drawing but as soon as i 'release' the ...
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Shape in Illustrator so it can be editable in PowerPoint

How to save a shape in Illustrator so it can be editable in PowerPoint 2016 (MAC OS). I should be able to recolour and it has to scalable on re-sizing.
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Strange gradient path behavior depending on angle (Illustrator)

I just discovered that the gradient path behaves differently depending on the overall areal width of the path (relative to the height) and hence the "acuteness" of the path points. The paths pictured ...
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How to take individual objects/letters and align them horizontally?

Is there a quick way to align 8 individually drawn letters so they are all on the same line (one not higher/lower than the other)? so far I've just eyeballed it, but is there a more efficient/precise ...
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Move Parts of a circle out at equal distance

I'm trying to create something like this using Illustrator CC 2015. I know that I can just create an circle and use the scissor tool to break the circle apart. I'm just wondering how I can move all ...
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Extra horizontal line after adding type to image using Pathfinder Unite in Illustrator

I am trying to make the path of the letters in 'hanwell' trim to/flush with the edges of the bridge illustration, so that the letters only appear in the gaps between the bridge pillars. I have drawn ...
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How do I make the inner outline of a stroke have a gradient on my map?

Excuse any ignorance, I am actually a GIS Analyst (a cartographer) and do most of my work in GIS software. I am making a map where I need to create inner outlines, based off of an older map my work ...
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What is the standard size for email greetings cards, birthday cards?

Is there a standard, or best practice size for a greeting card you plan on sending only via email? I saw one post say as long as the width is below 600px
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Optimal background for an emblem mobile wallpaper?

I am trying to find the ideal background for this personal emblem that I made to use as a mobile lock screen wallpaper. However, I am spending too much time trying to achieve the ideal background for ...
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How to convert Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) to Photoshop (.psd) without having Adobe Illustrator installed

I want to convert an Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) to an equivalent Photoshop (.psd), preserving layers, text and so on. I would like to know if there is something like imagemagick to do this, because ...
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How to make Static Effect in Illustrator

I need to make a static effect similar to this: How can I make this static retro effect in illustrator?
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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 can I create a tight spiral shape? (Archimedean spiral)

I'm trying to create something similar to this example: What tool should I use, or is it just squares and circles attached together? Great if you know a tutorial for this effect.
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How do I create this type of shadow effect on the letters in Illustrator?

How do I create this type of text effect in Illustrator? I initially was doing it a little backwards where I created a copy behind my main text, nudged it down and to the right. Then created ...
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How to color in lines of an icon using Illustrator?

I have Adobe Illustrator CS6 and the following icon that I want to use. The picture is in PNG format. All I want to do is color in these dark lines to a different color (say, orange) and I have ...
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How to create a sine wave with a given angle between the side of the wave?

I want to create this shape using Illustrator CC and maybe it could seem easy but actually it has to be perfect, the shape are basically two triangles and each one of them with 52 degrees of aperture. ...
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Custom Glyph Group

Is it possible to create a custom group of glyphs within Illustrator? There are a few select glyphs that I use repeatedly at work that come from a few different typefaces and it would significantly ...
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How can i do “Stroke Offset” in Illustrator?

In After Effect, when using the shape layer, i could add a offset to the stroke after applying Trim Path. I want to do something like this thing :) EDIT: I can convert the text into a outline, and ...
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White space between snapped shapes in Illustrator

I am working on a pattern of a bunch of tiled square shapes. I matched all of the shapes right next to each other until I get that little green "Align" line and let go. When I zoom out I see a little ...
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How to convert paragraph text envelope to clipping mask in Illustrator CS6

I have some paragraph text that I have modified using an envelope in Illustrator CS6. I can not make it into a clipping mask. I can make it into a mask up until I make it an envelope, after that, I ...
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Colours in Illustrator CC are not the same as in other software

I've got a problem with Adobe Illustrator CC. The fact is that I create a design just with black and red colour (#EC0000). But then, when I save this document in PDF or when I export it to JPEG, and ...
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Saving as jpg in Illustrator

When I try to "save for web" my work in Illustrator (258px - 170px) it shows the right image size (258px - 170px) but after I save the image, and open it in windows, the image is really small. When I ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Strange Behavior while Aligning Objects

I am creating icons with Adobe Illustrator during which process I use the Align tool quite frequently. All of a sudden, the align tool started behaving quite strangely. When I select two objects and ...
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Can I use the Collections Groupings in Font Book within Illustrator?

I love how Font Book allows me to organize my fonts into collections like Fun, Modern, Swash-y, Sans Serif, etc...What I want to do is browse or filter fonts in Adobe Illustrator using those ...
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Applying highlighting formating to text in Adobe Illustrator

I'm looking for applying text highlight formatting (that's easily done within Microsoft Word) in Illustrator. Screenshot of highlighting formatting from Microsoft Word: I know that I can add ...
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How can I automatically group each shape with the text inside it for a huge collection of rectangles?

I have a .dwg (AutoCad file) map full of fields (rectangles) that I'm manipulating with Illustrator. Each rectangle has a text inside it that indicates its number. The problem is that there is no ...
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Break within a word

This is probably a simple problem, but I have an small textbox like this: The exact text I have is: asdfjkasdfasdf asdfadsfasdfasdfasdfasdfa Illustrator is inserting a line break instead of ...
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Fill frame proportionally many frames at once

So I have a layout of circle images like this: Now suppose by Data Merge, I am able to generate the template with different pictures. The problem is, the pictures appear as above, so I want to be ...
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How to fix gashes in curves in illustrator?

After making some geometry paths i converted them to shape objects so i could erase parts of them with the eraser tool, i gashed some of the edges i wanted to keep, is there a tool to fill that in? I ...
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There and Back Again: What changed when importing a vector from Illustrator to Indesign?

I designed this portfolio piece for a class using Illustrator, and in my rendering I created a crayon by revolving a shape along its axis. I then used Object -> Expand Appearance and it appeared ...
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Pathfinder not working well in Illustrator cc

I am having an issue with the pathfinder tool in Illustrator CC. Every time I use minus front this happens (see image below). As you can see, it does not detract exactly to the path/curve. Is there a ...
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What tools to use in Adobe Illustrator 2015 CC to get started and how to use them [on hold]

I have recently started using Adobe Illustrator (CC 2015) for some very basic design work regarding the logo of a film festival. I am designing a logo and I was wondering if there is anyone that is ...
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wrapping text around circle in illustrator

right now I have two separate type paths- I want type to wrap in continuous circle but still need the calico skies on top and sparkling company on bottom- basically want the type closer together so it ...
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How can I do this in Adobe Illustrator?

This operation I was made in inkscape. Can I repeat it in AI?
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Illustrator Pathfinder Minus Front Not Cropping Circle Shape Precisely

I'm trying to cut a circle shape with a rectangle overlay and it's changing the shape of the crop somehow. This is similar to the pixel grid issues except I have the align to pixel grid off. So IDK ...
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SVG rendering issues in IE

I created this artwork in Illustrator CC and I'm "saving as" an SVG file (it has to be SVG for client). When I view the file in Chrome, Safari or Firefox it renders just fine for the most part. See ...
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Illustrator - Add drop shadow over a specific element

Is there a way to add drop shadow to an element such that the shadow only appears over another element and not anything else? It would also be okay if shadow appears on other elements but not on ...
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Illustrator Aligned to Pixel Grid But Logo Still Fuzzy

I'm trying to create a crisp logo in Illustrator CC, and no matter what I do (have set up web document settings with align to pixel grid), when I go to save my logo as a PNG-24 web document and ...
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Artboard boundary not visible in Illustrator CC

I have just started using Illustrator CC 2016, Im used to CS6 (with grey background and clearly defined artboards + boundary). When I create a new document and create some artboards all I'm seeing is ...
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How to draw a precise circular arc in Adobe Illustrator?

Say, an arc with radius r centered at o, from angle a to angle b. I don't see how to use Arc tool in Adobe Illustrator this way. What's the best way to draw it?
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Resorces and/or strategies for improving?

I have been working as a graphic designer for roughly 2 years at my local newspaper, I trained under the previous designer who taught me everything I needed to know for the job at hand. Problem is im ...
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Trying To Print to PDF in Illustrator

I'm trying to set it up "with separate color layers (CMYK)" as the printer request, but the Mode is greyed out. I don't have an actual printer installed, and a PDF is the result I want. I do have up ...
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How to warp a group of points in a grid?

Hi All, I need some guidance on how to properly warp a group of dots. I tried using the lower arc tool as well as the upper arc tool but it still need a lot of manual tweaking. I'm also thinking of ...
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Bounding-box suddenly way too wide & off-center

I've been working in an illustrator file for some time now, but today, all of a sudden, all instances of a symbol I've made are 16k pixels wide (img below). The objects don't appear that large, but ...