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How to export Illustrator layers as individual images?

I have an Illustrator file that contains patterns. I'd like to export each pattern as an individual image to use in this new program that I'm trying called Sketch. Is there a batch processing script ...
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Exponential/logarithmic scaling in Illustrator?

Given a flat object in Illustrator, how can I scale it along the X or Y axis so that it stretches in an exponential fashion? That means that the center barely is stretched, but the outer extents ...
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Can I redesign a logo I created in Photoshop in illustrator?

I created a logo for my husbands business in Photoshop and he loves it! I understand that logos though need to be created in Illustrator in order to be resized with out loosing it's quality. Can I ...
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Logo looking fuzzy on smaller sizes

I created my logo in Adobe Illustrator and i'm happy espect that when i need it smaller, it looks pretty ugly and fuzzy. Like pixels are getting squeezed. Here is a screenshot of the original on the ...
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Macro To Scroll Through Tools in Adobe Illustrator CS5.1

I'm just beginning to use Illustrator and am pretty well versed in Photoshop. In Photoshop, you can hit Shift + (the macro for the tool) and it'll scroll through the subtools. For example, you can ...
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Embedding pdf in illustrator

So, I'm using adobe illustrator for creating vectorial figures, mainly for graphs. In illustrator, creating graphs is not so well implemented, so I'm using another tool to make them (e.g. R, xmgrace, ...
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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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Business Cards: should I design in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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How do I avoid lines at top and left borders of png files exported from Illustrator

When I export Illustrator artwork as a png file, I get a one pixel grey border at the top and left edges. There is no background object, but I export (Save for Web and Devices) with matte white ...
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Selecting objects on top of other objects in Illustrator i.e. selecting only objects which are completely inside the selection rectangle

I could select the four blue rectangles with just drawing one selection box using the selection tool (V) around them if the green box would not be below it. However, now I have to click on each blue ...
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How to incorporate gradient fill in embedded files in Illustrator?

I've placed File B (a circle with a gradient fill) inside File A (simple blue background). When I embed File B the gradient is not treated as a regular fill - instead it gets a weird double mask ...
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Illustrator: Disappearing paths on export

I'm having issues exporting graphics with some of my lines disappearing. I'm a complete novice to illustrator, so sorry if this is something really basic. The image should look like this: ...
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Is it possible to add a note to an Illustrator project similar to Photoshop?

Does anyone know if it is possible to add a note to an Illustrator project, the way you can with the note tool in Photoshop? Currently, I've created a new layer, and set it to not print, but not super ...
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Best Adobe tool to design a resume?

It is now several years that I cart my CV on Photoshop. I heard and I saw by myself that this is not the right tool at all to design a resume. I never used the other tools from the Adobe suite, but ...
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Add diacritics to fonts in Illustrator

There are many free fonts, but they often don't include letters with diacritics such as Ă, Â, Ș, etc. Placing those marks by hand in a large text that keeps changing can be a pain. Is there a way to ...
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How to make gradient tool annotators snap to grid

I'd like to have precise control over a gradient fill. From Expression Studio I'm used to the gradient tool annotator to automatically snap to a grid. By default, the Adobe Illustrator gradient ...
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Gradient Tool is blocked on Illustrator cs6

My gradient tool on Illustrator cs6 is blocked. It won't let me change color, direction or anything related. The Gradient tool wont even let me click on the gradient, it shows the cursor with a ...
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How make rulers relate with grid somehow in Illustrator?

How to make rulers and grid show the same coordinates and units? Currently it shows absolute delirium for me:
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Illustrator's background and artboard became transparent

Hey apparently illustrator has a less known feature to hide artboard and background. I accidentally activated this with some keyboard shortcut. How do I go back to the normal view?
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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 to get Text to follow semicircular path, read left to right and oriented counterclockwise

I'm using adobe illustrator, and I'm trying to get the text to orient from left to right(counterclockwise) and not upside down but I cannot get it to do that on the path I've created. Im pretty ...
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How to create this effect with lines in Photoshop or Illustrator?

I am trying to recreate this artwork in Photoshop. I am not sure how to create the lines moving toward the tool nor how to create the lighter color around the tool. How would I do this?
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How to raster vectors (AI) into 1bit tif in 2000dpi

I need to raster files 1m x 0,70m to 1-bit TIFF. Pretty much home RIPing. AI CS 5.5 only goes until aprox. 500dpi and PS renders vector-PDFs or AIs in 406 dpi max. Then you have to resize x5 to get ...
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What is the easiest way to export just the selected objects in Illustrator CS5

The title says it all, I want to know what the simplest way to export the selected objects. In Inkscape, there is a menu option called "export selected" which does just this. The aforementioned ...
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How to save a symbol or graphic style in Illustrator? [duplicate]

I designed a link button in Illustrator, much like the ask question button here. Since I am new to all this, I have difficulties creating just the perfect shape every time, so I want to save that ...
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Can I just save files as a PDF from Illustrator?

I use illustrator a lot and I'm always exporting PDFs. Since the PDF is a "save as" rather than an export, I end up editing the PDF and saving out. This causes version conflicts. Could I just work in ...
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Illustrator files with linked PSD files working over the netwrok makes PC slow to a crawl

Me and my buddies have a small design studio going on here at our office. We always work from the network when working on any of our Adobe files. Our server is on Windows 2012 Standard with 9TB ...
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How to create a global style? (like drop shadow)

I have created multiple objects, while testing I applied a drop shadow style on one object and its looking very good. Now I want to apply the same style to all other objects (around 20). Is there any ...
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Illustrator: only get grayscale when applying colors

After tracing a jpeg image in Illustrator and expanding it, when I try to change its color, it becomes gray. I have tried lots of color change but the result is same. How can I change the trace ...
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Coloring in a an animal's outline [closed]

I'm trying to follow this interesting tutorial by Pilot Interactive, on creating cute creatures: http://pilotinteractive.ca/blog/how-to-draw-cute#.U0t9W_mSzBZ So I figured out how to join different ...
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Why is this blurred images not working as a background?

How can I get the picture in the background and add a blur to it so it looks like the example ones? I have tested blur in one of my designs, and it's looks bad x) I wonder if it's the color of the ...
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How to bind the endpoint of a line to a rectangle/circle in Illustrator?

I am a beginner user of Illustrator and I like it a lot. I also like to make concept maps like this one: I was wondering if there is a possibility to easily create and modify concept maps ? The ...
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Illustrator: undo/redo for zooming

Let's say I have View 1 as shown below. Now, I zoom into part of View 1 and then arrive to View 2. I am doing some fine editing and then I want to go back to exactly View 1. Then I notice that I ...
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Can I remove colors applied to a topographical map?

For a project involving a client-supplied map (clip below) I need to be able to turn colored layers on and off. The client, however, supplied a flat image and vector outlines for the color regions, ...
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Export vectors from Illustrator and trim out extra canvas to use in Latex

Is there a way to save an Illustrator file as pdf without the canvas? Somehow, when I save as pdf I always end up having the "whole" canvas saved with it. In contrary, when I export to, lets say png, ...
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How to apply different colours to each letter in a word in Adobe Illustrator

I am looking for a method to fill multiple colours to different letters in a word without removing the outline / expanding the type?
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How to stop snapping of slices when re-sizing?

I wonder if there is any shortcut on keyboard to prevent snapping slices while re-sizing. I am talking about slices and they are jumping not by pixel, but by distance to nearest slice edge. I've ...
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Exact same colors in 2 separate Illustrator CS6 objects appear way less saturated in one

I have 2 different objects in Illustrator CS6. They are both their own layer. They both consist of several paths which are filled with a gradient made to resemble gold. My problem is that of one the ...
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Creating a PDF file with variables

Is there a way to prepare a PDF file in any of the programs in the Adobe Creative Suit, making a part of it change with input from the user? For example, you make an invitation template. You make the ...
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Why are my handles and anchor point missing in AI?

I'm quite new to using illustrator. My problem is: I'm missing the anchor point. Usually when you use the direct selection tool and click an object, it should show the anchor points and handles. I ...
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Is there a quick way to prep an illustrator file with tons of strokes and fills for screen printing

I needs to look like it looks here with three different pics for screen printing. Is there any way to do this quickly or do I have to do it manually?
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Distorted shapes/lines when rescaling - tried previous answers

I am curious as to why when I scale things the general shape changes. The flag in the middle is what I originally started with, and either side is the distorted result of rescaling it. I have read ...
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How do I cut out strokes from a shape in illustrator

I have a bunch of lines that go behind the layer of a mountain that I have created and I would like to cut them out. Proving to be impossible right now with the pathfinder tool. Any suggestions?
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Illustrator save as SVG: losing character tracking information

I'm trying to save two different versions of a certain SVG using Illustrator. The sole difference between the two versions is that a certain text element's tracking attribute was set. It seems ...
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Set default colors of line graph in illustrator?

Is there a way to set the default colors of the lines and points in line graphs in Illustrator CS 5? I'm having to create 75+ line graphs and it would be nice to have the colors default to my ...
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Illustrator: All objects in same layer (or in sublayers)

I need sometimes re-edit Illustrator files made by somebody else and i have noticed that all objects are in same layer and it's sublayers. Elements might be also combined with each others (texts are ...
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Temporary keyboard shortcuts stopped working- illustrator/photoshop CS5 (mac)

I use temporary keyboard shortcuts for navigating my work area... e.g.: Hold down Space to get hand tool Hold down Space + Cmd / Space + Cmd+Option to get zoom in/out tool All of a sudden these ...
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Is it possible to show symbol grid in Illustrator?

If I turn on grid inside symbol, then it has no relation with symbol's coordinates and it's registration point, which is at zero. So I can't use snap-to-grid function correctly. How to ...
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Merging separate paths in Illustrator

I have several circles that are set at type none color and 0.01 black stroke. They're all currently in paths (except two I made into compound paths). I want to know how to remove the stroke from the ...
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Cut a complex path at an intersection in Illustrator

I'm playing with a celtic knot work shape, which means that I want to split a path which crosses itself at that intersection. How do I tell it what segment I want to split? It's one path but ...