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Script to remove Yellow(or any color) from layers panel?

Any Adobe Illustrator script wizards out there who can help myself and countless other Adobe Illustrator users remove the use of the color yellow from layers panels? Yes I understand that adobe ...
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Spacing objects evenly on a spine with an open path using the blend tool

I made a blend of stars and chose the replace with spine command. The stars are not evenly spaced. I then decided to add anchor points and adjust them to try and space the stars evenly. Is there an ...
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Object pushed to back upon export to PFD in Adobe Illustrator

I inserted a vector graphic in my Adobe Illustrator document: Then I exported the Adobe Illustrator document to PDF, and opened the exported PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro XI, where I saw that the vector ...
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Illustrator cs6 won't launch on window 7

I am having a problem with getting Illustrator cs6 from to launch on windows 7. I have downloaded the Adobe CS6 Design and Web Premium files and done clean installs a number of times. I have tried ...
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Snapping to grid while using smart guides

Here it says I can't use snap to grid and smart guides at the same time: Note: When Snap To Grid or Pixel Preview is turned on, you cannot use Smart Guides (even if the menu command is ...
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Aligning neighbouring paths and “connecting” anchors in Illustrator

I am working on isometric design that will be printed on the 1000mm x 2000mm Roll Up. Design includes lots of similar paths that should be perfectly aligned and create isometric 3d scene (image 1.) ...
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How I can achieve this (light) effect in CMYK illustrator/Photoshop? [on hold]

I want an identical effect for the background done in either Photoshop or Illustrator but I want it print ready that means in CMYK. Ideally I would like the design to be in Illustrator but I think I ...
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Textile design in illustrator

Im designing a print for my swimwear line and I'm using images from an artist. the file prints out sharp when it is opened in photoshop but when i place the image in illustrator and print from ...
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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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Is there a way to batch export Illustrator symbols as pngs?

I use Illustrator as my main graphics program for building modular UI components. Context: I'm exploring an animation software, Pixate, and will need to upload all UI assets to the project library ...
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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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Importing and Editing File in Adobe Illustrator

I have what I'm sure is a very basic question. I've just opened a friend's ai file into adobe illustrator, but the text had been completely changed and the images/pictures removed because 'they could ...
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Bloat text in illustrator, not individual letters

How do you bloat text in Illustrator so that it applies to the whole text area, not just individual letters? I have converted the text to outlines, and expanded appearance, but when I bloat the text ...
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Why can't I resize my text box in Illustrator CS6?

The resize tool just don't appear. When I try to resize, it only turn out that I only move my text box. Is there something wrong with my software?
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How do I scatter icons all over a background randomly?

I've been wondering this a time now but I just saw a background like this on dribbble. I want to have multiple icons scattered across a background with random position and random rotation using ...
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What is the best way to export an artwork in Illustrator?

I have 18 artworks in an .eps file. I wonder what is the best way to extract/export one of those artwork into a .png/.jpg ? Example I'm not sure if this possible, but is there a way to ...
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illustrator direct selection tool moving path leaves lines [on hold]

When i use direct selection, selecting 2 angle of the shape and moving path, it leaves lines. BUG?
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How to do the shape borders like this in the image attached

I'm going to create something similar. Circles can be made very easily. Color Gradient can be applied easily. Shadows are left-hand play. But, there is something different about the edges of ...
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Final size in Illustrator CS4 masked images

How do I find out the exact size of a graphic or image after it has a clipping mask applied in Illustrator? When you just select the image or do Ctrl+A it shows the entire image size(including the ...
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Filling in gaps in illustrator (by not using gap detection)

I am trying to colour an image on adobe illustrator. I initially "image traced" the image, so many of the strokes disappeared. I used live paint and direct selection to fill in the colours. However, ...
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How to achieve contrast in a black-on-black design

I'm trying to achieve a black-on-black design on a business card. See link here: AHC 180 Youth Ministry Business Card. The large black arrow and the grunge splotches are a rich black of 40-40-40-100, ...
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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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Illustrator CS6 Perpendicular Lines following a path

I have a closed path from which I would like to create a parallel inner path. If I drew a series of lines, all the same length, with one end at points along the path (all extending inward), the second ...
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Avoiding overlapping strokes on illustrator (Please help, i've been looking for days!!)

I've created a 7 point art brush for a stroke on a pattern but as the path is on the centre of the stroke there is an overlap when the shapes intersect. The art brush is black on the sides and white ...
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Insert a new column or row in Adobe Illustrator's graph data editor

Is it possible to insert a new column or row in Adobe Illustrator's graph data editor? (without having to move the existing data through Ctrl + X, Ctrl + V) I use Adobe Illustrator CC 17.0.0 ...
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Illustrator symbol isolation view pixel grid not aligned to ruler

When a symbol is not aligned to pixel grid, the origin is not aligned to an intersection of the grid. Thus it becomes very difficult to create pixel perfect symbols. Paths that are snapped to the ...
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Increase Stroke Weight By Percentage

I know how to increase the stroke weight in Illustrator, but I have custom stroke weight points on an object and I'd like to make the whole object's stroke thicker without losing the customized weight ...
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Exporting a shape from Illustrator in multiple colours at once?

I'm creating assets for a game using Illustrator. I have created a bunch of shapes, and i want to export each shape in 24 different colours (which i've made swatches of, if that helps) I was wondering ...
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Is it possible to invert colours in a gradient in Illustrator?

Is it possible to invert colours in a gradient in Illustrator (CC 2014)? When I try Edit > Edit Colours > Invert Colours on the box that I want inverted, it tells me "Colors Note: No invertible ...
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Why do ttf glyphs exported in EPS format become distorted?

I am working with Adobe Illustrator on a cartography project where ttf glyphs are used for symbolizing certain map symbols. In my Cartography Software (ArcGIS) the glyphs are clean and geometrically ...
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Laser cutting vector image - bitmap created two lines when I need one on border of counties

I'm working on a custom design of the outline of some counties in kentucky and it's engraving each county with individual borders instead of as a single line. I know I could manually trace between the ...
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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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Illustrator equivalent to Photoshop's skew tool

In Photoshop the skew tool allows you to move each corner of the object being skewed independently. Is there an equivalent in Illustrator? Envelope distort seems overkill and harder to achieve the ...
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Import or open transparent PNG in Illustrator results with black edges

Whenever I open or import a PNG with transparency to Illustrator I get these black pixels along the edges. The only way I've found to get rid of the black pixels is to rasterise it with a white ...
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What are those strange shapes appearing in the strokes' angles?

That's what I got after joining parts of circles with custom paths with anchor points at the same spot. Moving anchor points make those shapes disappear, as well as changing strokes to inside or ...
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How to move one bezier anchor point while keeping the direction locked?

In below image I'd like to move the position of the green anchor point along the green dotted line (I freehanded in there, image it's a straight extension of the anchor point handle's line). I'd like ...
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Converting Face Into Shape in illustrator [on hold]

can anyone tell my how can achieve effect similar to this in illustrator or any program, I'm an ios developer and designer.
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Change snapping boundary

Here it says when using "snap to grid", that it snaps when I am within 2 px of the grid When the object’s boundaries come within 2 pixels of a gridline, it snaps to the point. How can I change ...
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Draw diagonal line with a specific offset to another diagonal line

I have a vertical line with a 45° turn. I want to draw another line next to it with a specific offset. What is the best way to do it? I tried moving the pink anchors directly over the orange ...
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Adobe Illustrator - how to prevent the “Eraser Tool” from changing the target brushes' size?

I am running Adobe Illustrator 2014, Release 2014.0.0 18.0.0 (x64). I'm using a custom brush with these settings: Whenever I draw a (pressure sensitive) line using my Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch ...
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hello, i'm having trouble with this particular image as it is an image that has a multicolor vector [on hold]

i'm having trouble with this particular image as it is an image that has a multicolor vector and i need to change it into an ai editable artwork, tried using image trace before but the smaller parts ...
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Why is 1080px in illustrator not 1080px wide (on screen) when zooming at 100%? [duplicate]

Or more generally, "Why isn't illustrator displaying things at their correct sizes when zooming at 100%?". It has always been bothering the life out of me, I've been using Illustrator for 4years, and ...
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Is it a bad idea to use a svg as a background image for a website file size wise?

I need to save out some images for a website project at work. These images will span the full background of the site using background-cover. I first thought that svg would be the correct choice but I ...
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Is it possible to create a high quality watercolor effect in illustrator?

I am looking to create a high quality watercolor effect in illustrator. My question essentially is: Is this created by scans and then tracing it? If so, what kind of tracing options would you use for ...
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Different sizes/dimensions on export & save as web in Illustrator CS5

I have a file which is 1020px X 200px Artboard/Document dimensions and the drawings coves the whole artboard as follows. When I "Export" the file as "png" (File>Export) it's dimensions change to ...
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Photoshop export to PDF - Shape issues

This little screenshot explains well the issue. I have shapes from Photoshop (also made a test from copying shapes from Illustrator) and exporting to PDF. Here is the ugly results. If I reduce the ...
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how to resize object with additive styles applied to it, while keeping it's copies in place?

What I want to do is shown here at 0:52, unfortunatelly there is no explanation in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fh-9Ajs0ck The author applies additive style to a square to acquire a ...
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What's the difference between saving a vector as .AI and saving as .EPS

Is there any benefit to saving as an .ai file? I know that .eps files can be opened in many programs, but .ai files, I think, would only be opened in Illustrator. Should I bother saving in an .ai ...
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How can I Change the color of a bunch of symbols in Illustrator

I have a set of flat objects and they are independent, they only share the same file. I mean they are all in one single .AI file. How can I Change the colors of those objects while they are in symbol ...
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Removing white segment from a svg image

I am designing an Arabic font for which I have created the glyphs using MetaFont and processed the MetaFont sources with MetaPost. As a result, I got an svg image for each of the glyph. There is one ...