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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Changing stroke color after live trace using a sketch

I am a beginner trying to learn Illustrator and this is really driving me crazy. I have a picture of a caricature of my grandmother. I want to make it editable and change the colors so I can put it ...
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Is it possible to set stroke weight to be exactly 1 pixel in Illustrator?

The grid unit is 1 pixel. Below is two overlapped rectangles: Underlying one has blue fill color an black outline color. Also it has Align Stroke to Inside setting: As you see, it also has ...
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How can I change the color of a dashed line in Illustrator?

I have a white line. When I switch from basic to dashed line 1.1, the line turns gray. Paintbucketing the line just makes it a basic line again. Based on all the settings I'm aware of, the line should ...
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Software for mood boards?

What software do you use for making moodboards? Is Illustrator the best option? Has anyone got any other methods or ideas about making moodboards? Specifically from found digital images and ...
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Brush outline and fill

I have made a pattern brush to apply for a hand drawn brush. It usually works nicely, but yesterday it went started acting up. When I draw, I have a solid outline and invisible fill (which looks like ...
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How to create a fade to transparent gradient effect in Illustrator?

The black gradient effect that is placed in front of the pattern but behind the text is what I'm looking to achieve. I've tried creating a black to transparent gradient but can't the nice blur/fade ...
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Reusable objects that change when one is changed in Illustrator

I've been designing websites in Illustrator for quite a while and the major problem I found when doing so is that I have to repeat some elements into all my documents. For instance, I would like to ...
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How can I get a transparent artboard?

I want to make a text effect and for that I want a transparent background. My question arises from here; how do I get a transparent background? I am using Illustrator CC.
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How do I get out of Outline View?

I have drawn a broom in Illustrator and cant apply any brushes or strokes to it. I just don't get it. What do I have to do? Here is a screenshot:
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How to batch convert RGB to CMYK and have black mapped to 0%C, 0%M, 0%Y, 100%K (NOT rich black!)

I have several SVG files (generated by a JavaScript framework) that need to end up as CMYK .EPS files for print. So I made an action for it, changing the document color mode to CMYK, assigning a CMYK ...
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Blending colors in photoshop and illustrator

I am working on a print for my wall and I am trying to create something like this: Source I have already created the letters in Illustrator and now I am adding the colors in Illustrator and then ...
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How to use the line tool to draw a continuous line with corners in Illustrator?

I'm trying to create a box with a lot of corners in it but it would be helpful if I could make the corners without having a break in the lines. Is there a way to draw lines continuously without any ...
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How to predict new overlapping color in Adobe Illustrator?

The following image has three circles of RGB Red, Blue and Green on a White Background. Each one has 50% opacity. The stacking order is green, blue and red. The overlapping areas have tints of dark ...
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Bugfix for Script FitToText - Adobe CS6 Illustrator [on hold]

while attempt to use the "FitToText.jsx" in Adobe Illustrator CS6/Presets/en_GB/Scripts on Mac error 14 shows up: Is there any bug fix available?
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It is possible to convert a regular shape to a hand-written shape using illustrator?

I want to convert regular forms let's say for example a rectangle and circle to a hand-written looking forms using Illustrator or Inkscape(best scenario). I don't want to use the pencil to draw the ...
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Illustrator preview graphics missing wedge

I am having an issue with illustrator whereby my imagery is showing a missing wedge that I find very annoying. Is there a way to get rid of it?
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Creating a meridian globe vector

I'm looking to recreate a simple vector image of a globe with meridians in Illustrator CS5. I tried using the Revolve tool and then applying a grid as Map art, but the result was weak. I know I can ...
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Draw curved line that clips text with transparency in Illustrator

I am using Illustrator CS6 and I have some text and want to create a curved line from the bottom left of the text to the bottom right that has a uniform vertical curve to it. Then I want to clip the ...
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Is there a quick way to make multiple Illustrator swatches global?

Global swatches are my friends. Being able to open a swatch in Illustrator, change its colour values and have my art change along is invaluable. I know I can change a swatch to global by opening the ...
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creating and measuring a game box for AI

I need help to know how to create a game box template that I will add illustrations to later. I am suppose to flatten this box out and measure it. I know the question may have a lot of steps but ...
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Why does Illustrator create those corners when using expand compound shape in Pathfinder

So whenever I use "expand compound shape" (pathfinder selected button on the bottom left on that image) Illustrator adds those random dark corner to whatever shape I have. why?
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Print output tab is disabled in illustrator

Why there is no Adobe Pdf available in Printer? Also my output settings are disabled. I need to export my art for screen printing as positive layers. Please help me.Thank you.
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Illustrator blend tool creating unwanted lines

I am attempting to create a long shadow on my icon by using this effect in Illustrator. When I use Object > Blend > Make it leaves white spaces between each shape it creates and looks extremely ugly. ...
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Distorting a layer to fit shape

I have a rectangular image which I'd like to distort so that it fits into a shape. I can almost do it using "Distort", but I need to move more than just the corners, which is all I can seem to do ...
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Equalizer design under Illustrator

I would like to do manually an spectrum sound with Illustrator : What can I use ? Pencil ? Brush ? If yes what sort ? Thank you PS : I have a wacom tablet My bad result :
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anti-aliasing ruining vector illustration with white artifacts

I've created these illustrations using brush and colored it with bucket, added shadows with cutter. Problem is white artifacts showing between colors and line work. I've read about anti-aliasing, but ...
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What is the difference between 'Scale Tints' and 'Tints and Shades'?

In Adobe Illustrator, in the 'Recolor Artwork' dialog box, what is the difference between 'Scale Tints' and 'Tints and Shades'? As far as I understand, a tint of a color is white added to it and a ...
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Why is there black border when 3D effect is used?

I've created this logo in Illustrator. This doesn't have any border. But when I applied gradient to it and then applied 3D effect, it is not cool. There appears a border on one side of logo's letters. ...
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Design icon or logo with lettering like opera max / opera mini / limo app

Are there any plugins/fonts in photoshop/illustrator for designing icons like the images below or is it all done by constructing paths ? It would be great if anyone could provide a tutorial or steps ...
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How do I export a vector file for CAD?

I am new to AI. I have saved my file in DWG, but the person I am sending it to says it opens in raster and has a double line. I am creating patent drawings, so there should be only one line. I am ...
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How to replicate lines like this in Illustrator

how can I replicate lines like in this illustration using Adobe Illustrator?
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Why isn't this symbol stainer tool working on this symbol?

I've created a symbol in Illustrator with default settings. Here's how I made the object for symbol: A rectangle with white color - Changed its opacity to 20% Inside the rectangle, there are circles ...
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Can't select an image even when it's not locked and it is in front

This happens in Adobe Illustrator CC. When I tried to select an object, it tends to select the thing behind it. The object is not locked and is in the front of the same layer. I have took a video ...
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Y axis' negative direction seems confused in Illustrator. How can I fix it?

Hi ! When I pull a line from ruler up on the Y axis, Illustrator shows negative value for the line which should be reverse in fact. What I know is, top and right side must be positive for Y axis. I ...
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How to convert text to single stroke in illustrator

The question really says it all. I want to apply brush effect on the stroke once it looks like text. All my tries have resulted in stroke being outline of the text.
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Placed objects in Illustrator document changing size

I have an Illustrator file that has multiple PSDs placed into it. After I get everything sized correctly, I save and close. When I go back to open it later, the PSDs that were correctly sized before ...
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Recursively batch-resave Illustrator AI files to legacy format

I need to downsave a few hundred AI files from AI CC to CS6. They are scattered across dozens of folders and I need a way to recursively overwrite the AI CC files with CS6 compatible files. I ...
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Illustrator scripting: place image file if it has same name of illustrator file

I'm -slowly- learning how to code using JavaScript in Illustrator, and I'm trying to write a script that automatically picks an image file from a given fixed folder in my hard drive and places it in a ...
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How make Adobe Illustrator bezier handle point more 'clicable'

My current work monitor is a 4K resolution one. I'ts great for design, however it has been hard do click on Illustrator bezier handle point anchors.. Is possible to make those points bigger and the ...