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How to align all objects in the center of your art board using Adobe Illustrator CC?

Is there a simple shortcut to align all objects in the center of an art board instead of doing it manually?
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Why do gradients appear like this in illustrator?

I'm designing a window poster for shop, I'm working on this in illustrator and I'm trying to achieve this clean red to black gradient or feathered effect shown here, ...
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Illustrator: Suddenly drawing (inside other shapes) does not work

I'm very new to illustrator CS6. I am making a logo that consists of two reflecting "C's". Inside of the C's I've been using the pen tool to draw lines inside of one of the C's to make what will look ...
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How can I create woodcut illustration in Illustrator and/or Photoshop?

Are these illustrations done manually by hand or in Illustrator? Is there a easier way to reproduce these kind of illustrations? More examples here.
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Draw circular shape with overlapping border

How can I draw this kind of ellipse
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How to paint graphics exported from Illustrator to flash professional

I work doing e learning, and I need to use graphics from pdf manuals. I open the pdf manuals in Illustrators ,and I grab the graphics from there and drag them to flash professional. But when I get the ...
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I've divided my artwork into artboards and now I want to move the contents around

I've divided an artwork into a bunch of artboards and now I need to move the contents of the artboards around, resize them and such. Is this possible? Whenever I try, it either moves just the ...
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dividing transparent objects into individual shapes

In Adobe Illustrator How do I divide two overlapping shapes into individual parts so the overlap area is a shape and the non overlap areas are two shapes. So I end up with three shapes that can each ...
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Glossy gift box designing in Illustrator

I have to design a glossy gift box for a client in various sizes. Can I create just one design which the printing company can use for various sizes or should my designs be dimension-specific? Also, ...
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How to make an area transparent in Illustrator

In the image below you'll see the white section (highlighted blue). The black section behind it is one path, and the white another. How do I remove the white from the black so it becomes transparent? ...
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How do game designers create graphics for their games?

Lets say a game designer is going to create a new character for his game and now needs to draw the character using an art style that is a smooth (not pixel art) style. What would be the best way for ...
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Illustrator stroke color appears lighter than same fill color

When I apply a color with the exact same RGB as the fill for 1 shape and the stroke of another, the shape with the stroke shows a slightly lighter color. Why does this happen and what can I do to ...
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Clipping Mask, Pathfinder or Compound Path?

I'm sorry for such a generic title, but I couldn't figure out a title that would make sense with what I am trying to do. So I am a novice when it comes to illustrator, but I am trying to cut out the ...
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Illustrator - Make paths as a compound path

I am having a simple issue from import SVG path to Fontello: 'id.svg' contains multiple paths/shapes. Please, make them a compound path, and try import again. So, I have this vector: What I ...
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illustrator: is it possible to link shapes to a “master” path/shape, so that modifications to the master drive everything else?

I'm using Illustrator CC, and I'd like to link some sub-shapes to a master such that modifying the master also moves the sub-shapes. Context: octopus tentacles. I've got shapes for each tentacle ...
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Effectively creating this effect in Illustrator?

Been lurking awhile but this is my first post. I've always wondered what this effect is called and I'm almost certain there's an easier way to doing it than how I do it. I'm talking about the ...
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How to easily erase excess fill around a shape? [duplicate]

I have a vector design that I want to cut a heart shape out of. I also have the specific heart shape as a vector in the AI file. What I have been doing is putting the heart vector over the design ...
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Trim a Clipping Mask in Illustrator?

Is it possible to trim a clipping mask in Illustrator? I have an image that I created a mask for, but the entire image is so much larger than the space I need, I would like to crop the rest of the ...
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removing partial shapes/objects

I have a template on the artboard and I am using basic shapes to fill the template with designs. Some shapes overlap the template. I want to remove the parts that go outside the template box. I have ...
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Web design what to use Photoshop or Illustrator?

What should i use to design photoshop or illustrator ? There's a correct software or its more a personal choise ?
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How to export .svg file from Adobe Illustrator with shape IDs?

My question is very simple. How to export an SVG file from Adobe Illustrator with shape IDs? When I export as SVG my group names turn to groups with group name as ID, that's the behavior I would ...
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How to group objects from Illustrator Layer menu?

How do you select and group multiple layers swiftly in Illustrator? Obviously you can tick them one by one and group after that but I am looking way for grouping layers selected between two shift + ...
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Spacing objects equally in shape?

I've run into a little snag. I'm trying to distribute a two lines along the body of a square in Illustrator. This is what I want the lines to look like, this done by hand though it's not ...
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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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Objects not snapping correctly. (Overshooting or undershooting target)

I have a rectangle that should be snapping to the lines of the other rectangles on my artboard, but it keeps overshooting the mark. Can anyone advise on how to get it to snap the other objects lines ...
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Illustrator CC Accuracy

As a former CAD draftsman I always found the snap function in Illustrator very inacurate. But now in AI CC I find it even mor inaccurate. Am I the only one? Is there something one can do in order to ...
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a hotkey for entering text-editing mode with Type tool in illustrator

Is there any hotkey assigned for entering into text-editing mode with Type tool in illustrator? Without using too much mouse clicking, this would be definitely helpful for my design work productivity. ...
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How to open a multiple page PDF file as artboards in Illustrator CS6

I'm trying to open a PDF file with 7 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CS6. How do I open the PDF file in one single AI files with all artboards within it?
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Can't access hidden tools with left mouse button [on hold]

I am having a pretty weird problem. I can't access hidden tools with mouse in illustrator cs6. For example, if I select rectangle tool and click and hold the tiny arrow in bottom, the tool preset ...
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How can I get an EPS or PDF to open in Illustrator?

Just downloaded some vector graphics from Shutterstock for my landscape design project in Illustrator. When I open the document I see a blank sheet so how do I get the downloaded file (PDF or EPS) ...
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Why is my text blurry when I transfer it from Illustrator to InDesign? [duplicate]

I know that we aren't supposed to use Illustrator for text, but I needed to use the Type on a Path feature and that's why I did it. Above is the text in Illustator. When I export the text from ...
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Matching blacks on an Illustrator poster

I've searched and read the suggestions to my question but I'm not finding entirely what I need in one place and by now I've made so many changes I'm sure I've passed right over the right combination ...
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Why can't I ImageTrace an image in my pattern?

I need to image trace some images that are in a custom pattern I made so that I can recolor the pattern. The images were placed there and linked in a previous Illustrator session. When I'm in the ...
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Illustrator: how to align grouped objects and expand to be aligned top and bottom?

The rectangles below have been grouped together by me. I realized that I probably should have aligned them before grouping them. I'm wondering if there is a way to align them (to their top edge) ...
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is there a fast way to make parallelograms into rectangles in illustrator?

these shapes were hand traced, and as you can see there are slight angles that deviate from 90 degrees on the right side of the rectangles below. is there a way to make them vertical in illustrator? ...
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scale raster image to meet defined ppi in Illustrator

Background: I am using Illustrator to combine several raster images. I apply scaling and clipping masks to them. Next, I try - if posihble - to avoid non-integer resampling steps during subsequent ...
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Apply gradient to a path made of 2 paths

As you can see in the pic, I drew a Rectangle with no fill and black stroke. Then I added a curvy shape. I want to add a gradient to the place bound by those two shapes. How can I do it?
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Too many compound paths in illustrator.. need to merge and delete from an object

Hello everyone I had been trying to cut out many paths from a single layer in Illustrator. I was trying to convert an anchor point so I could move it but apparently I have ran into a problem.. My ...
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Make Lines of .EPS Graphic Bolder or Thicker

I have an image that looks like a read out of an EKG wavy line. It's in .EPS format and I have placed it in an Illustrator .AI file I am creating. I want to make the wavy line thicker looking but I ...
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Blurry text and bounderies

My friend made a logo for me. But between us we cannot figure out some problems. The text is blurry. Where the different coloured squares meet is blurry (might not be correct term, possibly ...
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Why are some svg filters automatically converted to .png?

I was wondering why some of the SVG Filters found in Illustrator are automatically converted to .png when I export the entire file to .svg. I don't want any hidden .png files because of scalability. ...
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Why are there unwanted white lines appearing in a PDF print proof?

I designed a christmas card and I normally print it on vista print. When I ask for a print proof the outlines show. They don't show when I print it at home. Why are there unwanted white lines ...
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Why am I seeing boxes in the outline overview in illustrator CC

I have downloaded this vector graphic from a freebie site and when i see the outline overview using "ctrl+y", i can see these boxes. Why is this happening and how to remove them?
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Hard vector inset shadow

I'm trying to re-create a hard inner shadow effect in illustrator, similar to the effect on the text in the Kit Kat logo: Heres another good example: Heres my attempt at re-creating it: Mine ...
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Saving long shadow effect as graphic style for flat design in Illustrator

How do I save the long shadow effect for flat icons in Illustrator? I have created the effect for few icons but for each and every other icon but it takes time. In the following screenshot I have ...
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When I save as .SVG it adds extra whitespace width to the document

I have my image on the artboard and have clicked Object > Artboards > Fit to artboard bounds. When I save an SVG I get extra whitespace at the bottom, how can I just save whats in the ...
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What ICC profiles does Adobe Illustrator use to convert between RGB and CMYK in its color picker?

I'm trying to understand Adobe Illustrator's color conversion method between RGB/HSB and CMYK. I'm pretty sure they use ICC profiles to do the conversion, and they make a bunch of ICC profiles ...
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Adjustment layer/filter to uniformly colorize illustrator objects?

I'm trying to create an image that contains a set of logos. Each logo has different colors and I need to neutralize them. I tried converting the image colors to gray scale but it's not uniform, some ...
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Is there a way to create an action or script to select and embed external file(s) placed in an Illustrator file?

As a follow-up to my question Is there a way to expand linked EPS file placed inside another EPS file in Illustrator? I am now trying to create an action to select and embed external file(s) placed ...
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How to switch to the clipped symbol?

I have a symbol which is clipped. When I place the symbol into document, I can't adjust the size of clipped object. In fact transform shows me unclipped bounding box. Above on the left side ...