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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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“Low quality edges” when importing 3d from illustrator to photoshop

When I import a 3d vector from illustrator do photoshop, it looks like shapes get a tiny space between each other, besides the low quality appearence of the edges, as it can be seen on the picture ...
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Illustrator Scatter Graph

Hey does anyone know how to add numbers to data points of a scatter graph in illustrator? I can make the scatter graph but I have no idea how to add numbers to the data like in the screen shot? ...
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How to create an fade effect like this in Illustrator?

I would like to know how to create an effect like this in Illustrator. I already tried grunge textures but I can't get the same kind of fade. Thanks
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How to create a grain in illustrator with specific colors?

I'm trying to reverse engineer a graphic that I like in Illustrator, and here is the part that gives me trouble: I have followed a few tutorials using the Grain effect with multiply, however it ...
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How to copy illustrator opacity mask via script?

Situation - I have a group that contains some objects partially covered by opacity mask to emulate blurred edge. It is very easy to copy-paste such group in Illustrator - and copied group contais the ...
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Exporting without anti-aliasing on outside?

I have some Isometric vector blocks in Illustrator that need to line up perfectly. Anti alias looks great but then I get visible edges when overlapping the blocks. Without anti alias they line up ...
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Problem with bold line in pattern after I export file from Illustrator into Photoshop

I made pattern in illustrator, imported into Photoshop and I get bold line over all edge lines. How to remove that problem? Don't know what to do. I turned off AA in general settings and in ...
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How can I get latex font into Adobe illustrator?

I am currently trying to add equations created with LaTeXiT straight to Adobe Illustrator CS6, but somehow the "font" changes. I've tried scrolling around the Internet to see if I could find out how ...
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Data is incorrect after importing variable library into Illustrator

I have a bunch of graphs in an Illustrator document. All of them are tagged and have been exported to an XML document. I want to change the numbers in the XML and re-import it to update the graphs ...
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Why am I getting dotted grey edges on my batch exported images?

I have created a script which batch exports an ai file into an SVG file and multiple sizes of JPG and PNG files. The script creates three directories in the parent directory of the directory the ai ...
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Adjusting distance of blended objects to start and end points in Illustrator

I am trying to create a row of houses along a curved patch using the blend tool. What ruins the design though is the fact, that Illustrator is putting the first and second and last and second to last ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Hiding masked portions from selection? Cutting or masking a muti-layer and already masked section?

It's difficult for me to explain what I'm trying to achieve, hopefully this image helps illustrate what I want to do. This is the final product I'm trying to achieve (done in photoshop). When I ...
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Adobe Illustrator CC Merge touching Anchor points

I have a vector file containing scribbles, where the lines don't consist of several anchor points but every segment is an own line by itself. I need to connect these separate little lines to form ...
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How to randomize curved lines in Sketch to create a pattern?

I'm looking to figure out a method to automate randomized curved lines to achieve an effect similar to the image below
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Artwork hidden after move

I'm working with an architectural drawing in illustrator (I know, I know). I selected a wall system (a bunch of objects) and then went to Object->Transform->Move. I then put in the distances I ...
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How to cut out a shape from another shape that has effects?

I'm making some art that involves molecules and stuff and wanted to cut out a part of the parent ring. I tried the subtract function in the pathfinder that comes in Adobe Illustrator CS6 but it gives ...
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how to use golden ratio and fibonacci to improve a shape's form?

I'm trying to improve my skills and make this X look more appealing, the logo icon is an X, and it's related to tracking technology, I'm trying to it more interesting like these
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Is it possible to add more y-axis labels when making a graph in Illustrator?

I'm trying to use Illustrator to recreate a line graph I was given. The problem I'm having is that when I use the graph tool in Illustrator, I can't seem to find any option for increasing the number ...
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Objects in Illustrator Not Aligning to Pixel Grid Correctly

I'm having problems aligning my objects to the pixel grid in Illustrator. As you can see in the picture, my object is correctly aligned with the pixel grid. However there are still parts outside of ...
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Combining Multiple Vector Lines that are overlapping in Illustrator

I need to simplify my vector file. The file that was given to me is a vector that has multiple paths overlapped on top of each other. These drawings are very detailed, and the original software it ...
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Scaled multiple paths when creating shape of segment Illustrator cs6

I had an issue recently with illustrator. When I tried to create a simple shape, it created several scaled paths when I drag to sized the shape, same thing happened when using segments. I resolved the ...
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Can you create dynamic button styles/shapes in Photoshop that resize with text?

I need to make rounded buttons (pill shaped) in different sizes that will automatically adjust height/width based on the size/length of text on them. In Illustrator you can select a text object and ...
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Pixelated images and smart objects in Adobe CC suite

I have been using Adobe softwares for a couple of years now and I never had this issue before. Every time I save for web (png), or even pasting smart objects from illustrator to photoshop I get a ...
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Illustrator CS6 How to get my text box to scale upwards when a new line is added?

I am using a point type text box (one that scales horizontally and vertically) but when I add a new line it expands the text box downwards. Is there was a way to get it to jump up when a new line is ...
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How to apply Graphic Style correctly in Illustrator?

This is my first time to post a question. My question should be a best following to the answer below, but I cannot comment it because it requires 50 reputations (which I have only 1 as a newbie). http:...
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Change Color of Edge Segment in Compound Path

I need to change the color of the inner edges of a compound path, but I cannot figure out a way to do this. For example, if I have the following image: How do I re-color the inner edges? ...
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Unwanted blobs at the end of Adobe Illustrator calligraphy brush strokes

I am currently inking a pencil sketch scanned into my computer and placed in a layer on an Adobe illustrator file. I am using a 3pt calligraphic brush with the size variation set to pressure 3pt. The ...
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Fish scale type pattern using blend and custom brush tool

I'm trying follow this tutorial to create the leaf pattern.(Scroll down to see step 7. SO won't allow me to post more than 2 links). I created the lines using blend tool, and created the brush and ...
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How to distribute large amount of icons in Illustrator?

I want to make a design where there will be a lot of randomly placed icons. A few of them will be a different color to visually form the shade of some large object. Kind of like this effect, but ...
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Resizing all objects in a layer using Illustrator CS5

IN SUMMARY...MANUALLY all I need to do is ...select all...change width or height depending on which side is longer and constrain THAT'S IT >.<....SOUNDS SIMPLE RIGHT? THE QUESTION IS THIS....Am I ...
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inaccuracy using pathfinder “substraction” in illustrator 2015 CC

I've a problem using Illustrator 2015 CC pathfinder tool (substraction). I've a black round shape and a vector logo in white. I just want to substract the logo from the round shape. The problem is ...
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Do plugins/scripts exist for roughening paths in Illustrator?

I would like to know if any plugins or scripts that exist beyond using Illustrator's Effect > Distort > Roughen ? Illustrator only comes with a single roughening algorithm, and I'm trying to explore ...
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Illustrator - Shape outlines show through on other shapes

I started getting a weird issue where outlines of shapes that are behind other shapes are showing through. I tested if it happens in a new document and it doesn't, so it must be something strange ...
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Vertical flipped line exported as SVG shows coords “flipped”?

I have a line created in Illustrator. This line have some small curves. Im animating (revealing) this line with an animation library. My issue is: In Illustrator I flipped the line vertical and when ...
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Animating an Illustrator Line in After Effects

I'm trying to animate a coiled-up looking line into a more relaxed loose looking line. I figured out how to do this in AfterEffects (I opened the Path 1 option and was able to move individual points)....
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Align .svg images of heads so they will all mix and match with a set of bodies

A wonderful woman made me a set of animal heads and animal bodies that will all interchange however when she saved them they are sort of all over the place. I've asked her if she can save them so ...
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Center icon in a transparent square for SVG export

I have a file with many art boards within, each has an icon. I've exported all the icons in to there own .ai file and now I want them all to be exported as SVG's centered in a square so they are all ...
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How to convert greyscale to alpha in Illustrator?

I have a scanned image I converted to outlines in Illustrator. To do that, I have used the greyscale option, which gave me a decent result. What I need to do now is to convert the greyscale values to ...
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Problem with cutting angles using white objects

So I am very new to Illustrator, as in I started using the program 4 days ago. I've been creating a logo for a business card (for a class project), and Im running into some problems that I don't know ...
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How to tile a pattern in Illustrator?

I have joined two same sized rounded rectangles creating 90 degrees. Then I made 45 degrees guide and copied figure so they both can be on the same guide. Then using a blend tool I evenly ...
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SVG image not displaying CSS base-64 data URL encoded fonts in Illustrator

I'm dynamically generating an SVG that includes text and a font using an embedded base-64 font-face with this method: How do I embed Google Web Fonts into an SVG? <defs> <style> ...
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How can I join a path to a compound shape in Illustrator?

I'm struggling to join the compound shape and path I have created in Illustrator. My usual click and hope in the pathfinder dialog is not working. See attached screenshots. The selected path is blue, ...
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why a just opened AI file need to be saved before closing without doing any changes?

I am working in a very regular AI file, it have no variables or any external links. each time I open that file in illustrator, I see an asterisk beside its name tab in my workspace, which mean the ...
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How to anchor text to bottom-right of container?

When I use the Type tool in Illustrator, text automatically flows from the top-left: Is it possible to have the text flow from the bottom-right instead, like this (Illustrator CC 2014)? The ...
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Illustrator opacity rendering on artboard vs. white objects

I recently stumbled on something curious: the white of the artboard and the white of white objects in Illustrator act quite vastly differently on translucent objects on top of them. For example, this ...
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can't work out the Minus Front

I'm supposed to have a result like the picture on the left when I click minus front but all I'm getting is like the picture on the right. Help is very much appreciated.
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How do i place a 16bit bit image into Adobe Illustrator without it converting it to 8bit?

How do i place a 16bit bit image into Adobe Illustrator without it converting it to 8bit? i have "Googled" all over the web, but i cant find anything on changing color depth of a AI file to 16bit ...
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Transforming 3rd-party discrete gradient mesh to AI's smooth gradient-mesh

The problem I use pst-solides3d (part of pstricks bundle for LaTeX) to generate the following surface. The surface is not a mesh, but a collection of disjoint quadrilateral patches, each with a ...
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Uniform Scaling a Grouped Object, Shapes Move Out of Place or Distort. How can I fix this?

Here's my problem: I'm using Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 and I'm trying to scale a grouped object uniformly or proportionately but the shapes that make up the object move out of place. Here's what I'm ...