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Long Shadow Effect in SVG for Web

Basically I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to efficiently get a long shadow effect with an SVG: Example Image My three ideas on how this might be possible: Hella detailed gradient map, ...
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Illustrator CC zoom accuracy

As a former CAD draftsman I always found the snap function in Illustrator very inaccurate. But now in AI CC I find it even more inaccurate. Am I the only one? Is there something one can do in order ...
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Why is Illustrator 10 moving my letters and outlines when I open a file?

I have a file that was originally created in CorelDrawX5 as both a dwg and pdf. I have opened both in Illustrator CS6 and they work fine. I then saved it as an eps and ai for my supplier to work ...
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How do I match up Adobe's color profile to Apple's?

Why is there such a difference in the editing view & save preview views? I am using Adobe Illustrator CS6 for Mac OS X. Color Settings: North America General Purpose 2 Profile: sRGB Export ...
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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 ...
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Losing Transparency when placing an item in illustrator

I've never had this problem before. I'm saving my images in Photoshop with no background. But when I place them into Illustrator they have a white background. I've tried it as a Tiff, Png, PSD, and ...
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Help needed with special variable data creation in Illustrator

I am trying to create a variable data Illustrator file but with a catch, I have to create multiple points of data on one artboard. I am using a template with 36 identical shapes, and I'm trying to ...
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Adobe Illustrator Appearance Panel: Where Did My Effects Go?

Granted I'm new to Adobe Illustrator I'm having trouble figuring out the appearance panel. Namely when I add an effect, I can't seem to select the right selection again to get it to come back up on ...
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Illustrator - How to rearrange cut 3d paths align accurately after a cut in the original 3d path

Desired Effect: To achieve 3d paths circling around one another like twisted wires/ribbons (eg: 's' over 's' reflected). I drew two 2d paths one over the other with overlapping sections -> ...
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Illustrator giving two values for ppi for a linked raster image, only when rotated?

I am trying to place this raster logo supplied by a client on a large format template (this being a raster logo of some text in Arial is a separate issue). In Photoshop, the image is showing at ...
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How to create an array of circles within a circle

I'm looking to place exactly 750 filled circles in a random array within a circular shape, essentially a static version of this infographic: ...
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How can I Curve my premade logo vector, around a circle in illustrator cs5?

Hi i want to curve my logo-text vector around A circle, like this: With this (my logo): But my logo is a premade vector, not text file, so each letter is its own SHAPE/Path or whatever you call ...
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Export Artboards to separate PDFs (Illustrator)

I was wondering if there's a way in Illustrator CC to export artworks containing multiple artboards, to multiple single-paged .pdf files, as Illustrator already does for images like .jpg files. EDIT: ...
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Specify CSS class names on SVG paths using Illustrator

Is there a way to edit SVG files in Illustrator where you can specify a CSS class for each path? I already know in Illustrator that if you give the layer name an actual name, Illustrator will use ...
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How to create a polyline in illustrator, with each edge a different color?

I have a sequence of thick segments of different colors, which overlap at the end points. It looks like this: I would like it to look more like a single path, like so (note the change in the ...
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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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Can Adobe Illustrator export hidden sublayers as svg group with attribute display=“none”?

Inkscape can do that, but I've been told Illustrator is not able to export nested layers (sublayers) with attribute display="none". Is this true? If so, how can I have all my hidden sublayers be ...
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Best way for 3D perspective in Illustrator

Before I begin, please keep in mind that my end is to make svg files for the web and I'm using Illustrator CS6. I'm wondering if there is a better to rotate my graphic so that it looks like it is ...
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Colours consistently change in Illustrator the moment I deselect an object

While working with a file I noticed that the moment I imported my Illustrator file into Photoshop it changed our company colour #ff5522 to a different orange-red variable. Considering ...
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How to extract vector filename from .ai files

I have a lot of .ai files. Each .ai file contains a lot of vectors, each vector comes as a file (eps/ai) which has been downloaded from Shutterstock-like websites. We've lost all these eps/ai vector ...
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Drawing to a specific reference point, ala Sketchup

In Sketchup when making a line termination you can reference some other point by hovering over it, then when you shift-click to draw your straight line, its bottom will be aligned with the reference ...
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Placing text inside of a Text shape

I know that there has been a similar question to this in the past titled "Placing text inside shapes" but I have followed the recommended steps and it is when I get to the stage that it mentions ...
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How to make the Fill tool match the Swatch color in Illustrator CC 2014?

When adding color to an object in Illustrator CC 2014 using a preloaded swatch, there seems to be some loss in accuracy. If I select the object itself (after adding the swatch color), the object is ...
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Pie Chart Border Grouping

I've recently been using Illustrator for data driven visualizations. I came across a graphic and had a question about how to achieve an effect. I've included an example graphic for reference. If you ...
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The tool section won't show

I am trying to make the tool section pop up so i can click the tool and select rectangle or oval but it doesn't let me i tryed double clicking and shortcuts but it wont help (im not talking about the ...
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Photoshop Actions: How to import multiple vector files into PS, then export such files as different names, via an action?

All, I am looking to solve the following production problem using a photoshop (or Illustrator) action: The problem in a nutshell: My production team is constantly exporting files with different ...
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Importing psd file into Illustrator with error message

I've CS3 and created a file on my laptop. I was able to place the transparent psd file into my Illustrator file without any problem. Now that I have a new desktop, when I open the saved file in ...
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How can I add a live corner to a corner in Illustrator?

For some reason only some corners have the live corner tool available. Is there a way to add it to the corners that don't?
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Does anybody knows how to recreate this hansje van halem op art artwork?

She seems to work in non-digital, but I was wondering if there is a to make such work in Adobe Illustrator?
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How to make graphics that can NOT be Traced on illustrator?

We are making a website for graphic designers to sell there work to fashion designers. However the problem is that if we showcase there work, it can simply be copied and traced on illustrator. I want ...
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How to create vector from raster images in Adobe CC 2014?

I am new to Illustrator and have a simple task of changing the color of a tab.png file. I would either like to re-create the file to maintain quality of the image or just change the colors of the ...
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Why exporting an EPS file to PNG from Illustrator gives a different result than with Photoshop?

I have a logo in EPS format (size: 338x50 pixel). When I convert it to PNG (Size: 169x25) from Illustrator the output is pixelated. If I convert the same image from Photoshop, the PNG output is much ...
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How to align an existing point text to any drawn path in Adobe Illustrator

I need a tool, tip, or any plugin in Illustrator to allow me to align an existing point text, or even any text area, to any already-drawn path so I don't have to retype it again using the "type on a ...
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Lines in Pattern Object

I'm creating a custom seamless pattern in illustrator. I've set the blue outline of the box so it fits over my artboard. I get lines in the bottom of my image, and it repeats. I have no idea where ...
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Illustrator changes colors over several days?

I'm working on a web project from a few days ago and every time I open the Illustrator to continue working following day, the colors went much darker. And the colors that I didn't touched from the ...
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Icons for ios app in illustrator… how to automate the export and naming of slices for different resolutions

So I have an artboard with a load of icons at 44px, individually sliced using the slice tool. Now I can export them using save-for-web dialogue and I get them all at 44px. I want to export them at ...
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Illustrator CC - Creating a good outline

I'm having trouble finding the best way to create an outline of an object. To be more specific I have a photograph of a car and I would like to create a smooth outline of the chassis so that the ...
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Attempting to segment a rounded rectangle after path adjustment

I'm teaching myself illustrator and I'm attempting to draw a worm. I have created a rounded rectangle, added extra anchor points and adjusted the anchor points so my rectangle is now a rippled line ...
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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: 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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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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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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Exporting crisp Android icons in Photoshop/Illustrator

Both Photoshop(layer shapes) and Illustrator(vectors) are terrible at making crisp Android assets when I save out. Can anyone lend a hand how to make crisp items at multiple sizes without doing it by ...
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Adobe-illustrator: Soft-Cut group into two parts

I'm trying to cut a group of layers into two pieces, but I don't want a clear cut but the pieces should overlap and have a gradient-like border. Can I do this with a opacity-mask? Every time I export ...
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determine the area of colours used in a design

We do design work using illustrator. Pricing is based on the percentage of the area that is printed versus the non printed area. Is there a way or tool that can determine that for me?
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Defining a brush with a non-straight graphic as the base in Illustrator

I have designed a dragon but it isn't completely round so I am thinking to use it on brush definition and add this dragon on a circle stroke. It should be easy if the dragon were straight but it ...
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How do I convert B&W penciled book drawings to Illustrator colored drawings?

I have an opportunity with an author, but I want to see if I can even deliver first, if I were to take it. The author needs her current black and white drawings to be in color for a book she is ...
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Why Does SVG Automatically Center Itself?

I recently converted my logo from PNG to SVG. The sizes of the images are identical, however, the SVG version seems to want to automatically center itself. You can view the PNG of my logo at ...