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Objects in Illustrator doesn't align perfectly

When working on logo design projects, there are some things in Illustrator that doesn't work perfectly. For example, when I need to make rectangle and then put in rounded rectangle and then aling to ...
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Save Preset Selections of Visible Layers, to be accessed later via control panel

So this is basically me searching for a specialized feature I just hope Illustrator has, or finding a helpful alternative. The project I'm working on requires multiple combinations of many different ...
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How do I use the width tool and brushes in Illustrator?

I am following this tutorial on Custom Lettering In one of the steps, it says " Using the Brush Tool (B), with the “Basic” brush; use the Width Tool (Shift+W) to adjust the width of our new path" I ...
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Can we change the text align without moving the position of an object in illustrator?

Is there such an option we can turn on so when we change the text align of an text object the position of this object will not move in Illustrator?
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Adobe Illustrator Does Not Allow Me to Snap to Pixel

Illustrator CS5 on Windows 7. I have an artboard where I keep trying to move anchors onto even-pixel points and they keep moving back to odd numbers. E.g. I have these two anchor points on a path: ...
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Adobe Illustrator Save For Web SVG becomes empty

Windows 7, AI CS5 I have several artboards with different versions of a logo on them that I'm trying to save as an .svg file. ctrl+shift+alt+s to save for web. Active artboard's logo shows up in ...
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(Illustrator) Why do the colors change when I “Save for Web” by using an action?

If I Save for Web in Illustrator, there is a very slight color change, which is to be expected. However, when I create a "Save for Web" action and apply it instead of directly using Save for Web, the ...
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Maintaining correct line thickness and small dots seem mutually exclusive in Illustrator's Image Trace

I am attempting to use Image Trace to vectorise an illustration drawn with technical pens. The drawing has variable line thicknesses, which I want to preserve as accurately as possible, but also small ...
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How can I create WORKING gears in Illustrator?

I cannot seem to get this right.. I want to create 2 gears that work together. I can create gears, but I cannot seem to figure out the math needed to make them uniform, or where they work together. ...
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How to delete the intersecting part of two objects?

As you can see in my image there are two circles kept on the hexagon. I want to know how do I delete the intersecting part of circle and hexagon which i marked in yellow ovals..??
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How can I create a circular separation effect with gradient in Illustrator?

I want to create effect similar to below image in illustrator..How can i do it.. I think i can make it through pathfinder but i am unable to produce
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Illustrator curved line not so “pixel perfect”

As you can see in the image below, my curved lines inside the circle are not so "pixel perfect" like the outer circle, what can I do? I did these curved lines using Path Finder: triangle + circle + 3 ...
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Is my logo that I made with Adobe Illustrator already a vector file when saved as .ai?

I have designed a logo in Adobe CS5.1 Illustrator using the ellipse tool to create shapes, filled with colour and then added my type. The file is saved as .ai. Is it automatically a vector image?
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How can I create a circle fill effect similar to a halftone in Illustrator?

I am sort of new to graphic design and need some help on how to recreate this "screen" or "mesh" looking effect for a T-shirt. I have tried setting this area to gray, using color halftone, and ...
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Illustrator changes stroke direction (bug?)

I'm making something in Adobe Illustrator CS6 that has a stroke with 'charcoal - feather' as brush definition. This gives the shape a asymmetrical, sketchy/smudgy look. To improve the look of the ...
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Outlined illustrator poster appears to have degraded font

I made a poster in AIllustrator for a scientific conference and was told by the printer to outline it before converting to pdf for printing. I was looking through the outlined and regular pdf and it ...
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How to exclude hidden shapes when saving to SVG

Im trying to save icons out to SVG format, one at a time, but from one document. what i mean is, i have all my icons laid out in one document, and once i am ready to save them, i will move the icon i ...
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How do you rescale images with exact dimensions in Adobe illustrator

I have a rectangle art-board. I am trying to place 3 identical vector graphics in different colors onto the board. I want them to be scaled, spaced apart evenly. I can't seem to find the rescale ...
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Create a 2D posable stick man in Illustrator

I need to design some aide memoir cards for a martial arts club, to help people learn the forms (kata - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kata). These are to consist of a series of stick men in the ...
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Illustrator rotational transformation is imperfect

So I created a simple hexagon using the polygon tool. When applying a 30° (360 / 6 / 2) rotation (to change its orientation) the anchor points are off by something what looks like a floating point ...
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How can I get area text inside this RV logo path on Illustrator? [closed]

So i'm trying to fill in this RV logo with text so it can turn out to be a typography like logo that has the RV outline.
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How do you design typefaces? [closed]

Hi Everyone I am working with a client and he wants me to design handwritten typefaces. I tried it with mouse but it is hard to do with mouse. Any idea of how do you do such task?
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Knife paths using grid overlay

I have a complex layer of paths with a stroke effect. I also have a grid on a layer on top. I now need to knife paths where ever a grid line crosses it. I've played around with divide and crop but ...
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Why does it seem Photoshop is the common answer to icon design instead of Illustrator?

Icons are usually needed in a variety of sizes, so I don't understand why I always hear/see everyone using Photoshop for their icons. Probably I'm exposing my PS ignorance with this question, but ...
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What causes Illustrator to lose Exactitude?

See below image, then read on... Previously this circle was 76 pixels diameter. I changed it to 64 by manually entering it into the W: container, then tabbed, expecting 64 to appear in the H: ...
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How do I make an incomplete circle stroke for a donut chart?

I'm trying to emulate this type of stroke: So far, I've only been able to pen over the stroke and try to Minus it off (though I'm a rookie and still don't understand the whole pathfinder tool ...
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Joining 2 shapes together in Illustrator. and removing a section while having rounded corners. Illustraor newbie

How do I join these 2 shapes together, and then remove the line in the roof? keeping the 2 shapes nicely joined so I can easily round corners. Seems very tricky!
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Programmin in Illustrator

Real simple question. Hope you have something to offer. How can I get the full potential of Illustrator through manipulating it programmatically. Is there some kind of add on or hidden feature? Let's ...
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Photoshop skills are not great [duplicate]

I'm a entry-level graphic designer. My skills in Illustrator and Indesign are pretty strong but my skills in Photoshop are not great and I have no drawing skills either. Will this affect my career?
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Fastest way to custom design a race course map?

Here's a decent example of what I'm trying to do - a print version of something like this: I need to pick-and-choose which crossroads and street labels to show, add custom icons, plot the actual ...
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How can I envelope distort a circle into a polygon?

I have square layer, containing a circular image surrounded by white, and I need to envelope distort just the circle into a polygon shape. When I do Envelope Distort > Make with Top Object, however, ...
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Creating Voronoi diagram from Adobe Illustrator CC

I have some artwork in Adobe Illustrator CC that I want to use to create a voronoi diagram from. You can see what a voronoi diagram looks like here: Link I would like to use the points on my ...
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Is CMYK mode not ideal for designs with blending mode?

I just notice it now as I am new to illustrator. When I am in RGB mode, blending transparency seems to be easier as mode such as screen, multiply or overlay looks good naturally. If I switch the ...
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CMYK and RGB transparency [duplicate]

I mainly studied Illustrator to use it in T-Shirt custom design. Now, I have this problem. According to the tutorials that I see. When working on print jobs, I should use CMYK mode rather than RGB. ...
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how to prepare a vector shape thats similar to a Perforated vinyl but with bigger sizes [example more than 1m x 1m]

My boss has asked me to prepare a design thats similar to that of a perforated vinyl... in other words its a "holey" type of shape... lots of holes... problem is everytime i try to prepare a design ...
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Adobe Illustrator Zoom around selected, not to screen centre?

Command (Cntrl) and = gives zoom in, in Adobe Illustrator. Is there a way to set it so that it zooms to the selected object rather than the centre of the screen?
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Noisy Gradient Effect [duplicate]

What techniques are out there that allow you to create a gradient like the ones pictured above? Is this a product of a specific brush set? Or is there some type of Noise Manipulation / Gradient ...
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Resizing png without pixelation

I have a png that I need to resize to different sizes. Would it work for me to paste it in illustrator, use its auto vectorizing tool to vectorize it, and then resize it?
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What is the best format I can export or save a logo in for print and web?

I have created a logo in Illustrator. In which file format / document settings should I save it so I can use it for creating a card in InDesign (print) and for placing it in a website?
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How to bypass “Illustrator Options” screen when saving a document in Illustrator?

When saving my work in Illustrator, I always have to click OK in some "Illustrator Options" screen. Is there a way to bypass/remove/deactivate this screen? That would save me thousands of clicks per ...
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How to create a uniformly distributed dashed plot in a scatter graph in Adobe Illustrator CS4

In Illustrator CS4 I have a scatter graph with four data sets. Now I want to use dashed and dotted patterns. However the dashes are not distributed uniformly over a plot. Click here to see a PDF ...
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How to change the color of the artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

It is practically impossible to edit a white illustration on the default white artboard background. Hiding the artboard makes the whole work area receive the artboard's white color. Is there a way ...
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How to break apart text in individual words or letters in Illustrator cs6?

Hi all does anybody know how to break text in words or letters. So that they can be editable individually as text not Path ?
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In Illustrator, possible to apply one layer to another?

I have the following: where the text "Panning" is on one layer, and the rectangular grey mask that covers it is on a different layer. I was wondering, is it possible that I can somehow apply the ...
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Illustrator: Dividing a stroke/brush from a selected place

I just created a simple object with custom brush as a stroke. Is there a way to divide that stroke in a way that I can choose where the new brush ends and another starts - still surrounding the ...
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How do I export multiple different sized artboards to PDF in Adobe Illustrator?

I have a file with multiple artboards of varying sizes. When I print to PDF, I usually get just the size of the first artboard, the rest are either cropped or have a white border around them. Any ...
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How to create doodles/sketches similar to those on Dropbox home page?

I am new in design, and recently I have been given a task where I have to create images like the ones present on dropbox.com home page. I am not sure what is the correct way of creating those ...
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Aligning three circle intersection equally

I am having trouble aligning my objects and I just rely on my eye to have them aligned. What I really want is to have the three "red" intersection to be equal in size Please see image below. I ...
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Typing on a path but retain the path itself

I am currently trying out typing on a path and I seem not to do what I want. Is there an option where I could retain the path itself? I notice that typing on a path removes the path in preview mode. ...
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Dimension difference between Illustrator and Photoshop CS5 jpegs

I've saved a two-colour Illustrator graphic as a jpeg, 600px width. Then opened it in Photoshop, where it opened at a width of 1270px. Easily rectified, I know, but why would Photoshop open a file ...