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How do I colorize text with eyedropper?

If I have a text that I want to have the same color as an object I can't select the text and then use the eyedropper tool to get the color from a (for example) rectangle. The text will get the Fill ...
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Does Photoshop scale better than Illustrator?

Is it advisable to scale a raster image in Photoshop to the final size before embedding it in Illustrator or does Illustrator use the same bicubic algorithm as Photoshop when (up)scaling pixel images? ...
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How do I achieve an “old” distressed poster effect in Illustrator, Photoshop or Pixelmator?

I am looking to create some graphics that look like modernism vintage style. Examples here: Any thoughts here?
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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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Illustrator: Why do layers and sublayers sometimes have different colors?

Not sure if it matters, but before I make some mistake that will cause a lot of work to correct afterwards: Why are some sublayers not colored like the partent-layer (see screenshot)? Are they somehow ...
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Is it possible to automate font substitution in Illustrator CS5?

I'm creating a custom PDF catalog by grabbing pages from other companies PDFs (I do have permission to do so) but I'm having problems though because I do not have the same fonts installed on my ...
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How to add multiple strokes aligned 'outside' to a type layer in Illustrator CS6?

Trying to do something which seems so simple and failing badly. I have created a simple Type layer. I need to add two strokes to the layer. But I would like the stroke to be on the outside of the ...
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How to quickly setup a gradient mesh for annulus-like shapes in AI?

I usually encounter annulus-like shapes such as the one shown below: I want to create a gradient mesh out of this array of discrete patches. However, Adobe Illustrator can only create rectangular ...
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How can I create cartoon green grass for covering a sphere?

I've searched a lot about how to create grass for a sphere. I analyzed some pictures from different games. I can copy what I've found but it's important to know the methods because here I have a ...
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Transforming some, but not all, objects in a group using Illustrator?

I don't know how to ask this question in general form so I will begin with an example. I would like to scale (and/or resize) the orange rectangle, but keep the two blue squares (1) the same size, and ...
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Illustrator image viewed at 100% is “tiny”

I'm a web developer and I love Photoshop but unfortunately I have some design mock-ups sent over to me in Illustrator. When I viewed the document at 100% the text isn't even legible on my monitor. At ...
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In Illustrator how can I set X and Y relative to the pixel grid?

When I use Illustrator CS5 on another machine, all objects X and Y are relative to their artboard, not the overall pixel grid (by pixel grid I mean the entire screen). How can I change this so the X ...
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How can I resize this object without distorting it in Illustrator?

How can I resize such items without changing the curvature at edges? You know, I don't want the half-circles at the extremes to become half-elipses. thanks
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Illustrator CS4: when I select an object with the Selection tool, and try and move it, it copies it instead [closed]

This is in a file originally created in version and installation of Illustrator CS4. I have a simple text item with one character in it. Alternately, I pick a drawn element, doesn't matter. I have ...
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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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In Illustrator is it possible to take apart a Smart Object?

In IllustratorCC is it possible to take apart a Smart Object? I had a client send me a logo from another artist to update (former artist is no longer available to answer). I need to take apart the ...
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how can I insert a placeholder in Illustrator

how can I insert a placeholder image in Illustrator, the way it can be replaced by an external real image file.
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Live Trace VS Image Trace

I want to create a sphere with green grass texture , I searched and I wanted to use this method to create grass texture , but as we know , In Illustrator CC 2014 , instead of Live trace ,there is ...
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How can I add Patterns and colors in the same folder in color swatch panel in Illustrator?

How can I add Patterns and colors in the same folder in color swatch panel in Illustrator? What I need to do is recoloring to switch between color scheme that contain pattern in it
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create custom gradients in illustrator using patterns

I am new to Illustrator and currently fiddling with some of the more advanced options. I would like to know if it is possible to create custom gradients using patterns in the swatches window that ...
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Illustrator artwork present but not showing on layer?

I'm editing an existing AI file - a hexagon shape that shows with some scratches over it. However, I've removed every single object on the current layer except the hexagon shape. I can't figure out ...
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Toggling Bounding Box and Transform Controls in Illustrator

I apologize if this has been covered a thousand times, but I'm new to AI and I don't even know the technical terms of these things to find anything in Google, I've been trying. When you select an ...
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How can I automate importing images into Illustrator and exporting artwork?

How can I automate importing images into Illustrator and exporting my final artwork? say, like a magazine that have the same title in thew same place and a cover image to be replaced in every issue?
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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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Best way to export a vector logo from Illustrator to Photoshop for printing?

I have a vector logo (eps-file) that needs to be exported to an A4-flyer created in Photoshop for printing (as a PDF). What is the best way to export the logo to Photoshop at the appropriate size ...
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Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator CC - Colors are inverted

I am trying to follow this tutorial on how to create Digital Version of a signature. In the Video he clicks on Trace Options, and then clicks Ignore white, before doing a a Live Trace to vectorize the ...
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How do I mix rounded and squared caps in a single path in Illustrator?

How could I mix rounded and square caps in one single path in Illustrator? For example, I need to make a rounded cap on the starting point and a square one on its end? See the screen capture ...
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Illustrator Colour Wheel Settings: How to change the color wheel settings to show a full spectrum?

The Colour Wheel in the Edit Colors Dialogue Box (see image) is patches of colours instead of a smooth spectrum. I'm looking to change the settings so that I get the smooth spectrum. How can I do ...
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Is there something in Illustrator that resembles tabs/tab-stops in MS Word?

I'm using Illustrator (CS5) to create a menu for a restaurant. In a word doc, I have a tab at the end of a textcolumn. It's a 'right'-aligned tabstop. So my text resembles this: food ...
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How can i smooth out 3D edges in Illustrator?

As you can see the lens has fuzzy/distorted edges towards the top. Any way i can smooth this out in Illustrator 3D? Its only there after i add the 3D effect.
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Placing illustrator logos in Indesign retains artboard dimensions (dead space around actual logo)

My I need to export Print+Web versions of logos in several formats currently arranged in artboards but whenever I - save as... EPS - [tick "Use Artboards"] ... the resulting files when placed in ...
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How to Activate and deactivate the RTL features in AI and PS CC 2014

how to get access to all Arabic / Hebrew language features in the last updated Adobe products 2014.1 specially Illustrator.
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I really need a bit of help with the objects on my screen and they way they are arranged.

so that's what i'm doing....the tech blue lines are 1 object and the rest of the cube is the 2nd object....what i want to do is bring those tech lines and arrange them in such a way that its below ...
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How do I give text an offset path in Illustrator?

Okay, I am just trying out the offset path effect for a custom font. I followed this tutorial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU2wDdLNTdE I tried doing the same, typed a word and expanded it,then ...
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I created files AI files using adobe creative cloud. How can I open .eps files in AI CS6?

I created a bunch of files using Adobe Creative Cloud, saved files in both .ai and .eps, but have since decided switch to AI CS6. I am able to open the .ai file versions without a problem, but when ...
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Align text in center of circle vertically without creating outlines?

How do I vertically center text in a circle or box in Illustrator? If I choose the "Vertically Align Center" in the align palette to align the text in the center of my circle object, it's not in the ...
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Web Design to Tablet Design

Me and my colleague have just completed designing a very complex web interface. However, we need to move on to design the tablet interface. Is there a way for us to scale down the designs to fit the ...
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Way to make graphics on a convex car window appear straight?

I'm designing a vinyl decal to cover the whole back window of a Jeep Cherokee. I got the dimensions from corner to corner, but when it was printed there was a massive 'rainbow' curvature of ...
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How can I modify the width of only the last segment of a path?

Is it possible to make the last segment a different width? Something like this? I was thinking endcaps, but I want it to stretch to the second last to the last anchor point. I want something like ...
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Illustrator 18 Bounding Box

I just downloaded the new CC Illustrator and the bounding box works on everything except when i draw a square. I have turned the bounding box option on and off and restarted. The bounding box works on ...
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checkerboard draw behind in Illustrator

Is there a way to create a quick checkerboard pattern that can used to draw behind a shape? I can use the Rectangle Grid to make a normal grid to do this but when I create a checkerboard shape the ...
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Mysterious line next to shape after saving for web in Illustrator

So I have got the .ai file from our designer and I have to save it to a specific size to then be used on a website. I have aligned all shapes to pixel raster (not sure if this is required) and I have ...
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Customize strikethrough in Illustrator?

When you apply strikethrough or underline to text in Illustrator you can't define the color or weight of that line. Is there an easy way to do this? Maybe using an effect and saving that as a style?
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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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Pull apart pie chart slices in Illustrator but retain stroke

I have a pie chart created using Illustrator CC's Pie Graph Tool: I want to separate the slices to create a gap in-between. I see that this has been asked and answered before, but the answer ...
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How to create a full circle vector that its fill/stroke color changes along the path? [duplicate]

I would like to know how to color change a stroke in Illustrator or Photoshop like the Q in the picture:
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A clean way to remove gradient mesh in Illustrator?

Does anyone know if it is possible to remove a gradient mesh from an object in Illustrator without producing a distorted/inaccurate outline? Adobe documentation as well as most online resources I ...
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Can I directly select colors on selected points in Illustrator's gradient slider?

As you can see in this image, I want to select those colors and use them in gradient effects. Right now, I first select one color and copy the hex code, then paste it in the gradient. Can I ...