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Illustrator CS6: Change artboard size / final saved file dimensions to match bounds of content

Consider the following two images: The second image is my desired result: the artboard dimensions perfectly match the layer/selection/content. However, I had to resize the artboard manually. Is ...
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Importing spreadsheet data as layers into Adobe Illustrator

I have a spreadsheet with a TON of content that I need to import to layers via Illustrator. I have several columns that need to be imported for some business cards. So for instance name, email, phone, ...
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Help dealing with heavy Illustrator file

I’ve created a repeat square that uses rasterised vector illustrations, the reason being that placing all the illustrations without rasterising into a repeat square will make the file massive (1gb +) ...
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Illustrator: creating two colour-wheel-like objects out of 23 circles/discs

So what I'm trying to do is make 23 circles in the same style as the image below, but in two concentric rings instead of one big one. The circles should be the same size and also arranged in a ...
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Pressure-sensitive freehand drawing of vector paths that are editable with the Illustrator Width tool?

In illustrator, you can do pressure-sensitive drawing with the Blob Brush tool (if you set Width to Pressure in the settings from double-clicking the icon). You can also fine-tune the widths of paths ...
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Merging 3 separately coloured shapes in Illustrator

I'm having an issue with combining/merging 3 separately coloured shapes into one. My goal is to create one shape (The letter C) while keeping the separate colour segments. (None of the shapes overlap ...
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Brush tool that only moves points in Illustrator?

Is there a tool similar to the warp tool but only to move points without smoothing lines? The nearest example would be the soft vertex selection tool found in 3D programs. A shape is modified within ...
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how continue a path from one point by using pen tools in illustrator?

I use pen tool to draw around of shapes in my sketch in illustrator , during drawing I do wrong and the path is closed , I want to continue from one point of this path but I don't know how do it ...
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How to create a brush same as the real pen tip in illustrator?

I have a graphic tablet and I need to create two brushes for calligraphy in Adobe illustrator. So I need to create the following brushes: A brush gives the same font of the a real pen such as ...
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Can you re-number the order of artboards in Illustrator CS4?

I use illustrator with multiple artboards to design website layouts. Often I start at the beggining (what I think is the beggining at the time) and get 15 pages deep. Then I realize that I need to add ...
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How to bend shapes into letters in illustrator

I'm trying to reproduce this: I have sort of got it by redrawing with the pen but it isn't what I think I should be doing and it isn't as smooth. I think I can do better by trying to learn to bend ...
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Repeatingly increase an object size with certain amount of px

Fairly new to AI, certainly to scripting. I'm trying to recreate this poster: The problem I'm having is that I want to automate the creation of the large amount of circles. I want to record an ...
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Retina Display Coordinates in Illustrator

Making masking rectangle for the pattern in Illustrator I should insert the central coordinates of shapes in 4 angles of the pattern and I have coordinates numbers like 45.401px, however when I insert ...
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Is the blend tool in Illustrator random?

The reason I ask is because I (feel) as if I'm making the same sequences of clicks between two shapes and I get several different blends each time. Example attached below. Thanks for your time.
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Scale Multiple Paths According to Single Part Dimensions

How can one scale both a rectangle and a circle--both being selected--so that the circle is scaled appropriately according to what I want to specify the rectangle's width to be?
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Creating graphics for Android/iOS/Mobile Devices

I've created icons many times now with tons of great information I've learned here at GraphicDesign StackkExchange. Now, I'm finally putting together my first real application that will go public on ...
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How do draw 3D arrows?

I'm using Illustrator CS2 to create some graphics. In one of my graphics I'd like to use a "3D" arrow lying on the ground as shown in the following example: I want to draw arrows just like in the ...
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Semi-Opaque Graphics Appear Black When Saved to PDF from Adobe Illustrator

I am working in Illustrator CC with a CMYK file that has lines stroked with black at an opacity of 10%. When I save this image to a .pdf, the strokes turn pure black instead of being transparent. Why ...
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How do you extract a color from a gradient in Illustrator?

I want to grab one of the colors from a gradient, and turn it into a solid color swatch. Update Just to be precise, I want to get the color of one of the 'nodes' in the gradient. So if a a ...
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Creating PDF/A conform files with Adobe Illustrator

I need to create PDF/A conform files of technical drawings with Adobe Illustrator. Are there any presets for saving PDF/A files? Or do I need Adobe Acrobat Pro for this?
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Pattern filling uneditable

I've created some pattern in CS6 (object->pattern->make) and filled with that pattern some square. I've deleted the source elements from the file but I still can edit the elements is pattern edition ...
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How do I add arrowheads without increasing the apparent length of a line?

Arrowheads are by default added to the end of a line, which means that the length of the line plus arrowhead is longer than the length of the line alone. This is annoying when I carefully clipped the ...
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How can I create SVG clipping masks?

I want to take a circle that has a blue border and a picture inside, and clip the picture so it fits inside the circle nicely. I'd prefer to use very small files, perhaps cut down in sprites. Once I ...
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Change Illustrator artboard grid from 8x8 to 10x10?

Only 8x8? How do I make the artboard from 8x8 grid to a 10x10 grid?
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Tightly fit / arrange / organise multiple objects within a selected shape without overlap [duplicate]

I am trying to fit a bunch of objects (outlined letters) into a simple large shape. I have randomly resized and randomly rotated them as shown in fig below on left side. Eventually my aim is to fit ...
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How to go about making a 3D icon for Android App Icon

The android design guidelines say that "Use a distinct silhouette. Three-dimensional, front view, with a slight perspective as if viewed from above, so that users perceive some depth." I am still ...
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Illustrator CS5 brick pattern with perspective

I created a curving arrow shape that starts wide at the bottom and thins out near the top where the point is. I also created a brick pattern swatch but when I apply it to the shape it appears like the ...
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Can I round the corners of a shape that has curves in Illustrator?

I have a simple shape in Illustrator that has two curved edges, two straight edges, and four sharp corners: I want to round off the sharp corners a bit like so (kinda sorta approximated by the ...
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How to smooth it out/add curves less jagged edges and illustrator

I am working on a trademark that utilizes a leaf. I translated the leaf into a vector shape but need to remove all of the jagged edges and make it smooth. Any suggestions?
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Illustrator Split Words around TextWrap without Hyphen

I did some research for the text wrap that I am trying to achieve, as seen here: As you can see in the image, the text is justified (Paragraph Option), and words are split up without hyphens. ...
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How to use the 3-D scale/rotate tool to create depth in Illustrator? [duplicate]

I've a very simple rectangular shape that has been filled with a hexagon texture. I'm looking to create a sense of depth by keeping the lowermost row of the hexagons largest while transforming the top ...
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Export objects to separate files in Illustrator

Is there a way to export objects to separate files in Illustrator? The output I want is AI or vector files, not raster images. The objects are not on separate artboards, and I am looking for a ...
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Create some Stroke from expanded shape

I created some shape using 6 pixels stroke (no fill), then I expanded it and get the desired shape. Later, I need the same shape with thinner lines, but resizing does not work well for it. So, the ...
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How to create an ornamental mesh structure in Illustrator for laser cutting?

I'd like to have the mesh design here … … fleshed out a bit so I can make a perforated strip/plate like this … … in such a way that I can cut pieces out while retaining the precisely placed ...
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Overlapping objects still show object underneath in Illustrator [duplicate]

I am having issues with objects overlapping. If I create a red rectangle in Illustrator, then copy it, and paste it directly on top of itself and change it to white, I get a red outline, even though ...
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How to clip multiple shapes in one shape in illustrator?

I want to achieve this in illustrator but the solution I see is CTRL+7 which work only for one shape... In photoshop, you just need you clip as many as you want...
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How can I export an image from Illustrator image at multiple sizes?

I am new to Adobe Illustrator and I have a logo image which I need to use in 5 or 6 different sizes. The logo image was created in Adobe Illustrator, but when I try to save the image to PNG or JPEG ...
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Illustrator - Cutting a shape inside a grouped object

I have a grouped object in illustrator and I want to cut out a circle-shaped hole out of the grouped object. So I draw the circle over the grouped object and: If I try to select the grouped object ...
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Illustrator: Disabling random layer colors?

Creating new layers automatically assigns random layer colors in the Layers Panel. Is there any workaround for having new layers assigned the same color (e.g. Red)?
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3D Revolve, but spaced out in a segment style in Illustrator

I'm trying to revolve a 2D shape so that the final 3D shape has a segmented style. See below: http://img.alexblundell.com/up/c5693a8d4351fd0c498c8919a2a3e43b.png I'm sure there's an automated way ...
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How to create the illusion of depth with repeating patterns? [duplicate]

How do I create perspective with repeating patterns? I am very much a beginner level, as noted by my first attempt to create a illustration in illustrator. However, my attempt has provided me with ...
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How can I turn my old tablet PC into a Cintiq-like pen tablet?

I've been searching on internet but with no success... I have a old Fujitsu ST5020D Wacom Penabled tablet pc. As you know, a 1ghz Celeron + 256MB RAM wouldn't fill my needs as working on Adobe Master ...
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Can I globally change colors in an SVG using illustrator?

I have an SVG graphic in illustrator. I want to replace colors, everywhere in the illustration, with different ones. Could I operate the color swatch to make the change? I'm looking for a global ...
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How do I stop Illustrator from snapping to pixel increments?

I am working in Illustrator 15.0.2 (CS5) and when I try to move objects small distances, they snap to the nearest two pixels on some invisible grid. I can't find anything in the preferences. Here are ...
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Is there a way to imitate a pencil or pen in illustrator?

I'm working with illustrations and I realized that it's easier to draw lines in Illustrator and combine them in Photoshop with other effects and textures. The problem is that I cannot find a way to ...
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When using the blend tool in Illustrator, I get large white patches

So I made one path, then another. Opened Blend, set to Specified Steps, and then applied it to the paths. With straight paths, all was well. But with curved ones, I have large white patches where ...
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Illustrator: Resize Artboard With Objects Inside

I've been looking everywhere, and cannot find my answer so I wanted to ask here. I know how to re-size my artboard in Illustrator and all that, but I cannot get my artboard to re-size with objects ...
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Exporting from flash to illustrator

I am very new to this, so forgive me. I have a movie in flash, which is some scene that has 2 moving animation in it. I need to take each individual inner movie(a man, and a dog animations, which ...
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Select the top anchor points of an rectangle in illustrator using direction tool

Am trying to create a triangle in illustrator so i created rectangle of 170 by 165px's after that i has to select the top two corners using Direct select tool for make the object as triangle by ...
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How to keep an image sharp when Downsizing and Saving for Web & Devices in Illustrator

I am saving my image for a website and downsizing it by 100 px. When I decrease the size just a bit it looses its sharpness. How can I maintain that?