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Can I Set Pixel Preview as the Default view when opening files in Illustrator CC?

Sorry if this has been asked, i googled for quite a bit and i actually couldnt find much of anything about pixel preview. I'm trying to open a couple hundred files in illustrator at once, and using ...
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How to preview an Illustrator document at different rasterized sizes?

I'm designing a favicon in Illustrator and I'd like to see what it would look like in pixels at 128px and 16px as I'm working on it. Is this possible? Edit Found the answer - posted below.
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Automatically joining multiple line segments in Illustrator

I have pst-solides3d generated an ellipse. For some reason, the ellipse does not appear to be a single path in Illustrator, but rather multiple disjoint line segments. See below. I have exaggerated ...
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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 automatically generate a text variable for each text box in my illustrator file

I have a big file with hundreds of images and texts. I need to export all the texts in order to send them to the translator. I know I can do it with the variables, but its still a long process because ...
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How to extend line off side of shape?

Is there an easy way to extend lines off the side of the shape, with perfectly the same angle as the edge of the shape. Without having to zoom in as far as possible and just eye it. I feel like there ...
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Illustrator: Selecting all objects across x axis

Ok so I got this huge document, about 1.5 x 1.2 metters and because I was working a little bit fast the aligning of some elements wasn't pixel perfect but is more or less accurate. Now that I've ...
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How to make a logo where a letter is made of particles of varying sizes?

How can I make a logo in Adobe Illustrator like the AntiParticle logo below, from http://www.graphicdesigninspiration.net/2012/08/15/70-awesome-logo-designs-for-your-inspiration/? It is a large ...
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Design Help-Creating a circular repeating pattern in Illustrator CS6

Years ago as part of a school project to create a calendar, I made several retro patterns in Illustrator to use as backgrounds. I did all this by hand because I wasn't super familiar with Illustrator ...
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how to drop shadow on illustrator stroke only

How do I just drop shadow on stroke like the rectangle in the picture?
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How to distort a grid object into a tapered shape, like a trash basket icon?

I want to do this: The bin just above I think this tool is well designed for this purpose : But after few hours of trying, i still don't know how I can tighten the bottom to make it look like a ...
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When i export an illustrator picture/file

when I want to save a illustrator cs5 document to print after i export it as png but when I am ready to export it previews the document and it's not a full page size, it shows the document in the ...
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What are these white outlines in patterns in the .pdf I exported from Illustrator?

I am using pattern in illustrator in separated layer of course and some text areas and line texts in another layer... when I save the file to a PDF format I got a very bad result as seen as the ...
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Move, resize and repeat

what I try to achieve is a succession of circles smaller in smaller from one position to another. I first draw a big circle (right on the picture) and duplicate it, translate it to the left and ...
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Distribute objects along a path in Illustrator

Using Adobe Illustrator, how can I evenly distribute a group of objects along an arc?
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Spot colors changing to black in PDF and Ai file but not EPS

In preview the Ai files shows black. If I open the Ai file the colors are displayed correctly but in a PDF they are totally black. Does anyone know what's going on?
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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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Good practice to resize a PNG aiming to act as smartphones' SplashScreen

I own a PNG (640x1136), that I want to resize in order to fit all the smartphone screens. I have Photoshop and illustrator. I opened Photoshop, right-clicked on the PNG, and select "Edit Contents", ...
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How do I create text bullets in illustrator?

Is there a way to create text bullets in illustrator? I'm trying to mimic or recreate something done in PowerPoint. I think I know how to manually create the character (•), but was hoping there was ...
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Helvetica Font from Mac to Windows

Im currently using mac os and the font for illustrator is set to Helvetica. However, my colleague uses Windows and he dosen't have helvetica. Will my design consisting of helvetica font change when my ...
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Illustrator document to Photoshop - Preserve Layers?

Is it possible to import a Illustrator document into Photoshop and keep the layers - we need to supply a multi layered document to a client in this way asap... We have tried exporting the doc as a ...
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How can I add new points to an existing path?

I've drawn a path with the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator. I did some other work, but now I want to extend the path with more points. How can I continue drawing the path where if I click off of the ...
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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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Adobe Illustrator save png image

I have created 9 images with 2500x1500 resolution using illustrator and saved it as png for my game, it shows 10-20kb each of them but while the game is running they are 100mb in ram , I know that ...
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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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Is there option to fit square to artboard size in Illustrator?

I constantly create square background which I should adjust to artboard size. Almost every time I miss one or two pixels (Retina is good for that), so I looked for one-click feature "click object to ...
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Is it possible to realize this particular type of radial gradient in AI?

I came across a LaTeX package called pst-slpe. It is part of the PSTricks bundle for generating ps graphics in LaTeX. A particular type or gradient, called radslope (or radslopes) is defined in this ...
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Will a white box in the lower layer cause overprinting issues?

Adobe Illustrator CS6 After setting the document dimension and bleed, I realised that the default white artboard won't go into the bleed region (5mm), and that remains as grey. So, almost out of OCD, ...
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Is it possible to make a gradient follow a path in Illustrator?

If you take this image: Is it possible to make a gradient in Illustrator that follows that path? I made something similar (just not with a single path, but with the pen tool) and I want to have ...
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Placing text inside shapes

This may be a silly question but... Im pretty new to Illustrator and I have the number 12 and i need to type text inside each number without it going outside the lines of the numbers. How do I do ...
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My SVG file shows as a blank icon on the desktop

I'm a new at the web design and I'm not sure if I've done right thing while saving my icon as svg file. Here's the thing - I got an outline icon and when I save it as svg with options shown in ...
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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 can I reduce the aliasing that occurs around my custom icon web font when it is scaled?

I am trying to make my own icons and embed them in a custom Web font. For that, I'm using Illustrator & Icomoon. I design the icons in a 14x14px square, then I create my Web font using Icomoon ...
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Illustrator: How to drag-and-select intersecting anchor points?

The following scenario is a bit simplified, but it does explain what I need to do. What I want to do is select points 1 and 2 on the purple path in order to move them. If I use the Direct ...
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How to control variable width of line in Illustrator

I want to make specific part of a path wider. Width tool (cs5) gives me unwanted results on the rest of the path. Brushes do not offer control for bulge positions on long swirly paths. Even ...
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Illustrator: how to fill space between 2 shapes

I have drawn this in illustrator: It's just a circle and a hand drawn line with the paint brush tool on top of each other. How do I go about filling in on of the two halves with a color? Many ...
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Working with low res images Illustrator

I have to create a 4-banner wide roll-up design, but all I have to work with is a 1500px wide image. If I resize this, so it fits the banners, it becomes, logically, very pixelated. I have taken a ...
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How to find a Pantone Color in Illustrator?

I have a project which needs to be done in Pantone 18-2140 Carbaret color and I have no idea how to find it in illustrator. I went through all color books :( I would really appreciate your help. ...
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Illustrator default Layer thumbnail

Can (Adobe) Illustrator set default layer thumbnail size? Every new document, I need to click "Panel options..." to change layer's thumbnail size bigger.
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Illustrator - set stroke colour of multiple objects as respective fill colours

I have traced a photo in Illustrator, resulting in a complicated vector image with 20 colours. I would like to add a stroke to all of the shapes in the image and set the stroke colour to be the same ...
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What logotype files should i give to a FASHION client? & what thickness of logo elements is minimal?

I made a Logotype for my client, who is designing a casual leather fashion. I know that a similar question was asked allready, but I have to add something more, because this logotype goes not only ...
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Using slice tool on an entire artboard

I'm trying to make a 4 panel graphic presentation for one of those table-top convention displays so I made a new file with the right resolutions, bleeds etc set. I also made it 4 artboards in 4 ...
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How do I vectorize an image (bmp) of text to resemble actual text?

I have .bmp of some text that needs to be vectorized, when I use image trace it comes out horrible and doesn't look like the text. If I knew what font they used I would just use the font and vector ...
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What techniques used in this triangulation low poly tutorial

This low poly tutorial made using illustrator shows how the artist rapidly uses eyedropper and pen tool to draw and fill triangles. You can see that he ain't adjusting the triangles and still can ...
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Text SVG losing formatting and glyphs when export from illustrator

I am exporting SVG from illustrator and the text with special characters is falling apart with special characters. Is there a way to do this correctly? This is what it should look like This is ...
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Setting an Illustrator file to 120ppi

So I need to make some panels for one of those 4-panel stand-up convention displays and the template specs they gave me are clear about the bleed/trim and basic stuff, but it says "Resolution must be ...
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how to change the marked area of ai file

I have an AI file, which contains a logo, but if I want to convert the file into pdf format, it selects only a part of the logo (in the middle of the logo graphics there is a white box), what do I ...
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question about color printing on plastic bottle

Hello to all the graphic design professionals out there, I was wondering if you could share your experience on color printing on plastic bottles. (like this material) I am struggling because I ...
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Illustrator gradient turns grey when saved as pdf

I'm working on a project where I want to add a gradient over the bottom of a picture so it fades to the background. However, when I save the file to PDF, the gradient gets a grey color, not the black ...