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How make rulers relate with grid somehow in Illustrator?

How to make rulers and grid show the same coordinates and units? Currently it shows absolute delirium for me:
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Illustrator's background and artboard became transparent

Hey apparently illustrator has a less known feature to hide artboard and background. I accidentally activated this with some keyboard shortcut. How do I go back to the normal view?
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How can I create a tight spiral shape? (Archimedean spiral)

I'm trying to create something similar to this example: What tool should I use, or is it just squares and circles attached together? Great if you know a tutorial for this effect.
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How to get Text to follow semicircular path, read left to right and oriented counterclockwise

I'm using adobe illustrator, and I'm trying to get the text to orient from left to right(counterclockwise) and not upside down but I cannot get it to do that on the path I've created. Im pretty ...
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How to create this effect with lines in Photoshop or Illustrator?

I am trying to recreate this artwork in Photoshop. I am not sure how to create the lines moving toward the tool nor how to create the lighter color around the tool. How would I do this?
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How to raster vectors (AI) into 1bit tif in 2000dpi

I need to raster files 1m x 0,70m to 1-bit TIFF. Pretty much home RIPing. AI CS 5.5 only goes until aprox. 500dpi and PS renders vector-PDFs or AIs in 406 dpi max. Then you have to resize x5 to get ...
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How to save a symbol or graphic style in Illustrator? [duplicate]

I designed a link button in Illustrator, much like the ask question button here. Since I am new to all this, I have difficulties creating just the perfect shape every time, so I want to save that ...
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Can I just save files as a PDF from Illustrator?

I use illustrator a lot and I'm always exporting PDFs. Since the PDF is a "save as" rather than an export, I end up editing the PDF and saving out. This causes version conflicts. Could I just work in ...
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How to create a global style? (like drop shadow)

I have created multiple objects, while testing I applied a drop shadow style on one object and its looking very good. Now I want to apply the same style to all other objects (around 20). Is there any ...
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How to bind the endpoint of a line to a rectangle/circle in Illustrator?

I am a beginner user of Illustrator and I like it a lot. I also like to make concept maps like this one: I was wondering if there is a possibility to easily create and modify concept maps ? The ...
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Illustrator: undo/redo for zooming

Let's say I have View 1 as shown below. Now, I zoom into part of View 1 and then arrive to View 2. I am doing some fine editing and then I want to go back to exactly View 1. Then I notice that I ...
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Export vectors from Illustrator and trim out extra canvas to use in Latex

Is there a way to save an Illustrator file as pdf without the canvas? Somehow, when I save as pdf I always end up having the "whole" canvas saved with it. In contrary, when I export to, lets say png, ...
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How to apply different colours to each letter in a word in Adobe Illustrator

I am looking for a method to fill multiple colours to different letters in a word without removing the outline / expanding the type?
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Creating a PDF file with variables

Is there a way to prepare a PDF file in any of the programs in the Adobe Creative Suit, making a part of it change with input from the user? For example, you make an invitation template. You make the ...
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Is there a quick way to prep an illustrator file with tons of strokes and fills for screen printing

I needs to look like it looks here with three different pics for screen printing. Is there any way to do this quickly or do I have to do it manually?
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How do I cut out strokes from a shape in illustrator

I have a bunch of lines that go behind the layer of a mountain that I have created and I would like to cut them out. Proving to be impossible right now with the pathfinder tool. Any suggestions?
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Set default colors of line graph in illustrator?

Is there a way to set the default colors of the lines and points in line graphs in Illustrator CS 5? I'm having to create 75+ line graphs and it would be nice to have the colors default to my ...
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Illustrator: All objects in same layer (or in sublayers)

I need sometimes re-edit Illustrator files made by somebody else and i have noticed that all objects are in same layer and it's sublayers. Elements might be also combined with each others (texts are ...
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Is it possible to show symbol grid in Illustrator?

If I turn on grid inside symbol, then it has no relation with symbol's coordinates and it's registration point, which is at zero. So I can't use snap-to-grid function correctly. How to ...
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Merging separate paths in Illustrator

I have several circles that are set at type none color and 0.01 black stroke. They're all currently in paths (except two I made into compound paths). I want to know how to remove the stroke from the ...
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Cut a complex path at an intersection in Illustrator

I'm playing with a celtic knot work shape, which means that I want to split a path which crosses itself at that intersection. How do I tell it what segment I want to split? It's one path but ...
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How do you change the color of the line that Text is drawn on?

In Illustrator I used the Type on path tool and typed a word on a black drawn line. I have change the style of the brush the line is using and now I want to change the color of the line. The text ...
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While copying text, why more than just the highlighted text is copied? [closed]

This is a very minor thing but very annoying. I am using Adobe Illustrator CC (Windows 7 station) to create cosmetic labels. They have, of course, a lot of copy. The copy is set on area type boxes. ...
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How to duplicate circles increasing their size in Illustrator?

I want to copy a circle and re-size it at the same time, then do Ctrl-D several times to imitate the behavior and end up having circles with increasing diameter. I don't want it to scale the new ...
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Illustrator: How to accurately align shapes

i didn't really use Illustrator before, but i'm having troubles with some basic things such as aligning shapes together accurately. I'm using this auto-snap feature to align things but it's never ...
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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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Select dots on image and modify the color of some of them

I make a dotted map just like the one on the image below. I am using Illustrator and Photoshop. How can I select and re-color some of the dots on this image?
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Designing Large banners in illustrator cs4 [duplicate]

I am designibg a banner 6' by 4' at what resolution should an image 2' by 3.5' I would like to use be?
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How do I map Illustrator artwork on a sphere?

I am looking for help with creating spherical map similar to provided in picture: the 6 parts spherical map image setup (bent): I want to put together a promotional balloon vinyl,and I want to ...
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Saving as SVG in illustrator gives me an error

I'm getting an error when I view my illustrator doc. error on line 33308 at column 20: Namespace prefix inkscape for connector-curvature on path is not defined My illustrator document is ...
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How to scale arc corners to be equal?

I'm trying to duplicate and scale a rectangle I created with arc corners to create a series of thinner lines inside. The problem is when I start scaling the lines the arcs don't equally line up with ...
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When i open an image the brushes are not there? [duplicate]

I was going to try to do the line art of one of my drawings on adobe illustrator, but when i open the file the brushes are not there. There's only the basic brush and i can't reduce its size. I've ...
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Illustrator cannot add stroke to path

Can someone tell me why i cannot add a stroke to the selected path? I have opened the file multiple times/copied and pasted the paths and tried to change the color and weight of the stroke. I ...
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How reliable are the colour blindness previews in Illustrator and Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator have options to preview what artwork will look like to people with red/green colour blindness (protanopia and duteranopia). How reliable are these previews? For ...
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Adobe Illustrator script to duplicate objects and change its color

Basically I needed to build colour charts for a huge number of colour in my colour palette. I have a group of elements which consists of solid fills, gradients, text, stroke...etc and everything here ...
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Color panel in CMYK instead of RGB

I want RGB colors to be displayed in the shape color panel, but instead the CMYK colors are displayed. Did not find any way to change it... but obviously there should be one. Or probably the colors ...
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Saving a shape with a pattern to SVG

I have a complex shape (world map) that is filled with a pattern. The pattern is derived from a single symbol. This symbol was created from another SVG file that may have been created with Inkscape. ...
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Straightening out jagged edges after live trace

I'm trying to smooth out the edges of a low res jpeg download after I take it in to live trace and use the b&w preset. Is there a better way than using the anchor point tool?
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Illustrator moves anything I select [closed]

Whenever I select an object by clicking on it in Illustrator CS6, the second I move my mouse it moves the object. Is there a way around this? I just need to select an object and then change it's color ...
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Animation of entire project in Illustrator

Is there a way to make an animation of an entire Illustrator project from start to finish? I don't want to screen capture movie (as if it were a tutorial), nor do I want "my current view" of the ...
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What is the best way to resize things in illustrator?

I am working with this "complicated" ilustrated cat character in Illustrator. The problem is that I worked and modified what I needed to modify and now I have to resize this cat and I stumbled into a ...
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How to determine exact contrast ratio

Because of the recent Web accessibility Law in my region, I need to ensure I'm designing with an appropriate contrast ratio. WCAG says the value of this ratio is 4.5:1 ...
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How to fill in areas surrounded by line segments?

I have a rectangular shape and I added an "extension area" to it with several line segments and closed it back to the rectangle. Specifically, I clicked on an anchor point off a corner of the ...
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Illustrator: Getting solid color values from transparency?

I created a logo in illustrator and after much experimentation, settled with a design which the client approved. The problem is, some shapes have a transparency of 60% which looks amazing on white ...
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Illustrator - Using an RGB transparency mask in a CMYK file

My file is CMYK, but it has a Link to an RGB PSD file as a transparency mask. The file renders properly in illustrator (the preview), but whenever I try to export to any other format, the colors are ...
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How do you erase only part of an imported “placed” image in Illustrator?

I have drawn an image in Illustrator and am working on drawing a second and unrelated image. Part of the new project requires another clip-art image I drew previously. I "placed" the older image into ...
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Smart Objects NOT properly displayed once pasted in Photoshop CS6

everyone... I've been experiencing this little issue for the last 2 days and I have no idea why is this suddenly happening. The thing is that I'm used to copy any object/path and then paste it into a ...
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Why does the paint brush style revert back to the old setting the moment I start painting?

In Adobe Illustrator I've changed the pain brush style to something else, (this happens with stroke size too) but the moment I start trying to paint the settings revert back to what they were before I ...
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From Freehand to Illustrator CS6

What is the best way to convert a file from freehand to Illustrator CS6? I tried different methods: Illustrator 7: Go to an old computer open the freehand file and export as Illustrator 7. Then ...
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Remove texture in illustrator

I'd like to remove the texture from a logo I made. I'm not sure how to attach the AI file, but here is a screenshot of what the logo looks like. I've tried going into the Appearance panel, but ...