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perspective pattern on object in illustrator

Currently I am working om a project were I need to make a pattern in perspective on an object. For this I used Envelope distort -> make with top object. For each side I made a seperate envelope ...
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Adobe Illustrator Pathfinder Outline problem

How to make same steps as mentioned in tutorial? First picture is mine other are from tutorial I made shape and the graph with brush then Pathfinder + Outline, but it's just blank.
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How to combine multiple Illustrator files into one PDF

So for my work I use a combination of photoshop, illustrator, visio, excel, and other things to make pictures and diagrams. I then want to combine them into one large pdf. Combining multiple files to ...
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Illustrator question. How do I cut a section out of a circle, without leaving 2 lines going to the centre

When I use the "Start Angle" tool to cut a circle, Illustrator draws the radius lines to the centre. I just want a space cut from the circle, without leaving a "Pacman" Shape.
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Create a PDF in illustrator with links to pages [duplicate]

Is it possible to create a multi-page PDF using Adobe Illustrator with various elements on a page linked to other pages in same PDF? The purpose is, we want to output semi-interactive prototypes with ...
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How to trim overlaping object?

I want to cut only the part outside, I tried with pathfinder clicking everything, but it didn't work.
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Changing Color of Path Guides in Illustrator

Not sure if "path" is the right term here... I'm trying to change the color of the outline in Illustrator when using the pen tool. My border is set to black and the background of the artboard is white ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Share a path among several objects

I'm relatively new to Illustrator, and I'm really hoping there's a way to combine a single path with several objects at once in Adobe Illustrator. Let's imagine recreating the ying-yang sign. My ...
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Unsharp PNG logo on website

I've an issue I've been struggelig with a while now. I've made a logo with Illustrator CC 2015 for my new website. The issue is that on most Windows computers, the logo looks unsharp, while on Macs it ...
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Is there a tool that converts Adobe Illustrator's 3D Rotate effect to SVG or CSS transforms?

I'd like to export a graphic as SVG, and it contains text that has a 3D Rotate effect applied to it. Saving as SVG this expands my text to outlines :( I'd like it instead to output <text> ...
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Nesting Paths for Vector Artwork in Illustrator

Good day! Just wanted to ask designers for tips on how to speed up my workflow when creating the following: Example 1: When creating wrapped effects for paths on top of another, i have to add anchor ...
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Illustrator CC Snap to Grid with Pen Tool Not Working Correctly

This is my first time using Illustrator CC and I'm just trying to draw some simple shapes with the pen tool and snap to grid turned on. It's a bit hard to see the grid in the image, but I've zoomed ...
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Printing full scale problem on Mac

Sorry guys, I have a printing problem, both with PDF and with preview. I'm not able print in full scale my document, even if I check if the file has the right size and if I did not set margins. It ...
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Layering silhouette using Illustrator/Photoshop [closed]

How does one attain this type silhouetting using layers and the laso tool? My intention is to have a different background photo. ...
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How can I optimize the resolution of my type? [closed]

Sometimes when I go to print, my text will either come out immaculate and sharp and sometimes it will come out little fuzzy, almost as though it was bitmap. I know the printer has the capability of ...
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Setting up A5 landscape brochure layout in Illustrator - HOW?

I have an 8 page brochure to design but I'm using Illustrator instead of InDesign (don't know my way around indesign). How do I arrange the artboards? Do I have the artboards seperately? Do I have ...
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How do I combine a group of circles and open paths to make one shape in Illustrator CS6? [duplicate]

I am trying to create a clubs symbol for some cards I am designing, but I do not know how to combine closed shapes with open paths. I know how to use pathfinder to combine closed shapes but that does ...
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how to make inner shadows on objects?

I'm trying to make some real life shadows of depth on some designs. I've attached some examples of another artist's works that illustrate the effect I'm trying to achieve in Illustrator CS6 Okay ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Slicing is not precise

How to slice elements in Adobe Illustrator precisely using the slicing tool? There is a few method to create slices, few of them: Object > Slicing cut > Create from guide lines Object > Slicing ...
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How can I cut text out of a svg in illustrator?

I'm not sure this is described well, but suppose I use the shape tool and create a square with a fill of Black. Now I take the text tool and create the word "test" in the square, then convert it to ...
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How to leave a gap between two objects [Illustrator] [duplicate]

So for a while now I've been wondering how to put a gap between two objects like in the example given. , , between the wings and shield, there is an even gap. Is there a short cut or do I have to go ...
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Illustrator: Why is the “expand” function greyed out on my trace I just made?

Why is the "expand" function greyed out on my trace I just made? Was an image of maize grains that I converted into 4 colours. So although very complex, only 4 different colours.
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Image from photoshop has a different black background. I deleted the background

I've gotten an image off the internet. I pasted into Photoshop and deleted the background saved it as a psd and placed it into my Illustrator doc. The Illustrator file has a black background. When I ...
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Connecting joints in illustrator (polygon and triangle)

I am trying to connect two shapes at their intersecting points so that whatever the size of the image, it will still retain its proportions. Currently I am facing these issues: When I combine these ...
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RMOS Consultancy logo design Problem? [closed]

Problem with logo design: doesn't scale down well I need some advice/opinions on the attached logo and what my designer should have done to make it scaleable. It looks fine at high resolution and ...
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Help With Vector Images

I'm having some trouble with a vector image I downloaded from shutterstock. I'm trying to lasercut a Christmas present for my cousin. I need to be able to get an outline of the vector image (it's ...
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when save illustrator to pdf file the precision of transparency part decreased

I created my figures using Matlab. And then using illustrator to modify the details of the figure. But when I save the ai file to pdf file, and open it with adobe acrobat pro, the transparency part ...
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numbers not working properly in Axt Arabic fonts on illustrator cc 2015 [closed]

I am working on Adobe illustrator cc 2015. I'm using arabic fonts most probably Axt Fonts & Font 001 - Font 401. When I used the same in Illustrator CS5, I don't have any problem. Now in CC ...
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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 paint 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 ...
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How to make layer from object immediately in illustrator cc? [closed]

I was wondered if I can make a layer from selected object in illustrator directly? instead of creating a new layer then grab the 'path' from the previous layer to make it a new layer. any shortcut ...
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How to get a non pixelated illustration upload to social media (mostly FB)? [duplicate]

Intro: I'm not a GD, but bear with me. I've been doing digital illustrations for a while and never had an issue with posting them anywhere, until this year. I keep getting all my illustrations sort ...
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How do i make the first of two strokes on text transparent so it shows through the bottom stroke layer?

I was wondering if it's possible to put a double stroke on text so that the inner stroke makes it transparent and you can see the background. Basically it will be a solid text, then an outline which ...
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Gap between two shapes when removing stroke in combined shapes

This problem has been bugging me for a while now. I'm drawing two simple shapes (a circle and a curve), I'm drawing these with only a stroke to see the shapes: Then I'm using the shape builder tool ...
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Drawing a shadow in illustrator cc [closed]

I am new to graphics design . I am struggling with some issues . I solved some issues by searing in youtube and google . I have searched about drawing a shadow but failed to find it . I know here in ...
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Issue brush stroke with texture has different colour in Adobe Illustrator CC [closed]

Yesterday I had some issue with Adobe Illustrator CC that didn't want to open, then I reinstalled it today. But when I was going to make use of it, I noticed that brushes with custom textures (pencil ...
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Imperfect overlay Illustrator

I'm trying to perfectly overlap two images, one complementary of the other, but apperas a white stripe in the conjunction of the path, all points are perfectly aligned how can I fix?
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Illustrator timelapse

I was wondering how to make illustrator workflow time lapse ? (e.g. Something like this). Right now I just take screen shot after each step and then stitch together. It is very time consuming and ...
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Illustrator Action - resizing a rectangle

Many, many times a day I have to add .5 to the width and length of a clipping mask to add bleed for printing. I really want to make this a key stroke or at least a action button. so I can click on the ...
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Adobe Illustrator - prevent U or curly shape strokes filling some space [duplicate]

I am new in adobe illustrator and basically i'm learning from anything i can find on the internet. The issue i am having is when I use calligraphic brush with width set to pressure. It annoys me a ...
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How to join two paths with one closed and other open as shown in image

I want to join the two above paths as one without getting them ruined, with pathfinder tool i tried but it disappears the straight line.
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Illustrator: Quick way of removing redundant anchor points after unifying shapes?

Except for manually removing redundant anchor points that gets added when unifying two or more objects, is there a quicker operation to wipe in-between anchor points? EDIT: To complement ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Merging Objects and Deleting the Area Inbetween

I have made a dart board on AI using elipse tool with 5 layers. Now I would like to clean the white areas to make white areas transparent but if I remove them the circular shape compeletely removes. ...
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How to add a stroke property or animate the fill path of an svg?

I've been using a combination of Illustrator, Sketch, Inkscape, and Peter Collingridge's svg-editor to create and manipulate SVG's, but I've been running into a few issues. I am trying to create a ...
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How do I maintain visual crispness in a small (50x50) logo?

I'm not sure whether it's due to antialiasing or something else, but the logo and Twitter icon on my site look blurry, especially on mobile: http://scarletstringstudios.com/ The logo source was a ...
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Transparency explained

Excuse my ignorance, but could you briefly explain what it means to "maintain (or not) Transparency" in Photoshop when placing it in another program like InDesign?
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“Keylines” Layer not appearing in PDF

I have an Illustrator document that has a layer called "keylines" showing some folding lines/design details. It looks like the following: When I save the document as a PDF, however, these lines do ...
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How to make a multicolored spiral in Illustrator? [duplicate]

I have this stroke that is a spiral. But one color is not enough, I need more like ten colors. I would like that colors change like in the picture below (try to imagine without the dots). Mesh tool ...
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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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Illustrator warp effect not editable

I am having a problem with effects in Illustrator CS4. I applied a warp effect to a path. Normally, when I want to modify the warp effect, I go to my Appearance panel and click on the Warp: Arc link. ...