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How to squeeze an outlined character?

I have a text I transformed into outlines and now I would like to squeeze some characters (an "O" and a "D" specifically), so that they become less rounded, more rectangular. If I try to resize them, ...
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How to crop the rectangle effect in the appearance panel

How can I crop a dynamic rectangle effect so that the outsides of the rectangle don't show outside a certain fill? please have a look of the appearance panel The desired effect: The reason not ...
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How to auto fill dates while doing a calendar?

I want to make a useful calendar in AI. Thus far I have made 12 columns, which each stand for a month, and around 31 boxes in each with days and weekdays listed. There has to be a box because I want ...
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Is there way to convert a PSD or Illustrator file to PowerPoint?

I got a bunch of PSD and Illustrator files and my boss wants that ability to edit the information in the files without having to ask me to do it. This would be more like editing just the text, there ...
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How do I straighten a curved line in Illustrator and maintain its length?

How would I take this line and straighten it in illustrator without losing any of its length (Like if you held pulled a thread tight by both ends.)
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How to achieve pixel perfect curves with Photoshop CS6?

Coming from a mobile development background, I have recently decided to learn how to design for mobile apps. I am not yet decided which tool I should use. I don't hold much knowledge in Illustrator ...
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What is wireframe-esque design style called? Is it made solely with pen tool?

Wondering what this wireframe like designing style is called. I've seen it for years but never really felt the urge to ask. I also wish to know if it is made solely with the pen tool in ps/ai or if it ...
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Smooth rounded boxes in Illustrator and path end angles

I'm new to Illustrator but have a decent background in Photoshop and After Effects. Anyway, I've spent a good amount of time creating this logo in Illustrator and am unhappy with the results. It's ...
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How get high clear-cut favicon from illustrator vector logo?

When I import vector image to the photoshop from illustrator and try downsampling it with turned on option "Bicubic sharper (best for reduction)". But Photoshop still provides its interpolations and ...
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Glisten shine in illustrator

Thanks for suggesting as i am not pro in illustrator but still try to use flare tool & create this glisten effect.Am I doing it right??
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Can I assign custom keystrokes in Illustrator CC?

I would like to assign my own keystrokes to certain buttons that don't have a keyboard shortcut. For example I could have alt V press the align vertical button so i don't have to click it with my ...
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Is there an easier way to distress graphics in illustrator?

Recently I've been getting a lot of work with T-shirts and they ask me to distress t-shirts. This is a simple matter if the graphic is only one color, but occasionally I will get a graphic that's 4 or ...
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Unconventional Crop In Illustrator

I need to crop this image in such a way that the space below "submit your picture here!" is taken out, because I'm going to use that space for a "choose file" form on my website. I tried creating a ...
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distort curved shape to fit on curved shape

I've read a lot of other answers and tried for hours but I can't get this circle shape to look right on this flag shape i think it's because the circle is a curve and so is the flag. If anyone has ...
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How do I find out what color mode an image is in Illustrator?

I am using one image. I just want to know in which format it is: CMYK or RGB? How do I find this out in Illustrator?
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How to create a page template of solid and dotted lines for handwriting practice?

I am looking to make a tear off children's handbook for writing practice of words. I wanted to know how make "dotted lines" or "four lines" template that is to the standards of what child handbooks ...
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Possible to perfectly centre rotation point to art board in Illustrator CC

I'd like to centre the point of rotation to the dead centre of the art board. Is this possible
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Can I explode a transformed object in Illustrator?

I created a circle in illustrator. To create an array, I added Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. The problem is, now I want the array of circles to be individual objects. Is it ...
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How to remove an inner section from a path bounded section?

I have the following image in Illustrator: Inside the wheel I want to put a white hole. How? Wheel is bounded by path.
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illustrator - fill pattern does not translate with bounding box

I have an EPS file of an imshow() plot that I generated from MATLAB using https://github.com/altmany/export_fig I didn't have this problem before, but now when I open the heatmap plot in illustrator ...
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Placed image doesn't show when saving as PDF

I am using Illustrator 17.1.0 to prepare some scientific figures. I have two layers: the bottom one has some placed PDF figures and the top one has annotations. When saving this as a PDF, the placed ...
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Is there a way in Illustrator to “snap” open paths to a curve or detect when they are not?

We are working on projects that are basically all open paths. However, we run into the following situation a lot: If we change the shape of one curve, all other paths that had "intersected" are now ...
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How to Achieve this Effect

Hello, im a really big fan of the illustrations of yoga, i would like to create something similar to this. What makes it pop out? Thank you.
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How to stop Adobe Illustrator's minus front Pathfinder command from altering sizes?

I am trying to use minus front on a grouping of objects (object 1) that I want to cut out of object 2. But when I click minus front, it actually changes half the group shapes. Any idea why? I've never ...
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Illustrator: IImage Trace -Not able to release after editing

This is the image I am trying to trace and I have gotten to the second stage after erasing the outside and unwanted stuff, . Now I went to try get it back to normal but as you can see the image trace ...
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Shrinking or expanding object with retaining it's original shape

First of all, I am sorry, but I don't even know how to address this question properly. It's best illustrated by pictures below. So question is: Is there some way, in any graphic program (both vector, ...
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Illustrator - Large Vector File to Print at A0

I have created large vector drawings for A0 printing - each file has thousands of vectors at different transparencies. The largest file is 270mb when saved as an editable pdf. I have not compressed ...
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Separate each letter of a text to its own layer

I feel like there is a simple solution but I can't find it basically what the title says. I select the text and select release to layers (sequence) and nothing happens or just creates a new layer ...
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How do I scale up an image in Illustrator to a normal size?

I have an image in Illustrator that I've made, but I made it at 2500% zoom. How do I scale the image back up so that it is normal size when it's at 100% zoom? Or at the very least, how do I export it ...
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How to mask in Illustrator then use in After Affects aswell

I am trying to do this tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z58VpFg30k. Basically it has a circle and uses a mask to create holes in it and animate it. I was wondering if I could import circles ...
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Illustrator equivalent to Photoshop's skew tool

In Photoshop the skew tool allows you to move each corner of the object being skewed independently. Is there an equivalent in Illustrator? Envelope distort seems overkill and harder to achieve the ...
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How can I easily move multiple artboards in Illustrator?

All artboards in my current project are organized according to page and iteration. As I'm adding more and more, I've come to the edge of the workable area in Illustrator. I'd rather not break my ...
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How to click and drag select objects?

I don't have any experience with Illustrator and am trying to modify a file. There are a bunch of text objects (something like two dozen) and I simply want to select all of them without shift-clicking ...
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InDesign ignores Illustrator artboard?

When placing a *.ai in InDesign, InDesign auto-crops the frame if part of the Illustrator artboard is empty. Even if I outline the Illustrator artboard with a no-stroke, no-fill rectangle, InDesign ...
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Copy & Pasting from Photoshop to Illustrator loses transparency

I often run into this issue. I'm creating a file in Photoshop with masked layers etc. I want to make the final output available for some mock-ups in Illustrator, so I rasterize the layers and marquee ...
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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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Quick color panel in Illustrator

I've been working with Adobe Illustrator for over 2 years now and I really love this program. I'd want to know if it's possible to create a window (just like pathfinder, layers etc.) with my favorite ...
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How do I make objects created with transform effect into an actual object?

Say, you apply transform as an effect and make a bunch of rotated copies of an object. Now those copies are an effect and if you center the object it will only center the original object and not the ...
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Matte effect in illustrator [closed]

I'm new to graphic design. Does anyone know how to create a the matte shape like this from the picture below!
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how to change the workspace color window from RGB to CMYK mode in Illustrator CS5.1?

I'm using Illustrator CS5.1 and started a new document in RGB mode. When I change the color mode to CMYK under File > Document Color Mode > CMYK Color, the Color window in my workspace doesn't ...
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Difference between Gaussian blur tools in Illustrator

I want to apply a Gaussian blur to an image I imported into Illustrator. There are 2 tools from the menu, Effect-Blur-Gaussian Blur and Effect-SVG Filters-AI_GaussianBlur_4. I have applied both ...
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How do I use the width tool and brushes in Illustrator?

I am following this tutorial on Custom Lettering In one of the steps, it says " Using the Brush Tool (B), with the “Basic” brush; use the Width Tool (Shift+W) to adjust the width of our new path" I ...
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How can I make these blurry Shape?

I tried to create these shapes several times ago without success. I tried with illustrator and a blurry shape that I deform with "Envelope Distort" > "make with mesh" but the result isn't very ...
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Is there a quick/easy way to scale one line of text to match another in Illustrator?

I find myself having to do this kind of thing fairly often: ie have a line of smaller text underneath a bigger one, matching widths. I usually do this by placing the smaller text directly over ...
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How do I make a 3 dotted brush

I'm interested in making a dotted brush. Am I able to do that? I'm also interested in making a dotted line brush, but a row of three lines of dots instead of just one. Is that making sense? I'd ...
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Illustrator 3D extruded paths overlapping contour

I made 2 paths, then take one on the each other, grouped and then used extrude and bevel fx. How you can see, in place where they're overlapping you can see the countours of the top path. How can i ...
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How to create an inverse path

I've got an svg in Illustrator, build from 3 paths. I want to create a path that is the complete inverse of the current paths. So everything that is transparent now - I want it to be white and the ...
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How can I create this warped circular text?

Someone asked me to recreate a logo in Illustrator. The original logo was made with an old commodore 64 computer. I can't get the logo rounded / stretched. Original logo: Logo that I created yet: ...
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PNG from Illustrator placed in InDesign exports badly in PDF?

Sorry about the title but I'm not quite sure how to word it. Hopefully this will help explain it more: Click image to enlarge
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Circular Bend Shape

I'm going to try to replicate this tutorial on creating a wobbly slide show but instead of a square svg, I am trying to use a circular shape. The square image is comprised of the below: What ...