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How to convert paragraph text envelope to clipping mask in Illustrator CS6

I have some paragraph text that I have modified using an envelope in Illustrator CS6. I can not make it into a clipping mask. I can make it into a mask up until I make it an envelope, after that, I ...
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Colours in Illustrator CC are not the same as in other software

I've got a problem with Adobe Illustrator CC. The fact is that I create a design just with black and red colour (#EC0000). But then, when I save this document in PDF or when I export it to JPEG, and ...
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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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Saving as jpg in Illustrator

When I try to "save for web" my work in Illustrator (258px - 170px) it shows the right image size (258px - 170px) but after I save the image, and open it in windows, the image is really small. When I ...
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Illustrator: Change spacing between objects in Grid

Is there a way of re-spacing multiple objects arranged in a grid? From: To: I already tried to ungroup all elements, enlarge the artboard and use "distribute horizontally" and "distribute ...
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Vector transparency issues

My avatar on my website (http://www.jacksewell.uk/) has a shaded section on the right side of the face which looks fine on desktop but on mobile the shaded" section is just a solid black. Any help?
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How to slant text for a sundial in Adobe Illustrator? [on hold]

How to make this slant transformation for the Roman numerals in Adobe Illustrator?
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Mystery: Why a symbol (I created from shapes) does not map to a side on an object in 3D Extrude & Bevel?

If I create a symbol from the iPhone front illustration and map it on an object with 'Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel', it works. My issue: I do the same with the smartphone back illustration, and ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Strange Behavior while Aligning Objects

I am creating icons with Adobe Illustrator during which process I use the Align tool quite frequently. All of a sudden, the align tool started behaving quite strangely. When I select two objects and ...
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Can I use the Collections Groupings in Font Book within Illustrator?

I love how Font Book allows me to organize my fonts into collections like Fun, Modern, Swash-y, Sans Serif, etc...What I want to do is browse or filter fonts in Adobe Illustrator using those ...
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How to do “Indent to here” / “Hanging Indent” in Illustrator

You can use "Indent to here" / "Hanging Indent" in InDesign by Command-Backslash. Is there a way to do this in Illustrator without having to Tab to Indent or press the spacebar a few times? This is ...
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Applying highlighting formating to text in Adobe Illustrator

I'm looking for applying text highlight formatting (that's easily done within Microsoft Word) in Illustrator. Screenshot of highlighting formatting from Microsoft Word: I know that I can add ...
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Transform sheet of paper [duplicate]

I'm trying to do a sheet transformation as on the attached image without loosing the quality of a pattern (dotted), I've tried Transform -> Wrap (AI CC2014) but transformation I got too far from ideal ...
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How do I make Illustrator 19 “Show Transparency Grid” by default?

What's the best way to make Illustrator 19 open every file with Show Transparency Grid? Manually hitting C-S-d for every new file isn't the end of the world, but does feel silly when working on a big ...
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How does Yoga Perdana colorize his illustrations?

If you haven't heard of him or seen any of his work, Yoga Perdana is a digital artist who, in my opinion, creates some really awesome illustrations with a very soft feel to them. I believe I ...
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How to display data labels in Illustrator graph function (pie graph)?

I am trying to make a pie graph that has both the data labels (e.g. 33%) and the series name (e.g. "apples"). Here is an example below. It seems this can only be accomplished through manually ...
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Break within a word

This is probably a simple problem, but I have an small textbox like this: The exact text I have is: asdfjkasdfasdf asdfadsfasdfasdfasdfasdfa Illustrator is inserting a line break instead of ...
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How can I automatically group each shape with the text inside it for a huge collection of rectangles?

I have a .dwg (AutoCad file) map full of fields (rectangles) that I'm manipulating with Illustrator. Each rectangle has a text inside it that indicates its number. The problem is that there is no ...
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Laser cutting vector image - bitmap created two lines when I need one on border of counties

I'm working on a custom design of the outline of some counties in kentucky and it's engraving each county with individual borders instead of as a single line. I know I could manually trace between the ...
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How to make shape like this? [closed]

and whats this kind of shape name? please introduce template.
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Why is my logo pixelated [duplicate]

I am very new to Illustrator. I've created a text only logo and exported it as a png. When I try to insert it as my email signature it becomes pixelated. How can I export it so it will not lose ...
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SVG rendering issues in IE

I created this artwork in Illustrator CC and I'm "saving as" an SVG file (it has to be SVG for client). When I view the file in Chrome, Safari or Firefox it renders just fine for the most part. See ...
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Illustrator Aligned to Pixel Grid But Logo Still Fuzzy

I'm trying to create a crisp logo in Illustrator CC, and no matter what I do (have set up web document settings with align to pixel grid), when I go to save my logo as a PNG-24 web document and ...
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Can you save pixel art as svg in Illustrator?

I have made some (a lot) pixel art in Illustrator and I started to save them as PNGs. I then thought SVG would be better. When I do so, there are gaps between the pixels and some have moved over a ...
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Is it possible to set stroke weight to be exactly 1 pixel in Illustrator?

The grid unit is 1 pixel. Below is two overlapped rectangles: Underlying one has blue fill color an black outline color. Also it has Align Stroke to Inside setting: As you see, it also has ...
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Snap to line according center

Need to snap and center two rotated rectangles. I see only View-> Snap to Grid and View->Snap to Point. I suppose non of then are not useful for me. How to solve this task?
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Can't open the illustration in Illustrator [closed]

A file that I saved quite normally yesterday does not want to open now. Illustrator gives me the message: "Can't open the illustration". What can be wrong?
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Is there delete anchor point tool for multiple anchors in Illustrator CC?

I'm looking for a way to remove multiple anchor points from path, but keppeing path intact. Now i select multiple points with lasso tool, then hit delete, then select 2 new end points and join them. ...
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Can I change the outside area colour of my canvas?

I am using Illustrator CS5 and the grey background around the outside of my canvas/page I used to have and loved has gone white. I do not know why. I can not change the colour in preferences-user ...
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Removing white segment from a svg image

I am designing an Arabic font for which I have created the glyphs using MetaFont and processed the MetaFont sources with MetaPost. As a result, I got an svg image for each of the glyph. There is one ...
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How do I convert an Illustrator file that is 8x10 to a high quality 300 dpi jpeg?

I tried rastorizing it (this happens to be an all text 8x10 print) and it turned from purple to blue. I tried going to Export>saved as a jpeg>changed color to RGB, made quality 10 (maximum), did ...
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Fixed line thickness for scanned, traced drawings in Illustrator

Context: So I drew some logos in black pen on paper and scanned them in order to make vector images. I traced the outlines (b&w) which worked great. My original, hand drawn lines look a bit shaky ...
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It is possible to convert a regular shape to a hand-written shape using illustrator?

I want to convert regular forms let's say for example a rectangle and circle to a hand-written looking forms using Illustrator or Inkscape(best scenario). I don't want to use the pencil to draw the ...
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Why does Illustrator create those corners when using expand compound shape in Pathfinder

So whenever I use "expand compound shape" (pathfinder selected button on the bottom left on that image) Illustrator adds those random dark corner to whatever shape I have. why?
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12x12 repeats - in Pattern design work [closed]

i am doing some pattern design work for a client and they require 12x12 repeats - does anyone have experience with designing patterns, does this mean 12''x12''? Im not sure what that means Thank ...
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pantone colors (tpx) and line work at 1-2mm

Working on pattern designs in Adobe Illustrator and my client has asked for the vector file to be in : 1. pantone colors (tpx) - would anyone know how I can do this? 2. line work at 1-2mm - does ...
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Illustrator CC: align new objects to pixel grid - TURN OFF!

I have inadvertently created an illustration with the align new objects to pixel grid turned on (not sure why it was on, I did not know or ever turn it on) and want to now scale the image. When I ...
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Illustrator blend tool creating unwanted lines

I am attempting to create a long shadow on my icon by using this effect in Illustrator. When I use Object > Blend > Make it leaves white spaces between each shape it creates and looks extremely ugly. ...
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Enlarging a Vector Image

I'm pretty new when it comes to working with Illustrator and Photoshop. Basically I've got a vectorized Illustrator file at 2838 x 893 and I want to scale that as large as I can. In Illutrator ...
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How do I manipulate a field grid in illustrator to resemble spacetime so that the center of the grid dips below a sphere?

Think of a bowling ball that has rolled to the center of a trampoline. I would like to depict that in illustrator, except the trampoline would be a grid that conforms to the weight of the bowling ball ...
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Isometric laying cylinder Illustrator

Okay this may be a bit OCD. How do you make a perfect isometric cylinder like: Connecting the two circles has always been eyeballing for me. How do you make it perfect?
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Illustrator: Why are color options grayed out and why do does pressing “D” changes my doted lines?

As you can see paths is gray, and options are grayed out. After pressing "D" options are selectable and drawing is trully black, but the dotted lines and stroke weight configurations are gone Any ...
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Noise effect illustrator color/gradients [duplicate]

Simple question, (how) can you achieve the noise effect shown on the illustrator CC loading screen? Is this a feature build in illustrator or later edited with for example photoshop?
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How do I export a vector file for CAD?

I am new to AI. I have saved my file in DWG, but the person I am sending it to says it opens in raster and has a double line. I am creating patent drawings, so there should be only one line. I am ...
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Gradient Mesh will not remain selected in illustrator cc 2014 [closed]

The gradient mesh is no longer working. It highlights and shows itself when hovered over with the cursor. When clicked with either selection tool, the mesh lines or points will not remain visible. I ...
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How can I increasingly widen group of objects in Illustrator

I have a set of objects that are all the same width, and are arranged in a vertical line. I want to start at the bottom one and make the gradually get wider as you go up the stack. I would like the to ...
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Starburst/Stroke Messing Up on Export

Having some issues exporting a file in Illustrator. I'm using a dashed stroke for the starburst effect and it gets all weird on me when I export it to pdf. If I export to png then I'm left with ...
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Transparency is lost in illustrator CS6 when I use image trace. Help!

so I'm pretty new to illustrator so sorry if this is obvious - but, I'm having troubles with the transparency of a flower image. I placed the image of the flower which has no background from a saved ...
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Change Illustrator's Selection Hotkeys

it seems illustrator adds and subtracts to selection with the same command: shift + click. I want to change this so that adding command is shift + click while subtracting is ctrl + click. This would ...
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Can not create outline for any text/font in Illustrator [closed]

Please, help me, I have trouble with illustrator CC. I can not outline any font/text in illustrator , it doesn't even give me the option. How can I make it work? Or is there any other way to edit text ...