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Increase Stroke Weight By Percentage

I know how to increase the stroke weight in Illustrator, but I have custom stroke weight points on an object and I'd like to make the whole object's stroke thicker without losing the customized weight ...
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Is it possible to invert colours in a gradient in Illustrator?

Is it possible to invert colours in a gradient in Illustrator (CC 2014)? When I try Edit > Edit Colours > Invert Colours on the box that I want inverted, it tells me "Colors Note: No invertible ...
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InDesign pages to Illustrator art boards

I have a multi-page document in InDesign, each page is a separate design that really should have been created in Illustrator instead. Is it possible to export each page from InDesign into Illustrator ...
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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 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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How to divide shape in Illustrator?

I am new in Adobe Illustrator. This is my first assignment on it. I want to divide my shape This is my shape i want to divide this shape like following image how i can do it?
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Change snapping boundary

Here it says when using "snap to grid", that it snaps when I am within 2 px of the grid When the object’s boundaries come within 2 pixels of a gridline, it snaps to the point. How can I change ...
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Shortcut for not saving document in Illustrator

I am using Photoshop in Mac and I know there is a shortcut key for not saving a document, which is Cmd + Shift + '[back] Delete' (the one same as Windows' Backspace), but I cannot find the same ...
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Rountrip from Illustrator->PowerPoint->Illustrator

I have a fair amount of experience working with Illustrator from taking some graphic design classes in high school. I've recently started working in a biomedical research lab that makes all of their ...
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Illustrator - two triangles with text

Using illustrator CS6, Is there a way to make only the text on the white triangle be black, and keep the part on pink still white? I do it manually, by making two copies of the text one with white ...
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How to fix Illustrator preferences file is corrupt issue? [closed]

I have Illustrator CC 19.0.1. Everything is working fine except that everytime I launch my Illustrator I get "Preferences file is corrupt" message twice and then it starts. Also, after working ...
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import vector file from illustraror(*.ai files) to aftereffect

I want to import vector file from illustrator to aftereffect but it become pixel ed when it imported . Even when i draw a shape with pen in aftereffect it is not vector . What can i do?
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Photoshop export to PDF - Shape issues

This little screenshot explains well the issue. I have shapes from Photoshop (also made a test from copying shapes from Illustrator) and exporting to PDF. Here is the ugly results. If I reduce the ...
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How to prepare a spot varnish; does it need to have trapping if there's a gloss and matte one?

On a project that has a selective varnish, the print-ready file usually needs to be prepared separately in one spot color, a bit like a dieline. Only the area where the varnish will be printed should ...
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how to resize object with additive styles applied to it, while keeping it's copies in place?

What I want to do is shown here at 0:52, unfortunatelly there is no explanation in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fh-9Ajs0ck The author applies additive style to a square to acquire a ...
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How can I Change the color of a bunch of symbols in Illustrator

I have a set of flat objects and they are independent, they only share the same file. I mean they are all in one single .AI file. How can I Change the colors of those objects while they are in symbol ...
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Vintage/Stamped text effect in Illustrator

I really like the look of this image but can't figure out how to replicate it: I understand that rounded corners were used, and then texture within the letters, but how do you get the roughened ...
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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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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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How to draw wave line on cricle in Illustrator [closed]

I am new in Illustrator and I cant draw wave on circle (like an image). Please help me!
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Rotate illustrator canvas and contents?

Is there a way to rotate the canvas in illustrator 90 degrees? It's pdf format. I've tried the artboard tool (Cmd + o / Ctrl + o) I found an answer regarding this: Illustrator opens PDFs rotated 90 ...
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Illustrator VS Printer Color

When ever I print some of my creations from Illustrator - the red color is all wrong. My creation is in: #912327 R: 145 G:35 B:39 C: 18% M: 93% Y: 88% K: 16% My print is in: #c76b6f R: 199 ...
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How to add a DOUBLE outline to a text or a shape in Adobe Illustrator ?

I am creating a logo and I would like to put a double outline on it, do you know any clever way to do it ?
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How the walkthroughs for apps are made? [closed]

I want to develop some walkthroughs to describe how & what my app does. How can I make them? Here are few examples:
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Minus Front Not Working Illustrator

Hi I am doing this project at the moment and im trying to cut text out of an object that i drew using the pen tool. But when I select them both and click Minus Front (yes i have created outlines on ...
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How to create an image where the colour can be changed using fill in Microsoft Word

I'm wanting to create my own images or vectors that can be placed into Microsoft Word where the colour of the vector or image can be changed using the fill tool. I've tried making vectors in ...
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Apply blend-tool on grid of squares with blending of size and color

I am trying to create a grid made out of squares. Similar to the one in the image (without the wave effect). My approach was to use the blend tool in multiple directions, but I cannot apply it to ...
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My knife tool is too “choppy”

So I'm using the knife tool in AI CC to make some shading on an illustration I'm working on, but it gets too "choppy". I work with a mouse, so I just drag the cursor where I want to cut the shape. As ...
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How to add “move to” commands to an Adobe Illustrator path

So when you export an Adobe Illustrator file to SVG format, paths are encoded using the SVG path syntax. If you look at the <path data> element, it's possible to have moveto commands embedded ...
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Outline on the inside, in illustrator

I have a shape in illustrator, an outline of a guitar, and I would like to add an outline on the inside, so as to represent binding. I need it to be around 1mm perfectly aligned along the outside ...
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AI: Recolor linked .ai file

I have an .ai file that I need to use multiple times in another .ai file. I linked the file and then duplicated it 4 times. The original .ai file is just one color (black), but I need each one of the ...
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Custom swatch guide color

I created a custom swatch color, I want to set this color as my Guide color. I tried Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid > custom but you can't select a swatch nor you can pick a color (with ...
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How to align a single letter within a text object to the edge of the bounding box in Adobe Illustrator?

I want to align a textfield to the top left of a box, as per how the Grid Systems cover looks: The round letters in the headlines should overhang slightly. I am able to get quite close by using: ...
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How many Pantone colors? [duplicate]

I have an illustrator file (it's a packaging design going to be printed) which I didn't design it myself. I see so many Pantone colors in the swatches panel; the person who designed it used many ...
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Color file appears as black & white when saved as PDF [closed]

I am working on a series of signs that were created from the same master. One sign consistently appears as black & white when converted into a PDF format, without making any changes to print ...
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Transparency lost when placing a Photoshop CS5 image into Illustrator CS5

When placing a Photoshop CS5 image into an Illustrator CS5 file I'm losing the background transparency. Have never had this happen before. PDF's a acting the same way.
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Exporting with slices in AI doesn't respect Rasterize Effect settings?

I have a series of thousands of vector objects imported from a DXF file, and sized to an artboard of a specific pixel size (10,160 x 10,160). I need to cut the images up into a grid of 1,024 x 768 ...
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How to convert every pixel of raster picture to square objects in Illustrator?

For example I have 10×10px icon. I want to produce 100 squares with correspondent color and location each. Actually, the question is how to make exact pixel mosaic out of raster image. I tried Live ...
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Actually snapping to pixel grid

Does anyone know if there's a way to have Illustrator CC (2014) constrain control points to the pixel grid? I understand that "Align to pixel grid" makes it so that a shape will try to match the pixel ...
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How to select a small portion of an image in illustrator cs6?

Suppose, two lines intersects each other as '+' like symbol. Now i want to delete the extended portion of '+' and want to make it as 'T' shape. But when i select the extended portion of a line, ...
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How should I set up dielines so that they are not printed?

I just want to add that white lines on the project but I don't want that line to be visible on the printed element. How can I do that? I want output project in CMYK. I have Illustrator CS6 and ...
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Illustrator color fill problem

I'm working on a packaging box and I have a ready template. I'm not an expert in Illustrator and I can't seem to fill the other boxes with colour. If anybody knows how I can successfully fill color ...
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Making terrain contours in Illustrator?

I'd like to take the fantasy world map I created to the next level as a way of buffing my illustrator skills and portfolio. Currently, it's a flat political map like this map of Canada for example. ...
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How do you paste one object, several times at once on one artboard in illustrator CS6?

I have 20 of the same icons on one art board. I would like to select all and replace all with a new icon. I want the icons to show in the same spot as the replaced icons.
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Is there a way to import and iterate text data from excel to illustrator? [duplicate]

I am making a card game and I have a spreadsheet with all the data which I need to put on the cards. Is there a way to get it directly from excel to illustrator (or any other vector app)?
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Saving Ai files as editable pdf?

Sounds simple, but it's giving me a headache, I'm able to save the file and open it in Adobe acrobat pro dc, and edit the text but my client is asking for the logo symbol, to still be editable for ...
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Saving an SVG with viewbox 0 0 in Illustrator

I've got a problem saving SVGs in their correct format in Illustrator. I want to save an SVG for web development with the viewbox as "0 0 100 100". The sizes, 100 width and height, are not a problem. ...
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Can you work without an Artboard?

I am having trouble with elements that are on and near the edge of the Artboard being cut off when I go to save the image. For example: Let's say I create the document with an Artboard size of 800 ...
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Acrobat: Font changes on paste

Using Acrobat Pro CS2, I observe strange behavior to text when pasting a certain diagram exported from Excel as PDF into the current document. This issue concerns the text already in the document, not ...
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Move Ai brushes to Ps?

My son wants to move his brushes from Ai to Photoshop. We just got through reading on this site how to move his color using the exchange but I am not seeing a similar way to do it with brushes.