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How to go about creating an Icon Pack

As a beginner in Illustrator I've been creating some pretty cool graphics I'd like to share on my website. From what I've seen, people create a one file .ai icon pack that you can download and use ...
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Adobe Illustrator CC Merge touching Anchor points

I have a vector file containing scribbles, where the lines don't consist of several anchor points but every segment is an own line by itself. I need to connect these separate little lines to form ...
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illustrator join two objects into one

I want to merge two objects and select only the outside path, I don't want the path inside. How do I do this in Illustrator ?
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Illustrator: Move selected items to separate Layers

The title says it all. Is it possible in Adobe Illustrator to move selected items to new separate layers?
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How do I accurately slice images in Illustrator CS3?

I have just finished building a new web page in HTML 5 and using a jQuery slider effect to horizontally scroll across the web pages. Now I need to design a background at 8000x1000px so it all "flows ...
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Optimal background for an emblem mobile wallpaper?

I am trying to find the ideal background for this personal emblem that I made to use as a mobile lock screen wallpaper. However, I am spending too much time trying to achieve the ideal background ...
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Vectorize a Photoshop file in Illustrator?

Can you create something in Photoshop, save it, open it in Illustrator, and convert it to a vector? I haven't tried any other things, but I'm trying to make a logo and I'm comfortable with Photoshop, ...
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How can I quickly hide or delete a layer in Illustrator without using the Layer Panel?

I need a way to easily hide/delete a layer in Illustrator. I'm not seeing the command in the shortcuts menu, there has to be a way to assign a keyboard shortcut to hide/delete a layer! I don't want to ...
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Is Shearing Text Acceptable?

I was wondering if shearing/skewing text is acceptable? Obviously stretching text is bad and frowned upon, but is shearing text okay or is it considered the same as stretching it? I have a few ...
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4 colors/corners gradient with Illustrator or Photoshop

I should create a vector rectangle filled with a gradient made of 4 colors, one for each corner. I could just find some very generic information about using live blends, but I am not sure that is the ...
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Illustrator default unit with Applescript

When sketching with Adobe Illustrator thanks to Applescript, I faced a little problem regarding the default document units. Indeed, the default unit with scripts is points but I want to work in ...
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How to get this bevel effect in Illustrator? [closed]

I want to create a fire icon in Illustrator. I don't want it to look flat. So, I tried to find design inspiration on google. Then, this image came up. I'm looking for a tutorial to get the same ...
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SVG file excessive white space

I've created a vector using Adobe Illustrator CS5. The actual size is supposedly 30x30 px. For some reason, whenever I save it as an SVG file. It produces a file that is not 30x30 px. My vector is in ...
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How to grid inside of a shape on Illustrator

I'd like to make a shape with a grid inside of it. O course, fitting a grid exactly into a square is simple. But I'm having a hard time fitting a grid into an irregular shape like an ellipse. My ...
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how to create a different colored compound path in illustrator? [on hold]

I have created many shapes with different colors when i tried to convert it into a compound path all the path converted into a single color. How can I do that with compound path or some other tool?
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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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White space between snapped shapes in Illustrator

I am working on a pattern of a bunch of tiled square shapes. I matched all of the shapes right next to each other until I get that little green "Align" line and let go. When I zoom out I see a little ...
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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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Colours sampling and illustrator- never get the right colour

Using mac colour sample tool, I sample a colour from a website ,get its RGB, then try to set it to an object inside Illustrator, -in illustrator I am not on grayscale (cmyk) -I set the colour ...
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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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how to re-size mulitple artboards with content

I have multiple artboards with content. I want to know how to select them all and re-size all at once, but keeping the ratio. The current file is 4mb and I need it to be 2mb as a pdf.
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How do you arrange shapes in Adobe Illustrator to mimic someone holding cards? [closed]

I'm having a hard time placing square shapes evenly as if someone was holding playing cards. Is there a feature in Adobe Illustrator that can help me achieve this?
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Illustrator action to embed all external objects

To embed all external objects in Illustrator I do this: Open the Links panel Select all the linked objects (select first, shift+clik on last) Select Embed object(s) from the dropdown menu in the ...
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Is there a way to create an action or script to select and embed external file(s) placed in an Illustrator file?

As a follow-up to my question Is there a way to expand linked EPS file placed inside another EPS file in Illustrator? I am now trying to create an action to select and embed external file(s) placed ...
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Can we change the text align without moving the position of an object in illustrator?

Is there such an option we can turn on so when we change the text align of an text object the position of this object will not move in Illustrator?
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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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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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How can I convert a jpg-signature into strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature into a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small svg, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no ...
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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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illustrator anchor points corner overlap problem

I am drawing some overlap paths in illustrator. However, some anchor points between different paths does not stay well, they create some rugged corners. Please see the image, it may describe better. I ...
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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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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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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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Merging two anchor points of the same path in Illustrator

Assume the following situation in Adobe Illustrator, where I have two neighbouring anchor points on the same path. For the left anchor point, only the left bezier-handle is important and for the right ...
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Illustrator: Auto-sized Text box with shaded background?

I frequently create labels that follow the same format: white text on a 75% opaque black background, with 10px of margin around the text. Currently, I have to manually build these labels, which takes ...
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wrapping text around circle in illustrator

right now I have two separate type paths- I want type to wrap in continuous circle but still need the calico skies on top and sparkling company on bottom- basically want the type closer together so it ...
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I have a problem when using pathfinder

I try to make black shape as the left one but the right one is what I get after using pathfinder(Minus Front). I don't understand why the shape become rounded rectangle instead black shape in the ...
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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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Illistrator CC 2015 Expand Problem [closed]

On a newly installed Illustrator CC 20155 19.2.1 64 Bit, every time I draw a line or rectangle, I have to Expand the item, to be able to see the bounding box and work with it. For example, using the ...
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How to select multiple paths that are adjacent in the layers window?

Given the following setup: How can I quickly select all orange circles in Layer 1 in order to edit them, as shown here: It seems like this should be somehow possible through the layers window, ...
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Snap to line according center

I need to snap and center two rotated rectangles. I see only View-> Snap to Grid and View->Snap to Point. I suppose none of them are that useful for me. How can I snap the two rectangles together ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Copy gradient of one object into another object

Does anybody know the keyboard shortcut or the easiest way to copy a gradient of an object into another object.
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How can I change this multi colored logo to a single white one?

I am having problems with changing the color to white or black of this certain logo because it isn't a simple fast pasted one. I can use Photoshop and Illustrator (prefer photoshop) Both of my ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Hiding masked portions from selection? Cutting or masking a muti-layer and already masked section?

It's difficult for me to explain what I'm trying to achieve, hopefully this image helps illustrate what I want to do. This is the final product I'm trying to achieve (done in photoshop). When I ...
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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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what is the best size for a mailer in adobe illustrator? [closed]

I have to make mailers and send them out. Is there a way to make a appropriate size mailer without stretching the artboard?