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illustrator mask on 2 shapes

I am an illustrator newbie. I have 2 shapes: rectangle and triangle. I want to delete the left and the right part of the triangle(just like the image)...Any idea? It s probably easy for you!
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Why can't I ImageTrace an image in my pattern?

I need to image trace some images that are in a custom pattern I made so that I can recolor the pattern. The images were placed there and linked in a previous Illustrator session. When I'm in the ...
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Adding relief to an image, creating mountain terrain

I have a logo that incorporates the shape of Idaho. The client would like some relief to be added to look like mountain terrain, in the mountainous parts of the state. I have no idea how to create ...
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Illustrator cs6 text

When typing in a text box the text will stop where I'm typing and the left hand side increases. How can I get the beginning of my sentence to stay and the text to type to the right? I'm horrible at ...
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Tapered/sloped text effect in Illustrator (NOT skew or perspective)

I'm not too sure how to describe the effect that I'm going for or what it is even called. Thus, I'm having some trouble finding any help through Google. I want to accomplish something like this ...
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Copy & Paste in place from Illustrator to Photoshop - Not alligning

I am trying to copy & 'paste in place' layers from illustrator into photoshop, however they never allign correctly. I have checked artboard and canvas size are the same and also same color mode. ...
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How to make a .jpg into a vector using Adobe Illustrator? [duplicate]

Is it possible to make a .jpg image into a vector using Adobe Illustrator? If so, how?
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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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Why are some svg filters automatically converted to .png?

I was wondering why some of the SVG Filters found in Illustrator are automatically converted to .png when I export the entire file to .svg. I don't want any hidden .png files because of scalability. ...
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I'm trying to create a letter with multiple strokes within a stroke.

I want to create something like the attached photo, but with other letters and shapes. does anyone know how to do this?
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Saving for 2 meter x 1.20 meter [duplicate]

I rarely design for big spaces, but i got a vector thats going on a 2m x 1.20m wall and just wondering the best way to save it? is it 1.10 of the size? but not sure bait the dpi as i have created it ...
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How to align objects side by side with a specified distance between them in Illustrator?

I am creating an animated sprite list in Adobe Illustrator. I finished creating the sprites and used the Horizontal/Vertical Distribute Center commands to distribute the objects equally in some area. ...
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What ICC profiles does Adobe Illustrator use to convert between RGB and CMYK in its color picker?

I'm trying to understand Adobe Illustrator's color conversion method between RGB/HSB and CMYK. I'm pretty sure they use ICC profiles to do the conversion, and they make a bunch of ICC profiles ...
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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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How does one revert a 'Save' using Adobe Illustrator?

My intent with the document I've created in Adobe Illustrator was to save one as an original and one as a copy with a few different characteristics. Accidentally, I saved both with the changed ...
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Checking through different fonts quickly

There's a trick I've seen other graphic designers do wehre they'll highlight a block of text, and then seemingly down-arrow through their whole list of fonts, seeing how it looks on that text block, ...
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Creating Voronoi diagram from Adobe Illustrator CC

I have some artwork in Adobe Illustrator CC that I want to use to create a voronoi diagram from. You can see what a voronoi diagram looks like here: Link I would like to use the points on my ...
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How can I hide the artboard labels in Adobe Illustrator?

I have a bunch of artboards set up that I need to edit, but the labels are all overlapping making it impossible to know what's going on. How do I hide them? Edit: I've hidden the blue dots with ...
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How to make a font with Adobe Illustrator?

I have recently created my own font/typeface with Adobe Illustrator, and I would like to use it as a real font (e.g I would like to use it as I type something). Is this possible in Adobe Illustrator ...
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Can I remove colors applied to a topographical map?

For a project involving a client-supplied map (clip below) I need to be able to turn colored layers on and off. The client, however, supplied a flat image and vector outlines for the color regions, ...
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Illustrator: only get grayscale when applying colors

After tracing a jpeg image in Illustrator and expanding it, when I try to change its color, it becomes gray. I have tried lots of color change but the result is same. How can I change the trace ...
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After Live Trace in Illustrator, I can't figure out how to change some of the lines' color

I auto traced an image and am trying to change the color of all the black lines and sections to brown, but some of the lines I can't change with the Paint Bucket tool (because it fills in a large ...
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how to change the setting of Stained Glass Texture?

I want to set Stained Glass Texture on the part of my painting ,but when I use this texture and Set the cell size , color of some parts are white , can I do something that these parts become ...
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Why does my logo look pixelated

So I had a designer on 99Designs create a logo for me, it is Vector and he generated the Logo size you can see on my website here: sandiegosoftware.net I understand that my browser, OS and resolution ...
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Can I change the color of grouped shapes with the eyedropper or appearance window in Adobe Illustrator?

I thought I used to be able to do this, maybe I am losing my mind. Here are the steps to what I'm trying to accomplish: (Adobe Illustrator CS6) Create a couple of shapes.(Shapes A) Fill the shapes ...
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How to create a uniformly distributed dashed plot in a scatter graph in Adobe Illustrator CS4

In Illustrator CS4 I have a scatter graph with four data sets. Now I want to use dashed and dotted patterns. However the dashes are not distributed uniformly over a plot. Click here to see a PDF ...
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How to Automatically Generate Many Graphics with Illustrator Using External Data

I have an Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) I made with Illustrator CC (2014 edition). I want to use it to automatically generate many graphics using information from a database. The following are ...
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Adobe Automation: Dynamic Text in Template

I'm developing a template for my team's daily production needs, and every product must have certain consistent marginalia on it, such as date, product ID, title, subtitle, etc. Currently, this ...
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Distorted shapes/lines when rescaling - tried previous answers

I am curious as to why when I scale things the general shape changes. The flag in the middle is what I originally started with, and either side is the distorted result of rescaling it. I have read ...
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How to create a circular diagram with Illustrator [duplicate]

I need help to create a circular diagram in Illustrator like this. I need precisely to represent a percentage. How to do that ? Thank you.
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How to preview colors when using the color picker in Illustrator?

When using Adobe Illustrator, how do I preview my changes when I'm using the color picker to change the color of an element? Picking the color of an element is dependent on what's around it, so I'd ...
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Replace spine for all shapes

Why can't I select the replace spine option? This option is non-action for me? Thanks!
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How to create an outlined circle with centered horizontal and vertical gaps in Illustrator?

Could you explain to me, how I can draw a shape like the one in the following image? How can I cut any part of circle to get such 4 shapes with Adobe Illustrator?
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Copy Paste multiple Illustrator layers into Photoshop for individual editing?

I have a world map in Illustrator with a layer for each individual country. I want to copy and paste all layers into photoshop so that I can edit the colour blend for each individual country. I do not ...
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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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How do I keep the spaces in my dashed line from changing when I modify the line length in Illustrator?

Using Adobe Illustrator CS6, I drew a line and clicked the "Dashed Line" option in the stroke palette. When I change the length of the dashed line, by grabbing an endpoint and moving it or clipping ...
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How to set the rotation point and use Transform Each in Illustrator?

I have a triangle I'm trying to rotate in Illustrator using the Object->Transform->Transform Each command, but I can't figure out how to set the rotation point like I can if I just use Free ...
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Adobe Illustrator scaling image edges

I'm having trouble scaling a photo in illustrator. As you can see when i choose place and the image appears on the canvas the quality is perfect. Now when i scale down the quality is bad. The ...
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Edit smart object in Illustrator while viewing other Photoshop layers

I am trying find an easy way to switching back and forth from Illustrator to Photoshop. I have two files: one is a raster and the other is a vector. I know in Ps you can place smart objects to retain ...
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How to remove strange banding from PNG export with radial gradient

I'm using Illustrator CC 2014 and have a radial gradient that looks smooth in edit, but gets really weird bands when I export or Save to Web (any format, all settings). Here's how it looks in ...
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How do I bring an object one step forward in Adobe Illustrator?

I want to bring the circle forward only one step, so it ends up between the green shapes. Please refer to the image if it's unclear what I want to achieve.
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Critique: Geometric Themed Business Card for a Design Business

I tried to follow the guidelines here and here but if this question doesn't meet the guidelines please tell me. I am working on designing a personal business card for my design firm in Illustrator ...
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How can I reduce the aliasing that occurs around my custom icon web font when it is scaled?

I am trying to make my own icons and embed them in a custom Web font. For that, I'm using Illustrator & Icomoon. I design the icons in a 14x14px square, then I create my Web font using Icomoon ...
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How do I achieve this “Out of Sync”/mis-registration fill style in Adobe Illustrator?

What is an easy way to achieve this "Out of Sync" Color Fill style? I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS6 and I think there is an easy way to do this with the way Illustrator is set up, but I'm not sure ...
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How to create an irregular triangle grid in Illustrator?

How might I create an irregular trianglular grid like this one? It would be nice to be able to distort the pentagons/hexagons rather than drawing the grid using the pen tool. Thanks..
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Create a rounded inflated square in illustrator / photoshop [duplicate]

I am wondering how to create a path for this inflated square shape in illustrator or photoshop... btw how is is the shape called?
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How to create doodles/sketches similar to those on Dropbox home page?

I am new in design, and recently I have been given a task where I have to create images like the ones present on dropbox.com home page. I am not sure what is the correct way of creating those ...
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Importing Multiple Vectors of the Same File and Keeping File Size Down

So, I'm trying to create a repeat pattern of a Balloon illustration I've done in Adobe Illustrator. I've got the singular file (balloon.ai), which weighs in at around 700MB. Now I'm trying to create ...
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Illustrator Performance Issue When Dealing with Heavy Files

I'm trying to create a repeat square out of six pretty heavy (100MB-700MB) Illustrator illustrations. When all six files are placed they weigh in at around 1GB. I need around 30 of these files placed ...
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How to make a monochrome like this?

I don't know how to call this but how to make a monochrome like the one on bottom. The exclusion (white), but originally it doesn't overlap.