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How to make a vector outline of select items?

I want to make a laser cut map of the world. I downloaded a vector file from the link below. I want to cut out the continents and islands but only etch the countries and states. My dilemma is that ...
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What is happening to my Illustrator pdfs?

I'm running into something very strange. When I re-open an Illustrator pdf file that's been saved in the Illustrator default manner, edit it, save it, and close it, sometimes when I re-re-open it, all ...
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Why do gradients appear like this in illustrator?

I'm designing a window poster for shop, I'm working on this in illustrator and I'm trying to achieve this clean red to black gradient or feathered effect shown here, ...
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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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My Illustrator CC graphics appear pixelated and paths are jagged. [duplicate]

I'm using Illustrator CC and my paths appear pixelated. I have no idea what may have caused the pixelation since it just started happening out of the blue. The image I've attached shows the saved jpg ...
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How do I colorize text with eyedropper?

If I have a text that I want to have the same color as an object I can't select the text and then use the eyedropper tool to get the color from a (for example) rectangle. The text will get the Fill ...
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Does Photoshop scale better than Illustrator?

Is it advisable to scale a raster image in Photoshop to the final size before embedding it in Illustrator or does Illustrator use the same bicubic algorithm as Photoshop when (up)scaling pixel images? ...
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How do I achieve an “old” distressed poster effect in Illustrator, Photoshop or Pixelmator?

I am looking to create some graphics that look like modernism vintage style. Examples here: Any thoughts here?
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Illustrator: Suddenly drawing (inside other shapes) does not work

I'm very new to illustrator CS6. I am making a logo that consists of two reflecting "C's". Inside of the C's I've been using the pen tool to draw lines inside of one of the C's to make what will look ...
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dividing transparent objects into individual shapes

In Adobe Illustrator How do I divide two overlapping shapes into individual parts so the overlap area is a shape and the non overlap areas are two shapes. So I end up with three shapes that can each ...
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How to export crisp Android icons in Photoshop/Illustrator?

Both Photoshop (layer shapes) and Illustrator (vectors) are terrible at making crisp Android assets when I save out. Can anyone lend a hand how to make crisp items at multiple sizes without doing it ...
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How do I move my artwork around after dividing it into artboards?

I've divided an artwork into a bunch of artboards and now I need to move the contents of the artboards around, resize them and such. Is this possible? Whenever I try, it either moves just the ...
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Illustrator: Why do layers and sublayers sometimes have different colors?

Not sure if it matters, but before I make some mistake that will cause a lot of work to correct afterwards: Why are some sublayers not colored like the partent-layer (see screenshot)? Are they somehow ...
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How do I prevent the Arc effect to be undone after I ungroup the objects I used it on?

I grouped a bunch of little things together and arced it, and it looked fine. I later tried to modify a single one of my objects and it didn't work without modifying everything, so I ungrouped them. ...
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Is it possible to automate font substitution in Illustrator CS5?

I'm creating a custom PDF catalog by grabbing pages from other companies PDFs (I do have permission to do so) but I'm having problems though because I do not have the same fonts installed on my ...
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How to add multiple strokes aligned 'outside' to a type layer in Illustrator CS6?

Trying to do something which seems so simple and failing badly. I have created a simple Type layer. I need to add two strokes to the layer. But I would like the stroke to be on the outside of the ...
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How to quickly setup a gradient mesh for annulus-like shapes in AI?

I usually encounter annulus-like shapes such as the one shown below: I want to create a gradient mesh out of this array of discrete patches. However, Adobe Illustrator can only create rectangular ...
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How can I create cartoon green grass for covering a sphere?

I've searched a lot about how to create grass for a sphere. I analyzed some pictures from different games. I can copy what I've found but it's important to know the methods because here I have a ...
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Preventing Illustrator CC vector objects distorting when scaled

I'm having some trouble resizing a group of vector objects in an illustration. These objects used to be lines until I expanded them into vector shapes, and before I scale them they look fine: But ...
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Transforming some, but not all, objects in a group using Illustrator?

I don't know how to ask this question in general form so I will begin with an example. I would like to scale (and/or resize) the orange rectangle, but keep the two blue squares (1) the same size, and ...
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Illustrator image viewed at 100% is “tiny”

I'm a web developer and I love Photoshop but unfortunately I have some design mock-ups sent over to me in Illustrator. When I viewed the document at 100% the text isn't even legible on my monitor. At ...
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In Illustrator how can I set X and Y relative to the pixel grid?

When I use Illustrator CS5 on another machine, all objects X and Y are relative to their artboard, not the overall pixel grid (by pixel grid I mean the entire screen). How can I change this so the X ...
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How can I resize this object without distorting it in Illustrator?

How can I resize such items without changing the curvature at edges? You know, I don't want the half-circles at the extremes to become half-elipses. thanks
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Illustrator CS4: when I select an object with the Selection tool, and try and move it, it copies it instead [closed]

This is in a file originally created in version and installation of Illustrator CS4. I have a simple text item with one character in it. Alternately, I pick a drawn element, doesn't matter. I have ...
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How do I generate Pantone swatch chart of all current PMS colors in Illustrator?

I need to generate a PMS swatch chart for all current PMS colors to do print tests off large format printers. We have old charts but need a current one. I am hoping there is a way to generate this ...
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Objects not snapping correctly. (Overshooting or undershooting target)

I have a rectangle that should be snapping to the lines of the other rectangles on my artboard, but it keeps overshooting the mark. Can anyone advise on how to get it to snap the other objects lines ...
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Is there a Github for Graphic Designers?

How do Graphic Designers share work they put in the public domain? I'm looking for a site that provides publicly visible, collaborative behavior like Github (which is for source code). For those ...
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automatically duplicate and scatter a shape

A graphic' worth a million words : The red-circled wave (and associated layer) is Illustrator-made. The other waves were made in Photoshop just to support my problem : this is what I try to achieve ...
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In Illustrator is it possible to take apart a Smart Object?

In IllustratorCC is it possible to take apart a Smart Object? I had a client send me a logo from another artist to update (former artist is no longer available to answer). I need to take apart the ...
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How to reset Illustrator CS6 rectangle tool to zero degree?

I made previous work (as a beginner) in Illustrator CS6 and now when I select the rectangle tool it is by default oblique. Also, I would like to reset the rectangle to its orginal ...
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Cannot see fonts in Font Menu Illustrator CS5

I cannot see most of the fonts in Illustrator CS5, I just installed Yosemite OS last night and this morning the font menu isn't working.
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scale raster image to meet defined ppi in Illustrator

Background: I am using Illustrator to combine several raster images. I apply scaling and clipping masks to them. Next, I try - if posihble - to avoid non-integer resampling steps during subsequent ...
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how can I insert a placeholder in Illustrator

how can I insert a placeholder image in Illustrator, the way it can be replaced by an external real image file.
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Live Trace VS Image Trace

I want to create a sphere with green grass texture , I searched and I wanted to use this method to create grass texture , but as we know , In Illustrator CC 2014 , instead of Live trace ,there is ...
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illustrator: pathfinder minus front, cut-out is crude, not precise enough

CS5. Trying to cut out text from a shape behind it. I select the text, then Object > Expand..., then select it along with the rectangle shape behind it and do Pathfinder > Minus front. The cut-out ...
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How can I add Patterns and colors in the same folder in color swatch panel in Illustrator?

How can I add Patterns and colors in the same folder in color swatch panel in Illustrator? What I need to do is recoloring to switch between color scheme that contain pattern in it
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create custom gradients in illustrator using patterns

I am new to Illustrator and currently fiddling with some of the more advanced options. I would like to know if it is possible to create custom gradients using patterns in the swatches window that ...
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How to make white stroke show up for a shirt printing

hoping you can help me today. I think my question is very simple. I have almost no experience with Adobe, but I am trying to finish up a Christmas present... I am making a digital file for a shirt ...
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Illustrator artwork present but not showing on layer?

I'm editing an existing AI file - a hexagon shape that shows with some scratches over it. However, I've removed every single object on the current layer except the hexagon shape. I can't figure out ...
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How do I change the brush roundness and size of a Calligraphy brush in Illustrator?

When I try to use a calligraphy brush the roundness and the size doesn't change to another option? I go to the brushes library menu → new brush → select the calligraphy brushes Pop up the ...
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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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Toggling Bounding Box and Transform Controls in Illustrator

I apologize if this has been covered a thousand times, but I'm new to AI and I don't even know the technical terms of these things to find anything in Google, I've been trying. When you select an ...
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How can I automate importing images into Illustrator and exporting artwork?

How can I automate importing images into Illustrator and exporting my final artwork? say, like a magazine that have the same title in thew same place and a cover image to be replaced in every issue?
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Why am I seeing boxes in the outline overview in illustrator CC

I have downloaded this vector graphic from a freebie site and when i see the outline overview using "ctrl+y", i can see these boxes. Why is this happening and how to remove them?
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Best way to export a vector logo from Illustrator to Photoshop for printing?

I have a vector logo (eps-file) that needs to be exported to an A4-flyer created in Photoshop for printing (as a PDF). What is the best way to export the logo to Photoshop at the appropriate size ...
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Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator CC - Colors are inverted

I am trying to follow this tutorial on how to create Digital Version of a signature. In the Video he clicks on Trace Options, and then clicks Ignore white, before doing a a Live Trace to vectorize the ...
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How do I mix rounded and squared caps in a single path in Illustrator?

How could I mix rounded and square caps in one single path in Illustrator? For example, I need to make a rounded cap on the starting point and a square one on its end? See the screen capture ...
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Illustrator Colour Wheel Settings: How to change the color wheel settings to show a full spectrum?

The Colour Wheel in the Edit Colors Dialogue Box (see image) is patches of colours instead of a smooth spectrum. I'm looking to change the settings so that I get the smooth spectrum. How can I do ...