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Adobe Illustrator Does Not Allow Me to Snap to Pixel

Illustrator CS5 on Windows 7. I have an artboard where I keep trying to move anchors onto even-pixel points and they keep moving back to odd numbers. E.g. I have these two anchor points on a path: ...
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How to format text in illustrator graphs

How do you easily format your text in the category axis? My categories text are always covering each others. Thank for your help.
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How to ensure exclusive grayscale colors in Illustrator document?

I'm using Illustrator CS6 to create several black/white figures. Since the printing agency requires "well" prepared figures, I want to ensure that all figures are in grayscale, or in other words, that ...
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Reset/avoid distorted Illustrator graph text labels after scaling?

Adobe Illustrator's graph tool is... special. A veteran of many software updates (successfully surviving all of them unscathed...) one of its many quirks is that you cannot resize a graph object that ...
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Import curves files from Illustrator to After Effects?

How can I import .ai vector files to After Effects without changing the quality? This is for a logo project.
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why width and height change by choosing different resolution in Illustrator? [closed]

I wanna draw a scene in size 1366 x 768 in Illustrator but when I choose 150 ppi resolution ,after exporting the width and height become 2845 and 1600 ,which means multiply to 150/72 , I don't want ...
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What is the best practice for laying out and exporting custom icons from AI?

I'm working on creating completely custom icons with AI and essentially exporting them out as an individual svg icons to be used in our app development. I have been experimenting with different ways ...
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How do does one sync file changes in a Phothoshop file exported from Illustrator while maintaining layers

I am creating a website mockup with invisionapp.com, an app that let's you test drive website and mobile user experience with no coding, just graphics. They have a cool feature that allows you to ...
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My options to link large image into AI file

My .psd file has a resolution of 6m x 3m @ 150 DPI. This makes it 35433px x 5906px in size. Photoshop CS6 saves the file as .tiff or .psb only. When I first import into Illustrator I get an error that ...
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Illustrator: concat singles chars back to text to path

In Illustrator, I sometimes get a problem with imported files saved by Inkscape, CorelDraw etc: text on a path got converted to single chars without being connected to the path. The path and the chars ...
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How to replicate this text effect? Skew? Arch? Bulge?

I need help on how to create this text effect in Illustrator CS6. The free transform is not working, the bulge, envelope, and arch are not giving the same effect.
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How to distress a font in Illustrator?

I'm trying to distress a font. I have created outlines on the text, then using brush, drew a line of charcoal brush. Select All, Expand Appearance, Pathfinder minus. It works but only the first ...
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small lines when printing to PDF from Illustrator

I have an Illustrator file that's behaving strangely when I print it to PDF. Basically, it adds small lines around shapes; I included a zoomed-in screenshot. If I save the file as PDF, the lines ...
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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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Taking color from another object in Adobe Illustrator

I'm using the latest version of Adobe Illustrator CC. I'm on a PC running Win 8.1 with Classic Shell. How do I copy a color from one object to another? It's a word, (text converted to path). I've ...
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pathfinder problem

I have created a very complex map in Illustrator. I am trying to cut out smaller areas of the map for use in other SketchUp. Neither pathfinder nor Divide Below gives me predicted results. I turn off ...
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Shortcut/MACRO for “Locate Object”? [migrated]

Is there a shortcut/MACRO for Locate Object? That's already tedious after 3 objects.
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How to go to layer of currently selected object in Illustrator?

Say there are hundreds of unnamed layers in an Illustrator artboard. How do you just click one of those objects and reveal what layer it is on? And change to that layer?
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Automating file export with different colored objects and file names

I’ve been working with Illustrator CC 2014 on a floor map for a ~400 rooms building. To allow visitors to find rooms more quickly, I wanted to generate a series of images with highlighted rooms. The ...
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Brushes in Illustrator

Why don't brushes that I import into Illustrator save in the library? I'll open a new file and they won't be there anymore. Is there a way to make them stay in there permanently?
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How to change colors in a purchased vector stock image with masks.

I am using AI, and I have a vector image where I have over 25 different masks. When I select a shape, and try to change the color, only the border of that specific changes color but the inside stays ...
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Maintaining correct line thickness and small dots seem mutually exclusive in Illustrator's Image Trace

I am attempting to use Image Trace to vectorise an illustration drawn with technical pens. The drawing has variable line thicknesses, which I want to preserve as accurately as possible, but also small ...
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How to ignore objects outside clipping masks in symbols in Adobe Illustrator

I have created an illustration of a box out of 3 simple shapes in Adobe Illustrator CC. They are actually 3 clipping masks that clip 3 different embedded raster textures. I then turned the whole group ...
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Copy & Paste in place from Illustrator to Photoshop - Not aligning

I am trying to copy & 'paste in place' layers from Illustrator into Photoshop, however they never align correctly. I have checked artboard and canvas size are the same and also same color mode. ...
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Organise / Align / Snap multiple objects in a box?

I am new to Illustrator so wondering if there is anyone who can help me. I have 195 flags of the world, each one a separate object. I would like to place them all in a rectangle in a neat and ...
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How can I get the clipping paths to be objects in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm converting a vector drawing from Bohemian Sketch to Adobe Illustrator so that I can export eps and svg, etc. When I copy and paste from Sketch I get a bunch of clipping paths instead of objects. ...
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Can't select my image in Illustrator CS6 to fill it with color

I traced an image in image trace, (Illustrator CS6) it is on its own layer and now I can't select it. I've tried with the select tool, the direct select tool, magic wand, lasso to fill it with a ...
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Exponential/logarithmic scaling in Illustrator?

Given a flat object in Illustrator, how can I scale it along the X or Y axis so that it stretches in an exponential fashion? That means that the center barely is stretched, but the outer extents ...
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Duplicating an entire artwork with contents within it only returns white background - why?

I want to duplicate an entire artboard with all the artworks within it to another location in Illustrator CC, and I think it can be done by pressing ⌥ and dropping and dragging. However, when I tried ...
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update colors and graphic styles in multiple Illustrator files

what is the most efficient way to update(change) named, global swatches and graphic styles in multiple AI files. Many files need to be updated to use tweaked colors and styles. Is there a way other ...
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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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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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Illustrator CS6 document setup background color

I have a problem with background color in Illustrator CS6. So i set up a desired color for background in document setup, but then i can`t see any white color within my document (i assume that white is ...
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Break shape points into separate objects

I have a path, for example, looking like this: I want to break it into separate points, no need to keep bezier curves data, just simple points. Is there a way to do it in Illustrator?
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Hide/Show multiple objects in Illustrator

How can I change visibility of multiple selected objects (let say paths) at once? Is there any shortcut for this? Thank you
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I've divided my artwork into artboards and now I want to move the contents around

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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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 do I import a vector illustration into photoshop?

I've designed an image in illustrator which is made up of lots of vector objects (as drawn with the pen tool), and now I want to manipulate my image in photoshop . I want to be able to edit anchor ...
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Toggle Illustrator Layer visibility?

I am looking for a way, preferably one that can be triggered via keyboard shortcut, to both toggle the current layer to visible/hidden and to be able to toggle a specifically-named layer ...
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illustrator: is it possible to link shapes to a “master” path/shape, so that modifications to the master drive everything else?

I'm using Illustrator CC, and I'd like to link some sub-shapes to a master such that modifying the master also moves the sub-shapes. Context: octopus tentacles. I've got shapes for each tentacle ...
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Illustrator document to Photoshop - Preserve Layers?

Is it possible to import a Illustrator document into Photoshop and keep the layers - we need to supply a multi layered document to a client in this way asap... We have tried exporting the doc as a ...
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How to create a 3d vector rotable globe in illustrator CS 6

I have world map file in .png format that I then placed in Illustrator and traced in order to create a 3d vector rotable globe by following the tutorial at this link. However, I do not understand how ...
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Filling half a shape in Illustrator

I am still pretty new to illustrator, so I am still learning. I have a shape (pill shape) that is all white. I am trying to "fill" half of the shape with a yellow color (keeping the black stroke ...
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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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How to generate a guilloche effect at the edge of certificate of authenticity or such?

I need to generate a guilloche border for certificate of authenticity (CoA) to be at the edge of the CoA. I'm talking here about the infinite curve that makes the certificate look "legit". I'm ...
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How to exactly align shapes in order to unite them in Illustrator?

I am new to Illustrator, I have been a Photoshop user for years. Im trying to combine a rectangle and eclipse shape. The issue I am having is that the rectangle doesn't seem to line up properly with ...
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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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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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How can the excess be removed from a clipping mask?

I created a clipping mask out of an image 3125x1042: this: to this: Unfortunately, when I save the image as PNG and JPEG, It still retains the size of the original image. 3125x1042. How do I ...
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Combining and Layering Transparent Shapes in Illustrator

Sorry if my title is a big vague. I'm fairly new to Illustrator and and still trying to figure out how things work. I have a few paths that I'm looking to layer, one on top of the other. From bottom ...