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How to modify the corner radius on rounded rectangle in Illustrator?

I always ended up just creating a new rounded rectangle if the existing one don't work. Is there a way to modify the corner radius without having to create a new shape? I know I can modify the bezier ...
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How can I create a tight spiral shape? (Archimedean spiral)

I'm trying to create something similar to this example: What tool should I use, or is it just squares and circles attached together? Great if you know a tutorial for this effect.
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Illustrator now refuses to draw lines with stroke weight below 1 pt

Starting yesterday, Illustrator has been refusing to let me set a line weight under 1pt. If I set a lower one, the line snaps back to 1pt weight. This is crippling to my work: The art is being output ...
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What does it mean when printers have told me my colour is not a Pantone colour, but in my file it is?

I've recently designed a cosmetic label for a client and I've given them the final file to have it printed at their designated printer companies. But a few have them have come back and said that they ...
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What are some good tips on how to extrude text in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm bit of a newbie in Adobe Illustrator and have been learning the application by trying to follow some tutorials and recreating some cool stuff I come across on the web. That being said, I'm ...
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How do I create a polygon tessellation pattern in Adobe Illustrator?

I have no idea what they call this so I'm not having much success with searching. But lets start with an example with this site: Image from pixden.com Does anybody know how to create this and if it ...
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Grid-based design in Illustrator — need help setting up a grid!

I'm trying to explore grid-based layout design in Illustrator to help me create mockups for prototypes. I was wondering if anybody here could help me set up a grid based layout easily in Illustrator ...
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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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How to convert text to single stroke in illustrator

The question really says it all. I want to apply brush effect on the stroke once it looks like text. All my tries have resulted in stroke being outline of the text.
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How can I make a Tartan Design in Adobe Illustrator

I generated on the internet this tartan design: Now I want to get this design as a vector graphic built in Adobe Illustrator. Is there a trick to get 45 degree lines on the squares? Or does ...
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How to fit text box size to text?

I want to fit the artboard to selected art (two text boxes) - the text boxes are larger than the text inside them - how do I fit (shrink) them to wrap tightly around my text? Illustrator version - ...
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Shape gets distorted when adding stroke in Illustrator CS6

I very recently started learning how to use Adobe Illustrator (CS6), and just now I noticed something strange. When I add a 1pt stroke to my shape, it gets slightly distorted. This distortion does not ...
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Photoshop layers into SVG paths

I have a set of Photoshop files which consist of a base image with a series of layers with colored overlays. The overlays are labeled using the layer names. My task is to get these overlays as SVG ...
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Border on borderless pie chart, Illustrator CC

I'm an Illustrator beginner, and I have just made pie chart. I removed the borders but I still end up with a 1 pixel wide border between the pieces of the pie whenever I export to PDF or AI. Please ...
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Photoshop / Illustrator / InDesign - placed image different dimensions and resolution

The same problem over and over again - why do images placed in Id/Ai show different size than in PS? I've made image in PS of about 2000x1500 pixels at 300 PPI. Then made Ai document of 2500x1600 ...
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How do I get out of Outline View?

I have drawn a broom in Illustrator and cant apply any brushes or strokes to it. I just don't get it. What do I have to do? Here is a screenshot:
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Save Illustrator as PDF with transparent background

Is there a way to export my artwork as PDF so that it has a transparent background? Something like exporting objects only... whenever I try to save my .ai as pdf, it always comes with a full white ...
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Object dimensions change after filling with the Shape Builder Tool/Paint Bucket Tool

I already wrote in Adobe forum about this issue (https://forums.adobe.com/message/8339546#8339546) and tried all suggestions to solve this problem, but still nothing… I will try to explain my problem ...
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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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How to change which anchor point on a path is the “starting anchor”?

I'm trying to do some animations for my website with SVG images that I saved in Illustrator. I'm running into the issue that the animation is starting from the wrong part of the path, and I'd like to ...
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Using Clipping masks in Illustrator

Im new to Illustrator and have found the clipping mask is not so easy compared to Phtoshop. Could any one tell me how i can make this line texture a clipping mask over the circle?
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Using Illustrator CS6 to create shape out of multiple paths

I am very new to Illustrator, in fact I am only experimenting with it in an attempt to help my friend develop a logo for a new business venture. I managed to draw out the shell of the logo using the ...
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How do I use pathfinder on multiple objects?

I have some text. I changed it to outline. Drew a rectangle on it. Selected all and then pathfinder->minus front. I got a weird result. How can get my desired effect in this way?
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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 do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?

I need help creating such a graphic in illustrator or photoshop using simple tools and maintaining the perspective effect in sharp folds (contrary to wrap tools) I tried mesh tool but couldn't figure ...
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Professionals: Would you choose GIMP over Photoshop and/or Inkscape over Illustrator?

I know Adobe's solutions are more advanced, but, as professionals, do you think you would survive (against competition) using GIMP and/or Inkscape instead of Photoshop and/or Illustrator for your ...
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Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Can you recommend a good alternative to Adobe Illustrator? I am learning vector based graphic design, but I am not ready to make such a large investment as to purchase a copy of Adobe Illustrator. ...
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Create equally spaced circles around a sphere object

I'm attempting to create a similar graph to this one. Is there a specific way in illustrator to equally space the circles around a center circle? What I've done is created the center circle, then a ...
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How can I create realistic business card mockups?

I'm trying to produce the effect in the below image: I'd preferably like to do this with Photoshop or Illustrator. How can this be accomplished?
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Pressure-sensitive freehand drawing of vector paths that are editable with the Illustrator Width tool?

In illustrator, you can do pressure-sensitive drawing with the Blob Brush tool (if you set Width to Pressure in the settings from double-clicking the icon). You can also fine-tune the widths of paths ...
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Import vector data into illustrator

I have a program that generates thousands of vector points (just coordinates), the format is not fixed, but it could be something like this: (2.4785|77.01) (78.8|9.88) (45.33|0.2) I am able to ...
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Change viewbox attribute in svg exported by illustrator

I have a SVG file with viewBox="-155.7 -99 510 510". I believe this offset the paths in Mac OS X preview by -155.7 -99. when I open the SVG in Illustrator, the paths are not offset at all. how do I ...
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How to vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5

How do I vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5? I cannot find a way to do that; in InDesign, it's a click away!
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Scaling a text box in Illustrator CS6 (without scaling text)

Ok, I have a fresh Illustrator document. Pasted some copied text into the "artboard" (the clipboard is severely broken, but that's for another day). The textbox that gets pasted is one huge line ...
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How to open a multiple page PDF file as artboards in Illustrator CS6

I'm trying to open a PDF file with 7 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CS6. How do I open the PDF file in one single AI files with all artboards within it?
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Best way to send layouts with editable text to writers/editors who don't have design software

Here's a common design workflow problem, probably most relevant to in-house designers, but also to agencies who have a lot of non-design writing or research staff, or freelancers who work with in-...
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How do I avoid lines at top and left borders of png files exported from Illustrator

When I export Illustrator artwork as a png file, I get a one pixel grey border at the top and left edges. There is no background object, but I export (Save for Web and Devices) with matte white ...
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How to create a grain / noise effect in Adobe Illustrator

I want to create a noise effect using Adobe Illustrator. Inside the hexagonal shape there is some kind of texture effect, I don't know what the name of this effect is: How can I create such an ...
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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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Merging separate paths in Illustrator

I have several circles that are set at type none color and 0.01 black stroke. They're all currently in paths (except two I made into compound paths). I want to know how to remove the stroke from the ...
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Effectively creating this effect in Illustrator?

Been lurking awhile but this is my first post. I've always wondered what this effect is called and I'm almost certain there's an easier way to doing it than how I do it. I'm talking about the "empty"...
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Illustrator CS5 brick pattern with perspective

I created a curving arrow shape that starts wide at the bottom and thins out near the top where the point is. I also created a brick pattern swatch but when I apply it to the shape it appears like the ...
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How to punch through all the layers in Adobe Illustrator?

So I have this image as vector and a grunge image as vector: I can easily mask the grunge part from the image in Photoshop: But when I try to do this on Illustrator with pathfinder always get ...
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How to “draw” pointed corner drop shadows in Adobe Illustrator CS5

I have this image which I want to re-draw/reverse engineered so that I can use it at different sizes as resizing it cause it to look bad. But I can't seem to figure out how to do it. The drop ...
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Perspective/non-linear blends with a common centre

In illustrator, if you want to take a blend between two objects with a specified number of steps and give it a perspective-like effect - changing the curve of the blend from linear to non-linear so ...
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How to draw smooth curved shapes in illustrator?

I did one illustration like this. It includes thin curved lines. I took lot of time and patience to create this one. But the end result is looking a bit cluttered. I'm expecting very smooth curves. ...
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How to bind the endpoint of a line to a rectangle/circle in Illustrator?

I am a beginner user of Illustrator and I like it a lot. I also like to make concept maps like this one: I was wondering if there is a possibility to easily create and modify concept maps ? The ...
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How to draw circle tangents and removing the inner lines?

I'm new to Adobe Illustrator and I wanted to accomplish this task. How do I remove the inner lines in my drawings? I tried with all the pathfinders effect but it keeps removing my tangent lines (the ...
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How to avoid decimals on position and size using pixels

I am using Adobe Illustrator CS6 to create small images (like icons) for my app so I need pixel precision. How can I avoid X, Y, W and H properties to have decimals? Can I configure 0 decimals for ...
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How to draw these big headed characters?

I am the graphic designer of a game and I want to recreate the look of these images (I mean the characters, not the 2.5 scene). My questions are: Does this character style (no legs or arms) have a ...