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Best way to save an illustrator design so it cannot be altered

I have designed a logo for a non-profit that I want to allow different committees to use it, but I don't want them to be able to alter anything but the size. I have created the design as a vector ...
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Outter stroke is overlapping other characters

Here's an example: And here's an image I designed yesterday without that problem: I didn't use any special process on the second image to keep the character strokes from overlapping things.
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Exporting AI file to PSD - why do my layers merge?

I'm trying to export an AI file, which has a ton of sublayers under one layer and some groups and stuff. I've tried exporting to PSD, following the guidelines I've found online (Write Layers and ...
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Illustrator doesn't respect coordinates [duplicate]

I'm trying to draw a simple line in Illustrator starting from an anchor, but it just won't work. Illustrator offset the end result for no apparent reason. In this figure you see that the new line is ...
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How would I divide up this vector map in Adobe Illustrator?

So I just traced out a map of Westeros using Illustrator's pen tool, what I want to do is divide the map into the different "provinces" or kingdoms. In other words, how do I draw the borders on the ...
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Text grabbing in cc illustrator

I can't grab text from just anywhere, I have to specifically click the text line or bounding box, is this new to cc illustrator or is there a setting for this? example, there is a letter "B" in size ...
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How do I adjust the width between two anchor-points [duplicate]

It's specifically two anchor points, but when a adjust the width it does it for the whole thing. I'm trying to turn a square into a trapezoid.
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How to batch save data driven graphics with a script in Illustrator?

I build data-driven graphics in Illustrator and am able to run a batch "Save to PDF" action on these graphics. Can I do the batch "Save to PDF" action with a script instead? My thinking is that the ...
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Is there a way to join an open path to a closed one?

I'm trying to connect the anchor of an oppen path to a closed path, is this doable? I would assume paths had the ability to fork.
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How to randomize curved lines in Sketch to create a pattern?

I'm looking to figure out a method to automate randomized curved lines to achieve an effect similar to the image below
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When scaled in Indesing, does a Vectorial PDF from Illustrator become pixelated?

Im currently making drawings in Rhino, exporting them to illustrator and setting their stroke and line weight. I then save this as PDFs from illustrator and place them in Indesign to organize my plot. ...
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Why does After Effects sometimes have an import dialog and sometimes don't?

I'm trying to import illustrator .ai file to After Effects, sometimes I get a dialog within After Effects asking me how I want to import the file. But sometimes the dialog won't show up, and it will ...
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Illustrator exporting wrong RGB colours

Illustrator is exporting rgb colours with a different value from the one I choose. The purple to the left is part of an image, it has the proper RGB colours when picked from photoshop AND ...
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How to view SVG's code in Illustrator [closed]

I've been searching and I can't find out how to view the code of the SVG we have designed in Illustrator. Does anyone know how? I'm relatively new to Illustrator.
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Inverse selection in Adobe Illustrator

How do I invert selected objects in Adobe Illustrator? I have made a group of different shapes and I want to apply two different colours on them. Is there is a way to invert selection?
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The vector logo disappear after printing

I got a problem with the vector logo. I had created the artwork with photo, vector logo and text. Unfortunately, when my client printed the artwork, the logo has disappeared! I have checked ...
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remove white-space from blend while maintaining lines as strokes

I am trying to make a laser cut pattern in illustrator and I want to make the following image etched into wood (red lines etched). So, here is the rub. Right now those lines are just a blend under ...
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How to wipe the active document clean at the beginning of a script?

I want to have a blank slate at the start of my script. My two current approaches both have downsides. First, I create a new document at the start of the script. However, during development, I test ...
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Dot fade pattern brush is 'squished' in corners, how do i solve this?

I have created a pattern brush in illustrator, and i need it to follow this path (below) evenly, however it seems to be getting 'squished' into the corners and the dots are stretching. Is there a ...
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Quickest way to create a 'stepped' or zig-zagged path in Illustrator?

Is there a really simple way to create a stepped or zig-zagged path like this in Illustrator? I created this by showing the grid, 'snapping' to it and drawing each step. Ideally I'd like to find a ...
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Illustrator brush pen pressure distortion

After a few months of using my Wacom, I started to notice that my strokes became distorted near sharp corners and curves when I changed the default 5pt brush to pen pressure. I saw similar questions ...
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Illustrator CC Text not turning, acting like indesign text

In my CC Illustrator, the text box won't allow me to turn on its side/rotate, every time I try to turn, the text stays horizontal and moves within the box. It is acting like text in indesign. Is there ...
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Consecutive numbering all the path's anchors?

I would like to ask, if there's a possibility in Adobe Illustrator a) - to number path's anchors consecutively (or even in any other way, illustrator, just do it already. Please) so that b) - i ...
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Offset path on curved points

I have a shape with curved points (like horns) that I want to add an offset path to in Illustrator. The problem is the offset path does not follow the curved shape all the way to the point, and ...
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Smart object in Illustrator - Photoshop

Does anyone have an idea why when I try to edit an illustration made initially in AI, and placed in PS afterwards, the illustration isn't pixel perfect, so I double click it, it opens in AI, I snap ...
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Creating nested grids in Illustrator

I'm currently using Illustrator and Photoshop CS6 and my goal is to create a UI for a Battleship game. I have my eyes on this to use as a reference: Photoshop cannot do much vector and grid work so ...
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How to get the coordinates of different points in Illustrator?

While writing a script, I have to go through a lot of trial and error to simply get a text frame to appear where I want it to be. The main hurdle is that I can't tell in advance where a [200, 200] ...
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Transparency question

I'm struggling with a transparency issue here. What I did is made the white shape inside the black object, and made a outer glow on the black shape, like its glowing, and I would like to make the ...
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How to crop a vector graphic in Adobe Illustrator to paste into InDesign?

I tried cropping a vector image in Adobe Illustrator by following this link: How can I crop everything outside of an art board in Illustrator? I was able to do it once. I repeated the steps and it ...
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Drawing hair, joining up all of the segments correctly

In illustrator: I have the following drawing, drawn with the pen tool. The problem is that i drew each hair segment separately to be able to fill them separately, but redrew over lines in order to ...
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Reliable method to extract fragments from an SVG in HTML/Javascript

I have a large SVG graphic containing several elements that I want to display across different parts of an HTML page. I'm using Illustrator. The reason I'm not putting them as distinct elements is ...
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How to set a colour ratio in different sectors and manipulate it? [closed]

Please see picture 1: I am trying to make a colour scale in the picture for example the picture right now is red/orange colour in the background is 1:0 (orange background:white dots), and if the ...
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illustrator CMYK help

Hoping someone can help. I've been asked to create a vector illustration where k must equal 0. I keep going to the shape fill, set it as 0 and then all looks fine. But when I click back on the shape, ...
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JPG image colors change when opened on Illustrator/Photoshop

I have logo which format is .jpg. That's the only logo file that my client has provided me. Now, when I open this file on Illustrator or Photoshop, it suddenly change its colors. Here's what I mean; ...
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Difference between PSD paths and AI paths

Bit of a noob question, but I've only recently discovered Illustrator. I've always worked with Photoshop to edit images. Can anyone tell me the difference between paths created in PSD and paths ...
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How to connect solid connected pieces?

Simple question, how do I make this one piece? Ive tried all the pathfinder options, and it does not connect the pieces, same as compound shape. I'm stuck trying to do this the hard way, there ...
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What's the best way to import to InDesign from Illustrator & Photoshop

I'm illustrating a book. I'm using Photoshop to add effects, my text is in Illustrator and all of the illustrated pages live and will print from InDesign. My book size is 10.25 x 10.25 inches, and all ...
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Selecting 1 colour in image trace without clicking endlessly [duplicate]

I've scanned a drawing that has lots of detail. I've image traced it to the 30 colour maximum. I've expanded it so it's editable. I want to change the colours of this drawing. Because there is so ...
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How to make certain area transparent in Illustrator

I have a rectangle with a grid pattern as fill: Now I want the white part to be transparent so I can add a background image to it. I didn't find a way to do it. I know if you are in Photoshop you ...
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Google Display Ads Illustrator [duplicate]

I've been designing Google display ads for clients out of Ai, very simple (mostly text and logo) layouts. I'm having trouble with exporting, losing text clarity and general quality loss of graphics. ...
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How to merge two shapes and create a space between them

I am trying to merge these two shapes in Adobe Illustrator, so that the black line makes a cutout through the grey rings of the target, and leaves a specified gap around the edge between the black ...
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Importing EPS to Adobe Photoshop adds stroke around the objects

I have created an object using Adobe Illustrator and when saving as EPS file and opening it on Photoshop, I see all these white stokes around them: if I save it as PNG and open it with a photo ...
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How to convert an Illustrator design to Word so a client can print themselves?

I have a client who asked for an envelope design and I created it in Illustrator. Here's the catch, we have very specific dimensions but they want to print them themselves using MS Office programs ...
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Illustrator Precise Shaping Issue

I'm having a very annoying issue with Illustrator and can't seem to find anyone else with this issue on the internet which is kind of odd. I'm having trouble uploading images so I will try and ...
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How to use blend tool in Illustrator to blend continuosly?

Here's what I did. Draw several circles with gradients. Use blend tool and click each circle in place. Replace spine. I've tried several times but failed to achieve the dynamic colors. Also, ...
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Pen stroke width keeps changing

I'm having trouble with the pen tool as it won't stay at the stroke width that I set it to. It seems at some points of the image it accepts my settings and others it automatically resets to 1 pt and ...
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How can i store pure vector assets, not linked assets, in Adobe Library?

I've been using Adobe Library in illustrator to store shapes I use often. but i've come across a problem. I first make a shape I want to store: I then drag it into Adobe Library: But when it ...
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Trying to realise my goal (a new way of thinking) [closed]

I'm trying to find the fastest way, to draw on a high-end level. I am decent in Photoshop, but find myself using a lot of time with details and cleaning up my drawing. So I started to research and I ...
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Can someone help me about this icon design? [closed]

How are you? This is my first work. please help me about this icon design. does it have problem? Thank you icon picture :
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AI: Offset Path to reduce the thickness of a vector

I downloaded this icon from flaticon and want to reduce the thickness of the path: http://www.flaticon.com/free-icon/bird-in-broken-egg_44434#term=broken%20egg&page=1&position=2 I followed ...