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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 do I use the paint brush with a fill in illustrator?

I'm watching the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cljS0rL5-Ko . The video's author uses the paint brush tool with a fill and a stroke to draw the character. Every time I try to draw with a ...
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Spacetime Fabric Curvature

I'm using Illustrator to create a 10x10 grid that I wish to manipulate so I can achieve this effect: But I'm unsure how to do it. Using the various Warp filters does not achieve the result I need, ...
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Specified resizing in Illustrator

I'm just wondering: This is the size of the group. I want to resize the rectangle and the Q in the same time, but I want to give a specified size for the rectangle that the q can follow. For ...
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3D or image pass through text effect…?

I noticed this graphic concept or trend where you have a picture pass through text, not set in it or the text itself being 3D but the effect gives off a similar appearance. I have no idea what its ...
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Why does my CMYK file have crazy neon colors? [closed]

I am new to Illustrator but made a very cool file with photos & text to print as 11x14 poster. A JPEG file is needed to bring to the printer (using Costco which usually works fine). But when I ...
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How to get the outline of a thick line in Illustrator CC

I have perhaps a silly question. If I have a line, very thick, say 70 pt, and I wanted to use the outline of this line rather than its actual path for vinyl cutting, what can I do to change this? I ...
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how to position cities correctly on a world map??? geolocation markers for Illustrator CC?

I recently discovered this awesome third party After Effects plugin called "Locations" It allows you to add geolocated markers to maps in After Effects. Does anyone know if such a cartography plugin ...
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Illustrator - Stroke after 3d Effect

i apologize if my question is too immature but i just cant figure it out. i'm new to illustrator and i want a black stroke around all my objects but i cant give it to objects that have 3D effects ...
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Files aren't opening and printing problems [closed]

Firstly, I created a logo for a client, converted them all into files for her to use for print, web, and universal (PDF, and the standard AI format) then compressed the folder I put them all in and ...
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Create a custom text shadow [closed]

I have some plain text and I was curious as to how to create a custom text shadow behind it. I have another set of text I would like to use as the shadow but I'm not sure what to do as in angling it ...
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How to correctly recolor in Adobe Illustrator?

I have an SVG ( http://www.feingeist.io/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Polygon_grey.svg), which I want to recolor. Initially, I wanted to achieve this by using CSS function background-blend-mode: ...
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Cut out stroke from objects beneath

I'm fairly new to Illustrator, but I'm working on this vector: Right now this is accomplished by circle paths, white fill color, and also two strokes. The blue stroke is 4px and then there is a ...
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Create svg with selectable text

I am new to designing. I have photoshop and illustrator with me. I need to create an svg where I can be able to select the text inside it. As shown in this example where the text is selectable. ...
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how can I copy guides from one artboard to another

I'm using Illustrator to lay out a multi-page pdf, I've set up some guides on an artboard and I'd like other artboards to have the same guides. Can I copy them over?
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Can I scale a text box numerically without stretching the type? [duplicate]

The type does not scale if I drag the side-handle of the text box, but when I adjust the width numerically it gets stretched. Is there a way to size a text box (I need it to match the width of other ...
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CMYK Color Separation for offset printing

Hello I would like to ask how to do CMYK color separation for offset printing? Is it the same for screen printing i.e. spot colors? What would be the optimal DPI, Frequency and angles? My mom sent ...
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Is there an Illustrator alternative which supports SVG natively?

By natively I mean the application needs to create, open, edit, and save in the SVG format without conversion. I'm aware that Sketch can open and export SVG files, but in doing so it changes the XML ...
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How to select the bottom anchor point, when two anchors are stacked on top of each other

How can I choose between two anchor points when the two anchor points are stacked on top of each other? Note: I mean anchor points and not objects.
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How to edit/export ai file without Illustrator

I bought some ai files from fotolia, but I cannot afford Adobe Illustrator. How can I edit/export these ai files without Illustrator. What I really need to do is to make slight changes on the ai file, ...
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How to add numbers to Adobe Illustrator anchor points?

You know the "connect the dots" books for children where you connect the dots from 1 to 100 and a picture becomes visible? I would love to do the same in Adobe Illustrator. Is there a way (with any ...
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Illustrator: How to add a pattern to existing color library?

I just made a pattern that I want to add to an existing custom color library and I wanted to know what is the best/quickest way to do this. Thanks
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Cutting bottom half of shapes

I'm making a logo that currently looks like this: But I actually want it to look more like this: I've tried using Path Finder in Illustrator, but I'm not sure whether I'm doing something wrong ...
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How to match up map shapes of different map projections, in Illustrator?

In Illustrator, I've got vector map data that I want to match up to a map of Australia that I've pulled from Open Street Map (OSM). Problem is, the map my data is on is a different map projection. ...
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Perspective without a vanishing point?

I am trying to recreate this figure (mainly the stacking of images) in Abobe Illustrator: but using perspectives I get the following: How do I go about either removing the vanishing points, or ...
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Save svg without artboard in Illustrator

I have shape that I would like to save as svg file for web. I do: Save as Select Save as type SVG Use Artboard is unchecked by default Enter file name and save Unfortunately I got huge art board ...
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Create a PDF from illustrator without being able to see the individual objects

I have created a product catalogue using Illustrator and would like to distribute this catalogue as a PDF. I have saved each page from illustrator as an individual PDF and then merged the pages into ...
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How can I arrange overlapping circles into a rosette?

How can I make an image like this? When I try doing this in Adobe Illustrator, it ends up like this. the final few circles overlap with the first few. How do I avoid this?
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What is the ideal way to archive drafts of logos and general graphic design pieces?

I work for a branding agency in Southern California and was recently promoted to Lead Designer. While there was a solid system already laid out, I have been trying to address some issues that seem to ...
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How to insert image in a text paragraph without overlapping the text in Illustrator?

Sorry my question is kinda fuzzy, I can't construct the proper sentence for my question. Well here is a screenshot of what I wanted to do: Basically what I want to do is to insert an image in my ...
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How to align left just a single sentence in a justified paragraph in Illustrator?

I am pretty much new to Illustrator and I stumble upon a problem (for me) on the text area. Here is a screenshot: As you can see I have justified the whole paragraph, but the last sentence with ...
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Create the following light effect on Illustrator

Hello. I love this composition and would like to to do something similar (the sky over the houses that are kind of faded in, not the computer, etc). I am unsure whether I should use different HSB ...
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Adding individual guest names to a wedding invitation in illustrator

I have designed a wedding invitation in illustrator (CS6) that I need to add about 60 individual guests names to the invitation and get the printer to print for me. I am after a suggestion on how ...
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How to display data labels in Illustrator graph function (pie graph)?

I am trying to make a pie graph that has both the data labels (e.g. 33%) and the series name (e.g. "apples"). Here is an example below. It seems this can only be accomplished through manually ...
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Merge Point Text Objects Into One Text Area In Illustrator

After importing from PDF I have several single line point text objects which I want to convert to one multiline text area object. Currently I have several lines of text represented as separate point ...
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Remove white background from b/w vector image for web [closed]

I have created schema in black and white vector image using Adobe Illustrator. Now I would like to make image for web. I choose GIF and save. Unfortunately I have A4 white background where schema was ...
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White space around vector portrait 12 x 18 inch' rule(s)? Best practices?

I'm doing a poster series around vector portraits and I have two elements on the page. a. Portrait / Head + Neck b. { just below } a small centered logo connected to a box with a persons name. What ...
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Change color on object after 3d extrude and bevel and transform

I have google this but can not find an answer to my specific problem. I am using Illustrator CC (2015) I am new to illustrator, but know the basics and am learning as I go along using different ...
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How to do a Corel Draw action in Adobe Illustrator?

How can I warp text to fit a shape like you can in Corel Draw in Illustrator. I know about the warping function in Illustrator but it is nothing like Corel's Envelope tool. I want to adjust the ...
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is there an easy way to convert custom letters from a .png file to illustrator

So I have made a custom title for my game. Because it exist out of two colors, I decided to make it in paint because I find it handy for pixel art. I would like to port this to Adobe Illustrator so I ...
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Any Advice On Shadows and Highlights?

I'm trying to create my first sports-style logo, but I can't seem to get the right shadows and highlights. Does anybody know of resources that thoroughly go over this? I've been going through Fraser ...
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selecting only bottom anchor points using direct selection tool

I'm trying to select only the bottom anchor points using the Direct Selection Tool. And apply the following effect: Effect > Stylize > Round Corners However, all the four anchor points get ...
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Creating coloured images Illustrator/Photoshop [duplicate]

I was wondering what's the best way to achieve the same coloured effect on my images, as these images in this slider on this website: example website I've tried it in Photoshop and Illustrator by ...
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How do i make a white object non transparent in adobe illustrator

I'am working on a game, and in that game I have a white paper plane. My problem is, is that my white paper plane is not white but transparent, is there a way to make this white/non transparent. I ...
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Trim lines for vinyl cutting

I have created an image for a door consisting of vector based (AI) emoticon balls in InDesign on a Mac. The supplier doing the print and installation is having an issue where hidden lines are also ...
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Exporting web design from illustrator to photoshop

I have a website designed in Illustrator that I have exported to PSD, which works okay apart from the fact that it doesn't like clipping paths which I can deal with. The main issue is that when the ...
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creating a lighting shadow illustrator [duplicate]

I am a beginner in illustrator, and want to create a lighting shadow just like the material design from android Here is an image I want to create: Now the current Image I have is the person but ...
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creating a tinted and shaded edge

I`m new to illustrator and want to create a tinted and shaded edges from the google material design guidelines. The above is the sample, the blue colors are the tinted edges, which I want to ...
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How to Smoothly Distort a Pattern in Illustrator

In trying to improve my Illustrator skills, I'm imitating some posters. Currently, I'm onto the one below. What I'm having trouble with is the distorted background. I tried to convert a dot pattern ...