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Outline on the inside, in illustrator

I have a shape in illustrator, an outline of a guitar, and I would like to add an outline on the inside, so as to represent binding. I need it to be around 1mm perfectly aligned along the outside ...
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Minus Front Not Working Illustrator

Hi I am doing this project at the moment and im trying to cut text out of an object that i drew using the pen tool. But when I select them both and click Minus Front (yes i have created outlines on ...
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Is there a way to import and iterate text data from excel to illustrator? [duplicate]

I am making a card game and I have a spreadsheet with all the data which I need to put on the cards. Is there a way to get it directly from excel to illustrator (or any other vector app)?
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Saving Ai files as editable pdf?

Sounds simple, but it's giving me a headache, I'm able to save the file and open it in Adobe acrobat pro dc, and edit the text but my client is asking for the logo symbol, to still be editable for ...
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Hairline gaps between shapes

I'm new to Illustrator and have created some icons. When I export to svg, I get thin white lines between shapes. There is no gap when I'm using Illustrator. I've taken a look on the web with the ...
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My knife tool is too “choppy”

So I'm using the knife tool in AI CC to make some shading on an illustration I'm working on, but it gets too "choppy". I work with a mouse, so I just drag the cursor where I want to cut the shape. As ...
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Illustrator blend tool creating unwanted lines

I am attempting to create a long shadow on my icon by using this effect in Illustrator. When I use Object > Blend > Make it leaves white spaces between each shape it creates and looks extremely ugly. ...
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How to create variable glyph width while maintaining the same x height in Illustrator or Indesign

Does anyone know a way to adjust the glyph width while maintaining the same x-height in Illustrator or InDesign? I am looking to create this effect: Similarly, it appears that the strokes of the ...
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Remove extra space in front of the text without outlining it? [Illustrator]

Did anyone figure it out on how to remove that little extra space in front of the text?
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Why are my strokes showing up black, with no colour selected?

All of my strokes are coming with a random black 1pt stroke that I can't edit or get rid of. I can change the colour of the 'outer' stroke, which is technically the same line. That shouldn't be ...
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Why can't set white color for figure when there is red background? [duplicate]

I have red color of artboard in illustrator and figure on it. When I try to set color for this figure white it comes invisible if it would be red. Same thing for text. How to set white color on red ...
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Graphic Design - Sign Info [duplicate]

Hi I would like some info on how to prepare a print ready billboard/sign design of 4000mm x 15000mm in illustrator. 1) I have a image of 1816px x 2000px 96dpi can I use this image in the design an ...
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Any UI library for iOS and Android (Illustrator)?

I'm developing monochromatic Wireframe and the full color demo of my App UI for iOS and Android. I'm using Illustrator. Is there any UI library for me to use? (ex. the default switch, table view, text ...
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Why does InDesign paste my copied image from AI with an unproportional resize frame?

Often when pasting an image into ID copied from AI. It gives me a larger frame than it supposed to. For e.g Normally there would be a rectangular/square frame around the object to resize, however at ...
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Illustrator - Shape outlines show through on other shapes

I started getting a weird issue where outlines of shapes that are behind other shapes are showing through. I tested if it happens in a new document and it doesn't, so it must be something strange ...
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Considerable stutter/lag/pixelation in PDF file while zooming in

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/96798895/Untitled-2.pdf I made this pdf in indesign, I don't know if it's an issue or not but when I zoom in to the file, say to any text or the logo, it stutters ...
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Illustrator File - Preview is different from image

I am a graphic designer and recently I noticed one of my .ai files has a weird preview. Instead of seeing the image I created, I see a white box with a bunch of small text at the lower left corner. ...
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Illustrator Active paint thins out lines

When I use draw a picture with paintbrush in illustrator, and i wanna fill it in with active paint; my lines become very thin. Before i do tho, i get a message. ill try to deceipher it: Complex ...
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Keeping track of outlined fonts in Illustrator

I'm interested in best practices for keeping track of typefaces in an Illustrator project once the text is converted to outlines. Is information hidden somewhere I don't know about? I sometimes keep ...
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Can you link text boxes in Illustrator like InDesign? [closed]

Can you link text boxes in Illustrator the same way you can in InDesign?
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Cutting Overlapping Path (Illustrator CS6)

i have a problem with a Illustrator CS6, i want to cut overlapping path from my content. I need the path to be over my content (the badge seen in the image) , but not have it overlapping the content. ...
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How to create the 3D mock-up look

I saw this on Dribbble and I thought I'd have a go at reproducing it - https://dribbble.com/shots/2200956-Controlled-Content But i'm struggling to do so. I've had a play around with shear and ...
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Problem gradient design pdf

I'm facing this little problem for a design I am creating. I need to create an gradient from transparant to white and in Illustrator it seems ok. But when saving the file as an pdf I get the ...
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Differences in complementary colors reported

I am trying to find the correct complementary color for rgb(252,84,79). However, each of the following reports a different color: Illustrator's built-in color guide (both complementary & ...
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How many Pantone colors? [duplicate]

I have an illustrator file (it's a packaging design going to be printed) which I didn't design it myself. I see so many Pantone colors in the swatches panel; the person who designed it used many ...
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Meaning of layer highlight colors in Illustrator

I'm working with some objects on some different layers in Illustrator. In the layers panel shows this: The bluish color is the layer I've selected (my_img_2). I'm curious the meaning of the other ...
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How can I make the effect of a plane cutting a cone?

Here is the sample image: I want to make the effect that the plane is cutting through the cone. That is I want some part of the plane is at the back and some is at the front, how to do it ...
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How do I draw lots of small hairs on a line in Illustrator fast?

I am inking a character I drew and scanned and wondered if there is a way to create all the small hairs as part of a stroke? I sat with my tablet pen and a pressure sensitive brush and drew each, ...
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What exactly does the rasterize effect do in illustrator?

What exactly does the rasterize effect do in illustrator ... as compared to object>rasterize, which certainly does rasterize the objects, and I completely understand what it does and it's purpose, but ...
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Illustrator text highlight effect? [duplicate]

Is there an easy way (besides creating rectangles behind the text) to create a text background/highlight in Illustrator that looks like this:
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In Illustrator, how should I typically set “Preserve Spot Colors” under “Document Raster Effect Settings”

I am learning Illustrator. Under Document Raster Effect Settings there is a check box which is labeled "Preserve Spot Colors". The fact that is unchecked by default is puzzling to me. Surely I would ...
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Automatically warp objects to irregular shape

I have a photo of a blank exhibition stand and I wanted to add some content to it to show how it might look. The stand is curved and the photograph is taken at an angle. I hoped I might be able to: ...
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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 ...