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create custom gradients in illustrator using patterns

I am new to Illustrator and currently fiddling with some of the more advanced options. I would like to know if it is possible to create custom gradients using patterns in the swatches window that ...
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how can I insert a placeholder in Illustrator

how can I insert a placeholder image in Illustrator, the way it can be replaced by an external real image file.
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Illustrator artwork present but not showing on layer?

I'm editing an existing AI file - a hexagon shape that shows with some scratches over it. However, I've removed every single object on the current layer except the hexagon shape. I can't figure out ...
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illustrator: pathfinder minus front, cut-out is crude, not precise enough

CS5. Trying to cut out text from a shape behind it. I select the text, then Object > Expand..., then select it along with the rectangle shape behind it and do Pathfinder > Minus front. The cut-out ...
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How to make white stroke show up for a shirt printing

hoping you can help me today. I think my question is very simple. I have almost no experience with Adobe, but I am trying to finish up a Christmas present... I am making a digital file for a shirt ...
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How can I automate importing images into Illustrator and exporting artwork?

How can I automate importing images into Illustrator and exporting my final artwork? say, like a magazine that have the same title in thew same place and a cover image to be replaced in every issue?
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Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator CC - Colors are inverted

I am trying to follow this tutorial on how to create Digital Version of a signature. In the Video he clicks on Trace Options, and then clicks Ignore white, before doing a a Live Trace to vectorize the ...
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Illustrator Colour Wheel Settings: How to change the color wheel settings to show a full spectrum?

The Colour Wheel in the Edit Colors Dialogue Box (see image) is patches of colours instead of a smooth spectrum. I'm looking to change the settings so that I get the smooth spectrum. How can I do ...
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How do I mix rounded and squared caps in a single path in Illustrator?

How could I mix rounded and square caps in one single path in Illustrator? For example, I need to make a rounded cap on the starting point and a square one on its end? See the screen capture ...
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Is it possible in Illustrator CC to set a Mac keyboard layout on windows? [migrated]

I've always worked with my Mac and I just started using the company's PC with Windows 7, nevertheless I'm still using an Apple keyboard. Is it possible in Illustrator to set the Mac's shortcuts? Maybe ...
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Placing illustrator logos in Indesign retains artboard dimensions (dead space around actual logo)

My I need to export Print+Web versions of logos in several formats currently arranged in artboards but whenever I - save as... EPS - [tick "Use Artboards"] ... the resulting files when placed in ...
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How can i smooth out 3D edges in Illustrator?

As you can see the lens has fuzzy/distorted edges towards the top. Any way i can smooth this out in Illustrator 3D? Its only there after i add the 3D effect.
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illustrator transform part of a curve

I'm very new to AI and am still learning about curves. I would like to know if it is possible to apply transforms to the curve between two anchor points. Specifically, I would like to increase the ...
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How to Activate and deactivate the RTL features in AI and PS CC 2014

how to get access to all Arabic / Hebrew language features in the last updated Adobe products 2014.1 specially Illustrator.
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I really need a bit of help with the objects on my screen and they way they are arranged.

so that's what i'm doing....the tech blue lines are 1 object and the rest of the cube is the 2nd object....what i want to do is bring those tech lines and arrange them in such a way that its below ...
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Best way to export a vector logo from Illustrator to Photoshop for printing?

I have a vector logo (eps-file) that needs to be exported to an A4-flyer created in Photoshop for printing (as a PDF). What is the best way to export the logo to Photoshop at the appropriate size ...
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How do I give text an offset path in Illustrator?

Okay, I am just trying out the offset path effect for a custom font. I followed this tutorial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU2wDdLNTdE I tried doing the same, typed a word and expanded it,then ...
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Web Design to Tablet Design

Me and my colleague have just completed designing a very complex web interface. However, we need to move on to design the tablet interface. Is there a way for us to scale down the designs to fit the ...
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How do I modify this colored Mesh in Illustrator?

I have this nifty glowing ring in an EPS file. I am trying to figure out how to use Illustrator to have the same blue ring with a white background. I'm having difficulty understanding where the ...
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Align text in center of circle vertically without creating outlines?

How do I vertically center text in a circle or box in Illustrator? If I choose the "Vertically Align Center" in the align palette to align the text in the center of my circle object, it's not in the ...
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Capture sound waves [migrated]

I'm trying to capture sound wave patterns from mp3s. At the moment I'm doing screen grabs from audacity, then fixing them up in photoshop. Does anyone know any other software I could use for this? ...
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How can I modify the width of only the last segment of a path?

Is it possible to make the last segment a different width? Something like this? I was thinking endcaps, but I want it to stretch to the second last to the last anchor point. I want something like ...
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iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus design confusions around dimensions, resolutions and densities

I have to design an iOS app in iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus in Adobe Illustrator. Can anyone help me with the ever confusing PPIs and retina/retina HD displays and dimensions of these? For example, I ...
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checkerboard draw behind in Illustrator

Is there a way to create a quick checkerboard pattern that can used to draw behind a shape? I can use the Rectangle Grid to make a normal grid to do this but when I create a checkerboard shape the ...
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Illustrator: lock/unlock current layer via keyboard shortcut?

Is it possible to toggle the locked/unlocked state of the current layer via keyboard shortcut? I'd love to be able to toggle show/hide for layers as well.
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How to anchor text to bottom-right of container?

When I use the Type tool in Illustrator, text automatically flows from the top-left: Is it possible to have the text flow from the bottom-right instead, like this (Illustrator CC 2014)? The ...
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Why are drop shadows so hard to render, and is there an easier alternative for an aging computer?

I've been using drop shadows on a logo I'm working with and when I apply the effect it takes a good 30-40 seconds for it to finish, and then same amount of time for each edit. I'm using an older ...
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Actually snapping to pixel grid

Does anyone know if there's a way to have Illustrator CC (2014) constrain control points to the pixel grid? I understand that "Align to pixel grid" makes it so that a shape will try to match the pixel ...
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Can I directly select colors on selected points in Illustrator's gradient slider?

As you can see in this image, I want to select those colors and use them in gradient effects. Right now, I first select one color and copy the hex code, then paste it in the gradient. Can I ...
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Pull apart pie chart slices in Illustrator but retain stroke

I have a pie chart created using Illustrator CC's Pie Graph Tool: I want to separate the slices to create a gap in-between. I see that this has been asked and answered before, but the answer ...
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How to create a full circle vector that its fill/stroke color changes along the path? [duplicate]

I would like to know how to color change a stroke in Illustrator or Photoshop like the Q in the picture:
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Fingerprint pattern in Illustrator?

Does anyone know how to create a fingerprint pattern in Illustrator?
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illustrator vector lines are straight but look jagged [duplicate]

Is there a way to avoid the appearance of jagged lines? I'd like for all the lines to appear fine and smooth, but there are uneven parts, as you can see, where the lines become jagged-looking. These ...
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What would cause me to not be able to select a path in Illustrator?

I'm dealing with an issue in Illustrator CC that I haven't come across before. I've been supplied a file that I need to work with as a vector. In Illustrator itself if I hit "Crtl + Y" and go into ...
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How to make linked images work in Adobe illustrator files on a network

I have a lot of AI files that are on a main computer. When I try to access them from my other computer all the links within the file are broken. Is there a specific way of saving an AI file so that ...
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I feel like whatever I transfer to Adobe Illustrator is loosing the concept's original features?

I can draw pretty cute thing that in my imagination would look good in vector format. But I'm just plain frustrated whenever I need to work with Adobe Illustrator and transfer my thoughts on digital ...
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Taking a photo from a high res camera instead of scanning

Can I just take a photo of my sketch to work on it further in Illustrator rather than scanning it? Is scanning necessary even if what you want to create is a rough black and white illustration/comic?
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How can I do this effect in Illustrator

I would like to know how to do this 3d type text in the picture below please. I would like to do it illustrator. Thank you
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What are good resouces for learning to use illustrator to design iOS apps?

I've been using photoshop to do visual designs of apps from wireframes till now and it goes pretty well. But there's a trend these days to do the visuals also in illustrator using multiple artboards ...
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How do I copy icon designs from Photoshop to Illustrator in order to turn them into .svg?

I'm a newbie in creating font icons from .svg. I created some icons in Photoshop (.psd), and now I want to copy all of them to Illustrator to create an .svg file but I don't know how to do it. Can ...
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Changing the size of only first letter on a logo

I am trying to make a logo, which contains two words one above each other, and one big letter in the front of both. How do I separate the letters, and place them in an order I want , and change the ...
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How can i make a vector from really small jpgs

i have really really small jpg images, and i want to know how can i make a vector in AI. They are like 31mm W and 14 H. Thank you so much, guys :)
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How do I stack 3 jpegs vertically? [closed]

I've three parts of a newspaper clipping saved in JPEG format that I wish to join together in a vertical alignment. The sample can be downloaded referenced by the following link: ...
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Way to make graphics on a convex car window appear straight?

I'm designing a vinyl decal to cover the whole back window of a Jeep Cherokee. I got the dimensions from corner to corner, but when it was printed there was a massive 'rainbow' curvature of ...
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Adobe Illustrator's Type Tool - Incorrect text height

Ok, so I've been using Illustrator for years, and this is something I haven't gotten around to figure out.. In my line of work, I need to be precise with my lettering. If I want a text height of ...
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Bevel illusion using Illustrator or Photoshop

I wanted to know if there's a quicker process to achieve this effect in Illustrator or Photoshop. What I did, I created a single curved edge and copied it along the sides of the heart. I was ...
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Adobe Illustator: live trace and lots of fill colours

I have a drawing with hundreds of shapes like in the attached AI file: Objects with detached dots in it. I used live trace to vectorize it. Now I need to colour all objects, specifically the ...
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How can I create a block shadow effect for text? [duplicate]

I want to recreate this image in illustrator. I'm looking to create two tone 3-d colors with a variety of different fonts.
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Yosemite translucent menu-bar replica?

I've tried to make a filter in Illustrator so that it looks like the filter used in the Yosemite menu-bar. I can't seem to get it quite right. Here's an image of the menu-bar, for those of you not ...
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Strange ID when save a file as SVG in Illustrator

I drew a map of a floor with offices in Illustrator, and I need to named each office floor. But the names have numbers or special characers such () and +, i.e. 360 (IVO+IMR+IEC) And when I save it as ...