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Illustrator CS6 Data Variables XML Parser Error

So I have to generate flyers for 10 different laptops (and more in the future). I decided to set up variables. I've created an XML Map for MS-Excel which allows me to save the 'XML Data' type file. I ...
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What ICC profiles does Adobe Illustrator use to convert between RGB and CMYK in its color picker?

I'm trying to understand Adobe Illustrator's color conversion method between RGB/HSB and CMYK. I'm pretty sure they use ICC profiles to do the conversion, and they make a bunch of ICC profiles ...
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Why are some svg filters automatically converted to .png?

I was wondering why some of the SVG Filters found in Illustrator are automatically converted to .png when I export the entire file to .svg. I don't want any hidden .png files because of scalability. ...
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How to ignore objects outside clipping masks in symbols in Adobe Illustrator

I have created an illustration of a box out of 3 simple shapes in Adobe Illustrator CC. They are actually 3 clipping masks that clip 3 different embedded raster textures. I then turned the whole group ...
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How can I make crisp icons for Windows Store apps?

I'm pretty new to making graphics for a specific platform but not to graphic design in general. I have a logo I made using Illustrator and had scaled it accordingly by using the Save to Web feature ...
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Final size in Illustrator CS4 masked images

How do I find out the exact size of a graphic or image after it has a clipping mask applied in Illustrator? When you just select the image or do Ctrl+A it shows the entire image size(including the ...
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Illustrator symbol isolation view pixel grid not aligned to ruler

When a symbol is not aligned to pixel grid, the origin is not aligned to an intersection of the grid. Thus it becomes very difficult to create pixel perfect symbols. Paths that are snapped to the ...
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Batch image trace in Illustrator

Is there any way to batch trace images located in a directory with High fidelity option? I created an action including open an image, image trace it with high fidelity option, save it as PDF and ...
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How can I create and transfer the same metering scale (vector) to a mass of different .jpg images?

I am given a lot (about 300) of single, different size jewelry as .jpg images (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pins, etc). I am asked to create and place a vector image of a metering scale (as the one ...
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Illustrator: Why do layers and sublayers sometimes have different colors?

Not sure if it matters, but before I make some mistake that will cause a lot of work to correct afterwards: Why are some sublayers not colored like the partent-layer (see screenshot)? Are they somehow ...
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Saving an SVG with viewbox 0 0 in Illustrator

I've got a problem saving SVGs in their correct format in Illustrator. I want to save an SVG for web development with the viewbox as "0 0 100 100". The sizes, 100 width and height, are not a problem. ...
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Objects not snapping correctly. (Overshooting or undershooting target)

I have a rectangle that should be snapping to the lines of the other rectangles on my artboard, but it keeps overshooting the mark. Can anyone advise on how to get it to snap the other objects lines ...
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Best way to export a Job application to a client for easy editing

This is my first topic, so go easy on me. :D I got a customer who wants me to design her job application. I want to design it with Adobe illustrator and set up the text with indesign. However the ...
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How to switch to the clipped symbol?

I have a symbol which is clipped. When I place the symbol into document, I can't adjust the size of clipped object. In fact transform shows me unclipped bounding box. Above on the left side ...
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Apply graphic styles to objects in a clip group

I can't seem to apply graphic styles to objects if they're behind a clipping mask. I encountered this problem when I wanted to use graphic styles in order to change the fill colour of a symbol ...
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How to extend line off side of shape?

Is there an easy way to extend lines off the side of the shape, with perfectly the same angle as the edge of the shape. Without having to zoom in as far as possible and just eye it. I feel like there ...
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How to export .svg file from Adobe Illustrator with shape IDs?

My question is very simple. How to export an SVG file from Adobe Illustrator with shape IDs? When I export as SVG my group names turn to groups with group name as ID, that's the behavior I would ...
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How to combine two separate paths into one?

I want to combine two separate path into one, so when I click on one of them with the white arrow (A), both are selected. You can see it in live here : ...
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Is it possible to export paths from illustrator as a URI?

This questions is slightly leaning towards web design, but I think it is more relevant here. I was wondering, do any plugins or techniques exist for exporting the file as SVG, and then without leaving ...
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can Ai files be converted to alpha channels

I want to nkow if i can make alpha channels in adobe Illustrator with all of the gradients and blends to be exported or used with other like AE or with television software
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I am trying to copy a heavily layered (and filtered) file across to a new document, in Adobe Illustrator CS (2014)

I am working with heavily layered EPS file (purchased); some layers have clipping paths and compound masks, most layers have a MULTIPLY or SCREEN filter. I am trying to copy this graphic onto a new ...
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Paisting artwork into a PS file removes some brushes

EDIT I have made a work around that does what the job needs but doesn't solve the problem with copy/pasting it. I saved the artwork as a png file and opened it with Photoshop, this works perfectly at ...
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How can I put a path in the approximate center of a font?

I drew a line through the center of a font with the pencil tool, worked great. I don't know how to turn that line into a path. Any better methods are welcome.
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Including detail in Image Trace with Adobe Illustrator

So I have some designs that I'm trying to get print ready. They're all 1 to 2 colors and were designed in Photoshop at 8 inches x 8 inches and 300 dpi. I didn't realize, but the designs actually need ...
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Illustrator CC Color Guide Shades & Tints not working correctly

I have the color Guide's "Warm / Cool" display option selected. I Select a color group in my swatches panel. Then I select the color guide's "Shades / Tints" option. Shades are displayed accurately. ...
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Illustrator curved line not so “pixel perfect”

As you can see in the image below, my curved lines inside the circle are not so "pixel perfect" like the outer circle, what can I do? I did these curved lines using Path Finder: triangle + circle + 3 ...
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Knife paths using grid overlay

I have a complex layer of paths with a stroke effect. I also have a grid on a layer on top. I now need to knife paths where ever a grid line crosses it. I've played around with divide and crop but ...
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how to prepare a vector shape thats similar to a Perforated vinyl but with bigger sizes [example more than 1m x 1m]

My boss has asked me to prepare a design thats similar to that of a perforated vinyl... in other words its a "holey" type of shape... lots of holes... problem is everytime i try to prepare a design ...
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Shape tweens don't reflect on upper layers on Flash CS5

I have this illustration I would like to animate with Flash. For now I'm trying to make the water and the flag wavy by shape tweening. I imported the file from Illustrator marking the layers I would ...
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Set default colors of line graph in illustrator?

Is there a way to set the default colors of the lines and points in line graphs in Illustrator CS 5? I'm having to create 75+ line graphs and it would be nice to have the colors default to my ...
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Adobe Illustrator script to duplicate objects and change its color

Basically I needed to build colour charts for a huge number of colour in my colour palette. I have a group of elements which consists of solid fills, gradients, text, stroke...etc and everything here ...
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Saving a shape with a pattern to SVG

I have a complex shape (world map) that is filled with a pattern. The pattern is derived from a single symbol. This symbol was created from another SVG file that may have been created with Inkscape. ...
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Animation of entire project in Illustrator

Is there a way to make an animation of an entire Illustrator project from start to finish? I don't want to screen capture movie (as if it were a tutorial), nor do I want "my current view" of the ...
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Smart Objects NOT properly displayed once pasted in Photoshop CS6

everyone... I've been experiencing this little issue for the last 2 days and I have no idea why is this suddenly happening. The thing is that I'm used to copy any object/path and then paste it into a ...
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Making terrain contours in Illustrator?

I'd like to take the fantasy world map I created to the next level as a way of buffing my illustrator skills and portfolio. Currently, it's a flat political map like this map of Canada for example. ...
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Pros and Cons of Vectors in Illustrator vs sketches in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro for Website Use

My website is going to include a lot of graphics, drawn by myself. The display of the illustrations will be similar to that of theoatmeal.com (some illustration reuse will be present, but not as much ...
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Illustrator: Complicated objects to single path

I have a scan of a B&W marker drawing that I vectorized using Vector Magic. Vector Magic makes my drawn lines an object with a fill color. To further process the image to meet my needs, I need to ...
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Illustrator pdf converts object to grey

I have created some art work in illustrator but when I export to PDF some of the obects are converted to grey as per the attached image. Please help on why this is happening. Thanks
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Can I use custom fonts in my SVGs in my Illustrator > Edge Animate > web workflow?

I'm creating an animation for web, using Adobe Edge Animate for the first time. I'm creating the SVGs in Illustrator, including text that uses a custom font. I need to link this font to an external ...
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Grey border top and left When export Illustrator cs6 artwork as a png file

When I export Illustrator artwork as a png file, I get a yellow, or gray pixels at the sides of the artwork or duplicates part of the drawing at the bottom. I have no more elements, my background is ...
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How to create a brush same as the real pen tip in illustrator?

I have a graphic tablet and I need to create two brushes for calligraphy in Adobe illustrator. So I need to create the following brushes: A brush gives the same font of the a real pen such as ...
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Select the top anchor points of an rectangle in illustrator using direction tool

Am trying to create a triangle in illustrator so i created rectangle of 170 by 165px's after that i has to select the top two corners using Direct select tool for make the object as triangle by ...
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Learn to design jewels

I'm a programmer and I started to create a match-three jewels game. I'd like to try designing my own jewels. I can't find any tutorials for creating a decent jewel/gem and I'm looking for advice from ...
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Exporting from flash to illustrator

I am very new to this, so forgive me. I have a movie in flash, which is some scene that has 2 moving animation in it. I need to take each individual inner movie(a man, and a dog animations, which ...
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Adobe Ilustrate 6 linear gradient without contour

I do my first graphic ever, so i follow this tutorial: http://vectips.com/tutorials/create-a-cute-panda-bear-face-icon/ at step 4 he defines the gradient to linear, but in this menu i always have the ...
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How can I get latex font into Adobe illustrator?

I am currently trying to add equations created with LaTeXiT straight to Adobe Illustrator CS6, but somehow the "font" changes. I've tried scrolling around the Internet to see if I could find out how ...
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How to paste from Illustrator to Photoshop without losing aspect ratio?

I have vector artwork that is not aligned to a pixel grid in Illustrator. In CS5, I would be able to paste the vector object as a smart object into Photoshop file that was larger than the illustrator ...
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SVG file appears blank in illustrator

I have an illustrator file which you can download from here: https://github.com/aristath/elusive-iconfont/blob/master/font/Elusive-Icons.svg However Illustrator CS6 seems to open the file as being ...
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illustartor showing wrong font name and giving error opening the pdf file

The font name is displayed as "12#Avenier#26" but orginal file name doesnot have "#". I have saved a ppt as pdf fonts are already embedded in pdf. When i am opening the pdf with illustrator it is ...
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How do you create custom Arrowheads in illustrator CC?

I'm trying to create a custom arrowhead in illustrator CC but can't seem to find out how.