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How do I convert B&W penciled book drawings to Illustrator colored drawings?

I have an opportunity with an author, but I want to see if I can even deliver first, if I were to take it. The author needs her current black and white drawings to be in color for a book she is ...
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How to incorporate gradient fill in embedded files in Illustrator?

I've placed File B (a circle with a gradient fill) inside File A (simple blue background). When I embed File B the gradient is not treated as a regular fill - instead it gets a weird double mask ...
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Can Adobe Illustrator export hidden sublayers as svg group with attribute display=“none”?

Inkscape can do that, but I've been told Illustrator is not able to export nested layers (sublayers) with attribute display="none". Is this true? If so, how can I have all my hidden sublayers be ...
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How to fix gashes in curves in illustrator?

After making some geometry paths i converted them to shape objects so i could erase parts of them with the eraser tool, i gashed some of the edges i wanted to keep, is there a tool to fill that in? I ...
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Bounding-box suddenly way too wide & off-center

I've been working in an illustrator file for some time now, but today, all of a sudden, all instances of a symbol I've made are 16k pixels wide (img below). The objects don't appear that large, but ...
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Illustrator preview graphics missing wedge

I am having an issue with illustrator whereby my imagery is showing a missing wedge that I find very annoying. Is there a way to get rid of it?
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Print output tab is disabled in illustrator

Why there is no Adobe Pdf available in Printer? Also my output settings are disabled. I need to export my art for screen printing as positive layers. Please help me.Thank you.
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Single page PDF shows more artboards in AI

I have Illustrator CC and my document has 4 artboards. I click on Save As and select PDF as the format and Range: 4. The result is as expected the artboard 4 in the generated pdf. But If I open that ...
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From bought designs to Vectors

So I am in the process of setting up a 'brand'. I am a newbie in the design world and I have recently purchased designs for professional use. I am now in the process of sending it to the manufacturer ...
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Automatic resize and placement of multiple images in Illustrator

I am looking to place resize and place multiple images side by side inside a file (or multiple .ai files) automatically. Does anyone know of a way to do it?
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Illustrator 3D Bevel: Can I change the color afterwards?

I'm looking to replace the black on the bevel to a solid color- but when I try to adjust anything- the design gets warped. What do I need to know about this? I made it black because when I specified ...
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Adobe Illustrator Rectangular Grid Tool: How to remove boxes after drawn

Hey guys, I am quite new to Adobe Illustrator (last time I used it was 5 years ago) and I am really rusty. I am trying to make some 8bit artwork via using "Rectangular Grid Tool" and would like to get ...
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Can't make straight lines less than 1 point in illustrator.

This question has been asked before by the solutions don't work for me. When I try to make the stroke of a line or rectangle a value under 1 pt it flips from the new value back to 1. I'm using ...
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Mapping a pattern onto a 3D object in Illustrator CS6 not working

I'm trying to create a 3D object from a 2D object using Illustrator CS6 > Effect > 3D > Revolve. From this: I get this: which is great. However, I'm having trouble mapping a pattern: onto ...
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Wacom Intuos Pro + Illustrator CC UI bugs

I just upgraded my old Intuos to an Intuos Pro 4 (Medium). I work on a Mac running El Capitan, and have the latest Wacom drivers. Since i changed tablets, i noticed major bugs in Illustrator: After ...
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No visible space between words in illustrator

I'm using an Arabic font called JF Flat. Everything was fine but when I started on a new project the space between the letters does not show and when I press space nothing happens. I wrote two ...
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Java Script to Reveal layers (or sub-layers/paths) one at a time

I have an Illustrator file with several objects. I would like to record, via screen video, the process of each object appearing one at a time. I've read the beginner java manual, but all I could find ...
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Illustrator Fonts

I'm trying to open a file in Illustrator but when I do it says "The document contains pdf objects that have been reinterpreted" and it changes almost all the fonts to something different. I don't ...
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How to stop auto correct out of gamut colour in Illustrator CC?

Recently, my Illustrator been behaving something odd. I have always been working with CMYK mode, before, I could always use colour like pure blue, neon green in conjunction with other colour without ...
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Uniting shapes in Illustrator

Trying to unite shapes in illustrator but it keeps adding width or height to the shape which I don't want it to do (see bottom part of the screenshots, it gets thicker when I unite the shapes). I've ...
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Why are Illustrator guides not visible inside symbols?

Why are guides not visible inside symbols in Illustrator CC 2015? Add a guide Turn the guide into a symbol, and the guide disappears. It is not visible in symbol editing mode or on the artboard, ...
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How to detatch or unlink an design element from the Artboard in Illustrator CS6?

Working with multiple art boards and designs in Illustrator CS6. When I try to drag an art board some design elements from other art boards also is getting dragged along with. Please advise how to get ...
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Radial Gradient is lost when exporting to SVG - Illustrator CC

I have the following Illustrator Design (Properly Layered ) When I am trying to export the same to SVG, I am getting it like this. ( I had added a good resolution image for better visibility ) I ...
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Select analogous colors in Illustrator

Using Illustrator's "recolor artwork" feature, is there a way to select at once a drawing's analogous colors? (selecting for instance cyans, blues and navys?)
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How do I add hyperlinks to an SVG export out of Illustrator?

I've followed the instructions here on GDSE on how to create image maps that open a URL in Adobe Illustrator (using CC): Add a hyperlink within Illustrator However, it simply doesn't work for me. I ...
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Why is the brush dot far away from it's anchor point?

Using Illustrator CC & i use a wacom intuos pro tablet to currently draw using the brush tool (just on basic settings). My problem is that there is a brush dot on the far top left corner and its ...
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How to make white background in binary image transparent in Illustrator

I am a beginner in Adobe Illustrator. I would just like to take the attached binary image and make the white background transparent. Is there a simple way to do this?
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Illustrator modular designing list items?

I like symbols in illustrator but I read somewhere it's not recommended to use text within symbols. In my design I have a bunch of list items that maintain the same proportions, but some minor ...
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Remove transform attribute from export selection to SVG in Illustrator CC

I have an illustrator file and all I want to do is export a selection as an SVG. When this happens, Illustrator adds a transform attribute to the path with a translate value. I believe this is added ...
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InDesign, Acrobat and Illustrator and PDF-file-sizes

I’m observing strange behavior in Adobes Creative Suite (I’m on CS6 right now) when it comes to file size of PDFs. I export PDFs from InDesign with various options and sometimes need to make smaller ...
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What is a good workflow to create background patterns for web designs?

I am designing a website in Photoshop and I want to try create a background pattern myself. I have both Photoshop and Illustrator at my disposal. I am aware that in Photoshop I can use Edit -> ...
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CC Libraries Assets into InD: place linked VS place copy

After playing around a bit with the CC Libraries, I noticed an odd problem: In InD I create, for instance, a vector shape and a bit of text over it, and import these as a single graphic into CC ...
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Shapes strokes from PSD is invisible when open in Illustrator

I open the PSD files in Illustrator to save the files as PDF but the strokes of box shapes are invisible or automatically changed to white? How do I fix this so I don't have to fix each artworks again ...
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Shaper tool objects left uneditable

I have drawn a flat design landscape with the "new" Shaper Tool and at some point I must have used some command - ctrl+z i suspect - and now I can only edit a handful of the triangles in size and ...
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Illustrator default unit with Applescript

When sketching with Adobe Illustrator thanks to Applescript, I faced a little problem regarding the default document units. Indeed, the default unit with scripts is points but I want to work in ...
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SVG file excessive white space

I've created a vector using Adobe Illustrator CS5. The actual size is supposedly 30x30 px. For some reason, whenever I save it as an SVG file. It produces a file that is not 30x30 px. My vector is in ...
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how to re-size mulitple artboards with content

I have multiple artboards with content. I want to know how to select them all and re-size all at once, but keeping the ratio. The current file is 4mb and I need it to be 2mb as a pdf.
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I have a problem when using pathfinder

I try to make black shape as the left one but the right one is what I get after using pathfinder(Minus Front). I don't understand why the shape become rounded rectangle instead black shape in the left....
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How do I permanently change the handle color of a symbol in Illustrator?

My layer has light blue paths/handles/points but when I double click into a symbol to edit it it's yellow. I have changed it in the layer controls 100 times, it just won't stay any color I set it to. ...
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How do I remove a white background from a vector image in Illustrator?

I have opened an eps file in illustrator. The image is a circle with some black/white illustrations in it, but there is a white background around the circle (and it's not the drawing area) which I ...
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Problem converting SVG icon to font icon with iconmoon losing cutout

I have created a number of icons which I've used iconmoon to convert them to font icons. However, the eye icon loses it's centre cutout when I import the image into the iconmoon app. This is what ...
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How to add a pattern overlay to lettering

Per the attached photo, I am trying to recreate this boat decal to look exactly like the lettering in the photo. As of now, I have the type set up with grey fill and black outline. However, I cannot ...
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Problem with artboard size for an EPS graphic

I want to fit the artboard to the size of a graphic, but am having problems after I save and reopen the image. I can size the artboard, snapping it to the image size. when I save as an EPS and reopen ...
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why does .png convert to .jpeg when attached to an email

Created illustrator image with transparent background, saved (exported?) as.png. When I attached the png file to an email - OS X 10.10.4 - it converted to a jpeg. As a test I sent it to myself, ...
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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 illustrator,...
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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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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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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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Converting PSD To AI For Printing On Clothing

I'm wondering if it is going to be a problem for me having my graphics artist doing all my graphics for my T-Shirts in Photoshop? He says it's more of a natural art feeling for him to do it in ...