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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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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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Signature into vector

I need to convert this signature into a single path This might not be the correct terms for what I'm trying to achieve, but basically I want to transform the inside of the shape into a "stroke" ...
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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 ...
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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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How to randomize curved lines in Sketch to create a pattern?

I'm looking to figure out a method to automate randomized curved lines to achieve an effect similar to the image below
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Master template files? Change template, ripples through files created from that template… Is this ossible?

Specifically my problem is this. I designed a business card for my company. Originally i just made a template file (.ai, not .ait) with the elements and layout which i would modify for each ...
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Mystery: Why a symbol (I created from shapes) does not map to a side on an object in 3D Extrude & Bevel?

If I create a symbol from the iPhone front illustration and map it on an object with 'Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel', it works. My issue: I do the same with the smartphone back illustration, and ...
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How do I make Illustrator 19 “Show Transparency Grid” by default?

What's the best way to make Illustrator 19 open every file with Show Transparency Grid? Manually hitting C-S-d for every new file isn't the end of the world, but does feel silly when working on a big ...
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Can you save pixel art as svg in Illustrator?

I have made some (a lot) pixel art in Illustrator and I started to save them as PNGs. I then thought SVG would be better. When I do so, there are gaps between the pixels and some have moved over a ...
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pantone colors (tpx) and line work at 1-2mm

Working on pattern designs in Adobe Illustrator and my client has asked for the vector file to be in : 1. pantone colors (tpx) - would anyone know how I can do this? 2. line work at 1-2mm - does ...
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Photo with Color Overlay Will Not Print in Illustrator

I have an embedded image in my illustrator document with a color overlay, but for some reason, it will not print in illustrator. I exported the document as a pdf, same thing (it only prints the ...
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PNG for web - Edges blurry/fuzzy

I have never usually had a problem with the quality of my png's lately, but I am trying to save a logo that I recently designed and I am saving it as a png to upload to twitter. Everything appears ...
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Invert Y-axis ruler

In CS4,5,6 the convention for positive direction on the Y-axis could be changed from the default (positive downward) to the mathematical (negative downward) via changed notation in the Adobe ...
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Batch export AI and EPS files into a PNG

I have about ~600 files in .ai and .eps formats and need to export them to a .png (Full image, not layer by layer). Is there any way to do this automatically? Also it will be good if the .png file ...
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Is there a way to position an object in Illustrator so that it moves with the edge of the artboard?

I want to attach quote marks to the bottom of the artboard and have them stay in the same relative position if I extend the artboard down.
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Adobe Illustrators buggy implementation of SVG Export

What I need: Multiple SVGs on the same web page. Each SVG has a clickable link inside it. File / Export SVG would be a great option. If it didn't remove all links... Create something with an URL ...
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indesign: placed vector graphics rasterized when exported to swf

Using Indesign CS4, I "place" PDF files (I've also tried saving them as Illustrator files). It works well, and when I export as a PDF, they look perfect. When I export to SWF though, it rasterizes ...
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How do I Automate Bandcamp's Download Codes into an Illustrator Template?

I have designed a download card template that needs to have 500 9-digit codes pasted into the template. The template is designed for print so that 10 cards are on each page. Bandcamp exports their ...
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How to move paths to layers while retaining the path name?

I have an .ai file with 1 layer and 2000+ paths that are named correctly. When I move the paths to layers, Illustrator renames them to layer1, layer2 etc. How can I move the paths to layers and ...
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Illustrator: Why does copying and pasting a symbol sometimes duplicate an instance and sometimes duplicate the symbol in the symbols panel?

I'm working in a document with symbols. I select a symbol instance on the artboard. I copy it from one location, and then paste it in another. Both of the instances are tied to the same symbol. ...
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Object won't align to artboard in Illustrator

I created a new file in Illustrator. 210 x 297 mm and a rectangle 40 x 297 mm. First, I can't create a rectangle with those measurements, since it changes to 40,217 x 296,686. I also can't align to ...
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Images are greyed out when copying from/to different layers in CS5 Illustrator

When I copy images from one layer to another in CS5 Illustrator, the new images are greyed out. Why? I cannot seem to find a fix. I hope I don't have to recreate my HUGE file. Can someone help by ...
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Illustrator: Generate Array of Objects with random Properties like Length or Position

I am just trying to generate a pillar diagram within Illustrator. Since I want it to be very tiny and detailed, I want to use multiple Instances of one pillar with modified Properties, like length or ...
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How do I move anchor points to specific coordinates in Illustrator?

In an effort to move anchor points to specific locations in AI CC 2019.2.1 (release 2105.2.1), defined by x/y coordinates, I am finding something odd. I make a rectangle with Rectangle Tool. Using ...
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Printing 4785mm x 4000mm problems with Photoshop

I am having issues with a design company printing my artwork. It will be made into a tower (cylinder object) where the artwork will go around and the working canvas they want full size 4785W x 4000H. ...
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When using 3D Extrude/Bevel, can you change the perspective point?

I'm creating 3D type in Illustrator, but I want the perspective of the shading to have a different vanishing point (more to the side) than the one Illustrator auto-creates (centered from object). Any ...
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Curvature Tool Illustrator: How to find the curve in degrees and the distance in pixels between point(s)

New to Illustrator CC 2015. I have an image I need to trace and find the curve in degrees and the distance in pixels between the point(s) (Using the Curvature Tool since I think that's the best way of ...
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multiple strokes and fills of the same objects overlapping

using jpg file, im having trouble after expanding and image trace. there are two layer of strokes (black) and fills (white) directly on top of eachother. when adjusting the anchor points they get lost ...
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How to remove a line between two anchor points in Illustrator/Cinema 4D?

In Illustrator I have a shape, let's say it is a square, that I need to use in Cinema 4D. To use it the way I want to in Cinema 4D (with a lathe), I need to remove one side of the cube, one edge, ...
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Why are those lines appearing in my polygonal portrait?

This is the first time im doing polygonal portrait I used pen tool and stucked with those white lines, which appear i dont know why... Every dot and line is aligned perfectly How to solve it? ...
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Ai save as Svg empty file

When I save an artboard as svg, I get a Svg file that is empty. I made sure that the artboard does not contain objects also outside the artboard in the same layer. When I paste the shape in the newly ...
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Calligraphy brush strokes in Illustrator keep changing after multiple document edits

I am currently doing a character study on Illustrator using a Wacom Cintiq drawing tablet. However, every time I use the paintbrush tool, I keep on running into this problem where the already-drawn ...
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Convert fill styled icons to stroke icons in Illustrator

so I want to use a script called vivus.js and one of the conditions for this script to work is: All elements must have a stroke property and cannot be filled. This is because the animation only ...
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What resolution should I work with in to output to different pixel densities?

Q: What resolution should I be working in (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc) to output for both high resolution displays (retina, etc) as well as standard resolution output (72ppi/web)? My Gut It seems ...
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Illustrator CC shortcut: Select next layer in layer palette

I'm looking for a simple Illustrator shortcut to select the next/previous layer in the layer's panel for OSX. According to this post, ⌥ + [ or ⌥ + ] should cycle through the layers, but this seems to ...
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converting drawing to “single” line vector

I scanned a colouring book page that I sketched (zentangle drawings) and no matter how I convert to vector, all the lines are doubled (outline instead of a single line). It takes forever to go through ...