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Placing a PSD Bitmap or Layered Tiff over a spot colour in illustrator or Indesign

I have a cover designed in Illustrator CS4 that has spot colour as its base, and I have designed a graphic with a transparent background in photoshop. Cause I am working in Adobe Suite I bring the ...
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Launching external program from Adobe Illustrator Actions

Is it possible to record/create an Actions-macro in Adobe Illustrator that first saves a copy of the currently open file as an SVG-file into a certain directory and then executes an external Windows ...
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How to get rid of shadow from the old headline when replaced with new one in PDF (Illustrator)

I got PDF files from one foreign magazine to put translations in our language. First it seemed impossible, cause I couldn't open these files in InDesign to be editable (seemed easier way to receive ...
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Catalog Illustrator Work

I am wondering about ways of cataloging the work I do in Illustrator. I was thinking to use Adobe Lightroom by exporting my final AI files as JPEGs(for instance) and then create a catalog in Lightroom ...
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How to re-route existing path?

I got a closed path A on one hand and on the other hand I have a path B made of 2 anchor points. I would like to pick an anchor point in path A and make it that the next anchor in the path is one of ...
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Is there a way to export Photoshop Layer to Illustrator in PS Action?

I'm trying to create a Photoshop Action that: does some things in PS, copies/pastes layer into Illustrator, does 1 Illustrator effect, returns results back to PS I'm not sure how to copy/paste to ...
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3D Extude and Bevel effect on Pie charts

In a pie graph using the graph tool, to use the 3D > Extrude and Bevel effect, why are there lines on the front surface of the shape? When I save the file in PDF, it is more prominently seen, white ...
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Grainy/Dotty Images Printing

I am working with a label which is 2.5 x 1.5 inches. On one of my printers with 2400 Dpi x 600 dpi It prints fine the dots arent nearly visible as the printer with 600x600 dpi. How in the world do i ...
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How to change document color mode in Illustrator?

I have document with some color. I can't reproduce this color exactly when exporting to web. I was told, that this is because of the bug, by which Illustrator is not changing color mode with menu ...
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Illustrator to Adobe Acrobat - Maintaining Editing Capabilities

I create a lot of design files (in Illustrator) then save as a PDF when finished to send to clients. Well some of my clients need to be able to edit small text items and they open the PDF's in ...
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Reduce file size with HQ Images

I'm working on a rack card and my client is using Vista Print, she told me that Vista Print allowed her to upload 25mb file size. The card uses a HQ Image from iStockphoto on the front, and the PDF ...
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replace content of smart object by variables(data sheet)

I have about 15 smart objects in my photoshop file and I also have more than 200 pictures that needed to be replaced in those layers and be saved.Data sets doesn't display pixed replacement for smart ...
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professor would like a 3d form made from laser cutting , from an illustrator file

My professor would like a 3D form made from laser cutting from an Illustrator file. Its needs to be fairly intricate because its supposed to be a human form. On all the blogs I have looked at ...
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Entering Data for Graphs - Illustrator CC

I'm entering data for graphs I'm making in Illustrator, and notice that value labels (for the X axis in this case) need to be put in quotation marks in order for them to appear on the X axis. The ...
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How can I find an illustrator who can produce game art in a particular style?

I have searched a number of sites like Behance, Dribbble for an illustrator with flat vector-like art style similar to Two Dots and Jellies. I've not made any progress. How can I find an illustrator ...
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can't find Mac CMMI8 fonts for illustrator image create with python (postscript)

I have illustrator in mac and in windows. I have saved a figure as postscript with python matplotlib latex, when I try to open the figure with illustrator in windows it told me that I am missing the ...
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All dots are invisible after repackaging a font, only in Illustrator.

Yesterday I repackaged a set of loose fonts into the same family with the help of Robofont and this tutorial. Now if I use the font in regular in Illustrator, the dots in characters like i, !, ? and ...
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Mismatch Color from Adobe Illustration & Photoshop if Saved in Android / Apple Device

I have problem with color mismatch in Adobe Photoshop & Illustration. There is no problem when I save my designs on my Mac & PC but the color becomes mismatched if I saved it on my android ...
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Pasting strokes into InDesign moves positioning

I've created a graphic pattern made up of a number of intersections in illustrator using various strokes aligned to the centre of various circle. I'm creating it as a asset with the intention for it ...
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Illustrator: alignt according to points WITHIN object groups (not their uper/lower border or center)?

For example, I need to align graphs (i.e. groups of axis, data points, text labels etc.) vertically to their x or y axis, no matter how much space is consumed beyond (e.g. by yaxis labels, they may ...
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Path Segment Reshape

I recently watched a few designers and a video by Adobe on Path Segment Reshaping. After seeing this put to use I gasped at how much simpler it made vector drawing become, and knew I could use this ...
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Can I assign custom keystrokes in Illustrator CC?

I would like to assign my own keystrokes to certain buttons that don't have a keyboard shortcut. For example I could have alt V press the align vertical button so i don't have to click it with my ...
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How to Achieve this Effect

Hello, im a really big fan of the illustrations of yoga, i would like to create something similar to this. What makes it pop out? Thank you.
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How to mask in Illustrator then use in After Affects aswell

I am trying to do this tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z58VpFg30k. Basically it has a circle and uses a mask to create holes in it and animate it. I was wondering if I could import circles ...
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How to use the Japanese fonts on my mac?

I've been using font book to browse my fonts. Every once in while I fall in love with Heiti. Every time I go into Illustrator to use that font, I'm always unable to select it from the fonts menu, ...
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in ai >> Extrude text that has background-pattern with transparency

I use ai rarely... more photoshop... excuse me up front for any dumb mistakes :p I want to create characters (ABC..) with nice textures, a stroke and a 3d extrude effect. The problem is that some of ...
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Why can't I retain fonts and textures in Illustrator CS6

A client sent me their Illustrator CS6 file, but when I open it, their original fonts don't show up and the textures in the design are gone. The fonts get changed to a default font on my computer and ...
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Use of Pen Tool

I am working with Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 As I have been trying to teach myself the Illustrator program, I came across something that really bothered me and messed with my mind: the pen tool. I ...
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Difference between Gaussian blur tools in Illustrator

I want to apply a Gaussian blur to an image I imported into Illustrator. There are 2 tools from the menu, Effect-Blur-Gaussian Blur and Effect-SVG Filters-AI_GaussianBlur_4. I have applied both ...
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Changing the font size across multiple Illustrator files

I know this is possible after looking at a question posted a few years ago: Replacing a font in many illustrator files However, I'm completely useless when it comes to scripting. Can someone please ...
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Why does white appear inside my shapes when I apply my gradient brush to it?

I created a brush with a gradient stroke effect so that I can apply it to curved lines/shapes but when I apply it to a shape white appears. How can I get rid of this?
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import psd as text into illustrator

I have a psd file with picture and text, that I am trying to convert to svg - so the text will be scaleable. I am working with cs5. I believe you can export as svg from photoshop-cc now, but I dont ...
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Illustrator adds and shows stroke on text and object, but stroke color is none weight is none

I just created a circle in Illustrator CC 2014. The color swatches are a green fill, no stroke. The circle is green with a black stroke. Same thing happening with text. I specify a color fill and no ...
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Is there a way to stop Adobe Illustrator from adding anchors when using the Pathfinder or Shape Builder?

When using the Effects > Stylize > Round Corners... Illustrator option on shapes I built using Pathinfder and Shape Builder, I'm having a distinct problem with doouble anchor points. Since the effect ...
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How to change image bounding box before tracing in Adobe Illustrator?

How to change image bounding box before tracing in Adobe Illustrator? I have this PNG image pasted into Adobe Illustrator: This is how the bounding box looks from close up: When I do a live ...
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why a just opened AI file need to be saved before closing without doing any changes?

I am working in a very regular AI file, it have no variables or any external links. each time I open that file in illustrator, I see an asterisk beside its name tab in my workspace, which mean the ...
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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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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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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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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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Illustrator CC 2014 colour picker displaying different RGB value for global & non-global swatches

I’ve tried to describe the issue using annotated screenshots below. I’m pretty sure it’s not related to colour profiles. If anyone else has had this problem and found a solution I’d be very grateful ...
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How to extract vector filename from .ai files

I have a lot of .ai files. Each .ai file contains a lot of vectors, each vector comes as a file (eps/ai) which has been downloaded from Shutterstock-like websites. We've lost all these eps/ai vector ...
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Drawing to a specific reference point, ala Sketchup

In Sketchup when making a line termination you can reference some other point by hovering over it, then when you shift-click to draw your straight line, its bottom will be aligned with the reference ...
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Placing text inside of a Text shape

I know that there has been a similar question to this in the past titled "Placing text inside shapes" but I have followed the recommended steps and it is when I get to the stage that it mentions ...
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How to make the Fill tool match the Swatch color in Illustrator CC 2014?

When adding color to an object in Illustrator CC 2014 using a preloaded swatch, there seems to be some loss in accuracy. If I select the object itself (after adding the swatch color), the object is ...
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Pie Chart Border Grouping

I've recently been using Illustrator for data driven visualizations. I came across a graphic and had a question about how to achieve an effect. I've included an example graphic for reference. If you ...
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Photoshop Actions: How to import multiple vector files into PS, then export such files as different names, via an action?

All, I am looking to solve the following production problem using a photoshop (or Illustrator) action: The problem in a nutshell: My production team is constantly exporting files with different ...
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Importing psd file into Illustrator with error message

I've CS3 and created a file on my laptop. I was able to place the transparent psd file into my Illustrator file without any problem. Now that I have a new desktop, when I open the saved file in ...