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Illustrator - Always show paths, anchor points, etc

I want to draw along some lines in Illustrator. I realized that I can do that way more efficient if I can always see the paths, anchor point, etc. so is there a way to enable those permanently? If ...
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Fit artboard to selected art scripting command in Illustrator CS5 crashes illustrator

I am trying to automate a process that requires me to resize the artboard. I am using AppleScript and planned on transforming the size of the image (already have this done) and then calling the ...
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On Retina screen, images saved from PS & AI are large and blurry

Please bear with me on this one, since I get the overall concepts of what's going on here, but I don't understand why I'm getting the results I am. This past month, I started using a MacBook Pro ...
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What's causing this AI import to look different in After Effects?

It looks fine in illustrator but when i import into after effects it brings out the lines in the back layers that are getting covered up correctly in illustrator. **
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Color all objects within polar grid

First off, I am new to illustrator so may be going at this the wrong way. I have a design that involves multiple paths that form a web like structure in a circle. I would like to have the color of ...
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Abobe Illustrator---text on path at strange angle

I am using Adobe Illustrator to create a logo. However, the text around the circular path is at a funny angle and the spacing is funny. On the word "Office," if you look at the Fs, you can see that ...
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How to connect open anchor point back to same path in Illustrator

I am trying to make one shape using the pen tool, but I don't necessarily want the two end anchor points in the same place. I want to attach one endpoint to a path and make an object. I understand you ...
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Illustrator art brush corner problem

I created a brush because I needed the terminals of my line had angles. But the brush is generating some kind of thorn in the corners, when the brush option "Do not adjust corners and folds" is ...
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How do you use the slice tool in your webpage layouts?

I have used Photoshop for about 11 years and Illustrator for about 5 years for webdesign. But I can hardly remember ever using the slice tool that much. I did try to use it, but the difficulties ...
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Saving Illustrator 3D effect graphics for web

I have had lots of fun creating 3d images in illustrator, but having trouble maintaining quality when saving. I created some spheres, and when saving to png, the edges are getting pixelated. The ...
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Adobe Illustrator script to walk through layers while exporting

I am trying to loop over 2 different top layers on my .ai file, each top layer contains several sub layers. The 2 top layers are icons (usual ui stuff) and modifiers (like plus and minus symbols). I ...
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Changing the color of a vector created using adobe shape

I recently discovered the adobe shape app and have enjoyed using it, but don't understand how/if I can change the color of the created vector. I've tried using the edit>edit colors> recolor artwork ...
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After Effects trying to place png behind trap code composition as the background

Trying to place matrix code png or photoshopfile behind the earth that was made with trap code form. When I move the png under the trapped composition the it disappears. Any help would be ...
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Icon font stroke sometimes renders too thick

I created a small custom set of thin outlined icons in Illustrator and want to use them in production as a font. I exported then all out as individual SVGs. I used Fontastic to build a custom font. ...
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Solution for making flash animation without grainy look?

I copy pasted a design made from Illustrator to Flash CS6 and when I export as an animated gif, I get a grainy image. Any solutions to making a flash animation convert to animated gif without loss in ...
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Export symbol library from CS6 to CS4

I'm trying to export a symbol library from CS6 so it will work in CS4. Save rather. When I save it I choose CS4 as the illustrator type but when I open it in CS4 it shows a blank library. I have each ...
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is there a way to convert an illustrator extrude & bevel effect to a path?

I draw a square in Adobe Illustrator and I extruded to create a 3D bar. but now I would like to add dimension lines and so on to the drawing, but of course these don't snap to the 3D drawing but to ...
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Colour changes in illustrator CS6 from Illustrator CC

I received an artwork Illustrator CC but it convert to CS 6, but the problem is the colour changes and it different from the original that been seen in Illustrator CC..anyone can explain why the ...
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i want to paste same background in all of my illustrator layers

I have 200 layers in one of my Illustrator CS6 project. i want to add same background group in all layers and then run batch ai to jpg. how exactly can i paste the same background in every layer ...
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How to cut a circle from multi layered square artboard?

I have a square artboard in illustrator CS6. There are multiple layers and sub-layers on the board. I want to have a circular artboard and keep the editing capabilities within the circle if possible ...
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Center icon in a transparent square for SVG export

I have a file with many art boards within, each has an icon. I've exported all the icons in to there own .ai file and now I want them all to be exported as SVG's centered in a square so they are all ...
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How can I keep objects in their original layers after removing overlapping artboard parts?

Using the clipping mask method ends up placing all my shapes in the same layer, leaving all other layers empty. I tried using the pathfinder tool by creating a rectangle above the overlapping portion ...
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Fill path with average colour from image on a separate layer (Illustrator)

So I have a bunch of triangle paths in Illustrator, and these are overlayed onto an image which is in another layer. Is there a way to fill each triangle with the average colour of the part of the ...
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Problem with cutting angles using white objects

So I am very new to Illustrator, as in I started using the program 4 days ago. I've been creating a logo for a business card (for a class project), and Im running into some problems that I don't know ...
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Find color profile given CMYK values for some Pantone colors

I have an EPS file created with Illustrator CS2 which uses spot colors: %%CMYKCustomColor: 1 0.7200 0 0.5600 (PANTONE 282 C) %%+ 0 1 0.6200 0 (PANTONE 199 C) I need to create a document using the ...
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Exporting SVG in mm instead of px in AI

I am trying to export my vector graphics as SVG. Inside Adobe Illustrator everything is just right, measured in mm. But when I use the "save as" option it always converts it to px (scale factor around ...
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Cut shape out from above paths (automated) in Illustrator

Is it possible to delete parts that overlap a underlying shape (on a underlying group/layer). To illustrate the question: Each shape is in it's own group, "1" on the bottom and "4" on top. Starting ...
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Can't Trace Halftone Object

I apply Halftone Effect to a grdient filled circle Rasterize it This is where things go horribly wrong. I trace it Expand Trying to change a fill What am I doing wrong?
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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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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.