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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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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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What causes PDF file size to increase when saving over from Illustrator?

I have a simple ad that I built in Illustrator CC with one linked image. The file size of the AI file is 5.8MB, when I export to PDF (2001 with Printer Marks and Bleeds) the file size increases ...
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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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Vector transparency issues

My avatar on my website (http://www.jacksewell.uk/) has a shaded section on the right side of the face which looks fine on desktop but on mobile the shaded" section is just a solid black. Any help?
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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 ...
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How to go about creating this style of logo > oval transparency gradients?

I'm wanting to learn how to do this in illustrator Is there a tutorial that could teach me how to get started on this, or even a template .AI to buy to see how its put together? I'm guessing its ...
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Alignment trouble shows in SVG but not in JPG

I have a weird Illustrator problem. I type a letter (only fill no border), expand it, duplicate it and reflect the duplicate and finally move if to the right so the two letters are partly overlapping. ...
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Illustrator CC: Prevent Export -> SVG from ignoring artboard?

I have the following file: Artboard = 500 x 500 Shape = 500 x 800 Clipping mask = 500 x 500 Saving for web you end up with an image that's 500 x 500. Exporting as svg results in an image that's 500 ...
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Image trace creates points in strange way

After image trace I got picture close to original, but with strange anchors locations. If I try to delete one of them I cut whole peace of immage. Looks like another anchor is located in oposite ...
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Clean .svg - export of text layers in Illustrator

I'd like to use .svg as a wrapper for illustrations so that all kinds of elements (captions, image) can be put in groups and controlled by the backend or browser. In the example below, I want to code ...
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Using multiple strokes with arrowheads in Adobe Illustrator

Is there a way to use multiple strokes with arrowheads in Adobe Illustrator? When I add another stroke the arrowhead portion of the new stroke is misaligned and looks odd.
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Divide Objects Below

I've been trying what I thought would be a simple operation, which is to use one object as a cookie-cutter for objects below it. Specifically, I have a simple circle as a cutting shape, and the ...
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Shapes are not clean from Illustrator to Photoshop CC

New problem since I use Creative Cloud: I divide a shape with pathfinder in Illustrator. Path seems clean, no problem. I copy the shape in Illustrator and paste it in Photoshop. A small hairline ...
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Reshape a picture using a single coloured image in Illustrator or Indesign

I am fairly new to both Indesign and Illustrator, so I'm sure I'm missing the obvious here. I would like to do the following: I have a single colored image with a transparent background, TIFF file, ...
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high res illustrator file downsamples to low res--help!

I have received an illustrator file from a client in which she used "effects" to soften a photo. When I review and attempt to save the file it comes up with the dreaded "72 ppi" warning. My ...
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Can I rasterize a banner without lowering the quality?

I'm trying to arc a banner and rotate it at a slight angle but the only way I found a way to arc a banner is by warping it under effects. When I rotate the banner is distorts the banner. I know I can ...
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Illustrator applies effects on copy?

I'm using several objects with vector effects in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. When I select such an object either by clicking it in the layers panel or using the select-tool, copy and paste it again, ...
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It is possible to fill a path with some part of my image?

I have really cool hand made lines on my image and I want to clone them going in different directions. Right now I'm using the clone tool's rotation property, but this is very tedious (I have to set ...
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How do I prepare semi-transparent objects for print in Illustrator?

I'm working on a brochure for a client that contains some objects with lowered opacity. I've heard that problems can occur when sending these files to a printer so I want to make sure I prepare them ...
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Illustrator: How to avoid the double rectangle when using two fills in one object?

Why do I get this effect as if I had another smaller rectangle underneath? How can I fix that?