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Why are there grey lines around this AI file when I export it as a PNG?

I have a question regarding this .ai image. I re-color it in Illustator and change the blank lines to white. However, my exported PNG file always ends up with this grey shadow around the ...
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illustrator saving SVG with images embedded

I have a peculiar issue while exporting .ai files to .svg. Inside svg I see some parts are being embedded as .png and some parts are retained as vector... it seems quite arbitrary, any ideas how to ...
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Adobe Illustrator adding to a selection already made

I am following a video tutorial and the technique shown does not appear to work when I try it out myself? When I create a selection of similar stroked objects in Illustrator, I use shift click and ...
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Illustrator help - trouble editing path stroke

I'm new (very) to Illustrator so please go easy. I'm in a bit of a pickle and would really appreciate some help to get out! I've created an illustration using the pen tool, making a series of closed ...
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Create an Illustrator symbol library from folder full of EPS or SVG files

I've downloaded Amazon's Simple Icon set (used for diagramming AWS services) from https://aws.amazon.com/architecture/icons/ and it's nice that they're vector-based, however getting them all into ...
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Slicing perfect squares out of an artwork?

I am using a freely available artwork for a project of mine. It has a number of cartoon characters in a single AI file with a solid background. I would like to move each of these characters into an ...
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Wacom Tablet - Illustrator brush tool

I currently got the intuos art wacom tablet so still learning how to use it. I'm currently in illustrator trying to draw out a map and the brush tool is doing something weird and I cannot figure out ...
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Bleed Size for Exhibitor Stand In Adobe Illustrator

I need to make design for a company for the panels which we see in exhibitions. But before starting it I would like to know how much bleed size should I leave for printing for such a big design. ...
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How to make overlapping circle segments

I was wondering if anyone knows of a smart way to make accurate circle segments that overlap, as seen in this example: ...
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Minimum Diameter on Photoshop

I am trying to get my pen diameter to get really tiny while only using pen pressure, but it doesn't want to go as thin as I need it to be. Here is an example. The red shows the thin lines that I ...
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Creating triangular patterns in Illustrator CC

I've been trying to do this kind of design on Illustrator CC automatically: The colors are taken from an image. I've done this by colouring each triangle by hand, but since it's quite tedious, I've ...
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filling in color into a repeated pattern

I was wondering if there is a way in Illustrator CC to fill in certain parts of a repeating pattern. The image is of a rectangle with a pattern I created and put in there. I want to put two ...
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Subtract lines from background?

Have create in illustrator some text by my self, with lines tool and arc tool. Then put that text on some background, where the lines have a width of 3 pt. Then i go to object->expand on the text, ...
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How to make TB studio vector lines to look like pencil lines in AI patch processor?

So I made this drawn animation in ToonBoom Studio 8.1. TB-S does not have very many snazzy brush options so I took the image to AI to make nice brush line. I also need Alpha in the frames for comp. ...
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how to divide vector in to quarters in Illustrator or Inkscape

I'm kind of a vector newbie (but a rastor mastor!) I cannot for the life of me figure this out, although I know it is an easy answer... I have a fairly complex vector image (game board with 30-40 ...
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Why Can't I see the ENTIRE (Google) material color palette in Illustrator CS4?

I'm at a loss here. Using Illustrator CS4 (I know, OLD!) and I've downloaded Google's material palette for both PS and AI. I put the .ase file in the Presets> en_US> Swatches. I can pull up the ENTIRE ...
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Illustrator (CS4) mask over stroke

I have the grouped Outline of a text and I want to create an inner shadow. In appearance I have created a new stroke, applied the blur on it and move it a small distance. Because this stroke is ...
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How to select low resolution images in illustrator?

I am getting EPS/PDF files with lots of tiny images in it an those tiny images are having resolution lesser than 150 dpi and while masked. When it is lesser than 150dpi my preflight server is giving ...
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Shortcut to open the Color Picker in Illustrator

What is the Shortcut in Illustrator to open the color picker window for the active color (fill/stroke).
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How can I get visual queues for anchor snap in the new Illustrator CC 2015.2

Before the last update Illustrator would give a visual queue when it snapped to anchors. Now it only displays an ambiguous "intersect", and when there's a lot of elements, it's difficult to know ...
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best way to import from ArcGIS to Illustrator

My client, a small publisher, uses Illustrator to prepare maps for publishing. Many of their authors generate their maps in ArcGIS. The Illustrator files I receive are broken into 1,000 tiny pieces, ...
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Adobe Illustrator CC pixel do not match Paint pixel

The pixel values of my layer's group item in Adobe Illustrator CC do not match the pixel values of Ms-paint. i.e. After loading an .ai image in Adobe, I captured its screenshot and pasted it in ...
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How to trim overlaping object?

I want to cut only the part outside, I tried with pathfinder clicking everything, but it didn't work.
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Adobe Illustrator - Share a path among several objects

I'm relatively new to Illustrator, and I'm really hoping there's a way to combine a single path with several objects at once in Adobe Illustrator. Let's imagine recreating the ying-yang sign. My ...
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How to distribute large amount of icons in Illustrator?

I want to make a design, where there will be a lot of randomly placed icons, and few of them will be of different color to visually form the shae of some large object. Kind of like this effect, but ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Slicing is not precise

How to slice elements in Adobe Illustrator precisely using the slicing tool? There is a few method to create slices, few of them: Object > Slicing cut > Create from guide lines Object > Slicing ...
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Illustrator: Why is the “expand” function greyed out on my trace I just made?

Why is the "expand" function greyed out on my trace I just made? Was an image of maize grains that I converted into 4 colours. So although very complex, only 4 different colours.
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when save illustrator to pdf file the precision of transparency part decreased

I created my figures using Matlab. And then using illustrator to modify the details of the figure. But when I save the ai file to pdf file, and open it with adobe acrobat pro, the transparency part ...
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Illustrator CS6 - i can't see stroke width profiles

the profiles doesn't appear, what can i do to fix that? Thanks
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How to merge two neighbour paths into one?

I want to merge two neighbour multiple paths into one path. For example, there is a tilted U-shape path in the top-left, and the other one is inverted U-shape. The Direct Selection tool can be used ...
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Question about Nexus Fonts Features

I am looking for a free font management system to use for Adobe Illustrator (Windows): I wanted to use Nexus fonts but I had the following issues with it: I couldn't find a way to access google ...
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AI: Adding arrowhead to a live paint group

I have an arc that I'd like to go from thick to thin (creating a triangle like shape with the arcs). I'd like the thin end to come to a point with an arrowhead, and I'd like to be able to fill in the ...
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Converting an image into a vector image

I am submitting a design for a t-shirt order but have to have it in vector format. I have never worked with vector images before but I can see that I am going to have to start. I uploaded the ...
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How to move many artboard to a new document on illustrator

I've been looking for a solution, but I found how to only move one artboard, and I'm looking to move about 40 artboards to a document. Is there a fast way to do this ?
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Shading intersections in Illustrator

I'm trying to mimic a tennis racket with a glossy finish in Illustrator. There are a few techniques I can think of to make the general frame glossy (gradient stroke, gradient mesh). However, I want to ...
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Invert the result of Stylize>feather to the center

According to this, the solution given with feather is what I desire, but in the opposite way: I want the center of the object (for any shape, but a square object would be welcome if it is easier) to ...
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Change a curve so that it snaps perfectly on a tangent

Maybe my question is a bit stupid but I didn't find an answer to my problem yet. I want to change a curve in Adobe Illustrator (CS 6) in a way that the curve touches the vertical guide exactly in one ...
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illustrator brush path to pen path

I need to convert brush path to pen path. I need the path not the outline of the brush stroke. So "expand appearance" or "create outline" is not a solution for me. This is for a project with ...
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SVG file back to an AI

I saved an illustration as an SVG with style attributes and I forgot to save it as an AI. I would like to edit the contents but it has grouped and outlined my artwork. Is there a way to undo the ...
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How to delete gradient from the swatch

The following is a script that creates a gradient from the fill. However, the gradient is added to the s Swatch. The question is: How to convert this script such that after you apply it, the new ...
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Is there a Color Profile or Swatch for CMYK + Photo Magenta, Lt. Cyan?

Was wondering if there was a color book or swatch that could be followed to ensure an accurate output with 6-cart inkjet printers when designing with Illustrator/PS?
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JSX file placing stopped working

I have a .jsx script I'm using to place a set of png files into a clipping group. Was working fine yesterday, today it fails with error code 9080: Unable to set placed item's file, is the file path ...
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How do I keep the Preserve White and Black boxes unchecked in Color Reduction Options in Recolor Artwork in Adobe Illustrator CS6?

The boxes for White and Black (under Preserve, in Color Reduction Options, in Recolor Artwork) are checked by default. Is there a way to keep them unchecked (as shown in my screenshot) by default? I ...
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Illustrator Size issue : Avery® Print-to-the-Edge Oval Labels

I am new in logo designing. And I am told by my boss to design a logo which will be used as posters. He told me that the size should be : Avery® Print-to-the-Edge Oval Labels And I have no idea what ...
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using mock up effect from Photoshop to illustrator

Hi, is it possible to use this mockup effect which I have done using Photoshop can be used in illustrator without getting it blurred? Thanks.
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Distort a shape along a curve in Illustrator

I'm attempting to distort this tail object that I've created along the light grey path. I've tried using an envelope distort from top object using the path from the dark grey swirl, and creating a ...
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What kind of PDF output in Ai will be UNIVERSAL (opened by ANY version of Ai and vector programs)?

I´m having a problem with PDF Vector files produced with Illustrator (Ai CC 17). When I send them to other designers that have an older version (CS5) they cannot open the PDFs in Ai. I thought PDF ...
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how to fill/not fill a shape and how to use shape builder to make it one thing

i have this outcome which looks really interesting and i want to keep it this way, but i wanted to use shape builder to make it all one item. every time i did this it would fill the middle in black. ...
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edit/create symbols in illustrator

On my canvas i created a small black square with no fill 3mm X 3mm. I drag to symbols library and name my new symbol. I then delete the symbol that is on the canvas. I then select all of a certain ...
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Cut and place part of an illustrator file with exact size

I want to add a new part of a nameplate which has multiple names. But every part with a name has an exact size so it can be printed out and cut. How can I select a part of the nameplate and copy it ...