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illustrator: is it possible to link shapes to a “master” path/shape, so that modifications to the master drive everything else?

I'm using Illustrator CC, and I'd like to link some sub-shapes to a master such that modifying the master also moves the sub-shapes. Context: octopus tentacles. I've got shapes for each tentacle ...
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Adobe Automation: Dynamic Text in Template

I'm developing a template for my team's daily production needs, and every product must have certain consistent marginalia on it, such as date, product ID, title, subtitle, etc. Currently, this ...
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How to do “Indent to here” / “Hanging Indent” in Illustrator

You can use "Indent to here" / "Hanging Indent" in InDesign by Command-Backslash. Is there a way to do this in Illustrator without having to Tab to Indent or press the spacebar a few times? This is ...
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Illustrator compound path and clipping mask

I'm having an issue with a compound path and a clipping mask. It's driving me absolutely crazy. There is a very fine outline which I can't seem to get rid of. I've attached screenshots to ...
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White ink on black paper - how should I knockout a stroke around some text?

I am preparing artwork to be sent to a printer for the production of custom umbrellas. We want to print a logo on black fabric with 2-inks: white-spot and orange-spot (PMS 021) colours. The path in ...
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I've divided my artwork into artboards and now I want to move the contents around

I've divided an artwork into a bunch of artboards and now I need to move the contents of the artboards around, resize them and such. Is this possible? Whenever I try, it either moves just the ...
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Adobe Illustrator scaling image edges

I'm having trouble scaling a photo in illustrator. As you can see when i choose place and the image appears on the canvas the quality is perfect. Now when i scale down the quality is bad. The ...
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What ICC profiles does Adobe Illustrator use to convert between RGB and CMYK in its color picker?

I'm trying to understand Adobe Illustrator's color conversion method between RGB/HSB and CMYK. I'm pretty sure they use ICC profiles to do the conversion, and they make a bunch of ICC profiles ...
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Why are some svg filters automatically converted to .png?

I was wondering why some of the SVG Filters found in Illustrator are automatically converted to .png when I export the entire file to .svg. I don't want any hidden .png files because of scalability. ...
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How can I reduce the aliasing that occurs around my custom icon web font when it is scaled?

I am trying to make my own icons and embed them in a custom Web font. For that, I'm using Illustrator & Icomoon. I design the icons in a 14x14px square, then I create my Web font using Icomoon ...
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Recommended workflow to expand paths without creating unnecessary anchors points

I'd like to know if what I do is the correct process for what I want to achieve. I created some paths to draw the strokes of an illustration (a helmet). As these strokes are paths, and they can't be ...
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How can I make crisp icons for Windows Store apps?

I'm pretty new to making graphics for a specific platform but not to graphic design in general. I have a logo I made using Illustrator and had scaled it accordingly by using the Save to Web feature ...
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Final size in Illustrator CS4 masked images

How do I find out the exact size of a graphic or image after it has a clipping mask applied in Illustrator? When you just select the image or do Ctrl+A it shows the entire image size(including the ...
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Illustrator symbol isolation view pixel grid not aligned to ruler

When a symbol is not aligned to pixel grid, the origin is not aligned to an intersection of the grid. Thus it becomes very difficult to create pixel perfect symbols. Paths that are snapped to the ...
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Importing SVG into Illustrator with proper viewBox size

When I try to open an svg file with Illustrator, Illustrator defaults to whatever artboard size was last used when a file was open. As such, the svg, if not the same size as the previous artboard, is ...
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Objects not snapping correctly. (Overshooting or undershooting target)

I have a rectangle that should be snapping to the lines of the other rectangles on my artboard, but it keeps overshooting the mark. Can anyone advise on how to get it to snap the other objects lines ...
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Batch image trace in Illustrator

Is there any way to batch trace images located in a directory with High fidelity option? I created an action including open an image, image trace it with high fidelity option, save it as PDF and ...
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Creating Voronoi diagram from Adobe Illustrator CC

I have some artwork in Adobe Illustrator CC that I want to use to create a voronoi diagram from. You can see what a voronoi diagram looks like here: Link I would like to use the points on my ...
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How to ignore objects outside clipping masks in symbols in Adobe Illustrator

I have created an illustration of a box out of 3 simple shapes in Adobe Illustrator CC. They are actually 3 clipping masks that clip 3 different embedded raster textures. I then turned the whole group ...
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Apply graphic styles to objects in a clip group

I can't seem to apply graphic styles to objects if they're behind a clipping mask. I encountered this problem when I wanted to use graphic styles in order to change the fill colour of a symbol ...
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Toggle Illustrator Layer visibility?

I am looking for a way, preferably one that can be triggered via keyboard shortcut, to both toggle the current layer to visible/hidden and to be able to toggle a specifically-named layer ...
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Exporting from Illustrator causes a weird path effect

When I use the image trace feature in Illustrator I'm able to create a pretty high quality vector of an image. However, when I export it as an .svg file the paths aren't "just right" and it causes you ...
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Exporting .emf file from Illustrator then inserting into PPT without white surround

My set up is: Mac, running 10.6.8, using CS5 & Powerpoint 2011 Wondered if anyone can help. I've drawn a load of flat icons in Illustrator as a client wants to use them in their powerpoint ...
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Text imported from Freehand

I have an old Freehand file I have imported to Illustrator cs4 and then open and save with Illustrator cs6. In Illustrator cs6 most of the text boxes have problems. The text overflows the text ...
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Maintaining correct line thickness and small dots seem mutually exclusive in Illustrator's Image Trace

I am attempting to use Image Trace to vectorise an illustration drawn with technical pens. The drawing has variable line thicknesses, which I want to preserve as accurately as possible, but also small ...
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How to replicate this text effect? Skew? Arch? Bulge?

I need help on how to create this text effect in Illustrator CS6. The free transform is not working, the bulge, envelope, and arch are not giving the same effect.
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Draw Inside Tool - Illustrator

I'm using the "draw inside" tool (located at the bottom of the left sided tool bar) within illustrator. Basically I'm attempting to put an image inside text and its coming out choppy (some edges ...
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Illustrator: concat singles chars back to text to path

In Illustrator, I sometimes get a problem with imported files saved by Inkscape, CorelDraw etc: text on a path got converted to single chars without being connected to the path. The path and the chars ...
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pathfinder problem

I have created a very complex map in Illustrator. I am trying to cut out smaller areas of the map for use in other SketchUp. Neither pathfinder nor Divide Below gives me predicted results. I turn off ...
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Brushes in Illustrator

Why don't brushes that I import into Illustrator save in the library? I'll open a new file and they won't be there anymore. Is there a way to make them stay in there permanently?
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Illustrator: Suddenly drawing (inside other shapes) does not work

I'm very new to illustrator CS6. I am making a logo that consists of two reflecting "C's". Inside of the C's I've been using the pen tool to draw lines inside of one of the C's to make what will look ...
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Paintbrush tool Illustrator swirl problem

When I do swirls in Illustrator with the paintbrush tool I often get this result (see image). The loops doesn't get perfectly rounded, instead sometimes some of them gets thicker at the top of the ...
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How can I preserve my icon size in Illustrator on export?

I have created a few icons of 64px x 64px on one canvas in Illustrator CS6. Now I need each of the icons to be in .png file format. So I created a new document in Illustrator with 64px x 64px ...
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How set my Illustrator document to be 150 dpi?

I am creating something for print that will be 160.472"w x 89.764"h. I'm not sure where to set these dimensions in Illustrator and set the dpi.
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How to create a uniformly distributed dashed plot in a scatter graph in Adobe Illustrator CS4

In Illustrator CS4 I have a scatter graph with four data sets. Now I want to use dashed and dotted patterns. However the dashes are not distributed uniformly over a plot. Click here to see a PDF ...
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Replace Multiple Swatches - Illustrator

I am trying to create a template for a wedding card with multiple color options.The design uses 4 colors in a custom swatch palette. Is it possible for me to load a 'new 4-swatch palette' to replace ...
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PDF has white background when exported from Illustrator

I'm saving an Illustrator CS6 file as a PDF. The file has a transparent background, however when exported as a PDF and dropped into InDesign the file has a white background. I've tried saving the ...
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Is there a way to create an action or script to select and embed external file(s) placed in an Illustrator file?

As a follow-up to my question Is there a way to expand linked EPS file placed inside another EPS file in Illustrator? I am now trying to create an action to select and embed external file(s) placed ...
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Illustrator CC: Mapping Art to 3D Object in Illustrator but the “Surfaces” aren't fully selected

I'm lost here. 2 hours down the drain trying to figure this out. This is what's happening: I'm trying to map text to a flag shape for a client's logo. I've followed the steps outlined here for an ...
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Why is illustrator CS6 not seeing some of the Google fonts I have installed

I have been downloading google fonts for the last few months and not been aware of any issues. They normally work fine. However, today I downloaded 3 more - I am using suitcase to manage these fonts ...
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In Illustrator the Layers panel Options for Selected contains no color assignment.

I see that others have more options for the Layers Panel, such as the ability to change color. My layers panel Options for Selected contains only: Lock. Hide. How do I restore the correct ...
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Align text field glyph anchor to box/grid

I want to align a textfield to the top left of a box, as per how the Grid Systems cover looks: The round letters in the headlines should overhang slightly. I am able to get quite close by using: ...
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How to delete a Rectangular Grid without deleting the color in Illustrator

I am new to the use of the Rectangular Grid Tool and I created an 8-bit style background using it and the LivePaint Bucket. I'm afraid that some how, some of the lines of the grid were colored and are ...
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My options to link large image into AI file

My .psd file has a resolution of 6m x 3m @ 150 DPI. This makes it 35433px x 5906px in size. Photoshop CS6 saves the file as .tiff or .psb only. When I first import into Illustrator I get an error that ...
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When i move my object Adobe Illustrator show an error

when i drag my selected object it can't. illustrator is show some error.
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How do I create an image in illustrator cs6?

How do I create an image in illustrator cs6 which is first line drawn, filled with colors after which the outline is deleted and I do not end up having gaps between two colors?
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SVG file appears blank in illustrator

I have an illustrator file which you can download from here: https://github.com/aristath/elusive-iconfont/blob/master/font/Elusive-Icons.svg However Illustrator CS6 seems to open the file as being ...
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Illustrator - export always anti aliased

Anyone know why this basic JavaScript always results in an anti-aliased export as PNG? if ( app.documents.length > 0 ) { var doc = app.activeDocument; var exportOptions = new ExportOptionsPNG24(); ...
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Inaccurate snapping in Illustrator—help!

I'm having trouble with inaccurate snapping in Illustrator CC 2014. Dragged anchor points snap a few pixels away from artboard edges. They also do this inconsistently, i.e., they are wrong in slightly ...
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Illustrator cs6 text

When typing in a text box the text will stop where I'm typing and the left hand side increases. How can I get the beginning of my sentence to stay and the text to type to the right? I'm horrible at ...