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When designing for apparel how should the canvas be addressed?

I am aware that most screen printing or DTG (Direct To Garment) have a maximum print size but I'm curious to know what is the proper way to address apparel designs when the intended design is to be ...
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how to fix a illustrator .jpeg file from being blurry?

I am making my son's birthday invitation on illustrator. It looks perfectly fine until I save it for web so it will be a .jpeg so I can print it. Once it is a .jpeg it looks blurry. I am planing to ...
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How can I cut an image along Paths in illustrator

Hi I would like to "cut" an image into multiple parts using Illustrator Paths. Like a clipping mask, but with a lot of different parts and in one step. Or in one process, but not 100 clipping mask. ...
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How to add an artboard preset in Illustrator [closed]

How do I add artboard presets in Illustrator CC 2014? I believe I've done it before, as I have some custom devices listed there currently. Google was not helpful. I think it is in an Application ...
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How to give dotted effect to sides of a photograph?

See image. Can this be done using photoshop, indesign or illustrator? Using this opportunity to wish all a happy easter.
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Easiest way to wrap label around an existing bottle / can

I'm trying to add a label to a can in Adobe Illustrator CS6. I've seen tutorials on how to create the bottle using 3D revolve and then map the art (using a symbol) to the 3D object. The problem is, I ...
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The Select Tool doesn't seem to be shrinking or expanding an object on Illustrator [duplicate]

Hi guys, I'm a bit stuck here. The Select Tool doesn't seem to shrink or enlarge objects. I'm using Illustrator CS6. It only seems to just move it around. Please help, thanks x
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Why do colors slightly change when copying from Illustrator to Photoshop? [duplicate]

I want to copy a object from Illustrator and paste it into a Photoshop document with the same color mode and profile. When I use the Eyedropper Tool on the pasted object in Photoshop the color ...
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How to set object rotation as the new zero rotation

I am working in Illustrator and have created a group of wedge shapes from a pie chart, which was rotated, ungrouped, and regrouped. Given that the wedges are still placed together as a circle, and ...
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Why does this line appear in my text? [duplicate]

Do you know why this horizontal line appears at the top of this headline text? It shows in Illustrator and when saved as JPG, and in some PDF viewers. This is a single click text line (not a text ...
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How to get rid of the box in the middle of the art board [closed]

There is a little box thing in the middle of an art board on Illustrator CS6. Just wanting to ask how I get rid of it. It's been there for a while but it's getting really distracting. Can't even ...
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Minus a stroked path

I have a compound path that I'd like to fill with a pattern that contains a stroked path. No problem, but now I'd like to merge or minus the compound path, leaving the stroke intact. the example ...
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Adobe Illustrator vs. Inkscape: Smaller than “Smallest file size”

Vector graphics is a compact way of storing simple drawings. And I always thought that the most compact .pdf file you can get from Illustrator, is achieved with the "Smallest file size" preset. ...
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Using the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator [closed]

I am new to Adobe Illustrator, and I'm having problems with my pen tool. Every time I click on it, it makes an anchor point with a line that drags from it. It does not make individual points that ...
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How to Change Colors of a Company Logo without Using Pen Tool?

I have a couple of company logos that I want to change to color white (to be placed in a black background). This logo is pretty simple enough to just use the pen tool. However, I have some logos ...
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Illustrator: How to draw circles at control points?

I drew a polygon using the pen tool. Now I'd like to draw small circles (illustrating vertices) at the polygon control points.
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I have 20 vectors, groups of 2 on an .ai artboard, how do I make these into 10 files?

I have one .ai artboard, it contains 20 vectors in groups of 2. I want to create 10 separate files without having to manually create each artboard and pasting each of the 10 sets one by one. With ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS6: Checking “Align To Pixel Grid” Will Not Turn Off Alignment

I was wondering if there was another function that causes things like the pen tool to align to the grid. Whenever I start a new document, nothing is aligning, which is what I'm trying to achieve. But ...
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How to do a wildcard / GREP / regex find-replace in Illustrator?

InDesign can do advanced find - change AKA find - replace using GREP rules AKA regex AKA regular expressions which allows all sorts of wildcard rules and automation. Is there any way to do the same ...
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How to convert paragraph text envelope to clipping mask in Illustrator CS6

I have some paragraph text that I have modified using an envelope in Illustrator CS6. I can not make it into a clipping mask. I can make it into a mask up until I make it an envelope, after that, I ...
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Continuous gradient over multiple shapes [duplicate]

In adobe illustrator, I have multiple shapes that I want to share a single gradient with. Right now, when I apply a gradient fill each shape handles it's own gradient. Is there a way to make all the ...
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Filling in gaps in illustrator (by not using gap detection)

I am trying to colour an image on adobe illustrator. I initially "image traced" the image, so many of the strokes disappeared. I used live paint and direct selection to fill in the colours. However, ...
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Color not transferring from Illustrator to Photoshop [closed]

I have an Illustrator file and a Photoshop file, both are setup as RBG color spaces. But when I copy and past from Illustrator to Photoshop the color changes. For example #b74eab becomes #a6349b. I ...
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How to do this with Illustrator? [duplicate]

I am trying to learn how to accomplish this effect in Illustrator: http://imgur.com/Ilj6CaZ. I added an arrow to point to the effect I am talking about. I don't know what to call it but I associate ...
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Is it possible to correct the aspect ratio of font after resizing in Illustrator?

I have a plot with lots of labels on the x- and y-axes in Illustrator. I want to downscale the image vertically, but not horizontally. Obviously, when I do this the text looks silly as it becomes ...
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Illustrator Gradient Issue [duplicate]

I'm attempting to create a gradient fill on an image however it's not filling smoothly, it's filling with colour as if it were two shapes but it isn't, it's just one shape. Any suggestions?
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How to adjust spacing of underlined text in Illustrator

Anyone know how to do this? Right now when zoomed out at 100%, the underline looks a little too close to the text. I'm using the latest version of Illustrator.
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How to convert Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) to Photoshop (.psd) without having Adobe Illustrator installed

I want to convert an Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) to an equivalent Photoshop (.psd), preserving layers, text and so on. I would like to know if there is something like imagemagick to do this, because ...
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PDF file placed in Illustrator

I am placing a PDF into an illustrator file and where there should be white in the PDF it is transparent. How can I fix this? I want the PDF to have white where there should be white. When I put a ...
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How to delete portion of circle in illustrator using pen tool? [duplicate]

In the illustration below I want colored doughnuts to represent certain percentages. Like in the center the percentage reflected is 72%. I want to change the blue colored ring to 59% and so on. I ...
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Resizing screenshots

How can I make a screenshot of a graph smaller with Illustrator or Photoshop without losing quality? I am using a Macbook Pro with retina display. I also have a monitor without retina display. I ...
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Creating Fill Color in Arrowhead - Illustrator

I'm trying to create a graphic style that looks like "A", applicable to a stroke. I can get "B" using the stroke panel, with arrowhead options, but I'm not able to control the stroke weight of the ...
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How do I export an SVG from Illustrator such that it renders well in small sizes?

I come from a Photoshop background and this is my first time dabbling with AI. I would like to show my product logo in a small size on a webpage (about 15px height). I currently have a PNG (created ...
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How to tile a pattern in Illustrator?

I have joined two same sized rounded rectangles creating 90 degrees. Then I made 45 degrees guide and copied figure so they both can be on the same guide. Then using a blend tool I evenly ...
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How to align objects in a constrain angle mode? [duplicate]

How to align objects in a constrain angle mode? a picture is worth a thousand words maybe a plugin do the job?
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Illustrator CS5 converts all the missing fonts of an imported PDF into vectors, how do I substitute the fonts so I can edit the text?

All the missing fonts of an imported PDF are converted into vectors in Illustrator CS5, how do I substitute the fonts so I can edit the text?
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What does “Create PDF Compatible File” mean in Illustrator? [closed]

What does the "Create PDF Compatible file" option when saving an Illustrator file do? What happens if I uncheck it when saving my work?
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Making Box Packaging in Illustrator. Symbol are mirror image problem!

So i have a rectangular box on illustration. I have added 4/6 sides as symbols. So for the front i added the correct symbol and it looks fine. Then i added the same design as the front, on the back. ...
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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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What is the easiest way to remove the background from this image in illustrator?

I downloaded these ribbons from freepik and I want to remove the ribbons from the background. What is the easiest way to do this in illustrator? It doesn't seem to be a vector because it is one ...
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Painting area of a shape - Illustrator CS5

I'm very new to Illustrator, so please forgive me if this is a daft question. Trying to colour the chicken's feet black where they overlap the white cow's back. I've tried making the chicken a ...
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Is there anyway to replace “words” on Adobe Illustrator?

I made a book in illustrator, and I like to replace a word with another word i.e "Bread" into "Rice" If We using MS Word, we just simply Ctrl+H and do a word replace in a simple way. how about in ...
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How is this 'one colour' design trend referred to in the design community? [duplicate]

I had thought that the current trend towards 'one colour photos' was being called 'monochrome' but can't seem to find any examples. The attached picture illustrates what I am referring to. The photo ...
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Is there a simple and automatic way to create halos around multiple (existing) arrows in Illustrator?

I am looking for a way for all existing black arrows in my illustration to have a white halo to stand out against a colorful background in Illustrator. I would also like the halo to be easily ...
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Y axis' negative direction seems confused in Illustrator. How can I fix it?

Hi ! When I pull a line from ruler up on the Y axis, Illustrator shows negative value for the line which should be reverse in fact. What I know is, top and right side must be positive for Y axis. I ...
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Get rid of tiny space lines in seamless pattern? Illustrator [duplicate]

I have my seamless pattern finished, but, I can see tiny little lines on the grid, and I want a perfect pattern before using it. If you zoom in, you can see tiny little breaks: What do I need to ...
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Is there a shortcut to double image size in Adobe Illustrator?

I need to double the sizes of many images for retina devices. It takes too long to do it by using a calculator to do the math and manipulating the values in the width/height panel at the top. Is there ...
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How can I resize, rotate part of the path in Illustrator

As a Photoshop user I don't know exactly how to rotate or resize only the part of the selected path in Illustrator. When I do this in Photoshop I simply select part of the path by using direct ...
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How to swap two objects?

Sometimes I want to swap two objects, so one of selected will be on second's place, and vice versa. There is any simple way to do it?
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anti-aliasing issues

This seems to happen most of the time, but more visible when you are importing as smart objects in Photoshop and resizing down. In the attached image you can see where the aliasing is getting really ...