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Pointillism? Mosaic? Vector Bokeh? [duplicate]

Is there a name for this effect and what would be the best way to achieve it in Photoshop or Illustrator in terms of filling a different vector shape with a similar distribution of rainbow circles? ...
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Is it ok to use .pngs on business cards to print?

I want to use a background image from here though these are usually just used for websites. I am worried the quality will not be sufficient enough for print. Would I be correct in this assumption? Is ...
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What should I do to get an image equal exactly to my design

I'm a newbie in graphic design. when I do my design in illustrator I create a big artboard usually 800X500px, but I don't use all the size. So what should I do to get an image of exactly of my design. ...
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When using the pen tool in AI/PS, how do I select different parts of the image to continue with my path?

Take this image for example: How would I then go and select more of the rabbit after I made that leg selection up into its body?
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Concept OS Mocking: Illustrator vs. Photoshop vs. Other

As a school project, I am graphically designing my own mobile OS. I already have hundreds of hand drawings of each aspect of the OSs design and I need to make the step to digital mockups. As the ...
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Illustrator CS5 Distorts Vector on Resize, using Scale Tool

When resizing a vector group in Illustrator CS5.5 with a custom made symbol in the group I get distortion of the proportion of the shape. I've tried Tried resizing with selection tool holding ...
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Closing paths drawn with the Illustrator pencil tool?

Prompted by John's question about leaving paths unclosed. Drawing with the pencil tool (or the paintbrush tool) in Illustrator leaves the paths it makes open. Unlike the pen tool, there isn't an ...
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How do I trim the overlapping elements in Adobe Illustrator?

Whenever I am working with Adobe Illustrator, I can't figure this out for the life of me so I end up doing all kinds of knifing to get it sort of the way I want it. I am posting this here so I can ...
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What is the easiest way to export just the selected objects in Illustrator CS5?

The title says it all, I want to know what the simplest way to export the selected objects. In Inkscape, there is a menu option called export selected which does just this. The aforementioned ...
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How do I only fill part of an object in Illustrator? [duplicate]

I have an illustration that someone else created in Illustrator. I need to be able to choose the exact point in which to fill half of the shape with one color and the other half with another color? ...
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Brochures font size

Hello This is may first question here. I was working with small projects. I have problem with the Brochures (Tri-fold). At the Back Cover the content are only programme 2 fold and raffle entry 1 fold ...
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How can I move multiple objects towards a central point in Illustrator?

I want to move a set of objects towards a central point. Think moving objects that are outlining a circle towards the middle. I know you can do this through the bounding box, but that results in the ...
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Geometrically correct line drawnings: curves, angles, cusps and other edges

I am a PhD student in Psychology - Vision Science. I've just started to learn Adobe Illustrator in order to prepare the visual stimuli for an upcoming experiment. I'm not well experienced and since I ...
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Apply different designs to Illustrator graph columns

I have a column chart that I've created with the Illustrator graph tool. I've applied a sliding design to all the columns. I'd like to apply this design to a specific column type e.g., People that eat ...
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How can I distribute outlined/expanded text along a path in Illustrator?

If I have some text that is expanded, how can I distribute it along a path? For example, if I'd like to have the Stack Exchange logo follow an arc Using an Envelope Distort, well, distorts the ...
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How to convert the ordinary image into effective image in photoshop

I want to convert the images by the following Images Conversion Method. How do i convert in photoshop cs6 Response Me.. From To
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AI - Removing ghost lines from path tracing before merging to a compound path

Here's the task: I import an image, trace it black and white, and then try to convert the result into a compound path in order to use it easily later on. Here's the problem: When I combine to a ...
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How to place an ai file behind photoshop layer CS6 [closed]

I'm working with Photoshop and AI files, both of which are pretty new to me. When placing an AI file on my image, it creates a layer just as I would expect. However, the layer shows up in front of all ...
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How to make screenshots high resolution [duplicate]

I have multiple screenshots and it appears that when I put them into illustrator and click off the image it then becomes pixalated. Is there a possible way to make this clear. As I don't have the ...
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Unpixelated Screenshot images

I have some work to showcase: images which are screenshots of work which are online. However when arranging these screenshot images in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, they all appear to be ...
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How to put small elements into a big element in Illustrator

I have a question in Illustrator regarding the picture that I attached: Is there a command in Illustrator to put a set of elements together into a bigger element considering the angles and rotation ...
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How to create a pattern or tiles from rotated elements

I have a geometric pattern – say, a cross: Which I want to repeat with some overlap and tile … easy: The blue square marks the 100×100 px unit tile. However, here comes the catch: I want to ...
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How to fix the position of a gradient in Illustrator, so that it doesn't move when I edit the object it's applied to?

How do I make Illustrator not change the gradient's position and size when I change the path's shape?
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Make Illustrator use the embedded result images

I have been tasked with updating a poster that the client used last year. Should be fairly simple, just edit the file, change the date and shrink it from A2 to A3. But I only have the pdf that was ...
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How to create a curved tiles effect in adobe illustration

This curved tiles shape was created in adobe illustration: How can I recreate it?
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how to create sunken or inlay effect in illustrator to create depth to an object

Basicly, I need to know what is the best way to add depth to an innerbox like for example a monitor, a tv, anything that comes with a frame. In my case it's a window frame that contains a poster. ...
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Svg transparencies don't work as CSS background

I made a translucent svg. It was a 50% opacity round metal texture. When I put it above any other color it makes it look like real metal. It was made using Illustrator and had 2 of its effects: ...
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Color Swatches: loading multiple ASE files in illustrator CS5.5

Is there a way to import multiple ASE files from the Swatches palette in Illustrator CS5.5 ? Currently I can only import one ASE file at a time by doing: Swatches->Open Swatch Library->Other ...
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Can I lock vector art EPS10 files to avoid editing?

I read somewhere that it is possible to save an illustrator file as a .eps file and have no layer editing options? So the art is scaleable but not editable? I have tried but can't seem to find ...
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How to disable Align to Pixel Grid in Illustrator [duplicate]

When I create a new document, this option is available, but how to disable it, when the document is already created? I can select shapes and disable it via the transform panel but not for newly ...
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How to create a spiral logo or shape in adobe illustrator

This shape was created using Adobe Illustrator.: How can I recreate it?
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How to add padding to Illustrator document

I have an 11x17 poster that Will have 3/16 white border (because the printer can't print to the edge) needs 3/16 padding from edge for all objects I don't want to print it on 12x18 and cut it so ...
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Why are my handles and anchor point missing in AI?

I'm quite new to using illustrator. My problem is: I'm missing the anchor point. Usually when you use the direct selection tool and click an object, it should show the anchor points and handles. I ...
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3D Revolve, but spaced out in a segment style in Illustrator

I'm trying to revolve a 2D shape so that the final 3D shape has a segmented style. See below: http://img.alexblundell.com/up/c5693a8d4351fd0c498c8919a2a3e43b.png I'm sure there's an automated way ...
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Rastering Vector Art: Photoshop vs Illustrator?

I have been working in illustrator CS5 making vector art. My main focus has been different iPhone game graphics (I make them in illustrator instead of photoshop so I can scale them for all the ...
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Copying part of an object in Illustrator

Is there a way to copy a part of an object in illustrator? I do not know the technical name of the effect I need to do, so I have to describe it. I need to do the effect where you have an image and ...
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Can I include / reference external scripts and libraries within my Adobe Illustrator .jsx script?

We're writing a bunch of .jsx scripts, and in each one I have to mock out some functions so I can use things like Array.map() and String.trim(), but I don't want to have to include that code at the ...
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A clean way to remove gradient mesh in Illustrator?

Does anyone know if it is possible to remove a gradient mesh from an object in Illustrator without producing a distorted/inaccurate outline? Adobe documentation as well as most online resources I ...
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Getting rid of open paths in Illustrator CS5 without overlapping stroked lines?

I have been looking into selling some vector art either by making my own site (almost doubles up as a portfolio) or sell it through existing stock vector sites. I am currently looking into ...
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Is it possible to have varied stroke widths around the same object in Illustrator?

I'm working in Illustrator CS5 and was wondering Is it possible to have varied stroke widths around the same object? For example a square would have the right side at 1pt and the top side at 3pt the ...
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Using a pattern to cut out areas from a group of shapes in Illustrator

I have an image that's been image traced. All I want to do is cut out horizontal stripes out of the image. Since I want to cut out a lot of evenly spaced stripes, I thought the easiest way would be ...
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Temporary keyboard shortcuts stopped working- illustrator/photoshop CS5 (mac)

I use temporary keyboard shortcuts for navigating my work area... e.g.: Hold down Space to get hand tool Hold down Space + Cmd / Space + Cmd+Option to get zoom in/out tool All of a sudden these ...
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How do I decide how many columns to use in my grid?

I'm trying to create a UI design for my 1024x768 screen. I know there's a grid system out there. I've read about the benefits, etc. I understand, I think from a fundamental level, why I need to use ...
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Saving vector art using Illustrator CS5 with the intent to sell artwork to people who work with various vector software and versions of Illustrator?

I have been making vector art recently and am looking into hopefully selling it either on existing websites or maybe creating my own, the website in a way would also be a portfolio and it would give ...
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Working in illustrator & photoshop interchangeably

As I've seen several people do as well, I am constantly switching back and forth between illustrator and photoshop. Illustrator, IMO, is much easier to work with when creating graphics (as far as ...
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Illustrator adding multiple stroke to type layer on outside, in CS6

Trying to do something which seems so simple and failing badly. I have created a simple Type layer. I need to add two strokes to the layer. But I would like the stroke to be on the outside of the ...
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Lens Distortion Effect with Illustrator

I'm trying to model a lens distortion to apply to a vector image. I originally tried to use the Warp > Inflate effect, and I was able to get close in some scenarios to what I was looking for, but the ...
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Similar plugin to GuideGuide for illustrator

I really like the GuideGuide plugin for Photoshop that really quickly allows you to setup guides. Is there something similar to this in illustrator ?
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Coding a website design , which is better from PSD (Adobe photoshop) or EPS ( Adobe illustrator )? [duplicate]

What is the diffrence between EPS and PSD in making a mockup in: 1. Quality 2. Size in loading page 3. Easier to use 4. Similarity between both of them Thanks in advance....
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Vectorize 3D Logo in Illustrator

I am new to Illustrator and vectorizing Logos. I need to vectorize this logo My questions are: how can I find out the two font types and colors? What will be the best way to vectorize this Logo ...