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How to create a dotted line in Adobe Illustrator

How can I create a dotted swirly line like the example below in illustrator? I would like to create a loop dotted line.
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Is it possible to open an .ai file in Photoshop?

I currently dont have Illustrator but I do have Photoshop, is it possible to open a .ai vector file and save as JPG/PNG in a desired size?
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How to crop an image in Illustrator?

I've read a few tutorials but I'm still new to Illustrator. Currently, I am trying to work with a sketch that I am trying to position on the artboard. If I were to resize the entire shape the sketch ...
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managing fonts in illustrator

Is there a better way to manage fonts in Illustrator instead of the default drop-down? I am on CS6 and Windows7 I have several hundred fonts and I wish there was a more intuitive way to browse ...
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Trim a Clipping Mask in Illustrator?

Is it possible to trim a clipping mask in Illustrator? I have an image that I created a mask for, but the entire image is so much larger than the space I need, I would like to crop the rest of the ...
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How can I cycle through the Blending Modes in Adobe Illustrator? [duplicate]

How do I cycle through blend/transfer modes in Illustrator? It seems I can only manually choose 1 at a time from the drop down then open the menu and choose another. It's a slow process. What ...
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'Effect > Stylize > Rounded corners' not available in Illustrator CS6

Well the question pretty much sums it up. I'm running Illustrator CS6 on Windows and after selecting a shape and wanting to round the corners by going to Effect > Stylize I'm looking for the option ...
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Illustrator wont make a compound path from the full shape

I have the following shape I have drawn with the pen tool. The bird head and eye are a compound path but releasing them both from this makes little difference. What I am trying to achieve is a ...
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Cutting out a part of a field of lines in Illustrator

I made a field of lines evenly spaced in illustrator. They are grouped together. I want to cut out and paste a segment of this group. The grouped lines are parallel and the group is tilted at an ...
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saving a logo illustrator for web with transparent background

I have a simple b/w logo in illustrator, and want to save this for web use. I am new to web, just savvy in print :(... what is the easiest way to save this file with a transparent background so that ...
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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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I can't see guide lines on selected paths anymore

When selecting a path or more paths with the Selection Tool or *Direct Selection Tool, I do not see the blue guide lines anymore. So I cannot know what is selected as well as how many anchor points ...
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Move objects radially in illustrator

How do you move several objects radially in illustrator? I want to mimic an explosion effect. In other words, I have several objects in illustrator and I want to separate them further. doing it ...
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How To Split Two Intersecting Circles in to Three Separate Shapes

My question is specifically about Making a Venn Diagram in Adobe Illustrator. I am trying to make a Venn-diagram to visualize different set operations in maths. I found that Illustrator made some ...
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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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Steps between Wireframe / UI design for web development

Based on my sketch/wireframe prepared for a UI designer (links below): Link: http://postimg.org/image/npt5zlvu7/ 1) Would I be able to approach a UI designer with the wireframe/sketch above? 2) ...
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How do I use an SVG “icon font” within Illustrator?

Trello uses an icon font and I'd like to figure out how to bring in some of the glyphs into an Illustrator project. Admittedly, this is going a bit backwards (usually you want to import Illustrator ...
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Illustrator stroke color appears lighter than same fill color

When I apply a color with the exact same RGB as the fill for 1 shape and the stroke of another, the shape with the stroke shows a slightly lighter color. Why does this happen and what can I do to ...
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Best way to save AI/SVG graphics for website purposes?

I'm using Adobe Ilustrator CS3. I have a bunch of small images (200x200 px) which I originally created as ".ai". I saved them as ".svg" using option Save for Web & Devices but to my surprise the ...
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How to draw uniform zig-zag or wave in illustrator?

Build-in feature looks insufficient. It allows to set number of waves per segment, which makes wave of different frequencies if curve consists of different lengths segments.
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How to join two endpoints of different paths in Illustrator?

How to join two endpoints of different paths in Illustrator? It is said in manual, that points should be selected first, but I can't select them, since they are not on the same path. I can select ...
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Making parts of Illustrator logo transparent - rather than faking it with the background color

So a designer has given me some logos (for the web) which are white on a blue background. She has, however, added blue paths to the shape to make it match the background. I would prefer to change ...
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How can I improve my lighting/shadow illustration skills

I was curious to know if there are any resources, books, blogs that focus on perfecting object shadowing and lighting with Photoshop and/or Illustrator? I have and know how to do basic shadowing and ...
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Border on borderless pie chart, Illustrator CC

I'm an Illustrator beginner, and I have just made pie chart. I removed the borders but I still end up with a 1 pixel wide border between the pieces of the pie whenever I export to PDF or AI. Please ...
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How to achieve this 3D “Card” effect

How do I create this type of effect with an image? I'm wondering how to get the thick edges and the tilted look. Is there an online tool that will convert a flat image to look like this? Source
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Export Illustrator layers to Photoshop Smart Objects

I'm trying to export the layers of my illustrator document into photoshop, but the only way to do so is one by one copy and pasting...are there any ways to mass export these layers while still ...
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How to remove a point from a closed vector shape in Illustrator without breaking the shape?

When I try to delete a node in a space, by pressing DEL, the closed-shape it gets broken (not-continous anymore). How can I remove point from these without breaking them? Note: I used Illustrator ...
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How can I have a vector shape that is smart-cloned and kept in sync in Illustrator?

I try to design a vector shape that will render good at different sizes. I do have an artboard for each icon size: 16x16, 24x24, 32x32 and I do want to "clone" my shape so I will be copied in each of ...
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How to snap to every half-pixel (0,5) in illustrator?

I am trying to optimise a vector graphic so it does align well to pixels but if I try to align-to-pixel grid I loose too much from the quality and I still need to be able to snap with 0.5px ...
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How to export ICO files to use as Windows folder icons

How can I export a file that you could set it as a folder icon in Windows 7? And also, how do you get an application that has only one icon to change it's size when re-scaling? I set folder options to ...
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Preventing Illustrator CC vector objects distorting when scaled

I'm having some trouble resizing a group of vector objects in an illustration. These objects used to be lines until I expanded them into vector shapes, and before I scale them they look fine: But ...
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Making a Shape Edge Vertical in Illustrator

I'm making a letter M in Illustrator by using the pen tool and drawing half of the letter and then mirroring it with a transform effect. I noticed that when I zoom in there is a hairline space due to ...
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How do I get my artboard to appear behind the grid?

I'm new to Illustrator. I've just started a new project and my artboard is appearing in front of the grid, per below. How do I force my artboard to appear behind the grid, so I can use it for my ...
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Recommended workflow for creating complex curves for circular patterns

I keep seeing quite a lot of stuff like the attached screenshot: At the moment, I usually fumble around with the pencil tool to draw a rough curve and then spend ages smoothing it before tiling it ...
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Is there a way of automatically displaying the vertical and horizontal spacing values in pixels between objects in an Adobe illustrator drawing?

I am using Adobe Illustrator to design a number of full screen layouts for an iphone app. I want to achieve the exact same spacing from my desings in the final app. Currently the only way I know how ...
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How to reduce the file size of a Live Trace (high fidelity) image

I have a PNG, its width is 1960px and height is 1583px. It is 3.3MB in total. When I go to Illustrator Live Trace > Photo High Fidelity, and then I expand the paths, the vector image is very good ...
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How to add auto-dimensioning to Photoshop or Illustrator [duplicate]

I have layers with different elements in each layer. Each elemnt have their own margin from edge. Is it possible to export file to png\jpg\etc with overlayed layer with dimensions of each separate ...
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How to export Illustrator layers as individual images?

I have an Illustrator file that contains patterns. I'd like to export each pattern as an individual image to use in this new program that I'm trying called Sketch. Is there a batch processing script ...
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How would I go about saving a layered transparent image?

This is a little hard to explain, so bear with me. I'm wanting to save out a series of diagram images in a sprite sheet for a website. Right now, I have it so that I have a white image with "holes" ...
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Preparing a File to be Printed or Embroidered on Clothes

I recently created some graphics with Illustrator, saved them as PDFs and sent them to a printing company for a quote for part embroidery, part screen print on clothing. The quote came back with an ...
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Adobe Illustrator pictures to be played on a scoreboard with the dimensions of 1280 x 424

Ok, I want to make a video for a wedding, to be played on a stadium scoreboard. The scoreboard's dimensions are 1280 x 424. I was told to make my images this size and make a DVD in either .wmv or ...
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Ad layout for programs - Illustrator or InDesign

today I'm looking for some advice from folks who have laid out event programs. In this case, the client (a local nonprofit) has a famous keynote speaker at their event, and have solicited donations ...
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Why does my line drawing look so sad

I'm trying to create a line drawing of my friend Steve, I was Steve's best man at the wedding where the photo was taken. I like the shot because the smile it subtle but definitely there. I've been ...
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Workflow for print publishing children's book?

I have recently drawn and scanned a children's book that I will try to have published. I converted the scans into vectors using Vector Magic in order to have nice, clean, smooth lines without any ...
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How can I add perspective to something using Illustrator?

I was trying to recreate this kind of image in Adobe Illustrator. I had tried perspective grid tools as well as blend options, but couldn't get proper result. Can anybody help recreate this?
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Choosing placement of colorbar and registration marks in illustrator

In Illustrator's print dialog, I can choose trim marks and color bars, however it decides to place them outside of the print area. The print I'm working on will be die-cut and would like to move the ...
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Separate white image from dark background [duplicate]

I'm creating a t-shirt design and need to know how to combine all the white shapes that make this image and separate it from any dark green. The white image will eventually be printed on a dark green ...
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How to fix light edges on resized PNGs from Illustrator?

How do you prevent a transparent PNG-24 image from getting light edges when resized without having to force them out using the Webkit Optimize Contrast CSS rule? Clarification: Resizing the image in ...
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How do I make a grid-like fill in Photoshop or Illustrator?

Is there any way in Illustrator or Photoshop to format the fill of a rectangular object so that the fill looks a bit like here? Could somebody maybe point me in a direction? Or tell the unclear ...
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Pathfinder divide tool on object with gradient mesh

I'm using Illustrator CC, and have a tear-drop shaped object which has a gradient mesh applied to it. I need to use the pathfinder divide tool in combination with another simple shape to take a chunk ...