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Can I round the corners of a shape that has curves in Illustrator?

I have a simple shape in Illustrator that has two curved edges, two straight edges, and four sharp corners: I want to round off the sharp corners a bit like so (kinda sorta approximated by the ...
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How to combine two paths in Illustrator

Is it possible to combine an open path and a closed path in Illustrator? I want to take these two paths: And combine them to make a box like this, except I don't want the points of the ...
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I need to print images off of google at a 36“ by 36” size, but if I increase the size (using Adobe Illustrator), it gets pixelated [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Techniques to dramatically scale an image Is there any way that I can increase the size of these google images without ruining the quality? I'm starting with ...
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How to make a logo where a letter is made of particles of varying sizes?

How can I make a logo in Adobe Illustrator like the AntiParticle logo below, from http://www.graphicdesigninspiration.net/2012/08/15/70-awesome-logo-designs-for-your-inspiration/? It is a large ...
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How to switch between blending modes in Adobe Illustrator with the keyboard?

In Photoshop you can select next or prev blending mode with cursor up and down, but can't do the same in the Adobe Illustrator. How to fix that? Maybe shortcuts or scripts can help...
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Polygons around a circle almost like a sunburst

Its sort of like the sunburst but I need even whitespace between each fin, I dont need them to go completely around the circle just half. Ive tried stroke but did not give me the result I wanted or I ...
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How to rotate around shifter center precisely in Illustrator?

If I select Rotate tool, I can select center of rotation then and move it. After that I am able to rotate object around that center. But this rotation is imprecise. Suppose I want to rotate for 120 ...
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What are some good tips on how to extrude text in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm bit of a newbie in Adobe Illustrator and have been learning the application by trying to follow some tutorials and recreating some cool stuff I come across on the web. That being said, I'm ...
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What's the most flexible way to create a “wrap around” banner with an offset stroke?

So here's the graphic I'm working on (don't hate me, I didn't come up with this one). I'm in Illy 15.1.0. You can probably see what I'm trying to get to next: I want the offset rule to follow the ...
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Giving a light brown/fazed/grained effect to images in AI-CS5 (disorting/pixelization of images on purpose)

In reverse engineering a letterhead, the actual image is as follows scanned as 300 dpi. This is what I have come up with. It is achieved by placing high resolution images, drawing rectangles and ...
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Illustrator eyedropper: What effect does different 'Pick up' and 'Apply' settings have?

Double-click on the Adobe Illustrator eyedropper icon, and you get a useful panel of advanced options that allow you to control what it picks up and what it applies. Two columns, 'Eyedropper picks up' ...
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Can I resize the texture pattern that applied via Illustrator graphic styles?

Can I resize the texture pattern that applied via Illustrator graphic styles? And if not, is there any workaround to achieve this?
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Is there a way to add all colors used into the swatches panel?

Sometimes, when inspiration hits me, I start designing a document using multiple colors. Or I use the Blend tool to create a smooth set of colors for me to work with. But it always happens that ...
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Export vector design from Illustrator to photoshop and back

How do I take a gradient vector design into photoshop, add noise to it, and then return it back into Illustrator without the white background?
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How to convert text paths to editable text in an .eps file downloaded from Shutterstock?

I am an experienced PHP programmer, but very new to Illustrator. Finally, the time has come that I need to download artwork from Shutterstock (shutterstock.com) for use on a customer's website. The ...
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Removing the down side of rectangle when the swirl is above it?

I have created a rectangle of blue color in illustrator and then have make a swirl(yellow) using pen tool by giving it stroke. Now i want to remove the blue part of rectangle down under swirl in easy ...
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Removing part of a stroke and adding a gradient to a stroke in Illustrator CS5

Here's what I have... The top and bottom half are two separate objects each with their own gradient. I would like to remove the curved horizontal line going across the shape, then I would like to ...
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How to get rid of thin outline on live paint group in Illustrator?

How do I get rid of the thin artifact outlines around my live paint fills? The first screenshot shows the wireframe view (CTRL+Y) in Illustrator. The second screenshot shows the normal view in ...
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How to draw a smooth line (small in some places, large in others) like in this image

Check the image I attached above. I need to design a different logo. But need to draw it like this one because both the logos will be placed together (they need to match). So, anyone know how to ...
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Vector pasting in wrong spot / Font Lab and Illustrator

I built out some shapes to test out a font icon idea. I drew them in Illustrator. I set my art-board to pt at 1000 x 1000. I filled the objects and moved the ruler so that 0 was the baseline. From ...
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Infinite (endless) paper in Illustrator?

Can I create a document in Illustrator without attaching to the notion of paper with finite size? Can you DELETE the ARTBOARD? I reduced the artboard to some small size and remainder drawings ...
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Non-displaying objects in illustrator and photoshop

So I'm trying to set up templates for other designers to use to adhere to design guidelines, and I want to know if there is any way to specify objects in illustrator and photoshop that do not show up ...
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Create an artboard automatically to the size of an image (Illustrator)

I am trying to figure out how to make an artboard automatically snap to the size of an image. I know that you can draw a rectangle, then go to the Artboards window and choose "Convert to Artboards" ...
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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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eps file vector quality issue

I have a large vector .eps file of 8 logo samples. At 100% zoom, it is crisp and gorgeous, about 4 inches wide and 1.5 inches high on my laptop screen. I tried object > rasterize with CMYK / ...
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Grid is not zeroed in Illustrator

I have a document with several artboards (7), which I resized, but now my grid (cmd–") is not centered or zeroed correctly (please see photo). I need to adjust the elements on the artboards, and I ...
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How can I preserve vector file size and quality when exporting to PNG format with Illustrator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: eps file vector quality issue I have a large vector .eps file of 8 logo samples. At 100% zoom, it is crisp and gorgeous, about 4 inches wide and 1.5 inches high on my ...
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Is there an autosave feature in Adobe Illustrator?

Is there a way to retrieve your work after a crash, if you haven't saved for a while?
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How to convert text to single stroke in illustrator

The question really says it all. I want to apply brush effect on the stroke once it looks like text. All my tries have resulted in stroke being outline of the text.
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Conventions regarding saving different versions of a logo in Adobe Illustrator

When designing logos in Adobe Illustrator, what is the best way to save all my different versions of the logo? In seperate project (.ai) files or in seperate artboards? Thanks!
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target specific corners for rounding

I have this shape and I want only the square corners to round. When I round the whole thing, it affects the circle part...
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Best way to create a shadow (depth) effect in Illustrator?

I'm working on a logo and trying to give the logo shape a 3D'ish depth effect. Here is what I currently have: Regular size: Larger size: The way I'm currently achieving this effect is by creating ...
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How to prepare a layout for packaging and hot stamping?

Questions as follow: 1) I want to make a design in Illustrator for a box packaging, say of 5 x 5 x 10. How should I prepare the layout? I mean make it like here: and then just make guide lines! 2) ...
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Adobe Illustrator pixel to mm formula?

I import VECTORS in illustrator that i want to lasercut but they are measured in pixels. I want to output that to DXF. However i am wondering if pixels are converted to mm using a standard formula in ...
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Illustrator gradient fill makes jaggies between colors if angle is changed

I have a 4 color gradient fill angled at 40 degrees (maybe its not the best way to achieve what I want) and the lines where colors meet are having jaggies. I have attached a screenshot of the ...
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Does CorelDraw have a native read resolution for reading SVG's?

Does CorelDraw has a default read resolution for SVG's? The only DPI settings that will show me the number of pixels exactly as they were created is 96. Is that Corel's native DPI resolution for ...
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Rotate every text in a row by 25 degree?

Is there a way to rotate each row in a row by 25 Degrees, in Illustrator or Photoshop, as seen on the following picture?
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Illustrator is unable to make a horizontal line thinner than 1pt [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bug: Illustrator now refuses to draw lines with stroke weight below 1 pt On my Illustrator CS5.5 I have the strange behaviour that when I make a perfect horizontal line, ...
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Running ink effect in illustrator

I'd like to create the effect of ink running similar to how it's been used here, but I'd like to do it in vector. Anybody got some great brushes that might work?
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Create second path with specific offset from previous

I have this vector art I paid for from istockphoto, but I need to shrink it down. In order for this to look good I need to shrink in Ai, then export. However, when I shrink down the graphic, the ...
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Sharpening iOS Icons

I'm creating an iOS app and have a couple custom icons for my navigation bar. The first one is a plus sign and that came out pretty well. I also have a refresh icon and it's not as sharp as the plus ...
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Google sketchup round corners of straight lines (stroke) as in Illustrator

On illustrator, when drawing a series of straight lines, you can choose under "stroke" how the corners of those lines will be: round, bevel and miter. I'm looking for the same function on sketchup. ...
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How to keep only the visible parts of the every object/path of a SVG image? Like “flatten” all the SVG

I've an SVG image with many objects, ones over anothers. What I need is a final SVG, with the same visual result, but in a way that I could change the opacity of any object without revealing the ...
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How to make CMYK Spectrum the same in two documents in Illustrator CS6?

I have two documents open in Adobe Illustrator CS6 for Mac. They are both dragons and I want the dragons to be the same colour. I have entered the same value however the colours are different. I ...
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How do I import a vector illustration into photoshop?

I've designed an image in illustrator which is made up of lots of vector objects (as drawn with the pen tool), and now I want to manipulate my image in photoshop . I want to be able to edit anchor ...
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“A symbol definition cannot contain a linked image”

Trying to create a symbol in Illustrator CS6, a pop-up says A symbol definition cannot contain a linked image. I have two questions: Why? I mean, what's the motivation for not allowing this? (I'm a ...
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Rotate and blend along a curved path

I am trying to create this effect http://qldsignfactory.com.au/sites/qldsignfactory.com.au/files/photos/bunting.jpg I've tried using this method here but I can't get the triangle to point ...
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Exporting a 3d extruded shape to SVG from Illustrator produces horrible plane joins

Here is a simple cylinder, created from an oval using the 3d extrude tool in Illustrator, and exported as a PNG: Now here is the same cylinder "saved as" SVG in Illustrator (I have displayed it in ...
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How to change artboard size in AI CS6?

Sorry can't find this simple feature. I was asked for document size at creation time but don't know how to change this later.
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How can I turn my old tablet PC into a Cintiq-like pen tablet?

I've been searching on internet but with no success... I have a old Fujitsu ST5020D Wacom Penabled tablet pc. As you know, a 1ghz Celeron + 256MB RAM wouldn't fill my needs as working on Adobe Master ...