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Trimming AI file white space

I am using an old, old CS2 version of illustrator and have designed my art (about 2" x 3" in size) on an 8.5" x 11" page in AI. How do I reduce all the white space around my design so that when I ...
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Blending colors in photoshop and illustrator

I am working on a print for my wall and I am trying to create something like this: Source I have already created the letters in Illustrator and now I am adding the colors in Illustrator and then ...
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Why are Illustrator guides not visible inside symbols?

Why are guides not visible inside symbols in Illustrator CC 2015? Add a guide Turn the guide into a symbol, and the guide disappears. It is not visible in symbol editing mode or on the artboard, ...
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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 ...
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It is possible to convert a regular shape to a hand-written shape using illustrator?

I want to convert regular forms let's say for example a rectangle and circle to a hand-written looking forms using Illustrator or Inkscape(best scenario). I don't want to use the pencil to draw the ...
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Why does Illustrator create those corners when using expand compound shape in Pathfinder

So whenever I use "expand compound shape" (pathfinder selected button on the bottom left on that image) Illustrator adds those random dark corner to whatever shape I have. why?
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Illustrator blend tool creating unwanted lines

I am attempting to create a long shadow on my icon by using this effect in Illustrator. When I use Object > Blend > Make it leaves white spaces between each shape it creates and looks extremely ugly. ...
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Why did the size of copied elements from Illustrator to Photoshop change?

I'm working on a comp provided by a designer. It's an Illustrator file. My normal workflow is I copy (to the clipboard) a visual element from Illustrator and paste it into Photoshop. This allows me to ...
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Illustrator: Why are color options grayed out and why do does pressing “D” changes my doted lines?

As you can see paths is gray, and options are grayed out. After pressing "D" options are selectable and drawing is trully black, but the dotted lines and stroke weight configurations are gone Any ...
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Why are there unwanted white lines appearing in a PDF print proof?

I designed a christmas card and I normally print it on vista print. When I ask for a print proof the outlines show. They don't show when I print it at home. Why are there unwanted white lines ...
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Equalizer design under Illustrator

I would like to do manually an spectrum sound with Illustrator : What can I use ? Pencil ? Brush ? If yes what sort ? Thank you PS : I have a wacom tablet My bad result :
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Arbitrarily dotted images that simulate depth

I would like to create a flyer, that has a design similar to the one below. I'm thinking of several images, converted to a kind of halftone (simulating depth), but with arbitrarily scattered dots ...
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Merging shapes in Illustrator but making a hole [closed]

I'd like to merge to vectors but with the penetration of the outer one. I attach an image to make it more comprehensible.
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How do I export a vector file for CAD?

I am new to AI. I have saved my file in DWG, but the person I am sending it to says it opens in raster and has a double line. I am creating patent drawings, so there should be only one line. I am ...
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Batch copy/paste of rectangular images in square images?

I have got more than 1000 rectangular images (640x400) with a transparent background that I want to resize (to 600x375) and then copy/paste (centered) in a 600x600 transparent image. In other words, ...
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Split a polygon into segments

I have a polygon in Illustrator (shown below). How can I split it into separate line segments at every anchor point AND intersection with another line? Basically I'm trying to recreate the "Pemrose ...
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Can't select an image even when it's not locked and it is in front

This happens in Adobe Illustrator CC. When I tried to select an object, it tends to select the thing behind it. The object is not locked and is in the front of the same layer. I have took a video ...
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Clipping mask problem

I have an image and a compound path. I want to create a clipping mask for this group of objects in Illustrator. But I'm facing this problem: (random image for this post) Where is the problem? Do ...
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Filling an object with a brush pattern (Illustrator) [on hold]

I have a pattern in the brush window which a I want to use as a filling in a shape (ellipse) How can I achieve that? Thank you
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What is the most used way to design layout of a website and the code it? [duplicate]

I'm new to web designing and development process. I have seen a few videos that show first you need to design Mockups in Photoshop and then you write HTML and CSS for it. In one video, I saw that ...
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“Low quality edges” when importing 3d from illustrator to photoshop

When I import a 3d vector from illustrator do photoshop, it looks like shapes get a tiny space between each other, besides the low quality appearence of the edges, as it can be seen on the picture ...
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Revolving Text animation

I am a noob in animation, I know how to use Photoshop key frame and that's pretty much it. What would be the easiest / fastest way to do something like this http://www.flashvortex.com/3D-Rotating-...
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How do I individually separate the shapes on this sandal design?

I have made the outline for a shoe and i wish to separate the top tongue rectangle from the sole of the shoe. I am not sure how to individually separate each intersection of the shape.
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issue with alignment with two objects

I'm trying to make puzzle piece, so I want to cut out circle from rectangle, but somehow I can't make their left sides to coincide :/ Does anyone had same problem? As you see when I click '...
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Saving Illustrator as PDF without the hidden layers

We have roughly 55 cards that all have the exact same text. The titles and backgrounds differ among the cards. So I've made just one AI with the different backgrounds and all the text as one copy in a ...
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Adjusting distance of blended objects to start and end points in Illustrator

I am trying to create a row of houses along a curved patch using the blend tool. What ruins the design though is the fact, that Illustrator is putting the first and second and last and second to last ...
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Auto creating artboards in Illustrator?

I have an Illustrator file with icons set up in this fashion on one artboard. Is there a way for me to create artboards for each icon for export easily, without going in and having to click each ...
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Photoshop vs illustrator for icons [on hold]

Can photoshop make good icons or illustrator is better right or is there some good plugins for photoshop templates or icon scripts?
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Snap paths in Illustrator

How I can make my paths snap with each other? Even with Smart Guides and Snap to Point enabled, I can't make it work. This is what I want: This is what I get: My Smart Guides settings In Smart ...
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How can I draw an arc (outline only) in Illustrator?

How can I draw a precise arc in illustrator, where only the edge shows? Example: In the picture below, you can see a circle, and part of that circle has a darker section (an arc). There is a similar ...
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Center align multiple objects within a grid

In illustrator CC I want to center align multiple objects (such as crosses and circles) within a grid (for example 3 x 3) ie I want my artboard to look like this: Should I use a grid for this? If ...
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Illustrator text backround colored

I'm fairly new to Illustrator and I have a question. It's the second time when a customer sends me a file (in this case a design of a business card) and when I open it in Illustrator the text's ...
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Illustrator CC 2015 to Word 2016: Vector not displaying correctly

I have a vector art on Illustrator that I'd like to use as background image for my cover on some projects (display only, not print). I intend to keep the document as a high-quality vector PDF, like ...
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How to make these waves effects?

I would like to to create the image above. I have tried to make multiples layers of the waves and edit it's opacity but it does not seem to work. I would really appreciate some feedback and guidance. ...
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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 ...
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Resizing Fonts in Illustrator

I took a screen shot of a webpage, and put that screen shot into illustrator. I resized the screenshot to the my Illustrator webpages dimensions. But now when I add new text into the illustrator ...
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Adobe Illustrator Embed Fonts in SVG File

Is there a way to embed a font in an SVG file from Adobe Illustrator or do I need to convert the fonts to outlines prior to exporting? Thanks.
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Illustrator Clipping Mask Error

I was trying to make a logo. I used the pen tool to make an outline of the shape (logo). Now I want to power clip an image inside the shape I created. But it doesn't happen! The dialogue box says: "...
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How do I delete the stroke part of an image?

I can't figure out how to delete the selected part of the image below, any ideas? And by the way the selected part is a stroke as well so thats why I think none of the other solutions are working.
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gradient mesh logo

please help me i getting mad because of the Gr mesh tool or coloring the lines please any could help me how to build this up with mesh tool not with the stranded Gr tool (coz i've made it with the ...
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Illustrator won't remember layer collapse state

Running Illustrator CS5 on Mac OS 10.7 Reopening an Illustrator document expands all layers For files containing a large amount of layers, this is very irritating. Is this a general problem or just ...
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Is there a way to copy an image on illustrator

Is there a way that I can copy a image that is black and white on Illustrator. I want to highlight the black parts in the image and then copy/import them to a blank file so that I can print it as a ...
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Circular logarithmic scale made with AI, how? [on hold]

Hello everybody! I have to do a circular slide rule. Is there any nice way to make the logarithmic (circular) scale with Illustrator? All ideas are welcome! Thanks in advance! Here's a picture ...
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Why is Illustrator exporting only what's inside the artboard?

When I try to save an image with illustrator it only saves a part of the picture. So only the part of the picture that fits on the actual page gets so and everything that hangs off of the page just ...
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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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Dimension problems of AI & PS

Excuse me, maybe someone asked before? When I'm drawing a box in AI likes 200x200mm, but the dimension shown 200.xxx .Always a DECIMALS, When I'm open a new file in PS likes 255x255mm, but the ...
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How to set different color to guides(Ai,Ps,Id,Fw)?

I've been working on this file with a lot of guides(in Illustrator) and at some Point I was wondering is there a way to give different color to guides ? Like the gutter guides to be black, the main ...
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distorted shapes and curves

I did a project a while ago where all the curves and a lot of the shapes were distorted. Unfortunately I only noticed the distortion after having saved the file. I am attempting to fix the issue now ...
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What scale to use for an extra large window graphic?

The print shop I work at just purchased a over size printer, HP Latex 360 that uses Onyx Thrive. We have a client looking for a large scale window graphic to cover the front of their car dealership. ...
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How do you use Apple's new emojis in Photoshop?

I'm trying to get a large version of one Apple's new emojis in Photoshop. I know how to write with emojis in something like TextEdit, but I need the emoji to have a transparent background. I've even ...