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How to create a 3d vector rotable globe in illustrator CS 6

I have world map file in .png format that I then placed in Illustrator and traced in order to create a 3d vector rotable globe by following the tutorial at this link. However, I do not understand how ...
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Filling half a shape in Illustrator

I am still pretty new to illustrator, so I am still learning. I have a shape (pill shape) that is all white. I am trying to "fill" half of the shape with a yellow color (keeping the black stroke ...
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Objects not snapping correctly. (Overshooting or undershooting target)

I have a rectangle that should be snapping to the lines of the other rectangles on my artboard, but it keeps overshooting the mark. Can anyone advise on how to get it to snap the other objects lines ...
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How to generate a guilloche effect at the edge of certificate of authenticity or such?

I need to generate a guilloche border for certificate of authenticity (CoA) to be at the edge of the CoA. I'm talking here about the infinite curve that makes the certificate look "legit". I'm ...
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How to exactly align shapes in order to unite them in Illustrator?

I am new to Illustrator, I have been a Photoshop user for years. Im trying to combine a rectangle and eclipse shape. The issue I am having is that the rectangle doesn't seem to line up properly with ...
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How to reset Illustrator CS6 rectangle tool to zero degree?

I made previous work (as a beginner) in Illustrator CS6 and now when I select the rectangle tool it is by default oblique. Also, I would like to reset the rectangle to its orginal ...
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Why can't I ImageTrace an image in my pattern?

I need to image trace some images that are in a custom pattern I made so that I can recolor the pattern. The images were placed there and linked in a previous Illustrator session. When I'm in the ...
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How can the excess be removed from a clipping mask?

I created a clipping mask out of an image 3125x1042: this: to this: Unfortunately, when I save the image as PNG and JPEG, It still retains the size of the original image. 3125x1042. How do I ...
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Combining and Layering Transparent Shapes in Illustrator

Sorry if my title is a big vague. I'm fairly new to Illustrator and and still trying to figure out how things work. I have a few paths that I'm looking to layer, one on top of the other. From bottom ...
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How to do “Indent to here” / “Hanging Indent” in Illustrator

You can use "Indent to here" / "Hanging Indent" in InDesign by Command-Backslash. Is there a way to do this in Illustrator without having to Tab to Indent or press the spacebar a few times? This is ...
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Easiest way to create vintage grane/corners/angles in Ai

I am looking for an easy way to create in Illustrator vintage style corners like on the picture provided. I have some technical ideas, but they are time consuming, there should be an easier way I ...
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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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Increasing the significant figures in Illustrator CS6

I am making very simple images that requires extreme precision. I would like to draw black boxes that have a width of 0.59266662mm, but illustrator rounds to 0.5927mm. I need this precision because ...
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How to export groups to separate PNG files?

I have an Illustrator file that contains several animation frames for a game. Every frame is a single group and they are all on the same layer. How can I quickly export all these groups, each to a ...
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Unable to ungroup objects in Adobe Illustrator

I have adoped an Adobe Illustrator document that I need to work with. The changes I need to make were just some very basic text changes (or so I thought). It turns out that every letter/intricate ...
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How to separate clusters of different vector objects in a purchased stock image?

I just purchased a group pack of umbrella silhouette vectors. They came in .jpg file, .eps file, and .png file. I only need one of these vectors. I am having trouble selecting just one in the ...
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Why are some svg filters automatically converted to .png?

I was wondering why some of the SVG Filters found in Illustrator are automatically converted to .png when I export the entire file to .svg. I don't want any hidden .png files because of scalability. ...
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A way to automate or speed up transforms on multiple layers in After Effects?

I am trying to create something i like to call pseudo rotation in space. Given multiple objects created in illustrator, each representing the same thing (e.g. a triangle) of different sizes arranged ...
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How to combine two separate paths into one?

I want to combine two separate path into one, so when I click on one of them with the white arrow (A), both are selected. You can see it in live here : ...
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What ICC profiles does Adobe Illustrator use to convert between RGB and CMYK in its color picker?

I'm trying to understand Adobe Illustrator's color conversion method between RGB/HSB and CMYK. I'm pretty sure they use ICC profiles to do the conversion, and they make a bunch of ICC profiles ...
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Illustrator CS5 stroke moves anchor points [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a shape. I have successfully created the shape but when i try to add a stroke it moves my anchor points and the stoke becomes non symmetric around the joining part. Have any ideas ...
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Shadow below images [duplicate]

I have this image that I got from slidesjs.com It looks awesome when used as a frame, but I want to "elongate" it. Steps on how to accomplish this? I know it looks like a simple shadow, but the ...
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Is there a way to create an action or script to select and embed external file(s) placed in an Illustrator file?

As a follow-up to my question Is there a way to expand linked EPS file placed inside another EPS file in Illustrator? I am now trying to create an action to select and embed external file(s) placed ...
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States/Layer comps/Frames of a symbol in Illustrator?

I have complex symbol, which can (imaginary) exist in different states. For example, in treeview control node can be either expanded or collapsed, which means different indication. I want to have ...
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How to switch to the clipped symbol?

I have a symbol which is clipped. When I place the symbol into document, I can't adjust the size of clipped object. In fact transform shows me unclipped bounding box. Above on the left side ...
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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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I need some advice on the process of designing window banners for a newsagents

I'm designing a window graphic for a newsagents (what covers the actual window with and advertises what they sell, booze etc), now I've got the sizing, 180cm Height x 170cm width so at first I made ...
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Wavy Lines going thick to thin around circle

been trying to work this out from Google links but getting no where. I haven't used Adobe illustrator for a while to custom draw anything, but have a client needing a pattern like this one: ...
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Creating Voronoi diagram from Adobe Illustrator CC

I have some artwork in Adobe Illustrator CC that I want to use to create a voronoi diagram from. You can see what a voronoi diagram looks like here: Link I would like to use the points on my ...
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How recreate the grey ellipse over a text to look like this in illustrator?

How do I make a text look like this? This is a logo with a white text and a reflection of it, which I can do. I was wondering how to make the grey shadow that looks like an ellipse over the first ...
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How to open a multiple page PDF file as artboards in Illustrator CS6

I'm trying to open a PDF file with 7 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CS6. How do I open the PDF file in one single AI files with all artboards within it?
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Strange grey bordering/outline in Illustrator

I made a couple of vector shapes in AI and I get this strange thin border appearing around them. I can't get rid of it. Any suggestions? Zoomed in:
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Mysterious, Undesired Outline Around Black Illustrator Shapes [duplicate]

Why do black shapes end up having a faint outline around them? Will there be any consequences to this when I print? Is there any way to avoid this? Thanks.
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Splitting one path into two

So I have this path that looks like this: And I want it to look like this: Is there a way to do this without redrawing the path?
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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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Having a base object that Interacts with copies in Illustrator [duplicate]

For Illustrator, is there a easy way to have copies of an object reference back to the original? For example, if I changed the color of the original then all the copies' color will change also.
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In Illustrator which setting causes View->Snap To Grid to be replaced with “Snap To Pixel”

I have a document that seems to have the Snap To Grid option replaced with Snap To Pixel. I'm sure that Snap To Pixel can also be quite useful, but right now I want to snap to a larger grid. Does ...
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Illustrator:Why does the PDF version of my file show content I already deleted on the AI file?

I had a few random lines on my illustrator file so i Decided to delete them. Now: When I open this file on illustrator, the lines are gone - perfect. But when I saved this exact file as a PDF, then ...
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How to shrink vector object without distoring it in Illustrator?

I always bump into this problem of distorting a logo when I shrink it in illustrator. I have expanded the object and converted all outlines. I tried 'simplify' and 'clean up' the anchor points, and ...
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How can I print multiple Illustrator artboards on one page?

I'm working on a design that's to be printed. The size of the item is 1/3 of a standard letter page. I would like to be able to work on it in Illustrator only once without the copy and paste at the ...
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How to export objects with names using Illustrator CC 2014

I've tried several scripts and they all appear broken or do not work properly. I need a method to export objects with the object names as their file names – like tree.jpg or location.png. The only ...
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Colour difference between Ai file print and PDF file print

I hope someone is able to help me solve this issue. I am launching an online stationery business whereby I design stationery for clients who can print the products in their home or at a printers (My ...
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How to create a uniformly distributed dashed plot in a scatter graph in Adobe Illustrator CS4

In Illustrator CS4 I have a scatter graph with four data sets. Now I want to use dashed and dotted patterns. However the dashes are not distributed uniformly over a plot. Click here to see a PDF ...
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Adobe Automation: Dynamic Text in Template

I'm developing a template for my team's daily production needs, and every product must have certain consistent marginalia on it, such as date, product ID, title, subtitle, etc. Currently, this ...
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Distorted shapes/lines when rescaling - tried previous answers

I am curious as to why when I scale things the general shape changes. The flag in the middle is what I originally started with, and either side is the distorted result of rescaling it. I have read ...
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Make Illustrator not scale up strokes when you zoom in

Is there anyway to make Adobe Illustrator not scale up the stroke when I zoom in? Basically I want Illustrator to scale the strokes incorrectly so a 1px stroke will still actually look like a 1px on ...
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Illustrator CS6 Data Variables XML Parser Error

So I have to generate flyers for 10 different laptops (and more in the future). I decided to set up variables. I've created an XML Map for MS-Excel which allows me to save the 'XML Data' type file. I ...
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Arrange multiple items at once in Illustrator

I have a series of rectangles I'd like to line up one right behind another - in other words, I'd like to have one "in front" of one object, which needs to be "in front" on another object, etc. etc. ...
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Adobe Illustrator scaling image edges

I'm having trouble scaling a photo in illustrator. As you can see when i choose place and the image appears on the canvas the quality is perfect. Now when i scale down the quality is bad. The ...
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Blank border when importing eps files

I'm really new using illustrator (to be honnest, it's only been two days). When I try to open eps files, there is a big blank border appearing around the image I've opened. I really don't know if ...