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Creating outline using extendscript distorts text

I believe this is an Illustrator issue and not a coding issue therefore I'm posting it here. I have this script that does a few things to my documents including outlining the text (then saving as a ...
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How to Save .svg in Illustrator so it shows right on Adroid?

I am trying to create a .svg image for Android devices, but it is not visible clearly in the device. How should I save the file from Adobe Illustrator and how can I optimise the file?
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Why does InDesign paste my copied image from AI with an unproportional resize frame?

Often when pasting an image into ID copied from AI. It gives me a larger frame than it supposed to. For e.g Normally there would be a rectangular/square frame around the object to resize, however at ...
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Transparent CMYK?

I am in the print field and relatively new to Adobe Photoshop. I have a lot of situations where I would like to have CMYK over a transparent background. We place .psd files into illustrator for ...
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Illustrator image size info

I try compression to used images. How can i see images size (like 15MB, 20MB) to in my Illustrator file. Links window not show embeded images size.
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How do game designers create graphics for their games?

Lets say a game designer is going to create a new character for his game and now needs to draw the character using an art style that is a smooth (not pixel art) style. What would be the best way for ...
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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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How to create variable glyph width while maintaining the same x height in Illustrator or Indesign

Does anyone know a way to adjust the glyph width while maintaining the same x-height in Illustrator or InDesign? I am looking to create this effect: Similarly, it appears that the strokes of the ...
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Why are Pantone Color Bridge (UP) so different to Pantone Solid (U)?

I've recently bought Pantone Uncoated Color Bridge fan guide (I've owned Formula Guide for some time now) — it's great. What surprises me though is the obvious color shift in Color Bridge (UP) colors. ...
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Text imported from Freehand

I have an old Freehand file I have imported to Illustrator cs4 and then open and save with Illustrator cs6. In Illustrator cs6 most of the text boxes have problems. The text overflows the text ...
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Why are my strokes showing up black, with no colour selected?

All of my strokes are coming with a random black 1pt stroke that I can't edit or get rid of. I can change the colour of the 'outer' stroke, which is technically the same line. That shouldn't be ...
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Illustrator CS6 - When I intersect two shapes, remains a line. How I can fix this?

I have a little problem with Illustrator CS6. Like the title says, when I intersect two shapes, remains a line between them. How i can fix this problem, because I don't want to use another option from ...
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Random rearrangement of objects within a grid in Illustrator

I've got a set of tiles and I want to create a pattern out of it. Normally, this would produce a pattern with a single rectangle of these coloured tiles, which would give me noticeable repetitions. ...
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Why can't set white color for figure when there is red background? [duplicate]

I have red color of artboard in illustrator and figure on it. When I try to set color for this figure white it comes invisible if it would be red. Same thing for text. How to set white color on red ...
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Any UI library for iOS and Android (Illustrator)?

I'm developing monochromatic Wireframe and the full color demo of my App UI for iOS and Android. I'm using Illustrator. Is there any UI library for me to use? (ex. the default switch, table view, text ...
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How to sample actual color of an area in illustrator?

When I place a few objects one over another, each with different colors and transparencies, so that they all overlap somewhere, how would I measure the color on this overlapping area? Similar to the ...
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After Live Trace in Illustrator, I can't figure out how to change some of the lines' color

I auto traced an image and am trying to change the color of all the black lines and sections to brown, but some of the lines I can't change with the Paint Bucket tool (because it fills in a large ...
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Apply a brush on a path in Photoshop CS6

Hy. I want to create something like this: using path. I want to draw a line in fact and on that line I want to apply a rainbow effect like this one. Some time I want to have 2 colors in the ...
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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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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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Graphic Design - Sign Info [duplicate]

Hi I would like some info on how to prepare a print ready billboard/sign design of 4000mm x 15000mm in illustrator. 1) I have a image of 1816px x 2000px 96dpi can I use this image in the design an ...
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Printing problems using Illustrator

I made a brochure for my internship this summer using the brochure template illustrator already has available. Now, I am having trouble printing the document. I have the settings as US letter ...
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Converting marker and watercolor art to Illustrator/Vector?

Hi everyone. I have been playing around with watercolor and marker lettering lately. I know how to turn them digital in Photoshop while keeping the natural watercolor and permanent marker ...
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Do PDFs have to be square or rectangular?

I'm creating a sticker in Illustrator and was wondering whether when exporting to PDF format, can it only be saved in a rectangular/square shape? I'm asking because if not then I'd prefer to have a ...
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How to fill path in Illustrator with average color (like in Ps)?

So i have made triangle path in Illustrator and I want to fill it with the average color of that area. It's possible in Photoshop with Filter>Blur>Average. Is there an option like that in Ai?
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Illustrator - Shape outlines show through on other shapes

I started getting a weird issue where outlines of shapes that are behind other shapes are showing through. I tested if it happens in a new document and it doesn't, so it must be something strange ...
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Considerable stutter/lag/pixelation in PDF file while zooming in

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/96798895/Untitled-2.pdf I made this pdf in indesign, I don't know if it's an issue or not but when I zoom in to the file, say to any text or the logo, it stutters ...
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Customize strikethrough in Illustrator?

When you apply strikethrough or underline to text in Illustrator you can't define the color or weight of that line. Is there an easy way to do this? Maybe using an effect and saving that as a style?
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Moving Illustrator undocked tool palette between monitors

So between home and work I have 2 & 4 monitors, does someone know how to move the little undocked tool palette windows around monitors so I can get it back on screen and see it? Like if I used ...
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Keeping track of outlined fonts in Illustrator

I'm interested in best practices for keeping track of typefaces in an Illustrator project once the text is converted to outlines. Is information hidden somewhere I don't know about? I sometimes keep ...
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Illustrator File - Preview is different from image

I am a graphic designer and recently I noticed one of my .ai files has a weird preview. Instead of seeing the image I created, I see a white box with a bunch of small text at the lower left corner. ...
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Illustrator Active paint thins out lines

When I use draw a picture with paintbrush in illustrator, and i wanna fill it in with active paint; my lines become very thin. Before i do tho, i get a message. ill try to deceipher it: Complex ...
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How to create the 3D mock-up look

I saw this on Dribbble and I thought I'd have a go at reproducing it - https://dribbble.com/shots/2200956-Controlled-Content But i'm struggling to do so. I've had a play around with shear and ...
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Can you link text boxes in Illustrator like InDesign? [closed]

Can you link text boxes in Illustrator the same way you can in InDesign?
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Cutting Overlapping Path (Illustrator CS6)

i have a problem with a Illustrator CS6, i want to cut overlapping path from my content. I need the path to be over my content (the badge seen in the image) , but not have it overlapping the content. ...
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Problem gradient design pdf

I'm facing this little problem for a design I am creating. I need to create an gradient from transparant to white and in Illustrator it seems ok. But when saving the file as an pdf I get the ...
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Illustrator Vector Graphics Appearing Pixellated

This has been puzzling me for a few days now, and I asked a graphic designer I knew before trying here and haven't been able to solve it yet. It's quite weird so please bear with me for a bit. I am ...
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Differences in complementary colors reported

I am trying to find the correct complementary color for rgb(252,84,79). However, each of the following reports a different color: Illustrator's built-in color guide (both complementary & ...
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What exactly does the rasterize effect do in illustrator?

What exactly does the rasterize effect do in illustrator ... as compared to object>rasterize, which certainly does rasterize the objects, and I completely understand what it does and it's purpose, but ...
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How do I draw lots of small hairs on a line in Illustrator fast?

I am inking a character I drew and scanned and wondered if there is a way to create all the small hairs as part of a stroke? I sat with my tablet pen and a pressure sensitive brush and drew each, ...
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Compress large PDF files in Illustrator

I am an unexperienced Illustrator user, so please bear with me if my question is very stupid: I have a large PDF file (5 MB+) [1] which is generated from a large dataset. The amount of details in the ...
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What is the best format I can export or save a logo in for print and web?

I have created a logo in Illustrator. In which file format / document settings should I save it so I can use it for creating a card in InDesign (print) and for placing it in a website?
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Specified resizing in Illustrator

I'm just wondering: This is the size of the group. I want to resize the rectangle and the Q in the same time, but I want to give a specified size for the rectangle that the q can follow. For ...
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Meaning of layer highlight colors in Illustrator

I'm working with some objects on some different layers in Illustrator. In the layers panel shows this: The bluish color is the layer I've selected (my_img_2). I'm curious the meaning of the other ...
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What CMYK values should I use for rich black, and how should I handle tints/shades?

I'm working on a full color piece in Illustrator which has a few large black and grey areas. I'd like the black to be a rich black. I was thinking c30 m30 y30 k100. What is the best ways to match my ...
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How to re size different pixel sizes and scale factors?

A client asks me do deliver the files of the logo I made for him. but I really have no idea how sizes and scale factor works in illustrator. can somebody please help me. the attached image are his ...
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How can I make the effect of a plane cutting a cone?

Here is the sample image: I want to make the effect that the plane is cutting through the cone. That is I want some part of the plane is at the back and some is at the front, how to do it ...
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How to quickly find all transparent objects in an artwork in Illustrator?

I have document with 15000 paths. I used a lot blending modes, blur effects and gradients with transparent nodes. I need to convert it to EPS. I found most of transparent objects, but over 50 more I'm ...
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In Sketch 3 how can I delete the excess of a shape like in Adobe illustrator?

If I merge to shapes together or use a mask in Sketch 3 I want to be able to select the 'excess' and delete. For example I have a rectangle and then I overlap a circle with it. Then I want to keep the ...
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What's the best way to make attractive charts?

I have a bunch of pie charts and bar charts to make up for a client. They have given me the raw data and they want them made up attractively and easy to understand. Does this mean I have to work out ...