Questions about Illustrator, Adobe's vector digital file editing and creation application. Ask anything related to designing graphics with Illustrator.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

2
votes
2answers
11k views

Why am I only getting grayscales / monotones when applying colors in Adobe Illustrator?

When I try to change the color after tracing a JPEG image in Illustrator and expanding it, it becomes gray. I have tried lots of color changes but the result is always the same. Why can't I change ...
0
votes
4answers
20k views

How do I trim the overlapping elements in Adobe Illustrator?

Whenever I am working with Adobe Illustrator, I can't figure this out for the life of me so I end up doing all kinds of knifing to get it sort of the way I want it. I am posting this here so I can ...
0
votes
3answers
6k views

How to package fonts in Illustrator CS6?

Is it possible to export an Illustrator file off our MAC (CS6) and send to PC (Adobe CC) and package all the fonts to go with the artwork to avoid installing missing fonts one by one?
0
votes
1answer
28 views

Export from Illustrator to Photoshop at a specific resolution

I got application design as .ai file, Adobe Illustrator. The design is for mobile application and I have a nice plug-in in Photoshop and Gimp that can easily export layers (and name them) to fit all ...
6
votes
1answer
748 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
277 views

Why do gradients appear like this in illustrator?

I'm designing a window poster for shop, I'm working on this in illustrator and I'm trying to achieve this clean red to black gradient or feathered effect shown here, ...
0
votes
0answers
18 views

How to use the Japanese fonts on my mac?

I've been using font book to browse my fonts. Every once in while I fall in love with Heiti. Every time I go into Illustrator to use that font, I'm always unable to select it from the fonts menu, ...
0
votes
0answers
21 views

in ai >> Extrude text that has background-pattern with transparency

I use ai rarely... more photoshop... excuse me up front for any dumb mistakes :p I want to create characters (ABC..) with nice textures, a stroke and a 3d extrude effect. The problem is that some of ...
0
votes
1answer
68 views

What is happening to my Illustrator pdfs?

I'm running into something very strange. When I re-open an Illustrator pdf file that's been saved in the Illustrator default manner, edit it, save it, and close it, sometimes when I re-re-open it, all ...
0
votes
3answers
9k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
139 views

How to export crisp Android icons in Photoshop/Illustrator?

Both Photoshop (layer shapes) and Illustrator (vectors) are terrible at making crisp Android assets when I save out. Can anyone lend a hand how to make crisp items at multiple sizes without doing it ...
0
votes
1answer
233 views

Illustrator: Suddenly drawing (inside other shapes) does not work

I'm very new to illustrator CS6. I am making a logo that consists of two reflecting "C's". Inside of the C's I've been using the pen tool to draw lines inside of one of the C's to make what will look ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

Which SVG features are supported by Illustrator? [closed]

I've noticed that certain SVG features such as @font-face w/ base-64 content and path fill styles do not seem to work with Illustrator. (SVG image not displaying CSS base-64 data URL encoded fonts in ...
0
votes
2answers
77 views

How do I move my artwork around after dividing it into artboards?

I've divided an artwork into a bunch of artboards and now I need to move the contents of the artboards around, resize them and such. Is this possible? Whenever I try, it either moves just the ...
3
votes
1answer
54 views

Outline stroke from path in Illustrator

I've made a path in Illustrator which I need to be outlined. Quickest way to do this is with Outline Stroke, but then you'll get this united shape (see object in the middle below). Is there a way to ...
2
votes
5answers
5k views

Illustrator: Editing a custom graphic style

I created an additive graphic style that includes a few effects, and applied this style to a few objects. Now I'd like to make a change to this style and apply the change to all objects. For example, ...
0
votes
1answer
300 views

Cannot place images into Illustrator

I cannot import images into Illustrator CS6. Dragging in doesn't work. "Place" command doesn't work. Any ideas? I have uninstalled and re-installed.
0
votes
0answers
16 views

Why can't I retain fonts and textures in Illustrator CS6

A client sent me their Illustrator CS6 file, but when I open it, their original fonts don't show up and the textures in the design are gone. The fonts get changed to a default font on my computer and ...
0
votes
2answers
45 views

Is there a way to change the color of a .png object using Adobe Illustrator?

I just downloaded a zip file of .png banners and arrows. However, they were all created black. Is there any way I can change the color of the objects in Adobe Illustrator?
0
votes
0answers
35 views

Use of Pen Tool

I am working with Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 As I have been trying to teach myself the Illustrator program, I came across something that really bothered me and messed with my mind: the pen tool. I ...
-1
votes
4answers
2k views

When I move my object Adobe Illustrator shows an error: Can't move the objects

When I drag my selected object it displays the following error: Can't move the objects. The requested transformation would make some objects fall completely off the drawing area.
1
vote
2answers
60 views

How to open an Illustrator CS6 document in Illustrator CS5?

When I open an Adobe Illustrator CS6 document with the previous version, CS5, I get the error: Created with a newer version of Illustrator and can't use the file. Is there a way around this?
10
votes
4answers
27k views

How to subtract text from a shape in Adobe Illustrator?

I've created a rectangle, and I want to cut some text out of it, so that the text will appear as the background pattern. I expected to be able to achieve this by selecting the rectangle and the ...
2
votes
3answers
338 views

How do I create a rectangle with an open corner in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm brand new at creating icons. I have an issue regarding changing the shape of a rectangle. The bottom one is what I have. But I'd like to change the rectangle to look something like the top ...
1
vote
0answers
36 views

SVG image not displaying CSS base-64 data URL encoded fonts in Illustrator

I'm dynamically generating an SVG that includes text and a font using an embedded base-64 font-face with this method: How do I embed Google Web Fonts into an SVG? <defs> <style> ...
0
votes
2answers
66 views

I need to resize ppi in Illustrator. Is this possible?

I initially drew a picture in Illustrator at 700 x 1270 pixels at 300 ppi. Unfortunately when converting...the pixels come out at 2915 X 5289 because of the 300 ppi. This is waaaay too big for the ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

automatically duplicate and scatter a shape

A graphic' worth a million words : The red-circled wave (and associated layer) is Illustrator-made. The other waves were made in Photoshop just to support my problem : this is what I try to achieve ...
3
votes
3answers
303 views

manipulate part of a letter without changing overall shape

I am attempting to alter the letter "e" in the font Arial. I want to match it in similarity to the "e" in Helvetica where the top of the tail is flat. I am using the direct selection tool but yet ...
3
votes
3answers
11k views

In Illustrator, how do I cut off a protruding end of a line going through a circle (letter)?

In Adobe Illustrator CS5, I have a circle (the letter "O") and a line going through it, like so: Now, I want to remove the protruding south-east part of the line, for an end result similar to ...
0
votes
3answers
346 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
94 views

scale raster image to meet defined ppi in Illustrator

Background: I am using Illustrator to combine several raster images. I apply scaling and clipping masks to them. Next, I try - if posihble - to avoid non-integer resampling steps during subsequent ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

Exporting hi-res png with small dimensions at exact size

I want to export an illustrator file... In PNG format Exact dimensions (55x20mm) High resolution 72 ppi does not save at high enough standard. 300 ppi makes the dimensions too large. The end user ...
0
votes
2answers
39 views

Problems with PDF quality on Photoshop or Illustrator

I am trying to export a PDF containing mobile app screens through Photoshop, but the end result comes out to be quite pixelated. Viewing it on 75% zoom makes the text appear better, but the images get ...
1
vote
2answers
444 views

Running ink effect in illustrator

I'd like to create the effect of ink running similar to how it's been used in the example below. But I'd like to do it in vector. Anybody got some great brushes that might work?
1
vote
6answers
4k views

Object won't align central to artboard in Illustrator

I create a new file in Illustrator. 30 x 30 px. No stroke just black fill. I create a new rectangle 27 27 px I select the rectangle and go to the icon align to artboard I click to the icon Horizontal ...
1
vote
1answer
57 views

illustrator: pathfinder minus front, cut-out is crude, not precise enough

CS5. Trying to cut out text from a shape behind it. I select the text, then Object > Expand..., then select it along with the rectangle shape behind it and do Pathfinder > Minus front. The cut-out ...
1
vote
3answers
40 views

Importing AI pages into InDesign

Is it better to save AI pages as pdf and then export them as jpg files for input into master indesign document? (Lots of photos, minimal text)
-1
votes
0answers
19 views

How do i make this sort of shape in Illustrator? [duplicate]

Ok so here's a quick raster sketch of what I'm trying to achieve, I cant for the life of me figure out how to do it without freehanding anchor points. Any help is very much appreciated Cheers
3
votes
2answers
6k views

Change of colour when copying into a different Illustrator document

1) When I am copying a logotype from one Illustrator document to another the colours are changing slightly. Anybody know why this could be? I am noticing that the CMYK values are also changing, so it ...
1
vote
2answers
59 views

Vector image in a .pptx exported to PDF: how can I avoid quality loss?

I hope someone can help me fix this. I created a round icon using Illustrator, saved it as a PNG and inserted it into a .pptx file. So far, so good. Now when I save my .pptx document as a .pdf, the ...
0
votes
0answers
14 views

Changing the font size across multiple Illustrator files

I know this is possible after looking at a question posted a few years ago: Replacing a font in many illustrator files However, I'm completely useless when it comes to scripting. Can someone please ...
0
votes
2answers
68 views

How to make white stroke show up for a shirt printing

hoping you can help me today. I think my question is very simple. I have almost no experience with Adobe, but I am trying to finish up a Christmas present... I am making a digital file for a shirt ...
-1
votes
2answers
45 views

How do I create this kind of of overlap in Illustrator?

I'm looking to overlap two logos and have them separated by a slash as shown above.
1
vote
1answer
60 views

How to change the roundness and size of a brush in Adobe Illustrator?

When I try to use a calligraphy brush the roundness and the size doesn't change to another option. I go to Brushes Library Menu → New Brush and select the Calligraphy Brushes The Calligraphy ...
4
votes
4answers
12k views

How to remove the background of an SVG with Adobe Illustrator?

I found a royalty free SVG image on the net. I'm experimenting with web design using SVG. The problem I'm having is that the SVG background is white. How do I delete / remove the white background, ...
4
votes
1answer
809 views

Why are some SVG Filters automatically converted to PNG when creating an SVG in Adobe Illustrator?

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. To ...
0
votes
2answers
35 views

How to easily isolate parts of a shape to fill them with colour in Adobe Illustrator?

I am using Adobe Illustrator and I have a ribbon shape that I have created using the pen tool and line segments. I need to know how to isolate areas so I can fill them with a colour and create the ...
2
votes
2answers
104 views

How to make an array of dots and paths with Adobe Illustrator?

How can I create an array or 'node net' of randomly sized shapes, with thin paths between them and dots where each path meets another path?
-1
votes
1answer
31 views

Amend the texts (font) in llustrator

How to amend the texts (font) in Adobe illustrator? A letter and I want to remove the Horizontal line. So it would be like this:
0
votes
2answers
31 views

How can I thread a compound path through a shape in Illustrator using masks?

Imagining that the blue shape in the attached is a bead and the black path is a thread, how do I create the illusion that the path is threaded through the hole in the bead using a clipping mask? Also, ...