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How do I specify the size of my artboard in pixels with Adobe Illustrator?

I'm creating a graphic for a website. When trying it out, I realized it was a bit blurry. I asked a graphic designer the reason it was blurry, and she had stated the graphic may need to be larger, ...
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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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How can I easily move multiple artboards in Illustrator?

All artboards in my current project are organized according to page and iteration. As I'm adding more and more, I've come to the edge of the workable area in Illustrator. I'd rather not break my ...
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How do I get a transparent background in Illustrator CC?

I need help trying to make a transparent background. I do realize that the transparency is there, but I have enabled "Show transparent background" and there is still a white background behind my ...
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Whats an appropriate *default* set of formats/styles for sharing initial logo drafts with a client

Clearly, it's ideal to customize what you're presenting based on what you know about the client, any guidelines they've provided, etc. But I've just started to study to become a freelance graphic ...
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A gap between lines of joined path in illustrator

I have created a logo with pen tool in illustrator but between lines (where they intersect with each other) there is shown a gap where it gets the color of the background. Something like this: (Black ...
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Illustrator: Cursor is flickering

I am using Illustrator CC (latest verison) on a Mac OS. The Issue: Sometimes when I move my mouse on the artboard or somewhere else in the application, my mouse is flickering. I can't even resize ...
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Flat Artwork Cut into 3 pieces for a round object

I am using the latest version of Adobe Illustrator CC (2015.2.0 Release) on Windows 10. I have a flat piece of artwork (some text with graphic elements around). This is intended to go onto a round ...
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How to create ball moving under blanket effect

I am trying to get an animation effect of a ball moving under a blanket with some resistance or a round object protuding out of a flat surface. Below is what I've been able to do so far and what I ...
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how to make image frames that give animation effect of a ball or circular object separating from a thick substance [duplicate]

I am trying to draw individual image frames that when pieced together will to give the animation effect of a ball or circular object coming out of a thick (not necessarily sticky) substance or liquid. ...
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Fill holes in compound path with color

I need assistant to figure out how can I fill the empty holes within compound path with color using Adobe Illustrator. Download .SVG file
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How can I stop Illustrator's eraser tool from making small details vanish?

When I use the Eraser Tool (Shift+E) in Illustrator, there is a strange and undesired effect. It seems to clean up fine details on the effected layer, sometimes removing small shapes. For example, ...
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How do I divide a circle into equal parts like a pie chart with Adobe Illustrator?

Is there a fairly simple way to divide a circle into equal parts using Adobe Illustrator CC?
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Losing Transparency when placing an item in illustrator

I've never had this problem before. I'm saving my images in Photoshop with no background. But when I place them into Illustrator they have a white background. I've tried it as a Tiff, Png, PSD, and ...
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illustrator shortcut - reset zoom to fit artboard

I Sometimes over zoom. When using CTRL + space + mouse-drag it gives me a zoom box but sometimes i pick a small box and zooms in too much. Is there any shortcut to reset current artboard to fit my ...
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How can I select transparent parts of a raster image I placed in Illustrator?

I have an image. it is an object with a transparent background. how can I make the selection around the object itself and not the square with the object and transparency. I exported this image from ...
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Why are drop shadows so hard to render, and is there an easier alternative for an aging computer?

I've been using drop shadows on a logo I'm working with and when I apply the effect it takes a good 30-40 seconds for it to finish, and then same amount of time for each edit. I'm using an older ...
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How to change the background color of the outer canvas in Illustrator

Is there away to change the colour of this grey area? I would like it to be white. I like to use this area as a mood board and so it helps if I am working with the same background colour.
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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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Ideal way to wrap a label around a bottle (3d extrude?)

Previously I might have used Photoshop's warp tool to wrap a label around a bottle but it's hard to get perfect results in this way. I'd love a more consistent method so I tried experimenting with ...
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What happened to pasted SmartObjects from Illustrator to Photoshop?

In older versions of Photoshop (before photoshop cc 2015, latest update)the app used to create smart objects from pasted paths out of Illustrator. When I wanted to edit the Paths (double clicking on ...
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Illustrator - How to clone text fields along anchor points?

I'm working on a large number of dot-to-dot puzzles and want to speed up the process and make it easier. Right now I'm trying to find a way to clone one text field along the path so every anchor ...
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How to get handles on the starting anchor point of a path with out leaving pen tool in illustrator?

How to get the handles on the starting anchor point(starting point of the path) without leaving the pen tool? I am able to get the handles by Leave the pen tool Press Shift+C to get to Convert ...
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SVG export for web with fonts

I'm trying to export an SVG image, which contains text from illustrator. I want to use it for a website. For SEO and size reasons I don't want to convert typo into vectors. What are the settings I ...
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Illustrator layers to keynote presentation

(I'm using AI CC and Keynote 6) Often I would have a complex diagram that I would like to show part by part animated in my presentation. Nothing fancy that would require after effects, just appearing ...
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How I deactivate Alt + Scroll zoom in Adobe software programs?

mates! So I am working on a Mac with Magic mouse. When I am using the Adobe programs (Ai, Ps, Id, no matter, I think it is common for all of them) I accidently hold alt button and move my hand on the ...
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Objects in Illustrator CS6 turning into mere paths? [duplicate]

I'm new to Illustrator and had a few objects/shapes on the artboard that were filled in with colour and had stroke thickness (as shown in the "layers" tab). I think I may have accidently pressed ...
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Is there a way to quickly change color palettes in Illustrator?

I work on a lot of RGB files with Illustrator CS5 for Mac. In those files there are lines that must be converted to a specific percentage in the grayscale palette (but not all of them). As a result, I ...
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Clear content from “draw inside” - Illustrator

I have created a rounded rectangle and pasted picture inside of it by using "draw inside" tool. Now I would like to clear inside drawing. Is it possible? How?
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Three colors applied on a group of objects

I am trying to color this shape with three colors, but it must be equally distributed. Usually for a simple object I would have created three rectangles, duplicate it for each color and intersect one ...
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Font converted to outline won't fill in Illustrator [duplicate]

Whenever I convert a font to an outline in Illustrator, it seems to lose the fill colour and I have no idea how to get it back. All tutorials I have read show that after converting, the fill colour ...
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White border when saving illustrator 10

Hi guys I'm new to illustrator and I'm having this issue with a thin white border showing up when saving legacy mode (illustrator 10 or 9) when I reopen the files the objects have this thin white ...
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Creating outlines of certain color in Illustrator [duplicate]

I have this lotus flower, which is made of seven objects of the same shape. What I want is to create outlines of only the gold parts, but I have no idea how. Is there someone who can help me?
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Lines created after cropping

I have a problem with cropping an image. I Have some shapes that overlap others and I need to crop them with this shape. These shapes I need to crop look like this: The real problem is that when ...
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Change color of one segment

I need to change the color of one edge (stroke) of a compound object in a map and can't use the scissors tool without losing the contents of the object. Is there any way to select one portion of a ...
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In Illustrator, is it possible to close a shape with fill automatically after drawing?

Like Freehand had, is it possible to draw a shape without a fill or stroke and then when the shape has been closed/completed, the fill would automatically be applied?
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Adobe Illustrator Save For Web SVG becomes empty

Windows 7, AI CS5 I have several artboards with different versions of a logo on them that I'm trying to save as an .svg file. ctrl+shift+alt+s to save for web. Active artboard's logo shows up in ...
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White Lines (Not Strokes) Appearing between shapes after using Pathfinder tool. How do I get rid of them?

I'm working on a large illustration project in Illustrator CC. I hand-drew hundreds of shapes which overlapped to create the image how I wanted it to look. However, I have several shapes that needed ...
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Resizing image with anchor points in Illustrator

Why can't I change the size of an image or object just by the anchor points? I try to pull it up or down, but it just moves the object, it doesn't change the size. How can i fix this?
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What does Expand Apearance do in Adobe Illustrator?

As the title asks what does it do? When and why we need it? Can anybody explain with an example for me?
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How can I desaturate a color in illustrator [duplicate]

say I have a hexidecimal values or rgb values of a color in illustrator, how could I decrease the saturation easily and following the same tone in illustrator? Thanks
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How to ensure the whole path has same width

I'm trying to make a old style font for Oriya language from early 20th century prints which have been scanned. I need this font to train tesseract for OCR-ing old books. My illustrator skills are ...
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Object dimensions change after filling with the Shape Builder Tool/Paint Bucket Tool

I already wrote in Adobe forum about this issue (https://forums.adobe.com/message/8339546#8339546) and tried all suggestions to solve this problem, but still nothing… I will try to explain my problem ...
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best way to remove some lines and keep some closed objects in illustrator?

I'm making a graphic in illustrator CS2 and want to remove some parts of the image. How i want the image to be: I have currently four layers. Layer 1 have the circle in it Layer 2, layer 3 ...
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Converting Ai Graphic Styles to Photoshop patterns

Is there anyway to convert Ai graphic styles for use in Photoshop as a pattern? or swatch?
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How can I delete a text outside of another layer in Illustrator CC?

I am new to Illustrator and trying my best to understand how it works! I am used to working with Photoshop and there are some things I was able to do on Photoshop and I am now trying to find a way to ...
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Why are there grey lines around this AI file when I export it as a PNG?

I have a question regarding this .ai image. I re-color it in Illustator and change the blank lines to white. However, my exported PNG file always ends up with this grey shadow around the ...
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How to save image/artwork in Illustrator?

I am new to AI. I have designed a logo on AI when i zoom it on AI to like 8000px or whatever value it shows up perfectly fine no quality loss and nothing. But when i export it in format like png or ...
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I had create a logo using illustration and my client want to use it in a video what format will be good form saving logo?

I am using illustrator to create the logo and my client want to use it in a video and I want to know the best format to save the file in.
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I can't easily select artboards in Illustrator CS6

I've been using Illustrator CS6 for months and previous versions for years. I don't consider myself a novice by any stretch, but this is driving me NUTS. Up until probably 3 weeks ago, I've been able ...