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How can I find a mentor to critique my work?

I'm a self-learning graphic designer. I work with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and I thought I was doing fine until I got this big shock at work. I've been working for a year at some web design ...
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How was this mosaic graphic of Jimi Hendrix created?

I found this image long time ago, even if I search with the google images search I could not find the creator to ask him/her how this was created. I do not think it was created manually. It looks ...
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After Effects trying to place png behind trap code composition as the background

Trying to place matrix code png or photoshopfile behind the earth that was made with trap code form. When I move the png under the trapped composition the it disappears. Any help would be ...
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Continuing a line in Illustrator based on the last two points [duplicate]

Say I had two points already there, they form a line, is there any way to continue on that line perfectly on the next click without a predetermined grid?
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Shadows from illustrator to photoshop and vice versa [duplicate]

I'm working on the design of a new app. Ideally I could swap from illustrator to photoshop and vice versa since each has its advantages. This works out very well (I use shapes / vectors) except for ...
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Icon font stroke sometimes renders too thick

I created a small custom set of thin outlined icons in Illustrator and want to use them in production as a font. I exported then all out as individual SVGs. I used Fontastic to build a custom font. ...
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Batch trace JPG to SVG

I have thousands of JPG graphics and want to trace them automatically to vector SVG files with a batch function in Adobe Illustrator CS4/CS5. All graphics looks something like that: My problem is, ...
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How can I increase the size of a .jpeg without losing quality?

Is it possible to make a .jpeg photo larger without losing "quality"? I have a photo that is 450px x 750px and would like to make it 3 times bigger for web not print? I've been told that Illustrator ...
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How to create an image where the colour can be changed using fill in Microsoft Word

I'm wanting to create my own images or vectors that can be placed into Microsoft Word where the colour of the vector or image can be changed using the fill tool. I've tried making vectors in ...
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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 ...
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Smooth, multi-color gradients?

I've browsed around and can't find what I'm looking for. I am experienced in Photoshop and Illustrator both to a certain degree, but would prefer something in Illustrator (scaling vector image). How ...
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Irregular shaped gradient fill in Illustrator

I want to make a gradient fill for a shape in illustrator but I don't know how to make it follow this shape. Any tips on how to do this? Thank you.
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How to make a “sticker” fold over an edge

So I want to fold my sticker image in a way to make it appear that it is stuck to the box. I’ve tried playing with perspective, but everything I try looks really off. Is there a way to do this that ...
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Photoshop Drop Shadow [duplicate]

How do you create this drop shadow effect in Photoshop CS5? http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/colorful-building-icons_765391.htm UPDATE (05/13/2015): I was able to reproduce this long shadow ...
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How to get the x/y position of multiple points on an artboard

I've got a bunch of objects on an artboard and I'd like to know the X/Y positions of them all. It would be fine to either have pixel values, or a % from the sides of the artboard. Importantly, I ...
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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 possible - to avoid non-integer resampling steps during subsequent ...
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Illustrator problems with free transform and type tool

I was used to trasform object by clicking ctrl+T and then working the shape off by dragging the vertexes here and there as much as I want. Now this shortcut is not working anymore and I dont know ...
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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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Turn off antialiasing for artwork and ignore type?

I'm trying to force Illustrator to be my goto web design "raster" editor. Working in pixel preview is certainly the way to go but I've run into a problem. In web design there is no AA for boxes and ...
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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 ...
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What's the best technique for stacking the same multiplied object?

I'm trying to create a material style illustration and I can't figure out how to multiply the object so that the edges are aligned perfectly. Even if I use Alt+Shift option the edges are bound to ...
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Is there a way to make all these polygons symmetrical?

So I am doing a side project for fun. How can I make these points on the trees all go up vertically without having to manually edit each one? They are made using the pen tool so each of the different ...
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Why does text look off balance or misaligned when rotated?

I am updating my portfolio book and decided that I wanted to rotate the some images as an added appearance effect. I am using Courier New as a font on a business card design. When I place the text in ...
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Convert Pdf from RGB to CMYK, keeping font color 100% K in Illustrator

How can I convert Pdf from RGB to CMYK, keeping font color 100% K while working in Illustrator? When I try to open the document in Illustrator and I convert to CMYK the black text converts to rich ...
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Color Of The Object is appearing on divide?

i tried to split the text using the divide, first of all i created a a round semicircle using blob brush, when i am dividing it the color of the semicircle is coming. Here's the image.
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How to get best print results from Illustrator?

I'm printing a large poster through a full color inkjet plotter. What is the best format to export a design from illustrator for print, that will result in the best quality and lowest file size? ...
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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 ...
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Is there a way to click and drag, bulk direct select in the shape of a circle in Illustrator?

When you have the Direct Select tool, you can click and drag. This bulk selects in the shape of a square, selecting anything within that shape. Is there a way to do this so that the shape it selects ...
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Embedded Profile Mismatch dialog box in Illustrator

Is there a best option to choose when the mismatched color profile dialog box opens when opening a document into Illustrator or Photoshop for that matter. It reads "The document has an embedded color ...
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Why is Illustrator not making sublayers for each new path?

I just downloaded a Ai file from Creative Banner. I needed to use one of their banner templates to help design a curved banner for our client. I noticed on the Design Area/Bleed Area layer that every ...
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Joining a path and an object

I'm trying to make a pin icon, like a map pin. I have a V shape as a path at the bottom, and a circle object above it, that has been trimmed. How can I join these two together? If I use the unite ...
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Resize embedded images in Illustrator

Hello I have received an illustrator file from a graphic designer which is nearly a gigabyte large. It has a lot of high resolution tiff files embedded which are overkill for the needed quality, and ...
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Place psd file into Illustrator without losing quality

I want import a psd file into Illustrator without losing quality. I have a 300dpi image at Photoshop with height 60 cm, as you can see below. (You can see a smooth "D") I create an Illustrator ...
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Create pdf from Illustrator and retain scale when printing

I have created a pattern in Illustrator CS6 and need to save as a pdf and retain the correct scale. I'm losing 1/16" of a inch all around. How can I resolve this?
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Stop a line (stroke) on the edge of a triangle

I want to stop these lines right on the edge. I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS6, I'm fairly new to Illustrator so please be specific.
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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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Quickly reverse layer order of objects in Illustrator

I want to perform some operation like this: Change objects order from: object 1 object 2 object 3 to: object 3 object 2 object 1 I see there is an option in Photoshop that can reverse the ...
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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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Illustrator script - create objects, rotated and centred with a selected object

Edit: Oops, it's working! It seems that the problem has been solved by loading the updated script via File / Script / Other File... option. Before the stroke width change wasn't affecting the ...
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Drawing Area turned white

The drawing area in illustrator turned white -- I do not mean the art board. How do I change it back to gray?
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iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus design confusions around dimensions, resolutions and densities

I have to design an iOS app in iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus in Adobe Illustrator. Can anyone help me with the ever confusing PPIs and retina/retina HD displays and dimensions of these? For example, I ...
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In Illustrator, how do I paste in place one object on multiple artboards?

My file has multiple artboards and I need to copy an object on one artboard and paste it in the same place on all the other artboards. My co-worker showed me it once and I didn't write it down!
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How do I modify this colored Mesh in Illustrator?

I have this nifty glowing ring in an EPS file. I am trying to figure out how to use Illustrator to have the same blue ring with a white background. I'm having difficulty understanding where the ...
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Illustrator: copying an artboard to a new document

I have a document with dozens of artboards. I would like to copy a single artboard into a new document. What's the easiest way to do this?
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How can I perfectly tile two shapes?

I have "Snap to Point" option enabled and expect shapes to tile without hovering when I drag one shape to another. But there is intersection between them that can be seen from the snippet: So tile ...
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Change color preserve transparency?

I'm just using Illustrator for the first time. I need to trace objects from a Photoshop image. I created a pattern in PS and I succeeded in tracing it but I need to change the color of pattern ...
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Adobe Illustrator 17: Changing number of undo levels via prefs file [closed]

I believe that my RAM is getting clogged up with undo states, as my files tend to slow down the more I work on them (quite complex files, running up to 5-10 gigabytes). It can take more than a minute ...
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Why doesn’t the Illustrator keyboard shortcut Ctrl+3 work? [closed]

I seem to be unable to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+3 to hide a selection inside of Adobe Illustrator. Ctrl+2 for lock seems to work fine, but Ctrl+3 doesn’t do anything for me. Object → Hide → ...
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Why can i see contours through a layer above in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

I am using Adobe Illustrator CS5 for a simple game. I do not know why, but I can see contours of my chair through my table. The table is a layer above the chair. The table is not transparent. ...
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Better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace?

Are there any better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace? I don't have one of them Wacom boards so I can't really do this by hand.