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Checking through different fonts quickly

There's a trick I've seen other graphic designers do wehre they'll highlight a block of text, and then seemingly down-arrow through their whole list of fonts, seeing how it looks on that text block, ...
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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 can I hide the artboard labels in Adobe Illustrator?

I have a bunch of artboards set up that I need to edit, but the labels are all overlapping making it impossible to know what's going on. How do I hide them? Edit: I've hidden the blue dots with ...
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How to make a font with Adobe Illustrator?

I have recently created my own font/typeface with Adobe Illustrator, and I would like to use it as a real font (e.g I would like to use it as I type something). Is this possible in Adobe Illustrator ...
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Can I remove colors applied to a topographical map?

For a project involving a client-supplied map (clip below) I need to be able to turn colored layers on and off. The client, however, supplied a flat image and vector outlines for the color regions, ...
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Illustrator: only get grayscale when applying colors

After tracing a jpeg image in Illustrator and expanding it, when I try to change its color, it becomes gray. I have tried lots of color change but the result is same. How can I change the trace ...
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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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how to change the setting of Stained Glass Texture?

I want to set Stained Glass Texture on the part of my painting ,but when I use this texture and Set the cell size , color of some parts are white , can I do something that these parts become ...
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Why does my logo look pixelated

So I had a designer on 99Designs create a logo for me, it is Vector and he generated the Logo size you can see on my website here: sandiegosoftware.net I understand that my browser, OS and resolution ...
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Can I change the color of grouped shapes with the eyedropper or appearance window in Adobe Illustrator?

I thought I used to be able to do this, maybe I am losing my mind. Here are the steps to what I'm trying to accomplish: (Adobe Illustrator CS6) Create a couple of shapes.(Shapes A) Fill the shapes ...
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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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How to Automatically Generate Many Graphics with Illustrator Using External Data

I have an Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) I made with Illustrator CC (2014 edition). I want to use it to automatically generate many graphics using information from a database. The following are ...
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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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How to create a circular diagram with Illustrator [duplicate]

I need help to create a circular diagram in Illustrator like this. I need precisely to represent a percentage. How to do that ? Thank you.
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How to preview colors when using the color picker in Illustrator?

When using Adobe Illustrator, how do I preview my changes when I'm using the color picker to change the color of an element? Picking the color of an element is dependent on what's around it, so I'd ...
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Replace spine for all shapes

Why can't I select the replace spine option? This option is non-action for me? Thanks!
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How to create an outlined circle with centered horizontal and vertical gaps in Illustrator?

Could you explain to me, how I can draw a shape like the one in the following image? How can I cut any part of circle to get such 4 shapes with Adobe Illustrator?
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Copy Paste multiple Illustrator layers into Photoshop for individual editing?

I have a world map in Illustrator with a layer for each individual country. I want to copy and paste all layers into photoshop so that I can edit the colour blend for each individual country. I do not ...
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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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How do I keep the spaces in my dashed line from changing when I modify the line length in Illustrator?

Using Adobe Illustrator CS6, I drew a line and clicked the "Dashed Line" option in the stroke palette. When I change the length of the dashed line, by grabbing an endpoint and moving it or clipping ...
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How to set the rotation point and use Transform Each in Illustrator?

I have a triangle I'm trying to rotate in Illustrator using the Object->Transform->Transform Each command, but I can't figure out how to set the rotation point like I can if I just use Free ...
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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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Edit smart object in Illustrator while viewing other Photoshop layers

I am trying find an easy way to switching back and forth from Illustrator to Photoshop. I have two files: one is a raster and the other is a vector. I know in Ps you can place smart objects to retain ...
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How to remove strange banding from PNG export with radial gradient

I'm using Illustrator CC 2014 and have a radial gradient that looks smooth in edit, but gets really weird bands when I export or Save to Web (any format, all settings). Here's how it looks in ...
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How do I bring an object one step forward in Adobe Illustrator?

I want to bring the circle forward only one step, so it ends up between the green shapes. Please refer to the image if it's unclear what I want to achieve.
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Critique: Geometric Themed Business Card for a Design Business

I tried to follow the guidelines here and here but if this question doesn't meet the guidelines please tell me. I am working on designing a personal business card for my design firm in Illustrator ...
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How can I reduce the aliasing that occurs around my custom icon web font when it is scaled?

I am trying to make my own icons and embed them in a custom Web font. For that, I'm using Illustrator & Icomoon. I design the icons in a 14x14px square, then I create my Web font using Icomoon ...
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How do I achieve this “Out of Sync”/mis-registration fill style in Adobe Illustrator?

What is an easy way to achieve this "Out of Sync" Color Fill style? I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS6 and I think there is an easy way to do this with the way Illustrator is set up, but I'm not sure ...
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How to create an irregular triangle grid in Illustrator?

How might I create an irregular trianglular grid like this one? It would be nice to be able to distort the pentagons/hexagons rather than drawing the grid using the pen tool. Thanks..
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Create a rounded inflated square in illustrator / photoshop [duplicate]

I am wondering how to create a path for this inflated square shape in illustrator or photoshop... btw how is is the shape called?
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How to create doodles/sketches similar to those on Dropbox home page?

I am new in design, and recently I have been given a task where I have to create images like the ones present on dropbox.com home page. I am not sure what is the correct way of creating those ...
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Importing Multiple Vectors of the Same File and Keeping File Size Down

So, I'm trying to create a repeat pattern of a Balloon illustration I've done in Adobe Illustrator. I've got the singular file (balloon.ai), which weighs in at around 700MB. Now I'm trying to create ...
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Illustrator Performance Issue When Dealing with Heavy Files

I'm trying to create a repeat square out of six pretty heavy (100MB-700MB) Illustrator illustrations. When all six files are placed they weigh in at around 1GB. I need around 30 of these files placed ...
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How to make a monochrome like this?

I don't know how to call this but how to make a monochrome like the one on bottom. The exclusion (white), but originally it doesn't overlap.
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Exporting from Illustrator causes a weird path effect

When I use the image trace feature in Illustrator I'm able to create a pretty high quality vector of an image. However, when I export it as an .svg file the paths aren't "just right" and it causes you ...
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What Are Some Things That Are Really Easy In Illustrator But Really Hard In Photoshop

While I can think of several tasks that are easy in Photoshop but difficult or impossible in Illustrator, I have a hard time thinking of things I can do in Illustrator that I can't do (almost) just as ...
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Paisting artwork into a PS file removes some brushes

EDIT I have made a work around that does what the job needs but doesn't solve the problem with copy/pasting it. I saved the artwork as a png file and opened it with Photoshop, this works perfectly at ...
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Why does Illustrator add white lines to my pattern when exporting?

I have an object in Illustrator with a chevron pattern that I created in Illustrator. When I export as a .png file or rasterize image file, it shows horizontal lines. Anyone have a clue why it does ...
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I am trying to copy a heavily layered (and filtered) file across to a new document, in Adobe Illustrator CS (2014)

I am working with heavily layered EPS file (purchased); some layers have clipping paths and compound masks, most layers have a MULTIPLY or SCREEN filter. I am trying to copy this graphic onto a new ...
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Cleaning up messy corner lines?

I'm kind of new to this stack exchange thing so please bear with me! Anyway, I'm trying make a ribbon on Illustrator. Upon making this ribbon from basic shapes and combining them with the Shape ...
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Blending Colors after Image Trace - Illustrator CS6

I've used image trace to turn a .png file into a vector image but some of the colors in the sky background look kind of off. Is there a way that I can blend the shades of blue in the sky so that it ...
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Can I change a gradient's color stops by dragging colors from other objects?

I'd like to change the white-to-black gradient to one with the colors in the rectangles on the top left. How can I drag these colors onto the gradient?
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How to achieve a repeating circular shape like the 'Sam Rockwell - Moon' poster in Illustrator?

I need help for making this circular shape in Adobe Illustrator. I assume it is basically just making circle shapes over and over again using the strokes and putting it inside each other over and ...
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How to get in Isolation Mode from Layers panel in Illustrator?

The most known way to get into Isolation Mode in Adobe Illustrator is by double-clicking on the image. Nonetheless, is there a way I can get into this mode from the Layers panel?
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What is the best Adobe software for designing a résumé?

I have been creating my CV with Photoshop for several years now. I've heard and seen it myself, that this is not the right tool at all to design a résumé. I never used the other tools from the Adobe ...
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What is the easiest way to export just the selected objects in Illustrator CS5?

The title says it all, I want to know what the simplest way to export the selected objects. In Inkscape, there is a menu option called export selected which does just this. The aforementioned ...
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How to fix the position of a gradient in Illustrator, so that it doesn't move when I edit the object it's applied to?

How do I make Illustrator not change the gradient's position and size when I change the path's shape?
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Can I include / reference external scripts and libraries within my Adobe Illustrator .jsx script?

We're writing a bunch of .jsx scripts, and in each one I have to mock out some functions so I can use things like Array.map() and String.trim(), but I don't want to have to include that code at the ...
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PDF has white background when exported from Illustrator

I'm saving an Illustrator CS6 file as a PDF. The file has a transparent background, however when exported as a PDF and dropped into InDesign the file has a white background. I've tried saving the ...