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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 ...
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Exporting PDF from Adobe Illustrator without aliasing

I am working with an image with an aliasing problem in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The aliasing disappears after unchecking Preferences-> General -> Anti-aliased Artwork. However, when I export the ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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dividing transparent objects into individual shapes

In Adobe Illustrator How do I divide two overlapping shapes into individual parts so the overlap area is a shape and the non overlap areas are two shapes. So I end up with three shapes that can each ...
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I've divided my artwork into artboards and now I want to move the contents around

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 ...
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Illustrator: Why do layers and sublayers sometimes have different colors?

Not sure if it matters, but before I make some mistake that will cause a lot of work to correct afterwards: Why are some sublayers not colored like the partent-layer (see screenshot)? Are they somehow ...
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how do make an Archimedean spiral of words decreasing in font size every 3 characters?

I am attempting to do a logo where the phrase starts at the top of a spiral and continues throughout the spiral decreasing in size until the very middle of the spiral. Tried the Spiral tool but not ...
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Breaking a path into equal segments of a fixed length

I have an arbitrarily curved path, and want to break it up into segments of fixed length. i.e. I have a squiggle, and want to turn that path into 1-foot segments, plus a remainder portion. How
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Objects not snapping correctly. (Overshooting or undershooting target)

I have a rectangle that should be snapping to the lines of the other rectangles on my artboard, but it keeps overshooting the mark. Can anyone advise on how to get it to snap the other objects lines ...
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There Must Be A Way: Trimming Groups Of Lines To Fit Complex Shape - Illustrator

This doesn't seem complex, and I'm not a beginner but can't figure it out or find answer online. I want to be able to trim a series of lines to fit in a complex shape (lay the shape over a group of ...
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Difference between “Expand” and “Create Outlines” in CC?

So, I've been doing a lot of text work lately which requires expanding the active text layers into paths so I can adjust things with more precision. Now, I'm wondering if there's any actual ...
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How to calculate the area of an irregular shape in Adobe Illustrator?

I've drawn an irregular shape in illustrator and I want to know what its area is then I want to compare it between another shape How could I calculate its area in Illustrator (CS6 or CC)?
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Drawing to a specific reference point, ala Sketchup

In Sketchup when making a line termination you can reference some other point by hovering over it, then when you shift-click to draw your straight line, its bottom will be aligned with the reference ...
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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 ...
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How do I create a stroke like this?

I've tried multiple tutorials and even asked the designer — (his response: "If you want it perfect you will have to create it in adobe illustrator and import it into photoshop. In the case of the two ...
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Does anyone know where I can find a bike template or mockup? [closed]

I'm working on a school project about a fake campus bike rental company and I'm trying to create mockups of everything but I can't seem to find any customizable bicycle templates or mockup photoshop ...
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Illustrator rectangle resize issue

So I have this strange Illustrator issue and I'm not sure if it's a bug or a "feature"... I'm using the latest version of Illustrator CC. I have rather thin grey rectangle: If a zoom in and want ...
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How to export png from Illustrator without anti-aliasing?

On first image yow can see an icon, a line is selected in Adobe Illustrator. On second image you can see the image after Save for Web .. was pressed. I do not need anti-aliasing, extra strip between ...
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How to optimize my pictograms for Retina screens?

Surprise when I saved my pictograms for the Web (from Illustrator): They are strictly not as clean as expected => totally blurred. Here's an example from my Retina smartphone: And the initial ...
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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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Cannot see fonts in Font Menu Illustrator CS5

I cannot see most of the fonts in Illustrator CS5, I just installed Yosemite OS last night and this morning the font menu isn't working.
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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 posihble - to avoid non-integer resampling steps during subsequent ...
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A clean way to remove gradient mesh in Illustrator?

Does anyone know if it is possible to remove a gradient mesh from an object in Illustrator without producing a distorted/inaccurate outline? Adobe documentation as well as most online resources I ...
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Why does the paint brush style revert back to the old setting the moment I start painting?

In Adobe Illustrator I've changed the paint brush style to something else, (this happens with stroke size too) but the moment I start trying to paint the settings revert back to what they were before ...
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How do I align an anchor point to the centre of a line or object?

There's probably a really simple answer but I can't work it out. If I use the pen tool to make an anchor point somewhere along a line, how do I get that anchor point into the exact centre of said ...
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Can I Set Pixel Preview as the Default view when opening files in Illustrator CC?

Sorry if this has been asked, i googled for quite a bit and i actually couldnt find much of anything about pixel preview. I'm trying to open a couple hundred files in illustrator at once, and using ...
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How to preview an Illustrator document at different rasterized sizes?

I'm designing a favicon in Illustrator and I'd like to see what it would look like in pixels at 128px and 16px as I'm working on it. Is this possible? Edit Found the answer - posted below.
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Automatically joining multiple line segments in Illustrator

I have pst-solides3d generated an ellipse. For some reason, the ellipse does not appear to be a single path in Illustrator, but rather multiple disjoint line segments. See below. I have exaggerated ...
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Placing text inside of a Text shape

I know that there has been a similar question to this in the past titled "Placing text inside shapes" but I have followed the recommended steps and it is when I get to the stage that it mentions ...
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how to automatically generate a text variable for each text box in my illustrator file

I have a big file with hundreds of images and texts. I need to export all the texts in order to send them to the translator. I know I can do it with the variables, but its still a long process because ...
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How to extend line off side of shape?

Is there an easy way to extend lines off the side of the shape, with perfectly the same angle as the edge of the shape. Without having to zoom in as far as possible and just eye it. I feel like there ...
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Illustrator: Selecting all objects across x axis

Ok so I got this huge document, about 1.5 x 1.2 metters and because I was working a little bit fast the aligning of some elements wasn't pixel perfect but is more or less accurate. Now that I've ...
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How to make a logo where a letter is made of particles of varying sizes?

How can I make a logo in Adobe Illustrator like the AntiParticle logo below, from http://www.graphicdesigninspiration.net/2012/08/15/70-awesome-logo-designs-for-your-inspiration/? It is a large ...
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Design Help-Creating a circular repeating pattern in Illustrator CS6

Years ago as part of a school project to create a calendar, I made several retro patterns in Illustrator to use as backgrounds. I did all this by hand because I wasn't super familiar with Illustrator ...
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How do I change the brush roundness and size of a Calligraphy brush in Illustrator?

When I try to use a calligraphy brush the roundness and the size doesn't change to another option? I go to the brushes library menu → new brush → select the calligraphy brushes Pop up the ...
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Why are some svg filters automatically converted to .png?

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. ...
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Why am I seeing boxes in the outline overview in illustrator CC

I have downloaded this vector graphic from a freebie site and when i see the outline overview using "ctrl+y", i can see these boxes. Why is this happening and how to remove them?
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how to drop shadow on illustrator stroke only

How do I just drop shadow on stroke like the rectangle in the picture?
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How to distort a grid object into a tapered shape, like a trash basket icon?

I want to do this: The bin just above I think this tool is well designed for this purpose : But after few hours of trying, i still don't know how I can tighten the bottom to make it look like a ...
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When i export an illustrator picture/file

when I want to save a illustrator cs5 document to print after i export it as png but when I am ready to export it previews the document and it's not a full page size, it shows the document in the ...
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What ICC profiles does Adobe Illustrator use to convert between RGB and CMYK in its color picker?

I'm trying to understand Adobe Illustrator's color conversion method between RGB/HSB and CMYK. I'm pretty sure they use ICC profiles to do the conversion, and they make a bunch of ICC profiles ...
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What are these white outlines in patterns in the .pdf I exported from Illustrator?

I am using pattern in illustrator in separated layer of course and some text areas and line texts in another layer... when I save the file to a PDF format I got a very bad result as seen as the ...
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Move, resize and repeat

what I try to achieve is a succession of circles smaller in smaller from one position to another. I first draw a big circle (right on the picture) and duplicate it, translate it to the left and ...
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how can I align some text in any text area vertically, in illustrator?

how can I align some text in any text area vertically? so I can align a label vertically and Horizontally in any text area, as if i align the text in a table cell.
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How to apply the same Distort effect to a batch of Adobe Illustrator files?

I'm trying to batch apply one specific Distort Effect to several different AI files at the same time. These are the settings for the Distort Effect I'm trying to apply: Distort / Tweak with the ...
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Is there a way to create an action or script to select and embed external file(s) placed in an Illustrator file?

As a follow-up to my question Is there a way to expand linked EPS file placed inside another EPS file in Illustrator? I am now trying to create an action to select and embed external file(s) placed ...
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Distribute objects along a path in Illustrator

Using Adobe Illustrator, how can I evenly distribute a group of objects along an arc?
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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 ...