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How do I export a vector file for CAD?

I am new to AI. I have saved my file in DWG, but the person I am sending it to says it opens in raster and has a double line. I am creating patent drawings, so there should be only one line. I am ...
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Change Illustrator's Selection Hotkeys

it seems illustrator adds and subtracts to selection with the same command: shift + click. I want to change this so that adding command is shift + click while subtracting is ctrl + click. This would ...
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How to export .svg file from Adobe Illustrator with shape IDs?

My question is very simple. How to export an SVG file from Adobe Illustrator with shape IDs? When I export as SVG my group names turn to groups with group name as ID, that's the behavior I would ...
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Can't select an image even when it's not locked and it is in front

This happens in Adobe Illustrator CC. When I tried to select an object, it tends to select the thing behind it. The object is not locked and is in the front of the same layer. I have took a video ...
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How can I reset the grid rotation in Illustrator?

For some reason the grid got tilted in my Illustrator. Now everything has this tilted grid, even when I open new projects. I can't find anything online. Any clue what's going on?
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How to create a gradient opacity mask in Illustrator

I was having an issue earlier, where I wanted to create a simulated reflection on the floor beneath a vector object made up of many smaller paths, while still maintaining full transparency of my final ...
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How do I modify custom radius for each corner of a rectangle in Illustrator?

I'm new to Illustrator and now I want to create a rounded rectangle with 10px 0px 10px 0px radius for corner, how can I do that?
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Extra space around shape when extracting a png

I have a photos, which I want to have in round shapes like the example presented below. Anyways, when making the clipping mask in Illustrator CS6, the extra space of the image around the circle stays. ...
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What kind of file should send to client? [duplicate]

I don't want to send editable file or native file (i.e. Ai.) to client. I read some articles and found out that people send pdf file to client. Do I need to add password to it? because when I open pdf ...
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Shape in illustrator so it can be editable in Powerpoint

How to save a shape in illustrator so it can be editable in PowerPoint 2016 (MAC OS). I should be able to recolour and it has to scalable on re-sizing.
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Different sizes/dimensions on export & save as web in Illustrator CS5

I have a file which is 1020px X 200px Artboard/Document dimensions and the drawings coves the whole artboard as follows. When I "Export" the file as "png" (File>Export) it's dimensions change to ...
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issue with alignment with two objects

I'm trying to make puzzle piece, so I want to cut out circle from rectangle, but somehow I can't make their left sides to coincide :/ Does anyone had same problem? As you see when I click ...
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Illustrator front-end reference [closed]

I have received an Illustrator template of an website. I need to create the website based on that template. I am a little confused on doing that though. The illustrator file, has specific padding, ...
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SVG export from Illustrator CC distorts paths

I'm trying to create some icons to add to the Glyphicons library. I've created them using the pen tool (shapes) in Adobe Illustrator CC, they're ultra-basic. As PNG, or EPS they export fine. ...
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Single stroke font letters disappear when I export from Illustrator to Auto-cad

I have a file in Illustrator with text on a path. The font is a single stroke text. I am wanting to use this to engrave with a machine so I can't have the font be outlined. When I export it to ...
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Is there a way to batch export Illustrator symbols as pngs?

I use Illustrator as my main graphics program for building modular UI components. Context: I'm exploring an animation software, Pixate, and will need to upload all UI assets to the project library ...
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Auto creating artboards in Illustrator?

I have an Illustrator file with icons set up in this fashion on one artboard. Is there a way for me to create artboards for each icon for export easily, without going in and having to click each ...
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Adobe Illustrator - working with path & pathfinder issue

I'm working on some print design in Adobe Illustrator, but I can't seem to figure out this one thing. It's probably stupid, but would really appreciate if someone could help me out. I've create a ...
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Problem converting SVG icon to font icon with iconmoon losing cutout

I have created a number of icons which I've used iconmoon to convert them to font icons. However, the eye icon loses it's centre cutout when I import the image into the iconmoon app. This is what ...
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Simplify illustrator object to just its visible parts

I have a complex illustrator object, with many of overlapping sections hidden behind one another. I want to simplify it down to just its visible parts. How do I do this? Why: I need to pass that to a ...
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Uploading a Graphic onto a Facebook Cover Photo [duplicate]

Using illustrator I created a 851px X 315px graphic (less than 99k png). The colors and graphic looks great on illustrator, and save for web preview but once uploaded onto Facebook the image looks ...
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How to add a pattern overlay to lettering

Per the attached photo, I am trying to recreate this boat decal to look exactly like the lettering in the photo. As of now, I have the type set up with grey fill and black outline. However, I cannot ...
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Why can't I draw on my image with illustrator?

I opened an image from the internet in Illustrator. Right after, when I selected the paintbrush tool, it turned into a circle with a line through it, implying that I couldn't draw. Does anyone ...
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What is the easiest way to export just the selected objects in Illustrator?

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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Cannot create rounded corners on object in Illustrator

I am following this tutorial to get some inspiration: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/logo-design.html?set=illustrator--get-started--ready-to-use I used steps from the fourth video to ...
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Problem with artboard size for an EPS graphic

I want to fit the artboard to the size of a graphic, but am having problems after I save and reopen the image. I can size the artboard, snapping it to the image size. when I save as an EPS and reopen ...
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Illustrator CC 2015 to Word 2016: Vector not displaying correctly

I have a vector art on Illustrator that I'd like to use as background image for my cover on some projects (display only, not print). I intend to keep the document as a high-quality vector PDF, like ...
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Image looks embossed when converted to SVG

I converted a raster image to vector in Illustrator CS6 using Image Trace then the Expand option, though when I save as an svg the image looks embossed. I suspect it's due to the layer background ...
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Cant weld object edges on polygonal design (Illustrator) [duplicate]

I created a polygonal logo using many shapes, which I'm exporting for web in SVG format. My problem is that, although the edges of each polygonal face/shape is at the same position on illustrator ...
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anti-aliasing issues

This seems to happen most of the time, but more visible when you are importing as smart objects in Photoshop and resizing down. In the attached image you can see where the aliasing is getting really ...
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Low Poly Problem in Illustrator - White Lines Around Shapes [duplicate]

I made this Low poly image (zoomed in version of just the eye). I followed all of the steps and I couldn't have done anything wrong: If you look closely, you can see these white lines between ...
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How do I use the width tool and brushes in Illustrator?

I am following this tutorial on Custom Lettering In one of the steps, it says " Using the Brush Tool (B), with the “Basic” brush; use the Width Tool (Shift+W) to adjust the width of our new path" I ...
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Mysterious line next to shape after saving for web in Illustrator

So I have got the .ai file from our designer and I have to save it to a specific size to then be used on a website. I have aligned all shapes to pixel raster (not sure if this is required) and I have ...
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How do I delete the stroke part of an image?

I can't figure out how to delete the selected part of the image below, any ideas? And by the way the selected part is a stroke as well so thats why I think none of the other solutions are working.
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Is there a way to make the bounding box of a group rotate with the group in Illustrator?

I'm trying to skew square grouped art onto a "cube" shape (a hexagon). I can get the two sides, but the top "diamond" is hard to do because, when I rotate the square image to match the front edge of ...
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How to use blend tool in Illustrator to blend continuosly?

Here's what I did. Draw several circles with gradients. Use blend tool and click each circle in place. Replace spine. I've tried several times but failed to achieve the dynamic colors. Also, ...
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distorted shapes and curves

I did a project a while ago where all the curves and a lot of the shapes were distorted. Unfortunately I only noticed the distortion after having saved the file. I am attempting to fix the issue now ...
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Adobe Illustrator is making my PDFs HUGE! Why?

I received a pdf of about 1Mb, with 6 pages. I opened each page, one at a time, in Illustrator, changed some text, then saved, so it saved back to the original PDF. After 6 pages of minor text ...
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How to fill path in Illustrator with average color (like in Ps)?

So i have made triangle path in Illustrator and I want to fill it with the average color of that area. It's possible in Photoshop with Filter>Blur>Average. Is there an option like that in Ai?
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why does .png convert to .jpeg when attached to an email

Created illustrator image with transparent background, saved (exported?) as.png. When I attached the png file to an email - OS X 10.10.4 - it converted to a jpeg. As a test I sent it to myself, ...
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Resizing an image bounding box after scaling in Illustrator CC

Good morning, I have imported a drawing from Adobe Illustrator Draw to illustrator CC. I then had to scale it down to about 60%. My bounding box is staying at the original size. Resetting the ...
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Why can't I merge two points?

I drew a circle, added a diameter to it, joined objects, removed topmost anchor point... Now I need to make it united shape: The question is general and the situation is general: suppose I have ...
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Can we transform pattern in shape by using handle?

I create a pattern in perspective view , but when I fill my shape by my pattern , I need Move my pattern in my shape . As I see I can do it by entering position of pixels , the question is Can I move ...
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Using Paper.js with Illustrator

I've been searching for a way to get the average color of a raster image, to use in a vector grid in front of it to create a mosaic effect - the "Object > Create Object Mosaic..." menu option does not ...
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Best way to save an illustrator design so it cannot be altered

I have designed a logo for a non-profit that I want to allow different committees to use it, but I don't want them to be able to alter anything but the size. I have created the design as a vector ...
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Illustrator: Cannot select text behind “Place” Object

I did a File > Place in my Illustrator document, and it is displaying the X frame over the thing, even after I press Enter. Unfortunately, I cannot select the text box or do any of the stuff I want ...
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Typekit font in SVG icon

I am trying to achieve my logo to be properly displayed on my website. I have created an SVG icon in Illustrator with a font from Adobe Typekit, it's Proxima Nova. The SVG Icon with text in it show's ...
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Illustrator symbols: How to edit symbol to affect mulitiple files?

QUESTION Part 1. As far as I know, when you edit a symbol, it affects all instances of the symbol within the current document open. Is there a way to have the changes affect other documents? ...
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Changing colors in a PDF document? Tried illustrator and photoshop

I have a PDF document with text and basic graphics (squares, circles, thought bubbles, etc.) behind the text. My goal is to change the colors of these shapes. Here's what I've tried: InDesign 5.5 - ...
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Web Site Page Export

I am creating a web site. I originally had it set up in layer comps for different pages. I need to be able to export a PDF of the entire site, but with each page being correctly cropped (not all the ...