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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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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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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 ...
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How to package fonts in Illustrator CS6?

Is it possible to export an Illustrator file off our MAC (CS6) and send to PC (Adobe CC) and package all the fonts to go with the artwork to avoid installing missing fonts one by one?
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Is there a way to make Photoshop CS6 work with touchscreen monitors?

I have a 15.6" touchscreen laptop and I would like to be able to use the touchscreen in Photoshop. It works fine in Illustrator but for some reason Adobe didn't make Photoshop compatible with touch ...
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Illustrator 3D extrude and bevel problem

Right, sorry if the pictures are a bit small, but look at the group on the right where I'm previewing a 3D effect. Notice how there are three turquoise stripes running along it. (You can look at ...
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How can I make a complex tartan pattern in Illustrator? [duplicate]

Could anyone tell me how to create the tartan design shown in the attached file? Im using Illustrator CS6
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How do I ensure the sign I create will be high enough resolution? [duplicate]

I need to know how to set up a high-resolution 8ft sign in either Photoshop or Illustrator.
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How can I merge two objects in Illustrator? [duplicate]

In Illustrator how can I merge this roof vector to the background of the square? roof and square
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How do I match up Adobe's color profile to Apple's?

Why is there such a difference in the editing view & save preview views? I am using Adobe Illustrator CS6 for Mac OS X. Color Settings: North America General Purpose 2 Profile: sRGB Export ...
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How can I create woodcut illustration in Illustrator and/or Photoshop?

Are these illustrations done manually by hand or in Illustrator? Is there a easier way to reproduce these kind of illustrations? More examples here.
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How can I make complex gradient images like these in Illustrator?

How can I create these types of gradient images in Illustrator?
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Paintbrush tool Illustrator swirl problem

When I do swirls in Illustrator with the paintbrush tool I often get this result (see image). The loops doesn't get perfectly rounded, instead sometimes some of them gets thicker at the top of the ...
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How can I quickly turn all objects of a layer to independent layers in Illustrator?

Lets suppose I have 10 objects in the root layer of my project named layer 1. Now lets suppose I quickly want to turn all those object as independent separate layers all at the root level. Is ...
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how to learn? What resources to start looking at [closed]

I am kind of just starting out in learning how to create interesting monochrome designs in Paint.net. Now, I can learn the technique in just about application. What I would like to know is where ...
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In Illustrator the Layers panel Options for Selected contains no color assignment.

I see that others have more options for the Layers Panel, such as the ability to change color. My layers panel Options for Selected contains only: Lock. Hide. How do I restore the correct ...
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Objects in Illustrator doesn't align perfectly

When working on logo design projects, there are some things in Illustrator that doesn't work perfectly. For example, when I need to make rectangle and then put in rounded rectangle and then aling to ...
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Shear Tool after Other Effect -> Expand Appearance

I want to clarify a small issue with Shear Tool, because I feel there is a common rule I miss. I created a rectangle and applied Rounded Effect. At this stage I did not expanded appearance. Next, I ...
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Flash to Illustrator CC conversion… possible?

I've spent years drawing vector art in Flash, and recently decided to move to Illustrator (because that's really what I should have been using all along). The trouble is, Flash art is strangely ...
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Illustrator symbol isolation view pixel grid not aligned to ruler

When a symbol is not aligned to pixel grid, the origin is not aligned to an intersection of the grid. Thus it becomes very difficult to create pixel perfect symbols. Paths that are snapped to the ...
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Can you lock objects in Illustrator so it doesn't keep being selected and highlighted?

I was trying to draw behind many shapes but I couldn't tell where I was drawing because of many lines highlighting. But I need those shapes to draw correctly just not their stroke lines highlighting. ...
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Non-displaying objects in illustrator and photoshop

So I'm trying to set up templates for other designers to use to adhere to design guidelines, and I want to know if there is any way to specify objects in illustrator and photoshop that do not show up ...
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How do I add a raster texture file to Illustrator's 3D Extrude & Bevel?

How do I get an image to extrude and bevel using illustrator CS6. The shape that's having the issues has effect>texture>texturizer and then I uploaded a psd file. When I then select ...