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No color swatches available in Illustrator

When opening a new image from a PNG file in Illustrator as the background for my artboard to trace over I am not able to select any color swatches the only available options are [none] and ...
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How do I covert Photoshop swatches to illustrator swatches in CS5? [duplicate]

I want to bring my Photoshop swatch library into Illustrator. I've tried saving swatches for exchange and then opening them in a New Swatch Library in Illustrator, but the colors become corrupted.
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Closing paths drawn with the Illustrator pencil tool?

Prompted by John's question about leaving paths unclosed. Drawing with the pencil tool (or the paintbrush tool) in Illustrator leaves the paths it makes open. Unlike the pen tool, there isn't an ...
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eps file vector quality issue

I have a large vector .eps file of 8 logo samples. At 100% zoom, it is crisp and gorgeous, about 4 inches wide and 1.5 inches high on my laptop screen. I tried object > rasterize with CMYK / ...
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Illustrator gradient fill makes jaggies between colors if angle is changed

I have a 4 color gradient fill angled at 40 degrees (maybe its not the best way to achieve what I want) and the lines where colors meet are having jaggies. I have attached a screenshot of the ...
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How do I delete the center of the letter A in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

I need the center of the letter A in Illustrator to be transparent so you can see the background underneath. Same with letter D, B, O, P, R. I imported a vector version of a word, and I am able to ...
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Can I manage the fonts that appear on Illustrator's Type drop down

On mac, I have many more fonts on my computer than I use daily. Is there a way to control which ones appear on Illustrator etc.'s menus? I see that I can use Font Book to 'disable' the fonts. Is that ...
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How to create my own arrow effects in illustrator CS 2

In illustrator CS 2 you can use effects to add an arrow end to a line, which moves with the line if it is dragged or scaled, very useful :-) Is it possible to create my own arrow effects? For example ...
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removing partial shapes/objects

I have a template on the artboard and I am using basic shapes to fill the template with designs. Some shapes overlap the template. I want to remove the parts that go outside the template box. I have ...
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How to open Illustrator file in Photoshop

How to open a large Illustrator file (eg. 120 in x 48 in) saved in Illustrator. Then, how to open the same file to actual size in Photoshop?
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I made a map in AI, but the file size is HUGE as an svg?

I made an svg in Illustrator, but now I want to use it in a website/app but it's a huge size (around 10 MB) how can I decrease the size of it? My illustrator file is pretty big but that because I have ...
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Is CMYK mode not ideal for designs with blending mode?

I just notice it now as I am new to illustrator. When I am in RGB mode, blending transparency seems to be easier as mode such as screen, multiply or overlay looks good naturally. If I switch the ...
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Filling areas using transparent color without affecting the border, in Illustrator CS6

In Illustrator, if you want to fill in areas surrounded by multiple line segments, you can first select all the line segments and use Live Paint Bucket (K) to fill the color. However, if you want to ...
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Using Illustrator CS6 to create shape out of multiple paths

I am very new to Illustrator, in fact I am only experimenting with it in an attempt to help my friend develop a logo for a new business venture. I managed to draw out the shell of the logo using the ...
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How to draw isometric vectors?

I am looking for "built in" software solutions for Illustrator CS2-5 preferably. I am trying to create these isometric illustrations for a web app. Right now I've manually set up a grid in Adobe ...
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Is there a Github for Graphic Designers?

How do Graphic Designers share work they put in the public domain? I'm looking for a site that provides publicly visible, collaborative behavior like Github (which is for source code). For those ...
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Illustrator CS6: Change artboard size / final saved file dimensions to match bounds of content

Consider the following two images: The second image is my desired result: the artboard dimensions perfectly match the layer/selection/content. However, I had to resize the artboard manually. Is ...
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Is there an autosave feature in Adobe Illustrator?

Is there a way to retrieve your work after a crash, if you haven't saved for a while?
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Pressure-sensitive freehand drawing of vector paths that are editable with the Illustrator Width tool?

In illustrator, you can do pressure-sensitive drawing with the Blob Brush tool (if you set Width to Pressure in the settings from double-clicking the icon). You can also fine-tune the widths of paths ...
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Import vector data into illustrator

I have a program that generates thousands of vector points (just coordinates), the format is not fixed, but it could be something like this: (2.4785|77.01) (78.8|9.88) (45.33|0.2) I am able to ...
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Importing spreadsheet data as layers into Adobe Illustrator

I have a spreadsheet with a TON of content that I need to import to layers via Illustrator. I have several columns that need to be imported for some business cards. So for instance name, email, phone, ...
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Illustrator, Save for Web: keeping Art and Type optimization separate in one go?

When exporting for web in Illustrator, there's the ever familiar Art Optimized and Type Optimized rendition schemes (apart from None). Both schemes have their own perks on different types of ...
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How to vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5

How do I vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5? I cannot find a way to do that; in InDesign, it's a click away!
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How to keep only the visible parts of the every object/path of a SVG image? Like “flatten” all the SVG

I've an SVG image with many objects, ones over anothers. What I need is a final SVG, with the same visual result, but in a way that I could change the opacity of any object without revealing the ...
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How do I map Illustrator artwork on a sphere?

I am looking for help with creating spherical map similar to provided in picture: the 6 parts spherical map image setup (bent): I want to put together a promotional balloon vinyl,and I want to ...
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Scaling a text box in Illustrator CS6 (without scaling text)

Ok, I have a fresh Illustrator document. Pasted some copied text into the "artboard" (the clipboard is severely broken, but that's for another day). The textbox that gets pasted is one huge line ...
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How can I turn my old tablet PC into a Cintiq-like pen tablet?

I've been searching on internet but with no success... I have a old Fujitsu ST5020D Wacom Penabled tablet pc. As you know, a 1ghz Celeron + 256MB RAM wouldn't fill my needs as working on Adobe Master ...
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Grunge effect for vinyl

As the title says what is the best way to take an existing sans serif font, such as Helvetica, and add a grunge effect to the text for die cut vinyl? I know it can be done manually but that tends to ...
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How to convert document Illustrator file to only one color? (eg. Green)

Is there any way of converting a illustrator file with text and logos to one only. As I'm working for a client that only wants to print with one-color?
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What is the best way to make arrows in circular shape?

I need to make (actually re-creating) a diagram for a repeating process consisting of 5 steps. Here's how it might look with two arrows: I need to do basically the same thing with 5 arrows, ...
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Text silhouette; change color in middle of a letter illustrator

Does anyone know how to change colors in letters to appropriately represent silhouette? A perfect example is the opening for the movie Superbad: The 'U' is perfectly a U while having the right ...
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How to work with white artwork in Adobe Illustrator?

Regarding Adobe Illustrator - I am trying to create a vector file that an imprinter will use to imprint my image on to T-shirts. The shirts will be black and I want my image to be in white. ...
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Can I just save files as a PDF from Illustrator?

I use illustrator a lot and I'm always exporting PDFs. Since the PDF is a "save as" rather than an export, I end up editing the PDF and saving out. This causes version conflicts. Could I just work in ...
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How can I convert a jpg-signature into strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature into a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small svg, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no ...
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Multiple objects spaced evenly around a circle

I have a project where I am taking 6 different images and placing them on a circle. All of the images have duplicates (anywhere between 3 of the same image to 24). In total, I need the circle to have ...
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How to sample actual color of an area in illustrator?

When I place a few objects one over another, each with different colors and transparencies, so that they all overlap somewhere, how would I measure the color on this overlapping area? Similar to the ...
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What is an easy way to create a bulk of rounded rectangles in Illustrator?

Image is taken from this site. Is there a way in Illustrator to draw a group of rectangles like this without having to draw them one by one? The idea is to divide the area into as many rectangles of ...
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What file type should I use for a logo when exporting from Adobe Illustrator?

I'm a fine artist, new to Adobe Illustrator. I'm in the process of designing a logo for a company using Illustrator. What type of file should I send them when all is completed, so they can use this ...
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Illustrator Text Bounding Box Resize

I have an illustrator file, and I need to resize the bounding box of all the components, without changing the size of the text. Is there an easy way to do this, or do I have to go and rewrite all of ...
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Illustrator variables / data-driven documents: how to batch-export one file for each data set?

With the Variables window in Illustrator you can make something a bit like a data merge document with lots of variants for different records (InDesign's data merge is usually better, but I have to use ...
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How to create a triangular grid in Illustrator

This has been bugging me for some time and i'm not sure how to approach it. I've attempted several times. I'm trying to create the lines similar to the compositions in the picture shown: PS - If ...
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Change background color of just one artboard in Illustrator CS5

I'm not sure if illustrator supports just changing the background color of one artboard but what I am looking to do is have one black background artboard and leave the other five or six artboards in ...
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How to create an extruded halftone effect in illustrator or photoshop

I saw this photo on Smashing Magazine: Portrait of Alfred Nobel by Viktor Hertz And I was wondering how I can make a similar effect with the halftones extruding into 3D like it is shown. I ...
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Sampling color of partially transparent objects in Illustrator

Sometimes when using Adobe Illustrator I need to get a range of tints from a certain color, so I'll drop the opacity to, say, 75%, 50%, and 25% on a white background to get there. It's the quickest ...
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Change Background Color of Text Box in Illustrator CS5

Any way to change the background color of a text box without all the workarounds such as placing another shape behind the text. I need to have a textbox filled with color of 249, 249, 249 and a ...
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Technique for finding the centerline of a curved object?

Sorry for the confusing title but, I'm curious to know if anyone knows any effective techniques at finding the center of an object that curves. In the screenshot below you'll see a crude version of ...
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How do I use an SVG “icon font” within Illustrator?

Trello uses an icon font and I'd like to figure out how to bring in some of the glyphs into an Illustrator project. Admittedly, this is going a bit backwards (usually you want to import Illustrator ...
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What are good alternatives to adobe software (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator)?

Is there any professional software (for Mac) that I can use to replace some of the adobe software like InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator? I don’t mean one that replaces all, but the equivalent of ...
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What's the Illustrator equivalent of Photoshop's clipping masks?

I'm struggling to find a way in Illustrator to do something which is very simple in Photoshop. Here's an example: I draw a plane. Now I want to draw stripes on it and a cockpit. In Ps, I clip ...
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logo with color gradient how to do this?

I would like to do the below color gradiant: Does anyone know how to approach this? I have searched but don't know the right way to name this effect. I'd prefer making this effect in Adobe ...