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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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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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Illustrator: How to merge to circles and rectangle in illustrator from this sketch to make a blob?

How to merge to circles and rectangle in illustrator from this sketch to make a blob? Now I'm trying to get this logo (using these shapes). Should I use the Metaball tool to create the one shape ...
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Editable two side text

Here's what I want to achieve: pretty simple right? BUT, I'd like the text to remain editable in a simple manner, that is: Editable text (no outlined font); Only one line of text (any change has ...
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Create some Stroke from expanded shape

I created some shape using 6 pixels stroke (no fill), then I expanded it and get the desired shape. Later, I need the same shape with thinner lines, but resizing does not work well for it. So, the ...
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Is there option to fit square to artboard size in Illustrator?

I constantly create square background which I should adjust to artboard size. Almost every time I miss one or two pixels (Retina is good for that), so I looked for one-click feature "click object to ...
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Illustrator document to Photoshop - Preserve Layers?

Is it possible to import a Illustrator document into Photoshop and keep the layers - we need to supply a multi layered document to a client in this way asap... We have tried exporting the doc as a ...
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Make 100 PDFs with unique code

I have a text document/csv with 100 unique codes that should be used for a gift card. For the gift card, I need to provide 100 PDF's each with the unique code. Is it possible to do this using ...
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How can I separate colors by layer in Illustrator?

I did a three-color Live Trace, and output the colors to swatches. Now I'd like to assign each of these three (spot) colors to their own layer. I'm sure this is super easy, and I'm just over-looking ...
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Delete one shape from another in Illustrator (CS4)

I have an image (below) of two hands over a black circle. All three are currently separate paths with a fill but no stroke, all on the same layer. How do I delete the shape of the hands from the ...
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Multiple images spread out inside circle using Illustrator

I have a group of 6 images that are masked in even-sized rectangles. I'd like those rectangles to be evenly distributed along the outside of the bottom half of a circle. Whats the best way to handle ...
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How to make a smooth PMS gradient transition in Illustrator

I'm currently working on versions of a logo that has some gradients. CMYK looks fine but I'm getting poor results with PMS. I would normally fix this by building a mixed ink in Indesign but it doesn't ...
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managing fonts in illustrator

Is there a better way to manage fonts in Illustrator instead of the default drop-down? I am on CS6 and Windows7 I have several hundred fonts and I wish there was a more intuitive way to browse ...
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Steps between Wireframe / UI design for web development

Based on my sketch/wireframe prepared for a UI designer (links below): Link: http://postimg.org/image/npt5zlvu7/ 1) Would I be able to approach a UI designer with the wireframe/sketch above? 2) ...
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isometric drawing's constraint angles in Illustrator

I'm doing some isometric drawing in Illustrator, and moving my objects around on 0°, 30° and 60° constrained angles. I keep having to go to preferences (control + K) to change the constrain angle ...
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Creating Cut-out style Text in Illustrator

Is it possible to create something like the image below in illustrator? I know in Photoshop it would be a case of rasterizing font and cutting the text and shifting it around but Photoshop is vector ...
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How to switch between blending modes in Adobe Illustrator with the keyboard?

In Photoshop you can select next or prev blending mode with cursor up and down, but can't do the same in the Adobe Illustrator. How to fix that? Maybe shortcuts or scripts can help...
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Multiple non-inheriting transforms effects?

I'm designing a template for product packaging. While designing, I'd like to have the layout as it would be printed out flat, but I'd also like to have different 'views' (front, back, bottom, etc) so ...
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Save Illustrator as PDF with transparent background

Is there a way to export my artwork as PDF so that it has a transparent background? Something like exporting objects only... whenever I try to save my .ai as pdf, it always comes with a full white ...
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Resizing groups of objects with fixed height of element in Illustrator

I've got a group of objects which shall serve as a template. I need to be able to resize the group but keep some sub-elements fixed to constrain the template. Lets say I want to resize the object on ...
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How can I reset the path to the result appearance of an object distorted with effects?

I have a simple rectangle with a couple effects: distort, rounded corners. I'd now like to add some anchor points and adjust the path of this object. How can I get the path to wrap around the ...
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How to create a global style? (like drop shadow)

I have created multiple objects, while testing I applied a drop shadow style on one object and its looking very good. Now I want to apply the same style to all other objects (around 20). Is there any ...
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How to determine exact contrast ratio

Because of the recent Web accessibility Law in my region, I need to ensure I'm designing with an appropriate contrast ratio. WCAG says the value of this ratio is 4.5:1 ...
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How do I “cut out” an icon with a background in Illustrator?

I am having some difficulties trying to delete the space where I created a simple '+' icon. Here are some images for reference. I hope this explains what I am trying to accomplish. Sorry for not ...
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How to achieve a gradient in adobe illustrator

I am looking for someone to explain how to achieve a subtle gradient in adobe illustrator like the one in this icon. much thanks.
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Create a smooth connection (blend) between open paths in Illustrator

I'm trying to connect two open paths with a perfectly smooth curve. It is an easy task in CAD/3D software, But I can't figure out a way to accomplish that in Illustrator. The top part of the image is ...
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How to bind line to rectangle

I want to create some kind of flow chart with Illustrator CS3. In other programs it is possible to bind a line or arrow to a rectangle and whenever I drag the rectangle, the binded line is adapted in ...
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Best way to re-create or draw swirl / spiral shapes

I am trying to recreate a shape similar to the one in the attachment below, but I can't seem to get it right. I have run into this type of shape once or twice before, and last time I retraced it by ...
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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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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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Drop shadows that cast lines from object

Does anyone know of a quick way to create drop shadows that cast lighter from inside corners and heavier from protrusions? Link
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Why are my pixels not aligning to grid in Illustrator?

I have a small Problem that occurs from time to time. Sometimes, when I copy things or when I put an object from the symbol library on my page, the whole file gets messed up. The screenshot shows ...
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Unable to achieve long shadow effect in Illustrator [duplicate]

I have read several guides on how to achieve the Long Shadow effect using Illustrator, I tried both using the Transform Effect and Blend Modes, however I fail achieve it using both. When I try using ...
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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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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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Is There An “Erase Lines Mode” In Illustrator?

Is there a way to 'erase lines' in Illustrator similar to the way it's done in Adobe Flash? The clearest example is around 06:40 of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr2Y3DKHiJg Basically ...
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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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Selection Tool doesn't rotate in Illustrator [closed]

Why my selection tool doesn't rotate object? I selected the object and it doesn't work. How do I fix this?
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How to take an accurate outline (ONLY) of an image PSD

I would like a technique on how to take only the outline of an image. This image is of a car and would need to be accurate. I am using Photoshop however do have Illustrator if that program is more ...
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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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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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Change Illustrator's save method to not have -01 extension?

Wondering if there is a way to change the way Illustrator outputs png and jpegs with the -01, -02, -03, etc. extensions. Is there a way to tell it not to do this? I use Illustrator for web design and ...
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Problem: Color change when pasting from Photoshop to Illustrator

What I want to achieve: I want to copy an image in Illustrator and paste it into Photoshop. The image is just a grey circle with a #d1d1d1 fill and no stroke. The problem: Bottom line, the color of ...
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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 ...