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How do I keep transparency from one AI file to another?

I am trying to create a a shape for a project. As I started to create it, I realized that when I go to copy it into my other AI file, it has a white background to it and transfers over to my page as ...
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How to fill in a shape with content in illustrator

I am completely new to Illustrator, however my boss asked me to make a graphic in illustrator. A list of things he sent me: First, this mock up image for what he wants: as well as the .ai file ...
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InDesign, Acrobat and Illustrator and PDF-file-sizes

I’m observing strange behavior in Adobes Creative Suite (I’m on CS6 right now) when it comes to file size of PDFs. I export PDFs from InDesign with various options and sometimes need to make smaller ...
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How to select multiple objects with different appearance in Illustrator?

Say I want to select e.g. all red diamonds AND all text in the following image. What should I do? I can select all red diamonds by choosing one, then Select --> Same --> Appearance. I can also ...
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Join two paths to become one? [closed]

I have two lines intersecting forming a cross. I outline the strokes but they continue to be individual lines in stead of one path. I want these lines to be one undivided line but cant get there?
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Setting the object size in Illustrator [duplicate]

I need to set the specific size and position for objects in Illustrator. For example, I need to set the size to 100 × 50 mm, but Illustrator automatically sets its size to 100.189 × 50.094 mm. Same ...
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What is the name of Design style used in Monument valley opening? Other examples?

I am designing a poster and saw recently a bunch of designs using very thin white font and some thin logo illustration-type ordeal on a dark background. A lot of these seem to be on a sort of "sky-...
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Illustrator: Clipping Mask Struggles

Illustrator noob here (pls bear with me). I'm trying to make a face, and I want to add some shading on the left cheek, so this is my process: first make the shading, and then clip it to the original ...
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Little Gaps between rectangles when exporting .svg with Illustrator

i have these little white gaps between the rectangles (only in exported .svg files) In illustrator im able to zoom in as far as possible without seeing any of these Is there a way to fix this? I ...
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What is a good workflow to create background patterns for web designs?

I am designing a website in Photoshop and I want to try create a background pattern myself. I have both Photoshop and Illustrator at my disposal. I am aware that in Photoshop I can use Edit -> ...
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Can I lock my workspace?

Struggling with Illustrator, I keep dragging my panels out and it's super irritating. How do I lock them in place?
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Why rasterizing objects in Illustrator causes them to be pixelated [duplicate]

I am having a sudden problem with my vectors after being rasterized within Illustrator. The rasterized image becomes pixelated. If anyone might have an idea as to what might have happened all of a ...
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Can I get rid of all the extra layers that Illustrator creates after I use pathfinder?

I'm not an experienced Illustrator user, but whenever I use pathfinder to combine a few shapes together, Illustrator would create a whole bunch of what appears to look like outlines of every shape and ...
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CC Libraries Assets into InD: place linked VS place copy

After playing around a bit with the CC Libraries, I noticed an odd problem: In InD I create, for instance, a vector shape and a bit of text over it, and import these as a single graphic into CC ...
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How do I make non-rectangular slices in Illustrator?

I bought this: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=297036404&src=id And now I need to export each sign as an individual file (PNG or JPG). If there was more distance between the individual ...
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How are these swirly, line frames made?

I love and have always been mystified by this kind of swirly design. After +10yrs working as a graphic designer, I still can't wrap my head around how those are done. Geometric curved design in ...
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Shapes strokes from PSD is invisible when open in Illustrator

I open the PSD files in Illustrator to save the files as PDF but the strokes of box shapes are invisible or automatically changed to white? How do I fix this so I don't have to fix each artworks again ...
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Reduce number of colors in illustrator using Recolor artwork not working?

Here is my problem: I select all my items click the recolor wheel merge some colors click ok, but it does not seem to change: deselect, then reselect the shapes click the color wheel: all colors are ...
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Is there a way in Adobe Illustrator to import a path from a list of points?

I want to be able to take a list of point coordinates created by a script and import them as a path. The list would be just be a text document with the coordinates separated by line breaks. Is there a ...
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Shaper tool objects left uneditable

I have drawn a flat design landscape with the "new" Shaper Tool and at some point I must have used some command - ctrl+z i suspect - and now I can only edit a handful of the triangles in size and ...
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Labeling river of a map in Illustrator

I'm wrapping my map up in Illustrator. I want to create a line that has the same geometry of my river and I want to label it: "Klamath River". The thing is, I don't want to label it once, I want to ...
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how do I create this type of grid in illustrator?

I'm trying to create a logo grid and I would like to know how I can achieve something such as the image below in illustrator
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Photoshop Masking vs. Illustration Masking. Why are layers in the opposite order? [closed]

To mask an image, why in Photoshop (or Sketch) is the mask under the image, while in Illustrator (or After Effects) the mask is above the image?
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Is it possible to avoid the fine lines that render between the shapes in this grid? [duplicate]

I used the grid tool to create a grid of squares for a texture, but I'm seeing very clear fine lines rendering at the edges between some - not all - of the rows and columns. Unfortunately, these ...
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Illustrator alignment with styled element doesn't work properly

I'm creating a template on Illustrator CS6 but I'm not able to align elements properly when one of them have a style. In this case, I have a rectangle with a dropshadow effect and when I try to align ...
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Dividing a group of paths in the middle

I have traced and expanded a tire that I now want to cut straight in the middle so I can decrease the opacity of the left half. That group of paths the expansion created I can't cut now - even with a ...
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What's a simple way to make a perfect multi-colored tile grid in illustrator?

I Googled "illustrator repeat shape" and none of the results gave a clear answer from what I could tell. I want to make a simple multicolored grid something like this, without duplicating and ...
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Is it possible to modify a line using 3 or more handles in bezier curves in adobe illustrator or other program?

I was following a tutorial about bezier curves and the explanation behind it. At the same time was reproducing some of the learning on Illustrator. But there was a part of the tutorial where you ...
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What is the difference between spot colors and global ?

What is the difference between spot colors and global in illustrator? thanks
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Illustrator default unit with Applescript

When sketching with Adobe Illustrator thanks to Applescript, I faced a little problem regarding the default document units. Indeed, the default unit with scripts is points but I want to work in ...
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How to get this bevel effect in Illustrator? [closed]

I want to create a fire icon in Illustrator. I don't want it to look flat. So, I tried to find design inspiration on google. Then, this image came up. I'm looking for a tutorial to get the same effect,...
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SVG file excessive white space

I've created a vector using Adobe Illustrator CS5. The actual size is supposedly 30x30 px. For some reason, whenever I save it as an SVG file. It produces a file that is not 30x30 px. My vector is in ...
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how to create a different colored compound path in illustrator? [closed]

I have created many shapes with different colors when i tried to convert it into a compound path all the path converted into a single color. How can I do that with compound path or some other tool?
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How to grid inside of a shape on Illustrator

I'd like to make a shape with a grid inside of it. O course, fitting a grid exactly into a square is simple. But I'm having a hard time fitting a grid into an irregular shape like an ellipse. My ...
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Vectorize a Photoshop file in Illustrator?

Can you create something in Photoshop, save it, open it in Illustrator, and convert it to a vector? I haven't tried any other things, but I'm trying to make a logo and I'm comfortable with Photoshop, ...
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how to re-size mulitple artboards with content

I have multiple artboards with content. I want to know how to select them all and re-size all at once, but keeping the ratio. The current file is 4mb and I need it to be 2mb as a pdf.
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Colours sampling and illustrator- never get the right colour

Using mac colour sample tool, I sample a colour from a website ,get its RGB, then try to set it to an object inside Illustrator, -in illustrator I am not on grayscale (cmyk) -I set the colour ...
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How can I quickly hide or delete a layer in Illustrator without using the Layer Panel?

I need a way to easily hide/delete a layer in Illustrator. I'm not seeing the command in the shortcuts menu, there has to be a way to assign a keyboard shortcut to hide/delete a layer! I don't want to ...
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How do you arrange shapes in Adobe Illustrator to mimic someone holding cards? [closed]

I'm having a hard time placing square shapes evenly as if someone was holding playing cards. Is there a feature in Adobe Illustrator that can help me achieve this?
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Illustrator action to embed all external objects

To embed all external objects in Illustrator I do this: Open the Links panel Select all the linked objects (select first, shift+clik on last) Select Embed object(s) from the dropdown menu in the ...
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illustrator anchor points corner overlap problem

I am drawing some overlap paths in illustrator. However, some anchor points between different paths does not stay well, they create some rugged corners. Please see the image, it may describe better. I ...
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Convert signature to vector on OSX?

I need to convert this signature into a single path This might not be the correct term for what I'm trying to achieve, but basically I want to transform the inside of the shape into a "stroke" ...
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I have a problem when using pathfinder

I try to make black shape as the left one but the right one is what I get after using pathfinder(Minus Front). I don't understand why the shape become rounded rectangle instead black shape in the left....
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Adobe Illustrator - Hiding masked portions from selection? Cutting or masking a muti-layer and already masked section?

It's difficult for me to explain what I'm trying to achieve, hopefully this image helps illustrate what I want to do. This is the final product I'm trying to achieve (done in photoshop). When I ...
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How can I change this multi colored logo to a single white one?

I am having problems with changing the color to white or black of this certain logo because it isn't a simple fast pasted one. I can use Photoshop and Illustrator (prefer photoshop) Both of my ...
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Illustrator CC guides not aligning to artboard

I'm simply trying to align my guides (horizontal and vertical) to my Artboard directly in the middle. I know there are other routes I could take to accomplish this, It should be something easily ...
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How to generate a single path for a SVG using Illustrator?

This is the same question as here, because that solution no longer seems to work. I am using live trace on a Bitmap, and the results are good. When I go to save the document as SVG and click on "view ...
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How do I permanently change the handle color of a symbol in Illustrator?

My layer has light blue paths/handles/points but when I double click into a symbol to edit it it's yellow. I have changed it in the layer controls 100 times, it just won't stay any color I set it to. ...
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Illustrator: Need to have brush which is three dashed parallel line which can follow a curve

I'm wanting to create a brush (think this is the best approach) which is three dashed lines like this: And I want to be able to place the lines along a path which curves, or around the edge of a ...