Questions about Illustrator, Adobe's vector digital file editing, creation application and tools. Ask anything related to designing graphics with Illustrator.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

0
votes
2answers
711 views

How to create these pixel effects in Adobe Illustrator?

I want to create any of the following effects in illustrator: http://dab1nmslvvntp.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Scans_thumb.png ...
1
vote
2answers
135 views

Textbook to learn Adobe Illustrator

What textbook(s) should I read to learn Adobe Illustrator from start to mastering, and use it as a reference?
-1
votes
1answer
52 views

Is there a way to click and drag, bulk direct select in the shape of a circle in Illustrator?

When you have the Direct Select tool, you can click and drag. This bulk selects in the shape of a square, selecting anything within that shape. Is there a way to do this so that the shape it selects ...
2
votes
1answer
521 views

How do I join a reflected object to the original so there is no stroke running down the middle?

I am designing a logo for a trucking company and I have an idea of using the front of a truck. To that end, I used the pen tool and traced half of the truck. Each element (bumper, grill, lights, ...
0
votes
1answer
147 views

Illustrator: Make a compound path a single path

I have the letter "a" expanded as two paths, one being the letter and the other being the circle inside of the "a" I need to get the "a" to be a single, simple path. When I use pathfinder > minus ...
-1
votes
1answer
246 views

How to make this Twisted Strokes Effect

Does anybody recognise the below effect? I have tried to recreate this image in illustrator by putting a dark green circle with a dashed stroke on it and then apply Effect/Distort & ...
0
votes
1answer
569 views

How do I make an image grid with logos? Photoshop, Illustrator or Indesign

I'm looking for a way to make automated image grids to be filled with logos. Like this one: I work on a firm which every month makes an event and invites hundreds of companies to participate. There ...
-1
votes
2answers
5k views

Is it possible to edit placed PDF file in InDesign if it was exported to PDF from InDesign

So, I got this PDF magazine layout (page by page - not all pages in one document). When I place it in InDesign, I can't edit it. Can't change font or anything. I just have one object (text and ...
0
votes
2answers
200 views

Illustrator Align object with stroke

I am trying to align a few text objects that have stroke applied to them using align all to the left. However, fist of all the font and font size used add an empty space in front of the text. And ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Does a gaussian blur applied in illustrator stay vector?

Curious if this is appropriate for resizing, alpha transparency, etc.
0
votes
1answer
509 views

How to reference a sublayer by name in an Illustrator script?

How can one reference a sublayer in functions like setLayerVisibility, that accept layer names as arguments? I tried setLayerVisibility("MyLayerName.MySublayerName", true) , but that was ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Divide a path into equally parts

I'm looking a way or tool to divide a spline or path in equal parts, or, what is the same, equidistant points (anchors). This is a very common question, but i haven't found an answer. Also, is pretty ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

How to close areas of this image so I can fill them

I tried live paint and it won't close the areas. What needs to be done to make this art fillable?
0
votes
2answers
92 views

How to remove a portion of objects in Illustrator

This would take me a minute in Photoshop, but can't get it to work in Illustrator. How can I remove a portion of one object over another in order to create a "hole" or "counter" within the bottom ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

I'm working with 4 artboards in .ai, 4 diecut shapes on each board need to line up with the others

I am working on retail packaging. Picture something along the lines of a iphone screen protector package that opens like a book. A) Front of package has a diecut shaped window on the front. B) On ...
0
votes
0answers
12 views

Constrain certain dimensions while resizing groups of objects [duplicate]

I'm creating a mockup in Adobe Illustrator. I have a mockup of the Yosemite window (with the close, minimize, and fullscreen buttons) and some stuff in the main content area. The annoying this is that ...
1
vote
1answer
246 views

Smoothing calligraphy / script lines in Illustrator

After you finish your custom script and have scan it to your computer to illustrator, how do you smooth the lines when vectorizing your script as if you have done it by hand? And how do you control ...
0
votes
2answers
300 views

Is there similar tool in Illustrator that can perform this action?

Ok, so I have a project that I'm working on that needs these articles skewed in direction, hanging off the edge of an outline that is in red. I need to be able to cut the hanging part of the image off ...
1
vote
1answer
687 views

How to make the .eps file smaller

I'm working on the large sign 24" X 60" in Illustrator CC 2014. My problem is the size of the .eps file. I'm still new to Illustrator and learning new things with every project. I'm trying to achieve ...
2
votes
1answer
367 views

Designing a laser cut cube

I'm designing the net of a cube that can be laser cut such that it fits together seamlessly. I know this can be done, and I've seen a couple of examples on the net. I have made the net with a jig saw ...
1
vote
1answer
96 views

Adobe Illustrator PDF Works, but then uploading it changes colors

I searched through the site and I couldn't find an answer to this specific question, so here we go: I've designed a business card in Illustrator. The background is a darker red. I export it as a PDF ...
3
votes
1answer
172 views

How can I make “screens of black for grey” in Illustrator?

I need to prepare our company logo for printing on some envelopes. These are the instructions I was given: Everything as two spot colors - Reflex Blue and 100% Black with screens of black for the ...
0
votes
1answer
677 views

How should I trace/vectorize my logo?

First of all I would like to say that I'm new to AI and PS, therefore there's probably lots of things I'm not doing right. I am using CS5 version. I have a logo that is mainly black and white, but ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I contain the outer glow on the elements within my logo in Illustrator?

I'm working on a logo in Illustrator where the pieces have black outer glows to give depth to a paper-fold style logo theme. The shadows on the outside of the logo text are just a result of the ...
0
votes
1answer
398 views

Default print margins

I'm making up a A3 graphic for a client that will be getting printed. The only problem I have is what to use as the default printer clearance margins in the paper. I assume for the final work it ...
3
votes
1answer
258 views

How can I automatically group each shape with the text inside it for a huge collection of rectangles?

I have a .dwg (AutoCad file) map full of fields (rectangles) that I'm manipulating with Illustrator. Each rectangle has a text inside it that indicates its number. The problem is that there is no ...
1
vote
1answer
211 views

Illustrator - Add Second Anchor Point To Text

I'm using Illustrator CC. I'm creating a bar graph style graphic and need some of the bars to intersect with either the beginning, middle or end of the text label they reach to. In this example bar ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

How to align text exactly to grid?

I am having a very hard time trying to align my text (among other elements) to my grid. I want the text area to line up flush to my grid lines.
2
votes
2answers
196 views

Is there a way to assign “Align to Selection”, “Align to Artboard”, etc to a keys or to one key so I can toggle between them?

You can’t do it with keyboard shortcuts as it is not a menu item. I want to this as I have assigned the other align commands to my WACOM buttons: I made a complex keyboard shortcut for each of the ...
0
votes
0answers
75 views

Pasting strokes into InDesign moves positioning

I've created a graphic pattern made up of a number of intersections in illustrator using various strokes aligned to the centre of various circle. I'm creating it as a asset with the intention for it ...
0
votes
1answer
103 views

Removing several anchor points in a path quickly -using a box for example- (Illustrator CC)?

If I have an anchor points path of a deformed box, and I want to remove all the points except the base (the bottom line), is it possible to remove them quickly? maybe using a box selection, is it ...
4
votes
2answers
14k views

Illustrator Artboard dimensions for mobile ui design?

I want to create one document with multiple (3) artboards in Illustrator for mobile wireframing/ui design. One for iPhone, Android and iPad. Can I create artboards with different 'resolutions' within ...
0
votes
0answers
47 views

Illustrator: alignt according to points WITHIN object groups (not their uper/lower border or center)?

For example, I need to align graphs (i.e. groups of axis, data points, text labels etc.) vertically to their x or y axis, no matter how much space is consumed beyond (e.g. by yaxis labels, they may ...
2
votes
2answers
288 views

How to draw cement-wall-like transition background in Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to draw how shadow decays on plaster-like wall in Adobe Illustrator, like this Is it possible to do with Illustrator?
1
vote
0answers
27 views

Why does rotated (R) shapes, that I copy and duplicate (Cmd+D) around a circle, get disordered? [duplicate]

Hey, guys, i got this problem and it's really bothering me, when I make a shape, like a single rectangle and i want to rotate/duplicate it all 360º around a circle shape, the ones that are at the ...
0
votes
3answers
71 views

Making different sized prints

I'm redoing a logo for a local community/cultural group, as a Illustrator file so it can be scaled. I've never used Illustrator before, but am handy with Photoshop. I set up the project to fill a ...
0
votes
0answers
76 views

Path Segment Reshape

I recently watched a few designers and a video by Adobe on Path Segment Reshaping. After seeing this put to use I gasped at how much simpler it made vector drawing become, and knew I could use this ...
2
votes
2answers
551 views

How to list the fonts used in an adobe illustrator (AI) file, on linux?

I would like to list font names used inside an Adobe Illustrator (CS4 or CS5 I don't remember) file, on my Fedora linux desktop. Is it possible ? I tried to open it with Inkscape but I fail to see ...
-1
votes
1answer
437 views

How to create a RGB gradient?

I would like to know how to create a perfect RGB gradient in Illustrator like this: Edit: I tried to use the gradient tool, but how to place the colors correct?
2
votes
2answers
2k views

How to prepare (what all sizes and resolutions) mockups and UI graphics for an Android app in PS

I've seen similar questions asked here but they did not answer my question 100%. So please bear with me. Now I am starting an app design project for iOS and Android. I've been designing for iOS for ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I create a vector long shadow in Illustrator?

I got the following made within Illustrator, but I am trying to achieve the shadow effect which is on the picture to the right of the cellphone. So far I have used the pen tool to outline where i ...
0
votes
1answer
126 views

How to squeeze an outlined character?

I have a text I transformed into outlines and now I would like to squeeze some characters (an "O" and a "D" specifically), so that they become less rounded, more rectangular. If I try to resize them, ...
1
vote
1answer
109 views

How to crop the rectangle effect in the appearance panel

How can I crop a dynamic rectangle effect so that the outsides of the rectangle don't show outside a certain fill? please have a look of the appearance panel The desired effect: The reason not ...
2
votes
4answers
259 views

How can i draw shape with depth in illustrator?

How can i draw the 3d shape like i attached in image. wanted to make banner with just tiled slop. i tried in adobe illustrator but cant get the depth between the blocks. Please let me know how can i ...
2
votes
2answers
135 views

What is wireframe-esque design style called? Is it made solely with pen tool?

Wondering what this wireframe like designing style is called. I've seen it for years but never really felt the urge to ask. I also wish to know if it is made solely with the pen tool in ps/ai or if it ...
1
vote
1answer
16k views

Where is the Live Trace function in Adobe Illustrator CC?

I want to change the color of this MailChimp logo (png file) in Adobe Illustrator CC. I've looked in Adobe Forums and Youtube, all mentioned Live Trace, but I don't have that option in Object on the ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

How to auto fill dates while doing a calendar?

I want to make a useful calendar in AI. Thus far I have made 12 columns, which each stand for a month, and around 31 boxes in each with days and weekdays listed. There has to be a box because I want ...
3
votes
1answer
230 views

Illustrator CC 2014 - SVG coordinates keep shifting position

I'm using Illustrator CC 2014 to create a sprite sheet for use on the web. The artboard and icons are 16px wide. My problem is, the positions of the icons seem to shift, and I can't figure out why. ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

How can I create a spherical perspective grid in Photoshop or Illustrator

How can I create a spherical perspective grid (six point perspective) in Photoshop or Illustrator CS5 where the poles are shown on the top and the bottom (exactly like the image below). I have ...
1
vote
0answers
93 views

Glisten shine in illustrator [closed]

Thanks for suggesting as i am not pro in illustrator but still try to use flare tool & create this glisten effect.Am I doing it right??