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Common darkened inner glow effect on solid colour in Photoshop and Illustrator

This SHOULD be really simple, but I can't seem to achieve it effectively with Inner Glow. The effect is so commonly used; nearly every logo here features the effect of a subtle gradient effecting a ...
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Can I covert paths to brush strokes in Illustrator?

I want to create shapes using the shape tool, but then change the stroke to a line that looks hand drawn, or lay down a brush stroke that follows the same path -- by some method other than tracing ...
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Shape gets distorted when adding stroke in Illustrator CS6

I very recently started learning how to use Adobe Illustrator (CS6), and just now I noticed something strange. When I add a 1pt stroke to my shape, it gets slightly distorted. This distortion does not ...
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Illustrator glow effect not shown in pdf after saving

I am relatively new to Illustrator. I use version CS6 and I just discovered that when I apply an outer glow effect it is not visible in the PDF after saving apart from when you make the effect really ...
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Creating playing table background with greenish rays coming from the middle

Could anybody please advise steps in Adobe Illustrator for creating a greenish background with "rays" emitting from its middle? I.e. which tool to use for creating the rays? How to create the ...
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How do I create a polygon tessellation pattern in Adobe Illustrator?

I have no idea what they call this so I'm not having much success with searching. But lets start with an example with this site: Image from pixden.com Does anybody know how to create this and if it ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Variable font size along a path

all. So I have a curving path in Illustrator and I've put some text on it using the "Type on Path" tool. I want to make the font size of that text gradually increase towards the middle and then ...
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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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Adobe Illustrator error creating text constrained by shape (Area Type Tool)

I am newer than new to Illustrator, but am trying nontheless to design a logo for my friend. The most basic of operations is to create an ellipse, correct? I have created a circle with this tool, ...
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How to get a hand colored effect in Illustrator or Photoshop?

How do you create a hand colored effect, like in the image above, using either Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop? I'd like to know how they colored the arrows and how to add a rough gradient like the ...
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Rows of text with same width but different font sizes

Are there any simple way to align rows of text with different font sizes so that the text rows have the same width. I would like to do this in Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro.
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How can I do spiral circle

I need to do the following shape in illustrator, if can be done by illustrator. I think it can be done by spiral, circle and pathfinder tools but I'm not sure. Please I need the details of how to do ...
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Flash CS6 - how to replace a playing card index (i.e. how to type into same bounding box)?

I've purchased a stock set of playing cards in .ai format and have successfully imported it into a Flash CS6 file. However I have the problem, that the cards have english indices: J, Q, K, A - while ...
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Turning Multiple Vector Paths into a Solid Object/Image

I'm having troubles trying to figure out how to make a complete object/image with NO pen tool paths or anchors etc... I have a vector tree... theres lots of completed paths/shapes but still in path ...
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How can I convert to a custom shape in Adobe illustrator

In illustrator I can convert a selected shape to another shape by the Effect > Convert to Shape option. Now I need to convert to custom shapes, e.g. some shapes created myself. Is there any way to do ...
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Adobe Illustrator PDF displays incorrectly in Apple's Preview application

I tried to export my AI file from Illustrator (Save As..) as a PDF, but for some reason, the logo come out very badly. Editable PDF The exported file ends ups like this : http://d.pr/i/SySs ( I ...
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Illustrator to Tagged PDF file

Is there a way to save an Illustrator file to a Tagged PDF file. I need to make the PDF 508 compliant and it would be faster if the conversion added the tags.
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Removing the objects after doing clipping mask

I did the following effect I did it using a circle with the required effect and a triangle with required effect, then I did object > clipping mask > make. After I did the effect, I did create ...
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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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Create a pencil effect style in illustrator

I need to create a draw as you are drawing using a pencil and you fill it by using pencil. The effect should be like you are drawing using a pencil on fabriano paper or using ink, I need to fill the ...
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How do I move the color picker in a straight line?

Sometimes, when I'm trying to design something using a monochromatic color scheme, I want to make sure I get exact shades and tints of a specific color, but I don't know how I can do that because I ...
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Evenly spaced circle grid in Illustrator

On an 8" x 8" artboard, how do I evenly place 8 1" circles to make a circular grid? They should be overlapping by 1 pt.
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Illustrator Vector Graphics Appearing Pixellated

This has been puzzling me for a few days now, and I asked a graphic designer I knew before trying here and haven't been able to solve it yet. It's quite weird so please bear with me for a bit. I am ...
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is there a way to ad hyperlinks in a illustrator document?

I am creating a CV in illustrator and exporting it to a PDF. I just read an article which stated that it is a good idea that we use hyperlinks in the CV so that the employer can just click and not ...
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Easy way to make smooth connection in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Take a look on the image. I have a line with two segments (on the left). How to make smooth connection between them keeping one segment untouched (right side)? I know two methods but they are not so ...
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Is there a way to record an action that sets guides to a 3 or 5 grid for a variable doc size?

I'm looking to record an action that will set guides in a 3x3, 5x5, 3x5 and 5x3 grid on my canvas in equal partitions, but I want it to be able to work for any document size. I'm interested in doing ...
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How to create a 3D logo in Adobe Illustrator? [duplicate]

In this site I found one logo which might be made in Adobe Illustrator: It's a perfect 3D logo, how can this kind of logo be made with Illustrator?.
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In Illustrator, how can I use a blending layer (soft light) but limit it's opacity based on objects beneath (like a clipping mask)

I'm really more of a Photoshop person--so I know exactly how to do this technique in Photoshop but can't for the life of me figure it out in Illustrator! Here's what I'm trying to do. I have ...
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How to present logo concepts to a client using Indesign

I'm an amateur graphic designer, however I do know the importance of presentation in any product or service. I was wondering if there are any preset Indesign templates or rules of thumb on how to ...
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How to fill an area with open end points with a gradient?

I've been battling this question for a while now. It will sound very trivial I'm sure to an experienced Illustrator user but I've found it extremely hard finding any relevant info regarding it. All ...
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Text Style in InDesign and Adobe Illustrator?

There is something similar to Microsft Word Text Styles, in Adobe InDesign and Illustrator? For example I choose: "Style 1", for many paragraphs, and then I can change the font of all of them at ...
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Gradient Tool is blocked on Illustrator cs6 [closed]

My gradient tool on Illustrator cs6 is blocked. It won't let me change color, direction or anything related. The Gradient tool wont even let me click on the gradient, it shows the cursor with a ...
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Achieving same effect on a play button as show in this image

as you can see in image the rectangle has this boxy look, I was trying to get same look on my play button, but it always turned out wrong, can anyone please edit the image and give that play button ...
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Why does Illustrator make the colors darker with 3D effects?

I am trying to adjust colors after I apply a 3D effect (say extrude & bevel) in Adobe Illustrator (I tried in CS2 and CS5) but even if I make the object's color white it turns into fairly dark ...
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How can I apply the outlines and curves of a font to a logo?

I'm playing with a logo and I'd like to be able to use the font outlines to create the basic symbol. For example, I'm trying to create new leaf utilizing a slab serif font. What is the best way to ...
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Illustrator vector aliasing

How can I make my vector graphics anti-aliased in illustrator? My paths always turn out jagged. Is there an option like in Adobe Fireworks to smoothen[remove the jaged edges] my paths?
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Smart guides “construction guides” feature intermittent in Illustrator CS5

My sad story In the much maligned post-CS3 smart guides, there are some known problems. This Adobe forums thread is a good example. That was all very helpful but my problem is a little different. I ...
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Illustrator - Print copies with sequential numbers

I have an Illustrator document, which has a text field with a number. How do I print X copies of it, so each copy has a different sequential number on it, say from 0000 to X ?
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How to smooth it out/add curves less jagged edges and illustrator

I am working on a trademark that utilizes a leaf. I translated the leaf into a vector shape but need to remove all of the jagged edges and make it smooth. Any suggestions?
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Gradient white lines in .eps file

I designed a vector in Adobe Illustrator CS6, but when saved as an .eps file, white vertical lines appear in my gradient. What is happening? I've tried rasterizing the vector at 300 PPI with ...
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Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks disable floating and lock all panels and other preferences

For the last few years I've been lazy and suffering through a poorly managed workspace in all these programs. It all started when I upgraded to the Mac versions instead of the Windows versions I had ...
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How can I apply a color to many paths at the same time in Adobe Illustrator, after importing them from Photoshop?

The zipped PSD file that automatically downloads when you click this link (350 Perfect Icons -- brankic1979) consists of a high number of beautiful icon elements that were originally masked in ...
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Why doesn't the Illustrator keyboard shortcut ctrl+3 work?

I seem to be unable to use the keyboard shortcut ctrl+3 to hide a selection inside of Adobe Illustrator. Ctrl+2 for lock seems to work fine, but ctrl+3 doesn't do anything for me. Selecting 'Object' > ...
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Is it not possible to skew things in illustrator as in photoshop

When transforming in photoshop if you alt+shift then drag a corner you can skew both corners. The other corners being at side that is opposite in terms of horizontal and vertical depending on 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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How to shrink down paths in Illustrator (cs6) whilst maintaining equivalent strokes?

I have a selection of paths in illustrator (cs6). I want to select all the paths and free transform them to something like a 3rd of the size. The problem is when I shrink them down, the stroke on the ...
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Open type sans serif fonts with true small caps

I am designing the front cover page for my book in Adobe Illustrator. I would like to have a nice sans serif font for my main title. I chose Lucida Sans (font style = Demibold Roman). However, I have ...
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Why hasn't Adobe built a font feature into illustrator yet? [closed]

It seems that Illustrator is the flavor of choice when designing typefaces. Users seem to have a strong grasp on Illustrator and prefer the design tools in the software over others. Typography is a ...
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Keyboard shortcut for Image Size in Save For Web & Devices Panel

In Adobe Illustrator, after I do Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S to open the Save For Web & Devices window, is there a keyboard shortcut or other way to select the Image Size tab in that window and input size ...
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How to create 3D extruded text?

I am pretty sure I'm not using the right terminology, but I'm trying to create the same effect in this image: Is there any way to do this in Illustrator? What is the proper terminology for that ...