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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 ...
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Simplify illustrator object to just its visible parts

I have a complex illustrator object, with many of overlapping sections hidden behind one another. I want to simplify it down to just its visible parts. How do I do this? Why: I need to pass that to a ...
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Illustrator CS4: Default opacity of new objects

I'm working on a document in which I need each new object to be the same opacity as the last created. It seems that the only thing that carries over to the next new object is the stroke and fill of ...
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Convert Primitive to Path using SVG format in Illustrator

I've got a simple drawing in Illustrator consisting of multiple rectangles. I will need to handle that in code later one and saved the document as SVG. The rectangles come out as <rect /> nodes ...
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Creating flexible text boxes in Illustrator

I'm going to be making images that include hundreds of lines of text of varying lengths, each of which will have the same "background", with the exception of the length of the background, which will ...
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Exporting iconsets to XAML

I am currently working on a GUI and iconset in Illustrator which will be exported (using a plug-in) to XAML. While GUI elements can be exported by placing them in a new file, this becomes a lot of ...
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Strange grey bordering/outline in Illustrator

I made a couple of vector shapes in AI and I get this strange thin border appearing around them. I can't get rid of it. Any suggestions? Zoomed in:
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Better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace?

Are there any better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace? I don't have one of them Wacom boards so I can't really do this by hand.
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How do I uniformly scale an elliptical shape with straight sides?

I am interested in taking the gray shapes and creating a uniform border around it; an outline with a white interior. I want to do this by scaling the original shapes and intersecting them ...
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Change viewbox attribute in svg exported by illustrator

I have a SVG file with viewBox="-155.7 -99 510 510". I believe this offset the paths in Mac OS X preview by -155.7 -99. when I open the SVG in Illustrator, the paths are not offset at all. how do I ...
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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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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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color tint a complex drawing in illustrator?

I have a board ful of logos for a creds presentation which has a load of vector logos which are complex shapes. I want to turn then completely monochromatic to a particular shade of dark sepia/grey ...
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Add an outline around type in Illustrator and then delete it from the letterform?

I have a font that I want to be marginally thinner. I've typed out the word and then added a white outline around it. What I want to do is delete the outline, whilst maintaining the thinner font. How ...
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Can I stroke a line with a pattern in illustrator?

I have a diagram with many colour-coded lines and a key to which colour means what: red line = electricity cable; blue line = gas pipe etc. This is inaccessible for colour-blind people. I would ...
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In illustrator, when editing the dimensions of a linked file. How do you reset the bounding box

In Illustrator, I have a file that I have placed however I've modified the dimensions of the file and using the 'links' panel I've set the size to the file dimensions. However the bounding box of the ...
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Illustrator CS6 Data Variables XML Parser Error

So I have to generate flyers for 10 different laptops (and more in the future). I decided to set up variables. I've created an XML Map for MS-Excel which allows me to save the 'XML Data' type file. I ...
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How to Create Pixel Based Text Logo?

I want to write 'SBS' in Pixel Art Style SBS is a Software House, so that's why I want to make something that is related to computers or technology etc. like this or like this I want to see ...
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How do I rotate and duplicate a line in Illustrator

I am trying to recreate the line swirl in our compliment slip in Adobe Illustrator? I have been struggling for hours with transforming straight lines, creating waves, rotating, etc. but still can't ...
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How to space objects logarithmically / exponentially in Illustrator?

I'm working on a chart that has to be on a base-10 log scale (meaning, the divisions are at 1, 10, 100, 1000 instead of 10, 20, 30, 40), and I'm trying to make it more intuitive and obvious to people ...
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Illustrator: How do I copy a gradient (including direction) from one object to another?

I know I can copy a gradient (minus direction) from one object to another, but how do I preserve the direction of the gradient? (I'm using Illustrator CS6)
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Can an Illustrator file be saved as a PDF with layers without retaining the editability of the artwork?

I would like to convert an Illustrator document to a PDF and make it available to graphic designers doing publicity. It would be convenient if the designers could turn off the different layers but I ...
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Velvet effect for background in Adobe Illustrator

Does anybody know/have ideas how to make velvet effect background in Adobe Illustrator 5.x? An example I'm talking about:
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Group paths into fillable objects/Join open paths in Illustrator?

I'm trying to follow this tutorial but they skipped a few steps... The two side dots below are each individual arches made using the pen tool, they are not connected to the mushroom cap. All I want ...
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What do the concentric rectangles in Illustrator's layer visibility interface mean?

I have created an image with multiple layers, paint groups, layer groups etc. The image saves okay as .ai or even export to .png. However when i use the save for web feature my topmost layer group is ...
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How do I add a raster texture file to Illustrator's 3D Extrude & Bevel?

How do I get an image to extrude and bevel using illustrator CS6. The shape that's having the issues has effect>texture>texturizer and then I uploaded a psd file. When I then select ...
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Illustrator CS5 crashes when I open fonts menu

Does anyone know of a way to fix this? Googling reveals only solutions for older versions.
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Grid-based design in Illustrator — need help setting up a grid!

I'm trying to explore grid-based layout design in Illustrator to help me create mockups for prototypes. I was wondering if anybody here could help me set up a grid based layout easily in Illustrator ...
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lines capped by lines in Adobe Illustrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to create my own arrow effects in illustrator CS 2 Is there an easy way of creating thin perpendicular lines capping the end of a line segment in Adobe Illustrator ...
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Creating graphics for Android/iOS/Mobile Devices

I've created icons many times now with tons of great information I've learned here at GraphicDesign StackkExchange. Now, I'm finally putting together my first real application that will go public on ...
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Creating a path from text

I am trying to create the same infinity symbol like in this video. ...
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Can I change the pressure amount of a brush line –drawn by mouse pen- after I drew it?

I am using Illustrator for doing some calligraphy, and I am not really experienced with this program. I am using a mouse pen with pressure to draw/write calligraphy. My question is: Can I change the ...
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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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Flash: Creating a single walking pattern for multiple characters

I have a big project to do right now. And my final delay is... now. It's a ~35-second animation I have to do in Adobe Flash Professional CS6. Anyone having ever animated on this software knows that ...
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What is “perspective” in the 3D Extrude and Bevel Options?

I was watching a tutorial on the 3D Extrude & Bevel Options and I did not understand how Perspective work. I know it's viewing something at an angle, but I don't see from where it references it ...
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How do I create a two toned color or watercolor look in illustrator or photoshop?

I am trying to create the two toned watercolor texture effect like the image found below. I have tried unsuccessfully to create it using Photoshop and Illustrator. Results I come up with don't ...
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Create an “pressed in” look

I'm trying to recreate a fairly common look, but I really like how it is executed on getpebble.com The getpebble.com icons are on the left, and my disaster of an attempt is on the right. As much as I ...
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Adobe Illustrator - create new document at launch

Is it possible to change Adobe Illustrator settings to create an empty new document each time it is launched?