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How preserve color of single-pixel lines when saving for web from Illustrator

I created this button state image in Illustrator. When I choose Save for Web it looks like this in the preview: How, on saving for web, can I make the black single-pixel line maintain its black ...
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How create crisp pixel border in Illustrator

How do I create this look in Illustrator: black single-pixel outer border, brighter inner single-pixel border? Example: I've tried adding a black one-pixel path to white border in Illustrator but ...
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Protect text in symbols from overriding by graphic styles in illustrator cs5

Setting graphic styles for symbols affect all elements in that symbol, including text. I need it to stay as it is. Is there a way to protect some elements (text, in my case) from being altered by ...
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Looking For a Google AdWords Template for Adobe Illustrator CS5

Does anyone know where I can get an Adobe Illustrator CS5 template for Google AdWords? There is one on the web through Adobe but it's the old sizes (which are off by just a couple pixels) and it's ...
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New generation of Add New icon that has no “+” (Plus) sign [closed]

could anyone suggest me a new way to represent the icon "Add New" without using any form of plus symbol. For example, say Add New Quiz. How could I represent this as an icon without using any form of ...
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Illustrator CS5 blend tool problems

I'm trying to create a 'chain' like pattern that arcs round using the blend tool in Illustrator cs5. This is what I get (the straight chain is the one I would like to replicate). The blend tool ...
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Tools for making infographics

What are the best tools for producing infographics - attractive displays that combine graphs, diagrams and text to convey a lot of information succinctly. I'm interested in both web-viewable content ...
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How do I delete the center of the letter A in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

I need the center of the letter A in Illustrator to be transparent so you can see the background underneath. Same with letter D, B, O, P, R. I imported a vector version of a word, and I am able to ...
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Create a color shifting (chromatic aberration) effect using Illustrator

I've got three copies of a vector in pure Cyan Magenta and Yellow colors. I wish to overlap them so that they merge to give a chromatic aberration effect letting a blackish color where they merge.
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How could I create an outlined bezier object from another object?

I am finding this question particular hard to word, so please bear with me. I have a particular vector object that is irregularly shaped (in this case, it is an "r" that I traced with the pen tool), ...
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Is there way to convert a PSD or Illustrator file to PowerPoint?

I got a bunch of PSD and Illustrator files and my boss wants that ability to edit the information in the files without having to ask me to do it. This would be more like editing just the text, there ...
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Time requirement for Photoshop Vs Illustrator for mobile app

First of all I am not a designer but a developer, please bear with me if this an amateurish question. I am looking to get some graphics done for a mobile app. I want to get vector graphics done so ...
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Best way to send layouts with editable text to writers/editors who don't have design software

Here's a common design workflow problem, probably most relevant to in-house designers, but also to agencies who have a lot of non-design writing or research staff, or freelancers who work with ...
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Mac illustrator shortcuts

Hi i just swapped from a pc to a mac and feel a bit lost cause I cant find many of the shortcuts i was getting used to. -I can't scale an object uniform just by clicking on its bounding box and ...
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Perspective/non-linear blends with a common centre

In illustrator, if you want to take a blend between two objects with a specified number of steps and give it a perspective-like effect - changing the curve of the blend from linear to non-linear so ...
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How do I export multiple objects to raster images from Illustrator cs5?

I need to export multiple objects from Illustrator to individual .png files. The objects are different in size. I know this is easily done from Inkscape, but Illustrator seems to produce nicer ...
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How can I get a vector outline of the inside of a complex shape?

I have a shape thus: In Illustrator, this design is composed of a load of paths with a heavy stroke applied, and no fill. How can I obtain the path describing the white area? Note: I drew this in ...
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Erasing part of a shape with a stroke in Illustrator

I have an oval shape with a stroke and no fill. I'm trying to erase part of the shape as have something lying on top of the shape and i don't want them touching. I have tried using the eraser tool but ...
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Adobe illustrator: symmetrical editing of card indices (A, K, Q, J, etc.)

I have a set of playing cards in FXG format serving as asset for a Flex card game. However the indices of the cards are in English language: A, K, Q, J and my game is in a different language. My ...
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Adobe illustrator: basic editing questions (break apart)

I have some experience with Flash/Gimp/Photoshop, but now I have to edit an FXG file (an asset for a Flex app) in Adobe Illustrator and can't do even the two basic things, shown in the screenshot ...
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Need To Do a Contour Design in Illustrator

I need to find a tutorial (or just be pointed in the right direction) into learning how to make a design in Illustrator that is contoured. I'm basically trying to make a design for a cup. Here's the ...
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Stop illustrator from rendering non-visible elements?

I have a lot of symbols that use gradients which end up slowing down performance. Is there any way to disable illustrator from rendering items when they are turned off? It seems that even when I make ...
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Live trace an semi-transparent image?

Is there any way to convert a semi transparent object to a vector using live trace or any other feature in Illustrator? (For instance, a simple cloud)
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looking for a white cotton paper texture

I am having trouble finding a nice white cotton paper texture. It is very common in printwork. This will be for commercial work. Also, how would I go about creating the texture myself? i.e, buy cotton ...
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How to change font size without changing the position of the text?

I have to change the size of multiple text labels in a plot, but I want to keep the labels in exactly the same position. The vertical center of each label is now aligned with a tick in the plot. If ...
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Increase image resolution without increasing the image dimension on export

I'm trying to increase the PPI of my logo using Adobe Illustrator, but when I export it the image dimensions that should be 131x31 increase to 268×64. How can I fix it?
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“Fake” 3d effect in Photoshop/Illustrator with raster images

I need to create a "fake" 3D effect for some raster image, like this one below: do you know how I can achieve this in Photoshop (CS5) or Illustrator? Thanks.
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What does it mean to be an illustrator?

I have noticed people here frequently talking about "Illustrator(s)" and illustration. I have no idea what 'illustrator' means in this sense! What is an illustrator? How is an illustrator different ...
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How to get rid of the leading (not sure if that's what it's called) in point text in Illustrator Cs5

In the image below, I have two texts. Both are point text as opposed to area text. The top text has a horizontal line nearly at the bottom. I think it's called leading in font theroy but I am not ...
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How to manipulate only one stroke/side of a shape/object in Illustrator CS5

How would I manipulate only a single stroke of a rectangle while leaving the strokes unchanged? For example, if I have a line and use effects > Distort & Transform > ZigZag, the line ...
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Rotating Object causes the size to change in Illustrator CS5

I create a rectangle of size 200px X 200px. Select it, double click the rotate tool and rotate it at 45 degrees. This causes the rectangle to chage size and become 282.842px X 282.842px. How can I ...
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Make Angled Guides in Illustrator CS5

In Adobe Illustartor CS5, you can select/click, hold the mouse, and drag the Vertical ruler to make a vertical Guide (Cyan Color by default). The same can be done with the Horizontal ruler to make a ...
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How to convert Pixels to cm's while resizing and retaining aspect ratio of a fixed value in Illustartor CS5

My objective is to create a shape which is exactly 5cm in width and 4cm in height. I start off with a Artboard which is 1000px wide by 1000px in height. I do my drawings in such a way that there is a ...
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How can I change the center point of a irregular shapes/objects in Illustrator CS5?

Let's say I have a square, rectangle, or circle. By default, the center point of will be positioned exactly in the middle. It is so because the binding box is same as the shape. It can be viewed by ...
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Fill complex technical drawing with a gradient

I have some complex technical drawings that are in Illustrator CS5 that I got from a pdf. I need to be able to fill each with a gradient to look as if there is a light source. When I select and make ...
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How to Cut One Shape at the Stroke of Another in Illustrator CS5

This would be quite simple but I can't see to do it. I have a shape/object (shape 1) and another shape object (shape 2). Shape one has fill and a stroke (1px black). Shape 2 has a fill but no ...
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How to create a geometric pattern stroke in Illustrator (with some constraints)?

I want to make the stroke to the left (the green part counts): All I can come up with is a pattern stroke to the right, but as you can see it is just not right. Every second corner will not align ...
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How do I remove odd entries from Illustrator Font menu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I manage the fonts that appear on Illustrator's Type drop down My image menu in illustrator is messed up. There are double spaces some places, and fonts in <> ...
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In Illustrator CS5, why are my colors dull when I export to png?

I'm having an issue with Illustrator CS5 that I've seen mentioned in many, many forums, but I haven't found an answer that has fixed my problem. When I use Save for Web & Devices... to create a ...
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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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Pattern File Does Not Function Properly in Adobe Illustrator CS5

So I learned Adobe Illustrator CS5 (Say 10%). I have these two files which I downloaded from the net. They are patterns files for animals skins. The first file is named "Animals_skins.ai" and is ...
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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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Layer Comps in Illustrator?

Is there a way to handle views in Illustrator like "Layer Comps" in Photoshop? For me it's important that I can export all those views e.g. as jpg/png/pdf (like Photoshop script "Layer Comps to ...
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How to sample actual color of an area in illustrator?

When I place a few objects one over another, each with different colors and transparencies, so that they all overlap somewhere, how would I measure the color on this overlapping area? Similar to the ...
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Opening Adobe illustrator CS5 file in CorelDRAW X5

I was totally new to graphic design and the best I could do was resize images in MS Paint or use Word 2010. Than I discovered Adobe Illustartor as I needed to make a logo and Letter Head. After ...
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Changing Color of Path Guides in Illustrator

Not sure if "path" is the right term here... I'm trying to change the color of the outline in Illustrator when using the pen tool. My border is set to black and the background of the artboard is white ...
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Save for Web & Devices in Illustrator CS5 Causes Artifacts on Large Files

I am saving with these settings: And ending up with weird transparent line artifacts: The ai file does not have this, and the path has nothing near the place where the lines are showing: From ...
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Illustrator gradient banding but on the Display? [closed]

So I was working and everything was ok until a PC crashed which made me re-install windows and adobe products. Until then my gradients were perfect, but now as I try to make one they are full of huge ...
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How to resize an EPS file in Illustrator to fit a pixel size?

I'm very new to Illustrator. Having used Photoshop all my life, vector art is something very new to me. I have this company logo in EPS format. I want to use AI to resize the image to a certain pixel ...
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How to combine multiple png icons into one transparent iconset

What software can I use to combine multiple transparent png and icon files into one transparent iconset? Example: