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Create a PDF in illustrator with links to pages

Is it possible to create a multi-page PDF using Adobe Illustrator with various elements on a page linked to other pages in same PDF? The purpose is, we want to output semi-interactive prototypes with ...
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How to find rasterised elements in a vector converted from Illustrator16 to EPS 10

In a way to meet the Shutterstock guidelines I need to convert my Illustrator ai vector files to EPS 10 format. This conversion can create rasterised elements in an EPS10 files. Shutterstock does not ...
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Ronchi Rules or graduated and varied strokes in illustrator or Inkscape

I am searching for an easy way to create (in vector) something like this: essentially I would like to create lines starting for example: black 5pt, white 5pt, black 4pt, white 4pt, etc... all the ...
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Crossed guides in Illustrator CS6

On the "what's new in Illustrator" there are some new features, but on my MacBook Pro the features 1 and 2 do not work. Could some one check them for me - do you have them working? Is there any way to ...
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How to make a triangular selection in illustrator?

I want to select the circles in the image that are in the bottom left corner. Imagine I have 100 circles, so doing it manually is impractical. Is there a way to select objects using something else ...
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How to set only black to overprint on embedded image on Adobe Illustrator

I have an embedded image on an AI file. The image was originally a Photoshop file. I linked it, embedded it, turned it into grey-scale, I set its colour to 100% K (black). The black and white ...
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how to combine a line and a path in illustrator

I have a path with a black fill that has two curves that meet at a point. I also have a vertical line that connects the beaks of both curves. How can I combine them so the right white triangle ...
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Smart Object Illustrator-Photoshop doesn't work

I am importing a DWG into Adobe Illustrator, saving it there as a .AI, copying by Ctrl + C to Photoshop, inserting it by selecting Smart Object in the Box that appears but... instead of giving me a ...
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How can I create a ragged edge on a box with an image mask in Illustrator?

I apologize if the title of the question isn't terribly clear, I'm struggling with finding terminology that is adequate. Essentially, what I am trying to do is create a rectangle that looks like a ...
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How to delete a Rectangular Grid without deleting the color in Illustrator

I am new to the use of the Rectangular Grid Tool and I created an 8-bit style background using it and the LivePaint Bucket. I'm afraid that some how, some of the lines of the grid were colored and are ...
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Converting an Illustrator Letter Head Design to Word

so I created this letter head for a client of mine in Illustrator and it's looking good and everyone is happy with it. This now needs to get converted into a word document so that when they open the ...
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How to convert clipping mask to individual paths?

I'm a programmer, not a designer. I'm handy with a graphics program as long as it doesn't require artistic abilities. However, I'm not sure about the correct terminology. I'm working with Adobe ...
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How can I easily add color to unclosed shapes?

I've got a line art drawing of a dragon that I'm trying to color. I don't necessarily care if I use Illustrator, Photoshop, or Sketchbook Pro; I'm just trying to figure out the best way to color the ...
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How can I convert a jpg-signature into strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature into a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small svg, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no ...
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How to create this realistic glossy preview of a business card?

I am trying to create the effect posted in this image. How can this can be created?
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Text on Path Illustrator

I wanted to put the text inside the triangle path. I tried but the text is not guite readable. I want something like on picture I provided.
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Preparing this type of icon in illustrator

I recently came to know that photoshop doesn't give much clarity on resizing as it saves on rectangle pixels and even my work was wasted due to that even, because whatever images I prepared, they look ...
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How to hide pasteboard in Illustrator CS5?

Is there a way to hide the pasteboard in Illustrator CS5 so I only see whats in the Artboard area?
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Is it possible to control layer order in an Illustrator stroke?

Let's say I've made a custom brush in Illustrator (this example is stripped down, but it's enough to get the point across): The stroke starts at the bottom and loops around. There are two ...
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How do you generate the shapes at the bottom of the image? Is is done with a filter or manually?

I'm sorry if this is a noob question. I use photoshop a lot, but not illustrator. Do you draw these manually? or is there a filter for this? Do you use a separate software like 3d studio max or ...
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Exporting multi layered Illustrator to Photoshop

Is there a way to export large multi-layered Illustrator file to Photoshop? When I export with preserve layers and text edit-ability, the complex layers are flattened. I've reorganized my layers to ...
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How to join two overlapping non-end points that belong to two paths?

Steps to Recreate: Create a Rectangle without a fill but with a stroke (Empty rectangle) Select "Smart Guides" & "Snap To Point" from the View Menu. Select the "Line Segment" tool from the ...
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Keep Illustrator CS5 tool options window open?

In Illustrator, CS5 is there any way to keep the tool options window open or viewable when using the blob brush/eraser tools? It's a pain in the butt when you havg to change the direction or shape of ...
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When should I use SVG or SVGZ for my web graphics?

From my understanding, The SVGZ is a compressed file type of an SVG. I love using SVG images and have had a lot of experience with them. All of the times I used them I have never had a graphic that ...
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Shape does not fill entirely in Illustrator CS6

As you can see in the picture above. I can't fully fill the hair with color, why is that?
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Exporting to PDF in Illustrator: Reduce file size in document with multiple occurrences of the same raster graphic

I have a multi-page PDF created with 7 Artboards in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The problem is the PDF file created is too large (40MB). The pages (artboards) have the same exact high-res raster graphic ...
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Why can't I use live paint with the paint brush?

I'm new to Illustrator and I'm clearly doing something not quite right. In Microsoft Paint I'm used to using my prodigious skill to produce color swirls like this: Which are made by scrawling ...
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Problems shrinking text in Illustrator CS6

I'm trying to have a crack at designing a simple business card using a logo which was created for me. I've run into a problem.. I had a logo made which looks pretty standard. Not sure what font is ...
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How to use all colors in Illustrator? Remove out of gamut checking

I just can't make pure blue (R=0,G=0,B=255) circle. It says "out of gamut warning". If I press "fix" or something, it makes color black but not blue. I don't need this "service". How to bother out ...
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How to paste from Illustrator to Photoshop without losing aspect ratio?

I have vector artwork that is not aligned to a pixel grid in Illustrator. In CS5, I would be able to paste the vector object as a smart object into Photoshop file that was larger than the illustrator ...
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Resizing Live Paint Pixel Art [duplicate]

I tried doing some pixel art, used the Rectangular Grid Tool, used Live Paint to create the art and then I expanded it from Object>Live Paint>Expand. I'm using 2 colors, black and red. My problem is ...
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Pasting a raster image into Illustrator, control default PPI

I'm using Illustrator to create a presentation and I use images of part of my screen. I basically take a screenshot (actually I use Snagit to only copy a part of my screen, but I don't think that is ...
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Adobe Illustrator Transparent Mask

I'm not much of a graphic artist, but I try to learn how to do new things. I learned how to use the Extrude & Bevel to create a 3D effect. I like the result. But I'm using the resulting graphic ...
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Converting a lot of Illustrator files to PNG with transparent background

I have about 280 Illustrator .ai files that I need to convert into .png files with a finished size of 500px x 500px. All of them aren't squared, so those that are, for example rectangular, need to be ...
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This fabric-like twist effect can be done only in illustrator?

Hello guys i am learning illustrator, my question is this type of image ...
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How to draw a wiggly line in Illustrator

I am searching for a way to draw a Geometric Brownian Motion (GBM) on Illustrator. Essentially, a GBM looks like a random wiggly line: Thanks for your inputs!
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Simple Scaling/Distorting Question

I'm working on a small project to add the note names to one of my guitar fretboards. Right now I've got all the note names laid out in a simple grid but I can't for the life of me figure out how to ...
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How to use Macbook Air's trackback to click Illustrator icons under the top icon?

I want to get the icons behind the top icon, how can I get them visible? I am using Macbook Air without a mouse.
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Illustrator: All artwork has jagged edges after changing settings

I rasterized a logo (plus made other changes I can't quite remember), a few days ago and ever since then my logo is jagged and distorted. Even though I didn't save whatever effect I applied, all my ...
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Pattern brush scale menu greyed out

So I'm pretty noobish when it comes to Illustrator, but I can't tell what I'm doing wrong here. I've got this pattern brush on a path, and the path has some Width Points set on it, but I can't select ...
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Illustrator: how to colour segments of a circle with different colours?

My goal is to learn this kind of graphs that represent articulation points / biconnected components and now I am trying to learn it but every time I try to colour a half circle it colours the ...
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Illustrator: Keeping the same scale when updating placed files

I have some placed files in an Illustrator document, linked to the originals. When the originals are changed, Illustrator updates the placed versions. However, it keeps them at the same physical ...
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how can I color space between lines?

I want to draw some square tiles on wall in illustrator , so i must create grid on wall , Is creating grid by line segment tool correct? how to color squares created between lines? here is a picture ...
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Illustrator: View -> Actual Size smaller than life size

I'm using Illustrator CS6 on OS X. When choosing View -> Actual Size, the displayed elements are smaller on the screen than their actual size, say in centimetres. How can I "calibrate" Illustrator ...
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Final size in Illustrator CS4 masked images

How do I find out the exact size of a graphic or image after it has a clipping mask applied in Illustrator? When you just select the image or do Ctrl+A it shows the entire image size(including the ...
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Why does Illustrator CS6 “Save for Microsoft Office” use PNG format?

I recently made some graphs in Illustrator CS6 to insert into a MS Word document. I created my original images using the Print profile with PPI set to 300. I used the "Save for Microsoft Office" ...
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'Add alpha to selection' for text contour border in Gimp, equivalent in Adobe Illustrator?

I made my old site logo in Gimp, it's basically white text surrounded by a black boundary that follows the contour of the text. I can describe this viscerally but there is probably a descriptive name ...
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Placing Keynote 6.0 elements into Illustrator CS5

I upgraded to OS 10.9 and Keynote 6.0. In the previous version of Keynote, I was able to easily paste charts into Illustrator CS5 as vector objects, of which the elements could be independently ...
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Can one create a Photoshop or Illustrator script that can see what functions & commands a user is executing? [closed]

I would like to make a Photoshop and Illustrator plugin that can tell what commands and functions a user is executing and then store that information in a database or file. Is this possible in the ...
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Every shape I create in Illustrator CC is going at the back of the layer

I have been working for a while with Illustrator CC, and suddenly this strange behavior. Every time I create a new shape, Illustrator locates it at the back of the layer instead of the top. This is ...