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“A symbol definition cannot contain a linked image”

Trying to create a symbol in Illustrator CS6, a pop-up says A symbol definition cannot contain a linked image. I have two questions: Why? I mean, what's the motivation for not allowing this? (I'm a ...
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Rotate and blend along a curved path

I am trying to create this effect http://qldsignfactory.com.au/sites/qldsignfactory.com.au/files/photos/bunting.jpg I've tried using this method here but I can't get the triangle to point ...
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Exporting a 3d extruded shape to SVG from Illustrator produces horrible plane joins

Here is a simple cylinder, created from an oval using the 3d extrude tool in Illustrator, and exported as a PNG: Now here is the same cylinder "saved as" SVG in Illustrator (I have displayed it in ...
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How to change artboard size in AI CS6?

Sorry can't find this simple feature. I was asked for document size at creation time but don't know how to change this later.
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How can I turn my old tablet PC into a Cintiq-like pen tablet?

I've been searching on internet but with no success... I have a old Fujitsu ST5020D Wacom Penabled tablet pc. As you know, a 1ghz Celeron + 256MB RAM wouldn't fill my needs as working on Adobe Master ...
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Multiple non-inheriting transforms effects?

I'm designing a template for product packaging. While designing, I'd like to have the layout as it would be printed out flat, but I'd also like to have different 'views' (front, back, bottom, etc) so ...
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Illustrator: All objects in same layer (or in sublayers)

I need sometimes re-edit Illustrator files made by somebody else and i have noticed that all objects are in same layer and it's sublayers. Elements might be also combined with each others (texts are ...
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Illustrator opens PDFs rotated 90 degrees. Why, and how do I deal with it?

As I open a PDF file in Illustrator CS6, it displays it rotated 90 degrees CW. If I rotate the artboard and content back to normal for editing and save it, Acrobat Reader displays the file rotated 90 ...
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How to make Objects follow a path (illustrator) (like on the las vegas sign)

Does anyone know how to get objects to follow a path in illustrator symmetrically? For example (and what I am trying to emulate), the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign. I figured out the basics of the ...
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Use an artboard as a template, exporting multiple versions with an image swap?

I have an artboard with a card design and I have an image that have to change one hundred times inside that. It´s an image that changes the meaning of the card, but it will always have the same width ...
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How to draw independent line with pencil in Illustrator?

I drew 2 circles with circle tool, one inside another. Then I switched to pencil tool and drew a line for future callout. But the line damaged previous circleto for continuous path. How to turn ...
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Creating Patterns in Illustrator CS5

I'm trying to follow this tutorial to create an iPhone from scratch in Illustrator. I'm onto step 18 and cannot seem to create the pattern needed. My problem is this, after creating the layout of ...
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Jagged lines on my icons

I'm creating an app and I am trying to create some icons for it. I made the icon in AI, changed the color of the icon in Fireworks, and then resized the icon to the exact size I needed in Photoshop. ...
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How to construct logos/letterforms with circles?

I've always wondered how to create these kind of logos - based on circles and a grid: How do I connect the circles in the 'U' here and clean up the paths afterwards? The connection could be done ...
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Printing an 8ft X 4ft design

So I have a friend who wants a vector image done for a wall print in their karate studio. But they want the image 8 ft high and 5ft long. Do you actually make a file that big then draw the design then ...
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What program should I use for animated vector style graphics for an iOS game

I'm starting to design a game for iOS and I want to use a style similar to the image below: The game will have a few animations for the player, what program can I use to do that? I couldn't find a ...
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Object > Expand on font seems to change the weight of the font

I am creating a logo for a client, I have two simple lines of text in Ai. I have duplicated the logo and moved the copy below the original so I can compare the 2. It seems that when I do Object > ...
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Illustrator moves anything I select [closed]

Whenever I select an object by clicking on it in Illustrator CS6, the second I move my mouse it moves the object. Is there a way around this? I just need to select an object and then change it's color ...
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Key out white of embedded image in Illustrator

I have an Illustrator document with a number of images embedded. The images are all illustrations on a white background. I need to remove the white so that the art behind shows through. I know there ...
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Select/distort a single anchor point of a group in Illustrator

With a normal shape, I can select one corner using the direct selection tool and drag to distort: to I want to apply the same type of single-point dragging distortion to the bounding box of a ...
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How do I keep file sizes down when editing PDFs?

I have a set of white label PDF forms that I need to brand for our company. The initial document is 6 pages, 316KB, and already has a full set of fillable fields. In a perfect world, I just open up ...
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Illustrator: How to add 3 or 4 part gradient to this logo?

Illustrator: How to add 3 or 4 part gradient to this logo? I don't want it to a smooth gradient but a block-like looking gradient. Example 'block-like looking gradient':
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Illustrator: How to merge to circles and rectangle in illustrator from this sketch to make a blob?

How to merge to circles and rectangle in illustrator from this sketch to make a blob? Now I'm trying to get this logo (using these shapes). Should I use the Metaball tool to create the one shape ...
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logo with color gradient how to do this?

I would like to do the below color gradiant: Does anyone know how to approach this? I have searched but don't know the right way to name this effect. I'd prefer making this effect in Adobe ...
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Can I rotate an object clockwise or counterclockwise around its center handle using shortcut keyboard keys in Illustrator CS5?

I am reproducing a poster from an image that I've placed in the background. There are a lot of rotated objects, graphics, text all of which I would like to line up with the original image. I've been ...
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Illustrator background color

I must have pressed some keyboard combination and now the document background between artboards is no more dark gray (as usual) but fully transparent. How to restore this? I'm using Illustrator CS6 ...
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Is there a way to remove the PDF file from an Illustrator “.ai” file?

As I understand it, when creating a new illustrator file the default is to store a a PDF document inside it so that other applications such as InDesign can show a visual representation of the file ...
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See through to make text transparent

I am very new to Adobe Illustrator but I'm trying to get the hang of it. I have some text, say "Pizza" and I have filled the "P" with a black square so that there is no hole in it. Then, I have a ...
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Help With Futuristic/Modern Swirls in Illustrator

I'm looking to make futuristic/modern swirls in Illustrator for a background for a project that I'm doing. Here's an example I found: I don't want to rip the picture off and I'm not looking for ...
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Is it possible to create Kinetic Typography effect with PhotoshopCS5 and AE4?

I am saying this because, I don't have Illustrator, so I want to know with what I can create Kinetic Typographics
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tips on designing high-quality semi photo-realistic icons that attempt to be modelled 3-D objects

I'm an amateur graphic designer. When I'm free I do some simple graphic designing with Photoshop and Illustrator (mess around with the pen tool, add style to a layer, adjust hue of an image, etc). ...
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Make 100 PDFs with unique code

I have a text document/csv with 100 unique codes that should be used for a gift card. For the gift card, I need to provide 100 PDF's each with the unique code. Is it possible to do this using ...
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Merging multiple paths in Illustrator CS6

I've got multiple paths which, together, create a single sprite in Illustrator. I'm trying to merge the paths in order to apply a gradient to the whole thing; however, Pathfinder does nothing, and ...
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How does one reset Illustrator CS6 on Mac?

My Illustrator is acting a bit buggy; more precisely, no selection is actually visible. Selected text isn't highlighted, looking for an anchor is like looking for a needle in a haystack, and finding a ...
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Folder to put fonts for Illustrator CS6 without having to install fonts in system

I remember there used to be a folder I could just put fonts in and they would work for Adobe InDesign. I thought it was a folder called fonts in the same directory the InDesign document was. I tried ...
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Pantone color doesn't translate to new document?

I'm experiencing a very weird problem in Illustrator with a Pantone color. I have a document open with a logo in it that is Pantone 280 C, blue. I copy the logo into a new Illustrator document and it ...
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Is there a version of Illustrator's “Divide Objects Below” for Inkscape?

In the project I am working on, I need to draw a line across the image and split all paths below that in Inkscape. I know Illustrator has Object > Path > Divide Objects Below. Does Inkscape have ...
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Darker shade of a given color

What does it mean and how do I get a darker shade of a given color. For example if I have the color R = 53, G = 140, B = 205 or H = 204, S = 74, B = 80, or #358CCD What value do I change in ...
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Why are some details of an icon fuzzy?

I've created an icon in Illustrator for an iPhone app. When the icon is in the size for the iPhone, parts of the graphic fuzzy. How can I improve the details on the icon? My icon is a clock, and it ...
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How to subtract text from a shape in Illustrator?

So I've made a rectangle, and I want to cut some text out of it, so that the text will appear as the background pattern. I expected to be able to achieve this by selecting the rectangle and the ...
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Illustrator gradients along (not following) a shape/curve?

How could I add gradients along an object/path (not following the path, but using it as a base, like inner glow) ? Sample:
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How to merge two images, so that one will take the shape of the other?

Got two images, one of an old sheet of paper with jagged edges. The other is a photo of beach. How can I merge them together, so that the beach image will take the shape of the other picture, i.e. ...
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Why are all my colors dull in Illustrator CS6?

I just installed Creative Suite 6 on my computer. I was working on some artwork for a client in Illustrator and having a hard time getting the right colors. I noticed they were all very dull. So I did ...
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Is it possible to specify width in pixels for multiple objects at the same time in Illustrator CS5?

Illustrator has the 'Transform Each' dialog, but it only allows you to scale multiple objects by specifying a percentage. Is there any way to specify the size in pixels? More specifically, imagine ...
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Efficient use of Illustrator's export File Dialogue

When I File > Export using Artboards from Illustrator the (OSX)file dialogue is always pointing at the directory where the Illustrator document is located. If I need to export to a different directory ...
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Extract image x/y coordinates and width and height info from PDF via IL or PS

We have a professionally designed floor plan in PDF form for an event we are running currently. It is similar to a CAD drawing. We have booths (rectangular squares) drawn on it. I have a colleague ...
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Recreating pencil hatching in Illustrator

I’m trying to take a friend’s pencil-and-paper design and recreate it in Illustrator for use in a poster we are creating together. She’s proficient (away from the computer) and it’s my job to get her ...
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Search Help Keyboard Shortcut on Mac Illustrator CS6

The standard mac shortcut (Command+?) for opening the menu item search field doesn't work. As Beibei mentioned - This is about cueing the cursor to the "Search" box of the help menu, not invoking the ...
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Opening Inkscape SVG in Illustrator, not looking right

I'm new to graphics, and had to make a small poster for a competition. I created it in Inkscape, but found out they need a .ai file. I tried opening the SVG in Illustrator, and it just does not look ...
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How can I use align to pixel grid without messing up the outline view in Adobe Illustrator?

In Adobe Illustrator there is the feature of using 'Outline View'. It shows you the wireframes of your objects so you can see that they are properly aligned. When I use 'Pixel Preview' I can see what ...