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manipulate part of a letter without changing overall shape

I am attempting to alter the letter "e" in the font Arial. I want to match it in similarity to the "e" in Helvetica where the top of the tail is flat. I am using the direct selection tool but yet ...
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save for web produces blurry png's with white tracing

I'm having an issue that I can't seem to get around. I wouldn't call myself a graphic designer, as I only use photoshop and illustrator in relation to web design, so I know enough to be dangerous. ...
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How can I use a clipping mask on a pen tool?

I used the pen tool to make a basic graphic in foreground. Then created a background using the blend tool with three different colors. source1 Then with both objects I made a clipping masks and ...
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How to create a circular tower with windows in illustrator

As close to this as possible, thank you!
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Exporting Illustrator Art Boards without bounding box [duplicate]

I have a bunch of art boards that are sized to 88x88 pixels. When I export my art boards, all the images are sized as 88x88, where transparent pixels are surround my actual art work. Is there a way ...
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Illustrator CC Color Guide Shades & Tints not working correctly

I have the color Guide's "Warm / Cool" display option selected. I Select a color group in my swatches panel. Then I select the color guide's "Shades / Tints" option. Shades are displayed accurately. ...
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Hard color transition gradients

I am trying to reproduce this hard transition of colors with the gradient tool. I had this gradient: And what I need was hard transition between of the colors like here - What is the trick ...
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How to create a polyline in illustrator, with each edge a different color?

I have a sequence of thick segments of different colors, which overlap at the end points. It looks like this: I would like it to look more like a single path, like so (note the change in the ...
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How do I in some way save a texture (with borders, effects and all) in Illustrator?

I have multiple objects that will have the same color, border color, brush and texture (with texturizer). How can I either save this as some default style, or copy everything from one object to ...
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How do I design Photoshop, then go back into illustrator to make some of the icons SVG?

I'm used to making sprites – but read that SVG is the way to go. I'm creating a mockup for client and would like to show the custom icons made in Photoshop and now need to bring them back into ...
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One of the letters in my company's vector logo is partially transparent

I've inherited a file called Logo_Spot.ai. I'm putting together some print ads for my employer using InDesign CS5 and I'm copy/pasting the logo from Illustrator into a new layer in InDesign. For ...
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How can I create a tree effect in Illustrator?

How can I create this type of effect in Illustrator?
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How to draw a woman in line art style in Illustrator?

I'm an AI newbie. I've been asked to make the word "TV" in line art with the T as a woman crossing arms. What's the best way to achieve this in Illustrator? I started creating it with the ...
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Zoom-in and then while drawing shape zoom-out

How can I zoom-out when zoomed-in at a certain percentage, while drawing a shape. That means after I've clicked on the canvas, and start drawing, but have not released the mouse. Thanks.
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Why does Illustrator add white lines to my pattern when exporting?

I have an object in Illustrator with a chevron pattern that I created in Illustrator. When I export as a .png file or rasterize image file, it shows horizontal lines. Anyone have a clue why it does ...
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Illustrator How can I do this? > draw a stroke with a shadow?

Hi how can I do this: draw a stroke in illustrator with a shadow? Thanks
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Objects in Illustrator doesn't align perfectly

When working on logo design projects, there are some things in Illustrator that doesn't work perfectly. For example, when I need to make rectangle and then put in rounded rectangle and then aling to ...
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Save Preset Selections of Visible Layers, to be accessed later via control panel

So this is basically me searching for a specialized feature I just hope Illustrator has, or finding a helpful alternative. The project I'm working on requires multiple combinations of many different ...
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How do I use the width tool and brushes in Illustrator?

I am following this tutorial on Custom Lettering In one of the steps, it says " Using the Brush Tool (B), with the “Basic” brush; use the Width Tool (Shift+W) to adjust the width of our new path" I ...
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Can we change the text align without moving the position of an object in illustrator?

Is there such an option we can turn on so when we change the text align of an text object the position of this object will not move in Illustrator?
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Adobe Illustrator Does Not Allow Me to Snap to Pixel

Illustrator CS5 on Windows 7. I have an artboard where I keep trying to move anchors onto even-pixel points and they keep moving back to odd numbers. E.g. I have these two anchor points on a path: ...
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Adobe Illustrator Save For Web SVG becomes empty

Windows 7, AI CS5 I have several artboards with different versions of a logo on them that I'm trying to save as an .svg file. ctrl+shift+alt+s to save for web. Active artboard's logo shows up in ...
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(Illustrator) Why do the colors change when I “Save for Web” by using an action?

If I Save for Web in Illustrator, there is a very slight color change, which is to be expected. However, when I create a "Save for Web" action and apply it instead of directly using Save for Web, the ...
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Maintaining correct line thickness and small dots seem mutually exclusive in Illustrator's Image Trace

I am attempting to use Image Trace to vectorise an illustration drawn with technical pens. The drawing has variable line thicknesses, which I want to preserve as accurately as possible, but also small ...
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How can I create WORKING gears in Illustrator?

I cannot seem to get this right.. I want to create 2 gears that work together. I can create gears, but I cannot seem to figure out the math needed to make them uniform, or where they work together. ...
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How to delete the intersecting part of two objects?

As you can see in my image there are two circles kept on the hexagon. I want to know how do I delete the intersecting part of circle and hexagon which i marked in yellow ovals..??
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How can I create a circular separation effect with gradient in Illustrator?

I want to create effect similar to below image in illustrator..How can i do it.. I think i can make it through pathfinder but i am unable to produce
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Illustrator curved line not so “pixel perfect”

As you can see in the image below, my curved lines inside the circle are not so "pixel perfect" like the outer circle, what can I do? I did these curved lines using Path Finder: triangle + circle + 3 ...
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Is my logo that I made with Adobe Illustrator already a vector file when saved as .ai?

I have designed a logo in Adobe CS5.1 Illustrator using the ellipse tool to create shapes, filled with colour and then added my type. The file is saved as .ai. Is it automatically a vector image?
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How can I create a circle fill effect similar to a halftone in Illustrator?

I am sort of new to graphic design and need some help on how to recreate this "screen" or "mesh" looking effect for a T-shirt. I have tried setting this area to gray, using color halftone, and ...
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Illustrator changes stroke direction (bug?)

I'm making something in Adobe Illustrator CS6 that has a stroke with 'charcoal - feather' as brush definition. This gives the shape a asymmetrical, sketchy/smudgy look. To improve the look of the ...
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Outlined illustrator poster appears to have degraded font

I made a poster in AIllustrator for a scientific conference and was told by the printer to outline it before converting to pdf for printing. I was looking through the outlined and regular pdf and it ...
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How to exclude hidden shapes when saving to SVG

Im trying to save icons out to SVG format, one at a time, but from one document. what i mean is, i have all my icons laid out in one document, and once i am ready to save them, i will move the icon i ...
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How do you rescale images with exact dimensions in Adobe illustrator

I have a rectangle art-board. I am trying to place 3 identical vector graphics in different colors onto the board. I want them to be scaled, spaced apart evenly. I can't seem to find the rescale ...
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Create a 2D posable stick man in Illustrator

I need to design some aide memoir cards for a martial arts club, to help people learn the forms (kata - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kata). These are to consist of a series of stick men in the ...
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Illustrator rotational transformation is imperfect

So I created a simple hexagon using the polygon tool. When applying a 30° (360 / 6 / 2) rotation (to change its orientation) the anchor points are off by something what looks like a floating point ...
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How can I get area text inside this RV logo path on Illustrator? [closed]

So i'm trying to fill in this RV logo with text so it can turn out to be a typography like logo that has the RV outline.
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How do you design typefaces? [closed]

Hi Everyone I am working with a client and he wants me to design handwritten typefaces. I tried it with mouse but it is hard to do with mouse. Any idea of how do you do such task?
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Why does it seem Photoshop is the common answer to icon design instead of Illustrator?

Icons are usually needed in a variety of sizes, so I don't understand why I always hear/see everyone using Photoshop for their icons. Probably I'm exposing my PS ignorance with this question, but ...
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What causes Illustrator to lose Exactitude?

See below image, then read on... Previously this circle was 76 pixels diameter. I changed it to 64 by manually entering it into the W: container, then tabbed, expecting 64 to appear in the H: ...
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How do I make an incomplete circle stroke for a donut chart?

I'm trying to emulate this type of stroke: So far, I've only been able to pen over the stroke and try to Minus it off (though I'm a rookie and still don't understand the whole pathfinder tool ...
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Joining 2 shapes together in Illustrator. and removing a section while having rounded corners. Illustraor newbie

How do I join these 2 shapes together, and then remove the line in the roof? keeping the 2 shapes nicely joined so I can easily round corners. Seems very tricky!
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Programmin in Illustrator

Real simple question. Hope you have something to offer. How can I get the full potential of Illustrator through manipulating it programmatically. Is there some kind of add on or hidden feature? Let's ...
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Photoshop skills are not great [duplicate]

I'm a entry-level graphic designer. My skills in Illustrator and Indesign are pretty strong but my skills in Photoshop are not great and I have no drawing skills either. Will this affect my career?
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Fastest way to custom design a race course map?

Here's a decent example of what I'm trying to do - a print version of something like this: I need to pick-and-choose which crossroads and street labels to show, add custom icons, plot the actual ...
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How can I envelope distort a circle into a polygon?

I have square layer, containing a circular image surrounded by white, and I need to envelope distort just the circle into a polygon shape. When I do Envelope Distort > Make with Top Object, however, ...
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Creating Voronoi diagram from Adobe Illustrator CC

I have some artwork in Adobe Illustrator CC that I want to use to create a voronoi diagram from. You can see what a voronoi diagram looks like here: Link I would like to use the points on my ...
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Is CMYK mode not ideal for designs with blending mode?

I just notice it now as I am new to Illustrator. When I am in RGB mode, blending transparency seems to be easier as mode such as Screen, Multiply or Overlay looks good naturally. If I switch the ...
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CMYK and RGB transparency [duplicate]

I mainly studied Illustrator to use it in T-Shirt custom design. Now, I have this problem. According to the tutorials that I see. When working on print jobs, I should use CMYK mode rather than RGB. ...
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Adobe Illustrator Zoom around selected, not to screen centre?

Command (Cntrl) and = gives zoom in, in Adobe Illustrator. Is there a way to set it so that it zooms to the selected object rather than the centre of the screen?