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Open Photoshop Smart Object in Illustrator instead of Photoshop

When I go Create New Layer => Convert to Smart Object => Double click on Smart Object thumbnail it opens in Photoshop as a .psb, but I would like it to open in Illustrator. How do I get all my ...
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Why does Illustrator not let me edit text after it has styling?

After I put a drop shadow on text, then save -> exit -> reopen, I cannot edit the text. When I click on the Type Tool Icon and then click on the number, it just shows the paths. Any suggestions? ...
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Applescript for Ai CS6, color set and get

This is the last time I ask the question about Applescript - I see that this topic is unpopular since none of my questions has been answered. Probably I'm on the wrong way, but scripting for ...
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Illustrator: rotating back to perfect angles [duplicate]

I am wondering: After I rotate an element in Illustrator to an un-even angle, is there a simple way to rotate it back to an even angle later? Whenever I try to get a shape back to 0 degrees or 90 ...
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Illustrator - Make paths as a compound path

I am having a simple issue from import SVG path to Fontello: 'id.svg' contains multiple paths/shapes. Please, make them a compound path, and try import again. So, I have this vector: What I ...
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How to get perspective right in illustrator cs4?

I have been enjoying designing in illustrator a lot but while designing a home for landscape i found it difficult to get precise perspective for 'Home'. So the question is how to get perspective to ...
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How to increase negative space / improve scaling of vector graphic?

I'm fairly new to Illustrator. I bought a vector graphic of a wolf for this logo I designed (see screenshot with purple on white logo). It looks good when it is quite large, but if I scale down the ...
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Center object A with object B

So in the picture below, you can see on the left (object A) and on the right (object B). I'm wanting to vertically center object A on the left of object B. Since object A is a weird shape, Illustrator ...
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How to add a color to 3D surface in illustrator?

I'm trying to create something with 3D, never used this feature before. I'm trying to change the grey surface to a gradient. How can it be done? This is what I'm looking at Thanks
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Shape Points Not Align in Sketch

For some reason after working with a shape for a little while, the transform the points (corners, edges, whatever) get out of alignment. Notice below in the rectangle in the middle.
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Preserving font type in illustrator SVG file

Hi I am new to illustrator and created an image that uses "Skia-Regular" font. But when I save that image in .svg format, it changes the font type. And when I open the .svg format file in browser the ...
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Illustrator: How to make 'lens elements', convex and concave, shapes?

Just starting out in Illustrator and I want to make a shape such as this: The way I have done it is like this: Make a rectangle Move 2 corner anchor points Add anchor points on either side ...
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Rounded corner effect, changes shape on resize?

I'm using Illustrator CS5 on OSX. I run into this strange behavior and I can't figure out why it happens (and stop it from happening). This is what I do: Draw a rectangle Effect > Warp > Arc Set ...
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CS6 Illustrator: join two differenty sized lines, maintaining individual stroke Weight

I'm running into an issue trying to join two different size lines together. I am trying to join them together but when I join them it changes the Stroke Weight of one of the lines instead of just ...
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Make two vector points move together (Sketch or Illustrator)

I'm trying to speed up my workflow by making vector points move in the opposite direction simultaneously when I have two highlighted. For instance, below I highlight the top and bottom of the arrow so ...
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Illustrator Inner Glow Looks Pixelated

Is there anyway to make it softer? Everything else in the shot is crisp, but you can see the pixels of the inner glow pretty easily.
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How can I create a font set from vector shapes? [duplicate]

Is there any way to create real font set from the vector shapes created in Illustrator CS6? I have a set of the vector shapes - 26 letters of English alphabet, I can copy every letter to make title ...
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I can't export more than four artboards in Adobe Illustrator

I am trying to export artboards as PNGs from an AI file. I have a bunch of artboards created, but when I try to export the file and use the artboards, the export dialog only recognizes four artboards. ...
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Export a single object in Illustrator without the other objects to SVG code

So I am pretty much desperate by now. I am a web developer and -designer, but I don't use Illustrator. I just don't need it at all. The file that I got from the graphic designer contains two ...
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Drawing a realistic shrub/bush?

I am trying to create a realistic shrub/bush. My goal is draw one similar to as shown in pic below: Here is what i have done. I am using pen tool to draw a basic bush with green colour and then ...
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Trying to give text a gradient effect in Illustrator cs6

I'm trying to change the "3" to a gradient, but when I click the gradient icon it just goes black and the gradient settings to not take effect. I tried going to object > expand but that didn't do ...
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How to cut off parts of text by an object in Illustrator?

I'm new to Adobe Illustrator, and currently I'm trying to cut a letter off by an object. In the following I am going to explain what I mean: I have drawn a rectangle. I have written some text. I ...
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A gap between lines of joined path in illustrator

I have created a logo with pen tool in illustrator but between lines (where they intersect with each other) there is shown a gap where it gets the color of the background. Something like this: (Black ...
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How to clean file linking errors on Illustrator?

I have an AI file that contains several linked files, all sorts of psd and image files. The problem is I don't have access to any of them, which is okay since I don't need the files to complete my ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS6 Make a texture fit exacly in a custom shape?

I am trying to make this texture inside the penguin shape like this Now i know i can use a clip mask like this But i want to make it so the texture doesn't fall out of the shape, so the object ...
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White line down the center of my image when using reflect

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS6. I can get you pictures if you need but here goes. I had a logo that I cut in half by removing anchor points, leaving me with just the left side. Then I selected all ...
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Adobe Illustrator - How do I separate the dot from a lower case “i”?

How do I separate the dot from a lower case "i" so I can re-color just the dot? I want the straight part black and the dot red.
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Illustrator CS5: Font Transparency in Shape Layer

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS5 on a Mac, and I need to make the SK in the circle-shape transparent. I should be able to see the background behind the logo - through the SK. I bet it's super simple, ...
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Illustrator Performance Issue When Dealing with Heavy Files

I'm trying to create a repeat square out of six pretty heavy (100MB-700MB) Illustrator illustrations. When all six files are placed they weigh in at around 1GB. I need around 30 of these files placed ...
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Can text that has been distorted with an envelope be copied and pasted in that format?

Is it possible to take text that has been distorted using an envelope and copy and paste it into another file maintaining the shape? When I hit command+C command+V I am getting a grey fill in the ...
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Importing Multiple Vectors of the Same File and Keeping File Size Down

So, I'm trying to create a repeat pattern of a Balloon illustration I've done in Adobe Illustrator. I've got the singular file (balloon.ai), which weighs in at around 700MB. Now I'm trying to create ...
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Help dealing with heavy Illustrator file

I’ve created a repeat square that uses rasterised vector illustrations, the reason being that placing all the illustrations without rasterising into a repeat square will make the file massive (1gb +) ...
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Recommended workflow to expand paths without creating unnecessary anchors points

I'd like to know if what I do is the correct process for what I want to achieve. I created some paths to draw the strokes of an illustration (a helmet). As these strokes are paths, and they can't be ...
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Merging 3 separately coloured shapes in Illustrator

I'm having an issue with combining/merging 3 separately coloured shapes into one. My goal is to create one shape (The letter C) while keeping the separate colour segments. (None of the shapes overlap ...
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Brush tool that only moves points in Illustrator?

Is there a tool similar to the warp tool but only to move points without smoothing lines? The nearest example would be the soft vertex selection tool found in 3D programs. A shape is modified within ...
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Best way to export a Job application to a client for easy editing

This is my first topic, so go easy on me. :D I got a customer who wants me to design her job application. I want to design it with Adobe illustrator and set up the text with indesign. However the ...
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how continue a path from one point by using pen tools in illustrator?

I use pen tool to draw around of shapes in my sketch in illustrator , during drawing I do wrong and the path is closed , I want to continue from one point of this path but I don't know how do it ...
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What is the best Adobe software for designing a résumé?

I have been creating my CV with Photoshop for several years now. I've heard and seen it myself, that this is not the right tool at all to design a résumé. I never used the other tools from the Adobe ...
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How to create a brush same as the real pen tip in illustrator?

I have a graphic tablet and I need to create two brushes for calligraphy in Adobe illustrator. So I need to create the following brushes: A brush gives the same font of the a real pen such as ...
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How to align a single letter within a text object to the edge of the bounding box in Adobe Illustrator?

I want to align a textfield to the top left of a box, as per how the Grid Systems cover looks: The round letters in the headlines should overhang slightly. I am able to get quite close by using: ...
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Why are my pixels not aligning to grid in Illustrator?

I have a small Problem that occurs from time to time. Sometimes, when I copy things or when I put an object from the symbol library on my page, the whole file gets messed up. The screenshot shows ...
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Illustrator: creating two colour-wheel-like objects out of 23 circles/discs

So what I'm trying to do is make 23 circles in the same style as the image below, but in two concentric rings instead of one big one. The circles should be the same size and also arranged in a ...
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How to align rotated shape back to 0 degrees?

I have a "rotation" issue with Illustrator. I've rotated some shape which has no horizontal component which I could align to guide, so I have no idea how to rotate the shape back to 0 degrees. In the ...
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Illustrator variables / data-driven documents: how to batch-export one file for each data set?

With the Variables window in Illustrator you can make something a bit like a data merge document with lots of variants for different records (InDesign's data merge is usually better, but I have to use ...
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How to bend shapes into letters in illustrator

I'm trying to reproduce this: I have sort of got it by redrawing with the pen but it isn't what I think I should be doing and it isn't as smooth. I think I can do better by trying to learn to bend ...
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Color panel in CMYK instead of RGB

I want RGB colors to be displayed in the shape color panel, but instead the CMYK colors are displayed. Did not find any way to change it... but obviously there should be one. Or probably the colors ...
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How to link [and reuse] layers?

I have been using Photoshop/Illustrator for about 6 years or so now. I never really learned from official resources, nor did I attend a course which would have taught me how to use the Creative Suite ...
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Repeatingly increase an object size with certain amount of px

Fairly new to AI, certainly to scripting. I'm trying to recreate this poster: The problem I'm having is that I want to automate the creation of the large amount of circles. I want to record an ...
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Why does Illustrator struggle editing SVGs?

I really enjoy editing vector graphics. Typically I use Inkscape for editing vectors because Illustrator seems to throw so many errors when reading the files. I understand that an SVG is basically ...
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Scale Multiple Paths According to Single Part Dimensions

How can one scale both a rectangle and a circle--both being selected--so that the circle is scaled appropriately according to what I want to specify the rectangle's width to be?