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When using the blend tool in Illustrator, I get large white patches

So I made one path, then another. Opened Blend, set to Specified Steps, and then applied it to the paths. With straight paths, all was well. But with curved ones, I have large white patches where ...
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Technique for finding the centerline of a curved object?

Sorry for the confusing title but, I'm curious to know if anyone knows any effective techniques at finding the center of an object that curves. In the screenshot below you'll see a crude version of ...
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Recoloring .eps files

I've got 280 .eps files with QR-codes that I data merge into InDesign. However, I need to change the black color into the company color. I can't find a way of doing this in InDesign directly, so I'm ...
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Vectors: How do you deal with background 'spill' on overlapping edges?

When covering one vector shape with another; if the edges overlap, the background shape's color is used as a (distasteful looking) pseudo-anti-alias effect on the foreground shape's edge, instead of ...
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Converting text layers (with blending options) in Photoshop to Vector

I've recently spent a lot of time creating a logo for my website using basic text layers with blending options in Photoshop CS5. I'm aware that because all of my layers are text, I should be able to ...
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How to prevent having to redraw lines in Illustrator

I do a lot of artwork in Illustrator, and am pretty experienced. However I find myself having redraw lines often with each new level of detail, for instance adding shadows to a complex object - I have ...
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How to use Illustrator to Create DIN A4, six-sided folder-flyer?

I'm not sure how to know which space I need to set a document in Adobe Illustrator CS5 when I want to create a six-sided DIN A4 folder-flyer. Is there a template somewhere out there that I can use? Or ...
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Masking problems in illustrator [closed]

I have a group of paths and a rectangle like so: I am trying to cut a hole in the rectangle using the group of paths, I have managed to do this in Photoshop just fine but I'm a bit of a newbie when ...
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Shirt Pattern making

I like to draw, and I've drawn this yesterday: Large image. I want to make this a T-Shirt, so I need to make this drawing a vector. I want to make it different, not the regular vector-drawn shape. ...
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why can't I duplicate a paragraph style in illustrator CS5?

I'm trying to drag a paragraph style onto the 'create new style' icon in the paragraph styles panel in order to duplicate the style, but the cursor changes to a circle with a slash through it, ...
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Take away negative space in clipping masks

I am using clipping masks to cut PNG images in illustrator (purely because I don't know how to do it in photoshop) and I was wondering if it was possible to take away the white space that is created ...
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How to convert a compound path to a standard path in Adobe Illustrator?

I've got a ExtendScript that only works with paths and I've got a compound path, so how can I convert my compound path into a path?
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Using Adobe Illustrator without “hand” drawing skills

I work on Photoshop for over 4 years for web design and user interface purposes but I'm thinking of starting learning Illustrator because most of design jobs now require illustrator skills beside ...
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Illustrator: How do you change default Fill/Stroke Colors for the 'D' key?

Pressing D will switch to the default Fill/Stroke colors (which is White Fill / Black Stroke in Illustrator). I remember having read about a way to define your own default Fill/Stroke colors, but I ...
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How to add “move to” commands to an Adobe Illustrator path

So when you export an Adobe Illustrator file to SVG format, paths are encoded using the SVG path syntax. If you look at the <path data> element, it's possible to have moveto commands embedded ...
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How to raster vectors (AI) into 1bit tif in 2000dpi

I need to raster files 1m x 0,70m to 1-bit TIFF. Pretty much home RIPing. AI CS 5.5 only goes until aprox. 500dpi and PS renders vector-PDFs or AIs in 406 dpi max. Then you have to resize x5 to get ...
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How to convert a raster image into vector?

I'm trying to convert a icon from .psd format to vector. Here is my .psd file snapshot. This is my converted(Vector) file snapshot after live trace. I mean it has lot of blurs. I need pixel ...
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Problem: Color change when pasting from Photoshop to Illustrator

What I want to achieve: I want to copy an image in Illustrator and paste it into Photoshop. The image is just a grey circle with a #d1d1d1 fill and no stroke. The problem: Bottom line, the color of ...
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Illustrator: Opacity Mask doesn't scale (i.e. follow vector art when scaling up/down)

Something weird occurred, in which the opacity mask (the texture) doesn't scale when resizing the motif. I can't recall what setting affects the behavior for opacity masks. All is Ok; as in, the ...
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What's the difference between saving a vector as .AI and saving as .EPS

Is there any benefit to saving as an .ai file? I know that .eps files can be opened in many programs, but .ai files, I think, would only be opened in Illustrator. Should I bother saving in an .ai ...
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Illustrator: Border effect for a path

I'd like to surround a path with a border (see the third illustration below). However, I cannot get it done without using Path -> Outline stroke. This is very inconvenient, as Outline stroke ...
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Can you re-number the order of artboards in Illustrator CS4?

I use illustrator with multiple artboards to design website layouts. Often I start at the beggining (what I think is the beggining at the time) and get 15 pages deep. Then I realize that I need to add ...
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How can I color a mixed object in Illustrator?

I have a mixed object (a group of either stroked or filled paths) in black and white, and I want all of the blacks to be blue. I know I can go into the group and select each black path and change it ...
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Illustrator: Editing a custom graphic style

I created an additive graphic style that includes a few effects, and applied this style to a few objects. Now I'd like to make a change to this style and apply the change to all objects. For example, ...
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Create Illustrator Smart Object From INSIDE Photoshop

I'm using the CS5 suite of Adobe applications. I'm familiar with the method of copying an object in Illustrator and pasting into Photoshop, thus making a Smart Object that opens in Illustrator. Is ...
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Illustrator: How to drag-and-select intersecting anchor points?

The following scenario is a bit simplified, but it does explain what I need to do. What I want to do is select points 1 and 2 on the purple path in order to move them. If I use the Direct ...
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Illustrator - make text wrap instead of scale

I have a chunk of text I need to paste into Illustrator. No matter what I do, I can't resize the text area without scaling the text. I want to resize the area and have the text wrap (font size to ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS5: How can I make sure the distances between all points on two paths are the same?

I have just started to play around with Adobe Illustrator. How can I make sure distance between path are the same in all of the points. Please see this image for example: ...
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Illustrator: Snap at some distance from existing objects

I'm drawing a bus line map. On some streets several bus lines pass together, so parts of the lines should be parallel and on a uniform distance from each other. Ideally, I would like that when I draw ...
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Outlining text without soft edges?

I'm trying to do text outline, however I'm having trouble making the outline exactly the same shape as the text itself. When you do an outline stroke, the edges appear soft which I don't want. Any ...
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Make a non-raster glow in Illustrator

I was wondering if it was possible to create a non-raster inner/outer glow? If so, could you please tell me how to do so. Thanks.
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How do I add caps to paths clipped by a mask in Adobe Illustrator?

Below is a blown up, cropped sample of a project I’m working on in Adobe Illustrator. The shaded portion is a cross-hatched shadow effect created by applying a clipping mask to a pair of blended ...
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Compositing transparent paths so topmost pixel wins

I'm having difficulty wording what it is I want to accomplish, but I'll try to explain. Let's start with the images below: (a) (b) Image (a) shows the image as I have it right now, ...
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How to make a font with Adobe Illustrator?

I have recently created my own font/typeface with Adobe Illustrator, and I would like to use it as a real font (e.g I would like to use it as I type something). Is this possible in Adobe Illustrator ...
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In Illustrator, how do I cut off a protruding end of a line going through a circle (letter)?

In Adobe Illustrator CS5, I have a circle (the letter "O") and a line going through it, like so: Now, I want to remove the protruding south-east part of the line, for an end result similar to ...
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CMYK to PANTONE differences between Illustrator and Photoshop

I'm trying to find a way to match CMYK color to the closest PANTONE solid color. In Illustrator I use the "Recolor Artwork" dialog, in Photoshop the color dialog. But, if I convert (C=0, M=100, Y=100, ...
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Using multiple artboards in Illustrator

I've got a fairly large illustrator work document where I've been mocking up and developing a logo over time. Each 'stage' is presented on it's own artboard to separate it from the previous. I'm ...
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Wrap an element around a sphere in illustrator?

Is there a way to warp an element around a sphere in Illustrator?
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Illustrator problems with free transform and type tool

I was used to trasform object by clicking ctrl+T and then working the shape off by dragging the vertexes here and there as much as I want. Now this shortcut is not working anymore and I dont know ...
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How can I create a soft line in Adobe Illustrator?

Easy question for someone familiar with Illustrator - I have a path and I want to create a line effect similar to the 'soft line' in Fireworks. I want the line to be a bit blurry around the edges ...
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How to scale a Character without changing its width?

I have to recreate a logo which has been made many years ago and all that is left is a tiny rasterized picture. I want to make a vector file in Illustrator. The logo contains text in, lets say 100 pt, ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS5.5 resizing bug?

I've drawn a simple logo with some curve, and when I resize it it losts all it's curves, why? I've tried with the mouse and with the numeric value with the same result from 7cm to 0.5cm, here is the ...
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Scaling rounded corners in Illustrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I resize this object without distorting it ? I've created a rounded-corner triangle in Illustrator by creating a triangle and then doing Effect>Stylize>Round ...
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Distorting a layer to fit shape

I have a rectangular image which I'd like to distort so that it fits into a shape. I can almost do it using "Distort", but I need to move more than just the corners, which is all I can seem to do ...
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Create equally spaced circles around a sphere object

I'm attempting to create a similar graph to this one. Is there a specific way in illustrator to equally space the circles around a center circle? What I've done is created the center circle, then a ...
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How do I create Mexican hat potential figure in Illustrator using 3D Map Art?

This is what I'm trying to create in Illustrator. (for those interested, it's a graph of a Mexican hat potential function) Here's what I've done so far, using Illustrator's 3D->Revolve and Map ...
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Create a crisp 200px wide logo in Illustrator

I've used photoshop for years but am new to illustrator. I want to use this to create a crisp 200x wide logo for web use. I created the logo in illustrator, I then exported it to Photoshop and resized ...
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How to merge objects with illustrator?

Im kind of new to illustrator and wanted to creat a simple logo, so here what I did: changed background color to black and text color to white, used typography for text, created outlines to convert ...
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How do I achieve this shading effect in Illustrator?

I've been seeing this shading technique a lot lately, this is possibly not the best example of it but it's the only one I can find at the moment. How do you achieve this sort of shading in Adobe ...
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Copy & Pasting from Photoshop to Illustrator loses transparency

I often run into this issue. I'm creating a file in Photoshop with masked layers etc. I want to make the final output available for some mock-ups in Illustrator, so I rasterize the layers and marquee ...