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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 ...
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Editing multiple objects at once in Illustrator CS4?

I've a label (which is a bunch of text and image objects) that's been tiled across a sheet manually. Is it possible to edit one copy of the label and have the changes apply to the rest of the copies? ...
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Exporting color information and font sizes from Illustrator to PDF

I am looking for some tool that would allow me to export the all the artboards from Illustrator to PDF (can also be any common image file) that would automatically create: labels with colors used ...
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How to extract PNGs from Adobe Illustrator file

My graphic/web designer left me with an Adobe Illustrator file of my website. She said it would be easy to extract the images out as PNGs so I can use them in my HTML. But I can't figure this out too ...
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Illustrator CS5: Multiline text along a path?

How do you create multiline text along a curve? I'm using the Type On Path tool for single-line text, but is there a way to make the text multiline?
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A very strange favicon file (atleast for me) where one single file contains 3 different sized images

I have this favicon file. Dowload favicon file I can not upload the image file since its does not have the proper format. When you view this file in windows 7, you get the following. This single ...
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Illustrator, snap to guide

I'm attempting to place the end of a line segment at the intersection of a circle and a guide in Adobe Illustrator: I'm expecting the end of the line to snap into place at the intersection, but ...
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Lines patterns - Adobe Illustrator CS5

I have a problem with creating a simple lines patterns. I need few patterns (see picture) which I can use repeatedly. Something like brushes in Photoshop. How can I do this? Thanks
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In Adobe Illustrator CS3, how can I fill particular parts of non-objects?

In Adobe Illustrator CS3, how can I fill just the boxes of a plot with color? The plot displays as just one object in Illustrator, so it is not as simple as selecting the box object and filling it.
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Quick way to subtract white outline from knotwork pattern in Illustrator?

I am working with a pretty complex traced AI that I received, and I want to basically make it so that all the visually black stuff is shapes, and all the white outlines (invisible here) are removed. ...
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Apply a compound path over a clipping mask

I have a vectorial image which is fairly complex (got it off the web) and it is some kind of a circle. While the center of this circle is white it is not transparent. I've been trying to apply a ...
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How can I check the dimensions of a selection/object in Illustrator?

Want to check the current dimensions of an object/selection in pixels. How do I do this? Illustrator CS5.
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how to tell if color is process or spot in adobe illustrator?

How can I tell if a color is a process or spot color in adobe illustrator? How can I tell if a color is a process or spot color in adobe illustrator?
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How do I create an effect of an object hanging off the end of text

I am trying to find a tutorial on how to create the effect of an object (in this case a crown) hanging on the edge of a letter (on the end of a word). I am designing a logo for our kids ministry at ...
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Illustrator: How do I make a “arrow” with “flat edges”

How do I make a "arrow" with "flat edges" in illustrator? Made this in Photoshop to describe what I want. I tried to do this with the "line segment tool" by making two lines and then join paths. ...
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Merge different coloured shapes w/ illustrator CS5

I'm trying to merge 4 different coloured shapes so I can apply a warp to them. By warp I mean; make them look like there going off into the distance. However, pathfinder turns the shape into one ...
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What is the best way to obtain a textured shading in Illustrator?

By textured shading, I mean the character is shaded with a texture that is filled with a gradient. Thank you.
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How would you mimic the glaze of a donut (varying opacity) in vector art?

I've made a vector graphic of a donut. See . But I'd like to add an effect of a glaze where the glaze has differing opacity throughout. How can I achieve this?!
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Moving both handles of a bezier curve simultaneously in Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to be able to move the two handles for the bezier curve with the direct select tool the same way they are moved on initial creation of the anchor point. When a new anchor is created, ...
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“placed” Photoshop images in Illustrator - blurry when saved as .pdf?

I've edited some images in Photoshop to be used in a .pdf I'm creating in Illustrator. In PS, the images looked great and were saved with the following settings: .jpg/CMYK/Image Options: 10/Maximum. I ...
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What Do You Ask From Your Graphical Designer for Your Iphone Apps?

What exactly do you ask for from your graphical designer for your iphone apps? I asked my designer exact measurements of images in Photoshop, which turned out to be not such great idea because I need ...
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How to vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5

How do I vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5? I cannot find a way to do that; in InDesign, it's a click away!
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Grid Template Not Snappable in Fireworks CS6

I've seen many blogs highly recommend using a grid like 960 for prototyping in newer version of Fireworks. I'm using CS6. When I create a new fireworks document from template, I select the ...
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Illustrator won't remove editing capabilities when I save as a PDF

I want to release an AI file saved as a PDF for email blast. When I save my file as a PDF and turn off the editing capabilities it does not seem to work when I open the PDF in Illustrator. I have ...
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copy object as a reference

Is it possible to copy an object in Illustrator so that if you make a change in any of them the changes will apply in both? Actually I have this situation where I have a lot of instances of the same ...
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iOS image for buttons not crisp

So I'm trying to create a few simple buttons in Adobe Illustrator for work. I'm not a gphx artist and just know the basics of Illustrator. I tried creating a pin icon, like dropping a pin onto the ...
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Adding a brush to an existing custom brush library in Illustrator

I have an existing custom brush library I created in Illustrator (CS5). I just created a new brush that I would like to add to this existing library. How can I do this? Drag and drop does not work. ...
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Illustrator: Remove Background Color Of SVG

I found a royalty free SVG image on the net. I'm experimenting with web design using svg. The problem I'm having is that the SVG background is white. Using illustrator, how do I remove the white ...
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Reset/avoid distorted Illustrator graph text labels after scaling?

Adobe Illustrator's graph tool is... special. A veteran of many software updates (successfully surviving all of them unscathed...) one of its many quirks is that you cannot resize a graph object that ...
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Text-wrap in Illustrator CS6

I typed out text in 14pt. I then typed another letter in 131pt out. I was hoping to have my 14pt text wrap around the 131pt character...but to no avail! I clicked on both items (and my 131pt. ...
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Easy way to create stacked boxes with equal margins

I'm a bit of a n00b to Illustrator (at least I think so anyway)! I have a bunch of text that is columnar and need to create boxes that stack (one above another) and serve as a container for this ...
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In Illustrator, how to “unflow” text in columns but retain individual page layout

Hope someone can help. I have designed a template where the text flows into four columns per page, and there are four pages in all. So in all 16 columns, and the text flows beautifully. The ...
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Illustrator knows I have a font but refuses to select it

I need to use a specific font (Nanum Gothic Extra Bold) for a certain project. Illustrator knows I have the font: If I start typing the name in, it autocompletes. But once I hit return, it selects a ...