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How can I get rid of a visual flaw in my logo. It appears to be coming from 3D effect

I'm creating a logo that is text-based. When I add the 3D Bevel and Extrude effect, it makes an odd-looking glitch on one of the letters. This logo is something I created in Photoshop then had to ...
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How to easily round corners on non-rectangle shapes?

(CS6) Illustrator's Effect > Stylize > Round Corners effect gives strange results on non-rectangles. How can you take an irregular shape that has sharp corners, for example: ...and round the ...
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Adobe Illustrator / Rhinoceros custom object select

I'm using both AI and Rhino. I've got a file that's got over a thousand small circles that are nested inside other curves all over the file randomly. I want to select them all and group them in either ...
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How can I curve a logo on a path without distorting it too much

I've encountered a problem and I'm hoping there is going to be a quick fix involved, and that I wont have to redraw this logo: The client wants to create a logo that curves on a tire like this: ...
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How can I join a path to a compound shape in Illustrator?

I'm struggling to join the compound shape and path I have created in Illustrator. My usual click and hope in the pathfinder dialog is not working. See attached screenshots. The selected path is blue, ...
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Vector image in a .pptx exported to PDF: how can I avoid quality loss?

I hope someone can help me fix this. I created a round icon using Illustrator, saved it as a PNG and inserted it into a .pptx file. So far, so good. Now when I save my .pptx document as a .pdf, the ...
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Any way to see the design in different size in illustrator? [duplicate]

Is there any way to see your design in different sizes in real-time in Illustrator/Photoshop? Like, designing an icon and you wanna see how it will look like in 16x16 or in 512x512? I know you can ...
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How to view width of a path's stroke in millimeters in Illustrator CS6?

How can I view the width of a path's stroke in millimeters ? I can see the width and height values (see screenshot) in the info bar but these measure the width and height of the whole circle shape. I ...
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How can I create a punctilio for verifying path width in Illustrator?

Spreadshirt design guidelines dictate that all lines and elements need to be a thickness of at least 1.5mm. They suggest you can verify this by: using a 1.5mm dot (punctilio) to mouse over the ...
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Does the 2014 13inch vs 15inch Macbook Pro Make A Difference? [closed]

I'm currently a Design Comms student and I'm thinking of changing my 2012 macbook pro to the new 2014 retina macbook pro. I'm torn between the choice of the 13inch high end model of it's kind or the ...
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Illustrator space around outline and removing shape

I've used "//" and "\" to create this "W", and have made them into outlines, as I'm trying to give the different layers a colour, as well as having a white space where the lines touch and I would like ...
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Stroke won't change in Illustrator

I'm a beginner with Illustrator and I really need help. I created some shapes with the pen tool and then with the brush, but when I switched back to pen tool I couldn't change the stroke. I can't ...
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How to import Illustrator swatch libraries into InDesign - Adobe Indesign Mac?

I have a very reach swatch library in adobe-illustrator like food colors and.... But in adobe-indesign I don't have many colors. Why? Can I import them to indesign?
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How to create vector graphic image like these?

Would anybody please do let me know how to create graphic images/ effects as mentioned in below images? I want to know the tools/ techniques to create such graphics images for web based usage.
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How to save logo for web from Illustrator (logo looks pixelated after uploading)

Every time I try saving my logo from Illustrator, it comes out blurry. The logo was done in Illustrator (as a vector file). I tried tracing the outline, rasterizing, saving in all types of ...
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Trying to recreate graphic from image as a vector

I am trying to recreate the rings from the following image into a vector graphic. I have made several attempts using various shapes and the pen tool with no luck. Any help on which steps I could take ...
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Why can't I draw on my image with illustrator?

I opened an image from the internet in Illustrator. Right after, when I selected the paintbrush tool, it turned into a circle with a line through it, implying that I couldn't draw. Does anyone ...
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How to create an SVG path from a lineart?

I have a line drawing in PNG format, from which I need to create an SVG. I need to create the svg path from right to left, left to right, center to sides OR sides to center. Here’s an example: I’m ...
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How do I 'save as' with a placed file's name in Illustrator?

Say I have a file DSC_0377.jpg. I can open a this with Illustrator, make changes, then choose File Save As Save as type Adobe PDF and it will be saved as DSC_0377.pdf, as desired. However if I open ...
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How to create a ribbon with shadows? [duplicate]

I have seen lots of images like this which used a slight shadow very nicely as if the sides are folded into each other but I don't know how to create such thing. I'm not looking for a full tutorial. ...
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Illustrator adds and shows stroke on text and object, but stroke color is none weight is none

I just created a circle in Illustrator CC 2014. The color swatches are a green fill, no stroke. The circle is green with a black stroke. Same thing happening with text. I specify a color fill and no ...
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How can I draw lines in this highly constrained way?

Please see the below image for examples of what I would like to do. On the left is the hand-drawn path and on the right is what I would like the result to be. Essentially, I would like freehand ...
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Is there a way to stop Adobe Illustrator from adding anchors when using the Pathfinder or Shape Builder?

When using the Effects > Stylize > Round Corners... Illustrator option on shapes I built using Pathinfder and Shape Builder, I'm having a distinct problem with doouble anchor points. Since the effect ...
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Can we transform pattern in shape by using handle?

I create a pattern in perspective view , but when I fill my shape by my pattern , I need Move my pattern in my shape . As I see I can do it by entering position of pixels , the question is Can I move ...
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As a designer, how should I start designing an iOS app?

I am about to design an IOS 8 app for the very first time. I've been a designer for 5 years now, both on Photoshop and Illustrator, but I never got the change to design an app. I am looking for some ...
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Resizing groups of objects with fixed height of element in Illustrator

I've got a group of objects which shall serve as a template. I need to be able to resize the group but keep some sub-elements fixed to constrain the template. Lets say I want to resize the object on ...
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How to change image bounding box before tracing in Adobe Illustrator?

How to change image bounding box before tracing in Adobe Illustrator? I have this PNG image pasted into Adobe Illustrator: This is how the bounding box looks from close up: When I do a live ...
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Does SVG supports complex logos?

I have created a complex 3d style logo with transparency and other effects in adobe illustrator and later save as SVG file format. However, due to complexity of the logo illustrator or SVG failed to ...
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How can I get rid of the content edges when I mask it with smaller container in Illustrator?

I have placed an image about 1000px*800px into Illstrator and I mask it with a box of 500px*500px now the content boundaries of the image is annoying me when positioning it with smart guide or with ...
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Canvas cut marks

I have this sample red image 16"x20", with 1.5" white padding and 4px black border. I created the border in Photoshop using Layer Style Stroke The print will be on canvas, and the border is to be ...
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Illustrator - Compund Paths (2 paths) to SVG

I have two compound paths that seemingly can't be merged together with any of the Pathfinder presets without loss or distortion to the objects. This image represents the two objects in the Layers ...
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Illustrator - stroke doesn't connect / brush pattern

so I'm having problems figuring out a stroke issue. Below is an image of what I am referring to. Essentially, I want to create a brush that I can use on strokes so that no matter the shape, when I ...
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Illustrator PDF save as: File size differs from yesterday to today in 1MB.?

I am saving a file (rich in text and photos, 15 artboards) as a PDF. I finished it yesterday and exported it. Got a 4.9 MB file. Fine. This morning I noticed a Typo. Corrected it (Changed no photo, ...
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How do I make a path from selected anchors points in illustrator?

I have Illustrator cs6. I would like to make a path from selected vertices (anchor points) in different objects created with the pen tool. Is this possible? All the path-from-selection methods I've ...
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Illustrator losing most recent handle when I continue path after editing previous handles

In Illustrator, when creating a path (such as for lettering), how do you go back and adjust handles of anchor points before the current on, and then continue from where you left off without losing the ...
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Why can't I edit text in Illustrator files from China, and how can I help it?

I am working with a packaging manufacturer in China. I create the files using Illustrator cs6 but after they make adjustments to my files and send the file back to me, I can't edit the text like I ...
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why a just opened AI file need to be saved before closing without doing any changes?

I am working in a very regular AI file, it have no variables or any external links. each time I open that file in illustrator, I see an asterisk beside its name tab in my workspace, which mean the ...
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How do I transform 2 anchor points at the same time in Illustrator?

Recently, I've seen a video where the guy makes a pyramid by selecting both upper anchor points of a square, and then clicking and dragging with some tool, converging both points to the center. How do ...
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How to stop Adobe Illustrator's minus front Pathfinder command from altering sizes?

I am trying to use minus front on a grouping of objects (object 1) that I want to cut out of object 2. But when I click minus front, it actually changes half the group shapes. Any idea why? I've never ...
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How can I easily move multiple artboards in Illustrator?

All artboards in my current project are organized according to page and iteration. As I'm adding more and more, I've come to the edge of the workable area in Illustrator. I'd rather not break my ...
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How do I add the “enhance” toolbar in Adobe Illustrator CC 2014?

I have adobe Illustrator CC 2014, but don't have the enhance toolbar with the features such as spot healing, clone, red eye, etc. How do I add in this toolbar?
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Illustrator CS5: Selection Tool Highlights Object Just by Passing Over It?

This isn't a major issue, but I recently reset my preferences for Illustrator CS5 and now find the Selection Tool (black arrow) is highlighting every single object I pass over. Previously, only once I ...
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Why is Illustrator's minus front not working?

I have some white lines (converted to path) on top of my star shape (rasterized) as shown in the picture. I am trying to "delete" the white lines from the shape so the shape gaps can be seen in ...
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Can I use Illustrator to import text data and populate text boxes?

I have a long list of organizations in one column in my csv. I would like to populate separate text boxes within one Illustrator file with this data. These text boxes are not in a table, but in a ...
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My Illustrator CC graphics appear pixelated and paths are jagged. [duplicate]

I'm using Illustrator CC and my paths appear pixelated. I have no idea what may have caused the pixelation since it just started happening out of the blue. The image I've attached shows the saved jpg ...
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How to make a vector outline of select items?

I want to make a laser cut map of the world. I downloaded a vector file from the link below. I want to cut out the continents and islands but only etch the countries and states. My dilemma is that ...
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How do you create these illustrations in Illustrator that look like pencils by Ryan Putnam?

I want to achieve the same style in Illustrator like the ones in here https://www.dropbox.com/pro
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How do I achieve an “old” distressed poster effect in Illustrator, Photoshop or Pixelmator?

I am looking to create some graphics that look like modernism vintage style. Examples here: Any thoughts here?
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Help in creating woodcut-style illustrations [duplicate]

I would like to know how to make this pictures in Illustrator or Photoshop!!
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How to quickly setup a gradient mesh for annulus-like shapes in AI?

I usually encounter annulus-like shapes such as the one shown below: I want to create a gradient mesh out of this array of discrete patches. However, Adobe Illustrator can only create rectangular ...