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Font with transparent holes-fill in and outline in illustrator

I'm using a font called Nashville. I want to outline only the most outside of the paths. If I try to use the outline tool, it outlines all of the small holes in the font, too. I want to fill in the ...
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Shadow below images [duplicate]

I have this image that I got from slidesjs.com It looks awesome when used as a frame, but I want to "elongate" it. Steps on how to accomplish this? I know it looks like a simple shadow, but the ...
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Illustrator paste in place on one artboard

Is it possible to past in place on one (selected) artboard instead of all artboards?
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How can I create a circular zig-zag pattern?

I'm trying to create something that looks like this: I can do the blue lines easily enough but I can't seem to get the grey 'circular diamonds' right. No matter what I do, be it a diamond shape ...
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What is this outline around text and how do I get rid of it? (Adobe Illustrator CS5)

I'm a beginner in Illustrator so please excuse me if this is a very noob question. There's this thin orange-ish outline around the text. I'm 100% certain it is not a stroke. I'm guessing it is ...
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Save Illustrator as PDF with transparent background

Is there a way to export my artwork as PDF so that it has a transparent background? Something like exporting objects only... whenever I try to save my .ai as pdf, it always comes with a full white ...
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Save as PDF creates ghost images of my text behind the text

I'm an Illustrator Novice (I'm more experienced with Photoshop) but I need to create a vector version of our company logo. The logo looks fine in Illustrator and if I export a png version it looks ...
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Multiple images spread out inside circle using Illustrator

I have a group of 6 images that are masked in even-sized rectangles. I'd like those rectangles to be evenly distributed along the outside of the bottom half of a circle. Whats the best way to handle ...
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Opacity in Illustrator

I am creating a vexel portrait in Illustrator. For the shading areas I am using a 5% opacity for each shape that I draw w/ the pen tool. But I find that I have to set the opacity back to 5% for each ...
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Tips for creating and editing paths in Illustrator

I'm new to Adobe Illustrator, but I have used extensively Inkscape. While I recognize that Illustrator is vastly superior in many fronts, I feel a bit of a lag due to the need to use three or four ...
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Keep minium distance of 1px when resizing logo

I am currently doing some work for one of my sites, for which among other things I am designing a logo. The logo partly consists of a few squares, which are aligned directly next to each other and ...
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How to create fading drop shadow effect in Illustrator?

Any advice on how to create the shadow effect in the attached image would be much appreciated!
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Text Alignment Issues When Opening Adobe Illustrator CS5 File in CorelDRAW X6

I have a file in Adobe Illustrator CS5 (AI-CS5) which I open in CorelDRAW X6 (CD-X6) because it has to go to commercial printers which only accept CD-X6 files. The problem is that when I open the file ...
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How to convert .mp4 to vector animation in Illustrator?

I found this nice tutorial that explains how to convert a movie file to a .gif in Photoshop. Is there an analogous process in Illustrator?
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Any program to create/edit Adobe Illustrator xml easily?

I've been using Illustrator's Data-Driven Graphics, for one of my projects. But dread using command-line programing to populate all the fields. Is there a GUI app to manage, edit and save Adobe ...
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Illustrator: warping a group

Does Adobe Illustrator have a feature to warp a group of shapes similar to Photoshop's Edit>transform>warp? So far I've tried the reshape tool seems to only work on individual shapes?
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Why are my colours outputting so differently in Illustrator

Despite trying various colour profiles across Illustrator and CS5 I seem to keep running into save for web, export and screen-grabs (used as a more accurate last resort) issues where the colours I'm ...
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Need Guidance for Color Profile Settings in Illustrator

What is the best color profile to start with in Illustrator when designing a Logo that will be used for web and for print? Do you need to work on them in two different files, one with CMYK profile and ...
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Placing images in Illustrator CS5

When I place images in Illustrator CS5, I face the following problems. I have a AI-CS5.1 file which is 902 KB in size. I have a image file in JPG format which is 618 KB in size. The File is 1600 ...
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Change Background Color of Text Box in Illustrator CS5

Any way to change the background color of a text box without all the workarounds such as placing another shape behind the text. I need to have a textbox filled with color of 249, 249, 249 and a ...
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How can I export an image from Illustrator image at multiple sizes?

I am new to Adobe Illustrator and I have a logo image which I need to use in 5 or 6 different sizes. The logo image was created in Adobe Illustrator, but when I try to save the image to PNG or JPEG ...
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Is it possible to do this Illustrator tutorial in Photoshop?

I am in the process of learning photoshop and came across this tutorial which create a great text effect, however it is written for illustrator. Does anybody know if there are any similar guides for ...
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Editing gradient in vector image

I have a vector image of water. I would like to keep the top wave/bubbles as they are BUT extend the gradient blue on the bottom (to fit the longer length of a trade show banner). I'm sure there's a ...
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Illustrator pen tool edges are way too sharp

I'm trying to draw a vector diamond with a tutorial, but when I connect two anchor points the corner becomes extremely sharp. Why is that happening? Here's an example of what's happening Thanks.
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Why can't I select 'Monitor RGB' in Proof Setup of Photoshop or Illustrator?

I'm trying to get a consistent look between my web and Adobe suite. At the moment, colors are vastly different, being washed out in photoshop and illustrator. My understanding is I can simply go into ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS4 Intersection vs Adobe Illustrator CS6 Intersection

I hope you can help me. I work for a graphic design studio and we have recently upgraded to Adobe CS6. One of our designers who works heavily with Illustrator. He has noticed, when intersecting two ...
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How to create saturated color palette in Photoshop and Illustrator?

Assume that I have an A color with value 0xff0f0f and two basic black and white colors. How can I create quickly a swatch consists of all medium colors between white and A(lighter) and between A and ...
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Change Illustrator's save method to not have -01 extension?

Wondering if there is a way to change the way Illustrator outputs png and jpegs with the -01, -02, -03, etc. extensions. Is there a way to tell it not to do this? I use Illustrator for web design and ...
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How to shrink vector object without distoring it in Illustrator?

I always bump into this problem of distorting a logo when I shrink it in illustrator. I have expanded the object and converted all outlines. I tried 'simplify' and 'clean up' the anchor points, and ...
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Which program to use for a 3D logo

I am starting to develop a logo, but I want to know the best medium to work with. The size of the logo should never have to exceed 500 x 500 pixels, so I'm not sure if that should be taken into ...
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Illustrator Data-Driven Graphics Error - XML linked file Variables wont work

So I am trying to create a document with Data-Driven Graphics in Illustrator [Mac OSX 10.7 + Illustrator CS5]. Using the Variable Panels, I used the existing content to create a Data Set exported it ...
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Standards when creating Icons

I'm in the process of creating some icons for an application, and find myself coming up with the same question over and over again. Are there any guidelines for how thick the lines should be in an ...
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Coloured background in illustrator that isn't included in export

I have an illustrator document with many artboards. Almost all the artwork is white and needs to be exported as (transparent) pngs. In order to see the artwork I have to put a large grey rectangle ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Masking using layers with stroke?

I'm working with Google Maps in making a campus map comprised of a number of tile overlays. Two of these overlays- accessibility (paths) and parking- are layered under other elements (with strokes) ...
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Placing a PSD file in AI CS3 renders unsatisfactory effect results

I'm laying out a composition in AI CS3, using a placed PSD file, and I'm getting not satisfactory results per the effects overlay quality. I hope you'll be able to help me out. Image 1: This is the ...
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Scaling in Illustrator

I'm just getting started with Illustrator. I've created some artwork I like. I want to press it now for the web. If I click "Save for web", change the size to something small like 30x100 (px) it's all ...
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How to create line in Illustrator with multiple color segments?

I'm a relative novice with Illustrator and I am looking for the best way to make a line with multiple color segments. For example, here is my feeble attempt by just making three lines and trying to ...
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Illustrator gradient tool won't change direction

In Illustrator CS6, I can only get the gradient tool to add a horizontal gradient. I can not drag either of the end points around into a vertical gradient. What is going on here that I can't see?
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What are some recommended online training courses (video) for Adobe illustrator?

I've just finished trialing TutsPlus and decided not to renew as the majority of their content is coding tutorials. However I did watch a course on Adobe illustrator which was really good and want ...
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Microsoft Office Icons - At Least 500 x 500

Anybody know where there are some Microsoft Office Icons that are at least 500 x 500 pixels wide and a good resolution to download? I might even be willing to pay for them, I just don't want to have ...
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Logo looking fuzzy on smaller sizes

I created my logo in Adobe Illustrator and i'm happy espect that when i need it smaller, it looks pretty ugly and fuzzy. Like pixels are getting squeezed. Here is a screenshot of the original on the ...
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illustration tools for beginners

I'm a software developer and am working on a personal project (website + iphone/ipad app). I need simple illustrations for these to fill in the blanks until the project gets "some" paying customers or ...
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Cut a complex path at an intersection in Illustrator

I'm playing with a celtic knot work shape, which means that I want to split a path which crosses itself at that intersection. How do I tell it what segment I want to split? It's one path but ...
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Trying to export PDF from Illustrator, but gradient (Black to Transparent) not printing Transparent

Using - Illustrator CS5 I have created an image which has a shadow behind it. This shadow is a shape with a gradient applied that is black to transparent. I have saved this Adobe Illustrator file ...
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AI2Canvas plugin support for Adobe Illustrator CS6

Is that possible to somehow run AI2Canvas plugin in Illustrator CS6? I used it in CS5 version successfully and it did its job just great, but now when I start Illustrator, it shows an alert that it ...
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export icon from illustrator to Photoshop with transparency

I have an icon in illustrator but when I export to Photoshop I get white around the shadow in the image. Please advise how to remove the white. I have the icon in layers. original ai file ...
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Overlapping Stroke Anchor Points Illustrator CS5

I'm having trouble getting rid of these criss crossing anchor points in Illustrator. They're on the same path, but the anchor point is creating an extended path and thus a "criss cross". The odd ...
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Going from Illustrator to Photoshop

I've been having some trouble lately trying to create some simple images when going from AI to PS. I'm initially starting out with this apple logo vector that I want to convert to a white color in ...
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Creating a master artboard

I need to create a master artboard containing one or more other artboards to export work as sprites. However, the only way I can figure out how to do this is to create a blank artboard of the ...
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Move artboard without changing contents position

Often when I move an artboard in Illustrator using the mouse, the contents end up having moved half or 1 pixel within the artboard. Is there a setting or something else I can do to prevent the ...