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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 ...
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Affordable vector graphics editor [duplicate]

I'm looking for an affordable alternative to Illustrator, for Mac or PC, or even iPad, for drawing vector graphics. I have training and experience with Freehand (RIP) and Illustrator, but cannot ...
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Illustrator searches for linked files in pdf

Adobe Reader shows pdf's with "linked files" correctly, but Illustrator CS5 asks to "replace missing links", which I do not have (and even if I did, I wouldn't enjoy dealing with each one). It is ...
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Illustrator: Change the colors of a symbol

Is it possible to change the colors of a symbol in a document without breaking the link with its original shape. Eg.: I have a square a symbol. I have two I races of them in my document. I want on ...
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Editable two side text

Here's what I want to achieve: pretty simple right? BUT, I'd like the text to remain editable in a simple manner, that is: Editable text (no outlined font); Only one line of text (any change has ...
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Clipping Mask in Illustrator using Photoshop image

I have two photoshop pngs, I am trying to simulate a rotating coin 3D effect. One image will act as heads and the other will act as tails. How can I get these two images to rotate together to ...
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import from photoshop to illustrator

I have an image with color (in photoshop), it is 512x512 with a radius of 80. This image has several blending options like color overlay, gradient, pattern overlay, etc. I am trying to export this ...
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Rounded rectangle with zigzag border

I'm trying to create a rounded rectangle with zigzag borders in Adobe Illustrator CS5. This is how I want it to look like: With the normal zigzag effect on a rectangle with no rounded corners, I ...
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Make Arabic text show properly in Adobe Illustrator

Arabic text doesn't show properly in Adobe Illustrator. Even with a font that supports Arabic text (e.g. Arial), the text is back to front (left to right, not right to left) and the letters don't join ...
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Pathfinder not accomplishing my task in Illustrator

I am trying to make a speech bubble. My attempt consists of a rectangle and then using the pen tool to establish three points. They are not filled and only have a border. Here is what I have: This ...
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Illustrator “virtual” clone

how can I clone an object in Illustrator so that a link remains to the source object and modifying it alters all the copies as well? Thanks
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Illustrator - Set EPS Version from CS6 default to Legacy CS(x)

I have recently upgraded my version of Illustrator to CS6 but have run into a problem. I batch create EPS files for print and then hand them on to a supplier. They however don't have CS6, but CS5. ...
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Clip path problem in Illustrator

I'm working in Illustrator CS4, and when I save from EPS to SVG I get these messages: Foreign artworks are expanded (I see this error when I save to SVG) clipping will be lost on roundtrip (And I ...
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Mysterious line next to shape after saving for web in Illustrator

So I have got the .ai file from our designer and I have to save it to a specific size to then be used on a website. I have aligned all shapes to pixel raster (not sure if this is required) and I have ...
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Illustrator clipping masks containing images and text

My clipping mask was working in when it was just text. I have added an image to the text and the clipping mask no longer works even if I group the text and the image. Any ideas? I was working in ...
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How To Achieve This 3D-ish, bubble-ish Look

I have been searching all over to find a tutorial (for Photoshop or Illustrator) to create something with this look: I would like to be able to achieve this with different textures (wood, stone, ...
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Photoshop layers into SVG paths

I have a set of Photoshop files which consist of a base image with a series of layers with colored overlays. The overlays are labeled using the layer names. My task is to get these overlays as SVG ...
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How can I create a realistic 3d model from my 2d photos of furniture?

Before you point your finger and laugh, please take into consideration that my boss is asking me to do this for him. As a faithful employee with some Photoshop skills and no experience with 3d ...
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How to Subtract A Rectangle From a Circle in Illustrator

I'm new to Illustrator and it is driving me nuts. What I want to do is simply subtract a rectangle from a circle On top of it, I draw a white rectangle, and use the Subtract from front from the ...
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how can I export a vector shadow in illustrator to place into photoshop as a smart object?

I know you can export the asset as a PSD and open it in Photoshop. Is there a more seamless way? Update: I'm an idiot. Someone else created the logo, and the shadow was it's own layer on multiply ...
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Photoshop/Illustrator difference in blend modes

I have used photoshop for some time and am now trying to learn Illustrator (Both version CS5) I would like to know if there is a difference in the way the blend modes work between these two apps, ...
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Align to pixel grid problem

I'm designing small icons for screen, I'm using align to pixel grid. One problem I've encountered is aligning a compound path to the grid. This is the letter "O", which is a compound path, when I ...
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Create a smooth connection (blend) between open paths in Illustrator

I'm trying to connect two open paths with a perfectly smooth curve. It is an easy task in CAD/3D software, But I can't figure out a way to accomplish that in Illustrator. The top part of the image is ...
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How to “press-in” shape in Illustrator

I am a newbie to Illustrator. What I want is to create add a "pressed-in" effect to a shape (basically add some depth to it), so that it looks like it has been "pressed-in" into its surrounding ...
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Thin font output

I have an illustrator text in Myriad Pro light 8 pt that I need to output to a png or gif. The quality degrades tremendously. What is the best practice to get a good quality screen output on thin and ...