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How can one save a 2D part--that is, as connected paths--in Illustrator so that it can be “read” by AutoCAD?

How can one save a 2D part--that is, as connected paths--in Illustrator so that it can be "read" by AutoCAD?
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Merging a semicircle with two parallel lines [duplicate]

How can I merge a semicircle with two parallel lines? I want to have the leftmost point of the semicircle to bind with the leftmost line in the illustration below, and I'd like the rightmost point of ...
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Diagonal lines for brush stroke or dashed stroke

I would like to stroke a path with 45 degree diagonal lines that are set a fixed distance of of 0.125 inches to each other. I'd also like the diagonals not to distort on curves- in other words, I ...
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How to reduce the brightness of selected vector objects?

This is a group of elements in Illustrator. I need to make the whole object less bright. One option is to go through each element in the group and alter the color. Another way is to make a rectangle ...
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How to stop snapping of slices when re-sizing?

I wonder if there is any shortcut on keyboard to prevent snapping slices while re-sizing. I am talking about slices and they are jumping not by pixel, but by distance to nearest slice edge. I've ...
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Illustrator assumes I want to type on a path— can that be changed?

I noticed that in the more recent versions of Adobe Illustrator the program liberally assumes that I want to convert my lines into text paths-- meaning that any time I am even in the vicinity of a ...
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Illustrator CS6 Rotating a path after Arcing (Warping)

After I Arc a Path using the Warp tool to the desired Arc size radius etc. I then want to rotate the arc so that it is inverted. However when I flip or rotate it 180 degrees, the Arc returns to the ...
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How to modify path width in Illustrator?

I have this image of a heart: favorite.svg and this image of a back arrow: back.svg I would like to modify the line width of the back arrow to match the line width of the heart. Any ideas on how I ...
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Cut a square in half to produce line corners

Is it possible to cut a square in half without it forming triangles? I want a to dissect a square into "4 corners" and I find the line tool is inaccurate. Here is the effect I was trying to ...
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Why are computers so bad at automatically kerning?

Photoshop, Illustrator and similar graphic design software are in general bad at kerning. Why does the computer find it so hard that we need to manually go through headlines and text just to get it ...
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Is it possible to save Rulers ON and Grid ON as a part of Illustrator Workspace

Creating a new file in Illustrator I should always press Command+R and Command+' to enable rulers and grid. Is there any way to show them automatically on opening or to save them ON in a ...
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Should I expand the appearance of my gradients before printing?

I know that I should create outlines on all the text I'm using before printing to ensure that any unique typefaces get printed correctly, and I see that there are options to also expand gradient ...
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How to align all selected points to a grid?

I'm working with Illustrator to make some icons. I use grid with step = 1px and after I scale/rotate shape elements I want them to automatically align to the grid. I know CS4+ has such an option in ...
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Problem with logo design: doesn't scale down well

I need some advice/opinions on the attached logo and what my designer should have done to make it scaleable. It looks fine at high resolution and zoomed in over 400% in AI, but at 100% and less the ...
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Is there option to fit square to artboard size in Illustrator?

I constantly create square background which I should adjust to artboard size. Almost every time I miss one or two pixels (Retina is good for that), so I looked for one-click feature "click object to ...
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Unable to achieve long shadow effect in Illustrator [duplicate]

I have read several guides on how to achieve the Long Shadow effect using Illustrator, I tried both using the Transform Effect and Blend Modes, however I fail achieve it using both. When I try using ...
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Saving Illustrator logo for common to use formats

I've got pretty simple problem. I've created logo in 3 variations on 3 A4 format artboards. I want to crop them, to get rid of loads of white space around logo, and secondly i'd like to save it with ...
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Create a PDF in illustrator with links to pages

Is it possible to create a multi-page PDF using Adobe Illustrator with various elements on a page linked to other pages in same PDF? The purpose is, we want to output semi-interactive prototypes with ...
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How to find rasterised elements in a vector converted from Illustrator16 to EPS 10

In a way to meet the Shutterstock guidelines I need to convert my Illustrator ai vector files to EPS 10 format. This conversion can create rasterised elements in an EPS10 files. Shutterstock does not ...
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Ronchi Rules or graduated and varied strokes in illustrator or Inkscape

I am searching for an easy way to create (in vector) something like this: essentially I would like to create lines starting for example: black 5pt, white 5pt, black 4pt, white 4pt, etc... all the ...
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Crossed guides in Illustrator CS6

On the "what's new in Illustrator" there are some new features, but on my MacBook Pro the features 1 and 2 do not work. Could some one check them for me - do you have them working? Is there any way to ...
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How to make a triangular selection in illustrator?

I want to select the circles in the image that are in the bottom left corner. Imagine I have 100 circles, so doing it manually is impractical. Is there a way to select objects using something else ...
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How to set only black to overprint on embedded image on Adobe Illustrator

I have an embedded image on an AI file. The image was originally a Photoshop file. I linked it, embedded it, turned it into grey-scale, I set its colour to 100% K (black). The black and white ...
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how to combine a line and a path in illustrator

I have a path with a black fill that has two curves that meet at a point. I also have a vertical line that connects the beaks of both curves. How can I combine them so the right white triangle ...
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Smart Object Illustrator-Photoshop doesn't work

I am importing a DWG into Adobe Illustrator, saving it there as a .AI, copying by Ctrl + C to Photoshop, inserting it by selecting Smart Object in the Box that appears but... instead of giving me a ...
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How can I create a ragged edge on a box with an image mask in Illustrator?

I apologize if the title of the question isn't terribly clear, I'm struggling with finding terminology that is adequate. Essentially, what I am trying to do is create a rectangle that looks like a ...
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How to delete a Rectangular Grid without deleting the color in Illustrator

I am new to the use of the Rectangular Grid Tool and I created an 8-bit style background using it and the LivePaint Bucket. I'm afraid that some how, some of the lines of the grid were colored and are ...
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Converting an Illustrator Letter Head Design to Word

so I created this letter head for a client of mine in Illustrator and it's looking good and everyone is happy with it. This now needs to get converted into a word document so that when they open the ...
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How to convert clipping mask to individual paths?

I'm a programmer, not a designer. I'm handy with a graphics program as long as it doesn't require artistic abilities. However, I'm not sure about the correct terminology. I'm working with Adobe ...
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How can I easily add color to unclosed shapes?

I've got a line art drawing of a dragon that I'm trying to color. I don't necessarily care if I use Illustrator, Photoshop, or Sketchbook Pro; I'm just trying to figure out the best way to color the ...
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How can I convert a jpg-signature into strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature into a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small svg, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no ...
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How to create this realistic glossy preview of a business card?

I am trying to create the effect posted in this image. How can this can be created?
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Text on Path Illustrator

I wanted to put the text inside the triangle path. I tried but the text is not guite readable. I want something like on picture I provided.
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Preparing this type of icon in illustrator

I recently came to know that photoshop doesn't give much clarity on resizing as it saves on rectangle pixels and even my work was wasted due to that even, because whatever images I prepared, they look ...
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How to hide pasteboard in Illustrator CS5?

Is there a way to hide the pasteboard in Illustrator CS5 so I only see whats in the Artboard area?
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Is it possible to control layer order in an Illustrator stroke?

Let's say I've made a custom brush in Illustrator (this example is stripped down, but it's enough to get the point across): The stroke starts at the bottom and loops around. There are two ...
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How do you generate the shapes at the bottom of the image? Is is done with a filter or manually?

I'm sorry if this is a noob question. I use photoshop a lot, but not illustrator. Do you draw these manually? or is there a filter for this? Do you use a separate software like 3d studio max or ...
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Exporting multi layered Illustrator to Photoshop

Is there a way to export large multi-layered Illustrator file to Photoshop? When I export with preserve layers and text edit-ability, the complex layers are flattened. I've reorganized my layers to ...
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How to join two overlapping non-end points that belong to two paths?

Steps to Recreate: Create a Rectangle without a fill but with a stroke (Empty rectangle) Select "Smart Guides" & "Snap To Point" from the View Menu. Select the "Line Segment" tool from the ...
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Keep Illustrator CS5 tool options window open?

In Illustrator, CS5 is there any way to keep the tool options window open or viewable when using the blob brush/eraser tools? It's a pain in the butt when you havg to change the direction or shape of ...
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When should I use SVG or SVGZ for my web graphics?

From my understanding, The SVGZ is a compressed file type of an SVG. I love using SVG images and have had a lot of experience with them. All of the times I used them I have never had a graphic that ...
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Shape does not fill entirely in Illustrator CS6

As you can see in the picture above. I can't fully fill the hair with color, why is that?
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Exporting to PDF in Illustrator: Reduce file size in document with multiple occurrences of the same raster graphic

I have a multi-page PDF created with 7 Artboards in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The problem is the PDF file created is too large (40MB). The pages (artboards) have the same exact high-res raster graphic ...
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Why can't I use live paint with the paint brush?

I'm new to Illustrator and I'm clearly doing something not quite right. In Microsoft Paint I'm used to using my prodigious skill to produce color swirls like this: Which are made by scrawling ...
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Problems shrinking text in Illustrator CS6

I'm trying to have a crack at designing a simple business card using a logo which was created for me. I've run into a problem.. I had a logo made which looks pretty standard. Not sure what font is ...
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How to use all colors in Illustrator? Remove out of gamut checking

I just can't make pure blue (R=0,G=0,B=255) circle. It says "out of gamut warning". If I press "fix" or something, it makes color black but not blue. I don't need this "service". How to bother out ...
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How to paste from Illustrator to Photoshop without losing aspect ratio?

I have vector artwork that is not aligned to a pixel grid in Illustrator. In CS5, I would be able to paste the vector object as a smart object into Photoshop file that was larger than the illustrator ...
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Resizing Live Paint Pixel Art [duplicate]

I tried doing some pixel art, used the Rectangular Grid Tool, used Live Paint to create the art and then I expanded it from Object>Live Paint>Expand. I'm using 2 colors, black and red. My problem is ...
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Pasting a raster image into Illustrator, control default PPI

I'm using Illustrator to create a presentation and I use images of part of my screen. I basically take a screenshot (actually I use Snagit to only copy a part of my screen, but I don't think that is ...
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Adobe Illustrator Transparent Mask

I'm not much of a graphic artist, but I try to learn how to do new things. I learned how to use the Extrude & Bevel to create a 3D effect. I like the result. But I'm using the resulting graphic ...