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Importing highly complex(maybe vector) graphics[3D model] from PDF to Illustrator

I am trying to import a PDF into illustrator, the problem is that the PDF is a highly complex 3D diagram. I don't know from which software the PDF was genarated. I know that the original file ...
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Checking through different fonts quickly

There's a trick I've seen other graphic designers do wehre they'll highlight a block of text, and then seemingly down-arrow through their whole list of fonts, seeing how it looks on that text block, ...
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Compensating for darkening that occurs during lamination

My printer has requested that a batch of graphic files be lightened by 5% to compensate for darkening that happens when the print is laminated. That would have been easy, until I asked, "What about ...
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Illustrator: Disabling random layer colors?

Creating new layers automatically assigns random layer colors in the Layers Panel. Is there any workaround for having new layers assigned the same color (e.g. Red)?
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Illustrator now refuses to draw lines with stroke weight below 1 pt

Since yesterday, Illustrator has been refusing to let me set a line weight under 1pt. If I set a lower one, the line snaps back to 1pt weight. This is crippling to my work: The art is being output to ...
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What is the correct value of raster effect resolution parameter in Adobe Illustrator for saving PNG used in an iPad application

I have a graphic prepared in Adobe Illustrator that I need to export to a PNG file used in an iPad application. The default value of Raster Effect resolution parameter is 72 ppi, on the other hand ...
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Saving a single brush to an existing library

Is there a way to save one brush at a time to a library in Illustrator CS5? So far as I've figured out so far, you can clear all-but-one of the brushes out of the default library, load the last ...
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What CMYK values should I use for rich black, and how should I handle tints/shades?

I'm working on a full color piece in Illustrator which has a few large black and grey areas. I'd like the black to be a rich black. I was thinking c30 m30 y30 k100. What is the best ways to match my ...
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Print outline preview in illustrator

Is it possible to print only the outline preview (View > Preview) of an artboard? Taking a screenshot and printing is not an option for me.
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Export a design for Print Usage, preserving the vector

I am designing a Banner Flex of big size. 6mx8ft. I built this using illustrator, as it has specific tools for vector graphics. Such big document size cannot be created on illustrator or any other ...
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Macro To Scroll Through Tools in Adobe Illustrator CS5.1

I'm just beginning to use Illustrator and am pretty well versed in Photoshop. In Photoshop, you can hit Shift + (the macro for the tool) and it'll scroll through the subtools. For example, you can ...
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Deleting a selected area in Illustrator

How do I chop out regions of a bitmap in Illustrator, revealing the transparency beneath? I'm starting with a raster graphic imported from Photoshop. The goal is to cut off a precisely-measured ...
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How to modify the corner radius on rounded rectangle in Illustrator?

I always ended up just creating a new rounded rectangle if the existing one don't work. Is there a way to modify the corner radius without having to create a new shape? I know I can modify the bezier ...
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Photoshop: X, Y, W, H

I'm addicted to using the X, Y, W, and H parameters in the upper right of the window in Illustrator . It makes precision layouts, resizes, and measurements trivially easy. I understand you can get ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS5 | how simplify and remove duplicates in the path

At first, sorry for my bad english =) I have a path as seen in this screenshot: After "release compound path", I have multiple segments of path, but each segment consists of several superimposed on ...
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Outline edition tool in CorelDraw?

Is there any tool in CorelDraw X4/X5 that allows to change the outline like you can do in Illustrator?
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Trying to Export From Photoshop to Illustrator

I am currently trying to export a few layers from Photoshop to Illustrator. However whenever I try and export, I get a blank ai document. I've also tried creating paths from my text (this is just ...
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How to create my own arrow effects in illustrator CS 2

In illustrator CS 2 you can use effects to add an arrow end to a line, which moves with the line if it is dragged or scaled, very useful :-) Is it possible to create my own arrow effects? For example ...
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Strange selection behavior in illustrator CS 2

I have a non-filled rectangle with some border color. "Inside" this rectangle I have some other objects (the type of the objects doesn't matter for my problem, it could be text, other rectangles, ...
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how to change the workspace color window from RGB to CMYK mode in Illustrator CS5.1?

I'm using Illustrator CS5.1 and started a new document in RGB mode. When I change the color mode to CMYK under File > Document Color Mode > CMYK Color, the Color window in my workspace doesn't ...
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Technically, what are the prime gotchas that could affect your logo further down the road, if it incorporates justified* fx & blend mode treatments?

Explanation (*Justified meaning they favorably add to the identity and aesthetics; i.e. we're assuming that they make perfect sense in a structural meaning.) I'm looking for technically specific ...
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Manipulating the axis of a 2D graphic

I have made a flat 2D design in Illustrator that I want to change the viewer's perspective on. So where it is currently being viewed head-on or top-down, I'd like to skew the projected viewing angle ...
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Illustrator, Save for Web: keeping Art and Type optimization separate in one go?

When exporting for web in Illustrator, there's the ever familiar Art Optimized and Type Optimized rendition schemes (apart from None). Both schemes have their own perks on different types of ...
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Measuring from the right side of the page in Illustrator

I have a pair of graphic files representing punch-out cardstock tokens in a board game, one to be printed on the front side of the sheet, and one on the back. The back of the page needs to be an ...
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How do I Export from Adobe Illustrator to Photoshop and Preserve Layers?

I am a web developer and I convert design elements from Photoshop to html. Sometimes I receive the designs in Illustrator. I like to export the Illustrator files to Photoshop so they are easier to ...
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Blend mode “Add” in illustrator

Does illustrator have the equivalent of an "Add" blend mode? This would mean that (R=0, G=128, B=255) + (R=255, G=128, B=0) = white
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How can I replicate the label of this bottle in Illustrator?

I'm trying to replicate the label of the water bottle shown here: I would like to recreate it in Illustrator. I've tried a few different methods with mixed results, none of which are really a match ...
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Jagged edges from illustrator

We built a game for facebook http://apps.facebook.com/jibrjabr that uses images created in illustrator and exported as gif. This is a high res version of one of the achievements as it appears on the ...
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Combining all paths with the same fill color into a group?

In Illustrator CS5 is there a way to combine all the paths with the same color into the same group?
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Illustrator Text Bounding Box Resize

I have an illustrator file, and I need to resize the bounding box of all the components, without changing the size of the text. Is there an easy way to do this, or do I have to go and rewrite all of ...
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Distribute objects along a path in Illustrator

Using Adobe Illustrator, how can I evenly distribute a group of objects along an arc?
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Is the sharpness at 100% zoom sharp enough for Illustrator printing?

I have a artwork from PS (non-vector) that I imported into an Illustrator document. At 100% view in Illustrator, it is perfectly sharp. Is that enough for printing?
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Illustrator to photoshop export

I am having problems with some illustrator files (I'm a developer more than a graphic designer). Basically, I can't seem to get around two things. Firstly, I have an illustrator file in which some of ...
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In Illustrator CS5 Scaling problems

In Illustrator CS5 when I select Scale from the Transform menu it reverts to Free Transform and I have to select it again to get Scale. Anyone else have that problem?
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How do I zoom in Illustrator CS5 using Bamboo touch ring

I have a Wacom Bamboo tablet with Adobe Illustrator CS5 and I want to use the touch ring to zoom in and out. I can't find the setting in Illustrator that needs to change to enable that feature. Any ...
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Adobe Illustrator 5: When I move an object right it moves up?

I have Adobe Illustrator 5 on Mac. Everything was normal before but now some document level transformation settings have changed. Arrow keys don't work as they should. When I move selected object ...
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Spot Color Transparency and Screens in Illustrator

(Illustrator CS5) I have a design that will be printed on a line printer. Possible are up to 7 colors, or a 4-color process with 3 line colors. I'm currently sticking to PMS only (only 5 PMS colors ...
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How to draw isometric vectors?

I am looking for "built in" software solutions for Illustrator CS2-5 preferably. I am trying to create these isometric illustrations for a web app. Right now I've manually set up a grid in Adobe ...
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Display rectangle size automatically

Is it possible to create a diagram in one of the adobe products, whereby next to each shape there is a label displaying the size of the shape. for example if i draw a 100x500 box it displays this ...
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Why did the size of copied elements from Illustrator to Photoshop change?

I'm working on a comp provided by a designer. It's an Illustrator file. My normal workflow is I copy (to the clipboard) a visual element from Illustrator and paste it into Photoshop. This allows me to ...
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Should I use Illustrator or Photoshop for Collateral Design?

I am creating a web advertising rate card. Basically a brochure. It will be a PDF file. Should I do brochure designs or collateral designs using Illustrator and then import the non vector images from ...
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Is there a way to imitate a pencil or pen in illustrator?

I'm working with illustrations and I realized that it's easier to draw lines in Illustrator and combine them in Photoshop with other effects and textures. The problem is that I cannot find a way to ...
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Small-run or DIY printing solutions for packaging design?

So, about a year ago, I taught myself Illustrator. I am still bumbling along and experimenting with what it can do. I recently bought a new book that has templates for packaging design and I am going ...
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how to import vectors from fireworks to illustrator

I created some vector graphics for my company's website in fireworks because I like the pixel perfect control I get but now everybody likes the artwork so much that they want to use it all over the ...
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Tips for a more efficient workflow using Illustrator's Live Trace?

I'd like to think this tool could be useful when converting small b/w images, but more often than not I am dissatisfied with how noisy the vector work is -- too many anchors scattered around creates ...
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What is the best way to resize things in illustrator?

I am working with this "complicated" ilustrated cat character in Illustrator. The problem is that I worked and modified what I needed to modify and now I have to resize this cat and I stumbled into a ...
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Inner shadow issue in Illustrator CS5

I gave a comp to my client that I did in Photoshop. I used an inner shadow but now have realized the in Illustrator CS5 I have no such "easy" filter. I have spent 2 days seaching the web, trying ...
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How to create a two-colored rectangle and vertically-align it with text using Illustrator?

I need to create a rectangle that has a 1px stroke. It needs to have one color on the top left and another on the bottom right with a diagonal line running from the bottom left to the top right. I ...
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How does one find missing fonts using Inkscape?

I have an Adobe Illustrator file that I am opening with Inkscape. Everything works great except some of the text is all screwed up because I don't have all of the appropriate fonts available on my ...
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Illustrator how to crop and save images

I have a website someone designed for me in AI but i am not sure how to crop out pieces and select layers and save them to design my website. I am only used to the way of photoshop finding the layer ...