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Scaling a text box in Illustrator CS6 (without scaling text)

Ok, I have a fresh Illustrator document. Pasted some copied text into the "artboard" (the clipboard is severely broken, but that's for another day). The textbox that gets pasted is one huge line ...
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Transparency in clipping mask groups

I am using a clipping mask to cut out some shapes. These shapes are composed of a rectangular "base color" and then some extra shapes overlaid for shading. However, with the clipping mask I get bright ...
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Is there any way to combine a picture's border into the shape in illustrator?

I made an icon with a border, but I don't want the border. If I remove the border, the icon loses it's thickness and doesn't look right. Is there any way to make the border into part of the shape?
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How to make striped/dashed border for a “cut out” coupon style?

I want to make an effect like this: How can I achieve this? The thing I'm stuck is the striped border. I want to know how to make it in Photoshop and Illustrator.
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Re-Recording Actions in Illustrator

I frequently record Illustrator Actions. My actions are quite long, but they all involve three common steps: Assigning Notes to shapes Assigning Swatches to shapes Selecting shapes that have a ...
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How can I make Symbols in Illustrator like I would in Flash?

I have a quite complex draw in Illustrator (let's say, lots of vectors and that), and I have to make a mosaic for printing a hole page of them. It's complex enough to be memory-heavy, so when I try ...
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Illustrator - Radial gradient on multiple shapes

I have some circles and line to make a cloud like the one below. I know i can use the path finder to make some unions. But how to make some gradients with a 3d effect ? (like the example) Thanks ...
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Best Way to Build & Design Buttons, Icons for Mobile application

Which is the best Way to Build & Design Buttons, Icons for Mobile application of Android and IOS platform.
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Toggling Bounding Box and Transform Controls in Illustrator

I apologize if this has been covered a thousand times, but I'm new to AI and I don't even know the technical terms of these things to find anything in Google, I've been trying. When you select an ...
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Illustrator : 'deleting' overlay compound path [closed]

I made a circle, and above that I put a compound path which I download from internet, a custom B, I want to just take the circle without the custom B, I did it before, let say a circle with star ...
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How to convert every pixel of raster picture to square objects in Illustrator?

For example I have 10×10px icon. I want to produce 100 squares with correspondent color and location each. Actually, the question is how to make exact pixel mosaic out of raster image. I try Live ...
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Illustrator CS6 not saving (Unexpected error occured)

I was given a .ai file to do a simple change. Illustrator won't let me save to .ai After saving the file this error message occurred: When spot colours are used with transparency, changing them ...
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How to convert document Illustrator file to only one color? (eg. Green)

Is there any way of converting a illustrator file with text and logos to one only. As I'm working for a client that only wants to print with one-color?
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Breaking up a live traced word

I'm converting hand-drawn and scanned letters into vector paths via live trace. So far, so good. The next step I need to do is break up the live-traced letters into individual objects, so I can move ...
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How to draw a beehive in illustrator

I've been trying to draw a beehive graphic in illustrator. My approach has been to draw an ellipse in yellow and change it's perspective. Then on top of that adding a copy of that ellipse, resize it ...
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Business cards: Cannot save according to Illustrator template

I want to make a business card in illustrator. Here is my design: Question 1: The design labeled (1) is perfectly aligned from back to front. I've downloaded a template for illustrator here. The ...
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Why does adding bevel to a graph object in Illustrator take longer to render than a shape in Photoshop?

It's very quick (a few seconds) to add bevel to a shape in Photoshop but when I do the same for a graph object in Illustrator the Mac I'm working on takes an age to render the artwork. Why does this ...
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Copy gradient or style from photoshop to illustrator

I am new to illustrator, if this is too basic do provide links for me (tutorial). I've made a shape, and I put styles on the layer, gradient, color overlay, opacity reduced, I know how to copy the ...
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Sampling color of partially transparent objects in Illustrator

Sometimes when using Adobe Illustrator I need to get a range of tints from a certain color, so I'll drop the opacity to, say, 75%, 50%, and 25% on a white background to get there. It's the quickest ...
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Saving Illustrator as PDF without the hidden layers

We have roughly 55 cards that all have the exact same text. The titles and backgrounds differ among the cards. So I've made just one AI with the different backgrounds and all the text as one copy in a ...
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Illustrator: Type in circular vector & background colour disappearing

I'm having problems adding text using the type path tool in illustrator within a round vector. Every time I go to type on a path though the background colour disappears. Here's an example: If ...
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Convert vector Smart Object layer to Shape layer

I've cut and pasted vector art from Illustrator to PhotoShop and chose "smart object" when I pasted it. Is there a way to convert the smart object to a shape layer now so I can edit the very simple ...
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How to reduce the submenu loading delay in Illustrator?

If I want to use the Arc Tool, I click & hold the Line Tool icon and then I count, 1 Mississippi ... 2 Mississippi ... And then the submenu appears. Is there a way to reduce this lag? Or is ...
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What are the limitations of the option “Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities” in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

First some background... We have a custom piece of software that requires PDF files to auto generate web pages. These PDF files are pretty typical, the only special thing about these is that hey ...
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Illustrator: shape dimension and resize

Is there a way in Illustrator to know the exact dimension of shape in pixel and possibly to resize it down to different (but precise) dimension?
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Is there a way (possibly via a 3rd party plugin) to read/write PDF annotations/comments in Illustrator

Is there a way (possibly via a 3rd party plugin) to read/write PDF annotations/comments in Illustrator? We use PDF comments heavily in our workflow with Illustrator. The problem is to add/edit/view ...
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Export Multiple Artboards to Pngs Named after the Artboard Without the Filename Prepended

Given the following setup: File: SomeFilename.ai Which contains artboards named: Artboard_01 Artboard_02 Artboard_03 At the moment if I export the artboards Illustrator insists ...
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Should files made in Illustrator CS5 be updated to CS6?

My department recently upgraded from CS5 to CS6. We are preparing an InDesign print publication for this year and are repurposing last year's Illustrator and InDesign files which we produced with CS5. ...
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Adobe Illustrator vs Adobe Indesign for brochures

You may know me (not that I am worth knowing) from my first question. I am a noob in web design, graphic desgin, font theroy, color theory, guess all of the mixes that are crucial. My expertise ...
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Illustrator moves objects using “transform again” with scale

Have several copies of the same object moved around to different areas in the artboard. Decide you want to scale them all by 75%. Select the first object, do the scale. Select the next object, press ...
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Illustrator CS6: Change artboard size / final saved file dimensions to match bounds of content

Consider the following two images: The second image is my desired result: the artboard dimensions perfectly match the layer/selection/content. However, I had to resize the artboard manually. Is ...
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How to “draw” pointed corner drop shadows in Adobe Illustrator CS5

I have this image which I want to re-draw/reverse engineered so that I can use it at different sizes as resizing it cause it to look bad. But I can't seem to figure out how to do it. The drop ...
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Different sizes/dimensions on export & save as web in Illustrator CS5

I have a file which is 1020px X 200px Artboard/Document dimensions and the drawings coves the whole artboard as follows. When I "Export" the file as "png" (File>Export) it's dimensions change to ...
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Illustrator: is there a way to toggle snapping while moving anchor points?

Situation While moving anchor points around and… …you currently have Snap to Point and Smart Guides turned On and …you momentarily don't want the points to snap during this operation Problem …you ...
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Best techniques for digitizing artwork using a tablet

I need help or rather to be pointed in the right direction please. Take a look at the artwork: On the left you see my "on paper" art. On the right is my attempt to do the same thing on the digital ...
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Filling half a shape in Illustrator

I am still pretty new to illustrator, so I am still learning. I have a shape (pill shape) that is all white. I am trying to "fill" half of the shape with a yellow color (keeping the black stroke ...
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How to add transparent padding of fixed number of pixels to an element?

I do not want initial image to change size, I simply want to add transparent padding around what I already have.
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How to go about creating an Icon Pack

As a beginner in Illustrator I've been creating some pretty cool graphics I'd like to share on my website. From what I've seen, people create a one file .ai icon pack that you can download and use ...
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adding textures to illustrator fonts

I'm not sure where to look for these resources, but I'm trying to create an Art Nouveau style logo. What I would like to do is have the actual text be shape similar to what is in Carl Jungs redbook. ...
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Illustrator won't remember layer collapse state

Running Illustrator CS5 on Mac OS 10.7 Reopening an Illustrator document expands all layers For files containing a large amount of layers, this is very irritating. Is this a general problem or just ...
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How can I add multiple concentric outlines around text?

I can get this effect very easily in Photoshop using the stroke layer style and making it a shape burst gradient, but I want to be able to do it in illustrator so the stroke around the text can be a ...
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How can I prevent images produced by “Save for web and device” being cropped to their content?

My artboard size is 48 x 48, but when I "Save for web and device", the created png file is auto cropped to the size of the art inside (40 x 50 in my case), just like the "export" option. Could you ...
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How can I create perfect “radio waves” (concentric arcs of a circle)?

I suck at illustrator, so this is a huge leap in my ability. I'm trying to draw a radio tower, but I want everything in the vector to be as perfect as possible. I want some waves to come off of the ...
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How can I easily deselect a path after creating it in Illustrator?

I want to use the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator to make hair strands for a vexel portrait. I have to make hundreds of strands. The problem is that I would like to use the pen tool to make two anchor ...
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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 ...