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How to create a shadow effect like sketch

I want to know how to how to create a shadow in Adobe Illustrator, like this
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Can you use Photoshop brushes in Illustrator?

Is there a way to download brushes into Adobe Illustrator?
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Double offset path

The offset path tool is new for me, I just used it a couple times and it works really well for me. But since a day ago every time I use it, it creates 2 paths, or maybe 1 big path. Let's say I'm ...
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How to make a hanging icicle brush or graphic style in Illustrator CC?

I purchased a set of graphic styles for Illustrator. The set contains a style that applies a hanging icicle brush to any object, so that icicles appear to be hanging from any horizontal line of an ...
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import psd as text into illustrator

I have a psd file with picture and text, that I am trying to convert to svg - so the text will be scaleable. I am working with cs5. I believe you can export as svg from photoshop-cc now, but I dont ...
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How to prevent Illustrator CS6 to save internal PDF in AI files

Illustrator AI files have the ability to save a copy of the artwork as PDF internally in the same AI file. That option (saving internal copy of PDF) make the AI file bigger but it have some advantage ...
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Change table stroke thickness using swatches in illustrator

I am currently creating a large table and I would like to quickly be able to change the thickness of the borders to see what looks best. It is possible to quickly change the color of multiple items by ...
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Change all stokes and paths into a 'flat' vector shape

Is there a way i can flatten a vector drawing so it becomes a 'flat' vector shape. What i mean by this is instead of a logo being made up of solid shapes, and stoked paths ie, different line ...
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Efficient printing of custom trading card design?

My son and I are designing a custom card game and I've got dozens of 63mm x 88mm "trading card"-size designs. Eventually, I'll want to professionally print them but for now am just temporarily ...
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How can I locate points on a path that are not smooth in Adobe Illustrator?

I have drawn a number of shapes freehand on a graphics tablet in Adobe Illustrator. Most of these shapes are blob-like and almost all points on the paths are smooth. They'll show handles if selected, ...
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How to Force Update of All InDesign Links (Even Ones It Thinks Are Current)? [closed]

I'm working on an InDesign document that makes extensive use of linked Illustrator graphics. Many of these Illustrator graphics themselves make use of placed png images. The problem I've run into is ...
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Why is Adobe Illustrator rendering my concentric circles like this

I'm not a professional user of anything Adobe makes, but I am a programer and I do understand math, which is probably why this hurts my brain. I open a new empty Adobe Illustrator CC document, set the ...
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How do I apply a gradient across multiple objects in Illustrator?

I have two separate objects that I have applied gradient fill to. The gradient fill seems to only apply to the objects as individuals. I tried grouping the shapes, but that doesn't seem to change the ...
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Software for mood boards?

What software do you use for making moodboards? Is Illustrator the best option? Has anyone got any other methods or ideas about making moodboards? Specifically from found digital images and ...
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How to distort artwork for printing on a cup?

I need to print using my regular office printer a design I have already made to wrap around to the shown here under mug. As you may notice that the circumference of the top part is wider than the ...
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Illustrator: Can compound paths have multiple colors?

I have two paths. A white envelope icon and a red "No" symbol. I want to combine the two into a compound path. My question is, is there a way to keep the "No" symbol red and the envelope white? ...
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3-d reconstruction (z-stack) of individual eps files (each of them a slice along the xy plane)?

I would like to create a z-stack of several individual eps files, each of them being actually a slice along the xy-plane.. What is the easiest way to do this and the easiest software to use ...
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Fill anomaly ofter joining paths in illustrator

I created this image building a gear tooth and then rotated it around the centre. The path looks good until I try to fill it and as you can see I have an annoying join across teeth. Can anyone ...
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Difference between Pathfinder>Unite and Make Compound shape

I am trying to figure out the difference between uniting with the pathfinder tool and making something into a compound shape which is an option on the pathfinder tab section. I know with unite you can ...
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In Illustrator how to maintain an assigned graphic style after using Live Paint Bucket

In Illustrator, I noticed that any graphic styles assigned to various paths are removed when the Live Paint Bucket is applied. For example, I initially have the following: Notice I have the "Green ...
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How to make a rounded edged art board in Adobe Illustrator?

I am trying to create a save the date invitation. The bride wants the invitations to have rounded edges of about .5 inches. Is this something I can do to the art board itself, or do I just create a ...
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Why are my Illustrator images blurry when placed in InDesign?

I am creating simple, clean designs in Illustrator, but when saved as .jpegs or .pngs and placed in an InDesign file at 100% resolution they are blurry as heck.
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Add stroke to internal lines in mesh objects

I am trying to create a fishing net in adobe illustrator. I have created an ellipse object and created the mesh but adding a stroke via the appearance panel only does it to the border of the mesh ...
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How to change separate strokes lineart into stroke-less shapes?

I made the line art by tracing each line separately, instead of tracing fully closed shapes. Get it? not a separate stroke for each closed shape. Just a bunch strokes on separate layers meeting other ...
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Sample and paste a color from one object with a gradient to another object with a gradient

I have 2 images with the same object in them. Both objects have a gradient. I want to sample the color of the first object and paste it into the second object without destroying the gradient in the ...
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How can I get rid of a visual flaw in my logo. It appears to be coming from 3D effect

I'm creating a logo that is text-based. When I add the 3D Bevel and Extrude effect, it makes an odd-looking glitch on one of the letters. This logo is something I created in Photoshop then had to ...
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How to easily round corners on non-rectangle shapes?

(CS6) Illustrator's Effect > Stylize > Round Corners effect gives strange results on non-rectangles. How can you take an irregular shape that has sharp corners, for example: ...and round the ...
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Adobe Illustrator / Rhinoceros custom object select

I'm using both AI and Rhino. I've got a file that's got over a thousand small circles that are nested inside other curves all over the file randomly. I want to select them all and group them in either ...
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How can I curve a logo on a path without distorting it too much

I've encountered a problem and I'm hoping there is going to be a quick fix involved, and that I wont have to redraw this logo: The client wants to create a logo that curves on a tire like this: ...
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How can I join a path to a compound shape in Illustrator?

I'm struggling to join the compound shape and path I have created in Illustrator. My usual click and hope in the pathfinder dialog is not working. See attached screenshots. The selected path is blue, ...
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Vector image in a .pptx exported to PDF: how can I avoid quality loss?

I hope someone can help me fix this. I created a round icon using Illustrator, saved it as a PNG and inserted it into a .pptx file. So far, so good. Now when I save my .pptx document as a .pdf, the ...
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Any way to see the design in different size in illustrator? [duplicate]

Is there any way to see your design in different sizes in real-time in Illustrator/Photoshop? Like, designing an icon and you wanna see how it will look like in 16x16 or in 512x512? I know you can ...
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How to view width of a path's stroke in millimeters in Illustrator CS6?

How can I view the width of a path's stroke in millimeters ? I can see the width and height values (see screenshot) in the info bar but these measure the width and height of the whole circle shape. I ...
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How can I create a punctilio for verifying path width in Illustrator?

Spreadshirt design guidelines dictate that all lines and elements need to be a thickness of at least 1.5mm. They suggest you can verify this by: using a 1.5mm dot (punctilio) to mouse over the ...
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Does the 2014 13inch vs 15inch Macbook Pro Make A Difference? [closed]

I'm currently a Design Comms student and I'm thinking of changing my 2012 macbook pro to the new 2014 retina macbook pro. I'm torn between the choice of the 13inch high end model of it's kind or the ...
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Illustrator space around outline and removing shape

I've used "//" and "\" to create this "W", and have made them into outlines, as I'm trying to give the different layers a colour, as well as having a white space where the lines touch and I would like ...
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Stroke won't change in Illustrator

I'm a beginner with Illustrator and I really need help. I created some shapes with the pen tool and then with the brush, but when I switched back to pen tool I couldn't change the stroke. I can't ...
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How to import Illustrator swatch libraries into InDesign - Adobe Indesign Mac?

I have a very reach swatch library in adobe-illustrator like food colors and.... But in adobe-indesign I don't have many colors. Why? Can I import them to indesign?
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How to create vector graphic image like these?

Would anybody please do let me know how to create graphic images/ effects as mentioned in below images? I want to know the tools/ techniques to create such graphics images for web based usage.
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How to save logo for web from Illustrator (logo looks pixelated after uploading)

Every time I try saving my logo from Illustrator, it comes out blurry. The logo was done in Illustrator (as a vector file). I tried tracing the outline, rasterizing, saving in all types of ...
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Trying to recreate graphic from image as a vector

I am trying to recreate the rings from the following image into a vector graphic. I have made several attempts using various shapes and the pen tool with no luck. Any help on which steps I could take ...
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Why can't I draw on my image with illustrator?

I opened an image from the internet in Illustrator. Right after, when I selected the paintbrush tool, it turned into a circle with a line through it, implying that I couldn't draw. Does anyone ...
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How to create an SVG path from a lineart?

I have a line drawing in PNG format, from which I need to create an SVG. I need to create the svg path from right to left, left to right, center to sides OR sides to center. Here’s an example: I’m ...
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How do I 'save as' with a placed file's name in Illustrator?

Say I have a file DSC_0377.jpg. I can open a this with Illustrator, make changes, then choose File Save As Save as type Adobe PDF and it will be saved as DSC_0377.pdf, as desired. However if I open ...
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How to create a ribbon with shadows? [duplicate]

I have seen lots of images like this which used a slight shadow very nicely as if the sides are folded into each other but I don't know how to create such thing. I'm not looking for a full tutorial. ...
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Illustrator adds and shows stroke on text and object, but stroke color is none weight is none

I just created a circle in Illustrator CC 2014. The color swatches are a green fill, no stroke. The circle is green with a black stroke. Same thing happening with text. I specify a color fill and no ...
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How can I draw lines in this highly constrained way?

Please see the below image for examples of what I would like to do. On the left is the hand-drawn path and on the right is what I would like the result to be. Essentially, I would like freehand ...
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Is there a way to stop Adobe Illustrator from adding anchors when using the Pathfinder or Shape Builder?

When using the Effects > Stylize > Round Corners... Illustrator option on shapes I built using Pathinfder and Shape Builder, I'm having a distinct problem with doouble anchor points. Since the effect ...
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Can we transform pattern in shape by using handle?

I create a pattern in perspective view , but when I fill my shape by my pattern , I need Move my pattern in my shape . As I see I can do it by entering position of pixels , the question is Can I move ...
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As a designer, how should I start designing an iOS app?

I am about to design an IOS 8 app for the very first time. I've been a designer for 5 years now, both on Photoshop and Illustrator, but I never got the change to design an app. I am looking for some ...