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How can I reduce the aliasing that occurs around my custom icon web font when it is scaled?

I am trying to make my own icons and embed them in a custom Web font. For that, I'm using Illustrator & Icomoon. I design the icons in a 14x14px square, then I create my Web font using Icomoon ...
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How to create files with dynamic heights

I'm wanting to make layered "cards" for print design (think of a tabbed index card but the tab goes the whole width) they'll be layered on 8 1/2x 11. Each card maybe 6in wide. The thing I wish I ...
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Distortions when resizing

Whenever I make screenshots for my apps, I'm always forced to resize them to specific requirements set by Apple for the various devices. At the end of the day, the pictures that look really good in ...
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Drop shadow extends beyond the artboard and causes the picture dimensions to change

I have a drop shadow on a small image. The drop shadow extends beyond the arboard's boundary. This causes the 120x150 image to turn into a 132x150 image because it tries to include the drop shadow in ...
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illustrator join two objects into one

I want to merge two objects and want to select only the outside path. I dont want the path inside. how can I apply it in Illustrator ?
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What unique benefits does the EPS format provide?

Reading this excellent question regarding logo export formats, and it made me want to ask a question that was a little bit more narrowly focused than that one. I know when to use a GIF and when to ...
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How to create transitions in adobe flash?

I'm creating an animation in Flash CC. I would like to add some transitions to it like fade in/fade out etc. I'm not sure how to do this in flash.
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What file type should I use for a logo when exporting from Adobe Illustrator?

I'm a fine artist, new to Adobe Illustrator. I'm in the process of designing a logo for a company using Illustrator. What type of file should I send them when all is completed, so they can use this ...
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Vectorise scientific pencil drawings

I like to draw every now and then and I guess, the results are OK for a computer scientist. Schematics like the eye on the left are sometimes needed in scientific publications and when you use ...
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Exporting / Saving Pattern Swatches in Illustrator

I would like to keep the patterns I have created in Illustrator CS6 in a handy file. Currently, I just make an object, apply the pattern, and copy/paste the object to transfer the pattern to a ...
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Why is illustrator CS6 not seeing some of the Google fonts I have installed

I have been downloading google fonts for the last few months and not been aware of any issues. They normally work fine. However, today I downloaded 3 more - I am using suitcase to manage these fonts ...
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Drawing animations like PHDcomics

I've been trying to obtain an animation like this one from PHDComics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kCtiOS_F_M Does anybody have a good idea of how to achieve it? or at least on which program is ...
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Poser-like plugin to help with drawing human figure in Illustrator?

Is there a plugin that gives you a poser (human figure) to play with in Adobe Illustrator, sort of like the perspective grid tool but with an actual human you can rig and move the camera around? ...
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isometric drawing's constraint angles in Illustrator

I'm doing some isometric drawing in Illustrator, and moving my objects around on 0°, 30° and 60° constrained angles. I keep having to go to preferences (control + K) to change the constrain angle ...
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AI - Adding properties to layers

I am exporting my image from AI as html and would like it to stay centered on the canvas as the browser changes size. I heard that you can add attributes to the layer by changing the name of the ...
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Automatically save a jpg along with AI file?

In Photoshop we have "Save Extra JPEG" in Script Event Manager which saves a jpg automatically with the psd file. Do we have something similar in Illustrator?
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How can I blend text with a colored background in Illustrator?

I'm trying to make text on a colored map more legible. Ideally I would add an outline around the text with the same general color as that part of the map, for a subtle blend. What's the best way to ...
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How do I make sure I copy objects and paste a duplicate of it in another artboard but keep the layer the same as the artboard before?

I'm designing a website in Illustrator, and want to make multiple pages in one file using multiple artboards. So some elements need to be copied from page to page. I want to keep those elements in the ...
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Annoying compound path Appearance vfx inheritance behavior

When using the pathfinder to exclude overlapping shapes from another shape, the base shape will inherit the visual fx applied to the overlapping shapes. How can I prevent the "bottom" (base) shape ...
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Illustrator > Recolor Artwork: How to manually choose the replacement colours from swatch groups?

Below is Illustrator's "Recolor Artwork" window. I've chosen to recolour (yes, I'm British) using one of my swatch groups. Notice that the first source colour is replaced with the first swatch group ...
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How can I create TRON-like glowing effects in Illustrator?

I am trying to use Illustrator (CS3) to recreate the Tron neon-glow visual style in graphics I plan to use on a website. This page is an excellent example of what I'm trying to do: ...
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Default CMYK profile not perfect for print

My client sent the print PDF I provided him with to a print studio. They replied that the black CMYK profile is set to 100/100/100/100 and they need it in 64/55/53/100. How do I fix that? I'm ...
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Illustrator CS6: select only objects fully contained in selection rectangle

Illustrator CS6's "direct selection" tool allows you to draw a rectangle which selects select objects that overlap or are contained in the selection rectangle. But what if I want to only select ...
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Obtaining this effect in Adobe Illustrator?

How can I obtain this vector effect in Illustrator? Is there a name for this kind of effect? Please, help!
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Create a sort of parallelogram in illustrator

How can I create this sort of parallelogram in Illustrator ?
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White objects on white thumbnails are invisible, so can I change the thumbnail background?

I cannot find any option to change the default white background of the layers panel thumbnails in Illustrator CS6, thus all white objects are invisible and I cannot quickly work on them. I've found ...
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3D objects with raised border in illustrator

I'm trying to make something similar to this in illustrator using the 3D feature. What I'm strugling with is getting the border to be raised relative to the base of the tray. I start off with a ...
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Illustrator CS6 Actions

Is there a way to create an export action in Illustrator where each time the action is run, it asks for a location to export to? I work on multiple projects where the exported JPEGs need to go into ...
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Getting grey out when i try to apply stroke for a blue background [duplicate]

When i try to add stroke (800px) for a elipse tool to a blue gradient background, I am getting grey out, Image which i have attached will explain things more clearly. I just need that stroke to be a ...
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Rotate illustrator canvas and contents?

Is there a way to rotate the canvas in illustrator 90 degrees? It's pdf format. I've tried the artboard tool (Cmd + o / Ctrl + o) I found an answer regarding this: Illustrator opens PDFs rotated 90 ...
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How to show the coordinates of point handles in Adobe Illustrator?

When I move cursor on an anchor point, Illustrator shows me the coordinates of the anchor. But how can I find the [x, y] coordinates of the handles (in red circles)?
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How to shade areas of a path with another, invisible path?

I'd like to be able to, in this example, darken a portion of a text based on a path I draw, without seeing the path. I've tried variations of opacity and clipping masks without a good success. ...
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Move design from Photoshop to Illustrator for printing

I'm working on some business cards in Photoshop and I come understand it's not the best medium for print since it's not vector based like Illustrator. I want to avoid the edges of my font from ...
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Making terrain contours in Illustrator?

I'd like to take the fantasy world map I created to the next level as a way of buffing my illustrator skills and portfolio. Currently, it's a flat political map like this map of Canada for example. ...
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How to avoid bevel self-intersection in Illustrator CS6?

When trying to apply a 3D filter to some text in Illustrator CS6 the panels of the shape breakup and overlap. A warning message stating "Bevel self-intersection may have occurred" is displayed in 3D ...
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Clipping mask for text on grid

I've created a tennis racket in Illustrator CS6 and i want to make the text only visible on the lines of the net. I tried to use a copy of the net as clipping mask for the text, but the result was'nt ...
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Adding different graphics to a circle path without distortion?

Is there a way to do this without it changing the shape of the graphics? I just used the method suggested on this post and it worked however it distorted some of the images. I have 5 images which are ...
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Add diacritics to fonts in Illustrator

There are many free fonts, but they often don't include letters with diacritics such as Ă, Â, Ș, etc. Placing those marks by hand in a large text that keeps changing can be a pain. Is there a way to ...
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To have sharp look in submitting it in any contest

When i submit my designs (logo, business card, etc) in any contest, it doesn't give sharp look instead of others. My design looks like a little blur while submitting to the contest. I made designs in ...
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Rulers and Grids relationships

I know that a similar questions were asked, but I did not see any answer that solves the issue - Can we reset the rulers to show us ticks values every 10 point and not those that can be divided by ...
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Moving Images from Photoshop to Illustrator [duplicate]

I downloaded this very awesome set of iOS7 GUI components to use for building mockups for apps, found here: http://www.teehanlax.com/tools/iphone/. I'm working in Illustrator but the file is a PSD. ...
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trouble aligning paths in illustrator (pic) [duplicate]

Hey so I'm having an issue getting these paths to align. My goal is to make a kind of geometric wave, so I took one circle: deleted the top most anchorpoint. Then I took that same circle and deleted ...
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Making text bolder with strokes

In Illustrator, I am trying to make my text bolder by adding a stroke to it. The stroke is the same color as the text, but when saving as SVG, the stroke is considered separate from it, adding ...
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Why is my color being darkened when printed?

I am creating a logo and I am using Pantone 638U in Illustrator. I know Pantone has to be premixed but I just wanted to test print on my printer in CMYK. So I converted it to cmyk which is C83 M0 ...
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Pros and Cons of Vectors in Illustrator vs sketches in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro for Website Use

My website is going to include a lot of graphics, drawn by myself. The display of the illustrations will be similar to that of theoatmeal.com (some illustration reuse will be present, but not as much ...
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how do you do text effect like this CMYK offset-effect?

How do you do this in Photoshop? I am using Photoshop cc and Illustrator and I am in the process of learning. Can anyone teach me how to do that text effect shown in the picture? thanks!
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How should I set up dielines so that they are not printed?

I just want to add that white lines on the project but I don't want that line to be visible on the printed element. How can I do that? I want output project in CMYK. I have Illustrator CS6 and ...
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How can I create woodcut illustration in Illustrator and/or Photoshop?

Are these illustrations done manually by hand or in Illustrator? Is there a easier way to reproduce these kind of illustrations? More examples here.
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In Adobe Illustrator, I need to combine multiple compound paths and paths into a single object or shape [duplicate]

I have a floorplan diagram which consists of over 100 different paths and compound paths. I need to combine all of these elements into a single shape layer. I have tried selecting all of them and ...
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Distorted shapes/lines when rescaling - tried previous answers

I am curious as to why when I scale things the general shape changes. The flag in the middle is what I originally started with, and either side is the distorted result of rescaling it. I have read ...