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What should be the basic points to know while creating a logo

Either using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, what are the basic rules that anyone should follow. Currently I am working on a logo design and using Photoshop, but getting very confused about how ...
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Can I save an .ai file as a .psd

I have a large 300mb layered .ai file containing .jpg and .psd images. I would like to save it as a Photoshop.psd file. Is this possible?
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How to create overlapping objects in Illustrator CC

I am trying to create a turbine engine in Illustrator with overlapping fan blades, but whenever I rotate the object around the center, I get one blade that does not follow the same curvature as the ...
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Illustrator: cannot fill transparent areas without compromising strokes using Live Paint

I've read a number of posts about this and am unsure of how to proceed. I received an AI file that contains the following: Here it is unselected: However, when I group these paths/shapes and ...
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How can I “combine” shapes with a stroke in Illustrator? [duplicate]

So I created a logo in Illustrator. I used multiple shapes and set the stroke to 1 px to get the white spacing. The first example in the upper left corner shows it at the size I designed it. The ...
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Illustrator - combine shapes and keep perimeter as path

Trying to merge two shapes, and keep only the perimeter path. I have a triangle and a curved stem, which together form an arrow. When I merge the two using pathfinder, then apply a stroke, it outlines ...
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Placing the names of layers in Photoshop into Illustrator as text

I'm using a linked .psd file to quickly make a series of images for screen-printing and web all at the same time. I use it to place images from Photoshop into Illustrator. The linked file is really ...
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Space between 2 paths illustrator

How can i align 2 paths perfectly? No matter what i do i get a little space (gap between the 2 paths i create, and they are straight lines not as i saw in other questions with pixel problems) An ...
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How can I find an illustrator who can produce game art in a particular style?

I have searched a number of sites like Behance, Dribbble for an illustrator with flat vector-like art style similar to Two Dots and Jellies. I've not made any progress. How can I find an illustrator ...
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How can I manually add outlines to image traced using Image Trace

I have an image traced in Black and White mode using Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator. Doing this gives me outlines of which areas of the image will be rendered in white and which will be in black. I ...
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Bad profile color (desaturated)

I have an huge color difference between Ai and all my others apps. Ai looks desaturated. Here are Ai next to Ps. To solve the problem i checked "proof color" in the "Display" menu and choose "RVB ...
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Why is a PDF made with AI showing a faint black ghost outline around some shapes?

I am trying to help with an .ai document I did not create. It has multiple layers and when they save as PDF, a faint black outline appears behind one of the images but an inch below it--just the ...
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What is this grey block around my workspace in Illustrator?

When I create a new document in Adobe Illustrator, a dark grey block appears around my workspace and I do not know how to disable it. What is this and can I turn it off? Thanks !
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How to replace a blend's spine with a text outline in Illustrator?

I'm having a weird problem in Illustrator CC. I created a blend of objects. Usually, I can then manually create any path and can easily replace the blend's spine with that path. But when I create a ...
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Perfectly blending dots along infinity symbol path

I am trying to figure out how to produce the below image in Illustrator. Is there a systematic way to do it via first blending the dots and then via “Replace Spine”? (Or, perhaps, there is an better ...
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Why can't I merge two points?

I drew a circle, added a diameter to it, joined objects, removed topmost anchor point... Now I need to make it united shape: The question is general and the situation is general: suppose I have ...
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Distorted shape after using pathfinder (illustrator cc) [duplicate]

I have this shape (no strokes): when I use the pathfinder unite tool the image is distorted to the following: I have unchecked align to pixel grid, scale rectangle corners and scale stroke from ...
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Copy and paste from photoshop to illustrator and maintain transparency?

Hi is it possible to copy something in photoshop and paste it into illustrator and maintain the transparency instead of having a white background?
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How do I curve Text in Illustrator CS5?

I'm wondering how can I curve the text below to fit the curve of the shape below. I am somewhat new to Illustrator and yes I know my version is outdated
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How can I select a specific anchor point that intersects with many others from the same object?

I'm working with a gradient mesh in Illustrator CS6 that's arranged in a tightly closed 'C' shape, as illustrated here; As you can see from the control handles, the central-most anchor points ...
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Tube Label Gradient Abrupt Cutoff when Printing Help!

We are trying to print some labels on a plastic tube(Using a third party company). We are supplying the artwork. The gradients on the tube sample, when viewed rather closely, are cutting off abruptly....
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How to go about creating 54 individual post cards that create a map when all put together?

I need to create 54 individual post cards/ brochure cards that all have different graphic designs on them. When they are all laid out they need to create a map of the world. For instance, one of the ...
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Illustrator: Lock artboards' content

Can you lock all other artboards (or their content) so this gets not affected by any command like "select same stroke colour" etc
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why won't my ai (creativeCloud) file save a thumbnail for quick find in Finder?

I used to be able to have an automatic thumbnail when saving an ai file, but now it doesn't work. I'm using the latest/greatest Adobe Creative Cloud. It used to work but does't seem to anymore. Any ...
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How to create these pixel effects in Adobe Illustrator?

I want to create any of the following effects in illustrator: http://dab1nmslvvntp.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Scans_thumb.png http://8bitdecals.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/...
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Textbook to learn Adobe Illustrator

What textbook(s) should I read to learn Adobe Illustrator from start to mastering, and use it as a reference?
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Is there a way to click and drag, bulk direct select in the shape of a circle in Illustrator?

When you have the Direct Select tool, you can click and drag. This bulk selects in the shape of a square, selecting anything within that shape. Is there a way to do this so that the shape it selects ...
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How do I join a reflected object to the original so there is no stroke running down the middle?

I am designing a logo for a trucking company and I have an idea of using the front of a truck. To that end, I used the pen tool and traced half of the truck. Each element (bumper, grill, lights, ...
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Illustrator: Make a compound path a single path

I have the letter "a" expanded as two paths, one being the letter and the other being the circle inside of the "a" I need to get the "a" to be a single, simple path. When I use pathfinder > minus ...
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How to make this Twisted Strokes Effect

Does anybody recognise the below effect? I have tried to recreate this image in illustrator by putting a dark green circle with a dashed stroke on it and then apply Effect/Distort & Transform/...
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How do I make an image grid with logos? Photoshop, Illustrator or Indesign

I'm looking for a way to make automated image grids to be filled with logos. Like this one: I work on a firm which every month makes an event and invites hundreds of companies to participate. There ...
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Is it possible to edit placed PDF file in InDesign if it was exported to PDF from InDesign

So, I got this PDF magazine layout (page by page - not all pages in one document). When I place it in InDesign, I can't edit it. Can't change font or anything. I just have one object (text and ...
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Illustrator Align object with stroke

I am trying to align a few text objects that have stroke applied to them using align all to the left. However, fist of all the font and font size used add an empty space in front of the text. And ...
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Does a gaussian blur applied in illustrator stay vector?

Curious if this is appropriate for resizing, alpha transparency, etc.
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How to reference a sublayer by name in an Illustrator script?

How can one reference a sublayer in functions like setLayerVisibility, that accept layer names as arguments? I tried setLayerVisibility("MyLayerName.MySublayerName", true) , but that was ...
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Divide a path into equally parts

I'm looking a way or tool to divide a spline or path in equal parts, or, what is the same, equidistant points (anchors). This is a very common question, but i haven't found an answer. Also, is pretty ...
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How to close areas of this image so I can fill them

I tried live paint and it won't close the areas. What needs to be done to make this art fillable?
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How to remove a portion of objects in Illustrator

This would take me a minute in Photoshop, but can't get it to work in Illustrator. How can I remove a portion of one object over another in order to create a "hole" or "counter" within the bottom ...
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I'm working with 4 artboards in .ai, 4 diecut shapes on each board need to line up with the others

I am working on retail packaging. Picture something along the lines of a iphone screen protector package that opens like a book. A) Front of package has a diecut shaped window on the front. B) On ...
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Constrain certain dimensions while resizing groups of objects [duplicate]

I'm creating a mockup in Adobe Illustrator. I have a mockup of the Yosemite window (with the close, minimize, and fullscreen buttons) and some stuff in the main content area. The annoying this is that ...
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Smoothing calligraphy / script lines in Illustrator

After you finish your custom script and have scan it to your computer to illustrator, how do you smooth the lines when vectorizing your script as if you have done it by hand? And how do you control ...
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Is there similar tool in Illustrator that can perform this action?

Ok, so I have a project that I'm working on that needs these articles skewed in direction, hanging off the edge of an outline that is in red. I need to be able to cut the hanging part of the image off ...
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How to make the .eps file smaller

I'm working on the large sign 24" X 60" in Illustrator CC 2014. My problem is the size of the .eps file. I'm still new to Illustrator and learning new things with every project. I'm trying to achieve ...
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Designing a laser cut cube

I'm designing the net of a cube that can be laser cut such that it fits together seamlessly. I know this can be done, and I've seen a couple of examples on the net. I have made the net with a jig saw ...
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Adobe Illustrator PDF Works, but then uploading it changes colors

I searched through the site and I couldn't find an answer to this specific question, so here we go: I've designed a business card in Illustrator. The background is a darker red. I export it as a PDF ...
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How can I make “screens of black for grey” in Illustrator?

I need to prepare our company logo for printing on some envelopes. These are the instructions I was given: Everything as two spot colors - Reflex Blue and 100% Black with screens of black for the ...
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How should I trace/vectorize my logo?

First of all I would like to say that I'm new to AI and PS, therefore there's probably lots of things I'm not doing right. I am using CS5 version. I have a logo that is mainly black and white, but ...
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How can I contain the outer glow on the elements within my logo in Illustrator?

I'm working on a logo in Illustrator where the pieces have black outer glows to give depth to a paper-fold style logo theme. The shadows on the outside of the logo text are just a result of the ...
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Default print margins

I'm making up a A3 graphic for a client that will be getting printed. The only problem I have is what to use as the default printer clearance margins in the paper. I assume for the final work it ...
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How can I automatically group each shape with the text inside it for a huge collection of rectangles?

I have a .dwg (AutoCad file) map full of fields (rectangles) that I'm manipulating with Illustrator. Each rectangle has a text inside it that indicates its number. The problem is that there is no ...