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Pattern filling uneditable

I've created some pattern in CS6 (object->pattern->make) and filled with that pattern some square. I've deleted the source elements from the file but I still can edit the elements is pattern edition ...
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Creating PDF/A conform files with Adobe Illustrator

I need to create PDF/A conform files of technical drawings with Adobe Illustrator. Are there any presets for saving PDF/A files? Or do I need Adobe Acrobat Pro for this?
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How do I add arrowheads without increasing the apparent length of a line?

Arrowheads are by default added to the end of a line, which means that the length of the line plus arrowhead is longer than the length of the line alone. This is annoying when I carefully clipped the ...
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Change Illustrator artboard grid from 8x8 to 10x10?

Only 8x8? How do I make the artboard from 8x8 grid to a 10x10 grid?
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How to go about making a 3D icon for Android App Icon

The android design guidelines say that "Use a distinct silhouette. Three-dimensional, front view, with a slight perspective as if viewed from above, so that users perceive some depth." I am still ...
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How can I create SVG clipping masks?

I want to take a circle that has a blue border and a picture inside, and clip the picture so it fits inside the circle nicely. I'd prefer to use very small files, perhaps cut down in sprites. Once I ...
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How to use the 3-D scale/rotate tool to create depth in Illustrator? [duplicate]

I've a very simple rectangular shape that has been filled with a hexagon texture. I'm looking to create a sense of depth by keeping the lowermost row of the hexagons largest while transforming the top ...
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Overlapping objects still show object underneath in Illustrator [duplicate]

I am having issues with objects overlapping. If I create a red rectangle in Illustrator, then copy it, and paste it directly on top of itself and change it to white, I get a red outline, even though ...
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Create some Stroke from expanded shape

I created some shape using 6 pixels stroke (no fill), then I expanded it and get the desired shape. Later, I need the same shape with thinner lines, but resizing does not work well for it. So, the ...
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How to clip multiple shapes in one shape in illustrator?

I want to achieve this in illustrator but the solution I see is CTRL+7 which work only for one shape... In photoshop, you just need you clip as many as you want...
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How to create an ornamental mesh structure in Illustrator for laser cutting?

I'd like to have the mesh design here … … fleshed out a bit so I can make a perforated strip/plate like this … … in such a way that I can cut pieces out while retaining the precisely placed ...
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Illustrator - Cutting a shape inside a grouped object

I have a grouped object in illustrator and I want to cut out a circle-shaped hole out of the grouped object. So I draw the circle over the grouped object and: If I try to select the grouped object ...
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Create a two color printing image with only one color (dithering)

In Illustrator: How do you create the color Grey with just using Black, but without changing opacity? (it can also be used for other colors) Whenever we have to print something (shopping bags, ...
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Illustrator Split Words around TextWrap without Hyphen

I did some research for the text wrap that I am trying to achieve, as seen here: As you can see in the image, the text is justified (Paragraph Option), and words are split up without hyphens. ...
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Can I globally change colors in an SVG using illustrator?

I have an SVG graphic in illustrator. I want to replace colors, everywhere in the illustration, with different ones. Could I operate the color swatch to make the change? I'm looking for a global ...
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How to create the illusion of depth with repeating patterns? [duplicate]

How do I create perspective with repeating patterns? I am very much a beginner level, as noted by my first attempt to create a illustration in illustrator. However, my attempt has provided me with ...
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Converting Drawing to Vector In Illustrator

I'm trying to convert several of my pencil drawings into vector graphics with Adobe Illustrator. My drawing's are about this complex: I'm looking for the best way to convert these. I've found some ...
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How to keep an image sharp when Downsizing and Saving for Web & Devices in Illustrator

I am saving my image for a website and downsizing it by 100 px. When I decrease the size just a bit it looses its sharpness. How can I maintain that?
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Illustrator: Resize Artboard With Objects Inside

I've been looking everywhere, and cannot find my answer so I wanted to ask here. I know how to re-size my artboard in Illustrator and all that, but I cannot get my artboard to re-size with objects ...
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Trouble with Beziers in Inkscape after switching from Illustrator

So this is my first post as I just very recently downloaded and tried Inkscape after roughly 7 years of Illustrator. As far as I can say this program is really amazing, although I am struggling with ...
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Illustrator - not outlining entire path

This is ridiculous: I have a simple looping path. It has a stroke and a fill. I apply "Object > Path > Outline Stroke" and it only applies to half the path. If I break the loop in two places, it ...
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Can I change the color of grouped shapes with the eyedropper or appearance window in Adobe Illustrator?

I thought I used to be able to do this, maybe I am losing my mind. Here are the steps to what I'm trying to accomplish: (Adobe Illustrator CS6) Create a couple of shapes.(Shapes A) Fill the shapes ...
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How to draw hand drawn style icons? [duplicate]

I have always wondered how illustrations like above are drawn. What is the usual and efficient way? Do designers do sketches first and then trace over them or there is a technique? It looks ...
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Missing objects during resizing after copying/pasting from Illustrator to InDesign

After copying a group of objects (including some containing clipping masks) from Illustrator to InDesign some of the objects disappear after resizing said clipping. My apologies if this is quite vague ...
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Illustrator compound path and clipping mask

I'm having an issue with a compound path and a clipping mask. It's driving me absolutely crazy. There is a very fine outline which I can't seem to get rid of. I've attached screenshots to ...
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How to make rounded corners from shapes drawn with lines?

I am trying to make a shape like this: And so far in Illustrator, I've drawn this: Now, I know how to make a rectangle/square rounded. Select object, go to Effect -> Stylize -> Rounded ...
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Game sprites with Illustrator CS6

I redesigned this sprite sheet, based on Mega Man X in falcon armor. I designed it with Illustrator CS6 but when I exported it as a .png file and then imported it to PS CS6, I found that the character ...
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Horizontally distribute along path

How can I horizontally distribute objects along a path? Blend and Brushes don't work for me because they distribute objects evenly according to the distance along the path. I began by using the Blend ...
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How to get <path> for SVG with Illustrator CS4

I'm trying to get the <path> data for an SVG file I'm creating with Illustrator CS4. It needs to look something like this, where I'm interested in retrieving the numbers inside the d ...
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Horizontally/Vertically Straightening a Shape in Illustrator

Let's say I have a shape that I rotated at an awkward angle of let's say 34°. I close the document, return a few hours later, and want to straighten the it back to its original 90° or 0° angle. The ...
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Illustrator Advanced Clipping Mask with Text

I'm trying to create a clipping mask where my text takes on the colors of the picture underneath it. This is the desired effect: I have been able to create a regular clipping mask as seen here, but ...
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Making anchor points visible all the time

Now I am working on compound paths and I need to remove all the redundant anchor points: so I press - and click some of them, but other ones are constantly disappearing, so I should click on V and ...
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Technique for filling color to grouped objects

I created a simple straight line using the Pen Tool. Then I made 3 copies of it and grouped (Ctrl + G) them together to make a square. But now I can't fill a color for it. Even if I do it does not get ...
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white space while exporting illustration

ok , so I have made an image , something like an icon , and I select the whole image using group selection tool to export it in Jpeg format . But when I view this file , there's always some white ...
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Comparison Between affordable Image Editor (Photoshop) / Creator VS. Free Image Software [closed]

Lately I would like to get involved / to learn in graphics design. Since holidays are in full swing, I thought I would use this time. I have used GIMP before, although very minimal and Blender. Both ...
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Dividing a shape in half without creating a white line down the middle [duplicate]

This seems to be a recurring problem when cutting shapes directly in half when using Illustrator's 'Divide' tool. While the shape may look ok in the program itself when I output it as a png or reduce ...
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How to punch through all the layers in Adobe Illustrator?

So I have this image as vector and a grunge image as vector: I can easily mask the grunge part from the image in Photoshop: But when I try to do this on Illustrator with pathfinder always get ...
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CYMK colors won't match

I am currently studying graphic design. I am using the Against the Clock portfolio builder for Adobe Illustrator CS6 to learn the program. I have had no problems until recently. The book is asking me ...
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How can I recreate this ornament without “cheating”?

How can I simply draw this shape? Is it possible to draw such shapes alternatively behind and front?
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Adobe Ilustrate 6 linear gradient without contour

I do my first graphic ever, so i follow this tutorial: http://vectips.com/tutorials/create-a-cute-panda-bear-face-icon/ at step 4 he defines the gradient to linear, but in this menu i always have the ...
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How to Resize Vector Logos [closed]

I have created a logo in Illustrator. I used to create logos in Photoshop but was told that Illustrator is better for re-sizing because you don't lose quality because it is a vector based program. ...
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How can I get latex font into Adobe illustrator?

I am currently trying to add equations created with LaTeXiT straight to Adobe Illustrator CS6, but somehow the "font" changes. I've tried scrolling around the Internet to see if I could find out how ...
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How to extract one icon from an icon grid .eps file (a pack of icons) using Adobe Illustrator

I have been trying to figure this out for the last hour, but have not been able to yet. I am pretty sure this is a very basic operation. Can anyone provide me the url to a basic tutorial or just the ...
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How to match up the corners of 2 different lines in Adobe Illustrator?

I have two lines at different angles and I want to get a corner from each line to be in the exact same position. Here's a visual: The general problem is that I'd like these two lines to appear ...
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Is there a script that can list the fonts used in hundreds of ai files? [duplicate]

I have several hundred packaged .ai files but I need to know all of the fonts used is there a script or something that can generate a list of all the fonts?
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How can I make this whitespace into a new path?

I remember drawing this tea bag with the pen tool. I then made some coloured rectangles around it, played around with the shape builder tool (if I recall correctly) to get the coloured shapes to ...
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How can I make crisp icons for Windows Store apps?

I'm pretty new to making graphics for a specific platform but not to graphic design in general. I have a logo I made using Illustrator and had scaled it accordingly by using the Save to Web feature ...
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How can I convert to seamless pattern in Illustrator?

After following many tutorials about pattern making using pattern maker and brush pattern in Illustrator and then offset in Photoshop, I couldn't make the below image into a usable seamless pattern :( ...
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How to convert to path (Illustrator CS5)

I have a PDF (exported from CAD) that I am working with in Illustrator CS5. Lines in the PDF are made of triangles, and I would like to convert the lines to be a single stroked path. What is the best ...
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What is this area around my Illustrator artboards?

I'm using illustrator, and had many artboards set up. As I was creating more, I noticed that there is a bigger square in which all of the artboards reside. What is it? How do I make it bigger/smaller? ...