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How do you generate the shapes at the bottom of the image? Is is done with a filter or manually?

I'm sorry if this is a noob question. I use photoshop a lot, but not illustrator. Do you draw these manually? or is there a filter for this? Do you use a separate software like 3d studio max or ...
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Exporting multi layered Illustrator to Photoshop

Is there a way to export large multi-layered Illustrator file to Photoshop? When I export with preserve layers and text edit-ability, the complex layers are flattened. I've reorganized my layers to ...
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How to join two overlapping non-end points that belong to two paths?

Steps to Recreate: Create a Rectangle without a fill but with a stroke (Empty rectangle) Select "Smart Guides" & "Snap To Point" from the View Menu. Select the "Line Segment" tool from the ...
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Keep Illustrator CS5 tool options window open?

In Illustrator, CS5 is there any way to keep the tool options window open or viewable when using the blob brush/eraser tools? It's a pain in the butt when you havg to change the direction or shape of ...
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When should I use SVG or SVGZ for my web graphics?

From my understanding, The SVGZ is a compressed file type of an SVG. I love using SVG images and have had a lot of experience with them. All of the times I used them I have never had a graphic that ...
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Shape does not fill entirely in Illustrator CS6

As you can see in the picture above. I can't fully fill the hair with color, why is that?
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Exporting to PDF in Illustrator: Reduce file size in document with multiple occurrences of the same raster graphic

I have a multi-page PDF created with 7 Artboards in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The problem is the PDF file created is too large (40MB). The pages (artboards) have the same exact high-res raster graphic ...
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Why can't I use live paint with the paint brush?

I'm new to Illustrator and I'm clearly doing something not quite right. In Microsoft Paint I'm used to using my prodigious skill to produce color swirls like this: Which are made by scrawling ...
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Problems shrinking text in Illustrator CS6

I'm trying to have a crack at designing a simple business card using a logo which was created for me. I've run into a problem.. I had a logo made which looks pretty standard. Not sure what font is ...
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How to use all colors in Illustrator? Remove out of gamut checking

I just can't make pure blue (R=0,G=0,B=255) circle. It says "out of gamut warning". If I press "fix" or something, it makes color black but not blue. I don't need this "service". How to bother out ...
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How to paste from Illustrator to Photoshop without losing aspect ratio?

I have vector artwork that is not aligned to a pixel grid in Illustrator. In CS5, I would be able to paste the vector object as a smart object into Photoshop file that was larger than the illustrator ...
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Resizing Live Paint Pixel Art [duplicate]

I tried doing some pixel art, used the Rectangular Grid Tool, used Live Paint to create the art and then I expanded it from Object>Live Paint>Expand. I'm using 2 colors, black and red. My problem is ...
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Pasting a raster image into Illustrator, control default PPI

I'm using Illustrator to create a presentation and I use images of part of my screen. I basically take a screenshot (actually I use Snagit to only copy a part of my screen, but I don't think that is ...
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Adobe Illustrator Transparent Mask

I'm not much of a graphic artist, but I try to learn how to do new things. I learned how to use the Extrude & Bevel to create a 3D effect. I like the result. But I'm using the resulting graphic ...
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Converting a lot of Illustrator files to PNG with transparent background

I have about 280 Illustrator .ai files that I need to convert into .png files with a finished size of 500px x 500px. All of them aren't squared, so those that are, for example rectangular, need to be ...
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This fabric-like twist effect can be done only in illustrator?

Hello guys i am learning illustrator, my question is this type of image ...
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How to draw a wiggly line in Illustrator

I am searching for a way to draw a Geometric Brownian Motion (GBM) on Illustrator. Essentially, a GBM looks like a random wiggly line: Thanks for your inputs!
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Simple Scaling/Distorting Question

I'm working on a small project to add the note names to one of my guitar fretboards. Right now I've got all the note names laid out in a simple grid but I can't for the life of me figure out how to ...
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How to use Macbook Air's trackback to click Illustrator icons under the top icon?

I want to get the icons behind the top icon, how can I get them visible? I am using Macbook Air without a mouse.
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Illustrator: All artwork has jagged edges after changing settings

I rasterized a logo (plus made other changes I can't quite remember), a few days ago and ever since then my logo is jagged and distorted. Even though I didn't save whatever effect I applied, all my ...
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Pattern brush scale menu greyed out

So I'm pretty noobish when it comes to Illustrator, but I can't tell what I'm doing wrong here. I've got this pattern brush on a path, and the path has some Width Points set on it, but I can't select ...
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Illustrator: how to colour segments of a circle with different colours?

My goal is to learn this kind of graphs that represent articulation points / biconnected components and now I am trying to learn it but every time I try to colour a half circle it colours the ...
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Illustrator: Keeping the same scale when updating placed files

I have some placed files in an Illustrator document, linked to the originals. When the originals are changed, Illustrator updates the placed versions. However, it keeps them at the same physical ...
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how can I color space between lines?

I want to draw some square tiles on wall in illustrator , so i must create grid on wall , Is creating grid by line segment tool correct? how to color squares created between lines? here is a picture ...
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Illustrator: View -> Actual Size smaller than life size

I'm using Illustrator CS6 on OS X. When choosing View -> Actual Size, the displayed elements are smaller on the screen than their actual size, say in centimetres. How can I "calibrate" Illustrator ...
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Final size in Illustrator CS4 masked images

How do I find out the exact size of a graphic or image after it has a clipping mask applied in Illustrator? When you just select the image or do Ctrl+A it shows the entire image size(including the ...
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Why does Illustrator CS6 “Save for Microsoft Office” use PNG format?

I recently made some graphs in Illustrator CS6 to insert into a MS Word document. I created my original images using the Print profile with PPI set to 300. I used the "Save for Microsoft Office" ...
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'Add alpha to selection' for text contour border in Gimp, equivalent in Adobe Illustrator?

I made my old site logo in Gimp, it's basically white text surrounded by a black boundary that follows the contour of the text. I can describe this viscerally but there is probably a descriptive name ...
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Placing Keynote 6.0 elements into Illustrator CS5

I upgraded to OS 10.9 and Keynote 6.0. In the previous version of Keynote, I was able to easily paste charts into Illustrator CS5 as vector objects, of which the elements could be independently ...
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Can one create a Photoshop or Illustrator script that can see what functions & commands a user is executing? [closed]

I would like to make a Photoshop and Illustrator plugin that can tell what commands and functions a user is executing and then store that information in a database or file. Is this possible in the ...
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Every shape I create in Illustrator CC is going at the back of the layer

I have been working for a while with Illustrator CC, and suddenly this strange behavior. Every time I create a new shape, Illustrator locates it at the back of the layer instead of the top. This is ...
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Illustrator CS6 align objects keyboard shortcut

Is it possible to create a custom keyboard shortcut in Adobe Illustrator CS6 on OS X 10.8.5 to align and/or distribute objects (center/left/right/etc)? I know I can open the Align window, but I would ...
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Illustrator different color stroke

Is it possible to paint only inside a stroke on illustrator? what i actually want to do is paint the same stroke with different colors in diferent segments of it but i can't do it... Also... I've ...
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How to create a pie chart like structure in CS3? [closed]

I'm designing a web template in Photoshop and I need to create a style which looks like a pie with cut pieces. How could I create it using Photoshop CS3 tools? Or it can only created in Illustrator? ...
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How to display the boundary of a text area

I've drawn a rectangle with rounded corners and I want to use it as a text box. But if I choose area type tool and click the rectangle, the rectangle will disappear. I can't set the stroke because ...
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Opacity issue in Illustrator

I made an image in Illustrator with the pen tool and stuff and now it's kinda transparent. When I click the opacity however, it says that it's 100% on both the layer and the path. I have other layers ...
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Circles importing as crossed boxes into Adobe Illustrator

I am reading into Illustrator a PDF output from R (grid graphics I believe) in which the circles show as boxes with crosses inside them. These pictures illustrate: In OSX Preview: In Illustrator: ...
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How to create a professional Floral Swirl Patterns

I need to know how can I do a professional Floral Swirl Pattern using Illustrator. I know I can find many vector-based custom shapes already made, but I need to create it from scratch. I need to do ...
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How do I subtract line path's from a background in Illustrator?

I've been working on an invitation and I want to use a gold shimmer paper to print on. My printer suggested I subtract everything I want to show as gold on the background. 1st picture shown is my ...
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I want to cut the top of the rectangles at an angle using illustrator

Here's my original logo image: I want to create a diagonal cut effect as in the following : What I'm currently doing is the following : I'm making the illusion that the image is cut but using ...
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Evenly space non-Path elements in Illustrator

Apologies if this has been asked already specifically, I couldn't find it if it has. My question, is in Illustrator is there a way/option/trick to for example select multiple blocks of Text and make ...
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What is the best way to make arrows in circular shape?

I need to make (actually re-creating) a diagram for a repeating process consisting of 5 steps. Here's how it might look with two arrows: I need to do basically the same thing with 5 arrows, ...
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Can I have the equivalent of a Ps 'smart object' in Ai which I can keep updating in Ps?

I've scanned in some maps, and I'm regularly adding little touches here and there to each map in Photoshop. Each map has a few Ps layers and is not vector. For all the annotations, I'm using ...
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How to add clickable hyperlinks for email id, website, telephone in mail signature designed using Illustrator?

One of my colleague had created a signature for the company using Adobe Illustrator. Now the head of our company wants clickable links to be present in the signature so that one should be able to ...
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From Freehand to Illustrator. Color conversion

I have an old Freehand file and it has a rectangle with the Pantone 187 CVC. I use 2 different ways to update with multiple versions of Illustrator: I export the Freehand file as an .eps file and ...
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Inverse Clipping Mask?

I've used a clipping mask to obtain the top ribbon, but I was wondering how I could get the same effect with the bottom ribbon, where the ribbon is filled in with the horizontal lines. Thanks in ...
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From Freehand to Illustrator CS6

What is the best way to convert a file from freehand to Illustrator CS6? I tried different methods: Illustrator 7: Go to an old computer open the freehand file and export as Illustrator 7. Then ...
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How to switch to the clipped symbol?

I have a symbol which is clipped. When I place the symbol into document, I can't adjust the size of clipped object. In fact transform shows me unclipped bounding box. Above on the left side ...
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“Darkening” a colour so that it's equivalent to the original when made transparent

When you make a colour partly transparent, it lightens (assuming it's on a white background), naturally. I would like to counter this behaviour by "darkening" a colour, so that when I make it ...
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Opening PDF in Illustrator breaks up text objects

I recently had to convert some PDF files to SVG, and did this by opening the PDF in Illustrator, and saving out to SVG. The issue was that when Illustrator opened the pdf, many (but not all) text ...