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How to align text exactly to grid?

I am having a very hard time trying to align my text (among other elements) to my grid. I want the text area to line up flush to my grid lines.
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Is there a way to assign “Align to Selection”, “Align to Artboard”, etc to a keys or to one key so I can toggle between them?

You can’t do it with keyboard shortcuts as it is not a menu item. I want to this as I have assigned the other align commands to my WACOM buttons: I made a complex keyboard shortcut for each of the ...
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Pasting strokes into InDesign moves positioning

I've created a graphic pattern made up of a number of intersections in illustrator using various strokes aligned to the centre of various circle. I'm creating it as a asset with the intention for it ...
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Removing several anchor points in a path quickly -using a box for example- (Illustrator CC)?

If I have an anchor points path of a deformed box, and I want to remove all the points except the base (the bottom line), is it possible to remove them quickly? maybe using a box selection, is it ...
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Illustrator Artboard dimensions for mobile ui design?

I want to create one document with multiple (3) artboards in Illustrator for mobile wireframing/ui design. One for iPhone, Android and iPad. Can I create artboards with different 'resolutions' within ...
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Illustrator: alignt according to points WITHIN object groups (not their uper/lower border or center)?

For example, I need to align graphs (i.e. groups of axis, data points, text labels etc.) vertically to their x or y axis, no matter how much space is consumed beyond (e.g. by yaxis labels, they may ...
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How to draw cement-wall-like transition background in Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to draw how shadow decays on plaster-like wall in Adobe Illustrator, like this Is it possible to do with Illustrator?
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Why does rotated (R) shapes, that I copy and duplicate (Cmd+D) around a circle, get disordered? [duplicate]

Hey, guys, i got this problem and it's really bothering me, when I make a shape, like a single rectangle and i want to rotate/duplicate it all 360º around a circle shape, the ones that are at the ...
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Making different sized prints

I'm redoing a logo for a local community/cultural group, as a Illustrator file so it can be scaled. I've never used Illustrator before, but am handy with Photoshop. I set up the project to fill a ...
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Path Segment Reshape

I recently watched a few designers and a video by Adobe on Path Segment Reshaping. After seeing this put to use I gasped at how much simpler it made vector drawing become, and knew I could use this ...
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How to list the fonts used in an adobe illustrator (AI) file, on linux?

I would like to list font names used inside an Adobe Illustrator (CS4 or CS5 I don't remember) file, on my Fedora linux desktop. Is it possible ? I tried to open it with Inkscape but I fail to see ...
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How to create a RGB gradient?

I would like to know how to create a perfect RGB gradient in Illustrator like this: Edit: I tried to use the gradient tool, but how to place the colors correct?
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How to prepare (what all sizes and resolutions) mockups and UI graphics for an Android app in PS

I've seen similar questions asked here but they did not answer my question 100%. So please bear with me. Now I am starting an app design project for iOS and Android. I've been designing for iOS for ...
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How can I create a vector long shadow in Illustrator?

I got the following made within Illustrator, but I am trying to achieve the shadow effect which is on the picture to the right of the cellphone. So far I have used the pen tool to outline where i ...
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How to squeeze an outlined character?

I have a text I transformed into outlines and now I would like to squeeze some characters (an "O" and a "D" specifically), so that they become less rounded, more rectangular. If I try to resize them, ...
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How to crop the rectangle effect in the appearance panel

How can I crop a dynamic rectangle effect so that the outsides of the rectangle don't show outside a certain fill? please have a look of the appearance panel The desired effect: The reason not ...
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How can i draw shape with depth in illustrator?

How can i draw the 3d shape like i attached in image. wanted to make banner with just tiled slop. i tried in adobe illustrator but cant get the depth between the blocks. Please let me know how can i ...
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What is wireframe-esque design style called? Is it made solely with pen tool?

Wondering what this wireframe like designing style is called. I've seen it for years but never really felt the urge to ask. I also wish to know if it is made solely with the pen tool in ps/ai or if it ...
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Where is the Live Trace function in Adobe Illustrator CC?

I want to change the color of this MailChimp logo (png file) in Adobe Illustrator CC. I've looked in Adobe Forums and Youtube, all mentioned Live Trace, but I don't have that option in Object on the ...
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How to auto fill dates while doing a calendar?

I want to make a useful calendar in AI. Thus far I have made 12 columns, which each stand for a month, and around 31 boxes in each with days and weekdays listed. There has to be a box because I want ...
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Illustrator CC 2014 - SVG coordinates keep shifting position

I'm using Illustrator CC 2014 to create a sprite sheet for use on the web. The artboard and icons are 16px wide. My problem is, the positions of the icons seem to shift, and I can't figure out why. ...
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How can I create a spherical perspective grid in Photoshop or Illustrator

How can I create a spherical perspective grid (six point perspective) in Photoshop or Illustrator CS5 where the poles are shown on the top and the bottom (exactly like the image below). I have ...
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Can I assign custom keystrokes in Illustrator CC?

I would like to assign my own keystrokes to certain buttons that don't have a keyboard shortcut. For example I could have alt V press the align vertical button so i don't have to click it with my ...
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How to have a “live preview” when changing colors in Illustrator?

I'm a bit used to Photoshop and I just started to learn Illustrator but there's a little thing that's really bothering me. In Photoshop when you are changing a color you can see it previewed on the ...
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Is there an easier way to distress graphics in illustrator?

Recently I've been getting a lot of work with T-shirts and they ask me to distress t-shirts. This is a simple matter if the graphic is only one color, but occasionally I will get a graphic that's 4 or ...
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Unconventional Crop In Illustrator

I need to crop this image in such a way that the space below "submit your picture here!" is taken out, because I'm going to use that space for a "choose file" form on my website. I tried creating a ...
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Smooth rounded boxes in Illustrator and path end angles

I'm new to Illustrator but have a decent background in Photoshop and After Effects. Anyway, I've spent a good amount of time creating this logo in Illustrator and am unhappy with the results. It's ...
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How to create a page template of solid and dotted lines for handwriting practice?

I am looking to make a tear off children's handbook for writing practice of words. I wanted to know how make "dotted lines" or "four lines" template that is to the standards of what child handbooks ...
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Can I explode a transformed object in Illustrator?

I created a circle in illustrator. To create an array, I added Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. The problem is, now I want the array of circles to be individual objects. Is it ...
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How to remove an inner section from a path bounded section?

I have the following image in Illustrator: Inside the wheel I want to put a white hole. How? Wheel is bounded by path.
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Possible to perfectly centre rotation point to art board in Illustrator CC

I'd like to centre the point of rotation to the dead centre of the art board. Is this possible
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Is there a way in Illustrator to “snap” open paths to a curve or detect when they are not?

We are working on projects that are basically all open paths. However, we run into the following situation a lot: If we change the shape of one curve, all other paths that had "intersected" are now ...
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Get rid of thin white lines between shape 'joins'

I've created an icon made out of basic lines/shapes in Adobe Illustrator, then make it one solid, continuous shape. I want to use this icon as a pre-loader on a website, the idea being each 'segment' ...
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illustrator - fill pattern does not translate with bounding box

I have an EPS file of an imshow() plot that I generated from MATLAB using https://github.com/altmany/export_fig I didn't have this problem before, but now when I open the heatmap plot in illustrator ...
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distort curved shape to fit on curved shape

I've read a lot of other answers and tried for hours but I can't get this circle shape to look right on this flag shape i think it's because the circle is a curve and so is the flag. If anyone has ...
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How to get the stroke's color same goes with the fill's

So i've run into some similar questions but still can't find the right answer. I made a circle in Adobe Illustrator and stroke it with artistic brush but it turn out like that. I've tried to copy ...
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Shrinking or expanding object with retaining it's original shape

First of all, I am sorry, but I don't even know how to address this question properly. It's best illustrated by pictures below. So question is: Is there some way, in any graphic program (both vector, ...
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Placed image doesn't show when saving as PDF

I am using Illustrator 17.1.0 to prepare some scientific figures. I have two layers: the bottom one has some placed PDF figures and the top one has annotations. When saving this as a PDF, the placed ...
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Separate each letter of a text to its own layer

I feel like there is a simple solution but I can't find it basically what the title says. I select the text and select release to layers (sequence) and nothing happens or just creates a new layer ...
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How create such amazingly smooth grain with gradient like this? [duplicate]

Is it made in Photoshop or illustrator? I tried many way but can't reach this smooth level
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When exporting from Illustrator to Photoshop, should I be worried about aspect ratio?

when I am exporting a design made in Illustrator to a Photoshop document, I have to use different resolutions and each of them have its own aspect ratio. Is Illustrator able handle this without skew?...
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How to mask in Illustrator then use in After Affects aswell

I am trying to do this tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z58VpFg30k. Basically it has a circle and uses a mask to create holes in it and animate it. I was wondering if I could import circles ...
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How do I scale up an image in Illustrator to a normal size?

I have an image in Illustrator that I've made, but I made it at 2500% zoom. How do I scale the image back up so that it is normal size when it's at 100% zoom? Or at the very least, how do I export it ...
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How to click and drag select objects?

I don't have any experience with Illustrator and am trying to modify a file. There are a bunch of text objects (something like two dozen) and I simply want to select all of them without shift-clicking ...
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Printing: Opacity color or transparency in Abode Illustrator

I have a client who needs a flyer designed and has a printing restriction of one color, in order to keep cost low. To make the design more interesting and appealing I have used the same color blue in ...
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Adobe PDF file too big to upload. What are my options?

I have 4 Illustrator (Adobe pdf) files I need to upload to a freelance website for a job I did. I saved each one as a PDF file but they are 184 MB each. The site only accepts files under 100 MB. Each ...
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Quick color panel in Illustrator

I've been working with Adobe Illustrator for over 2 years now and I really love this program. I'd want to know if it's possible to create a window (just like pathfinder, layers etc.) with my favorite ...
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How do I make objects created with transform effect into an actual object?

Say, you apply transform as an effect and make a bunch of rotated copies of an object. Now those copies are an effect and if you center the object it will only center the original object and not the ...
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Matte effect in illustrator [closed]

I'm new to graphic design. Does anyone know how to create a the matte shape like this from the picture below!
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Illustrator: IImage Trace -Not able to release after editing

This is the image I am trying to trace and I have gotten to the second stage after erasing the outside and unwanted stuff, . Now I went to try get it back to normal but as you can see the image trace ...