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Export objects to separate files in Illustrator

Is there a way to export objects to separate files in Illustrator? The output I want is AI or vector files, not raster images. The objects are not on separate artboards, and I am looking for a ...
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How to prepare PDF transparency for printing

I'm using illustrator to create a piece of artwork. I've used several transparent layers (small circles). Since I'm using a transparent effect, do I need to rastarize or flatten it? I tried ...
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Save a SVG of JUST what is showing

I have to admit that I'm a newbie to Illustrator. (Bezier curves I've never got!) I have a design that I'm preparing for laser cutting and it needs it in EPS/SVG. I see the Save as SVG option but its ...
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Reduce file size of PDF/EPS from Adobe Illustrator

I'm trying to export a logo I created into PDF and EPS for a client and the file sizes are HUGE! The PDF is 78MB! The logo has lots of little diamonds on it which I duplicated, so I'm guessing it's ...
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Illustrator Template Won't Toggle

I'm working in a file that has a template/guide thing that I can't figure out how to toggle. Does anybody have experience with these?
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How can I achieve a ribbed pipe/tube effect in Photoshop or Illustrator?

I'm looking to create a tube with an effect like the following - the cylindrical segments which come together to make a pipe. I was wondering how this might be achieved; You could layer ellipsis with ...
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PDF prints don't look the same as the on the computer

I've created some images in Illustrator (simple portraits to be exact). I have been using the "Save As" option to save PDF Versions to email to my boss for the past few weeks. Here is my problem: Now ...
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How to change thickness of outline shapes?

How can I change thickness of "outlines", which actually are not strokes but closed shapes? In the following example you can see outlines which I would like to make thicker, all of them. I wish I ...
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How can I remove an existing Gradient Mesh from an object in Adobe Illustrator?

I just messed up using the Gradient Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator. I want to start a brand new Gradient Mesh on the object I messed up on and don't want to delete the original shape. How can I ...
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small lines when printing to PDF from Illustrator

I have an Illustrator file that's behaving strangely when I print it to PDF. Basically, it adds small lines around shapes; I included a zoomed-in screenshot. If I save the file as PDF, the lines ...
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How to turn a path with straight lines into a curved path automatically in Illustrator?

I know how to do this manually, but I need an automatic way (either a script or just a command in Illustrator). Here's a line like the one I mean. Notice how it's all made of straight lines (The blue ...
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Joining two halves of rectangle

I've followed this tutorial to get 2 corner rounded rectangle. However, when I try to union those two halves of rectangles back, then on upper right corner I got the following Merged lines are ...
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Guide for shortcut keys and term similarities between Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw

I am desperate for a guide that will tell me how terms translate between CorelDraw and Illustrator. I've used Corel for nearly 20 years and know the terms and shortcut keys like I speak "Corel". With ...
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spot color print - how to indicate white

I prefer to work with the web, so it's been forever since I've worked with a printer. Just received this message back regarding a doc utilizing white ink. How can I accomplish this in Adobe ...
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How to make glossy effect on stroke?

I have the following rounded rectangle Need to make border glossy like below image In order to do that, I've expanded this shape and created a ellipse with no stroke above button, with ...
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Best Practice : Adobe Illustrator Layer Setup

I've worked in Illustrator for years... not professionally. I'm starting to charge for my services, and started wondering. I've taken an Illustrator class at my local college, and designed hundreds of ...
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Change the direction of perspective in Illustrator

I did not see this question here after a search but I was curious to know how do you change the direction of Illustrator's perspective grid from the default: To something like this:
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Change Default Color for Text in Illustrator

I'm new to Illustrator, and I'm having a heck of a time with a project. The image I'm trying to make has a black background, and a large number of white text objects in the foreground. I select the ...
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Remove an effect from all objects in Illustrator

I work with very large documents with over 50 art boards. Towards the end of my illustration process I typically add a raster effect to everything in my Illustrator document. Sometimes I run into a ...
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Tracing big vs small image

I have a pen sketch scanned with resolution ~ 7000x5000px 300DPI. When I'm trying to trace the whole image with Illustrator CS6 into b/w, I am losing details overall. Example is on the left side. It's ...
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Why are my psd files shrinking when I open them in Illustrator?

I'm trying to open my .psd files in Adobe Illustrator, but it's turning them into really small files. It's probably something to do with the advance settings, but I cant seem to find it.
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Scaling A Simple Image Without Losing Any Quality

I have this image: It's only 19ppi. I want to create a vector from it so that it can scale up up to 11 square inches and retain it's quality. How can I make Illustrator do this? I was trying ...
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Illustrator CS6 - All stroke options in right gradient panel are unusable

So I have a basic 50 pt line selected, go over to the right to open the Gradient panel, but the stroke option - the word stroke and the three boxes next to it - are greyed out and unclickable. I've ...
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How to create a fading effect on the border of an object, with illustrator

Imagine I have a black disc. I would like to create a gradient around the disc, whose value is white 100% opacity on the border of the disc and white 0% opacity at the end of the gradient. Now, ...
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Vertically trim a series of shapes/labels

I have a box with a list of labels inside of it and a separator line between each label. Now I want to cut all these shapes by a vertical line, say remove the left 50% part and keep the right 50% part ...
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Is it possible to draw a black line with a colored fill

For example, in photo shop you can draw a line then select that line and contract the pixels maybe 3 pixels (depending if the line I drew was thicker)and fill that area with a color. Thus the line ...
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Giving a vector shape a rough edge without manipulating anchor points

I’m looking to give my very smooth vector drawing a hand-drawn style. When I say this, I don’t mean applying a texture over the top of the whole vector (like this). A technique that would produce ...
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Exporting PDF from Adobe Illustrator without aliasing

I am working with an image with an aliasing problem in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The aliasing disappears after unchecking Preferences-> General -> Anti-aliased Artwork. However, when I export the ...
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Is there a way to generate a spline centered within a font? [duplicate]

I would like to do something that seems simple, but I can't find anything on the web. Does anyone know of a way to take a font and generate a spline that follows the center of the font's stroke? I ...
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How to draw these big headed characters?

I am the graphic designer of a game and I want to recreate the look of these images (I mean the characters, not the 2.5 scene). My questions are: Does this character style (no legs or arms) have a ...
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How do I remove texture from an object in illustrator cs6? [closed]

I created a logo with some wooden texture in it. I'd like to get rid of the texture and fill it with a different color. I'm not sure what to do. I am able to change the color but the texture remains.
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Horizontal and Vertical Scaling of One Character in AI

In Photoshop, I've got in my character menu Horizontal and Vertical scaling. In Illustrator I don't have it, but I need it. I know I can stretch the entire text-box in AI to simulate character ...
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How to avoid decimals on position and size using pixels

I am using Adobe Illustrator CS6 to create small images (like icons) for my app so I need pixel precision. How can I avoid X, Y, W and H properties to have decimals? Can I configure 0 decimals for ...
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Multiple views in illustrator

I work on some detailed graphics. I would like to have two windows of the same file open at once, one zoomed in and the other at 100%. This is easy. But what I can't figure out is how to remove ALL ...
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How to change the background color of the outer canvas in Illustrator

Is there away to change the colour of this grey area? I would like it to be white. I like to use this area as a mood board and so it helps if I am working with the same background colour.
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Apply an action to each item in a selection in turn?

If you use an Illustrator action on a selection, it applies it to that selection as a whole. Illustrator actions can be applied as 'batches', but this means batches of files, not batches of objects. ...
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Is there a way to make Photoshop CS6 work with touchscreen monitors?

I have a 15.6" touchscreen laptop and I would like to be able to use the touchscreen in Photoshop. It works fine in Illustrator but for some reason Adobe didn't make Photoshop compatible with touch ...
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Icon Character Design - name and methods

Im looking for tutorials about designing characters/mascots with illustrator in a specific style viewable below. I liked this design style but the actual original tutorial page is no longer online ...
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Why can't I arrange layers in illustrator?

I'm working on a design with layered text. I want to have a word on top of another and when I select the layer and go to arrange > bring to front it won't do it. I've tried sending the rest of the ...
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Why does my shape have a tiny horizontal line?

I need to remove the horizontal bar of an A char so it looks like a V upside down. What I did is: I opened Illustrator and typed the character A, then I clicked "create outlines". Then I joined bottom ...
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Creating Cut-out style Text in Illustrator

Is it possible to create something like the image below in illustrator? I know in Photoshop it would be a case of rasterizing font and cutting the text and shifting it around but Photoshop is vector ...
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How do I convert an image to flat-shaded polygons? [duplicate]

I am looking for a way to convert an image into a flat-shaded polygonal mesh. This consists of two steps: Creating the mesh (manually), overlaying an existing image. Shading the mesh (automatically) ...
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Illustrator: Transforming group of paths/compound paths results in different larger version

I have a logo which I want to scale to a larger size. I started by setting up my artboard to the size I wanted it, then I grouped all the logo paths/objects which are in one layer and opened the ...
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AI CS6 doesn't let me save [closed]

After loading a large group of vector (*.ai) files, I tried individually going through to change each one's color (they're basic, monochrome vectors). After pasting the hex value into the object's ...
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illustrator cs5- paste in place not changing layers

I'm trying to re-organize a project that has gotten a lot of objects stuck in the wrong layers. For some reason when I select a group of objects and try to move them to another artboard my paste in ...
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How can I create realistic business card mockups?

I'm trying to produce the effect in the below image: I'd preferably like to do this with Photoshop or Illustrator. How can this be accomplished?
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How to cut the non-overlapping part of 2 shapes in Illustrator CS6

I have 2 shapes (see below) a circle and a shape of the US. I want to remove the part of the US that falls outside the circle. How is this possible? Thanks
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Simple Spot Color Separations for Screen Printing

Ok, I'm an Illustrator noob, but I've worked in screen printing. I made a design which is composed of an expanded Live Trace, a couple of rectangles with fills and strokes, and some text within said ...
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Script for InDesign that checks for halftone spot colors?

Thanks to the help of various people here, I've just about nailed this script for InDesign that I'm working on. There's only one other bit that, while not 100% necessary, I would love to be able to ...
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Create Illustrator document without defined document/canvas size?

Does anyone know if it's possible to create a new document in illustrator that is boundless? And once you have entered all the content you define the size before exporting?