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Illustrator image viewed at 100% is “tiny”

I'm a web developer and I love photoshop. Unfortunately, I have some design mock-ups sent over to me in Illustrator. When viewed at 100% the text isn't even legible on my monitor. At 150% things looks ...
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Transforming some, but not all, objects in a group — how?

I don't know how to ask this question in general form so I will begin with an example. I would like to scale (and/or resize) the orange rectangle, but keep the two blue squares (1) the same size, and ...
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How to use pathfinder to cut a rounded rectangle?

I would like to create an Illustrator object that is half of a rounded rectangle, such that the top two corners are rounded and the bottom two are not. I thought I could simply start with my rounded ...
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Procedural texture generation in Illustrator CS 5

I'm trying to add detail and grunge to my vector based designs through the use of procedural textures. Currently, I'm using the noise filter, and the sponge filter on a grey rectangle as multiply or ...
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Is there something in Illustrator that resembles tabs/tab-stops in MS Word?

I'm using Illustrator (CS5) to create a menu for a restaurant. In a word doc, I have a tab at the end of a textcolumn. It's a 'right'-aligned tabstop. So my text resembles this: food ...
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Change brush strokes of drawn image

I'm really new to Illustrator and I drew an image I like, but then I noticed there were different brushes and think it'd look cooler with another one, so is there any way to change the brush strokes ...
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Illustrator - 5 cm bleeds somehow?

Is there any way to set bleeds in Illustrator of 5 cm? If I try to set it, it won't let me and tell that 2.5cm is the maximum allowed amount. But the print company I'm going to send my prints to ...
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How to draw a precise circular arc in Adobe Illustrator?

Say, an arc with radius r centered at o, from angle a to angle b. I don't see how to use Arc tool in Adobe Illustrator this way. What's the best way to draw it?
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How to set the rotation point and use Transform Each in Illustrator?

I have a triangle I'm trying to rotate in Illustrator using the Object->Transform->Transform Each command, but I can't figure out how to set the rotation point like I can if I just use Free ...
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How do I achieve this gradient effect on type in Illustrator?

I'm trying to achieve the gradient effect shown in the below examples on each letter of the type I'm using in a logo design. I don't really know what this style is called, so I can't effectively look ...
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Illustrator CS5 Artboard convert error

I'm trying to convert a vanilla rectangle to Artboard in Illustrator CS5. Using the rectangle tool, creating a 100x100 rectangle, selecting Object > Artboards > Convert to artboard, I get a error ...
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Why Illustrator CS5 Expand breaks my shape? [closed]

Ok, so I got a logo that's made of group of compound paths with appearance, I've already Expanded it once, so appearances (strokes only) are separate paths, and what I'm doing next it taking all the ...
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Saving a layer to png in Adobe Illustrator

I am new to Adobe Illustrator. I want to save the header layer to a png for a web background. I get close, but always have a white border around the graphic. I am thinking there should be an easier ...
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When I export an image from Illustrator, why is it a slightly different color in the exported image?

I have a web design layout in AI that I'm trying to slice up into HTML/CSS. I'm having trouble keeping the colors the same in the exported files as they are in Illustrator. When I open it up in ...
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turn 2D logo into 3D voxel logo

I have a 2D logo that I would like to make into a 3D "voxelized" logo. This website shows exactly what I mean... http://www.drububu.com/miscellaneous/voxelizer/index.html ...
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Where can I find the best vectorization tutorial for a newbie?

I have a friend who does a bit of illustration, but all by hand. He is not familiar with Photoshop or Illustrator. He would like learn a bit of Illustrator, just enough to get by and vectorize some of ...
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In Adobe Illustrator, How do you paste an item to the BOTTOM of the layer stack, not the top?

Whenever you copy something, then paste it, it will be pasted at the top of the layer stack in the same level as all of it's sibling layers. Is there a way to make Illustrator paste to the bottom of ...
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Illustrator - mapping objects around a copied path using Blend option

All, I have a path that has been copied and inverted to form a complete shape together. I want to map objects (multiple circles created using 'Blend step option') around the path using the 'spine' ...
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Illustrator: Artboard X and Y?

just want to know: what are the X and Y settings of the Artboard good for? are they in any way relevant for print?
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How to create such a raster shading?

Look at this pic: How Do I create in Illustrator those areas which you find in the poster between the blue and the yellow areas. they are horizontally blue-yellow striped thanks
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Adobe Illustrator: How to create a clipping mask

I have this logo I am working on. I have 2 questions: 1) I have a white circle behind the 4. I'd like to use that circle as a clipping mask for the 4 so that the 4 fits perfectly within that white ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Copy gradient of one object into another object

Does anybody know the keyboard shortcut or the easiest way to copy a gradient of an object into another object.
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Which tools are used to create illustrations for the web?

I have seen quite a few great illustrations placed as headers or footers, for example, see this or this. I was wondering which tools are used to make such illustrations. Can I create this kind of ...
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How can I give a logo a sticker effect?

I'm new to graphic design and have started to use Adobe Illustrator. I was wondering if someone can tell me how to make the sticker pop up art like the Gowalla logo. Below is the logo that I'm ...
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Method for Wrapping Around a Design into a Book Cover form?

Is there any method for wrapping a design into a book cover form (3D-like)? I mean wrapping a single rectangular design to cover & spine & back. I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS5.
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Where can I find backgrounds for my poster?

I'm designing a 3'x2' flex poster for my startup. I'm a long time GIMP user but this is the first time I'm designing poster for printing (Vector graphics). Coming to the design. It's pretty simple. ...
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How can I open a Corel Draw file in Adobe Creative Suite?

I received some corel draw files, and need to open them, preferably in illustrator. But anything from the Adobe suit will do. I do not have corel draw and I have a mac, is there a way to convert ...
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Specifying distance between objects in Adobe Illustrator CS5

As I'm placing items for a design, I find myself guessing a lot about positioning, usually I will take an item and everything else that might be similar I'll use align-left, or distribute-center. ...
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Convert a line drawing from raster to vector

I have a raster image, basically a scanned drawing of the outlines (and some detail) of various objects, and I wish to convert these lines to vectors, using either Illustrator or Inkscape. My present ...
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Best way to have mutual overlapping in Illustrator

I'm using Illustrator CS5, and I'm trying to have two groups (with multiple paths in each) overlap properly. On the top side, group A should overlap group B, but on the bottom side, group B should ...
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Why are Adobe Illustrator “high quality” PDFs larger than “press quality” PDFs?

I thought "press quality" would have the most information embedded, so I would have expected those files to be bigger. Thanks.
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How is my kerning?

I'm new to graphic design and I have this branding project I am working on. I need to know how my kerning is for the dimension given in the picture below; I'm finding it rather difficult in ...
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Creating Line Based Shapes In Illustrator…

Pretty simple question - hopefully I can ask it in a clear manner. When I want to create a logo or other illustration that is based on paths, is it better to create open paths and assign an ...
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Illustrator messes up curves while drawing with tablet

I don't know if its my Computer [Windows 7 64bit] or if its the tablet [Wacom Bamboo Pen]. But when I try to draw smooth curves in AI, it stops then continues to draw messes up the curves. Inside ...
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Adobe illustrator | Save for web | Small logo is not pixel-grid-aligned

When I save a 4000x1000px large image into a fraction of it's size (100px in width), there are rectangles equal of size and color that does not look identical any more. The logo is simply text with ...
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What's the best way to make attractive charts?

I have a bunch of pie charts and bar charts to make up for a client. They have given me the raw data and they want them made up attractively and easy to understand. Does this mean I have to work out ...
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How to Export “only” the illustration in Illustrator CS3?

I am using Illustrator CS3 and trying to export my illustration. Problem is, I wanted to only export the illustration, no the background canvas area, how I can achieve that? Thanks.
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Illustrator CS3 - upscaling placed or embedded raster graphics with interpolated antialiasing on export?

I've designed some popup banners (output dimensions 840mm x 2000mm @ 300dpi) and used vectors throughout with the exception of some stock photography for their backgrounds. I've been Linking all ...
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In illustrator is there a way to reset rotated transform controls?

When you rotate an object in illustrator the transform controls to resize it/squash it rotate with it. What if i want to stretch it relative to the canvas?
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How Do You Find The Dimensions of A Document in Illustrator?

Is it possible to find the dimensions of an imported document in Illustrator? For example, if you drag a SVG into Illustrator (On Mac)/open a pre-made SVG, it doesn't necessarily tell you the ...
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Border thickness on “part” of pen tool shape, Is it possible?

Alright, I have a logo I am working on of a penguin. I am fairly decent with the pen tool, and have already created most of the face (eye left/right and beak) in separate layers in Illustrator CS5. ...
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How do I combine two objects into one in Illustrator?

I have a G and an arrow. I want the arrow to act as the horizontal portion of the G. I have it lined up but when I apply effects I want then to act in one. For example If I apply a 3d effect I want ...
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Is there a way in Adobe Creative Suite to “share palettes/swatches” across programs?

I use a mixture of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to produce the vast amount of printed media I design at my current position and I find myself faced with copy/pasting color values from one ...
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What digitizer stylus would most naturally replicate the range of touch between a mechanical pencil and a Uniball micro-point?

I am looking to start digitizing my work by re-drafting it from sketch books. This question is less about specs and hardware and more about the feel of the media, both in terms of mechanical ...
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Would Using An External Hard Drive As Scratch Disk in Illustrator Help?

Would using an external hard drive (Normal, non-SSD, 5400RPM) as a scratch disk in Adobe Illustrator help with the performance/speed of rendering? When I work with large canvases, Illustrator starts ...
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Professionals: Would you choose GIMP over Photoshop and/or Inkscape over Illustrator?

I know Adobe's solutions are more advanced, but, as professionals, do you think you would survive (against competition) using GIMP and/or Inkscape instead of Photoshop and/or Illustrator for your ...
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Fully Importing A Saved Colour Palette In Illustrator?

Is there any way to fully import a saved colour palette into Illustrator? I once saved a colour palette from one project and wanted to import the colours for use in another project, but I found that ...
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Font Substitution in Adobe Illustrator CS5

I'm creating a custom PDF catalog by grabbing pages from other companies PDFs (this is allowed, no legal issues!)... I'm having problems though because I do not have the same fonts installed on my ...
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Reseources for learning Illustrator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get started with Adobe Illustrator What are some good websites/tutorials/videos that will get me started with basic workflow concepts? I am not looking for "how ...
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Translation of Hex Colours to RGB Colours?

Apparently Illustrator and Photoshop uses different colour settings - Illustrator uses RGB and Photoshop uses some hex/HTML-like colour system with a combination of letters and numbers. Is there any ...