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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 ...
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How do I “cut out” an icon with a background in Illustrator?

I am having some difficulties trying to delete the space where I created a simple '+' icon. Here are some images for reference. I hope this explains what I am trying to accomplish. Sorry for not ...
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How to make a clear scribble effect with white color

I'm trying to create a typographic logo using Adobe Illustrator, I'm trying to make a scribble effect and I know how to do it, no problem of doing that, it's very easy. My problem is that the ...
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How to couple an Illustrator workspace to an Illustrator template?

I have made a template in Illustrator CS5 as an .ait file. Now I am wondering if it is possible to couple a certain workspace (Drawing, Painting, Like Freehand, etc.) to this template such that that ...
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Why can't I ImageTrace an image in my pattern?

I need to image trace some images that are in a custom pattern I made so that I can recolor the pattern. The images were placed there and linked in a previous Illustrator session. When I'm in the ...
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Overlaying image with text and filling the text in Illustrator

I got a simlar problem as this one. How do I do this if I'm using a image as the background? After I tracing and expanding the image I'll use the way described above, the one with "This is text". This ...
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How can I make raster effects permanent?

I'm creating a logo where I have applied a stamp effect to the text and boundary. How can I make the stamp effect become permanent without needing to have the 'art' underneath masked by the opacity ...
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Illustrator - Draw shadows after Live Paint

I draw by hand (fashion drawings), scan the drawing, import it in Illustrator. Then I use Image Tracing and Live Paint to colour my drawings. How can I easily draw shadows on the clothes and the ...
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When to use “Align to Pixel Grid” in Adobe Illustrator?

The title pretty much says it all. Looking for pros/cons, and situations where it should / shouldn't be used.
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Divide objects Illustrator

I have this graphics in Illustrator. I would like to remove the portions of the globe outside the outlined path and I want the remaining earth and the space inside the path as two separate regions. ...
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My options to link large image into AI file

My .psd file has a resolution of 6m x 3m @ 150 DPI. This makes it 35433px x 5906px in size. Photoshop CS6 saves the file as .tiff or .psb only. When I first import into Illustrator I get an error that ...
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How to create text extruding from the center with Adobe Illustrator?

I want to create 3D text with Adobe Illustrator which have camera depth of field. Simple 3D bevel/extrude effect gives me this: Now I want to add some camera lense perspective effect, but not sure ...
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Exporting vector from C4D to Illustrator

I'm trying to export rendered object from Cinema 4D into Adobe Illustrator. This is what I see in my render view of Cinema 4D: This is what I see when opening exported .ai file in AI: As you see ...
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Easiest way to arrange layers into a sprite formation using Illustrator CC

I have been provided an .ai file containing icons for a website project (hundreds of the things). The file consists of all the icons on a single layer each, filling the space of a single artboard for ...
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Change start of threaded text path in Illustrator

I created a series of semi-circle paths in Illustrator and linked them together using the Threaded Text function. Using the Type on a Path options, I was able to flip the direction of the text to the ...
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How can I set my document in Illustrator to 700dpi?

I am using Illustrator CC and I need to create a large image document 85cm X 200cm, but the printing guy is asking me this document to be in 700dpi. How can I set, emulate or create this within ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS5: how to save background color to pdf

I changed the background colour of my pdf through: Document Setup -> changing color under "transparency" (grid color) -> checking "Simulate Colored Paper" This changes the background in Illustrator ...
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How do I create this tessellation Mondriaan-like graphic?

Recently I discovered the work of Andy Gilmore and I would really like to learn how he did this piece. I'm not looking to replicate it but would like to learn the technique. Right now I'm fiddling ...
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How can I reduce type size in each line of a paragraph - Indesign or Illustrator?

I would like to design a paragraph (full of text) where the font size for EACH new sentence changes in font size and gradually get smaller and smaller with each new sentence. It would probably look ...
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How to make a stroke that is separated from its object?

I want to make a stroke to be a little bit further than the object itself, so between object and stroke there will be a transparency. By default, the stroke is touching the object. How can I achieve ...
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how can i export 3d object from illustrator to photoshop to paint it

i have 3d object i want to take it to photoshop to paint but keep it 3d. What can i do. I have done dragging it. But it dosent help. Exporting from illustrator still causes it to be either vector or ...
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Rasterizing circle to exact size

I have created a circle in Illustrator with a radius of 12px. Now I'm trying to rasterize this into a .png from Photoshop to have the exact same size, but anti-aliasing is messing things up and the ...
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How to make a pattern follow a stroke, path or line?

Here is my MS Paint job on a real bad attempt at what I'm trying to achieve: I have access to Photoshop and Illustrator CS6, and I want to be able to draw a thick line (that is not straight) and ...
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Placing text on perspective pane

I have the following shape and text which I'm trying to lay on the shape. I certainly tried to put text on ground plane(not illustrated in screenshot), but I'm not able to get exactly the ...