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How to crop everything hidden by an vector OPACITY mask in Adobe Illustrator?

I have lot of objects which are bounded by opacity mask. I need to get rid of my opacity mask, clipping each object where it intersects with my mask. It is a lot of hassles to do it manually. Is ...
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Importing spreadsheet data as layers into Adobe Illustrator

I have a spreadsheet with a TON of content that I need to import to layers via Illustrator. I have several columns that need to be imported for some business cards. So for instance name, email, phone, ...
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Export to SVG with blend mode or “Apply” it

I have an image with a gradient background and a transparent gray shadow on top of it set to multiply. When I export to SVG, it loses the blend mode and appears gray. How can I have Illustrator ...
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Changing colors in a PDF document? Tried illustrator and photoshop

I have a PDF document with text and basic graphics (squares, circles, thought bubbles, etc.) behind the text. My goal is to change the colors of these shapes. Here's what I've tried: InDesign 5.5 - ...
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PDF Printing issues with embedded transparent CMYK image

I have a couple of PDF files here which are saved as PDF/X1a:2001. Those contain some outlined/curved text as well as an embedded background image. In some of the PDFs there is a background picture ...
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Compress large PDF files in Illustrator

I am an unexperienced Illustrator user, so please bear with me if my question is very stupid: I have a large PDF file (5 MB+) [1] which is generated from a large dataset. The amount of details in the ...
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Illustrator Save for Web preview image small and pixelated?

Recently when I Save for Web my preview image appears scaled 50% and pixelated. However the saved image appears fine. Is there a setting I inadvertently changed?
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Can I use Surface Pro 4 and Illustrator?

I recently bought the new Surface Pro 4 with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD. I installed my CS 6 Standard Suite yesterday and I was quite impressed how fast illustrator and Co. opened. Unhappily, the pen ...
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Remove objects, leaving only the stroke and the drop shadow (illustrator)

Just found this site! Seems pretty awesome. Im wondering if anyone knows how to achieve this effect: I want to remove the white objects (text) from the image, but keep the stroke and the drop shadow. ...
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How can I ensure that my logo will display exactly the same in RGB on the web and CMYK when pritned?

I've always struggled with this and more and more often it causes me issues in the stage when I've received payment and then they client tries to print their design. Especially with my designs that ...
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Why can't I export a large .ai file to .png?

I am trying to export a large .ai file to .png in illustrator (Per request) and have been unsuccessful. I believe it is because my file is too large. I'm hoping someone can shed some light on how I ...
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How to import PS logo and remove pixilations

I created a logo using my own writing, which I then scanned into photoshop and modified / coloured. It's still in layers there. It seems look ok on the bookmarks I've done as the text is really ...
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Problem changing type orientation in illustrator

I'm trying to change the type orientation in Illustrator CS5, but it doesn't seem to be working. Normally i select type > type orientation > Vertical and the orientation changes so that the letters ...
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Illustrator giving two values for ppi for a linked raster image, only when rotated?

I am trying to place this raster logo supplied by a client on a large format template (this being a raster logo of some text in Arial is a separate issue). In Photoshop, the image is showing at ...
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Turning traced and expanded image back to single layered image in Illustrator

How do I turn a traced and expanded image back to a single layered image? I'm new to Ai.
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How can I change the color of this object in illustrator? [closed]

I have a jpg of gold glitter and I would like to add that as the background color of a circle thats part of my soon to be logo. Ive tried to add it as a "texture" under "transparency" but it comes up ...
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Fill shapes in Illustrator [closed]

I am very new to Illustrator (read: this is the first thing I have ever tried) and I am trying to do what I am sure is a very simple task. Using the line segment tool I drew the above shapes and ...
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Trouble with closing pen tool lines in Illustrator for vector illustration

I’ve had experience with drawing in Photoshop, but never tried vector artwork in Illustrator before. I drew this illustration using separate pen tool lines for the majority of the outlines (her ...
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Select analogous colors in Illustrator

Using Illustrator's "recolor artwork" feature, is there a way to select at once a drawing's analogous colors? (selecting for instance cyans, blues and navys?)
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How to retain pixel dimensions when exporting to PNG in Illustrator [closed]

In Adobe Illustrator, I'm creating for a screen size of 800px X 480px but while exporting to png/jpeg my file size gets changed to 3333px X 2000px. I don't know what's happening? Whatever the file ...
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Illustrator brush pen pressure distortion

After a few months of using my Wacom, I started to notice that my strokes became distorted near sharp corners and curves when I changed the default 5pt brush to pen pressure. I saw similar questions ...
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How do I edit text on graphics downloaded from Shutterstock in Illustrator?

I have an event coming up for a social group of mine and have signed up to Shutterstock to download a single flyer (for a not so small fee of $300). All I want to do is use one of the flyers from the ...
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How to merge outlines and fills after using image trace on a hand drawn image?

I'm new to illustrator and I'm trying to import my hand drawn line art to color in illustrator. When I add the jpeg to illustrator and do image trace I'm left with an outline (solid black shape behind ...
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Using Free Distort on text in Illustrator CC

Why does this not seem to work, and does anybody else know a way to get type distorted? Specifically I have an isometric building and I would like to put the names of the surrounding streets "on the ...
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Transparent stroke overlap in Illustrator

I'm trying to do a semi-transparent stroke on a path. When 2 different paths overlap (right) the area where they cross is darker, as expected. But if it a single path there is no such area (left). Any ...
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Illustrator Scatter Graph

Hey does anyone know how to add numbers to data points of a scatter graph in illustrator? I can make the scatter graph but I have no idea how to add numbers to the data like in the screen shot? ...
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How would I restrict a path to a hexagonal grid?

So I need to create a world map using only hexagons. I have an svg of every country on earth that I got from QGIS. Basically, I need to do what I did with China (above) to every single country. ...
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How to generate assets for a mobile UI from Illustrator?

Currently, I'm using Photoshop to design a mobile UI and I use PNG Express to generate assets for various size and devices. I want to know if there is any such supporting tool for Illustrator to ...
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How to delete a Rectangular Grid without deleting the color in Illustrator

I am new to the use of the Rectangular Grid Tool and I created an 8-bit style background using it and the LivePaint Bucket. I'm afraid that some how, some of the lines of the grid were colored and are ...
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How do I add hyperlinks to an SVG export out of Illustrator?

I've followed the instructions here on GDSE on how to create image maps that open a URL in Adobe Illustrator (using CC): Add a hyperlink within Illustrator However, it simply doesn't work for me. I ...
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Creating a ring and preserving thickness while scaling in Illustrator

To create my rings, I use two instances of the Ellipse tool. Then, I center the two circles, and use the Pathfinder tool to delete the intersection. I am left with a thick ring. I make some copies of ...
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Same Business Card Design, New Picture and Info: How much should I charge? [duplicate]

I created a business for a Real Estate company a few months ago which also included a picture of the realtor. Now they're asking me to use the same design for a new realtor. How much should I charge ...
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Illustrator svg with screen shot image, large file size

I am using screen shots to present my web work then building an .svg with some additional layers, the resolution turns out great. I choose to save it as an svg because it maintains clarity, in the ...
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How to edit the category labels in a graph in Adobe Illustrator?

Does anyone know how to make the text on the Category axis of a graph in Illustrator on the right look like the one on the left? On the one on the left I have done it manually but surely there is ...
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Relative file paths for linked assets in Illustrator

I would like to link external assets relatively rather than absolutely in Illustrator. Is that possible?
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Illustrator CS6-How do I make swatches stay Global after Global Adjust?

[Adobe Illustrator CS6 / PC] I hope someone can help me. I'm usually able to find an answer through Google, but not this time. What I'm trying to do is create a series of color schemes. While ...
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Illustrator: make EPS bounding box match artboard

I need to produce an EPS file with a specific bounding box using Illustrator. If I export to PDF, the PDF page size will correspond to the artboard. However, if I export to EPS, the bounding box ...
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How to correctly recolor in Adobe Illustrator?

I have an SVG ( http://www.feingeist.io/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Polygon_grey.svg), which I want to recolor. Initially, I wanted to achieve this by using CSS function background-blend-mode: ...
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How to add a stroke property or animate the fill path of an svg?

I've been using a combination of Illustrator, Sketch, Inkscape, and Peter Collingridge's svg-editor to create and manipulate SVG's, but I've been running into a few issues. I am trying to create a ...
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Duplicated object that reflects changes in illustrator

I've been using Sketch recently and they have this really nice concept of grouped objects that can be cloned. When you make a change to the master group item it reflects the other items. Optionally ...
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How to create an orthogonal triad of vectors as a single object in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015

Here is what I have done: I create three arrows by using the line command and then the stroke panel to add an arrowhead. I then make two duplicates of the arrow by pressing Alt + Shift + Left Arrow. ...
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Illustrator: Way to align / justify text with left + right in the same text box?

Is there a way to align / justify text with left + right in the same text box, without creating a new text box? It's not too big of a deal, but would save time, if there is a workaround.
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How to create an fade effect like this in Illustrator?

I would like to know how to create an effect like this in Illustrator. I already tried grunge textures but I can't get the same kind of fade. Thanks
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Merge circle with lines

Let's say, I am trying to recreate a shape (the circle attached within the M shape) like the attached image. Is there any way to do this simply and perfect? They way I have tried it is not giving me ...
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How to set keyboard shortcut to run script in Illustrator

Is there a way to setup a keyboard shortcut to run a custom script in Illustrator? So far I haven't found a way. If this is not possible to do from within Illustrator, is there a 3rd party solution ...
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Illustrator: how to align grouped objects and expand to be aligned top and bottom?

The rectangles below have been grouped together by me. I realized that I probably should have aligned them before grouping them. I'm wondering if there is a way to align them (to their top edge) ...
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Why is the brush dot far away from it's anchor point?

Using Illustrator CC & i use a wacom intuos pro tablet to currently draw using the brush tool (just on basic settings). My problem is that there is a brush dot on the far top left corner and its ...
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So I designed a logo in Illustrator using just text which I'm looking to have it printed, can it still be used as a vector [closed]

Basically, what the title says, I designed a logo in Illustrator which I'm planning to print as stickers using just text/fonts. Will I be able to export/save it as a vector and have it printed? My ...
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How do I create a 3D linear shape (like this in figure) in Illustrator?

How do I create a 3D linear shape (like this in figure) in Illustrator? I try to use mesh tool (but it deformed all lines) and blending tool (but it not works with closed shape). Can you help me? ...