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Move, resize and repeat

what I try to achieve is a succession of circles smaller in smaller from one position to another. I first draw a big circle (right on the picture) and duplicate it, translate it to the left and ...
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how can I align some text in any text area vertically, in illustrator?

how can I align some text in any text area vertically? so I can align a label vertically and Horizontally in any text area, as if i align the text in a table cell.
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How to apply the same Distort effect to a batch of Adobe Illustrator files?

I'm trying to batch apply one specific Distort Effect to several different AI files at the same time. These are the settings for the Distort Effect I'm trying to apply: Distort / Tweak with the ...
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Is there a way to create an action or script to select and embed external file(s) placed in an Illustrator file?

As a follow-up to my question Is there a way to expand linked EPS file placed inside another EPS file in Illustrator? I am now trying to create an action to select and embed external file(s) placed ...
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Distribute objects along a path in Illustrator

Using Adobe Illustrator, how can I evenly distribute a group of objects along an arc?
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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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Spot colors changing to black in PDF and Ai file but not EPS

In preview the Ai files shows black. If I open the Ai file the colors are displayed correctly but in a PDF they are totally black. Does anyone know what's going on?
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Transforming 3rd-party discrete gradient mesh to AI's smooth gradient-mesh

The problem I use pst-solides3d (part of pstricks bundle for LaTeX) to generate the following surface. The surface is not a mesh, but a collection of disjoint quadrilateral patches, each with a ...
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Mysterious line next to shape after saving for web in Illustrator

So I have got the .ai file from our designer and I have to save it to a specific size to then be used on a website. I have aligned all shapes to pixel raster (not sure if this is required) and I have ...
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I need to resize ppi in Illustrator. Is this possible?

I initially drew a picture in Illustrator at 700 x 1270 pixels at 300 ppi. Unfortunately when converting...the pixels come out at 2915 X 5289 because of the 300 ppi. This is waaaay too big for the ...
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Illustrator script - create objects, rotated and centred with a selected object

Edit: Oops, it's working! It seems that the problem has been solved by loading the updated script via File / Script / Other File... option. Before the stroke width change wasn't affecting the ...
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How to export .svg file from Adobe Illustrator with shape IDs?

My question is very simple. How to export an SVG file from Adobe Illustrator with shape IDs? When I export as SVG my group names turn to groups with group name as ID, that's the behavior I would ...
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Good practice to resize a PNG aiming to act as smartphones' SplashScreen

I own a PNG (640x1136), that I want to resize in order to fit all the smartphone screens. I have Photoshop and illustrator. I opened Photoshop, right-clicked on the PNG, and select "Edit Contents", ...
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I need some advice on the process of designing window banners for a newsagents

I'm designing a window graphic for a newsagents (what covers the actual window with and advertises what they sell, booze etc), now I've got the sizing, 180cm Height x 170cm width so at first I made ...
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How do I create text bullets in illustrator?

Is there a way to create text bullets in illustrator? I'm trying to mimic or recreate something done in PowerPoint. I think I know how to manually create the character (•), but was hoping there was ...
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How to shrink vector object without distoring it in Illustrator?

I always bump into this problem of distorting a logo when I shrink it in illustrator. I have expanded the object and converted all outlines. I tried 'simplify' and 'clean up' the anchor points, and ...
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Helvetica Font from Mac to Windows

Im currently using mac os and the font for illustrator is set to Helvetica. However, my colleague uses Windows and he dosen't have helvetica. Will my design consisting of helvetica font change when my ...
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Long Shadow Effect in SVG for Web

Basically I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to efficiently get a long shadow effect with an SVG: Example Image My three ideas on how this might be possible: Hella detailed gradient map, ...
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Illustrator document to Photoshop - Preserve Layers?

Is it possible to import a Illustrator document into Photoshop and keep the layers - we need to supply a multi layered document to a client in this way asap... We have tried exporting the doc as a ...
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How do I get the live paint bucket not to modify my brush line?

I drew a splinter with multiple lines and joined them. Now I'm trying to add white as the background color with the paint bucket but it changes my brush line effect. Help ...
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How can I add new points to an existing path?

I've drawn a path with the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator. I did some other work, but now I want to extend the path with more points. How can I continue drawing the path where if I click off of the ...
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How to make the Fill tool match the Swatch color in Illustrator CC 2014?

When adding color to an object in Illustrator CC 2014 using a preloaded swatch, there seems to be some loss in accuracy. If I select the object itself (after adding the swatch color), the object is ...
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Adobe Illustrator save png image

I have created 9 images with 2500x1500 resolution using illustrator and saved it as png for my game, it shows 10-20kb each of them but while the game is running they are 100mb in ram , I know that ...
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How to package fonts in Illustrator CS6?

Is it possible to export an Illustrator file off our MAC (CS6) and send to PC (Adobe CC) and package all the fonts to go with the artwork to avoid installing missing fonts one by one?
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Toggling Bounding Box and Transform Controls in Illustrator

I apologize if this has been covered a thousand times, but I'm new to AI and I don't even know the technical terms of these things to find anything in Google, I've been trying. When you select an ...
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Illustrator 18 Bounding Box

I just downloaded the new CC Illustrator and the bounding box works on everything except when i draw a square. I have turned the bounding box option on and off and restarted. The bounding box works on ...
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Pie Chart Border Grouping

I've recently been using Illustrator for data driven visualizations. I came across a graphic and had a question about how to achieve an effect. I've included an example graphic for reference. If you ...
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Find weight of all lines/drawings

I need to know if it's possible to find the weight (diameter) of all lines/drawings in a psd file. Since silk screen printing dosen't allow me to print smaller lines/paths/drawings than 0,6mm i need ...
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How can I print multiple Illustrator artboards on one page?

I'm working on a design that's to be printed. The size of the item is 1/3 of a standard letter page. I would like to be able to work on it in Illustrator only once without the copy and paste at the ...
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How to create a uniformly distributed dashed plot in a scatter graph in Adobe Illustrator CS4

In Illustrator CS4 I have a scatter graph with four data sets. Now I want to use dashed and dotted patterns. However the dashes are not distributed uniformly over a plot. Click here to see a PDF ...
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illustrator pencil tool jagged line problem

I used pencil tool, but almost lines are jagged. I checked anti-aliased art work in preference setting, but it can't solve the problem. and I will use the picture for web. (700px * 344px) It is okay ...
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Is there option to fit square to artboard size in Illustrator?

I constantly create square background which I should adjust to artboard size. Almost every time I miss one or two pixels (Retina is good for that), so I looked for one-click feature "click object to ...
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Ideal way to wrap a label around a bottle (3d extrude?)

Previously I might have used Photoshop's warp tool to wrap a label around a bottle but it's hard to get perfect results in this way. I'd love a more consistent method so I tried experimenting with ...
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Is it possible to realize this particular type of radial gradient in AI?

I came across a LaTeX package called pst-slpe. It is part of the PSTricks bundle for generating ps graphics in LaTeX. A particular type or gradient, called radslope (or radslopes) is defined in this ...
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Will a white box in the lower layer cause overprinting issues?

Adobe Illustrator CS6 After setting the document dimension and bleed, I realised that the default white artboard won't go into the bleed region (5mm), and that remains as grey. So, almost out of OCD, ...
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packaging my files in Illustrator CS6 is gone [migrated]

suddenly I can find Packaging option under my file menu in Illustrator CS6!!! Does anyone know how to get it back?? I did clean my cache and restart pc even i deleted my profile and create new ...
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Adobe Automation: Dynamic Text in Template

I'm developing a template for my team's daily production needs, and every product must have certain consistent marginalia on it, such as date, product ID, title, subtitle, etc. Currently, this ...
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Is it possible to make a gradient follow a path in Illustrator?

If you take this image: Is it possible to make a gradient in Illustrator that follows that path? I made something similar (just not with a single path, but with the pen tool) and I want to have ...
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How can I keep lines together between textarea Automatically in Illustrator?

I need a tool or a method letting me align two text areas based on a specific line in one textarea to the other. in my case I have a headline in on texearea and need to align the rest normal text line ...
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Placing text inside shapes

This may be a silly question but... Im pretty new to Illustrator and I have the number 12 and i need to type text inside each number without it going outside the lines of the numbers. How do I do ...
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My SVG file shows as a blank icon on the desktop

I'm a new at the web design and I'm not sure if I've done right thing while saving my icon as svg file. Here's the thing - I got an outline icon and when I save it as svg with options shown in ...
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How to change the color of the artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

It is practically impossible to edit a white illustration on the default white artboard background. Hiding the artboard makes the whole work area receive the artboard's white color. Is there a way ...
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AutoCad vs Illustrator for logo design

I have a customer who says their engineering dept needs a logo done in AutoCad to give him the detail he needs. He says importing an illustrator .dxf file doesn't give him the "quality" that he needs? ...
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Ronchi Rules or graduated and varied strokes in illustrator or Inkscape

I am searching for an easy way to create (in vector) something like this: essentially I would like to create lines starting for example: black 5pt, white 5pt, black 4pt, white 4pt, etc... all the ...
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Saving an SVG with viewbox 0 0 in Illustrator

I've got a problem saving SVGs in their correct format in Illustrator. I want to save an SVG for web development with the viewbox as "0 0 100 100". The sizes, 100 width and height, are not a problem. ...
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how can I add an overlapped anchor in both overlapped paths automatically

How I can add an anchor point for each intersected selected paths in illustrator automatically? I know smart Guide and add anchor point tool can do the job but it will add just one anchor in the ...
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Perspective transform on a raster image in Illustrator

All I want is the Illustrator equivalent of what right-click -> Perspective does in Photoshop. Normally I would just use the Free Transform Tool, but it doesn't appear to let me do it with an imported ...
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How can I reduce the aliasing that occurs around my custom icon web font when it is scaled?

I am trying to make my own icons and embed them in a custom Web font. For that, I'm using Illustrator & Icomoon. I design the icons in a 14x14px square, then I create my Web font using Icomoon ...
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Illustrator: How to drag-and-select intersecting anchor points?

The following scenario is a bit simplified, but it does explain what I need to do. What I want to do is select points 1 and 2 on the purple path in order to move them. If I use the Direct ...
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How to control variable width of line in Illustrator

I want to make specific part of a path wider. Width tool (cs5) gives me unwanted results on the rest of the path. Brushes do not offer control for bulge positions on long swirly paths. Even ...