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Create pdf from Illustrator and retain scale when printing

I have created a pattern in Illustrator CS6 and need to save as a pdf and retain the correct scale. I'm losing 1/16" of a inch all around. How can I resolve this?
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Stop a line (stroke) on the edge of a triangle

I want to stop these lines right on the edge. I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS6, I'm fairly new to Illustrator so please be specific.
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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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Quickly reverse layer order of objects in Illustrator

I want to perform some operation like this: Change objects order from: object 1 object 2 object 3 to: object 3 object 2 object 1 I see there is an option in Photoshop that can reverse the ...
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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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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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Drawing Area turned white

The drawing area in illustrator turned white -- I do not mean the art board. How do I change it back to gray?
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iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus design confusions around dimensions, resolutions and densities

I have to design an iOS app in iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus in Adobe Illustrator. Can anyone help me with the ever confusing PPIs and retina/retina HD displays and dimensions of these? For example, I ...
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In Illustrator, how do I paste in place one object on multiple artboards?

My file has multiple artboards and I need to copy an object on one artboard and paste it in the same place on all the other artboards. My co-worker showed me it once and I didn't write it down!
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How do I modify this colored Mesh in Illustrator?

I have this nifty glowing ring in an EPS file. I am trying to figure out how to use Illustrator to have the same blue ring with a white background. I'm having difficulty understanding where the ...
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Illustrator: copying an artboard to a new document

I have a document with dozens of artboards. I would like to copy a single artboard into a new document. What's the easiest way to do this?
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How can I perfectly tile two shapes?

I have "Snap to Point" option enabled and expect shapes to tile without hovering when I drag one shape to another. But there is intersection between them that can be seen from the snippet: So tile ...
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Change color preserve transparency? [on hold]

I'm just using Illustrator for the first time. I need to trace objects from a Photoshop image. I created a pattern in PS and I succeeded in tracing it but I need to change the color of pattern ...
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Why doesn’t the Illustrator keyboard shortcut Ctrl+3 work? [closed]

I seem to be unable to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+3 to hide a selection inside of Adobe Illustrator. Ctrl+2 for lock seems to work fine, but Ctrl+3 doesn’t do anything for me. Object → Hide → ...
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Why can i see contours through a layer above in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

I am using Adobe Illustrator CS5 for a simple game. I do not know why, but I can see contours of my chair through my table. The table is a layer above the chair. The table is not transparent. ...
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Better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace?

Are there any better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace? I don't have one of them Wacom boards so I can't really do this by hand.
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Illustrator: Is there any way to make a path using the paint bucket? [duplicate]

I've created an outline of a hand, but I would like to see how it looks filled without a border. The problem is I made the hand with multiple paths, then made it a compound path (to blend it easier) ...
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How to make an area in illustrator transparent?

So I want to have an empty star in my object; almost like a hole in the middle but star-shaped. How can I chop out the star shape in my object and make it transparent?
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How to punch text out of an object in Illustrator?

My enterprise logo has the text Job overlapping a bag icon. What I really want to achieve is a white bag logo with the text punched out. That way, on any background the text has the color of that ...
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Why are drop shadows so hard to render, and is there an easier alternative for an aging computer?

I've been using drop shadows on a logo I'm working with and when I apply the effect it takes a good 30-40 seconds for it to finish, and then same amount of time for each edit. I'm using an older ...
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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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How to make a clipping mask act like it's supposed to [duplicate]

I'll make this more simple than before, since the answer did not work. I need the first shirt with the lines behind it look like this: I just took the lasso tool to create this example, which is ...
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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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How to make a hanging icicle brush or graphic style in Illustrator CC?

I purchased a set of graphic styles for Illustrator. The set contains a style that applies a hanging icicle brush to any object, so that icicles appear to be hanging from any horizontal line of an ...
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Illustrator: Create a clipping mask for a long-shadow that was made using the blend tool [duplicate]

So I'm trying to make an icon with a long shadow, I used Illustrators blend tool to make the shadow in between my two pigs like so. What I would like to do now is create a clipping mask for the long ...
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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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Using pathfinder and merge without effecting vector detail

I've followed how do I use pathfinder on multiple objects so that I could cut straight down the middle of my vector. Clicking the merge within the pathfinder panel works as intended but the detail of ...
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How to make rough edges smooth in Illustrator?

I make some shape in illustrator, then divide all the shape with pathfinder tool. Then i fill all the pieces of shape with different. I found some rough area in the edges, how can I get rid of this ...
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How to resize an EPS file in Illustrator to fit a pixel size?

I'm very new to Illustrator. Having used Photoshop all my life, vector art is something very new to me. I have this company logo in EPS format. I want to use AI to resize the image to a certain pixel ...
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Losing Transparency when placing an item in illustrator

I've never had this problem before. I'm saving my images in Photoshop with no background. But when I place them into Illustrator they have a white background. I've tried it as a Tiff, Png, PSD, and ...
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How do I edit the text in an .eps logo I downloaded? [duplicate]

I have downloaded a vector logo template (in .eps and .jpg) from a stock image site. I'm able to move and resize the image and the text. But I'm trying to edit the text with the logo but I can't. I ...
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Why can I only see a path when it's not white?

(N.B. This could be a Win8 beta bug) In Adobe Illustrator CS5 version 15.0.2 on Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64bit I have several paths. When I set their stroke to almost any colour I can see them. For ...
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How can I create rounded corners In Adobe Illustrator in a specific way?

Say i'm rounding the corners of a word that i've typeset in Illustrator (as if i were creating a logo). That word is 'Kresge' and i've set it in 'Avenir Heavy', a sturdy sans-serif typeface. You'll ...
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Where can I find old Pantone Process Libraries?

I'm looking for the old CS5 Process Library for a file I need to run dye-sub. The new Color Bridge on CC doesn't have the same range or the colors needed to match on the press. Are they still ...
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Minus Front producing unexpected results when zoomed out

I'm working on a product packaging design that will be printed in 1 pantone color. I added vector shading overtop in white and then knocked that out of the artwork with Minus Front. When zoomed out, ...
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Printing: Opacity color or transparency in Abode Illustrator

I have a client who needs a flyer designed and has a printing restriction of one color, in order to keep cost low. To make the design more interesting and appealing I have used the same color blue in ...
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How do I split a circle shape into diaphragm-like segments in Illustrator?

How can I make a vector image like this using illustator? (I'm interested in the shape of the triangles) I'm moving from Photoshop to Illustrator and I have some difficulties...
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Is there anyway to revers the anchors order in any path?

Is there anyway to revers the anchors order in any path? I don't want to redraw the path again. I want to change the starting anchor point from the starting point of any path to its end. reversing the ...
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transparency issue when importing from illustrator into photoshop

I have a document in Illustrator, entirely comprised of vector elements that I want to bring into Photoshop to edit. The top most object is a gradient with transparency and this entire gradient ...
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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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Removing One Part Of A Stroke On A Rectangle In Illustrator CS5

Is it possible to remove on side of a stroke on a rectangle? Let's say you have a rectangle with a stroke all the way around it and I want one end of the rectangle to be 'open' and take the stroke ...
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How can I locate points on a path that are not smooth in Adobe Illustrator?

I have drawn a number of shapes freehand on a graphics tablet in Adobe Illustrator. Most of these shapes are blob-like and almost all points on the paths are smooth. They'll show handles if selected, ...
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How do I create a line pattern from smaller to larger lines? [duplicate]

I want to be able to create a fill with a "gradient" created from lines of different thicknesses; such as in the image. I'm using this for a large scale project so I would like this to be in some kind ...
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Export an image from Illustrator with multiple sizes at once?

In addition to this question - How can I export an image from Illustrator image at multiple sizes? Is there a way I can do this at once? I wish to define few different sizes and export couple of ...
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How do I use an SVG “icon font” within Illustrator?

Trello uses an icon font and I'd like to figure out how to bring in some of the glyphs into an Illustrator project. Admittedly, this is going a bit backwards (usually you want to import Illustrator ...
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Adobe Illustrator Save For Web SVG becomes empty

Windows 7, AI CS5 I have several artboards with different versions of a logo on them that I'm trying to save as an .svg file. ctrl+shift+alt+s to save for web. Active artboard's logo shows up in ...
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How can I get rid of the content edges when I mask it with smaller container in Illustrator?

I have placed an image about 1000px*800px into Illstrator and I mask it with a box of 500px*500px now the content boundaries of the image is annoying me when positioning it with smart guide or with ...
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What is the easiest way to export just the selected objects in Illustrator CS5?

The title says it all, I want to know what the simplest way to export the selected objects. In Inkscape, there is a menu option called export selected which does just this. The aforementioned ...
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How can I create a subtle 3D effect like on Apple's iOS time selection wheel?

I'm trying to reproduce this subtle 3D effect on the Apple time and date selection wheel. How can I do this in Adobe Illustrator?
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Illustrator: How to make small balls (objects) wrap around text

I am going to try and explain this as best as I can. Image you carve out white wax letter and put them in a cereal bowl and then roll a couple of really small balls in there, they will shape around ...