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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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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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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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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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Outter stroke is overlapping other characters

Here's an example: And here's an image I designed yesterday without that problem: I didn't use any special process on the second image to keep the character strokes from overlapping things.
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Text grabbing in cc illustrator

I can't grab text from just anywhere, I have to specifically click the text line or bounding box, is this new to cc illustrator or is there a setting for this? example, there is a letter "B" in size ...
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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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Exporting AI file to PSD - why do my layers merge?

I'm trying to export an AI file, which has a ton of sublayers under one layer and some groups and stuff. I've tried exporting to PSD, following the guidelines I've found online (Write Layers 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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Academic figure components to create an Architecture design

I want to make a figure that describes the the system architecture, but I am not able to make a figure that looks clean and professional like this one: My Question: is there a piece of software ...
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Illustrator doesn't respect coordinates [duplicate]

I'm trying to draw a simple line in Illustrator starting from an anchor, but it just won't work. Illustrator offset the end result for no apparent reason. In this figure you see that the new line is ...
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How would I divide up this vector map in Adobe Illustrator?

So I just traced out a map of Westeros using Illustrator's pen tool, what I want to do is divide the map into the different "provinces" or kingdoms. In other words, how do I draw the borders on the ...
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How to make aerodynamically aligned items in Illustrator?

Is there any technique within Illustrator to reproduce such an effect (see attached) to align items around a shape, kind of like an aerodynamic flow? I'm lacking vocabulary to describe this effect ...
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How to batch save data driven graphics with a script in Illustrator?

I build data-driven graphics in Illustrator and am able to run a batch "Save to PDF" action on these graphics. Can I do the batch "Save to PDF" action with a script instead? My thinking is that 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 to randomize curved lines in Sketch to create a pattern?

I'm looking to figure out a method to automate randomized curved lines to achieve an effect similar to the image below
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How do I adjust the width between two anchor-points [duplicate]

It's specifically two anchor points, but when a adjust the width it does it for the whole thing. I'm trying to turn a square into a trapezoid.
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Is there a way to join an open path to a closed one?

I'm trying to connect the anchor of an oppen path to a closed path, is this doable? I would assume paths had the ability to fork.
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Photoshop CC2015: *Pasted* Vector Smart Objects not Launching Ai

I get it that if I place an Ai file in my PSD, it will launch Ai for Smart Object editing. However, it used to be just last year that simply pasting a vector object from Ai into PSD file, it would be ...
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Guidelines causing problem while doing alignment in Adobe Illustrator CS4

I have an artwork and inside that artwork there are several objects and several guidelines applied. Now when I try to align that artwork at the edge of the main Artboard using alignment tools, the ...
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When scaled in Indesing, does a Vectorial PDF from Illustrator become pixelated?

Im currently making drawings in Rhino, exporting them to illustrator and setting their stroke and line weight. I then save this as PDFs from illustrator and place them in Indesign to organize my plot. ...
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Why does After Effects sometimes have an import dialog and sometimes don't?

I'm trying to import illustrator .ai file to After Effects, sometimes I get a dialog within After Effects asking me how I want to import the file. But sometimes the dialog won't show up, and it will ...
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Convert shape to line with a stroke in Illustrator

Example. I drew a line with a pencil, set stroke to 5 px and made a shape using Object->Path->Outline Stroke. Is it possible to convert this shape to line with a stroke again? 100% accuracy ...
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Illustrator exporting wrong RGB colours

Illustrator is exporting rgb colours with a different value from the one I choose. The purple to the left is part of an image, it has the proper RGB colours when picked from photoshop AND ...
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pathfinder problem

I have created a very complex map in Illustrator. I am trying to cut out smaller areas of the map for use in other SketchUp. Neither pathfinder nor Divide Below gives me predicted results. I turn off ...
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How to enable spell check in Adobe Illustrator CS6

I have a long, text-heavy brochure created in Adobe Illustrator CS6. I don't want to copy the whole text to a Word document to run a spell check. Is there any way to run a spell check without leaving ...
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How to view SVG's code in Illustrator [closed]

I've been searching and I can't find out how to view the code of the SVG we have designed in Illustrator. Does anyone know how? I'm relatively new to Illustrator.
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How to resize a path without resize the type in it?

I made a ellipse path and use "type on a path tool" tool to make a rounded text effect, but when im resizing the path, the fount resizing too according to the path aspect ratio. any way that the text ...
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Inverse selection in Adobe Illustrator

How do I invert selected objects in Adobe Illustrator? I have made a group of different shapes and I want to apply two different colours on them. Is there is a way to invert selection?
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Removing line breaks in text copied from Acrobat in Illustrator

I routinely copy and paste text from Acrobat to any number of other Adobe CC applications (Illustrator, PS, InDesign). When I do this, it creates line breaks where they were visually represented on ...
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The vector logo disappear after printing

I got a problem with the vector logo. I had created the artwork with photo, vector logo and text. Unfortunately, when my client printed the artwork, the logo has disappeared! I have checked ...
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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 to wipe the active document clean at the beginning of a script?

I want to have a blank slate at the start of my script. My two current approaches both have downsides. First, I create a new document at the start of the script. However, during development, I test ...
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Toggle Illustrator Layer visibility?

I am looking for a way, preferably one that can be triggered via keyboard shortcut, to both toggle the current layer to visible/hidden and to be able to toggle a specifically-named layer ...
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Dot fade pattern brush is 'squished' in corners, how do i solve this?

I have created a pattern brush in illustrator, and i need it to follow this path (below) evenly, however it seems to be getting 'squished' into the corners and the dots are stretching. Is there a ...
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How to output multiple image sizes from one design?

I am designing an app for Android and as you may know that Android uses 6 different density buckets from LDPI to XXXHDPI. Is there a way to save multiple outputs of different sizes from one design ...
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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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Quickest way to create a 'stepped' or zig-zagged path in Illustrator?

Is there a really simple way to create a stepped or zig-zagged path like this in Illustrator? I created this by showing the grid, 'snapping' to it and drawing each step. Ideally I'd like to find a ...
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remove white-space from blend while maintaining lines as strokes

I am trying to make a laser cut pattern in illustrator and I want to make the following image etched into wood (red lines etched). So, here is the rub. Right now those lines are just a blend under ...
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How do I make spikes jut off an image?

How would I create the circled spikes in the picture below, I've tried editing the path with the pen tool but that just results with the spikes not being fully through glowing blue.
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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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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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Illustrator CC Text not turning, acting like indesign text

In my CC Illustrator, the text box won't allow me to turn on its side/rotate, every time I try to turn, the text stays horizontal and moves within the box. It is acting like text in indesign. Is there ...
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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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Offset path on curved points

I have a shape with curved points (like horns) that I want to add an offset path to in Illustrator. The problem is the offset path does not follow the curved shape all the way to the point, and ...
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Is there a way to adjust the size of the selected anchor points?

I am able to rotate a group of selected anchor points of a shape-- either by picking or clicking and dragging on selected anchor points using the direct selection tool then rotate it by using the ...
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Creating nested grids in Illustrator

I'm currently using Illustrator and Photoshop CS6 and my goal is to create a UI for a Battleship game. I have my eyes on this to use as a reference: Photoshop cannot do much vector and grid work so ...