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Is it possible to break up a PDF in to a grid for security?

I want to break up a pdf into a grid so it can not be copied. I want each page broken up into say 20 rectangles so the image on the page can not be copied when opened?
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Illustrator help - trouble editing path stroke

I'm new (very) to Illustrator so please go easy. I'm in a bit of a pickle and would really appreciate some help to get out! I've created an illustration using the pen tool, making a series of closed ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Strange Behavior while Aligning Objects

I am creating icons with Adobe Illustrator during which process I use the Align tool quite frequently. All of a sudden, the align tool started behaving quite strangely. When I select two objects and ...
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.sketch file to .svg from PNG

is .svg the same as a .sketch file format? Someone asked me to convert a png file to a .sketch file format so i recreated it in illustrator and saved as .svg If that okay or what should i have ...
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Can I use the Collections Groupings in Font Book within Illustrator?

I love how Font Book allows me to organize my fonts into collections like Fun, Modern, Swash-y, Sans Serif, etc...What I want to do is browse or filter fonts in Adobe Illustrator using those ...
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Illustrator symbol isolation view pixel grid not aligned to ruler

When a symbol is not aligned to pixel grid, the origin is not aligned to an intersection of the grid. Thus it becomes very difficult to create pixel perfect symbols. Paths that are snapped to the ...
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Increase Stroke Weight By Percentage

I know how to increase the stroke weight in Illustrator, but I have custom stroke weight points on an object and I'd like to make the whole object's stroke thicker without losing the customized weight ...
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Applying highlighting formating to text in Adobe Illustrator

I'm looking for applying text highlight formatting (that's easily done within Microsoft Word) in Illustrator. Screenshot of highlighting formatting from Microsoft Word: I know that I can add ...
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How to display data labels in Illustrator graph function (pie graph)?

I am trying to make a pie graph that has both the data labels (e.g. 33%) and the series name (e.g. "apples"). Here is an example below. It seems this can only be accomplished through manually ...
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How to change colour of all elements of a group, at once, in Illustrator

I have a group of objects of the same colour, consisting of compound paths, regular paths and groups of these. How to change the colour of all objects at once? When I tried to use colour picker or ...
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Create an Illustrator symbol library from folder full of EPS or SVG files

I've downloaded Amazon's Simple Icon set (used for diagramming AWS services) from https://aws.amazon.com/architecture/icons/ and it's nice that they're vector-based, however getting them all into ...
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Free Tranform Tool [closed]

i use adobe Illustrator 6 and I'm trying to use the Free Transform Tool but can not get the tool box to pop up with the Free Transform Tool options. What do I need to do to get the options box to pop ...
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Break within a word

This is probably a simple problem, but I have an small textbox like this: The exact text I have is: asdfjkasdfasdf asdfadsfasdfasdfasdfasdfa Illustrator is inserting a line break instead of ...
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Free Transform Tool [duplicate]

I use adobe Illustrator 6 and I'm trying to use the Free Transform Tool but can't get the tool box to pop up with the Free Transform options. Please help! Thank you, Jerry
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How to use percents in Illustrator Graph Tool?

I am currently making a bar graph with various percentages. Illustrator graph tool seems to be limited in formatting the style of numbers compared to one would in Excel. How do I set graph tool, to ...
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Laser cutting vector image - bitmap created two lines when I need one on border of counties

I'm working on a custom design of the outline of some counties in kentucky and it's engraving each county with individual borders instead of as a single line. I know I could manually trace between the ...
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Slicing perfect squares out of an artwork?

I am using a freely available artwork for a project of mine. It has a number of cartoon characters in a single AI file with a solid background. I would like to move each of these characters into an ...
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How can I automatically group each shape with the text inside it for a huge collection of rectangles?

I have a .dwg (AutoCad file) map full of fields (rectangles) that I'm manipulating with Illustrator. Each rectangle has a text inside it that indicates its number. The problem is that there is no ...
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Random pattern generation in Illustrator

I am new here and a beginner graphic designer. I am trying to learn how to generate a pattern like below: My question is: Is there any way to do this in Adobe Illustrator? In the image above, I ...
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Drawing a line from one coordinate to another?

I am currently evaluating if Adobe Illustrator CC is the correct tool for me and would be glad, if one of the more experienced Illustrator users here can tell me, if and how the following things are ...
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Make font size bigger than max limit of 1296 pt in Adobe Illustrator (2015)?

For some reason and for many years there's a limit for font size in Illustrator. It is 1296 points max, so you can't go bigger without converting type to outlines first. Converting to outlines means ...
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How do you color vectorized art on Illustrator?

I am trying to color this dog that I drew on illustrator, but when I try to use live paint bucket, it colors the whole dog one color when I am trying to color each element separately. I tried to ...
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How do I cut out strokes from a shape in illustrator

I have a bunch of lines that go behind the layer of a mountain that I have created and I would like to cut them out. Proving to be impossible right now with the pathfinder tool. Any suggestions?
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Export from Illustrator to JSON

I use Illustrator to export coordinates (x, y, width and height) of rectangles to JSON. I use JSON to import the coordinates into my web app and repaint them. I use the free Illustrator extension ...
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Illustrator Move two corners by the same distance? [duplicate]

I'm starting off with a square, and I want to drag the two bottom corners closer together so that the image will resemble a cup. Right now, I am dragging each corner separately, and taking a note of ...
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Illustrator Aligned to Pixel Grid But Logo Still Fuzzy

I'm trying to create a crisp logo in Illustrator CC, and no matter what I do (have set up web document settings with align to pixel grid), when I go to save my logo as a PNG-24 web document and ...
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Placed image doesn't show when saving as PDF

I am using Illustrator 17.1.0 to prepare some scientific figures. I have two layers: the bottom one has some placed PDF figures and the top one has annotations. When saving this as a PDF, the placed ...
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Snap to line according center

Need to snap and center two rotated rectangles. I see only View-> Snap to Grid and View->Snap to Point. I suppose non of then are not useful for me. How to solve this task?
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how to resize object with additive styles applied to it, while keeping it's copies in place?

What I want to do is shown here at 0:52, unfortunatelly there is no explanation in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fh-9Ajs0ck The author applies additive style to a square to acquire a ...
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Deleting white background from scans in Illustrator

I'm trying to create custom brushes in illustrator with scanned brushstrokes. I use image trace, then expand...how do you then select and delete the white background?
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Can I change the outside area colour of my canvas?

I am using Illustrator CS5 and the grey background around the outside of my canvas/page I used to have and loved has gone white. I do not know why. I can not change the colour in preferences-user ...
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Adobe Illustrator reflect/share/link changes with another document?

I have like 20 smaller Ai documents each containing a specific shape... and then a main kind of "assembly" Ai document where I have all of the 20 smaller Ai documents imported into it. What I would ...
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Removing white segment from a svg image

I am designing an Arabic font for which I have created the glyphs using MetaFont and processed the MetaFont sources with MetaPost. As a result, I got an svg image for each of the glyph. There is one ...
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In Illustrator CS6, how do I make my path transparent, but have solid color in the middle?

Basically, I want to have my sketch have a solid color in the inside the path (with live paint), but the path itself that has a stroke, which looks like a border on the image, I want to be completely ...
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How to save business card in illustrator to be used in photoshop as mockup?

i have a problem here, trying to design a business card in illustrator and save it as eps to be used in photoshop to create mockup. The thing is, there are bleed line, trim line and safe line. When ...
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Is it possible to set stroke weight to be exactly 1 pixel in Illustrator?

The grid unit is 1 pixel. Below is two overlapped rectangles: Underlying one has blue fill color an black outline color. Also it has Align Stroke to Inside setting: As you see, it also has ...
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Transparency issue in Adobe illustrator when exporting JPEG

I cant figure out why my path which is at 100% opacity and above the red edge of my card, is showing through. I cant even think of how to google this error. I've expanded the "red card" it has a ...
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Illustrator blend tool creating unwanted lines

I am attempting to create a long shadow on my icon by using this effect in Illustrator. When I use Object > Blend > Make it leaves white spaces between each shape it creates and looks extremely ugly. ...
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I do not know how to make this pattern, its not done by rotate , as outline show no line as attachment [closed]

I do not know how to make this pattern in ILLUSTRATOR, its not done by rotate , as outline show no line as attachment thanks joojaa- thanks, that's one of the method Cai -- Yes , I think ...
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Custom swatch guide color

I created a custom swatch color, I want to set this color as my Guide color. I tried Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid > custom but you can't select a swatch nor you can pick a color (with ...
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Poser-like plugin to help with drawing human figure in Illustrator?

Is there a plugin that gives you a poser (human figure) to play with in Adobe Illustrator, sort of like the perspective grid tool but with an actual human you can rig and move the camera around? ...
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Enlarging a Vector Image

I'm pretty new when it comes to working with Illustrator and Photoshop. Basically I've got a vectorized Illustrator file at 2838 x 893 and I want to scale that as large as I can. In Illutrator ...
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Illustrator: How do I prevent Pathfinder from creating paths with no fill and no stroke?

In Illustrator, when I apply Pathfinder tools (like Trim, Merge) it generates invisible paths (paths with no fill and no stroke). I believe this only occurs with compound paths. These "ghost" paths ...
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Can I set a keyboard shortcut for Edit Symbol?

I'd like to be able to set a hotkey that enters edit mode for the currently selected symbol. I checked in the shortcuts menu but couldn't see it there. Is it possible to create a shortcut for the Edit ...
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How to export a sequence of layers in illustrator?

I often have to modify pdf files and show them in stages. Like this: First: Second: Third: I'm currently doing it by separating each part of the plot into layers and then hiding some of ...
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Illustrator: How to drag-to-select objects atop another object

I have several objects atop a rectangular backdrop, and I'd like to select them all via drag-selection (ie, creating a rectangle selection box around them). Problem is: anywhere I can start the ...
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What is the easiest way to remove the background from this image in illustrator?

I downloaded these ribbons from freepik and I want to remove the ribbons from the background. What is the easiest way to do this in illustrator? It doesn't seem to be a vector because it is one ...
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How do I export a vector file for CAD?

I am new to AI. I have saved my file in DWG, but the person I am sending it to says it opens in raster and has a double line. I am creating patent drawings, so there should be only one line. I am ...
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Wacom Tablet - Illustrator brush tool

I currently got the intuos art wacom tablet so still learning how to use it. I'm currently in illustrator trying to draw out a map and the brush tool is doing something weird and I cannot figure out ...
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How can I create a radial gradient for a hexagon?

I have a pretty simple radial gradient applied to two circles to simulate a pulse effect. Is it possible to replicate this same effect but with a hexagon for the shapes? It would be best to know how ...