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How can I create woodcut illustration in Illustrator and/or Photoshop?

Are these illustrations done manually by hand or in Illustrator? Is there a easier way to reproduce these kind of illustrations? More examples here.
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How do I decide how many columns to use in my grid?

I'm trying to create a UI design for my 1024x768 screen. I know there's a grid system out there. I've read about the benefits, etc. I understand, I think from a fundamental level, why I need to use ...
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How to join two overlapping non-end points that belong to two paths?

Steps to Recreate: Create a Rectangle without a fill but with a stroke (Empty rectangle) Select "Smart Guides" & "Snap To Point" from the View Menu. Select the "Line Segment" tool from the ...
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How to convert a gradient mesh created in Illustrator into a browser-compatible, scalable SVG?

I need to convert a gradient mesh generated in illustrator into an SVG file that is browser compatible. The mesh generates this gradient which I need to use as a background for a responsive web site ...
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Illustrator vector aliasing

How can I make my vector graphics anti-aliased in illustrator? My paths always turn out jagged. Is there an option like in Adobe Fireworks to smoothen[remove the jaged edges] my paths?
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SVG export from Illustrator CC distorts paths

I'm trying to create some icons to add to the Glyphicons library. I've created them using the pen tool (shapes) in Adobe Illustrator CC, they're ultra-basic. As PNG, or EPS they export fine. ...
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Grunge effect for vinyl

As the title says what is the best way to take an existing sans serif font, such as Helvetica, and add a grunge effect to the text for die cut vinyl? I know it can be done manually but that tends to ...
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how do make an Archimedean spiral of words decreasing in font size every 3 characters?

I am attempting to do a logo where the phrase starts at the top of a spiral and continues throughout the spiral decreasing in size until the very middle of the spiral. Tried the Spiral tool but not ...
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How to add detail and grit to vector graphics?

Can anyone give me some tips or point me to a tutorial that can help me learn how to add details like grit and texture to vector graphics like in the above image by DKNG Studios? I assume it involves ...
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Copy & Pasting from Photoshop to Illustrator loses transparency

I often run into this issue. I'm creating a file in Photoshop with masked layers etc. I want to make the final output available for some mock-ups in Illustrator, so I rasterize the layers and marquee ...
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Is there a way in Adobe Creative Suite to “share palettes/swatches” across programs?

I use a mixture of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to produce the vast amount of printed media I design at my current position and I find myself faced with copy/pasting color values from one ...
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How do I create a solid line of uniform thickness inside of a letterform in Illustrator?

I've seen all sorts of headlines and ads that use this style a solid color section of type has a solid uniform line of a different color running through the exact middle of each letter. I've done all ...
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How to align all selected points to a grid?

I'm working with Illustrator to make some icons. I use grid with step = 1px and after I scale/rotate shape elements I want them to automatically align to the grid. I know CS4+ has such an option in ...
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How can I create WORKING gears in Illustrator?

I cannot seem to get this right.. I want to create 2 gears that work together. I can create gears, but I cannot seem to figure out the math needed to make them uniform, or where they work together. ...
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How to use an Illustrator graphic as a text bullet in InDesign?

I've created a vector image in Illustrator. I would like to import it into InDesign and use it as bullets. I googled it but they just mention pasting it on to the clipboard and they don't explain ...
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Simple Spot Color Separations for Screen Printing

Ok, I'm an Illustrator noob, but I've worked in screen printing. I made a design which is composed of an expanded Live Trace, a couple of rectangles with fills and strokes, and some text within said ...
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Technically, what are the prime gotchas that could affect your logo further down the road, if it incorporates justified* fx & blend mode treatments?

Explanation (*Justified meaning they favorably add to the identity and aesthetics; i.e. we're assuming that they make perfect sense in a structural meaning.) I'm looking for technically specific ...
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Making parts of Illustrator logo transparent - rather than faking it with the background color

So a designer has given me some logos (for the web) which are white on a blue background. She has, however, added blue paths to the shape to make it match the background. I would prefer to change ...
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Illustrator: How to merge to circles and rectangle in illustrator from this sketch to make a blob?

How to merge to circles and rectangle in illustrator from this sketch to make a blob? Now I'm trying to get this logo (using these shapes). Should I use the Metaball tool to create the one shape or ...
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Illustrator: how to reproduce line art

I am interested to find a proper way of reproducing the below line art example. What I've tried: -I've created two layers with paralel lines with different widths using Blend/make option. -Using the ...
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Horizontally/Vertically Straightening a Shape in Illustrator

Let's say I have a shape that I rotated at an awkward angle of let's say 34°. I close the document, return a few hours later, and want to straighten the it back to its original 90° or 0° angle. The ...
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Aligning neighbouring paths and “connecting” anchors in Illustrator

I am working on isometric design that will be printed on the 1000mm x 2000mm Roll Up. Design includes lots of similar paths that should be perfectly aligned and create isometric 3d scene (image 1.) ...
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Web design what to use Photoshop or Illustrator?

What should i use to design photoshop or illustrator ? There's a correct software or its more a personal choise ?
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How to duplicate circles increasing their size in Illustrator?

I want to copy a circle and re-size it at the same time, then do Ctrl-D several times to imitate the behavior and end up having circles with increasing diameter. I don't want it to scale the new ...
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No color swatches available in Illustrator

When opening a new image from a PNG file in Illustrator as the background for my artboard to trace over I am not able to select any color swatches the only available options are [none] and [...
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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 can I separate colors by layer in Illustrator?

I did a three-color Live Trace, and output the colors to swatches. Now I'd like to assign each of these three (spot) colors to their own layer. I'm sure this is super easy, and I'm just over-looking ...
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Make 100 PDFs with unique code

I have a text document/csv with 100 unique codes that should be used for a gift card. For the gift card, I need to provide 100 PDF's each with the unique code. Is it possible to do this using ...
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How to make Illustrator not to lie about colors?

Here is the fragment of red area, which is said by Illustrator as being #840608 (upper green marker). But actually, as reported by screen inspecting application, the color is #9C0D01 (lower gree ...
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How do I delete the center of the letter A in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

I need the center of the letter A in Illustrator to be transparent so you can see the background underneath. Same with letter D, B, O, P, R. I imported a vector version of a word, and I am able to ...
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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 do I apply a color gradient to a stroke?

I can see the color gradient when my mouse is over the stroke but once I move my mouse away, the gradient goes away with it. How do I apply the gradient, I have been at this for 3 hours?! I am using ...
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Why do paintbrush loops get thicker at the top in Illustrator?

When I do swirls in Illustrator with the paintbrush tool I often get this result (see image). The loops doesn't get perfectly rounded, instead sometimes some of them gets thicker at the top of the ...
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How can achieve a similar appearance using the gradient tool on illustrator? [closed]

I already know how to create the spacing using the gradient tool. However the center image seems integrated with the spacing and not just sitting in the background.
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How to rotate around shifter center precisely in Illustrator?

If I select Rotate tool, I can select center of rotation then and move it. After that I am able to rotate object around that center. But this rotation is imprecise. Suppose I want to rotate for 120 ...
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Is there a way to reverse the order of anchors in a path?

Is there any way to reverse the order of anchors in a 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 ...
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Planning an 18 foot long banner

I need to create a banner that is 18 feet wide by 2.5 feet high. What would be the best way to go about planning this as it is going to be made in Illustrator and every element will be a vector. ...
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Multiple images spread out inside circle using Illustrator

I have a group of 6 images that are masked in even-sized rectangles. I'd like those rectangles to be evenly distributed along the outside of the bottom half of a circle. Whats the best way to handle ...
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Embedding pdf in illustrator

So, I'm using adobe illustrator for creating vectorial figures, mainly for graphs. In illustrator, creating graphs is not so well implemented, so I'm using another tool to make them (e.g. R, xmgrace, ...
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Non-displaying objects in illustrator and photoshop

So I'm trying to set up templates for other designers to use to adhere to design guidelines, and I want to know if there is any way to specify objects in illustrator and photoshop that do not show up ...
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isometric drawing's constraint angles in Illustrator

I'm doing some isometric drawing in Illustrator, and moving my objects around on 0°, 30° and 60° constrained angles. I keep having to go to preferences (control + K) to change the constrain angle ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS5: how to save background color to pdf

I changed the background colour of my pdf through: Document Setup -> changing color under "transparency" (grid color) -> checking "Simulate Colored Paper" This changes the background in Illustrator ...
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How was this mosaic graphic of Jimi Hendrix created?

I found this image long time ago, even if I search with the google images search I could not find the creator to ask him/her how this was created. I do not think it was created manually. It looks ...
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managing fonts in illustrator

Is there a better way to manage fonts in Illustrator instead of the default drop-down? I am on CS6 and Windows7 I have several hundred fonts and I wish there was a more intuitive way to browse ...
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How to make random dots in different sizes and spaces between the dots in Illustrator?

I am trying to make something similar to this? Obviously it's possible to make it manually piece by piece, but I am looking for some kind of automated feature in Illustrator to achieve this? Is this ...
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Multiple non-inheriting transforms effects?

I'm designing a template for product packaging. While designing, I'd like to have the layout as it would be printed out flat, but I'd also like to have different 'views' (front, back, bottom, etc) so ...
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Closing paths drawn with the Illustrator pencil tool?

Prompted by John's question about leaving paths unclosed. Drawing with the pencil tool (or the paintbrush tool) in Illustrator leaves the paths it makes open. Unlike the pen tool, there isn't an ...
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How to create a global style? (like drop shadow)

I have created multiple objects, while testing I applied a drop shadow style on one object and its looking very good. Now I want to apply the same style to all other objects (around 20). Is there any ...
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Removing a section of a stroked path in Illustrator

I'm creating a shield and have used a few shapes with multiple strokes. See pic below. I'm not sure how to get rid of the indicated part of a stroke. If there is a better way, by not using strokes I'm ...
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How to achieve a gradient in adobe illustrator

I am looking for someone to explain how to achieve a subtle gradient in adobe illustrator like the one in this icon. much thanks.