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How can I create a realistic 3D texture in Photoshop or Illustrator

Does anyone know how I can create this kind of texture in Photoshop or Illustrator ? I've tried the Bevel & Emboss filters in Photoshop (and drop shadow, inner shadow etc.) and also the 3D ...
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How to make two white paths and a white fill transparent over a black image in illustrator?

So I have this tear shape which has a black fill and no outline. I added the following shapes on top of it in sequence: 2nd largest circle with black fill and white outline 3rd largest circle with ...
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How to cut out a shape from another shape that has effects?

I'm making some art that involves molecules and stuff and wanted to cut out a part of the parent ring. I tried the subtract function in the pathfinder that comes in Adobe Illustrator CS6 but it gives ...
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Is there a way to position an object in Illustrator so that it moves with the edge of the artboard?

I want to attach quote marks to the bottom of the artboard and have them stay in the same relative position if I extend the artboard down.
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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 lay out objects in an evenly spaced grid?

I'd like 36 circles of equal size to be spaced out in a 3x12 (wide) grid. I would like to control the spacing between columns, and between rows, so that I can figure out what is aesthetically optimal ...
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Adobe Illustrators buggy implementation of SVG Export

What I need: Multiple SVGs on the same web page. Each SVG has a clickable link inside it. File / Export SVG would be a great option. If it didn't remove all links... Create something with an URL ...
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Stuck in drawing using rectangular tool in illustrator

I want to draw a rectangle just like the size of the black background there, but it come out just like the white rectangle shown there. Even I have draw the white rectangle start from the top edge ...
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Pantone values getting lost when re-opening

Working on some campaign pieces. The printer my client is using is having issues with my files: everything needs to be spot colors—which I have set up—but they are reading the files as having elements ...
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indesign: placed vector graphics rasterized when exported to swf

Using Indesign CS4, I "place" PDF files (I've also tried saving them as Illustrator files). It works well, and when I export as a PDF, they look perfect. When I export to SWF though, it rasterizes ...
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How do I Automate Bandcamp's Download Codes into an Illustrator Template?

I have designed a download card template that needs to have 500 9-digit codes pasted into the template. The template is designed for print so that 10 cards are on each page. Bandcamp exports their ...
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Need to erase the stroke between start & end points of a path in Illustrator

I opened a PSD in Illustrator. The file has a path in it, but when given a stroke, it joins the ends of the path, which I do not want. I do not want a closed stroke, instead I want an open stroke.
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How to make a circle with grid on the outside ring

I made something like this: I did this with the eclipse tool and the line tool. Now the circle is accurate, but the lines inside are very inaccurate. Is there another tool that does the same thing ...
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how to use golden ratio and fibonacci to improve a shape's form?

I'm trying to improve my skills and make this X look more appealing, the logo icon is an X, and it's related to tracking technology, I'm trying to it more interesting like these
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Join Paths in Illustrator

How do I get rid of these edges? I've tried the Join Tool. I've tried to highlight them with the white and the black arrow and then Object>Path>Join. At this point I don't know what to google for, ...
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Is there a quicker way to create this kind of 2d/extruded text effect? [duplicate]

Came across some of these posters and wanted to recreate this kind of effect. It's fairly simple but time consuming by drawing shapes with the pen tool. So I aks you, is there a better & quicker ...
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How to change the color of multiple objects of the same color all at once?

I have a design that has MANY objects. All objects are one of five different colors. I want to change all the objects that are a peach color to a different color all together. To find all of these ...
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How to move paths to layers while retaining the path name?

I have an .ai file with 1 layer and 2000+ paths that are named correctly. When I move the paths to layers, Illustrator renames them to layer1, layer2 etc. How can I move the paths to layers and ...
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Circle with arrows in illustrator

So I'm trying something pretty simple, that is to have arrows around a circle, like the blue arrows in the following screenshot At the minute, I have a circle, with a stroke, in the stroke flyout ...
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Where can I open Adobe Illustrator files

I ordered a logo and I received AI file. I do not own Adobe Illustrator and it makes no sense for me to buy it as I am not a designer. I can export it using online services which suites most of my ...
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Illustrator: Why does copying and pasting a symbol sometimes duplicate an instance and sometimes duplicate the symbol in the symbols panel?

I'm working in a document with symbols. I select a symbol instance on the artboard. I copy it from one location, and then paste it in another. Both of the instances are tied to the same symbol. ...
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Remove an anchor point's bezier handle?

In Illustrator CC, is there a way to remove / retract bezier handles from a point? See below picture, the two handles between the corner points are useless and I'd much rather just have a straight ...
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Is it possible to add more y-axis labels when making a graph in Illustrator?

I'm trying to use Illustrator to recreate a line graph I was given. The problem I'm having is that when I use the graph tool in Illustrator, I can't seem to find any option for increasing the number ...
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What dimensions should my Illustrator artboard be when designing for a wallpaper for the walls of my office?

I am planning to design some patterned wall paper for the walls of my office and I was wondering if there are recommended dimensions for the artboard when designing it via illustrator.
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Make baseball diamond squares align with equal spacing in Adobe Illustrator

I'm trying to make the baseball diamond squares image to represent each base but I can't align them right. I have Snap To Point set but it doesn't snap to the exact points I want. Here is my image and ...
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Lines with arrowheads between centers of circles

I've been doing things the slow way with this issue, but I am wondering (really hoping!) if there is a faster way. I'm using Adobe Illustrator. Say I want to draw a line between two circles (behind ...
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Object won't align to artboard in Illustrator

I created a new file in Illustrator. 210 x 297 mm and a rectangle 40 x 297 mm. First, I can't create a rectangle with those measurements, since it changes to 40,217 x 296,686. I also can't align to ...
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Is possible to design a book in Illustrator or Photoshop?

I have to design a book, It has 24 pages include the cover page, one of pages size is A4.. Let me know, What is the suitable Adobe software for my design.. Can't I design this book using Illustrator? ...
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Whats the easiest way to add in cutting lines for when the job goes to print [closed]

For when the job goes to print In either Illustrator or InDesign. (maybe even Photoshop if that's easiest) Thanks.
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Images are greyed out when copying from/to different layers in CS5 Illustrator

When I copy images from one layer to another in CS5 Illustrator, the new images are greyed out. Why? I cannot seem to find a fix. I hope I don't have to recreate my HUGE file. Can someone help by ...
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Illustrator - Text to SVG paths without fill [duplicate]

When I create text in illustrator and export it to SVG with the option Convert to Outlines, I get the following: This is fine, except in the generated svg file there is inline CSS with the ...
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Illustrator. What am I doing wrong when cutting a circle

I am a newbie in Illustrator. I was trying to get a donut chart with rounded end hoping this was easy. My target is the following picture: What I did was to create a circle in blue, and over it a ...
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Illustrator: Generate Array of Objects with random Properties like Length or Position

I am just trying to generate a pillar diagram within Illustrator. Since I want it to be very tiny and detailed, I want to use multiple Instances of one pillar with modified Properties, like length or ...
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Why does Illustrator sometimes save as PDF and other times it keeps it as an AI file?

I create PDF files from my Adobe Illustrator files by saving as. I would prefer it to create the pdf file and retain the AI file but sometimes it converts the ai file to a pdf. Not all the time, only ...
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Big distortion when scaling illustrator

i read a lot of a threads on this web but still i can't find a solution for my problem. I saw a similar problem thread but it didn't fix it for me. SO when i want to scale my created logo I always ...
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How do I move anchor points to specific coordinates in Illustrator?

In an effort to move anchor points to specific locations in AI CC 2019.2.1 (release 2105.2.1), defined by x/y coordinates, I am finding something odd. I make a rectangle with Rectangle Tool. Using ...
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Printing 4785mm x 4000mm problems with Photoshop

I am having issues with a design company printing my artwork. It will be made into a tower (cylinder object) where the artwork will go around and the working canvas they want full size 4785W x 4000H. ...
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When using 3D Extrude/Bevel, can you change the perspective point?

I'm creating 3D type in Illustrator, but I want the perspective of the shading to have a different vanishing point (more to the side) than the one Illustrator auto-creates (centered from object). Any ...
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Curvature Tool Illustrator: How to find the curve in degrees and the distance in pixels between point(s)

New to Illustrator CC 2015. I have an image I need to trace and find the curve in degrees and the distance in pixels between the point(s) (Using the Curvature Tool since I think that's the best way of ...
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multiple strokes and fills of the same objects overlapping

using jpg file, im having trouble after expanding and image trace. there are two layer of strokes (black) and fills (white) directly on top of eachother. when adjusting the anchor points they get lost ...
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How to copy illustrator opacity mask via script?

Situation - I have a group that contains some objects partially covered by opacity mask to emulate blurred edge. It is very easy to copy-paste such group in Illustrator - and copied group contais the ...
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Image made using Illustrator aliased [duplicate]

As you can see on the picture, there are some aliased edges (I mean the little circles and the black circles edges)even though this was made in Illustrator. How can I fix this. Please help. Thank ...
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Convert outlined stroke to single stroke

recently I've been messing with Illustrator/Inkscape and trying ot convert something like this: to a single-stroked one(don't know how it's called thoe) like this: I've searched a lot and I ...
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How to remove a line between two anchor points in Illustrator/Cinema 4D?

In Illustrator I have a shape, let's say it is a square, that I need to use in Cinema 4D. To use it the way I want to in Cinema 4D (with a lathe), I need to remove one side of the cube, one edge, ...
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Why are those lines appearing in my polygonal portrait?

This is the first time im doing polygonal portrait I used pen tool and stucked with those white lines, which appear i dont know why... Every dot and line is aligned perfectly How to solve it? ...
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Ai save as Svg empty file

When I save an artboard as svg, I get a Svg file that is empty. I made sure that the artboard does not contain objects also outside the artboard in the same layer. When I paste the shape in the newly ...
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How to merge or replace pantone or spot ink in illustrator in one go?

I have a huge artwork content where i need to relace or merge one pantone with another. Thanks
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Illustrator - How to let one layer show through another [duplicate]

This seems like it should be easy, but since I'm new to Illustrator it's hard to describe what I mean without an example. Basically, I have two layers. The bottom layer has a picture of a pig. The ...
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(adobe illustrator) how do i turn the end point to start point when using pen tool [duplicate]

when I finish using the pen tool to draw a complex line, how do I switch the start point to end point? Is there a better way to do it other than draw it over again?
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Illustrator: Grain Effect makes round objects pixelated

I would like to apply an effect to the whole artboard (all elements), so that the colors don't look too monotone. It should look like this (found it here): I think this effect is called Grain. So ...