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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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Difference between “Expand” and “Create Outlines” in CC?

So, I've been doing a lot of text work lately which requires expanding the active text layers into paths so I can adjust things with more precision. Now, I'm wondering if there's any actual ...
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Drawing to a specific reference point, ala Sketchup

In Sketchup when making a line termination you can reference some other point by hovering over it, then when you shift-click to draw your straight line, its bottom will be aligned with the reference ...
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automatically duplicate and scatter a shape

A graphic' worth a million words : The red-circled wave (and associated layer) is Illustrator-made. The other waves were made in Photoshop just to support my problem : this is what I try to achieve ...
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Does anyone know where I can find a bike template or mockup? [closed]

I'm working on a school project about a fake campus bike rental company and I'm trying to create mockups of everything but I can't seem to find any customizable bicycle templates or mockup photoshop ...
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How to export png from Illustrator without anti-aliasing?

On first image yow can see an icon, a line is selected in Adobe Illustrator. On second image you can see the image after Save for Web .. was pressed. I do not need anti-aliasing, extra strip between ...
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How do I create a stroke like this?

I've tried multiple tutorials and even asked the designer — (his response: "If you want it perfect you will have to create it in adobe illustrator and import it into photoshop. In the case of the two ...
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How to calculate the area of an irregular shape in Adobe Illustrator?

I've drawn an irregular shape in illustrator and I want to know what its area is then I want to compare it between another shape How could I calculate its area in Illustrator (CS6 or CC)?
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How to optimize my pictograms for Retina screens?

Surprise when I saved my pictograms for the Web (from Illustrator): They are strictly not as clean as expected => totally blurred. Here's an example from my Retina smartphone: And the initial ...
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How do I align an anchor point to the centre of a line or object?

There's probably a really simple answer but I can't work it out. If I use the pen tool to make an anchor point somewhere along a line, how do I get that anchor point into the exact centre of said ...
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Can I Set Pixel Preview as the Default view when opening files in Illustrator CC?

Sorry if this has been asked, i googled for quite a bit and i actually couldnt find much of anything about pixel preview. I'm trying to open a couple hundred files in illustrator at once, and using ...
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Automatically joining multiple line segments in Illustrator

I have pst-solides3d generated an ellipse. For some reason, the ellipse does not appear to be a single path in Illustrator, but rather multiple disjoint line segments. See below. I have exaggerated ...
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Placing text inside of a Text shape

I know that there has been a similar question to this in the past titled "Placing text inside shapes" but I have followed the recommended steps and it is when I get to the stage that it mentions ...
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How to preview an Illustrator document at different rasterized sizes?

I'm designing a favicon in Illustrator and I'd like to see what it would look like in pixels at 128px and 16px as I'm working on it. Is this possible? Edit Found the answer - posted below.
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how to drop shadow on illustrator stroke only

How do I just drop shadow on stroke like the rectangle in the picture?
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How to distort a grid object into a tapered shape, like a trash basket icon?

I want to do this: The bin just above I think this tool is well designed for this purpose : But after few hours of trying, i still don't know how I can tighten the bottom to make it look like a ...
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What are these white outlines in patterns in the .pdf I exported from Illustrator?

I am using pattern in illustrator in separated layer of course and some text areas and line texts in another layer... when I save the file to a PDF format I got a very bad result as seen as the ...
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Move, resize and repeat

what I try to achieve is a succession of circles smaller in smaller from one position to another. I first draw a big circle (right on the picture) and duplicate it, translate it to the left and ...
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When i export an illustrator picture/file

when I want to save a illustrator cs5 document to print after i export it as png but when I am ready to export it previews the document and it's not a full page size, it shows the document in the ...
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Cannot see fonts in Font Menu Illustrator CS5

I cannot see most of the fonts in Illustrator CS5, I just installed Yosemite OS last night and this morning the font menu isn't working.
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Spot colors changing to black in PDF and Ai file but not EPS

In preview the Ai files shows black. If I open the Ai file the colors are displayed correctly but in a PDF they are totally black. Does anyone know what's going on?
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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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Transforming 3rd-party discrete gradient mesh to AI's smooth gradient-mesh

The problem I use pst-solides3d (part of pstricks bundle for LaTeX) to generate the following surface. The surface is not a mesh, but a collection of disjoint quadrilateral patches, each with a ...
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There Must Be A Way: Trimming Groups Of Lines To Fit Complex Shape - Illustrator

This doesn't seem complex, and I'm not a beginner but can't figure it out or find answer online. I want to be able to trim a series of lines to fit in a complex shape (lay the shape over a group of ...
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Helvetica Font from Mac to Windows

Im currently using mac os and the font for illustrator is set to Helvetica. However, my colleague uses Windows and he dosen't have helvetica. Will my design consisting of helvetica font change when my ...
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I need to resize ppi in Illustrator. Is this possible?

I initially drew a picture in Illustrator at 700 x 1270 pixels at 300 ppi. Unfortunately when converting...the pixels come out at 2915 X 5289 because of the 300 ppi. This is waaaay too big for the ...
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How do I create text bullets in illustrator?

Is there a way to create text bullets in illustrator? I'm trying to mimic or recreate something done in PowerPoint. I think I know how to manually create the character (•), but was hoping there was ...
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How to make the Fill tool match the Swatch color in Illustrator CC 2014?

When adding color to an object in Illustrator CC 2014 using a preloaded swatch, there seems to be some loss in accuracy. If I select the object itself (after adding the swatch color), the object is ...
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Good practice to resize a PNG aiming to act as smartphones' SplashScreen

I own a PNG (640x1136), that I want to resize in order to fit all the smartphone screens. I have Photoshop and illustrator. I opened Photoshop, right-clicked on the PNG, and select "Edit Contents", ...
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How do I get the live paint bucket not to modify my brush line?

I drew a splinter with multiple lines and joined them. Now I'm trying to add white as the background color with the paint bucket but it changes my brush line effect. Help ...
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Pie Chart Border Grouping

I've recently been using Illustrator for data driven visualizations. I came across a graphic and had a question about how to achieve an effect. I've included an example graphic for reference. If you ...
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Illustrator - Move a path vs. an anchor point with the anchor selection tool

Sometimes when I click on an anchor point with the anchor selection tool, and then move my mouse, the entire shape will move. Other times, just the anchor will move. How do you choose between moving ...
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How can I add new points to an existing path?

I've drawn a path with the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator. I did some other work, but now I want to extend the path with more points. How can I continue drawing the path where if I click off of the ...
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Is it possible to realize this particular type of radial gradient in AI?

I came across a LaTeX package called pst-slpe. It is part of the PSTricks bundle for generating ps graphics in LaTeX. A particular type or gradient, called radslope (or radslopes) is defined in this ...
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Adobe Illustrator save png image

I have created 9 images with 2500x1500 resolution using illustrator and saved it as png for my game, it shows 10-20kb each of them but while the game is running they are 100mb in ram , I know that ...
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Will a white box in the lower layer cause overprinting issues?

Adobe Illustrator CS6 After setting the document dimension and bleed, I realised that the default white artboard won't go into the bleed region (5mm), and that remains as grey. So, almost out of OCD, ...
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How can I keep lines together between textarea Automatically in Illustrator?

I need a tool or a method letting me align two text areas based on a specific line in one textarea to the other. in my case I have a headline in on texearea and need to align the rest normal text line ...
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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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AutoCad vs Illustrator for logo design

I have a customer who says their engineering dept needs a logo done in AutoCad to give him the detail he needs. He says importing an illustrator .dxf file doesn't give him the "quality" that he needs? ...
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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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Illustrator: how to fill space between 2 shapes

I have drawn this in illustrator: It's just a circle and a hand drawn line with the paint brush tool on top of each other. How do I go about filling in on of the two halves with a color? Many ...
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How to find a Pantone Color in Illustrator?

I have a project which needs to be done in Pantone 18-2140 Carbaret color and I have no idea how to find it in illustrator. I went through all color books :( I would really appreciate your help. ...
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How to control variable width of line in Illustrator

I want to make specific part of a path wider. Width tool (cs5) gives me unwanted results on the rest of the path. Brushes do not offer control for bulge positions on long swirly paths. Even ...
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What logotype files should i give to a FASHION client? & what thickness of logo elements is minimal?

I made a Logotype for my client, who is designing a casual leather fashion. I know that a similar question was asked allready, but I have to add something more, because this logotype goes not only ...
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Using slice tool on an entire artboard

I'm trying to make a 4 panel graphic presentation for one of those table-top convention displays so I made a new file with the right resolutions, bleeds etc set. I also made it 4 artboards in 4 ...
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How do I vectorize an image (bmp) of text to resemble actual text?

I have .bmp of some text that needs to be vectorized, when I use image trace it comes out horrible and doesn't look like the text. If I knew what font they used I would just use the font and vector ...
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Automatically make various multiple stroke colour the same as various underlying fill colours.

I have auto traced a photograph in illustrator - its got thousands of vectors once I expand it and illustrator has converted each of them to a filled colour - I want to now trace the edges of them ...
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What techniques used in this triangulation low poly tutorial

This low poly tutorial made using illustrator shows how the artist rapidly uses eyedropper and pen tool to draw and fill triangles. You can see that he ain't adjusting the triangles and still can ...
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Text SVG losing formatting and glyphs when export from illustrator

I am exporting SVG from illustrator and the text with special characters is falling apart with special characters. Is there a way to do this correctly? This is what it should look like This is ...
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Setting an Illustrator file to 120ppi

So I need to make some panels for one of those 4-panel stand-up convention displays and the template specs they gave me are clear about the bleed/trim and basic stuff, but it says "Resolution must be ...