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Why is Illustrator CC saving my files as pdf?

I have installed Illustrator CC and when i save a file it shows a pdf icon next to the file name the application bar. When i check file info, it says File info: application / pdf. Please help!
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Drawing a circle made of lines and splitting into sections

I am looking to draw a circle like below on Illustrator for a graph. I get as far as doing the circular lines, but I just haven't been able to effectively split the circles in to equally sized ...
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Distorted text when exporting as png from Illustrator CC

I'm trying to export text as a png from Illustrator CC, but the text is getting slightly distorted. The lowercase e's look like they have a serif or something: I'm required to make art that ...
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how to edit a technical drawing copiend into AI from pdf

I have copied a technical drawing from pdf into AI and i now need to edit this add more details. However there is a box around the whole drawing which does not let me reach the individual elements of ...
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Illustrator Extremely Slow With Linked Photos

I am creating some large banners at my job, and using Illustrator to create specifically shaped clipping masks. The problem is, this file is getting way too large and slow. I am trying to figure out ...
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Illustrator CC: Rename layer shortcut

Is there a shortcut for renaming layers in Illustrator CC? There isn't one listed on Adobe's Default Keyboard Shortcuts
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Illustrator CC shortcut: Select next layer in layer palette

I'm looking for a simple Illustrator shortcut to select the next/previous layer in the layer's panel for OSX. According to this post, ⌥ + [ or ⌥ + ] should cycle through the layers, but this seems to ...
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Illustrator cc: gradient tool — How to take color from the image?

At first I tried the trick with dragging eyedropper, as in Flash 5 (very simple way). Then i tried to use a eyedropper. Update solution I still can not believe that this is the quickest way, I'm ...
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converting drawing to “single” line vector

I scanned a colouring book page that I sketched (zentangle drawings) and no matter how I convert to vector, all the lines are doubled (outline instead of a single line). It takes forever to go through ...
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How do I convert an Illustrator file that is 8x10 to a high quality 300 dpi jpeg?

I tried rastorizing it (this happens to be an all text 8x10 print) and it turned from purple to blue. I tried going to Export>saved as a jpeg>changed color to RGB, made quality 10 (maximum), did ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS5.5 - repair borders after image trace

I'm creating a pattern design in illustrator. I used the trace feature but I'm not happy with the outcome. The tracing smoothed out the borders too much and I lost the square "rocky edge" look I'm ...
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How to reduce a detailed logo without losing crispiness in photoshop or Illustrator [duplicate]

I have a logo design, which need to be reduced to the size of 52px height, on reducing the size to 52 the logo gets jagged with rough and un-smooth edges. how to make it better. any suggestions ...
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How to go about creating this style of logo > oval transparency gradients?

I'm wanting to learn how to do this in illustrator Is there a tutorial that could teach me how to get started on this, or even a template .AI to buy to see how its put together? I'm guessing its ...
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How can I increasingly widen group of objects in Illustrator

I have a set of objects that are all the same width, and are arranged in a vertical line. I want to start at the bottom one and make the gradually get wider as you go up the stack. I would like the to ...
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How to smoothly connect a circle with rectangle shape at the tangent?

I would like to connect a rectangle with a circle at its tangent in illustrator. The problem is – and i hope you can see it in the image – that the transition is not very smooth and quit ugly. How ...
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Export PDF from Illustrator or Indesign? [closed]

I am Export Pdf from Indesign and save Pdf from Illustrator, Dimension size are same in both software but Pdf file size are very different. Indesign pdf file size are very small comparison to ...
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Alignment trouble shows in SVG but not in JPG

I have a weird Illustrator problem. I type a letter (only fill no border), expand it, duplicate it and reflect the duplicate and finally move if to the right so the two letters are partly overlapping. ...
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trying to recreate a logo & need some pointers

I am trying to figure out how to create a logo based on a series of semi-circles within another, with only one end of the most interior semi-circle extended. This is the original logo I'm trying to ...
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Illustrator: Why are color options grayed out and why do does pressing “D” changes my doted lines?

As you can see paths is gray, and options are grayed out. After pressing "D" options are selectable and drawing is trully black, but the dotted lines and stroke weight configurations are gone Any ...
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Merging pen lines to create logo

I have finally got my logo to where I want it in illustrator, and I want to preserve all of my pen lines and strokes but just make it one joined object, so that I can transform it and move it around. ...
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Starburst/Stroke Messing Up on Export

Having some issues exporting a file in Illustrator. I'm using a dashed stroke for the starburst effect and it gets all weird on me when I export it to pdf. If I export to png then I'm left with ...
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Illustrator vs InDesign - missing image path, link edits, update

I use InDesign where your image is linked and you can click on it to edit in photoshop and see the resolution. I'm working with another graphic designers files ALL Illustrator files. Illustrator ...
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How to recreate this cut out effect? [closed]

In searching for themes for my personal blog, I stumbled upon the following design and I'm really curious about how the effect was created as I want to do something similar. It appears to be some ...
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Illustrator CC: Prevent Export -> SVG from ignoring artboard?

I have the following file: Artboard = 500 x 500 Shape = 500 x 800 Clipping mask = 500 x 500 Saving for web you end up with an image that's 500 x 500. Exporting as svg results in an image that's 500 ...
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Image trace creates points in strange way

After image trace I got picture close to original, but with strange anchors locations. If I try to delete one of them I cut whole peace of immage. Looks like another anchor is located in oposite ...
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Cut text outline of rectangle

This is the result i'd like to have: So it's a text, with a rectangle exactly the size of the text, than translating up for 50% of the text height and to the right with 50% of the first letter ...
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How to creat a percentage of a color in Sketch

Illustrator has a feature that I find very useful to get a percentage of the color. Not by decreasing the opacity but mixing the color with white. is it possible to do that in Sketch?
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Simulate pressure brush with mouse in Illustrator

I want to get a brush working like in Adobe Illustrator Draw where the ends are thinner than the main body. I cannot figure out how to apply a fake pressure like this without having a drawing ...
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Cannot create rounded corners on object in Illustrator

I am following this tutorial to get some inspiration: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/logo-design.html?set=illustrator--get-started--ready-to-use I used steps from the fourth video to ...
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Adobe I - PNG export is not transparent and cannot be viewed in Photo Viewer

When I export my image as a PNG file it does not come out as so. When I view it in windows photo viewer the image is just black. If I import it to Paint the image comes up but it has a normal white ...
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Clean .svg - export of text layers in Illustrator

I'd like to use .svg as a wrapper for illustrations so that all kinds of elements (captions, image) can be put in groups and controlled by the backend or browser. In the example below, I want to code ...
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Resizing an image bounding box after scaling in Illustrator CC

Good morning, I have imported a drawing from Adobe Illustrator Draw to illustrator CC. I then had to scale it down to about 60%. My bounding box is staying at the original size. Resetting the ...
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Text hidden - no anchor points

I have some text that came with a file, and I increased the size of text thereby hiding some of the text. I have used the direct selection tool on some text, and chosen the little white box, which I ...
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Is there way to automatically generate a revision/version number for illustrator files?

I'd like to keep track of the number of revisions made to an illustrator file, is there a way to do this similar to InDesign's text variables?
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Using Paper.js with Illustrator

I've been searching for a way to get the average color of a raster image, to use in a vector grid in front of it to create a mosaic effect - the "Object > Create Object Mosaic..." menu option does not ...
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How to create own bleed markings to cut after printing?

We are making PDFs/EPS files to print. If we needed to make a crop mark to cut, we made small 90 degree angles from lines in the corners where the graphic was white. I checked crop marks which you ...
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Using multiple strokes with arrowheads in Adobe Illustrator

Is there a way to use multiple strokes with arrowheads in Adobe Illustrator? When I add another stroke the arrowhead portion of the new stroke is misaligned and looks odd.
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Can't select an image even when it's not locked and it is in front

This happens in Adobe Illustrator CC. When I tried to select an object, it tends to select the thing behind it. The object is not locked and is in the front of the same layer. I have took a video ...
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What DPI to design at for small label on 4800 DPI printer

I have a printer that prints onto labels at supposedly up to 4800 DPI. https://www.primeralabel.com/lx900_features.html I'm guessing this is mostly marketing. I need to print onto 25mm by 51mm ...
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Divide Objects Below

I've been trying what I thought would be a simple operation, which is to use one object as a cookie-cutter for objects below it. Specifically, I have a simple circle as a cutting shape, and the ...
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Acrobat / Illustrator: Grayscale images lose contrast on import

The original image I imported into Gimp, then converted it to grayscale by switching to grayscale mode. I exported it as Lenna-gray.jpg. After switching back to RGB mode, I exported again, as ...
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Illustrator and serif font making

I have started to work with font making via illustrator and have a question about serif typefaces. Below is a serif I have started (the 'A' looking thing): I tried playing around with the stroke ...
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Changing colors in a PDF document? Tried illustrator and photoshop

I have a PDF document with text and basic graphics (squares, circles, thought bubbles, etc.) behind the text. My goal is to change the colors of these shapes. Here's what I've tried: InDesign 5.5 - ...
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SVG text cross-browser compatibility issue

First of all, I have to say that I am not good at Illustrator. I just make some basic graphics for the websites that I am working on. Here is one that I made: I exported as SVG format and put it ...
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How to open with a mac, an illustrator file, generated with windows, containing linked files? [duplicate]

We work sharing files with Google Drive. So far we always worked with Windows and since the Google Drive for desktop is installed in the Drive C://. We never faced problems because the path is the ...
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Shapes are not clean from Illustrator to Photoshop CC

New problem since I use Creative Cloud: I divide a shape with pathfinder in Illustrator. Path seems clean, no problem. I copy the shape in Illustrator and paste it in Photoshop. A small hairline ...
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Illustrator: wrap a rounded rectangle around a point

I am wondering how to achieve this effect: Basically what I'm trying to do is create rounded rectangles and wrap them around a center point. I have tried to create rounded rectangles and apply a ...
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Reshape a picture using a single coloured image in Illustrator or Indesign

I am fairly new to both Indesign and Illustrator, so I'm sure I'm missing the obvious here. I would like to do the following: I have a single colored image with a transparent background, TIFF file, ...
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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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high res illustrator file downsamples to low res--help!

I have received an illustrator file from a client in which she used "effects" to soften a photo. When I review and attempt to save the file it comes up with the dreaded "72 ppi" warning. My ...