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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 ...
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How to “detach” or separate parts of a vector image in Illustrator CS5?

I scanned a sketch of a wreath of flowers with stems and leaves that I drew, changed it to a vector image, and I am now trying to color parts of it different colors. But because the stems and the ...
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Illustrator: Bend 2D objects over the edges of 3D objects (extrude and bevel)

I really like to create 3D objects with "extrude and bevel" in Illustrator CC. So is there also the possibility to achieve this? (found it here) The objects bend over the edges and change their ...
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Exporting With 300ppi and Maintaining Art Board Size in Illustrator CC

When I start a new document, I input the size that I need for the final project. When I have been exporting my work, in 300 ppi, the final product ends up with dimensions far larger than my original ...
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Illustrator: Is there an efficient and accurate way to join two circles by their tangents (and keep it editable)?

It's easy to join two circles if they are the same size and horizontal/vertical, into a pill shape: If the circles are at an add angle then it's still possible but you can no longer rely on smart ...
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How do I put an image into Illustartor document at its actual size?

I'm creating a new document, choosing Web profile, setting width and height equal to image size. But the image appears half as big as it really is. That is, I need to place image 4 times to fill the ...
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Illustrator misshapes edges in exported *.svg

Does anyone know why when I save out an SVG icon that my edges get misshapen and do not look like what I have designed; Example: Smooth edges are exported as sharp. Thanks!
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illustrator CS6 dialogue box “color conflict” doesn't pop up

Where can I set the illustrator CS6 dialogue box "color conflict" to pup up? When I paste color shapes havig the same color name, the color change without any warning or a dialogue box
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GIF - How to create a colour-filling translation effect inside a logo

I would like to create a loading icon that show the app is loading the page. I would like to use our logo and animate inside the logo a vertical translting fill like here: ...
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Changing compound path into normal path in scanned drawing

I would like to change some shapes in the drawing which I scanned, saved as png, and then opened in Illustrator. Some strokes are connected in a compound path. If I select it and then go Object - ...
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Different objects to follow a semi circle! [duplicate]

i have some text vector, traced from some pic. I want them to put on a circular path to be used in a stamp graphic. Tried blend option but results wasn't good enough. How can i ?