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Using Adobe Illustrator without “hand” drawing skills

I work on Photoshop for over 4 years for web design and user interface purposes but I'm thinking of starting learning Illustrator because most of design jobs now require illustrator skills beside ...
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Easiest way to create vintage grane/corners/angles in Ai

I am looking for an easy way to create in Illustrator vintage style corners like on the picture provided. I have some technical ideas, but they are time consuming, there should be an easier way I ...
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How to shrink down paths in Illustrator (cs6) whilst maintaining equivalent strokes?

I have a selection of paths in illustrator (cs6). I want to select all the paths and free transform them to something like a 3rd of the size. The problem is when I shrink them down, the stroke on the ...
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How can I organize Adobe Illustrator Workspace?

I am trying to find some common place considering Illustrator Workspace arrangement. Frequently I have a mess on my working space, however I cannot find some useful solution apart of pressing F and ...
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Best techniques for digitizing artwork using a tablet

I need help or rather to be pointed in the right direction please. Take a look at the artwork: On the left you see my "on paper" art. On the right is my attempt to do the same thing on the digital ...
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What is an easy way to create a bulk of rounded rectangles in Illustrator?

Image is taken from this site. Is there a way in Illustrator to draw a group of rectangles like this without having to draw them one by one? The idea is to divide the area into as many rectangles of ...
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How can I change hue of a vector image that has many colors?

How can I change color of this vector in Illustrator? Each triangle is different. I want it to be in other color tones like brown, grey etc.
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How to create fading drop shadow effect in Illustrator?

Any advice on how to create the shadow effect in the attached image would be much appreciated!
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Is there something in Illustrator that resembles tabs/tab-stops in MS Word?

I'm using Illustrator (CS5) to create a menu for a restaurant. In a word doc, I have a tab at the end of a textcolumn. It's a 'right'-aligned tabstop. So my text resembles this: food ...
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What unique benefits does the EPS format provide?

Reading this excellent question regarding logo export formats, and it made me want to ask a question that was a little bit more narrowly focused than that one. I know when to use a GIF and when to ...
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How do I draw shirt with vertical stripes?

I am redrawing the character on the following picture via Illustrator: Regarding the stripes on the shirt, I already tried to create it by creating a white and a blue linie and using it as a fill, ...
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How do I get my artboard to appear behind the grid?

I'm new to Illustrator. I've just started a new project and my artboard is appearing in front of the grid, per below. How do I force my artboard to appear behind the grid, so I can use it for my ...
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How to make a line in illustrator with $ signs

The behavior I'm looking for is similar to how one can make a path line dashed. Except, instead of being dashes, I'd love to make it show $ signs. Thanks for your help!
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Create an artboard automatically to the size of an image (Illustrator)

I am trying to figure out how to make an artboard automatically snap to the size of an image. I know that you can draw a rectangle, then go to the Artboards window and choose "Convert to Artboards" ...
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How to convert text to single stroke in illustrator

The question really says it all. I want to apply brush effect on the stroke once it looks like text. All my tries have resulted in stroke being outline of the text.
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Adobe Illustrator vs Adobe Indesign for brochures

You may know me (not that I am worth knowing) from my first question. I am a noob in web design, graphic desgin, font theroy, color theory, guess all of the mixes that are crucial. My expertise ...
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Multiple objects spaced evenly around a circle

I have a project where I am taking 6 different images and placing them on a circle. All of the images have duplicates (anywhere between 3 of the same image to 24). In total, I need the circle to have ...
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Removing One Part Of A Stroke On A Rectangle In Illustrator CS5

Is it possible to remove on side of a stroke on a rectangle? Let's say you have a rectangle with a stroke all the way around it and I want one end of the rectangle to be 'open' and take the stroke ...
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how to import vectors from fireworks to illustrator

I created some vector graphics for my company's website in fireworks because I like the pixel perfect control I get but now everybody likes the artwork so much that they want to use it all over the ...
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How to quickly setup a gradient mesh for annulus-like shapes in AI?

I usually encounter annulus-like shapes such as the one shown below: I want to create a gradient mesh out of this array of discrete patches. However, Adobe Illustrator can only create rectangular ...
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Illustrator stroke color appears lighter than same fill color

When I apply a color with the exact same RGB as the fill for 1 shape and the stroke of another, the shape with the stroke shows a slightly lighter color. Why does this happen and what can I do to ...
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How can I change the Blending Modes in Adobe Illustrator?

I can't seem to find it, even though it's probably looking me dead in the face. I'm new to Illustrator so I'm still trying to figure out the ins and outs of it. I'm using CS5. Any and all help is ...
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advise on “copying” text effect from existing logo

I'm trying to copy the text effect on an existing logo to no avail. I have been using Illustrator to work on the logo but cannot seem to get it workout the way I want. It's not that I want to copy ...
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How can I make complex gradient images like these in Illustrator?

How can I create these types of gradient images in Illustrator?
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How to punch through all the layers in Adobe Illustrator?

So I have this image as vector and a grunge image as vector: I can easily mask the grunge part from the image in Photoshop: But when I try to do this on Illustrator with pathfinder always get ...
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How to create a pattern or tiles from rotated elements

I have a geometric pattern – say, a cross: Which I want to repeat with some overlap and tile … easy: The blue square marks the 100×100 px unit tile. However, here comes the catch: I want to ...
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Change viewbox attribute in svg exported by illustrator

I have a SVG file with viewBox="-155.7 -99 510 510". I believe this offset the paths in Mac OS X preview by -155.7 -99. when I open the SVG in Illustrator, the paths are not offset at all. how do I ...
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Illustrator knows I have a font but refuses to select it

I need to use a specific font (Nanum Gothic Extra Bold) for a certain project. Illustrator knows I have the font: If I start typing the name in, it autocompletes. But once I hit return, it selects a ...
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Tint a layer (or a group of objects) in illustrator

In Illustrator I want to give a whole layer of objects a common tint. But I do not want to also color any transparent background. Also, I want to be able to continue drawing on the tinted layer with ...
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Should I expand the appearance of my gradients before printing?

I know that I should create outlines on all the text I'm using before printing to ensure that any unique typefaces get printed correctly, and I see that there are options to also expand gradient ...
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Opening PDF in Illustrator breaks up text objects

I recently had to convert some PDF files to SVG, and did this by opening the PDF in Illustrator, and saving out to SVG. The issue was that when Illustrator opened the pdf, many (but not all) text ...
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Is there a way to add all colors used into the swatches panel?

Sometimes, when inspiration hits me, I start designing a document using multiple colors. Or I use the Blend tool to create a smooth set of colors for me to work with. But it always happens that ...
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Grid is not zeroed in Illustrator

I have a document with several artboards (7), which I resized, but now my grid (cmd–") is not centered or zeroed correctly (please see photo). I need to adjust the elements on the artboards, and I ...
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Toggling Bounding Box and Transform Controls in Illustrator

I apologize if this has been covered a thousand times, but I'm new to AI and I don't even know the technical terms of these things to find anything in Google, I've been trying. When you select an ...
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Illustrator image viewed at 100% is “tiny”

I'm a web developer and I love Photoshop but unfortunately I have some design mock-ups sent over to me in Illustrator. When I viewed the document at 100% the text isn't even legible on my monitor. At ...
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How do I create a polygon tessellation pattern in Adobe Illustrator?

I have no idea what they call this so I'm not having much success with searching. But lets start with an example with this site: Image from pixden.com Does anybody know how to create this and if it ...
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lines capped by lines in Adobe Illustrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to create my own arrow effects in illustrator CS 2 Is there an easy way of creating thin perpendicular lines capping the end of a line segment in Adobe Illustrator ...
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Best way to create a shadow (depth) effect in Illustrator?

I'm working on a logo and trying to give the logo shape a 3D'ish depth effect. Here is what I currently have: Regular size: Larger size: The way I'm currently achieving this effect is by creating ...
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Using Photoshop Effects in Illustrator CS6

I am well versed with Photoshop and how it works. But recently, I decided to make a poster for my home and for that I'll have to use Illustrator so I need some help from you guys along the way. ...
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Why can I only see a path when it's not white?

(N.B. This could be a Win8 beta bug) In Adobe Illustrator CS5 version 15.0.2 on Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64bit I have several paths. When I set their stroke to almost any colour I can see them. For ...
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How to manipulate only one stroke/side of a shape/object in Illustrator CS5

How would I manipulate only a single stroke of a rectangle while leaving the strokes unchanged? For example, if I have a line and use effects > Distort & Transform > ZigZag, the line ...
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How can I create TRON-like glowing effects in Illustrator?

I am trying to use Illustrator (CS3) to recreate the Tron neon-glow visual style in graphics I plan to use on a website. This page is an excellent example of what I'm trying to do: ...
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How to remove a point from a closed vector shape in Illustrator without breaking the shape?

When I try to delete a node in a space, by pressing DEL, the closed-shape it gets broken (not-continous anymore). How can I remove point from these without breaking them? Note: I used Illustrator ...
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Illustrator glow effect not shown in pdf after saving

I am relatively new to Illustrator. I use version CS6 and I just discovered that when I apply an outer glow effect it is not visible in the PDF after saving apart from when you make the effect really ...
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How to create Illustrations and Art from Sketches in Adobe Illustrator

I have been using Adobe Illustrator to sketch and draw with my Wacom Tablet, I've gotten pretty good with it. But I'm having trouble figuring out how do I turn those sketches into a real Illustrating. ...
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Is there a way to change the widths of a compound path's strokes independently?

The stroke width tool in Illustrator features some really unpredictable behaviour when used on a compound path. When I change the width on one part of the compound path, Illustrator applies that width ...
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Batch trace JPG to SVG

I have thousands of JPG graphics and want to trace them automatically to vector SVG files with a batch function in Adobe Illustrator CS4/CS5. All graphics looks something like that: My problem is, ...
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How to optimize the packing of multiple shapes inside a page for print

Is there a tool inside or outside of Adobe Illustrator which packs custom shapes inside an (say) A4 page? This would be an optimization for printing the same element multiple times on the same page. ...
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How create action for all layers in Illustrator file

I have an Illustrator document with hundreds of vector images (each a color variation of a single image). Each vector image is on a separate layer. I have created an action to resize and export (save ...
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Illustrator 3D extrude on text misses faces

I am attempting to create 3D text in Adobe Illustrator CS5 in OSX using the 3D Extrude and Bevel effect. The problem is that if I only rotate the text on one axis, in this case the X axis and then ...