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How to convert text paths to editable text in an .eps file downloaded from Shutterstock?

I am an experienced PHP programmer, but very new to Illustrator. Finally, the time has come that I need to download artwork from Shutterstock (shutterstock.com) for use on a customer's website. The ...
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Scaling rounded corners in Illustrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I resize this object without distorting it ? I've created a rounded-corner triangle in Illustrator by creating a triangle and then doing Effect>Stylize>Round ...
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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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Layer Comps in Illustrator?

Is there a way to handle views in Illustrator like "Layer Comps" in Photoshop? For me it's important that I can export all those views e.g. as jpg/png/pdf (like Photoshop script "Layer Comps to Files"...
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Illustrator, Save for Web: keeping Art and Type optimization separate in one go?

When exporting for web in Illustrator, there's the ever familiar Art Optimized and Type Optimized rendition schemes (apart from None). Both schemes have their own perks on different types of elements....
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Why does Adobe Illustrator have a limit on the maximum zoom?

Considering that it is an application that uses vectors which can scale to any size because they're mathematically calculated, why can I only zoom to a certain level and what is the deciding factor? ...
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Grid-based design in Illustrator — need help setting up a grid!

I'm trying to explore grid-based layout design in Illustrator to help me create mockups for prototypes. I was wondering if anybody here could help me set up a grid based layout easily in Illustrator ...
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How to produce difficult variant of Taegeuk symbol? (see images)

The Republic of Korea (or, "South Korea") has a Taegeuk at the centre (essentially, a blue and red yin and yang symbol). This design is derived from the flag of the Korean Empire (used between 1882 ...
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How to render text pixel-perfectly with subpixel antialising with Illustrator?

I'm exporting a document to raster image with Illustrator and get this result: But I want to get this quality: It lookes more pixel-perfect and thin then the Illustrator's render. How do I setup ...
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Illustrator: View -> Actual Size smaller than life size

I'm using Illustrator CS6 on OS X. When choosing View -> Actual Size, the displayed elements are smaller on the screen than their actual size, say in centimetres. How can I "calibrate" Illustrator ...
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How to draw a color wheel in illustrator?

How to draw a color wheel in illustrator? I am thinking of creating many small arcs with gradient and all hue colors. Any ideas?
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How to get Illustrator export into shortcut?

I am an avid InDesign user and a big fan of shortcuts. In InDesign you can use the shortcut cmd+E to export items within InDesign but this feature is not a default in Illustrator. How can I add the ...
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Preventing Illustrator CC vector objects distorting when scaled

I'm having some trouble resizing a group of vector objects in an illustration. These objects used to be lines until I expanded them into vector shapes, and before I scale them they look fine: But ...
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How to simulate long exposure light trails?

How can I apply long exposure lighting effects to a road (ideally using Photoshop or Illustrator)? See the image below for an example. How can this be achieved?
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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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Shape gets distorted when adding stroke in Illustrator CS6

I very recently started learning how to use Adobe Illustrator (CS6), and just now I noticed something strange. When I add a 1pt stroke to my shape, it gets slightly distorted. This distortion does not ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Variable font size along a path

all. So I have a curving path in Illustrator and I've put some text on it using the "Type on Path" tool. I want to make the font size of that text gradually increase towards the middle and then ...
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How do I delete an object over something, and have the shape of where it was stay with nothing there?

I apologize for the title, I can't explain for my life... But the problem i'm having is, I am trying to create a blank space over a letter. You can see in the screenshots that I have two elbow shapes ...
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Illustrator exporting SVG, viewbox doesn't match artboard size?

I'm attempting to output an SVG from Illustrator. My artboard is 256x256 pixels. The top left of the artboard is at 0,0. When I export my svg, the viewbox attribute is 0.5 792.5 256 256. Why isn't it ...
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How to find the centre of the area between two objects in Illustrator

I'm wondering if there's any tool or method that I can use to determine where the midpoint is between any two objects in Illustrator. To give a simple example, say I have a simple rectangle at the ...
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Is it possible to open an .ai file in Photoshop?

I currently dont have Illustrator but I do have Photoshop, is it possible to open a .ai vector file and save as JPG/PNG in a desired size?
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How do I rotate and duplicate a line in Illustrator

I am trying to recreate the line swirl in our compliment slip in Adobe Illustrator? I have been struggling for hours with transforming straight lines, creating waves, rotating, etc. but still can't ...
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Create more than one artboard when document is already saved?

I'm already working with an artboard, but i need two more, how can I add additional artboards to my document in Illustrator?
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Can I just save files as a PDF from Illustrator?

I use illustrator a lot and I'm always exporting PDFs. Since the PDF is a "save as" rather than an export, I end up editing the PDF and saving out. This causes version conflicts. Could I just work in ...
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4 colors/corners gradient with Illustrator or Photoshop

I should create a vector rectangle filled with a gradient made of 4 colors, one for each corner. I could just find some very generic information about using live blends, but I am not sure that is the ...
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Pressure-sensitive freehand drawing of vector paths that are editable with the Illustrator Width tool?

In illustrator, you can do pressure-sensitive drawing with the Blob Brush tool (if you set Width to Pressure in the settings from double-clicking the icon). You can also fine-tune the widths of paths ...
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How to align rotated shape back to 0 degrees?

I have a "rotation" issue with Illustrator. I've rotated some shape which has no horizontal component which I could align to guide, so I have no idea how to rotate the shape back to 0 degrees. In the ...
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Illustrator how to crop and save images

I have a website someone designed for me in AI but i am not sure how to crop out pieces and select layers and save them to design my website. I am only used to the way of photoshop finding the layer ...
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Way to make graphics on a convex car window appear straight?

I'm designing a vinyl decal to cover the whole back window of a Jeep Cherokee. I got the dimensions from corner to corner, but when it was printed there was a massive 'rainbow' curvature of everything,...
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spot color print - how to indicate white

I prefer to work with the web, so it's been forever since I've worked with a printer. Just received this message back regarding a doc utilizing white ink. How can I accomplish this in Adobe ...
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Giving a vector shape a rough edge without manipulating anchor points

I’m looking to give my very smooth vector drawing a hand-drawn style. When I say this, I don’t mean applying a texture over the top of the whole vector (like this). A technique that would produce ...
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Trying to Create a Preset in AI That Gives Object Strokes a Hand Drawn, Blueprint Drafting Sketch Style

I've been working on a few logo ideas for a friend's company in my spare time; for one of them I wanted to have the logo look like it was sketched out first and then given an outline - like it's a ...
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Illustrator: Quick way of removing redundant anchor points after unifying shapes?

Except for manually removing redundant anchor points that gets added when unifying two or more objects, is there a quicker operation to wipe in-between anchor points? EDIT: To complement Lollero'...
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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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Exponential/logarithmic scaling in Illustrator?

Given a flat object in Illustrator, how can I scale it along the X or Y axis so that it stretches in an exponential fashion? That means that the center barely is stretched, but the outer extents ...
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From Freehand to Illustrator CS6

What is the best way to convert a file from freehand to Illustrator CS6? I tried different methods: Illustrator 7: Go to an old computer open the freehand file and export as Illustrator 7. Then ...
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Recommended workflow for creating complex curves for circular patterns

I keep seeing quite a lot of stuff like the attached screenshot: At the moment, I usually fumble around with the pencil tool to draw a rough curve and then spend ages smoothing it before tiling it ...
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When designing for apparel how should the canvas be addressed?

I am aware that most screen printing or DTG (Direct To Garment) have a maximum print size but I'm curious to know what is the proper way to address apparel designs when the intended design is to be ...
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Is it possible to link shapes to a master shape, so that modifications to the master like repositioning, affect all linked shapes?

I'm using Illustrator CC, and I'd like to link some sub-shapes to a master such that modifying the master also moves the sub-shapes. Context: Octopus tentacles. I've got shapes for each tentacle ...
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A clean way to remove gradient mesh in Illustrator?

Does anyone know if it is possible to remove a gradient mesh from an object in Illustrator without producing a distorted/inaccurate outline? Adobe documentation as well as most online resources I ...
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Illustrator equivalent to Photoshop's skew tool

In Photoshop the skew tool allows you to move each corner of the object being skewed independently. Is there an equivalent in Illustrator? Envelope distort seems overkill and harder to achieve the ...
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How do I map Illustrator artwork on a sphere?

I am looking for help with creating spherical map similar to provided in picture: the 6 parts spherical map image setup (bent): I want to put together a promotional balloon vinyl,and I want to ...
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How can I create WORKING gears in Illustrator?

I cannot seem to get this right.. I want to create 2 gears that work together. I can create gears, but I cannot seem to figure out the math needed to make them uniform, or where they work together. ...
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What is the best Adobe software for designing a résumé?

I have been creating my CV with Photoshop for several years now. I've heard and seen it myself, that this is not the right tool at all to design a résumé. I never used the other tools from the Adobe ...
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Why does my line drawing look so sad

I'm trying to create a line drawing of my friend Steve, I was Steve's best man at the wedding where the photo was taken. I like the shot because the smile it subtle but definitely there. I've been ...
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What are the different applications in Adobe Creative Suite for?

So, I have never really been into design beyond a few wireframes and paper-pen sketches and have now now bought David Kadavy's book, Design for Hackers and am getting into design a little bit. I am ...
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How do I italicize fonts that don't have an italic variant in Illustrator?

For example, how do I italicize the font Impact (Regular) in Illustrator CS 6? I can't find the italicize option in the character panel window.
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Why are computers so bad at automatically kerning?

Photoshop, Illustrator and similar graphic design software are in general bad at kerning. Why does the computer find it so hard that we need to manually go through headlines and text just to get it ...
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Tips for creating and editing paths in Illustrator

I'm new to Adobe Illustrator, but I have used extensively Inkscape. While I recognize that Illustrator is vastly superior in many fronts, I feel a bit of a lag due to the need to use three or four ...
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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 ...