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How can I easily add color to unclosed shapes?

I've got a line art drawing of a dragon that I'm trying to color. I don't necessarily care if I use Illustrator, Photoshop, or Sketchbook Pro; I'm just trying to figure out the best way to color the ...
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Export vector design from Illustrator to photoshop and back

How do I take a gradient vector design into photoshop, add noise to it, and then return it back into Illustrator without the white background?
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How can I reduce the aliasing that occurs around my custom icon web font when it is scaled?

I am trying to make my own icons and embed them in a custom Web font. For that, I'm using Illustrator & Icomoon. I design the icons in a 14x14px square, then I create my Web font using Icomoon ...
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Illustrator CS6 Data Variables XML Parser Error

So I have to generate flyers for 10 different laptops (and more in the future). I decided to set up variables. I've created an XML Map for MS-Excel which allows me to save the 'XML Data' type file. I ...
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Is there a way (possibly via a 3rd party plugin) to read/write PDF annotations/comments in Illustrator

Is there a way (possibly via a 3rd party plugin) to read/write PDF annotations/comments in Illustrator? We use PDF comments heavily in our workflow with Illustrator. The problem is to add/edit/view ...
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Adobe Automation: Dynamic Text in Template

I'm developing a template for my team's daily production needs, and every product must have certain consistent marginalia on it, such as date, product ID, title, subtitle, etc. Currently, this ...
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Adobe Illustrator - How do I separate the dot from a lower case “i”?

How do I separate the dot from a lower case "i" so I can re-color just the dot? I want the straight part black and the dot red.
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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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Create frozen screen effect

Is there a way to create this effect in Photoshop? I could duplicate the same image over and over again, but that's just wrong. There should be an easier way. Edit: Use of Illustrator and MS Paint ...
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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 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 file type should I use for a logo when exporting from Adobe Illustrator?

I'm a fine artist, new to Adobe Illustrator. I'm in the process of designing a logo for a company using Illustrator. What type of file should I send them when all is completed, so they can use this ...
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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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Similar plugin to GuideGuide for illustrator

I really like the GuideGuide plugin for Photoshop that really quickly allows you to setup guides. Is there something similar to this in illustrator ?
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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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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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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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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 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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How to use an Illustrator graphic as a text bullet in InDesign?

I've created a vector image in Illustrator. I would like to import it into InDesign and use it as bullets. I googled it but they just mention pasting it on to the clipboard and they don't explain ...
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How do I keep edged flush when tracing with the pen tool in Illustrator?

I'm just learning how to trace images with the pen tool in Illustrator -how do you trace when you have lines protruding from the whole (a line that offshoots) or when you have two objects which need ...
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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 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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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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Convert Primitive to Path using SVG format in Illustrator

I've got a simple drawing in Illustrator consisting of multiple rectangles. I will need to handle that in code later one and saved the document as SVG. The rectangles come out as <rect /> nodes ...
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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 fit text box size to text?

I want to fit the artboard to selected art (two text boxes) - the text boxes are larger than the text inside them - how do I fit (shrink) them to wrap tightly around my text? Illustrator version - ...
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Illustrator: Getting solid color values from transparency?

I created a logo in illustrator and after much experimentation, settled with a design which the client approved. The problem is, some shapes have a transparency of 60% which looks amazing on white ...
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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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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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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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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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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: shape dimension and resize

Is there a way in Illustrator to know the exact dimension of shape in pixel and possibly to resize it down to different (but precise) dimension?
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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 ...