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Rotate illustrator canvas and contents?

Is there a way to rotate the canvas in illustrator 90 degrees? It's pdf format. I've tried the artboard tool (Cmd + o / Ctrl + o) I found an answer regarding this: Illustrator opens PDFs rotated 90 ...
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Aligning objects without them popping over

In Illustrator I can't align an object with a stroke with an object without a stroke. It keeps popping over out of alignment. How can I stop it from popping over?
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Anamorphic Perspective in Illustrator or Photoshop?

I'm trying to find a way to distort artwork to emulate those crazy chalk art pieces you see all the time, like this: I know how it's done: ...but I'm wondering if there is an Illustrator or ...
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How to shade areas of a path with another, invisible path?

I'd like to be able to, in this example, darken a portion of a text based on a path I draw, without seeing the path. I've tried variations of opacity and clipping masks without a good success. ...
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Making terrain contours in Illustrator?

I'd like to take the fantasy world map I created to the next level as a way of buffing my illustrator skills and portfolio. Currently, it's a flat political map like this map of Canada for example. ...
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How to delete a Rectangular Grid without deleting the color in Illustrator

I am new to the use of the Rectangular Grid Tool and I created an 8-bit style background using it and the LivePaint Bucket. I'm afraid that some how, some of the lines of the grid were colored and are ...
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How to turn a path with straight lines into a curved path automatically in Illustrator?

I know how to do this manually, but I need an automatic way (either a script or just a command in Illustrator). Here's a line like the one I mean. Notice how it's all made of straight lines (The blue ...
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Moving Images from Photoshop to Illustrator [duplicate]

I downloaded this very awesome set of iOS7 GUI components to use for building mockups for apps, found here: http://www.teehanlax.com/tools/iphone/. I'm working in Illustrator but the file is a PSD. ...
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Clipping mask for text on grid

I've created a tennis racket in Illustrator CS6 and i want to make the text only visible on the lines of the net. I tried to use a copy of the net as clipping mask for the text, but the result was'nt ...
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Adding different graphics to a circle path without distortion?

Is there a way to do this without it changing the shape of the graphics? I just used the method suggested on this post and it worked however it distorted some of the images. I have 5 images which are ...
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To have sharp look in submitting it in any contest

When i submit my designs (logo, business card, etc) in any contest, it doesn't give sharp look instead of others. My design looks like a little blur while submitting to the contest. I made designs in ...
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Create equally spaced circles around a sphere object

I'm attempting to create a similar graph to this one. Is there a specific way in illustrator to equally space the circles around a center circle? What I've done is created the center circle, then a ...
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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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trouble aligning paths in illustrator (pic) [duplicate]

Hey so I'm having an issue getting these paths to align. My goal is to make a kind of geometric wave, so I took one circle: deleted the top most anchorpoint. Then I took that same circle and deleted ...
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Why is my color being darkened when printed?

I am creating a logo and I am using Pantone 638U in Illustrator. I know Pantone has to be premixed but I just wanted to test print on my printer in CMYK. So I converted it to cmyk which is C83 M0 ...
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How can I make Illustrator reopen the files I was previously working on?

I can't for the life of me find a way to tell Illustrator to save the files that I have currently open and reopen them after I restart. Am I missing an obvious setting?
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How to create a 3D logo in Adobe Illustrator? [duplicate]

In this site I found one logo which might be made in Adobe Illustrator: It's a perfect 3D logo, how can this kind of logo be made with Illustrator?.
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Pros and Cons of Vectors in Illustrator vs sketches in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro for Website Use

My website is going to include a lot of graphics, drawn by myself. The display of the illustrations will be similar to that of theoatmeal.com (some illustration reuse will be present, but not as much ...
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How should I set up dielines so that they are not printed?

I just want to add that white lines on the project but I don't want that line to be visible on the printed element. How can I do that? I want output project in CMYK. I have Illustrator CS6 and ...
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In Illustrator CS6, how do I make my path transparent, but have solid color in the middle?

Basically, I want to have my sketch have a solid color in the inside the path (with live paint), but the path itself that has a stroke, which looks like a border on the image, I want to be completely ...
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Re adjustment of path in illustrator

Is there anyway to re adjust the path? I tried & tried but completely failed
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How can I resize the color thumbnails in Illustrator's swatch panel?

I need to resize the Illustrator's swatch palette icons which are too small on my Mac. How can I do that? Once I saw a PC with huge icons and I realized that I could do the same on my Mac.
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find out the gradient start and end values of small distance out of larger distance

I have the following design with gradient : The gradient is 348px long, linear, starts with #F7F7F7 and ends with white #FFFFFF. I need to know what gradient color should I put as a starting point ...
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In Pathfinder window, what is the difference between a shape mode and a pathfinder?

I'm learning Illustrator CC and right now I'm trying out the various tools in the Pathfinder window, and how they allow me to create shapes. Something that confuses me, is that they seem to be somehow ...
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Partial Overlap of an Object in Illustrator [duplicate]

The black part of this image is the outline of the State of Georgia, and the orange part is a line that is meant to have the effect of orbiting the state. I would like to make this illusion, but I ...
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Export a single object in Illustrator without the other objects to SVG code

So I am pretty much desperate by now. I am a web developer and -designer, but I don't use Illustrator. I just don't need it at all. The file that I got from the graphic designer contains two ...
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Create a two color printing image with only one color (dithering)

In Illustrator: How do you create the color Grey with just using Black, but without changing opacity? (it can also be used for other colors) Whenever we have to print something (shopping bags, ...
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Is there a way to expand linked EPS file placed inside another EPS file in Illustrator?

I've placed an EPS file (File A) inside another EPS file (File B) and now need to completely break this link so that the artwork of File A becomes 100% editable part of File B. I've tried embedding ...
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How do your place your artwork on a package?

I'm designing a box and I was wondering how I could place my graphics and text on it. I was curious about the printing process involved in getting the design on the box I built. I googled "how to ...
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Illustrator: Complicated objects to single path

I have a scan of a B&W marker drawing that I vectorized using Vector Magic. Vector Magic makes my drawn lines an object with a fill color. To further process the image to meet my needs, I need to ...
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How to know if Extension Manager for Illustrator CS6 has already been installed?

I have Illustrator CS6 and want to install some common plugin. This plugin needs Extension Manager being installed - How can I know if it (Extension Manager) exists on my Mac?
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Convert a line drawing from raster to vector

I have a raster image, basically a scanned drawing of the outlines (and some detail) of various objects, and I wish to convert these lines to vectors, using either Illustrator or Inkscape. My present ...
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Shape Points Not Align in Sketch

For some reason after working with a shape for a little while, the transform the points (corners, edges, whatever) get out of alignment. Notice below in the rectangle in the middle.
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Acrobat X “moves” object on save from Illustrator

Have an odd issue with Acrobat X, when selecting an object (Tools > Edit Object). I then right click and "Edit Object" which opens Illustrator CS5.1, make my necessary changes, which 9/10 is ...
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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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Cleaning up a shape in Illustrator [duplicate]

I am working on a character and the mouth looks like this so far: My problem: The upper and lower teeth booth go beyond the black part. My goal is to neaten the mouth up so that it has a linear ...
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Drop shadows that cast lines from object

Does anyone know of a quick way to create drop shadows that cast lighter from inside corners and heavier from protrusions? Link
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converting image to vector, resizing, in illustrator cs6 [closed]

A question about using adobe illustrator cs6... Basically I want to be able to put images I’ve drawn (simple outline drawings.) in to illustrator, having scanned them on to my desktop, turn them in to ...
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How to convert complex objects into one lighter object in Illustrator

I have some Illustrator art, and it's too complex (it has too many objects in it). It's too hard for the hardware to render it. How can I convert all those objects into one to make it lighter?
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What is the difference between a spot color and a global process color?

I just learned about both global process color swatches and spot color swatches (which are inherently global) in Adobe Illustrator. My question: What is the difference between the two? When should ...
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Subtle vector 3D effect in Illustrator

How did they create this very subtle 3D vector effect in Illustrator? Link
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Can you create linked objects in illustrator that are not grouped?

When I think of Indesign and editing/ type setting, I use character and paragraph styles. These functions are extraordinarily useful when you get into formatting/adjusting styles over many pages etc. ...
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What is proper methodology for creating a mood board for a logo design?

There exists a fair amount of references online on how to create mood boards using various online services. I'm looking to create a mood board that has a visual hierarchy, incorporated's colors, ...
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Is there a method to browse Illustrator swatch libraries easily?

I'm using Illustrator CS6 and find that browsing through all the swatch libraries is not very user-friendly. I have to load every library individually. As the library names are not really helpful (for ...
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How to fill half of a word with one colour and the other half with a different colour in Adobe Illustrator

I want to recreate the text of a logo I have. It had black half way down the text and then yellow for the other half. How do I create text with a different colour on each half in Adobe ...
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Is there a version of Illustrator's “Divide Objects Below” for Inkscape?

In the project I am working on, I need to draw a line across the image and split all paths below that in Inkscape. I know Illustrator has Object > Path > Divide Objects Below. Does Inkscape have ...
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How to form a shape with selective shapes in various size? [duplicate]

Basically my question is how to make this like the image that I uploaded. I know that you need to pick a shapes, and a picture of what whatever you would like to form into. Where can I buy or ...
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Illustrator skew only one corner of the object

I just want to know how to skew only one corner of the object specially a none square object using Selection Tool (V) or Direct Selection Tool (A). I just want the letter A look like its fell. Please ...
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What are some recommended online training courses (video) for Adobe illustrator?

I've just finished trialing TutsPlus and decided not to renew as the majority of their content is coding tutorials. However I did watch a course on Adobe illustrator which was really good and want ...
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How to link [and reuse] layers?

I have been using Photoshop/Illustrator for about 6 years or so now. I never really learned from official resources, nor did I attend a course which would have taught me how to use the Creative Suite ...