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See through to make text transparent

I am very new to Adobe Illustrator but I'm trying to get the hang of it. I have some text, say "Pizza" and I have filled the "P" with a black square so that there is no hole in it. Then, I have a ...
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Help With Futuristic/Modern Swirls in Illustrator

I'm looking to make futuristic/modern swirls in Illustrator for a background for a project that I'm doing. Here's an example I found: I don't want to rip the picture off and I'm not looking for ...
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tips on designing high-quality semi photo-realistic icons that attempt to be modelled 3-D objects

I'm an amateur graphic designer. When I'm free I do some simple graphic designing with Photoshop and Illustrator (mess around with the pen tool, add style to a layer, adjust hue of an image, etc). ...
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Merge different coloured shapes w/ illustrator CS5

I'm trying to merge 4 different coloured shapes so I can apply a warp to them. By warp I mean; make them look like there going off into the distance. However, pathfinder turns the shape into one ...
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How to merge two images, so that one will take the shape of the other?

Got two images, one of an old sheet of paper with jagged edges. The other is a photo of beach. How can I merge them together, so that the beach image will take the shape of the other picture, i.e. ...
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Illustrator gradients along (not following) a shape/curve?

How could I add gradients along an object/path (not following the path, but using it as a base, like inner glow) ? Sample:
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Efficient use of Illustrator's export File Dialogue

When I File > Export using Artboards from Illustrator the (OSX)file dialogue is always pointing at the directory where the Illustrator document is located. If I need to export to a different directory ...
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Business cards: Cannot save according to Illustrator template

I want to make a business card in illustrator. Here is my design: Question 1: The design labeled (1) is perfectly aligned from back to front. I've downloaded a template for illustrator here. The ...
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copy object as a reference

Is it possible to copy an object in Illustrator so that if you make a change in any of them the changes will apply in both? Actually I have this situation where I have a lot of instances of the same ...
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Recreating pencil hatching in Illustrator

I’m trying to take a friend’s pencil-and-paper design and recreate it in Illustrator for use in a poster we are creating together. She’s proficient (away from the computer) and it’s my job to get her ...
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How to use Illustrator to Create DIN A4, six-sided folder-flyer?

I'm not sure how to know which space I need to set a document in Adobe Illustrator CS5 when I want to create a six-sided DIN A4 folder-flyer. Is there a template somewhere out there that I can use? Or ...
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How can I use align to pixel grid without messing up the outline view in Adobe Illustrator?

In Adobe Illustrator there is the feature of using 'Outline View'. It shows you the wireframes of your objects so you can see that they are properly aligned. When I use 'Pixel Preview' I can see what ...
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In Adobe Illustrator CS3, how can I fill particular parts of non-objects?

In Adobe Illustrator CS3, how can I fill just the boxes of a plot with color? The plot displays as just one object in Illustrator, so it is not as simple as selecting the box object and filling it.
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Exporting color information and font sizes from Illustrator to PDF

I am looking for some tool that would allow me to export the all the artboards from Illustrator to PDF (can also be any common image file) that would automatically create: labels with colors used ...
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Editing multiple objects at once in Illustrator CS4?

I've a label (which is a bunch of text and image objects) that's been tiled across a sheet manually. Is it possible to edit one copy of the label and have the changes apply to the rest of the copies? ...
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A very strange favicon file (atleast for me) where one single file contains 3 different sized images

I have this favicon file. Dowload favicon file I can not upload the image file since its does not have the proper format. When you view this file in windows 7, you get the following. This single ...
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Illustrator CS5: Multiline text along a path?

How do you create multiline text along a curve? I'm using the Type On Path tool for single-line text, but is there a way to make the text multiline?
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Illustrator, snap to guide

I'm attempting to place the end of a line segment at the intersection of a circle and a guide in Adobe Illustrator: I'm expecting the end of the line to snap into place at the intersection, but ...
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Lines patterns - Adobe Illustrator CS5

I have a problem with creating a simple lines patterns. I need few patterns (see picture) which I can use repeatedly. Something like brushes in Photoshop. How can I do this? Thanks
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Transparency in clipping mask groups

I am using a clipping mask to cut out some shapes. These shapes are composed of a rectangular "base color" and then some extra shapes overlaid for shading. However, with the clipping mask I get bright ...
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Quick way to subtract white outline from knotwork pattern in Illustrator?

I am working with a pretty complex traced AI that I received, and I want to basically make it so that all the visually black stuff is shapes, and all the white outlines (invisible here) are removed. ...
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Export Multiple Artboards to Pngs Named after the Artboard Without the Filename Prepended

Given the following setup: File: SomeFilename.ai Which contains artboards named: Artboard_01 Artboard_02 Artboard_03 At the moment if I export the artboards Illustrator insists ...
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Illustrator: How do I make a “arrow” with “flat edges”

How do I make a "arrow" with "flat edges" in illustrator? Made this in Photoshop to describe what I want. I tried to do this with the "line segment tool" by making two lines and then join paths. ...
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How can I check the dimensions of a selection/object in Illustrator?

Want to check the current dimensions of an object/selection in pixels. How do I do this? Illustrator CS5.
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how to tell if color is process or spot in adobe illustrator?

How can I tell if a color is a process or spot color in adobe illustrator? How can I tell if a color is a process or spot color in adobe illustrator?
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What is the best way to obtain a textured shading in Illustrator?

By textured shading, I mean the character is shaded with a texture that is filled with a gradient. Thank you.
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How would you mimic the glaze of a donut (varying opacity) in vector art?

I've made a vector graphic of a donut. See . But I'd like to add an effect of a glaze where the glaze has differing opacity throughout. How can I achieve this?!
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What Do You Ask From Your Graphical Designer for Your Iphone Apps?

What exactly do you ask for from your graphical designer for your iphone apps? I asked my designer exact measurements of images in Photoshop, which turned out to be not such great idea because I need ...
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Illustrator won't remove editing capabilities when I save as a PDF

I want to release an AI file saved as a PDF for email blast. When I save my file as a PDF and turn off the editing capabilities it does not seem to work when I open the PDF in Illustrator. I have ...
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Illustrator Data-Driven Graphics Error - XML linked file Variables wont work

So I am trying to create a document with Data-Driven Graphics in Illustrator [Mac OSX 10.7 + Illustrator CS5]. Using the Variable Panels, I used the existing content to create a Data Set exported it ...
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Breaking up a live traced word

I'm converting hand-drawn and scanned letters into vector paths via live trace. So far, so good. The next step I need to do is break up the live-traced letters into individual objects, so I can move ...
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iOS image for buttons not crisp

So I'm trying to create a few simple buttons in Adobe Illustrator for work. I'm not a gphx artist and just know the basics of Illustrator. I tried creating a pin icon, like dropping a pin onto the ...
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Adding a brush to an existing custom brush library in Illustrator

I have an existing custom brush library I created in Illustrator (CS5). I just created a new brush that I would like to add to this existing library. How can I do this? Drag and drop does not work. ...
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Illustrator searches for linked files in pdf

Adobe Reader shows pdf's with "linked files" correctly, but Illustrator CS5 asks to "replace missing links", which I do not have (and even if I did, I wouldn't enjoy dealing with each one). It is ...
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Easy way to create stacked boxes with equal margins

I'm a bit of a n00b to Illustrator (at least I think so anyway)! I have a bunch of text that is columnar and need to create boxes that stack (one above another) and serve as a container for this ...
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In Illustrator, how to “unflow” text in columns but retain individual page layout

Hope someone can help. I have designed a template where the text flows into four columns per page, and there are four pages in all. So in all 16 columns, and the text flows beautifully. The ...
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Scaling in Illustrator

I'm just getting started with Illustrator. I've created some artwork I like. I want to press it now for the web. If I click "Save for web", change the size to something small like 30x100 (px) it's all ...
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Is there any way to combine a picture's border into the shape in illustrator?

I made an icon with a border, but I don't want the border. If I remove the border, the icon loses it's thickness and doesn't look right. Is there any way to make the border into part of the shape?
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Illustrator - Radial gradient on multiple shapes

I have some circles and line to make a cloud like the one below. I know i can use the path finder to make some unions. But how to make some gradients with a 3d effect ? (like the example) Thanks ...
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Placing images in Illustrator CS5

When I place images in Illustrator CS5, I face the following problems. I have a AI-CS5.1 file which is 902 KB in size. I have a image file in JPG format which is 618 KB in size. The File is 1600 ...
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How can I make Symbols in Illustrator like I would in Flash?

I have a quite complex draw in Illustrator (let's say, lots of vectors and that), and I have to make a mosaic for printing a hole page of them. It's complex enough to be memory-heavy, so when I try ...
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Best Way to Build & Design Buttons, Icons for Mobile application

Which is the best Way to Build & Design Buttons, Icons for Mobile application of Android and IOS platform.
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Trying to export PDF from Illustrator, but gradient (Black to Transparent) not printing Transparent

Using - Illustrator CS5 I have created an image which has a shadow behind it. This shadow is a shape with a gradient applied that is black to transparent. I have saved this Adobe Illustrator file ...
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How to convert document Illustrator file to only one color? (eg. Green)

Is there any way of converting a illustrator file with text and logos to one only. As I'm working for a client that only wants to print with one-color?
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How to draw a beehive in illustrator

I've been trying to draw a beehive graphic in illustrator. My approach has been to draw an ellipse in yellow and change it's perspective. Then on top of that adding a copy of that ellipse, resize it ...
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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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Why does adding bevel to a graph object in Illustrator take longer to render than a shape in Photoshop?

It's very quick (a few seconds) to add bevel to a shape in Photoshop but when I do the same for a graph object in Illustrator the Mac I'm working on takes an age to render the artwork. Why does this ...
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Illustrator: Type in circular vector & background colour disappearing

I'm having problems adding text using the type path tool in illustrator within a round vector. Every time I go to type on a path though the background colour disappears. Here's an example: If ...
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Copy gradient or style from photoshop to illustrator

I am new to illustrator, if this is too basic do provide links for me (tutorial). I've made a shape, and I put styles on the layer, gradient, color overlay, opacity reduced, I know how to copy the ...
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How to reduce the submenu loading delay in Illustrator?

If I want to use the Arc Tool, I click & hold the Line Tool icon and then I count, 1 Mississippi ... 2 Mississippi ... And then the submenu appears. Is there a way to reduce this lag? Or is ...