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Separate white image from dark background [duplicate]

I'm creating a t-shirt design and need to know how to combine all the white shapes that make this image and separate it from any dark green. The white image will eventually be printed on a dark green ...
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Apply an action to each item in a selection in turn?

If you use an Illustrator action on a selection, it applies it to that selection as a whole. Illustrator actions can be applied as 'batches', but this means batches of files, not batches of objects. ...
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eps file vector quality issue

I have a large vector .eps file of 8 logo samples. At 100% zoom, it is crisp and gorgeous, about 4 inches wide and 1.5 inches high on my laptop screen. I tried object > rasterize with CMYK / ...
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How do I export multiple objects to raster images from Illustrator cs5?

I need to export multiple objects from Illustrator to individual .png files. The objects are different in size. I know this is easily done from Inkscape, but Illustrator seems to produce nicer ...
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Pathfinder divide tool on object with gradient mesh

I'm using Illustrator CC, and have a tear-drop shaped object which has a gradient mesh applied to it. I need to use the pathfinder divide tool in combination with another simple shape to take a chunk ...
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Best fill page with image tiled - mosaic?

Do you know of any plugin that best fills the page with as much copies of an object as it can? I don't care about orientation (they can be vertical and/or horizontal as well), and it would be a plus ...
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Delete path of two anchor points, but not the anchors themselves

I am trying to change the path of a two anchors. I have tried grouping the two anchors I do not want connecting together and goto Object>Path>Divide Objects Below, but nothing happens. I get the ...
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How can I easily deselect a path after creating it in Illustrator?

I want to use the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator to make hair strands for a vexel portrait. I have to make hundreds of strands. The problem is that I would like to use the pen tool to make two anchor ...
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What is the best way to make text fit inside a circular shape?

I'd like to create something like this: (see design peg) Ideally, the text should be editable so that any letter combination can be used. I know I can do it quickly (and keep the text editable) by ...
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Clipping Mask Error in Illustrator? [closed]

I have a Visiting Card in Illustrator and have to fit the pic of a person in a visiting card Frame. I am clipping his pic in the frame but it says the Can't clipping because the front part of the ...
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Editing the size of rectangular grid tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6

I've been painting a pixel character in a of 32x32, but after the work is almost done I noticed I needed a little more dots, Is there any way to edit the grid to something like 64x64? If not, is ...
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How to warp text to simulate paper curl effect, in Illustrator?

I have an object with some perspective, to simulate a paper curl effect (blue sticker on image below). How do I apply the same effect to text (i.e., how do I make the purple text look like it is ...
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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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Clipping Mask in Illustrator using Photoshop image

I have two photoshop pngs, I am trying to simulate a rotating coin 3D effect. One image will act as heads and the other will act as tails. How can I get these two images to rotate together to ...
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Align objects by stacking (align top to bottom, left to right, etc)

This comes up a lot, so I'm wondering if there's a proper way to do this. Sometimes I want to create an object by placing two objects next to each other, for example, when drawing an arrow (or a ...
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PDF prints don't look the same as the on the computer

I've created some images in Illustrator (simple portraits to be exact). I have been using the "Save As" option to save PDF Versions to email to my boss for the past few weeks. Here is my problem: Now ...
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How do I achieve this gradient effect on type in Illustrator?

I'm trying to achieve the gradient effect shown in the below examples on each letter of the type I'm using in a logo design. I don't really know what this style is called, so I can't effectively look ...
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How to cut off overlapping outlines in Illustrator [duplicate]

So I'm trying to make graphics on a snowboard on illustrator and some of the artwork goes outside of the outline of the snowboard. I'm wondering if there is a way that I could cut off the excess ...
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How do I covert Photoshop swatches to illustrator swatches in CS5? [duplicate]

I want to bring my Photoshop swatch library into Illustrator. I've tried saving swatches for exchange and then opening them in a New Swatch Library in Illustrator, but the colors become corrupted.
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Is there a way in Adobe Creative Suite to “share palettes/swatches” across programs?

I use a mixture of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to produce the vast amount of printed media I design at my current position and I find myself faced with copy/pasting color values from one ...
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Illustrator: Auto-sized Text box with shaded background?

I frequently create labels that follow the same format: white text on a 75% opaque black background, with 10px of margin around the text. Currently, I have to manually build these labels, which takes ...
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Why stroke angles in Illustrator do not behave equally?

Those vector shapes have the same stroke configuration, and on the pointy end there's only 1node. So why this happens?
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Make Illustrator use the embedded result images

I have been tasked with updating a poster that the client used last year. Should be fairly simple, just edit the file, change the date and shrink it from A2 to A3. But I only have the pdf that was ...
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Snapping shape anchor points to a curved path in Illustrator

I have a curved path generated with the line tool followed by the Zig Zag filter to which I'd like to snap a shape I've drawn. I would like it that the shape can be dragged only along the line (like a ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Prevent graphics styles from overriding stroke and fill?

I have a graphics style that has the following attributes: Stoke: None Fill: None 3D Extrude and Bevel: Applied [*] Opacity: Default [*] Actually, this links to countless irrelevant ...
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Is there a font named “Flower Power”?

I just wanted to know that is there is any font named "Flower Power" that looks like this: Are the two files available for download at the above mentioned page (.eps and .ai) fonts? Can I convert ...
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Why are my psd files shrinking when I open them in Illustrator?

I'm trying to open my .psd files in Adobe Illustrator, but it's turning them into really small files. It's probably something to do with the advance settings, but I cant seem to find it.
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Alternatives to illustrator for tablet drawing for Mac OS

I love Illustrator for graphic design, but for tablet drawing it's a real pain. Why? You can't rotate the artboard like you do in Photoshop. When drawing on real paper it's very natural for me to ...
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Make top of type sit on path - illustrator

Im trying to get type to sit on a path, so far ive been able to get it to work but when i try and get the type to sit the right way round (ie. not upside down) it sits on the inside of the path, which ...
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What's the name for images like these?

I'm trying to figure out the name for, or a collection of, the kinds of images that "fade-into" a solid color. For example, twitter has this image: This allows them to add a background image that ...
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Creating templates for Illustrator

I am very familiar with template creation for Coreldraw but I have never done this before in Illustrator nor did I see the question from a search. How do you properly create a template and where ...
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Illustrator multi-device export

I’m working on an UI app design for both Android and IPhone. I’m using Adobe Illustrator. Now I’m facing the problem that the exportation of assets is a nightmare. I need to create a different ...
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In Illustrator CS6, why can't I use the variable width selection?

It looks like this to me: Where the second box is the variable width option. If it helps I expanded my path.
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Guide for shortcut keys and term similarities between Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw

I am desperate for a guide that will tell me how terms translate between CorelDraw and Illustrator. I've used Corel for nearly 20 years and know the terms and shortcut keys like I speak "Corel". With ...
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Glassy effect for hexagon in Illustrator

I am making graphics for a 3 meter big stall. I was thinking about making its background as hexagons. Big hexagons. These will be in a constant pattern, but not joined, that means, a few millimeter ...
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4 colors/corners gradient with Illustrator

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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How to change just one color value for multiple objects in Illustrator?

When making and experimenting with color schemes in Illustrator, I usually use a few base hue values (H) and start playing around with saturation (S) and brightness (B). Since I like similar value in ...
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How to use Subversions for Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop

I found the tool Timeline from Pixel Novel, but I wondered if I could use any subversions app to manage my design files. I'm not sure to understand everything about Subversions yet, and I did not ...
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Icon Character Design - name and methods

Im looking for tutorials about designing characters/mascots with illustrator in a specific style viewable below. I liked this design style but the actual original tutorial page is no longer online ...
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How to prepare PDF transparency for printing

I'm using illustrator to create a piece of artwork. I've used several transparent layers (small circles). Since I'm using a transparent effect, do I need to rastarize or flatten it? I tried ...
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Reduce file size of PDF/EPS from Adobe Illustrator

I'm trying to export a logo I created into PDF and EPS for a client and the file sizes are HUGE! The PDF is 78MB! The logo has lots of little diamonds on it which I duplicated, so I'm guessing it's ...
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AI CS6 doesn't let me save [closed]

After loading a large group of vector (*.ai) files, I tried individually going through to change each one's color (they're basic, monochrome vectors). After pasting the hex value into the object's ...
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Illustrator Template Won't Toggle

I'm working in a file that has a template/guide thing that I can't figure out how to toggle. Does anybody have experience with these?
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How can I achieve a ribbed pipe/tube effect in Photoshop or Illustrator?

I'm looking to create a tube with an effect like the following - the cylindrical segments which come together to make a pipe. I was wondering how this might be achieved; You could layer ellipsis with ...
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How to change thickness of outline shapes?

How can I change thickness of "outlines", which actually are not strokes but closed shapes? In the following example you can see outlines which I would like to make thicker, all of them. I wish I ...
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How can I remove an existing Gradient Mesh from an object in Adobe Illustrator?

I just messed up using the Gradient Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator. I want to start a brand new Gradient Mesh on the object I messed up on and don't want to delete the original shape. How can I ...
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Joining two halves of rectangle

I've followed this tutorial to get 2 corner rounded rectangle. However, when I try to union those two halves of rectangles back, then on upper right corner I got the following Merged lines are ...
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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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How to make glossy effect on stroke?

I have the following rounded rectangle Need to make border glossy like below image In order to do that, I've expanded this shape and created a ellipse with no stroke above button, with ...
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Best Practice : Adobe Illustrator Layer Setup

I've worked in Illustrator for years... not professionally. I'm starting to charge for my services, and started wondering. I've taken an Illustrator class at my local college, and designed hundreds of ...