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Illustrator: how to fill space between 2 shapes

I have drawn this in illustrator: It's just a circle and a hand drawn line with the paint brush tool on top of each other. How do I go about filling in on of the two halves with a color? Many ...
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Working with low res images Illustrator

I have to create a 4-banner wide roll-up design, but all I have to work with is a 1500px wide image. If I resize this, so it fits the banners, it becomes, logically, very pixelated. I have taken a ...
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Illustrator default Layer thumbnail

Can (Adobe) Illustrator set default layer thumbnail size? Every new document, I need to click "Panel options..." to change layer's thumbnail size bigger.
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Illustrator - set stroke colour of multiple objects as respective fill colours

I have traced a photo in Illustrator, resulting in a complicated vector image with 20 colours. I would like to add a stroke to all of the shapes in the image and set the stroke colour to be the same ...
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What logotype files should i give to a FASHION client? & what thickness of logo elements is minimal?

I made a Logotype for my client, who is designing a casual leather fashion. I know that a similar question was asked allready, but I have to add something more, because this logotype goes not only ...
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Using slice tool on an entire artboard

I'm trying to make a 4 panel graphic presentation for one of those table-top convention displays so I made a new file with the right resolutions, bleeds etc set. I also made it 4 artboards in 4 ...
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How do I vectorize an image (bmp) of text to resemble actual text?

I have .bmp of some text that needs to be vectorized, when I use image trace it comes out horrible and doesn't look like the text. If I knew what font they used I would just use the font and vector ...
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What techniques used in this triangulation low poly tutorial

This low poly tutorial made using illustrator shows how the artist rapidly uses eyedropper and pen tool to draw and fill triangles. You can see that he ain't adjusting the triangles and still can ...
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Text SVG losing formatting and glyphs when export from illustrator

I am exporting SVG from illustrator and the text with special characters is falling apart with special characters. Is there a way to do this correctly? This is what it should look like This is ...
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Setting an Illustrator file to 120ppi

So I need to make some panels for one of those 4-panel stand-up convention displays and the template specs they gave me are clear about the bleed/trim and basic stuff, but it says "Resolution must be ...
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how to change the marked area of ai file

I have an AI file, which contains a logo, but if I want to convert the file into pdf format, it selects only a part of the logo (in the middle of the logo graphics there is a white box), what do I ...
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question about color printing on plastic bottle

Hello to all the graphic design professionals out there, I was wondering if you could share your experience on color printing on plastic bottles. (like this material) I am struggling because I ...
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Illustrator gradient turns grey when saved as pdf

I'm working on a project where I want to add a gradient over the bottom of a picture so it fades to the background. However, when I save the file to PDF, the gradient gets a grey color, not the black ...
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How to punch in a text

I have a text and white paths above it. I need to 'crop' the text with the paths... Similar to the "punch" of adobe fireworks. How I do this? thanks
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Convert SVG to AI in Bulk?

Is there a tool to convert SVG to AI in bulk? Everytime I search for this I simply get online convertors that convert SVG to bitmap formats, or similar stuff. I would need an offline tool, and one ...
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Some points in my isometric grid are not aligning

I created this isometric grid, via the SSR method described in this tutorial. However, when drawing a rectangle, and copy-dragging it the 'rectangles' do not align. When drawing a straight line i see ...
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How to change stroke width of image made by drawing in iPad?

I have a drawing using Adobe Ideas app in iPad, then export it to PDF to open it with Inkscape. It is a vector image since I can enlarge it as much as I want. However the width of the stroke too big ...
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How to arc flags to this shape in illustrator

I`m searching for solution how to arc these flags into this shape in adobe illustrator Thanks for solution.
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No color swatches available in Illustrator

When opening a new image from a PNG file in Illustrator as the background for my artboard to trace over I am not able to select any color swatches the only available options are [none] and ...
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Is there a way to trim art boards in illustrator like in photoshop? [duplicate]

I will find myself often resizing art boards in illustrator when Im designing websites (if a page needs to be longer or shorter) and wanted to know if there is a way to trim away transparent pixels on ...
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Illustrator cc divide tool not working

I have created a simple ellipse and then from one end to the other created a path using the pen tool that intersects this ellipse. I now want to divide the ellipse into two shapes using the path, ...
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How to align objects side by side with a specified distance between them in Illustrator?

I am creating an animated sprite list in Adobe Illustrator. I finished creating the sprites and used the Horizontal/Vertical Distribute Center commands to distribute the objects equally in some area. ...
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Is it possible to recover unsaved data in Illustrator cs4?

I was working on a file and Illustrator suddenly crashed, just wondered if the data gets saved somewhere. Any tips?
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Apply multiple gradient colours in one image

I'm trying to apply multiple colours in a single photography. The effect that i want is like this one: I've been playing with standard gradients, big brushes, opacities and saturations, but none ...
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How to stop auto rotate of shapes in Illustrator CS4?

When I create a shape, like a rectangle, it starts out slightly rotated down to the right. This happens every time I start a new file and create a new rectangle. I don't see rotation in the appearance ...
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Convert end anchor point to a two beizer handle point

In Illustrator it's easy to convert a 2 beizer handle anchor point into a end point (containing no handles) with the anchor point tool - as I did in my attached image: Is it possible to convert ...
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Non-destructive transformation + effects Illustrator

I'm not sure I'm using the right language, but I'm stumped on how to google for this. Basically, I want to take a layer containing multiple objects, duplicate it, and apply effects to it. I have to do ...
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Select all objects in another object area in Adobe Illustrator

I explain the situation : I have objects in background and circles in front. I would like to select all objects in background that are contained in those circles area. The pathfinder will not work, ...
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Do the same in illustrator and photoshop

So i made this logo in Photoshop: https://p1.picsto.re/1nrtg.jpg Is there any chance to do it in Illustrator? What i need is the "shiny glass" effect i made the rest already: ...
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Morphing names of a team roster in to a volleyball shape

I need to shape text into a volleyball "word" graphic. I have my volleyball (which is actually just individual arcs) and I have my text. I have been using the envelope distort-make with top object, ...
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How to equalize any 2-point curve in illustrator

I'm in the process of building a custom logotype, drawing each character using a combination of the shapes, the pathfinder and the pen tool and I am currently crafting the 'B' character. I would like ...
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Quality loss when PDF opened in Preview

I just saved an .ai file as a .pdf and opened it afterwards to check size and quality. This is when I noticed the saved file was lower in both color and resolution, than the original .ai file. After ...
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How to draw white rectangle over black background in Illustrator?

I set up in Illustrator > File > Document Setup .. black color as shown here I try to create white / colorful (but not back to be able to see) rectangles over the black background. So I've set ...
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Change text in a downloaded .eps file

First off - I am not a graphic designer, but want to be. I have become a little familiar with Photoshop and yesterday was my first time using Illustrator. I purchased this image from shutterstock - ...
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Mesh mask for easier color versions?

I have a water droplet I've designed using a mesh and a gradient for a glare spot. However, I need to make it as easy as possible to swap the base color of the droplet. I need to export for ...
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How to generate a guilloche effect at the edge of certificate of authenticity or such?

I need to generate a guilloche border for certificate of authenticity (CoA) to be at the edge of the CoA. I'm talking here about the infinite curve that makes the certificate look "legit". I'm ...
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Dividing a rectangle with type (torn paper with pieces)

I am a newbie on Illustrator and am trying to produce an image that contains a paper that is divided/torn to, say 3, pieces. I don't want to rather throw torn pieces (similar to torn paper effect ...
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Add a hyperlink within Illustrator [duplicate]

Is it possible to add a hyperlink to an object or a layer within Illustrator CS6 for a later SVG export? I know about the possibility to manually edit the exported file and wrap elements with an ...
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Can I prevent the screen from scrolling when dragging a vector path in Illustrator?

Sometimes, when I'm drawing a vector path with the pen tool, I need to drag the line further than I have screen space, and this makes the screen scroll down, which makes me lose focus on what I'm ...
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When ever I write something in Arabic or Persian in Adobe Illustrator CS5.1 the word do not appear on the screen?

When ever I write something in Arabic or Persian in Adobe Illustrator CS5.1 the word do not appear on the screen? But I can see the word which I have written in layer names.
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How to cut “extra” lines in illustrator

please tell me how do I get rid of redundant lines in illustrator?
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Uniform Scaling a Grouped Object, Shapes Move Out of Place or Distort. How can I fix this?

Here's my problem: I'm using Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 and I'm trying to scale a grouped object uniformly or proportionately but the shapes that make up the object move out of place. Here's what I'm ...
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How to create a triangle/jagged edges on a single border in Adobe Illustrator CS6?

I would like to create a border only on one side of a rectangle. That border would have that modern zigzag stroke that is present on so many websites. Just like on this photo : I've tried creating ...
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Recoloring .eps files

I've got 280 .eps files with QR-codes that I data merge into InDesign. However, I need to change the black color into the company color. I can't find a way of doing this in InDesign directly, so I'm ...
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Apply graphic styles to objects in a clip group

I can't seem to apply graphic styles to objects if they're behind a clipping mask. I encountered this problem when I wanted to use graphic styles in order to change the fill colour of a symbol ...
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Is it possible to edit outlined text?

I am using the Illustrator CC to create a simple piece that is mostly text. I outlined the text and now I want to edit the text. Specifically, I want to change the font but Illustrator will not ...
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Photoshop Actions: How to import multiple vector files into PS, then export such files as different names, via an action?

All, I am looking to solve the following production problem using a photoshop (or Illustrator) action: The problem in a nutshell: My production team is constantly exporting files with different ...
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Objects moving when I drag them

Im no pro with Illustrator, but I can work my way through it pretty well. I was working on some type today, and every time I click on an object to place it somewhere,when I get to my destination, the ...