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Associate shape with color

In Illustrator you can create own colors in the color palette (as you might know :)). Now I want to do the following: create a shape, for example a rectangle, and assign a color from the palette. Is ...
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Text revolving around planet effect photoshop

I want an effect where in I have a globe and I want to put a text ring around the globe. Similar to the rings in a planet but in place of the ring, there would be text that gives effect of a ring. ...
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Procedural texture generation in Illustrator CS 5

I'm trying to add detail and grunge to my vector based designs through the use of procedural textures. Currently, I'm using the noise filter, and the sponge filter on a grey rectangle as multiply or ...
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methodology for cartoon animation- technique of making components to easily have movement in frames

I want to make an animation of cartoon characters. I do not want to draw them from scratch each time. I would like to use adobe illustrator because I believe that it will be the best for making ...
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Make a non raster drop shadow (adobe illustrator)

I know how to make a drop shadow from the effects panel but it is not useful for what i am trying to do. so i was wondering if anybody knew of an alternative to making drop shadows like this?
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Icon 16x16 best way

Anyone know a good tutorial for learning to do 16x16 icon? The PROBLEM is when I'm doing in photoshop or illustrator and export the image in that size have like a transition effect. Example : ...
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How can I resize this object without distorting it ?

How can I resize such item without changing the curvature at edges ? You know, I don't want the half-circles at the extremes to become half-elipses. thanks
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Illustrator image viewed at 100% is “tiny”

I'm a web developer and I love photoshop. Unfortunately, I have some design mock-ups sent over to me in Illustrator. When viewed at 100% the text isn't even legible on my monitor. At 150% things looks ...
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Transforming some, but not all, objects in a group — how?

I don't know how to ask this question in general form so I will begin with an example. I would like to scale (and/or resize) the orange rectangle, but keep the two blue squares (1) the same size, and ...
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Change brush strokes of drawn image

I'm really new to Illustrator and I drew an image I like, but then I noticed there were different brushes and think it'd look cooler with another one, so is there any way to change the brush strokes ...
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turn 2D logo into 3D voxel logo

I have a 2D logo that I would like to make into a 3D "voxelized" logo. This website shows exactly what I mean... http://www.drububu.com/miscellaneous/voxelizer/index.html ...
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Illustrator messes up curves while drawing with tablet

I don't know if its my Computer [Windows 7 64bit] or if its the tablet [Wacom Bamboo Pen]. But when I try to draw smooth curves in AI, it stops then continues to draw messes up the curves. Inside ...
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Where can I find the best vectorization tutorial for a newbie?

I have a friend who does a bit of illustration, but all by hand. He is not familiar with Photoshop or Illustrator. He would like learn a bit of Illustrator, just enough to get by and vectorize some of ...
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Saving a layer to png in Adobe Illustrator

I am new to Adobe Illustrator. I want to save the header layer to a png for a web background. I get close, but always have a white border around the graphic. I am thinking there should be an easier ...
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In Adobe Illustrator, How do you paste an item to the BOTTOM of the layer stack, not the top?

Whenever you copy something, then paste it, it will be pasted at the top of the layer stack in the same level as all of it's sibling layers. Is there a way to make Illustrator paste to the bottom of ...
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Illustrator - mapping objects around a copied path using Blend option

All, I have a path that has been copied and inverted to form a complete shape together. I want to map objects (multiple circles created using 'Blend step option') around the path using the 'spine' ...
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Creating Line Based Shapes In Illustrator…

Pretty simple question - hopefully I can ask it in a clear manner. When I want to create a logo or other illustration that is based on paths, is it better to create open paths and assign an ...
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Illustrator: Artboard X and Y?

just want to know: what are the X and Y settings of the Artboard good for? are they in any way relevant for print?
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How can I give a logo a sticker effect?

I'm new to graphic design and have started to use Adobe Illustrator. I was wondering if someone can tell me how to make the sticker pop up art like the Gowalla logo. Below is the logo that I'm ...
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Which tools are used to create illustrations for the web?

I have seen quite a few great illustrations placed as headers or footers, for example, see this or this. I was wondering which tools are used to make such illustrations. Can I create this kind of ...
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Where can I find backgrounds for my poster?

I'm designing a 3'x2' flex poster for my startup. I'm a long time GIMP user but this is the first time I'm designing poster for printing (Vector graphics). Coming to the design. It's pretty simple. ...
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Specifying distance between objects in Adobe Illustrator CS5

As I'm placing items for a design, I find myself guessing a lot about positioning, usually I will take an item and everything else that might be similar I'll use align-left, or distribute-center. ...
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Best way to have mutual overlapping in Illustrator

I'm using Illustrator CS5, and I'm trying to have two groups (with multiple paths in each) overlap properly. On the top side, group A should overlap group B, but on the bottom side, group B should ...
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Adobe illustrator | Save for web | Small logo is not pixel-grid-aligned

When I save a 4000x1000px large image into a fraction of it's size (100px in width), there are rectangles equal of size and color that does not look identical any more. The logo is simply text with ...
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Illustrator CS3 - upscaling placed or embedded raster graphics with interpolated antialiasing on export?

I've designed some popup banners (output dimensions 840mm x 2000mm @ 300dpi) and used vectors throughout with the exception of some stock photography for their backgrounds. I've been Linking all ...
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In illustrator is there a way to reset rotated transform controls?

When you rotate an object in illustrator the transform controls to resize it/squash it rotate with it. What if i want to stretch it relative to the canvas?
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How Do You Find The Dimensions of A Document in Illustrator?

Is it possible to find the dimensions of an imported document in Illustrator? For example, if you drag a SVG into Illustrator (On Mac)/open a pre-made SVG, it doesn't necessarily tell you the ...
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Fully Importing A Saved Colour Palette In Illustrator?

Is there any way to fully import a saved colour palette into Illustrator? I once saved a colour palette from one project and wanted to import the colours for use in another project, but I found that ...
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What digitizer stylus would most naturally replicate the range of touch between a mechanical pencil and a Uniball micro-point?

I am looking to start digitizing my work by re-drafting it from sketch books. This question is less about specs and hardware and more about the feel of the media, both in terms of mechanical ...
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Would Using An External Hard Drive As Scratch Disk in Illustrator Help?

Would using an external hard drive (Normal, non-SSD, 5400RPM) as a scratch disk in Adobe Illustrator help with the performance/speed of rendering? When I work with large canvases, Illustrator starts ...
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Reseources for learning Illustrator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get started with Adobe Illustrator What are some good websites/tutorials/videos that will get me started with basic workflow concepts? I am not looking for "how ...
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Illustrator CS4: when I select an object with the Selection tool, and try and move it, it copies it instead.

This is in a file originally created in this version and installation of Illustrator CS4. I have a simple text item, with one character in it. Alternately, I pick a drawn element, doesn't matter. I ...
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save a slice in png format adobe illustrator

very new to the world of designs! i am slicing images from .ai file, how can i save the sliced images in png format. It only gives me the option to save as .jpg can anyone help me?
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Illustrator or Photoshop for Vectorising/Tracing in Print Images?

If I want to vectorise or trace in images that I have sketched, should I use Illustrator and use the pen tool to vectorise it, or use Photoshop and use the brushes to draw it (To imitate pen drawing)? ...