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How can i draw this shape using rounded rectangle tool

Hi, i want to draw this shape but using rounded rectangle tool. Do you have any idea?
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Pathfinder result sightly different from expected!

I'm making this icon with a base vector and white strokes with variable profiles (right image) and I wanted to unify them as a single object, so I expanded the strokes and used Pathfinder's difference ...
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Connecting A and T in a custom typographic mark

I don't have a lot of examples of "Look at me, I drew all the letters!" typography. But here is one, and I'm happy with the overall sketch and like everything but the first two letters. I dislike ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Copy gradient of one object into another object

Does anybody know the keyboard shortcut or the easiest way to copy a gradient of an object into another object.
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Illustrator Advanced Clipping Mask with Text

I'm trying to create a clipping mask where my text takes on the colors of the picture underneath it. This is the desired effect: I have been able to create a regular clipping mask as seen here, but ...
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How to make gradient tool annotators snap to grid

I'd like to have precise control over a gradient fill. From Expression Studio I'm used to the gradient tool annotator to automatically snap to a grid. By default, the Adobe Illustrator gradient ...
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How to hide pasteboard in Illustrator CS5?

Is there a way to hide the pasteboard in Illustrator CS5 so I only see whats in the Artboard area?
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How to disunite pie chart elements?

I've created a Pie Chart Using Illustrator CS6 using Chart tool. ... and the "Group Selection Tool" to pick single pie chart elements and move them around. All pie chart elements are within one ...
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White artifacts when expanding extruded object [duplicate]

I use Illustrator CS6 to create a 3D pie chart. For this, I first create a "normal" pie chart and apply an extrude filter. Even though the results looks great in Illustrator, I get some white ...
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Best way to create a shadow (depth) effect in Illustrator?

I'm working on a logo and trying to give the logo shape a 3D'ish depth effect. Here is what I currently have: Regular size: Larger size: The way I'm currently achieving this effect is by creating ...
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Replicating Petronas logo, two shapes w/big strokes?

I've got two paths with really big strokes. I'd like to combine them in a way that the strokes line up, and I can avoid having to outline the strokes and end up with a lot of paths to manage. ...
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Best way to send layouts with editable text to writers/editors who don't have design software

Here's a common design workflow problem, probably most relevant to in-house designers, but also to agencies who have a lot of non-design writing or research staff, or freelancers who work with ...
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Illustrator, Save for Web: keeping Art and Type optimization separate in one go?

When exporting for web in Illustrator, there's the ever familiar Art Optimized and Type Optimized rendition schemes (apart from None). Both schemes have their own perks on different types of ...
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Illustrator knows I have a font but refuses to select it

I need to use a specific font (Nanum Gothic Extra Bold) for a certain project. Illustrator knows I have the font: If I start typing the name in, it autocompletes. But once I hit return, it selects a ...
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Text-wrap in Illustrator CS6

I typed out text in 14pt. I then typed another letter in 131pt out. I was hoping to have my 14pt text wrap around the 131pt character...but to no avail! I clicked on both items (and my 131pt. ...
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How to see the size of your current selection box in Illustrator?

When making a selection in Photoshop, you get the dimensions of your selection as a tooltip (at least in CC), and it's displayed in the info-box (Window > Info) when enabled. I often use this to ...
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Can I redesign a logo I created in Photoshop in illustrator?

I created a logo for my husbands business in Photoshop and he loves it! I understand that logos though need to be created in Illustrator in order to be resized with out loosing it's quality. Can I ...
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Filling areas using transparent color without affecting the border [duplicate]

I am drawing a figure which shows several tetrahedrons in Illustrator. I have drawn all the line segments and connected them at the endpoints. Now the figure has been like this. Now I want to fill ...
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Filling areas using transparent color without affecting the border, in Illustrator CS6

In Illustrator, if you want to fill in areas surrounded by multiple line segments, you can first select all the line segments and use Live Paint Bucket (K) to fill the color. However, if you want to ...
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How do I keep edged flush when tracing with the pen tool in Illustrator?

I'm just learning how to trace images with the pen tool in Illustrator -how do you trace when you have lines protruding from the whole (a line that offshoots) or when you have two objects which need ...
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Automatically move its associated objects when move one object [duplicate]

In Adobe Illustrator, if we create a graphic figure with multiple related objects, we may want them move dependently. Let me show you a case: I created a figure with 3 circles and 2 segments, the 2 ...
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Can you use the Blob brush in illustrator to add to an existing “blob” with a gradient color?

I drew a "blob" or a sketch and then colored it with a linear gradient. I then selected the eye-dropper tool and picked that same gradient. After having the gradient set as my fill color I attempt to ...
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Blend tool not working on converted objects from Photoshop

This is an ultra novice question from an ultra novice person. I created three overlapping vector paths in Photoshop then applied gradients to them. When I opened the PSD file in Illustrator, I chose ...
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Save Illustrator as PDF with transparent background

Is there a way to export my artwork as PDF so that it has a transparent background? Something like exporting objects only... whenever I try to save my .ai as pdf, it always comes with a full white ...
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How would I go about vectorizing this image?

I'm working on vectorizing (in Illustrator CS6) the atrocity below. I've finished almost everything except for the teeth. What is the best way to vectorize the mouth and teeth? Should each grey tooth ...
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Logo looking fuzzy on smaller sizes

I created my logo in Adobe Illustrator and i'm happy espect that when i need it smaller, it looks pretty ugly and fuzzy. Like pixels are getting squeezed. Here is a screenshot of the original on the ...
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Macro To Scroll Through Tools in Adobe Illustrator CS5.1

I'm just beginning to use Illustrator and am pretty well versed in Photoshop. In Photoshop, you can hit Shift + (the macro for the tool) and it'll scroll through the subtools. For example, you can ...
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How do I avoid lines at top and left borders of png files exported from Illustrator

When I export Illustrator artwork as a png file, I get a one pixel grey border at the top and left edges. There is no background object, but I export (Save for Web and Devices) with matte white ...
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Selecting objects on top of other objects in Illustrator i.e. selecting only objects which are completely inside the selection rectangle

I could select the four blue rectangles with just drawing one selection box using the selection tool (V) around them if the green box would not be below it. However, now I have to click on each blue ...
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How to incorporate gradient fill in embedded files in Illustrator?

I've placed File B (a circle with a gradient fill) inside File A (simple blue background). When I embed File B the gradient is not treated as a regular fill - instead it gets a weird double mask ...
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Illustrator: Disappearing paths on export

I'm having issues exporting graphics with some of my lines disappearing. I'm a complete novice to illustrator, so sorry if this is something really basic. The image should look like this: ...
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How make rulers relate with grid somehow in Illustrator?

How to make rulers and grid show the same coordinates and units? Currently it shows absolute delirium for me:
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How to get Text to follow semicircular path, read left to right and oriented counterclockwise

I'm using adobe illustrator, and I'm trying to get the text to orient from left to right(counterclockwise) and not upside down but I cannot get it to do that on the path I've created. Im pretty ...
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How to create this effect with lines in Photoshop or Illustrator?

I am trying to recreate this artwork in Photoshop. I am not sure how to create the lines moving toward the tool nor how to create the lighter color around the tool. How would I do this?
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How to raster vectors (AI) into 1bit tif in 2000dpi

I need to raster files 1m x 0,70m to 1-bit TIFF. Pretty much home RIPing. AI CS 5.5 only goes until aprox. 500dpi and PS renders vector-PDFs or AIs in 406 dpi max. Then you have to resize x5 to get ...
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How to save a symbol or graphic style in Illustrator? [duplicate]

I designed a link button in Illustrator, much like the ask question button here. Since I am new to all this, I have difficulties creating just the perfect shape every time, so I want to save that ...
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Can I just save files as a PDF from Illustrator?

I use illustrator a lot and I'm always exporting PDFs. Since the PDF is a "save as" rather than an export, I end up editing the PDF and saving out. This causes version conflicts. Could I just work in ...
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How to create a global style? (like drop shadow)

I have created multiple objects, while testing I applied a drop shadow style on one object and its looking very good. Now I want to apply the same style to all other objects (around 20). Is there any ...
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How to bind the endpoint of a line to a rectangle/circle in Illustrator?

I am a beginner user of Illustrator and I like it a lot. I also like to make concept maps like this one: I was wondering if there is a possibility to easily create and modify concept maps ? The ...
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Illustrator: undo/redo for zooming

Let's say I have View 1 as shown below. Now, I zoom into part of View 1 and then arrive to View 2. I am doing some fine editing and then I want to go back to exactly View 1. Then I notice that I ...
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Export vectors from Illustrator and trim out extra canvas to use in Latex

Is there a way to save an Illustrator file as pdf without the canvas? Somehow, when I save as pdf I always end up having the "whole" canvas saved with it. In contrary, when I export to, lets say png, ...
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How to apply different colours to each letter in a word in Adobe Illustrator

I am looking for a method to fill multiple colours to different letters in a word without removing the outline / expanding the type?
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Is there a quick way to prep an illustrator file with tons of strokes and fills for screen printing

I needs to look like it looks here with three different pics for screen printing. Is there any way to do this quickly or do I have to do it manually?
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How do I cut out strokes from a shape in illustrator

I have a bunch of lines that go behind the layer of a mountain that I have created and I would like to cut them out. Proving to be impossible right now with the pathfinder tool. Any suggestions?
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Set default colors of line graph in illustrator?

Is there a way to set the default colors of the lines and points in line graphs in Illustrator CS 5? I'm having to create 75+ line graphs and it would be nice to have the colors default to my ...
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Illustrator: All objects in same layer (or in sublayers)

I need sometimes re-edit Illustrator files made by somebody else and i have noticed that all objects are in same layer and it's sublayers. Elements might be also combined with each others (texts are ...
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Is it possible to show symbol grid in Illustrator?

If I turn on grid inside symbol, then it has no relation with symbol's coordinates and it's registration point, which is at zero. So I can't use snap-to-grid function correctly. How to ...
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Merging separate paths in Illustrator

I have several circles that are set at type none color and 0.01 black stroke. They're all currently in paths (except two I made into compound paths). I want to know how to remove the stroke from the ...
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Cut a complex path at an intersection in Illustrator

I'm playing with a celtic knot work shape, which means that I want to split a path which crosses itself at that intersection. How do I tell it what segment I want to split? It's one path but ...
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How do you change the color of the line that Text is drawn on?

In Illustrator I used the Type on path tool and typed a word on a black drawn line. I have change the style of the brush the line is using and now I want to change the color of the line. The text ...