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Erasing a part of circle stroke in illustrator with rounded edges

![i need to create a circle stroke with partially erased and the ending should be rounded edges.this should be done in illustrator. i also have attached the sample. please suggest me any procedure or ...
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Photoshop-effect in Illustrator creates non-smooth edges

I am having troubles with the photoshop filters in Illustrator. If I have a box with rounded corners and then apply grain to it, it will get some white pixels in the corners (or the corners will look ...
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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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Help with typing on a circular line and then stacking

Is there a better way to stack circular lines of type under (or above) a circular graphic, than creating individual "type on a line" lines? It is difficult to manage to get the curving text lines to ...
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How do I limit the number of colors in Adobe Illustrator?

I am trying the limit the number of colors used in my Adobe Illustrator file. I’ve created 10 swatches with specific colors that I’d like to use. I want all the colors in my illustration to change to ...
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Change background color of just one artboard in Illustrator CS5

I'm not sure if illustrator supports just changing the background color of one artboard but what I am looking to do is have one black background artboard and leave the other five or six artboards in ...
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Illustrator basic: 3d grid view

Anyone knows how to hide this "3d grid looking" object? I must have used some smart shortcut.
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How to 'rasterize' type in Ai: convert the type objects to actual objects?

I have an illustration made out of letters. I want to turn those letterforms into normal objects, as in not type objects. I want to do this so any machine will be able to print my work, even if it ...
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Saving Illustrator as PDF without the hidden layers

We have roughly 55 cards that all have the exact same text. The titles and backgrounds differ among the cards. So I've made just one AI with the different backgrounds and all the text as one copy in a ...
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How to get rid of shadow from the old headline when replaced with new one in PDF (Illustrator)

I got PDF files from one foreign magazine to put translations in our language. First it seemed impossible, cause I couldn't open these files in InDesign to be editable (seemed easier way to receive ...
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Scale multiple object while keeping text size

Whenever I scale multiple object, text size always gets scaled instead of only the text area. Is there a way to preserve text size while rescaling multiple objects or groups? For instance, I have ...
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How to import a CSV list of names into Illustrator artwork?

I print decals. A lot of them. Especially this time of year (summer sports, back-to-school, etc.) It'd make my job a lot easier if I could import a CSV list of names into two predefined artboards, ...
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How to select multiple anchor points that have a lot of things in between

I would like to select multiple anchor points but there are a lot of other anchor points between them. This mean that I can't just draw a selection rectangle cause I would select a lot of unwanted ...
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States/Layer comps/Frames of a symbol in Illustrator?

I have complex symbol, which can (imaginary) exist in different states. For example, in treeview control node can be either expanded or collapsed, which means different indication. I want to have ...
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Merging triangles to make a bigger one

I'm trying to make a bigger triangle using 2 smaller by merging them, but there are always those "strange object parts" on the top. I'm attaching a pic to demonstrate my problem better since it's ...
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Adobe Automation: Dynamic Text in Template

I'm developing a template for my team's daily production needs, and every product must have certain consistent marginalia on it, such as date, product ID, title, subtitle, etc. Currently, this ...
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How to re-route existing path?

I got a closed path A on one hand and on the other hand I have a path B made of 2 anchor points. I would like to pick an anchor point in path A and make it that the next anchor in the path is one of ...
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Is there a way to export Photoshop Layer to Illustrator in PS Action?

I'm trying to create a Photoshop Action that: does some things in PS, copies/pastes layer into Illustrator, does 1 Illustrator effect, returns results back to PS I'm not sure how to copy/paste to ...
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Efficient printing of custom trading card design?

My son and I are designing a custom card game and I've got dozens of 63mm x 88mm "trading card"-size designs. Eventually, I'll want to professionally print them but for now am just temporarily ...
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What hapen with this icon?

I created an icon for a web page with lines of 2px and dimensions 42x42(px) but when I put it in webpage the lines are blurred, see the image Next is the icon I'm developing with the correct lines ...
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Making different sized prints

I'm redoing a logo for a local community/cultural group, as a Illustrator file so it can be scaled. I've never used Illustrator before, but am handy with Photoshop. I set up the project to fill a ...
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How do you scale a vector image to equal a measurement in inches?

I need to send a vector file to a textile laser cutter. Image size currently says 521 pixels, and I'm hoping to create a motif that equals 18.75 inches. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank ...
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Connecting dots on Illustrator

Is that possible to connect dots in Adobe Illustrator, automatically? To do something like this:
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Getting rid of open paths in Illustrator CS5 without overlapping stroked lines?

I have been looking into selling some vector art either by making my own site (almost doubles up as a portfolio) or sell it through existing stock vector sites. I am currently looking into ...
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Tinting half of my image in Illustrator

I have created an icon, and I want to tint half of the image to make it darker. I have created another layer ontop of the icon, so that it covers half of my icon, and decreased the transparency. How ...
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Illustrator CC: Pixel perfect align Symbols and linked Documents

I am just trying to align created Symbols or linked docs in Illustrator to pixel. For some reason the "align to pixel"-option does apply to everything besides linked docs and symbols. Is there any ...
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3D Extude and Bevel effect on Pie charts

In a pie graph using the graph tool, to use the 3D > Extrude and Bevel effect, why are there lines on the front surface of the shape? When I save the file in PDF, it is more prominently seen, white ...
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Problems importing Illustrator files into Flash

Illustrator files don't always import correctly into Flash. What are the common reasons for failure and is there any way to improve the import quality?
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Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Can you recommend a good alternative to Adobe Illustrator? I am learning vector based graphic design, but I am not ready to make such a large investment as to purchase a copy of Adobe Illustrator. ...
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How can I make “screens of black for grey” in Illustrator?

I need to prepare our company logo for printing on some envelopes. These are the instructions I was given: Everything as two spot colors - Reflex Blue and 100% Black with screens of black for the ...
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Grainy/Dotty Images Printing

I am working with a label which is 2.5 x 1.5 inches. On one of my printers with 2400 Dpi x 600 dpi It prints fine the dots arent nearly visible as the printer with 600x600 dpi. How in the world do i ...
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How to make a rounded edged art board in Adobe Illustrator?

I am trying to create a save the date invitation. The bride wants the invitations to have rounded edges of about .5 inches. Is this something I can do to the art board itself, or do I just create a ...
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Is there a way to group fonts within Illustrator

I've done searches on here to find an answer to my question, and while I have found other questions asking similar questions, but every answer was using a third party program to disable certain fonts. ...
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Tube Label Gradient Abrupt Cutoff when Printing Help!

We are trying to print some labels on a plastic tube(Using a third party company). We are supplying the artwork. The gradients on the tube sample, when viewed rather closely, are cutting off ...
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IllustratorCS6 - Rounded rectangle stroke is not rounded also

I have a shape created with the rounded rectangle tool and when I add a stroke to it, the inside corners of the stroke are not rounded. Is there a way to make them rounded without creating 2 separate ...
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How to achieve parallel hatching tecniques digitally? [duplicate]

I'm really inspired by the redesign of this movie poster: http://i.imgur.com/ntzaXvT.jpg I really love the flat color and the minimal use of shading. In looking specifically at the outer layer of ...
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Techniques and suggestions for drawing clearly visible lines

I am looking for how to draw visible lines by using pen tablets, I know that vector applications such as illustrator draw visible lines (strokes) but I don't find it as comfortable as drawing in ...
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How to draw isometric vectors?

I am looking for "built in" software solutions for Illustrator CS2-5 preferably. I am trying to create these isometric illustrations for a web app. Right now I've manually set up a grid in Adobe ...
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Ragged edges on a logo

I created this text logo (attached) in Adobe Illustrator using Bodoni Sans Light font I purchased from MyFonts. After having purchased the font I noticed that the edges of some letters ('O', 'C') ...
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Layer not visible when saving for web

I have two files with (among other things) a logo is placed. When saving the file for web (JPG, PNG,..) the logo is not visible, it's as if that specific layer is just hidden. What could be wrong ...
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Removing a section of a stroked path in Illustrator

I'm creating a shield and have used a few shapes with multiple strokes. See pic below. I'm not sure how to get rid of the indicated part of a stroke. If there is a better way, by not using strokes I'm ...
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Polygon shape not closing with brush in Illustrator CC

I am having a problem where I create a polygon shape and then apply a brush to it. But what I am getting is one corner is not closed or linked together. I have no idea how to fix this issue. Is there ...
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Increase the number of Anchor points on a circle in Illustrator?

By default the circle has 4 anchor points. Is there a way to increase it? Not manually adding them with the Add Anchor Point Tool with which you could never possibly manage the natural symmetry.
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Export Resolution in Adobe Illustrator

I've mainly used Photoshop before and only just picked up Illustrator a few days ago. Anyway, I used Illustrator to create lots of images (with transparent backgrounds) of different letters, each one ...
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Illustrator different color stroke

Is it possible to paint only inside a stroke on illustrator? what i actually want to do is paint the same stroke with different colors in diferent segments of it but i can't do it... Also... I've ...
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Re-creating Illustrator drop shadow in CorelDRAW X5

A bit of background: I am a technical writer who as a result of corporate restructuring has become the “illustrator” for our Technical Publications department (we previoulsy had the services of a ...
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Adobe Illustrator CC Transparent inside vector [duplicate]

So i have trace a logo using pen tool the problem is the logo has a hole inside that I need it to be transparent. Here is the look of the image link now I need to make the white inside the logo ...
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How to create a shadow effect like sketch

I want to know how to how to create a shadow in Adobe Illustrator, like this
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Structured pattern, random elements in Illustrator

I'm trying to make a subtle background out of a collection of symbols, arranged in randomly order in multiple roughly structured rows. A bit like: The Symbol Sprayer Tool is close to what I need, ...