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Grid is not zeroed in Illustrator

I have a document with several artboards (7), which I resized, but now my grid (cmd–") is not centered or zeroed correctly (please see photo). I need to adjust the elements on the artboards, and I ...
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Which color space should be used for a logo? [duplicate]

I'm currently designing a logo in CYMK (in Illustrator CS6). The logo will be used in digital printing, web and for business cards. Is it correct to use CYMK or would it better to use colors from ...
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Scale illustrator icon to take up the maximum available space

I am creating icons, and all of them should take up as much space as possible in an 256x256 image. It happens quite often that I do not perfectly meet this requirement when I design the icon. For ...
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How do I send a file I've created in InDesign to someone else, so they can open it up in InDesign and work with the file too?

I'm kind of in a pickle and took on a project involving indesign/illustrator. It's been a long time since I was really familiar with InDesign so I feel a bit overwhelmed right now and as though I've ...
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How do I create a multi paged pdf from Illustrator with different layers lighted on each page?

The question is pretty much in the title. I would like to have the same artboard in illustrator as three different pages in a pdf-file, each page should have different layers visible. Is this possible ...
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(Illustrator) Why do the colors change when I “Save for Web” by using an action?

If I Save for Web in Illustrator, there is a very slight color change, which is to be expected. However, when I create a "Save for Web" action and apply it instead of directly using Save for Web, the ...
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Can you design print material with the intent to use LC and LM?

When printing material that will include photos it is best to use Lc and Lm (Light Cyan and Light Magenta) to aid in the quality of the print. The description from Wiki says: CcMmYK, sometimes ...
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Photoshop/ Illustrator Printing help? [duplicate]

I need to print a name board that's over 282' x 95' and i've come across a few issues; 1) Illustrator doesn't allow you to go beyond 227 inches 2) Photoshop allows this but im a little concerned ...
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Scripting In photoshop and Illustrator

I'm a graphic designer, but I have never been into coding, now I want to learn Scripting for adobe programs like photoshop and illustrator, What would be a good place for a non developer to start ...
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What does it mean to be an illustrator?

I have noticed people here frequently talking about "Illustrator(s)" and illustration. I have no idea what 'illustrator' means in this sense! What is an illustrator? How is an illustrator different ...
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How do I please use a given resolution to design under Photoshop? [closed]

I have never done an app interface design before. I got this freelance work where I have to design the visual interface for an app working under Windows. My client says his ultimate device would be ...
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How Do I vary The Stroke Of A Line In Illustrator?

I'm looking to recreate the line placed above the word "ZARA" in the following example. Aside from using the Pen tool to get the shape, how can I change the stroke at both ends of the line?
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How can I create a vector long shadow in Illustrator?

I got the following made within Illustrator, but I am trying to achieve the shadow effect which is on the picture to the right of the cellphone. So far I have used the pen tool to outline where i ...
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How can I edit smart vector object in Photoshop? [closed]

I copied objects from my Illustrator project (several objects in multiple layers) and pasted them in Photoshop using the smart object option. The image appeared with the diagonal lines in one smart ...
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Can I reduce the file size of an SVG to be closer to its JPEG equivalent?

I have an image that I’m using on a website. I would like to use an SVG so that it can be any size and still look crisp. This dropbox contains the SVG file as well as the original Illustrator file. ...
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Illustrator CC resets artboard preset from Desktop to Fire HD [closed]

I am building a wireframe in Adobe Illustrator CC and creating multiple artboards for different devices. My first two artboards have the presets of iPad Air and iPhone 5s respectively. I created a ...
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Yosemite translucent menu-bar replica?

I've tried to make a filter in Illustrator so that it looks like the filter used in the Yosemite menu-bar. I can't seem to get it quite right. Here's an image of the menu-bar, for those of you not ...
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How can I create a soft line in Adobe Illustrator?

Easy question for someone familiar with Illustrator - I have a path and I want to create a line effect similar to the 'soft line' in Fireworks. I want the line to be a bit blurry around the edges ...
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How to make a smooth PMS gradient transition in Illustrator

I'm currently working on versions of a logo that has some gradients. CMYK looks fine but I'm getting poor results with PMS. I would normally fix this by building a mixed ink in Indesign but it doesn't ...
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Is there similar tool in Illustrator that can perform this action?

Ok, so I have a project that I'm working on that needs these articles skewed in direction, hanging off the edge of an outline that is in red. I need to be able to cut the hanging part of the image off ...
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Adobe Illustrator vs. Inkscape: Smaller than “Smallest file size”

Vector graphics is a compact way of storing simple drawings. And I always thought that the most compact .pdf file you can get from Illustrator, is achieved with the "Smallest file size" preset. ...
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Photoshop to illustrator drag and drop [closed]

I'm working with a hand calligraphy piece which I've cleaned up in photoshop - removed specs etc and used magic wand to delete the background. When I try and then drag and drop this into illustrator ...
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How do I get the live paint bucket not to modify my brush line? [closed]

I drew a splinter with multiple lines and joined them. Now I'm trying to add white as the background color with the paint bucket but it changes my brush line effect. Help ...
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how to quickly create many arrowheads on a path using illustrator?

My question is simple. How to quickly create many arrowheads on a path using Adobe Illustrator? like this
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How to add an image to a path in Illustrator?

I bought an EPS and I want to add an image to a path. Is it possible? This is here the path. And an British flag I want to add / render on it. A very bad resolution, but something like this:
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how can I get the cloud effect the image?

I am trying to get the effect on the clouds (that makes it look like it's fading out getting to the lower part) in the image below. How can I achieve this? For those who need to see what I've done ...
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How to Force Update of All InDesign Links (Even Ones It Thinks Are Current)? [closed]

I'm working on an InDesign document that makes extensive use of linked Illustrator graphics. Many of these Illustrator graphics themselves make use of placed png images. The problem I've run into is ...
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SVG saved from Illustrator loses the transparency around the image?

Ive used Image Trace to convert a PNG to vectors in Illustrator. By changing the colour of my artboard I can see the transparency around the image is there. When I save the image as an SVG it looses ...
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Fitting an object to an artboard in Adobe Illustrator

I can see how to fit an artboard to the art therein (Object -> Artboards -> Fit to selected art), but how do I do the opposite, i.e. how do I automatically resize a selected object to the artboard ...
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Is there a Github for Graphic Designers?

How do Graphic Designers share work they put in the public domain? I'm looking for a site that provides publicly visible, collaborative behavior like Github (which is for source code). For those ...
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Find color profile given CMYK values for some Pantone colors

I have an EPS file created with Illustrator CS2 which uses spot colors: %%CMYKCustomColor: 1 0.7200 0 0.5600 (PANTONE 282 C) %%+ 0 1 0.6200 0 (PANTONE 199 C) I need to create a document using the ...
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How can I change artboard number in adobe illustrator CC?

I want one of my artboards to be viewed before another one when I'm viewing my work in adobe reader, and the only way I can do this is to replace the contents of these two artboards with each other. ...
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How can I cut an image along Paths in illustrator

Hi I would like to "cut" an image into multiple parts using Illustrator Paths. Like a clipping mask, but with a lot of different parts and in one step. Or in one process, but not 100 clipping mask. ...
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how to fix a illustrator .jpeg file from being blurry?

I am making my son's birthday invitation on illustrator. It looks perfectly fine until I save it for web so it will be a .jpeg so I can print it. Once it is a .jpeg it looks blurry. I am planing to ...
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How to add an artboard preset in Illustrator [closed]

How do I add artboard presets in Illustrator CC 2014? I believe I've done it before, as I have some custom devices listed there currently. Google was not helpful. I think it is in an Application ...
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How to make linked images work in Adobe illustrator files on a network

I have a lot of AI files that are on a main computer. When I try to access them from my other computer all the links within the file are broken. Is there a specific way of saving an AI file so that ...
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How to set object rotation as the new zero rotation

I am working in Illustrator and have created a group of wedge shapes from a pie chart, which was rotated, ungrouped, and regrouped. Given that the wedges are still placed together as a circle, and ...
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How to give dotted effect to sides of a photograph?

See image. Can this be done using photoshop, indesign or illustrator? Using this opportunity to wish all a happy easter.
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The Select Tool doesn't seem to be shrinking or expanding an object on Illustrator [duplicate]

Hi guys, I'm a bit stuck here. The Select Tool doesn't seem to shrink or enlarge objects. I'm using Illustrator CS6. It only seems to just move it around. Please help, thanks x
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Tracing an S-shaped logo in Illustrator

I've been trying to trace this image without any success. I just can't seem to get the shapes right, I've tried to use a grid while tracing to ensure that I get the right thickness, but nothing seems ...
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Why do colors slightly change when copying from Illustrator to Photoshop? [duplicate]

I want to copy a object from Illustrator and paste it into a Photoshop document with the same color mode and profile. When I use the Eyedropper Tool on the pasted object in Photoshop the color ...
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Why does this line appear in my text? [duplicate]

Do you know why this horizontal line appears at the top of this headline text? It shows in Illustrator and when saved as JPG, and in some PDF viewers. This is a single click text line (not a text ...
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How to get rid of the box in the middle of the art board [closed]

There is a little box thing in the middle of an art board on Illustrator CS6. Just wanting to ask how I get rid of it. It's been there for a while but it's getting really distracting. Can't even ...
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How to Change Colors of a Company Logo without Using Pen Tool?

I have a couple of company logos that I want to change to color white (to be placed in a black background). This logo is pretty simple enough to just use the pen tool. However, I have some logos that ...
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snapping anchors in CS5

I have a triangle and a line and i want the tip of the triangle to connect with the line. However, every single time illustrator wants to intersect with other shapes (there is quite a lot of stuff ...
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Illustrator CC zoom accuracy

As a former CAD draftsman I always found the snap function in Illustrator very inaccurate. But now in AI CC I find it even more inaccurate. Am I the only one? Is there something one can do in order ...
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Minus a stroked path

I have a compound path that I'd like to fill with a pattern that contains a stroked path. No problem, but now I'd like to merge or minus the compound path, leaving the stroke intact. the example ...
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Blending two overlapping lines when expanded

I made this brush from a tutorial I watched online. I want this rope loop to look how its shown on top, but when they overlap in the loop I don't want them to look how they do once expanded (image ...
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Double offset path

The offset path tool is new for me, I just used it a couple times and it works really well for me. But since a day ago every time I use it, it creates 2 paths, or maybe 1 big path. Let's say I'm ...
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Resizing screenshots

How can I make a screenshot of a graph smaller with Illustrator or Photoshop without losing quality? I am using a Macbook Pro with retina display. I also have a monitor without retina display. I ...