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Scale Multiple Paths According to Single Part Dimensions

How can one scale both a rectangle and a circle--both being selected--so that the circle is scaled appropriately according to what I want to specify the rectangle's width to be?
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Creating graphics for Android/iOS/Mobile Devices

I've created icons many times now with tons of great information I've learned here at GraphicDesign StackkExchange. Now, I'm finally putting together my first real application that will go public on ...
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How do draw 3D arrows?

I'm using Illustrator CS2 to create some graphics. In one of my graphics I'd like to use a "3D" arrow lying on the ground as shown in the following example: I want to draw arrows just like in the ...
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Semi-Opaque Graphics Appear Black When Saved to PDF from Adobe Illustrator

I am working in Illustrator CC with a CMYK file that has lines stroked with black at an opacity of 10%. When I save this image to a .pdf, the strokes turn pure black instead of being transparent. Why ...
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Creating PDF/A conform files with Adobe Illustrator

I need to create PDF/A conform files of technical drawings with Adobe Illustrator. Are there any presets for saving PDF/A files? Or do I need Adobe Acrobat Pro for this?
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Pattern filling uneditable

I've created some pattern in CS6 (object->pattern->make) and filled with that pattern some square. I've deleted the source elements from the file but I still can edit the elements is pattern edition ...
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How do I add arrowheads without increasing the apparent length of a line?

Arrowheads are by default added to the end of a line, which means that the length of the line plus arrowhead is longer than the length of the line alone. This is annoying when I carefully clipped the ...
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How can I create SVG clipping masks?

I want to take a circle that has a blue border and a picture inside, and clip the picture so it fits inside the circle nicely. I'd prefer to use very small files, perhaps cut down in sprites. Once I ...
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Change Illustrator artboard grid from 8x8 to 10x10?

Only 8x8? How do I make the artboard from 8x8 grid to a 10x10 grid?
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How to go about making a 3D icon for Android App Icon

The android design guidelines say that "Use a distinct silhouette. Three-dimensional, front view, with a slight perspective as if viewed from above, so that users perceive some depth." I am still ...
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Illustrator CS5 brick pattern with perspective

I created a curving arrow shape that starts wide at the bottom and thins out near the top where the point is. I also created a brick pattern swatch but when I apply it to the shape it appears like the ...
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Can I round the corners of a shape that has curves in Illustrator?

I have a simple shape in Illustrator that has two curved edges, two straight edges, and four sharp corners: I want to round off the sharp corners a bit like so (kinda sorta approximated by the ...
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How to smooth it out/add curves less jagged edges and illustrator

I am working on a trademark that utilizes a leaf. I translated the leaf into a vector shape but need to remove all of the jagged edges and make it smooth. Any suggestions?
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Illustrator Split Words around TextWrap without Hyphen

I did some research for the text wrap that I am trying to achieve, as seen here: As you can see in the image, the text is justified (Paragraph Option), and words are split up without hyphens. ...
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How to use the 3-D scale/rotate tool to create depth in Illustrator? [duplicate]

I've a very simple rectangular shape that has been filled with a hexagon texture. I'm looking to create a sense of depth by keeping the lowermost row of the hexagons largest while transforming the top ...
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Export objects to separate files in Illustrator

Is there a way to export objects to separate files in Illustrator? The output I want is AI or vector files, not raster images. The objects are not on separate artboards, and I am looking for a ...
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Create some Stroke from expanded shape

I created some shape using 6 pixels stroke (no fill), then I expanded it and get the desired shape. Later, I need the same shape with thinner lines, but resizing does not work well for it. So, the ...
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How to create an ornamental mesh structure in Illustrator for laser cutting?

I'd like to have the mesh design here … … fleshed out a bit so I can make a perforated strip/plate like this … … in such a way that I can cut pieces out while retaining the precisely placed ...
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Overlapping objects still show object underneath in Illustrator [duplicate]

I am having issues with objects overlapping. If I create a red rectangle in Illustrator, then copy it, and paste it directly on top of itself and change it to white, I get a red outline, even though ...
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How to clip multiple shapes in one shape in illustrator?

I want to achieve this in illustrator but the solution I see is CTRL+7 which work only for one shape... In photoshop, you just need you clip as many as you want...
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Illustrator - Cutting a shape inside a grouped object

I have a grouped object in illustrator and I want to cut out a circle-shaped hole out of the grouped object. So I draw the circle over the grouped object and: If I try to select the grouped object ...
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Illustrator: Disabling random layer colors?

Creating new layers automatically assigns random layer colors in the Layers Panel. Is there any workaround for having new layers assigned the same color (e.g. Red)?
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3D Revolve, but spaced out in a segment style in Illustrator

I'm trying to revolve a 2D shape so that the final 3D shape has a segmented style. See below: http://img.alexblundell.com/up/c5693a8d4351fd0c498c8919a2a3e43b.png I'm sure there's an automated way ...
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How to create the illusion of depth with repeating patterns? [duplicate]

How do I create perspective with repeating patterns? I am very much a beginner level, as noted by my first attempt to create a illustration in illustrator. However, my attempt has provided me with ...
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How can I turn my old tablet PC into a Cintiq-like pen tablet?

I've been searching on internet but with no success... I have a old Fujitsu ST5020D Wacom Penabled tablet pc. As you know, a 1ghz Celeron + 256MB RAM wouldn't fill my needs as working on Adobe Master ...
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Can I globally change colors in an SVG using illustrator?

I have an SVG graphic in illustrator. I want to replace colors, everywhere in the illustration, with different ones. Could I operate the color swatch to make the change? I'm looking for a global ...
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Is there a way to imitate a pencil or pen in illustrator?

I'm working with illustrations and I realized that it's easier to draw lines in Illustrator and combine them in Photoshop with other effects and textures. The problem is that I cannot find a way to ...
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When using the blend tool in Illustrator, I get large white patches

So I made one path, then another. Opened Blend, set to Specified Steps, and then applied it to the paths. With straight paths, all was well. But with curved ones, I have large white patches where ...
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How to keep an image sharp when Downsizing and Saving for Web & Devices in Illustrator

I am saving my image for a website and downsizing it by 100 px. When I decrease the size just a bit it looses its sharpness. How can I maintain that?
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Keyboard Shortcut for 'New Swatch' in Illustrator?

Does a keyboard shortcut for creating a New Swatch in the Colour Palette window in Illustrator exist? I've been assembling over hundreds of new swatches today, and it has been especially tedious to ...
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How to prevent having to redraw lines in Illustrator

I do a lot of artwork in Illustrator, and am pretty experienced. However I find myself having redraw lines often with each new level of detail, for instance adding shadows to a complex object - I have ...
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Shirt Pattern making

I like to draw, and I've drawn this yesterday: Large image. I want to make this a T-Shirt, so I need to make this drawing a vector. I want to make it different, not the regular vector-drawn shape. ...
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Method for Wrapping Around a Design into a Book Cover form?

Is there any method for wrapping a design into a book cover form (3D-like)? I mean wrapping a single rectangular design to cover & spine & back. I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS5.
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Adobe Illustrator: How to create a clipping mask

I have this logo I am working on. I have 2 questions: 1) I have a white circle behind the 4. I'd like to use that circle as a clipping mask for the 4 so that the 4 fits perfectly within that white ...
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How do I get started with Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to learn to use Adobe Illustrator. I want to go from start i.e learn using each tool first and then move on. Where can I find tutorials for this (Youtube is a good source). I cant ...
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How to create a “glossy text” effect in Illustrator?

I need to transform my PSD logo to Illustrator, so I will re-design it there. The purpose of it is that I will print it on business cards. On Photoshop using the Marquee Tool I create a white ...
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Illustrator - not outlining entire path

This is ridiculous: I have a simple looping path. It has a stroke and a fill. I apply "Object > Path > Outline Stroke" and it only applies to half the path. If I break the loop in two places, it ...
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How to draw hand drawn style icons? [duplicate]

I have always wondered how illustrations like above are drawn. What is the usual and efficient way? Do designers do sketches first and then trace over them or there is a technique? It looks ...
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How can I improve my lighting/shadow illustration skills

I was curious to know if there are any resources, books, blogs that focus on perfecting object shadowing and lighting with Photoshop and/or Illustrator? I have and know how to do basic shadowing and ...
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Game sprites with Illustrator CS6

I redesigned this sprite sheet, based on Mega Man X in falcon armor. I designed it with Illustrator CS6 but when I exported it as a .png file and then imported it to PS CS6, I found that the character ...
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Horizontally distribute along path

How can I horizontally distribute objects along a path? Blend and Brushes don't work for me because they distribute objects evenly according to the distance along the path. I began by using the Blend ...
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How to get <path> for SVG with Illustrator CS4

I'm trying to get the <path> data for an SVG file I'm creating with Illustrator CS4. It needs to look something like this, where I'm interested in retrieving the numbers inside the d ...
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Need To Do a Contour Design in Illustrator

I need to find a tutorial (or just be pointed in the right direction) into learning how to make a design in Illustrator that is contoured. I'm basically trying to make a design for a cup. Here's the ...
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What is the best way to make arrows in circular shape?

I need to make (actually re-creating) a diagram for a repeating process consisting of 5 steps. Here's how it might look with two arrows: I need to do basically the same thing with 5 arrows, ...
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Using Adobe Illustrator without “hand” drawing skills

I work on Photoshop for over 4 years for web design and user interface purposes but I'm thinking of starting learning Illustrator because most of design jobs now require illustrator skills beside ...
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Comparison Between affordable Image Editor (Photoshop) / Creator VS. Free Image Software [closed]

Lately I would like to get involved / to learn in graphics design. Since holidays are in full swing, I thought I would use this time. I have used GIMP before, although very minimal and Blender. Both ...
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Best techniques for digitizing artwork using a tablet

I need help or rather to be pointed in the right direction please. Take a look at the artwork: On the left you see my "on paper" art. On the right is my attempt to do the same thing on the digital ...
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Dividing a shape in half without creating a white line down the middle [duplicate]

This seems to be a recurring problem when cutting shapes directly in half when using Illustrator's 'Divide' tool. While the shape may look ok in the program itself when I output it as a png or reduce ...
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Problem with logo design: doesn't scale down well

I need some advice/opinions on the attached logo and what my designer should have done to make it scaleable. It looks fine at high resolution and zoomed in over 400% in AI, but at 100% and less the ...
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How can I recreate this ornament without “cheating”?

How can I simply draw this shape? Is it possible to draw such shapes alternatively behind and front?