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Why doesn’t the Illustrator keyboard shortcut Ctrl+3 work? [closed]

I seem to be unable to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+3 to hide a selection inside of Adobe Illustrator. Ctrl+2 for lock seems to work fine, but Ctrl+3 doesn’t do anything for me. Object → Hide → ...
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Why can i see contours through a layer above in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

I am using Adobe Illustrator CS5 for a simple game. I do not know why, but I can see contours of my chair through my table. The table is a layer above the chair. The table is not transparent. ...
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Better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace?

Are there any better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace? I don't have one of them Wacom boards so I can't really do this by hand.
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Illustrator: Is there any way to make a path using the paint bucket? [duplicate]

I've created an outline of a hand, but I would like to see how it looks filled without a border. The problem is I made the hand with multiple paths, then made it a compound path (to blend it easier) ...
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How to make an area in illustrator transparent?

So I want to have an empty star in my object; almost like a hole in the middle but star-shaped. How can I chop out the star shape in my object and make it transparent?
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How to make a clipping mask act like it's supposed to [duplicate]

I'll make this more simple than before, since the answer did not work. I need the first shirt with the lines behind it look like this: I just took the lasso tool to create this example, which is ...
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How to make a hanging icicle brush or graphic style in Illustrator CC?

I purchased a set of graphic styles for Illustrator. The set contains a style that applies a hanging icicle brush to any object, so that icicles appear to be hanging from any horizontal line of an ...
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Illustrator: Create a clipping mask for a long-shadow that was made using the blend tool [duplicate]

So I'm trying to make an icon with a long shadow, I used Illustrators blend tool to make the shadow in between my two pigs like so. What I would like to do now is create a clipping mask for the long ...
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Using pathfinder and merge without effecting vector detail

I've followed how do I use pathfinder on multiple objects so that I could cut straight down the middle of my vector. Clicking the merge within the pathfinder panel works as intended but the detail of ...
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How to make rough edges smooth in Illustrator?

I make some shape in illustrator, then divide all the shape with pathfinder tool. Then i fill all the pieces of shape with different. I found some rough area in the edges, how can I get rid of this ...
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How to resize an EPS file in Illustrator to fit a pixel size?

I'm very new to Illustrator. Having used Photoshop all my life, vector art is something very new to me. I have this company logo in EPS format. I want to use AI to resize the image to a certain pixel ...
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How can I create rounded corners In Adobe Illustrator in a specific way?

Say i'm rounding the corners of a word that i've typeset in Illustrator (as if i were creating a logo). That word is 'Kresge' and i've set it in 'Avenir Heavy', a sturdy sans-serif typeface. You'll ...
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Where can I find old Pantone Process Libraries?

I'm looking for the old CS5 Process Library for a file I need to run dye-sub. The new Color Bridge on CC doesn't have the same range or the colors needed to match on the press. Are they still ...
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Printing: Opacity color or transparency in Abode Illustrator

I have a client who needs a flyer designed and has a printing restriction of one color, in order to keep cost low. To make the design more interesting and appealing I have used the same color blue in ...
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How do I split a circle shape into diaphragm-like segments in Illustrator?

How can I make a vector image like this using illustator? (I'm interested in the shape of the triangles) I'm moving from Photoshop to Illustrator and I have some difficulties...
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transparency issue when importing from illustrator into photoshop

I have a document in Illustrator, entirely comprised of vector elements that I want to bring into Photoshop to edit. The top most object is a gradient with transparency and this entire gradient ...
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how can I add an overlapped anchor in both overlapped paths automatically

How I can add an anchor point for each intersected selected paths in illustrator automatically? I know smart Guide and add anchor point tool can do the job but it will add just one anchor in the ...
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How do I create a line pattern from smaller to larger lines? [duplicate]

I want to be able to create a fill with a "gradient" created from lines of different thicknesses; such as in the image. I'm using this for a large scale project so I would like this to be in some kind ...
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How do I use an SVG “icon font” within Illustrator?

Trello uses an icon font and I'd like to figure out how to bring in some of the glyphs into an Illustrator project. Admittedly, this is going a bit backwards (usually you want to import Illustrator ...
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How can I create a subtle 3D effect like on Apple's iOS time selection wheel?

I'm trying to reproduce this subtle 3D effect on the Apple time and date selection wheel. How can I do this in Adobe Illustrator?
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Illustrator: How to make small balls (objects) wrap around text

I am going to try and explain this as best as I can. Image you carve out white wax letter and put them in a cereal bowl and then roll a couple of really small balls in there, they will shape around ...
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How can achieve a similar appearance using the gradient tool on illustrator? [closed]

I already know how to create the spacing using the gradient tool. However the center image seems integrated with the spacing and not just sitting in the background.
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Adobe Illustrator png exported colors are off despite color management turned off, why, and how to fix it? [closed]

The issue I am struggling with can be described by the following steps: Create new RGB document. Ensure that it's color mode is really RGB and not CMYK. Ensure that Edit/Color Settings are set to ...
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How to delete a vector background in Illustrator?

I downloaded this image from Shutterstock in vector form and I want to get rid of the background using Illustrator. How can I do this? Thank you!
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Expanding Patterns in Illustrator [closed]

I designed a logo that contained a simple line pattern the I expanded the pattern so when I enlarge or reduce the logo's size the location or the space between the line won't change. After that the ...
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illustrator cc pathfinder minus front function [duplicate]

I'd like to know what the difference is between click on the Minus Front option in the Pathfinder palette and Alt+click.
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Solution for making flash animation without grainy look?

I copy pasted a design made from Illustrator to Flash CS6 and when I export as an animated gif, I get a grainy image. Any solutions to making a flash animation convert to animated gif without loss in ...
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Add an outline around type in Illustrator and then delete it from the letterform?

I have a font that I want to be marginally thinner. I've typed out the word and then added a white outline around it. What I want to do is delete the outline, whilst maintaining the thinner font. How ...
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How do you ADD banding to a gradient?

There are a million posts on the web about removing banding but I'd like to know how to add banding. I've found some polygonal images and would like to recreate their effect.
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Exporting Illustrator SVG for web, using shape or line?

I have been working on several icons for my startup but I want to know if it's better to export them as a shape or a line. Is there a difference between exporting the SVG in an expanded shape or a ...
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Illustrator Text Bounding Box Resize

I have an illustrator file, and I need to resize the bounding box of all the components, without changing the size of the text. Is there an easy way to do this, or do I have to go and rewrite all of ...
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Export symbol library from CS6 to CS4

I'm trying to export a symbol library from CS6 so it will work in CS4. Save rather. When I save it I choose CS4 as the illustrator type but when I open it in CS4 it shows a blank library. I have each ...
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How can I create a spherical perspective grid in Photoshop or Illustrator

How can I create a spherical perspective grid (six point perspective) in Photoshop or Illustrator CS5 where the poles are shown on the top and the bottom (exactly like the image below). I have ...
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ILLUSTRATOR: I Can't Divide Shapes The Way I Want

ILLUSTRATOR: I Can't Divide Shapes The Way I Want I'm trying get a mesh of two shapes, but no matter what Pathfinder I use, I can't get the desired effect. What I've Tried:     •...
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How to use the info panel in illustrator?

I would like to use the "info" panel in illustrator to have infos such as : the distance of the top of an object to the top of the artboard it belongs to; the distance of the left border of an ...
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How to create a grain / noise effect in Adobe Illustrator

I want to create a noise effect using Adobe Illustrator. Inside the hexagonal shape there is some kind of texture effect, I don't know what the name of this effect is: How can I create such an ...
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Turning Multiple Vector Paths into a Solid Object/Image

I'm having troubles trying to figure out how to make a complete object/image with NO pen tool paths or anchors etc... I have a vector tree... theres lots of completed paths/shapes but still in path ...
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Split an image with a zig-zag in Illustrator?

I've been trying for the last 3 nights to halve a simple vector image of a padlock I had drawn following a tutorial. My headache is: I don't want to simple divide it right at the middle, I want to ...
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PNG files blurry when exported form Illustrator and opened in Photoshop [closed]

I have designed app screens on Illustrator and trying to mock up in Photoshop. When I export from png and place in PS the fonts/imagery looks very low quality etc. I need to make a print leaflet ...
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Automated method of setting ideal sizes and positions of symbols or logos of various proportions, when put together (ignoring any text) [duplicate]

I always spend too much time trying to scale symbols or logos that are supposed to look harmoniously next to each other, like below: These seem to be acceptable to me, but I wonder if there is any ...
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Change default program “edit original” on Illustrator [closed]

How to change default program for edit original" linked file? my default is MS paint, I want to change into Photoshop. how to change this? thank you!
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How do I export an SVG from Illustrator such that it renders well in small sizes?

I come from a Photoshop background and this is my first time dabbling with AI. I would like to show my product logo in a small size on a webpage (about 15px height). I currently have a PNG (created ...
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Change viewbox attribute in svg exported by illustrator

I have a SVG file with viewBox="-155.7 -99 510 510". I believe this offset the paths in Mac OS X preview by -155.7 -99. when I open the SVG in Illustrator, the paths are not offset at all. how do I ...
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Why is my Illustrator design exporting as an EPS and making white things transparent and transparent things with a white color block behind it?

I have talked to several other designers and they can't figure it out. I've read multiple forums and have tried everything they recommend to no avail. My client wants the center glow effect as seen. I'...
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Why can't I edit text in Illustrator files from China, and how can I help it?

I am working with a packaging manufacturer in China. I create the files using Illustrator cs6 but after they make adjustments to my files and send the file back to me, I can't edit the text like I ...
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Why are my corners “inside-out” in Illustrator?

There are 2 big things I don't get about this image (two identical paths in Illustrator, one of which is reflected, with a pretty simple brush applied to them both in order to highlight the issue) ...
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How create such amazingly smooth grain with gradient like this? [duplicate]

Is it made in Photoshop or illustrator? I tried many way but can't reach this smooth level
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Why are all my colors dull in Illustrator CS6?

I just installed Creative Suite 6 on my computer. I was working on some artwork for a client in Illustrator and having a hard time getting the right colors. I noticed they were all very dull. So I did ...
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How to design for large scale? [duplicate]

I'm interested to know the processes involved in designing for large scale output i.e. billboards/ banners. What Illustrator/ Photoshop document size should I work with. Do I work in a scaled size ...