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How to export .svg file from Adobe Illustrator with shape IDs?

My question is very simple. How to export an SVG file from Adobe Illustrator with shape IDs? When I export as SVG my group names turn to groups with group name as ID, that's the behavior I would ...
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How can the excess be removed from a clipping mask?

I created a clipping mask out of an image 3125x1042: this: to this: Unfortunately, when I save the image as PNG and JPEG, It still retains the size of the original image. 3125x1042. How do I ...
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Divide a path into equally parts

I'm looking a way or tool to divide a spline or path in equal parts, or, what is the same, equidistant points (anchors). This is a very common question, but i haven't found an answer. Also, is pretty ...
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How to create these pixel effects in Adobe Illustrator?

I want to create any of the following effects in illustrator: http://dab1nmslvvntp.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Scans_thumb.png ...
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Stroke doesn't scale proportionately when entering new size via keyboard

I'm using Illustrator CC and I have a logo which has a stroke around part of it. I want to resize the logo while scaling the stroke proportionately. Yes, I know that question has been asked and ...
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Textbook to learn Adobe Illustrator

What textbook(s) should I read to learn Adobe Illustrator from start to mastering, and use it as a reference?
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Flip type when its on a path, AI CS5

I'm putting some type on a path, a circle; but when I do it, the type is upside down. How can I flip it so it reads the right way up? See image below:
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How do I join a reflected object to the original so there is no stroke running down the middle?

I am designing a logo for a trucking company and I have an idea of using the front of a truck. To that end, I used the pen tool and traced half of the truck. Each element (bumper, grill, lights, ...
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Illustrator: Make a compound path a single path

I have the letter "a" expanded as two paths, one being the letter and the other being the circle inside of the "a" I need to get the "a" to be a single, simple path. When I use pathfinder > minus ...
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Making multiple vectors one single vector in Illustrator

I have a company logo in vector repeated multiple times to make a pattern/background. I want to apply a halftone to it, but to do so I need to make all the repeated vectors into one single vector. I ...
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Smoothing calligraphy / script lines in Illustrator

After you finish your custom script and have scan it to your computer to illustrator, how do you smooth the lines when vectorizing your script as if you have done it by hand? And how do you control ...
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How to make this Twisted Strokes Effect

Does anybody recognise the below effect? I have tried to recreate this image in illustrator by putting a dark green circle with a dashed stroke on it and then apply Effect/Distort & ...
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How do I copy icon designs from Photoshop to Illustrator in order to turn them into .svg?

I'm a newbie in creating font icons from .svg. I created some icons in Photoshop (.psd), and now I want to copy all of them to Illustrator to create an .svg file but I don't know how to do it. Can ...
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How to apply the same Distort effect to a batch of Adobe Illustrator files?

I'm trying to batch apply one specific Distort Effect to several different AI files at the same time. These are the settings for the Distort Effect I'm trying to apply: Distort / Tweak with the ...
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How do I make an image grid with logos? Photoshop, Illustrator or Indesign

I'm looking for a way to make automated image grids to be filled with logos. Like this one: I work on a firm which every month makes an event and invites hundreds of companies to participate. There ...
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How to remove a portion of objects in Illustrator

This would take me a minute in Photoshop, but can't get it to work in Illustrator. How can I remove a portion of one object over another in order to create a "hole" or "counter" within the bottom ...
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Is it possible to edit placed PDF file in InDesign if it was exported to PDF from InDesign

So, I got this PDF magazine layout (page by page - not all pages in one document). When I place it in InDesign, I can't edit it. Can't change font or anything. I just have one object (text and ...
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'Effect > Stylize > Rounded corners' not available in Illustrator CS6

Well the question pretty much sums it up. I'm running Illustrator CS6 on Windows and after selecting a shape and wanting to round the corners by going to Effect > Stylize I'm looking for the option ...
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Reset/avoid distorted Illustrator graph text labels after scaling?

Adobe Illustrator's graph tool is... special. A veteran of many software updates (successfully surviving all of them unscathed...) one of its many quirks is that you cannot resize a graph object that ...
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How to close areas of this image so I can fill them

I tried live paint and it won't close the areas. What needs to be done to make this art fillable?
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Trying to Export From Photoshop to Illustrator

I am currently trying to export a few layers from Photoshop to Illustrator. However whenever I try and export, I get a blank ai document. I've also tried creating paths from my text (this is just ...
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Constrain certain dimensions while resizing groups of objects [duplicate]

I'm creating a mockup in Adobe Illustrator. I have a mockup of the Yosemite window (with the close, minimize, and fullscreen buttons) and some stuff in the main content area. The annoying this is that ...
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How to make the .eps file smaller

I'm working on the large sign 24" X 60" in Illustrator CC 2014. My problem is the size of the .eps file. I'm still new to Illustrator and learning new things with every project. I'm trying to achieve ...
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How should I trace/vectorize my logo?

First of all I would like to say that I'm new to AI and PS, therefore there's probably lots of things I'm not doing right. I am using CS5 version. I have a logo that is mainly black and white, but ...
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Does SVG supports complex logos?

I have created a complex 3d style logo with transparency and other effects in adobe illustrator and later save as SVG file format. However, due to complexity of the logo illustrator or SVG failed to ...
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Default print margins

I'm making up a A3 graphic for a client that will be getting printed. The only problem I have is what to use as the default printer clearance margins in the paper. I assume for the final work it ...
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Adobe Illustrator PDF Works, but then uploading it changes colors

I searched through the site and I couldn't find an answer to this specific question, so here we go: I've designed a business card in Illustrator. The background is a darker red. I export it as a PDF ...
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How can I contain the outer glow on the elements within my logo in Illustrator?

I'm working on a logo in Illustrator where the pieces have black outer glows to give depth to a paper-fold style logo theme. The shadows on the outside of the logo text are just a result of the ...
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AutoCad vs Illustrator for logo design

I have a customer who says their engineering dept needs a logo done in AutoCad to give him the detail he needs. He says importing an illustrator .dxf file doesn't give him the "quality" that he needs? ...
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Where is the Live Trace function in Adobe Illustrator CC?

I want to change the color of this MailChimp logo (png file) in Adobe Illustrator CC. I've looked in Adobe Forums and Youtube, all mentioned Live Trace, but I don't have that option in Object on the ...
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How to draw cement-wall-like transition background in Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to draw how shadow decays on plaster-like wall in Adobe Illustrator, like this Is it possible to do with Illustrator?
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Illustrator - Add Second Anchor Point To Text

I'm using Illustrator CC. I'm creating a bar graph style graphic and need some of the bars to intersect with either the beginning, middle or end of the text label they reach to. In this example bar ...
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Is there a way to assign “Align to Selection”, “Align to Artboard”, etc to a keys or to one key so I can toggle between them?

You can’t do it with keyboard shortcuts as it is not a menu item. I want to this as I have assigned the other align commands to my WACOM buttons: I made a complex keyboard shortcut for each of the ...
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Group paths into fillable objects/Join open paths in Illustrator?

I'm trying to follow this tutorial but they skipped a few steps... The two side dots below are each individual arches made using the pen tool, they are not connected to the mushroom cap. All I want ...
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Pasting strokes into InDesign moves positioning

I've created a graphic pattern made up of a number of intersections in illustrator using various strokes aligned to the centre of various circle. I'm creating it as a asset with the intention for it ...
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Removing several anchor points in a path quickly -using a box for example- (Illustrator CC)?

If I have an anchor points path of a deformed box, and I want to remove all the points except the base (the bottom line), is it possible to remove them quickly? maybe using a box selection, is it ...
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How to list the fonts used in an adobe illustrator (AI) file, on linux?

I would like to list font names used inside an Adobe Illustrator (CS4 or CS5 I don't remember) file, on my Fedora linux desktop. Is it possible ? I tried to open it with Inkscape but I fail to see ...
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Link corners (draw hypotenuse) of rectangle using pen tool

I can draw rectangle using pen tool. Is there any way to draw a hypotenuse while drawing rectangle without manually doing it using line tool?
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Why does rotated (R) shapes, that I copy and duplicate (Cmd+D) around a circle, get disordered? [duplicate]

Hey, guys, i got this problem and it's really bothering me, when I make a shape, like a single rectangle and i want to rotate/duplicate it all 360º around a circle shape, the ones that are at the ...
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Illustrator: alignt according to points WITHIN object groups (not their uper/lower border or center)?

For example, I need to align graphs (i.e. groups of axis, data points, text labels etc.) vertically to their x or y axis, no matter how much space is consumed beyond (e.g. by yaxis labels, they may ...
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Missing objects during resizing after copying/pasting from Illustrator to InDesign

After copying a group of objects (including some containing clipping masks) from Illustrator to InDesign some of the objects disappear after resizing said clipping. My apologies if this is quite vague ...
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Rounded corner shape with rounded sides

I'm struggling to make the below shape in illustrator: Rounded corner rectangles are easy but I'm not sure how to round the sides easily as well. I would want these shapes to be easy to re-size ...
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Exporting from Illustrator causes a weird path effect

When I use the image trace feature in Illustrator I'm able to create a pretty high quality vector of an image. However, when I export it as an .svg file the paths aren't "just right" and it causes you ...
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Easy way to make smooth connection in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Take a look on the image. I have a line with two segments (on the left). How to make smooth connection between them keeping one segment untouched (right side)? I know two methods but they are not so ...
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Path Segment Reshape

I recently watched a few designers and a video by Adobe on Path Segment Reshaping. After seeing this put to use I gasped at how much simpler it made vector drawing become, and knew I could use this ...
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How to prepare (what all sizes and resolutions) mockups and UI graphics for an Android app in PS

I've seen similar questions asked here but they did not answer my question 100%. So please bear with me. Now I am starting an app design project for iOS and Android. I've been designing for iOS for ...
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How to create a RGB gradient?

I would like to know how to create a perfect RGB gradient in Illustrator like this: Edit: I tried to use the gradient tool, but how to place the colors correct?
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Fill anomaly ofter joining paths in illustrator

I created this image building a gear tooth and then rotated it around the centre. The path looks good until I try to fill it and as you can see I have an annoying join across teeth. Can anyone ...
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Why won't “Multiexporter” export any artboards? (“Will export 0 of X artboards”)

I use the Multiexporter script (blog article explanation, github link) for bulk exports of PNGs or PDFs from many artboards. It usually works fine, but sometimes it refuses to co-operate, with a ...