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Mac illustrator shortcuts

Hi i just swapped from a pc to a mac and feel a bit lost cause I cant find many of the shortcuts i was getting used to. -I can't scale an object uniform just by clicking on its bounding box and ...
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Perspective/non-linear blends with a common centre

In illustrator, if you want to take a blend between two objects with a specified number of steps and give it a perspective-like effect - changing the curve of the blend from linear to non-linear so ...
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How do I export multiple objects to raster images from Illustrator cs5?

I need to export multiple objects from Illustrator to individual .png files. The objects are different in size. I know this is easily done from Inkscape, but Illustrator seems to produce nicer ...
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How can I get a vector outline of the inside of a complex shape?

I have a shape thus: In Illustrator, this design is composed of a load of paths with a heavy stroke applied, and no fill. How can I obtain the path describing the white area? Note: I drew this in ...
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Erasing part of a shape with a stroke in Illustrator

I have an oval shape with a stroke and no fill. I'm trying to erase part of the shape as have something lying on top of the shape and i don't want them touching. I have tried using the eraser tool but ...
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Adobe illustrator: symmetrical editing of card indices (A, K, Q, J, etc.)

I have a set of playing cards in FXG format serving as asset for a Flex card game. However the indices of the cards are in English language: A, K, Q, J and my game is in a different language. My ...
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Adobe illustrator: basic editing questions (break apart)

I have some experience with Flash/Gimp/Photoshop, but now I have to edit an FXG file (an asset for a Flex app) in Adobe Illustrator and can't do even the two basic things, shown in the screenshot ...
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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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Stop illustrator from rendering non-visible elements?

I have a lot of symbols that use gradients which end up slowing down performance. Is there any way to disable illustrator from rendering items when they are turned off? It seems that even when I make ...
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Live trace an semi-transparent image?

Is there any way to convert a semi transparent object to a vector using live trace or any other feature in Illustrator? (For instance, a simple cloud)
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looking for a white cotton paper texture

I am having trouble finding a nice white cotton paper texture. It is very common in printwork. This will be for commercial work. Also, how would I go about creating the texture myself? i.e, buy cotton ...
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How to change font size without changing the position of the text?

I have to change the size of multiple text labels in a plot, but I want to keep the labels in exactly the same position. The vertical center of each label is now aligned with a tick in the plot. If ...
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Increase image resolution without increasing the image dimension on export

I'm trying to increase the PPI of my logo using Adobe Illustrator, but when I export it the image dimensions that should be 131x31 increase to 268×64. How can I fix it?
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“Fake” 3d effect in Photoshop/Illustrator with raster images [duplicate]

I need to create a "fake" 3D effect for some raster image, like this one below: do you know how I can achieve this in Photoshop (CS5) or Illustrator? Thanks.
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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 to get rid of the leading (not sure if that's what it's called) in point text in Illustrator Cs5

In the image below, I have two texts. Both are point text as opposed to area text. The top text has a horizontal line nearly at the bottom. I think it's called leading in font theroy but I am not ...
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How to manipulate only one stroke/side of a shape/object in Illustrator CS5

How would I manipulate only a single stroke of a rectangle while leaving the strokes unchanged? For example, if I have a line and use effects > Distort & Transform > ZigZag, the line ...
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Rotating Object causes the size to change in Illustrator CS5

I create a rectangle of size 200px X 200px. Select it, double click the rotate tool and rotate it at 45 degrees. This causes the rectangle to chage size and become 282.842px X 282.842px. How can I ...
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Make Angled Guides in Illustrator CS5

In Adobe Illustartor CS5, you can select/click, hold the mouse, and drag the Vertical ruler to make a vertical Guide (Cyan Color by default). The same can be done with the Horizontal ruler to make a ...
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How to convert Pixels to cm's while resizing and retaining aspect ratio of a fixed value in Illustartor CS5

My objective is to create a shape which is exactly 5cm in width and 4cm in height. I start off with a Artboard which is 1000px wide by 1000px in height. I do my drawings in such a way that there is a ...
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How can I change the center point of a irregular shapes/objects in Illustrator CS5?

Let's say I have a square, rectangle, or circle. By default, the center point of will be positioned exactly in the middle. It is so because the binding box is same as the shape. It can be viewed by ...
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Fill complex technical drawing with a gradient

I have some complex technical drawings that are in Illustrator CS5 that I got from a pdf. I need to be able to fill each with a gradient to look as if there is a light source. When I select and make ...
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How to Cut One Shape at the Stroke of Another in Illustrator CS5

This would be quite simple but I can't see to do it. I have a shape/object (shape 1) and another shape object (shape 2). Shape one has fill and a stroke (1px black). Shape 2 has a fill but no ...
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How to create a geometric pattern stroke in Illustrator (with some constraints)?

I want to make the stroke to the left (the green part counts): All I can come up with is a pattern stroke to the right, but as you can see it is just not right. Every second corner will not align ...
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How do I remove odd entries from Illustrator Font menu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I manage the fonts that appear on Illustrator's Type drop down My image menu in illustrator is messed up. There are double spaces some places, and fonts in <> ...
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In Illustrator CS5, why are my colors dull when I export to png?

I'm having an issue with Illustrator CS5 that I've seen mentioned in many, many forums, but I haven't found an answer that has fixed my problem. When I use Save for Web & Devices... to create a ...
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Can I manage the fonts that appear on Illustrator's Type drop down

On mac, I have many more fonts on my computer than I use daily. Is there a way to control which ones appear on Illustrator etc.'s menus? I see that I can use Font Book to 'disable' the fonts. Is that ...
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Pattern File Does Not Function Properly in Adobe Illustrator CS5

So I learned Adobe Illustrator CS5 (Say 10%). I have these two files which I downloaded from the net. They are patterns files for animals skins. The first file is named "Animals_skins.ai" and is ...
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Is There An “Erase Lines Mode” In Illustrator?

Is there a way to 'erase lines' in Illustrator similar to the way it's done in Adobe Flash? The clearest example is around 06:40 of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr2Y3DKHiJg Basically ...
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Layer Comps in Illustrator?

Is there a way to handle views in Illustrator like "Layer Comps" in Photoshop? For me it's important that I can export all those views e.g. as jpg/png/pdf (like Photoshop script "Layer Comps to ...
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How to sample actual color of an area in illustrator?

When I place a few objects one over another, each with different colors and transparencies, so that they all overlap somewhere, how would I measure the color on this overlapping area? Similar to the ...
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Opening Adobe illustrator CS5 file in CorelDRAW X5

I was totally new to graphic design and the best I could do was resize images in MS Paint or use Word 2010. Than I discovered Adobe Illustartor as I needed to make a logo and Letter Head. After ...
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Changing Color of Path Guides in Illustrator

Not sure if "path" is the right term here... I'm trying to change the color of the outline in Illustrator when using the pen tool. My border is set to black and the background of the artboard is white ...
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Save for Web & Devices in Illustrator CS5 Causes Artifacts on Large Files

I am saving with these settings: And ending up with weird transparent line artifacts: The ai file does not have this, and the path has nothing near the place where the lines are showing: From ...
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Illustrator gradient banding but on the Display? [closed]

So I was working and everything was ok until a PC crashed which made me re-install windows and adobe products. Until then my gradients were perfect, but now as I try to make one they are full of huge ...
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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 to combine multiple png icons into one transparent iconset

What software can I use to combine multiple transparent png and icon files into one transparent iconset? Example:
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Illustrator 3D extrude on text misses faces

I am attempting to create 3D text in Adobe Illustrator CS5 in OSX using the 3D Extrude and Bevel effect. The problem is that if I only rotate the text on one axis, in this case the X axis and then ...
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How to make a “wavy” path in Illustrator

I have an array of lines that each have a stroke: Now I want each individual line to have a "wavy" effect like this: How would go about something like this? - I've had no luck with the Warp > ...
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Working on Small Resolution Images in Photoshop ( icons ) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to resize icon sets in Photoshop? I want to get a solution for a question that has been in my mind for a long time. For the past 2 years, several times I was ...
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Opacity Mask With Multiple Images (Illustrator CS5)

I am trying to do an opacity mask and it is driving me crazy. Bascially I have a layer of ice. It's four different pictures of ice overlapping each other so it looks like a whole bunch of ice. I want ...
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How can I export a PDF from Illustrator with pages named after the artboards?

I have an Illustrator CS5 file with several artboards. Each artboard is named. I can export this document to a multi-page PDF but the pages appear numbered when viewed in Acrobat. I can renumber ...
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Scaling strokes in Illustrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Scale drawings in Illustrator, maintain proportions of line weights and effects When you minimize large vectors that contain outlines & text to a small vector the ...
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How can i change the radius of the rounded rectangle on AI [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to modify the corner radius on rounded rectangle in Illustrator? can't seem to manupulate the rounded rectangle on Adobe Illustrator... forgot the shortcut! Any ...
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Why does Helvetica [Neue] look absolutely horrible in Illustrator?

Helvetica has always looked horrible in Illustrator CS4+ on my Mac, including all OS versions, regardless of size or units. Below are screenshots of Helvetica at 12px, 24px, and 36px. Is there a ...
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Blend lines along font letters illustrator

Hi i'd like to achieve this final result with those letters made out of thin lines..How do I achieve that? I want to use the Myriad font. I know about the replace spine method but does it work for my ...
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How do I avoid lines at top and left borders of png files exported from Illustrator

When I export Illustrator artwork as a png file, I get a one pixel grey border at the top and left edges. There is no background object, but I export (Save for Web and Devices) with matte white ...
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Illustrator issue on top bar : font style panel and opacity's one overlapping

In Illustrator I have this strange problem on the top bar: the font style panel and the opacity's one are overlapping so that I have to make impressive mouse moves to have one of them selected. Why ...
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Removing One Part Of A Stroke On A Rectangle In Illustrator CS5

Is it possible to remove on side of a stroke on a rectangle? Let's say you have a rectangle with a stroke all the way around it and I want one end of the rectangle to be 'open' and take the stroke ...
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Dragging And Moving One Corner Of A Rectangle In Illustrator

I am struggling so hard trying to do a simple thing. I've drawn a rectangle with a stroke of 1 pt. I basically want to make that rectangle taper on the end by grabbing the corner anchor points of ...