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How to fit text box size to text?

I want to fit the artboard to selected art (two text boxes) - the text boxes are larger than the text inside them - how do I fit (shrink) them to wrap tightly around my text? Illustrator version - ...
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Image quality - Export vector icon to PNG vs resize PNG

I have a set of vector icons which I need to save as PNG images in 3 sizes (16,32,48). I'm confused as the best way to go about this to produce the best quality results. Either I can save each one ...
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Type Tool selection popup menu does not bring out

Just installed the Adobe Illustrator CS5 (never used it before, only Photoshop) and wondering why any of tool menus does not bring out by right mouse click as it is in Photoshop. I've tried all ways I ...
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Stitch a banner together in Illustrator

I mocked this up with copy and eraser using this banners library. What Illustrator tool, technique would I use to stitch the pieces of the banner together to create one smooth flowing sheen? In other ...
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How can I achieve this effect on my text?

I have recently scattered through the portfolio of a designer named Nicolas Girard, and noticed this fascinating typography art: I looked through the entire web and in every Photoshop and ...
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Illustrator: color differences between AI and PDF (profile?)

I have an .ai document, this is my working document. ! want to export it to PDF (to be portable but still vector), the problem is the color are all messed up and seem washed out (in spite the fact I ...
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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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How to create a fictional city map

Any ideas how to start making a fictional city map (like one for example). I'm fairly good in using Illustrator and Inkscape but I'm unsure what an optimal workflow would be.
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Illustrator equivalent to Photoshop's skew tool

In Photoshop the skew tool allows you to move each corner of the object being skewed independently. Is there an equivalent in Illustrator? Envelope distort seems overkill and harder to achieve the ...
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Make fill translucent but keep stroke opaque in Illustrator

How do I set the fill of a rectangle to be 50% opacity, but keep the stroke at full opacity? The transparency panel controls both fill and stroke. I want to set them independently.
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Photoshop or Illustrator for Icon Design

Photoshop and Illustrator compared, both expose nearly the same possibilities to create icons except that Illustrator uses a vector based system. In which situations is which product more reasonable ...
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From Illustrator to Photoshop

I have a illustrator file with base shapes for a icon i'm creating and I want to go to photoshop now. The task is simple: Start a new photoshop document with all the Illustrator's shapes as vector ...
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How to manually type in handles for anchor in Adobe Illustrator?

In Illustrator CS 5.1, I would like to manually type in the points for handles on an anchor point, as I need to be more exact than moving them with my mouse. How can I do this?
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Convert Illustrator Live Paint Objects to Standard Objects

I can hobble my way around Illustrator, but I'm far from a pro, so please bear with me here. For most of my work in Illustrator, I use basic shapes. I draw a rectangle; move around the anchors; ...
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An online resource or a book that teaches how to draw from a physics/optics perspective

There are plenty of online tutorials, that can teach one to use Photoshop or adobe Illustrator. I don't know how to draw, but want to develop that skill, threfore I am looking for a good video ...
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Illustrator: Quick way of removing redundant anchor points after unifying shapes?

Except for manually removing redundant anchor points that gets added when unifying two or more objects, is there a quicker operation to wipe in-between anchor points? EDIT: To complement ...
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How do game designers create graphics for their games?

Lets say a game designer is going to create a new character for his game and now needs to draw the character using an art style that is a smooth (not pixel art) style. What would be the best way for ...
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A tutorial to learn how to add 3d effects to a logo

I am a beginner computer artist. I am just learning Photoshop and Illustrator, but I am planning to do a logo/web site design with both. I want to draw a logo for an application. I can draw a ...
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Intersect points remaining after deleting line from gradient mesh

Ok I've been using the Gradient Mesh tool of late, and am pretty happy with it, it's a great tool! On one of my pieces however I need to restructure the mesh, and so I delete a line using Alt+Click ...
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Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator for web design [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop? Would you recommend Adobe Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator for a professional freelance web designer on a ...
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How do I accurately slice images in Illustrator CS3?

I have just finished building a new web page in HTML 5 and using a jQuery slider effect to horizontally scroll across the web pages. Now I need to design a background at 8000x1000px so it all "flows ...
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Making a simple line from a path [closed]

I'm very new to Adobe Illustrator, and having problems with the pen tool. I have a path created that is a single straight line. (appears as a light blue line, with anchor points at both ends, within ...
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Formatting text in Illustrator - paragraphs - numbered lists

I have this really "great" task of creating something in Illustrator that shouldn't be normally done with Illustrator...I am no gonna go into details about that, im just saying so no one starts blah ...
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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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Technique for finding the centerline of a curved object?

Sorry for the confusing title but, I'm curious to know if anyone knows any effective techniques at finding the center of an object that curves. In the screenshot below you'll see a crude version of ...
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Recoloring .eps files

I've got 280 .eps files with QR-codes that I data merge into InDesign. However, I need to change the black color into the company color. I can't find a way of doing this in InDesign directly, so I'm ...
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Vectors: How do you deal with background 'spill' on overlapping edges?

When covering one vector shape with another; if the edges overlap, the background shape's color is used as a (distasteful looking) pseudo-anti-alias effect on the foreground shape's edge, instead of ...
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Converting text layers (with blending options) in Photoshop to Vector

I've recently spent a lot of time creating a logo for my website using basic text layers with blending options in Photoshop CS5. I'm aware that because all of my layers are text, I should be able 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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How to use Illustrator to Create DIN A4, six-sided folder-flyer?

I'm not sure how to know which space I need to set a document in Adobe Illustrator CS5 when I want to create a six-sided DIN A4 folder-flyer. Is there a template somewhere out there that I can use? Or ...
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Masking problems in illustrator [closed]

I have a group of paths and a rectangle like so: I am trying to cut a hole in the rectangle using the group of paths, I have managed to do this in Photoshop just fine but I'm a bit of a newbie when ...
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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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why can't I duplicate a paragraph style in illustrator CS5?

I'm trying to drag a paragraph style onto the 'create new style' icon in the paragraph styles panel in order to duplicate the style, but the cursor changes to a circle with a slash through it, ...
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Take away negative space in clipping masks

I am using clipping masks to cut PNG images in illustrator (purely because I don't know how to do it in photoshop) and I was wondering if it was possible to take away the white space that is created ...
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How to convert a compound path to a standard path in Adobe Illustrator?

I've got a ExtendScript that only works with paths and I've got a compound path, so how can I convert my compound path into a path?
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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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Illustrator: How do you change default Fill/Stroke Colors for the 'D' key?

Pressing D will switch to the default Fill/Stroke colors (which is White Fill / Black Stroke in Illustrator). I remember having read about a way to define your own default Fill/Stroke colors, but I ...
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How to add “move to” commands to an Adobe Illustrator path

So when you export an Adobe Illustrator file to SVG format, paths are encoded using the SVG path syntax. If you look at the <path data> element, it's possible to have moveto commands embedded ...
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How to raster vectors (AI) into 1bit tif in 2000dpi

I need to raster files 1m x 0,70m to 1-bit TIFF. Pretty much home RIPing. AI CS 5.5 only goes until aprox. 500dpi and PS renders vector-PDFs or AIs in 406 dpi max. Then you have to resize x5 to get ...
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How to convert a raster image into vector?

I'm trying to convert a icon from .psd format to vector. Here is my .psd file snapshot. This is my converted(Vector) file snapshot after live trace. I mean it has lot of blurs. I need pixel ...
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Problem: Color change when pasting from Photoshop to Illustrator

What I want to achieve: I want to copy an image in Illustrator and paste it into Photoshop. The image is just a grey circle with a #d1d1d1 fill and no stroke. The problem: Bottom line, the color of ...
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Illustrator: Opacity Mask doesn't scale (i.e. follow vector art when scaling up/down)

Something weird occurred, in which the opacity mask (the texture) doesn't scale when resizing the motif. I can't recall what setting affects the behavior for opacity masks. All is Ok; as in, the ...
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What's the difference between saving a vector as .AI and saving as .EPS

Is there any benefit to saving as an .ai file? I know that .eps files can be opened in many programs, but .ai files, I think, would only be opened in Illustrator. Should I bother saving in an .ai ...
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Illustrator: Border effect for a path

I'd like to surround a path with a border (see the third illustration below). However, I cannot get it done without using Path -> Outline stroke. This is very inconvenient, as Outline stroke ...
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Can you re-number the order of artboards in Illustrator CS4?

I use illustrator with multiple artboards to design website layouts. Often I start at the beggining (what I think is the beggining at the time) and get 15 pages deep. Then I realize that I need to add ...
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How can I color a mixed object in Illustrator?

I have a mixed object (a group of either stroked or filled paths) in black and white, and I want all of the blacks to be blue. I know I can go into the group and select each black path and change it ...
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Illustrator: Editing a custom graphic style

I created an additive graphic style that includes a few effects, and applied this style to a few objects. Now I'd like to make a change to this style and apply the change to all objects. For example, ...
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Create Illustrator Smart Object From INSIDE Photoshop

I'm using the CS5 suite of Adobe applications. I'm familiar with the method of copying an object in Illustrator and pasting into Photoshop, thus making a Smart Object that opens in Illustrator. Is ...
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Illustrator: How to drag-and-select intersecting anchor points?

The following scenario is a bit simplified, but it does explain what I need to do. What I want to do is select points 1 and 2 on the purple path in order to move them. If I use the Direct ...
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Illustrator - make text wrap instead of scale

I have a chunk of text I need to paste into Illustrator. No matter what I do, I can't resize the text area without scaling the text. I want to resize the area and have the text wrap (font size to ...