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In Illustrator CS6, why can't I use the variable width selection?

It looks like this to me: Where the second box is the variable width option. If it helps I expanded my path.
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Why are my elements moved after being exported to svg

I'm quite new to Adobe Illustrator, but used to PS. I wanted to experiment with Illustrator to create SVGs that can than be manipulated with JavaScript. I created some kind of background-layer and ...
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Acrobat X “moves” object on save from Illustrator

Have an odd issue with Acrobat X, when selecting an object (Tools > Edit Object). I then right click and "Edit Object" which opens Illustrator CS5.1, make my necessary changes, which 9/10 is ...
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How can I output a list of coordinates for a grouped set of primitives in Adobe Illustrator?

Say I have a large set of random points or circles in illustrator. I select and group them. How can I output a list of their coordinates (i.e. centerpoints) on the page?
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Does Photoshop scale better than Illustrator?

Is it advisable to scale a raster image in Photoshop to the final size before embedding it in Illustrator or does Illustrator use the same bicubic algorithm as Photoshop when (up)scaling pixel images? ...
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Illustrator reducing double stroke svg to a single stroke svg

I have a double stroke svg that I want to reduce to a single stroke svg. The area on the svg is defined as some white shapes that are overlayed on a black background, with anchors outlining the shapes ...
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Quick-Connectors in Illustrator

I'm trying to create a diagram in illustrator, and what I'm looking for is the ability to use some kind of "quick connector" like in Visio. Basically it's the ability to make a spline or straight ...
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Ray effect in Illustrator

What I've been doing is copying each stroke, selecting the end anchor point and moving it using the arrow keys. Is there an easy way to do the following "semi-circle ray effect" in Illustrator show ...
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How can I draw different elements in perspective?

Can someone explain how is the below image created? I am specially interested in background grid. I am comfortable with the sphere. Any ideas?
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How to make a line in illustrator with $ signs

The behavior I'm looking for is similar to how one can make a path line dashed. Except, instead of being dashes, I'd love to make it show $ signs. Thanks for your help!
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How create action for all layers in Illustrator file

I have an Illustrator document with hundreds of vector images (each a color variation of a single image). Each vector image is on a separate layer. I have created an action to resize and export (save ...
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Dull colors in Adobe Illustrator CS6 with RGB mode

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS6. I have a document in RGB mode, with Web preset. My color settings are: [Working Spaces] RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1 CMYK: U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2 [Color ...
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a hotkey for entering text-editing mode with Type tool in illustrator

Is there any hotkey assigned for entering into text-editing mode with Type tool in illustrator? Without using too much mouse clicking, this would be definitely helpful for my design work productivity. ...
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Illustrator document to Photoshop - Preserve Layers?

Is it possible to import a Illustrator document into Photoshop and keep the layers - we need to supply a multi layered document to a client in this way asap... We have tried exporting the doc as a ...
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How to simulate long exposure light trails?

How can I apply long exposure lighting effects to a road (ideally using Photoshop or Illustrator)? See the image below for an example. How can this be achieved?
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Adobe Illustrator - working with path & pathfinder issue

I'm working on some print design in Adobe Illustrator, but I can't seem to figure out this one thing. It's probably stupid, but would really appreciate if someone could help me out. I've create a ...
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How to: Line 3D effect?

How would one go about creating a lined 3D effect as shown in the image below?
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How to create irregular shapes with round corners

I found a logo of a company named Ibbt. As you can see, there is a separation between elements (the shapes in the left). Can anybody tell how to create such effect in Illustration?
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Interactively drag constrained 45°/90° line

I know I can hold down shift to drag a line constrained to 45° or 90° with the pen tool in illustrator. However, I'd like to see the line previewed interactively as I draw. I can get that behavior ...
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Can I make each group in this SVG file its own SVG file?

I have a huge SVG file that I filled with all the characters for a font. There are a lottt of characters and it'd take forever to manually copy each of them into its own file. Each character has all ...
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Multiple double lines

I have two lines with a double appearance: which I would like to be joined at their intersection: (which I did with Object->Path->Join). However, I don't want the lines to be joined at the end; ...
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Pointillism? Mosaic? Vector Bokeh? [duplicate]

Is there a name for this effect and what would be the best way to achieve it in Photoshop or Illustrator in terms of filling a different vector shape with a similar distribution of rainbow circles? ...
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Is it ok to use .pngs on business cards to print?

I want to use a background image from here though these are usually just used for websites. I am worried the quality will not be sufficient enough for print. Would I be correct in this assumption? Is ...
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What should I do to get an image equal exactly to my design

I'm a newbie in graphic design. when I do my design in illustrator I create a big artboard usually 800X500px, but I don't use all the size. So what should I do to get an image of exactly of my design. ...
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When using the pen tool in AI/PS, how do I select different parts of the image to continue with my path?

Take this image for example: How would I then go and select more of the rabbit after I made that leg selection up into its body?
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Concept OS Mocking: Illustrator vs. Photoshop vs. Other

As a school project, I am graphically designing my own mobile OS. I already have hundreds of hand drawings of each aspect of the OSs design and I need to make the step to digital mockups. As the ...
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Illustrator CS5 Distorts Vector on Resize, using Scale Tool

When resizing a vector group in Illustrator CS5.5 with a custom made symbol in the group I get distortion of the proportion of the shape. I've tried Tried resizing with selection tool holding ...
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Closing paths drawn with the Illustrator pencil tool?

Prompted by John's question about leaving paths unclosed. Drawing with the pencil tool (or the paintbrush tool) in Illustrator leaves the paths it makes open. Unlike the pen tool, there isn't an ...
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How do I trim the overlapping elements in Adobe Illustrator?

Whenever I am working with Adobe Illustrator, I can't figure this out for the life of me so I end up doing all kinds of knifing to get it sort of the way I want it. I am posting this here so I can ...
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What is the easiest way to export just the selected objects in Illustrator?

The title says it all, I want to know what the simplest way to export the selected objects. In Inkscape, there is a menu option called export selected which does just this. The aforementioned ...
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How do I only fill part of an object in Illustrator? [duplicate]

I have an illustration that someone else created in Illustrator. I need to be able to choose the exact point in which to fill half of the shape with one color and the other half with another color? ...
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Brochures font size

Hello This is may first question here. I was working with small projects. I have problem with the Brochures (Tri-fold). At the Back Cover the content are only programme 2 fold and raffle entry 1 fold ...
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How can I move multiple objects towards a central point in Illustrator?

I want to move a set of objects towards a central point. Think moving objects that are outlining a circle towards the middle. I know you can do this through the bounding box, but that results in the ...
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Geometrically correct line drawnings: curves, angles, cusps and other edges

I am a PhD student in Psychology - Vision Science. I've just started to learn Adobe Illustrator in order to prepare the visual stimuli for an upcoming experiment. I'm not well experienced and since I ...
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Apply different designs to Illustrator graph columns

I have a column chart that I've created with the Illustrator graph tool. I've applied a sliding design to all the columns. I'd like to apply this design to a specific column type e.g., People that eat ...
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How can I distribute outlined/expanded text along a path in Illustrator?

If I have some text that is expanded, how can I distribute it along a path? For example, if I'd like to have the Stack Exchange logo follow an arc Using an Envelope Distort, well, distorts the ...
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How to convert the ordinary image into effective image in photoshop

I want to convert the images by the following Images Conversion Method. How do i convert in photoshop cs6 Response Me.. From To
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AI - Removing ghost lines from path tracing before merging to a compound path

Here's the task: I import an image, trace it black and white, and then try to convert the result into a compound path in order to use it easily later on. Here's the problem: When I combine to a ...
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How to place an ai file behind photoshop layer CS6 [closed]

I'm working with Photoshop and AI files, both of which are pretty new to me. When placing an AI file on my image, it creates a layer just as I would expect. However, the layer shows up in front of all ...
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How to make screenshots high resolution [duplicate]

I have multiple screenshots and it appears that when I put them into illustrator and click off the image it then becomes pixalated. Is there a possible way to make this clear. As I don't have the ...
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Unpixelated Screenshot images

I have some work to showcase: images which are screenshots of work which are online. However when arranging these screenshot images in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, they all appear to be ...
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How to put small elements into a big element in Illustrator

I have a question in Illustrator regarding the picture that I attached: Is there a command in Illustrator to put a set of elements together into a bigger element considering the angles and rotation ...
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How to create a pattern or tiles from rotated elements

I have a geometric pattern – say, a cross: Which I want to repeat with some overlap and tile … easy: The blue square marks the 100×100 px unit tile. However, here comes the catch: I want to ...
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How to fix the position of a gradient in Illustrator, so that it doesn't move when I edit the object it's applied to?

How do I make Illustrator not change the gradient's position and size when I change the path's shape?
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Make Illustrator use the embedded result images

I have been tasked with updating a poster that the client used last year. Should be fairly simple, just edit the file, change the date and shrink it from A2 to A3. But I only have the pdf that was ...
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How to create a curved tiles effect in adobe illustration

This curved tiles shape was created in adobe illustration: How can I recreate it?
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how to create sunken or inlay effect in illustrator to create depth to an object

Basicly, I need to know what is the best way to add depth to an innerbox like for example a monitor, a tv, anything that comes with a frame. In my case it's a window frame that contains a poster. ...
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Svg transparencies don't work as CSS background

I made a translucent svg. It was a 50% opacity round metal texture. When I put it above any other color it makes it look like real metal. It was made using Illustrator and had 2 of its effects: ...
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Color Swatches: loading multiple ASE files in illustrator CS5.5

Is there a way to import multiple ASE files from the Swatches palette in Illustrator CS5.5 ? Currently I can only import one ASE file at a time by doing: Swatches->Open Swatch Library->Other ...
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Can I lock vector art EPS10 files to avoid editing?

I read somewhere that it is possible to save an illustrator file as a .eps file and have no layer editing options? So the art is scaleable but not editable? I have tried but can't seem to find ...