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How to vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5

How do I vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5? I cannot find a way to do that; in InDesign, it's a click away!
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Grid Template Not Snappable in Fireworks CS6

I've seen many blogs highly recommend using a grid like 960 for prototyping in newer version of Fireworks. I'm using CS6. When I create a new fireworks document from template, I select the ...
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Illustrator won't remove editing capabilities when I save as a PDF

I want to release an AI file saved as a PDF for email blast. When I save my file as a PDF and turn off the editing capabilities it does not seem to work when I open the PDF in Illustrator. I have ...
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copy object as a reference

Is it possible to copy an object in Illustrator so that if you make a change in any of them the changes will apply in both? Actually I have this situation where I have a lot of instances of the same ...
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iOS image for buttons not crisp

So I'm trying to create a few simple buttons in Adobe Illustrator for work. I'm not a gphx artist and just know the basics of Illustrator. I tried creating a pin icon, like dropping a pin onto the ...
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Adding a brush to an existing custom brush library in Illustrator

I have an existing custom brush library I created in Illustrator (CS5). I just created a new brush that I would like to add to this existing library. How can I do this? Drag and drop does not work. ...
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How to remove the background of an SVG with Adobe Illustrator?

I found a royalty free SVG image on the net. I'm experimenting with web design using SVG. The problem I'm having is that the SVG background is white. How do I delete / remove the white background, ...
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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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Text-wrap in Illustrator CS6

I typed out text in 14pt. I then typed another letter in 131pt out. I was hoping to have my 14pt text wrap around the 131pt character...but to no avail! I clicked on both items (and my 131pt. ...
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Easy way to create stacked boxes with equal margins

I'm a bit of a n00b to Illustrator (at least I think so anyway)! I have a bunch of text that is columnar and need to create boxes that stack (one above another) and serve as a container for this ...
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In Illustrator, how to “unflow” text in columns but retain individual page layout

Hope someone can help. I have designed a template where the text flows into four columns per page, and there are four pages in all. So in all 16 columns, and the text flows beautifully. The ...
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Illustrator knows I have a font but refuses to select it

I need to use a specific font (Nanum Gothic Extra Bold) for a certain project. Illustrator knows I have the font: If I start typing the name in, it autocompletes. But once I hit return, it selects a ...
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Scaling a text box in Illustrator CS6 (without scaling text)

Ok, I have a fresh Illustrator document. Pasted some copied text into the "artboard" (the clipboard is severely broken, but that's for another day). The textbox that gets pasted is one huge line ...
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Transparency in clipping mask groups

I am using a clipping mask to cut out some shapes. These shapes are composed of a rectangular "base color" and then some extra shapes overlaid for shading. However, with the clipping mask I get bright ...
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Is there any way to combine a picture's border into the shape in illustrator?

I made an icon with a border, but I don't want the border. If I remove the border, the icon loses it's thickness and doesn't look right. Is there any way to make the border into part of the shape?
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How to make striped/dashed border for a “cut out” coupon style?

I want to make an effect like this: How can I achieve this? The thing I'm stuck is the striped border. I want to know how to make it in Photoshop and Illustrator.
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Re-Recording Actions in Illustrator

I frequently record Illustrator Actions. My actions are quite long, but they all involve three common steps: Assigning Notes to shapes Assigning Swatches to shapes Selecting shapes that have a ...
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How can I make Symbols in Illustrator like I would in Flash?

I have a quite complex draw in Illustrator (let's say, lots of vectors and that), and I have to make a mosaic for printing a hole page of them. It's complex enough to be memory-heavy, so when I try ...
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Illustrator - Radial gradient on multiple shapes

I have some circles and line to make a cloud like the one below. I know i can use the path finder to make some unions. But how to make some gradients with a 3d effect ? (like the example) Thanks ...
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Best Way to Build & Design Buttons, Icons for Mobile application

Which is the best Way to Build & Design Buttons, Icons for Mobile application of Android and IOS platform.
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Toggling Bounding Box and Transform Controls in Illustrator

I apologize if this has been covered a thousand times, but I'm new to AI and I don't even know the technical terms of these things to find anything in Google, I've been trying. When you select an ...
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Illustrator : 'deleting' overlay compound path [closed]

I made a circle, and above that I put a compound path which I download from internet, a custom B, I want to just take the circle without the custom B, I did it before, let say a circle with star ...
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How to convert every pixel of raster picture to square objects in Illustrator?

For example I have 10×10px icon. I want to produce 100 squares with correspondent color and location each. Actually, the question is how to make exact pixel mosaic out of raster image. I try Live ...
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Illustrator CS6 not saving (Unexpected error occured)

I was given a .ai file to do a simple change. Illustrator won't let me save to .ai After saving the file this error message occurred: When spot colours are used with transparency, changing them ...
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How to convert document Illustrator file to only one color? (eg. Green)

Is there any way of converting a illustrator file with text and logos to one only. As I'm working for a client that only wants to print with one-color?
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Breaking up a live traced word

I'm converting hand-drawn and scanned letters into vector paths via live trace. So far, so good. The next step I need to do is break up the live-traced letters into individual objects, so I can move ...
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How to draw a beehive in illustrator

I've been trying to draw a beehive graphic in illustrator. My approach has been to draw an ellipse in yellow and change it's perspective. Then on top of that adding a copy of that ellipse, resize it ...
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Business cards: Cannot save according to Illustrator template

I want to make a business card in illustrator. Here is my design: Question 1: The design labeled (1) is perfectly aligned from back to front. I've downloaded a template for illustrator here. The ...
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Why does adding bevel to a graph object in Illustrator take longer to render than a shape in Photoshop?

It's very quick (a few seconds) to add bevel to a shape in Photoshop but when I do the same for a graph object in Illustrator the Mac I'm working on takes an age to render the artwork. Why does this ...
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Copy gradient or style from photoshop to illustrator

I am new to illustrator, if this is too basic do provide links for me (tutorial). I've made a shape, and I put styles on the layer, gradient, color overlay, opacity reduced, I know how to copy the ...
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Sampling color of partially transparent objects in Illustrator

Sometimes when using Adobe Illustrator I need to get a range of tints from a certain color, so I'll drop the opacity to, say, 75%, 50%, and 25% on a white background to get there. It's the quickest ...
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Saving Illustrator as PDF without the hidden layers

We have roughly 55 cards that all have the exact same text. The titles and backgrounds differ among the cards. So I've made just one AI with the different backgrounds and all the text as one copy in a ...
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Illustrator: Type in circular vector & background colour disappearing

I'm having problems adding text using the type path tool in illustrator within a round vector. Every time I go to type on a path though the background colour disappears. Here's an example: If ...
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Convert vector Smart Object layer to Shape layer

I've cut and pasted vector art from Illustrator to PhotoShop and chose "smart object" when I pasted it. Is there a way to convert the smart object to a shape layer now so I can edit the very simple ...
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How to reduce the submenu loading delay in Illustrator?

If I want to use the Arc Tool, I click & hold the Line Tool icon and then I count, 1 Mississippi ... 2 Mississippi ... And then the submenu appears. Is there a way to reduce this lag? Or is ...
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What are the limitations of the option “Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities” in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

First some background... We have a custom piece of software that requires PDF files to auto generate web pages. These PDF files are pretty typical, the only special thing about these is that hey ...
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Illustrator: shape dimension and resize

Is there a way in Illustrator to know the exact dimension of shape in pixel and possibly to resize it down to different (but precise) dimension?
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Is there a way (possibly via a 3rd party plugin) to read/write PDF annotations/comments in Illustrator

Is there a way (possibly via a 3rd party plugin) to read/write PDF annotations/comments in Illustrator? We use PDF comments heavily in our workflow with Illustrator. The problem is to add/edit/view ...
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Export Multiple Artboards to Pngs Named after the Artboard Without the Filename Prepended

Given the following setup: File: SomeFilename.ai Which contains artboards named: Artboard_01 Artboard_02 Artboard_03 At the moment if I export the artboards Illustrator insists ...
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Should files made in Illustrator CS5 be updated to CS6?

My department recently upgraded from CS5 to CS6. We are preparing an InDesign print publication for this year and are repurposing last year's Illustrator and InDesign files which we produced with CS5. ...
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Adobe Illustrator vs Adobe Indesign for brochures

You may know me (not that I am worth knowing) from my first question. I am a noob in web design, graphic desgin, font theroy, color theory, guess all of the mixes that are crucial. My expertise ...
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Illustrator moves objects using “transform again” with scale

Have several copies of the same object moved around to different areas in the artboard. Decide you want to scale them all by 75%. Select the first object, do the scale. Select the next object, press ...
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Illustrator CS6: Change artboard size / final saved file dimensions to match bounds of content

Consider the following two images: The second image is my desired result: the artboard dimensions perfectly match the layer/selection/content. However, I had to resize the artboard manually. Is ...
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How to “draw” pointed corner drop shadows in Adobe Illustrator CS5

I have this image which I want to re-draw/reverse engineered so that I can use it at different sizes as resizing it cause it to look bad. But I can't seem to figure out how to do it. The drop ...
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Different sizes/dimensions on export & save as web in Illustrator CS5

I have a file which is 1020px X 200px Artboard/Document dimensions and the drawings coves the whole artboard as follows. When I "Export" the file as "png" (File>Export) it's dimensions change to ...
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Illustrator: is there a way to toggle snapping while moving anchor points?

Situation While moving anchor points around and… …you currently have Snap to Point and Smart Guides turned On and …you momentarily don't want the points to snap during this operation Problem …you ...
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Best techniques for digitizing artwork using a tablet

I need help or rather to be pointed in the right direction please. Take a look at the artwork: On the left you see my "on paper" art. On the right is my attempt to do the same thing on the digital ...
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Filling half a shape in Illustrator

I am still pretty new to illustrator, so I am still learning. I have a shape (pill shape) that is all white. I am trying to "fill" half of the shape with a yellow color (keeping the black stroke ...
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How to add transparent padding of fixed number of pixels to an element?

I do not want initial image to change size, I simply want to add transparent padding around what I already have.
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How to go about creating an Icon Pack

As a beginner in Illustrator I've been creating some pretty cool graphics I'd like to share on my website. From what I've seen, people create a one file .ai icon pack that you can download and use ...