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How do I stop the pen tool from trying to link to other shapes within close proximity of my path in Illustrator?

I'm attempting to recreate an advertisement for a school project and when I draw two shapes near each other the pen tool wants to link my second shape to the first. This happens as soon as I start to ...
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InDesign: Printing as booklet messes up colours

Graphics were designed in Illustrator CS3 and "placed" in InDesign CS3. When I use the print booklet option to print to PDF, the pages are correctly put in the print spread order, but my some of my ...
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How to skew / shear text in Illustrator?

So, in doing a commissioned logo for a church, I learned the hard way that, apparently, font-skewing (as opposed to warping) has been removed in Illustrator CS6. I'm not sure why and now that I'm ...
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How do you scale a vector image to equal a measurement in inches?

I need to send a vector file to a textile laser cutter. Image size currently says 521 pixels, and I'm hoping to create a motif that equals 18.75 inches. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank ...
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Create cloud textured effect in Illustrator

I want to create an effect/color like this image of the cloud in the Parse.com logo. It is not quite white, and seems to have a texture. I am new to illustrator, but have a white "cloud" made thanks ...
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How to change the shape of the eraser tool in Illustrator?

I am Photoshop enthusiast, I can't find how to change eraser shape like in Photoshop (eraser "brush" mode). In Illustrator eraser is always circle or ellipse (when you change width in eraser ...
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Illustrator CC Clipping Masks and Opacity Masks leaving slight hairline [duplicate]

I'm running into a problem when using a clipping mask or opacity mask in Illustrator CC 17.1. Either type of mask leaves a slight outline around the masking object, creating a noticeable break in what ...
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Pantone issue from PSD to Ai (printer needs PMS into the document but says it's CMYK)

I am having a problem with a packaging I am developing for a client. The client did all the artwork and sent it to me so I can communicate with the printer for sampling. Most of the artwork was made ...
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Warp/arc text shows original text too

I have created text in Illustrator that I want to show in an arc'ed format. I selected the text and then chose Effect/warp then I chose the type of arc I wanted. So far so good. The text shows as ...
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Illustrator: concat singles chars back to text to path

In Illustrator, I sometimes get a problem with imported files saved by Inkscape, CorelDraw etc: text on a path got converted to single chars without being connected to the path. The path and the chars ...
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How to create an artistically posterized monotone portrait?

Can anyone please tell me what this greyscale vector style is called and how can I achieve it? Source I was informed I should put my image in Photoshop and adjust the levels and run the cutout ...
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Grid axis is off in Illustrator? Not Vertical or Horizontal aligned with ruler

I'm slightly new at AI. This is a new issue that I began to see today. It appears that the grid is not 100% Horizontal/Vertical with the ruler. So my objects are snapping to those angles.. reflecting ...
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Illustrator: changing the opacity of fill and stroke independently won't work

I've read various threads on how one can change the opacity values of stroke and fill individually by going to the Appearance panel. Unfortunately I cannot do that and I'mm stuck. As you can see in ...
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Not completely horizontal lines in Illustrator

I made horizontal-supposed lines using line tool and holding Shift key. But it seems like my lines are not completely horizontal. I am attaching the capture of what I see. This becomes more obvious ...
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Custom stroke caps in Illustrator?

First post here! What I'm trying to accomplish looks fairly simple but so far I've had no luck in finding a way to accomplish it. Essentially I want to create custom stroke caps (or strke profiles if ...
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pathfinder problem

I have created a very complex map in Illustrator. I am trying to cut out smaller areas of the map for use in other SketchUp. Neither pathfinder nor Divide Below gives me predicted results. I turn off ...
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How do I combine a line and a circle

I have two shape paths and I want to combine them into a single path, but after trying all options in the pathfinder tab, I haven't achieved the desired result. All of them just delete the line. ...
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How do I save brushes to use in new documents in Illustrator?

Why don't brushes that I import into Illustrator save in the library? I'll open a new file and they won't be there any more. Is there a way to make them stay in there permanently?
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Is there any way to set fallback font-families in Illustrator SVG?

I'm trying to set up an action that creates versatile text-containing SVG files which can be used in various places including Wikimedia Commons. The only problem is, Wikimedia Commons only supports a ...
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How can I change the color of a scanned png and edit part of it out in illustrator cs6?

The image is in color with a white background. I want to make the image white with a colored background. I want to switch the colors (make image white and background the color of the current image. I ...
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How Do I make a circle shape of these 2pt lines?

Hi i Have a group of 2pt lines, and above it I have a circle. I want to make a Circle out of the lines, heres a rough paint drawing of what i mean: how Can I cut the lines, so they form a circle ...
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“Inverted” corners in Rectangle

I never thought there is a difference where I start creating a rectangle in Illustrator. However I've just realised that if I start from Left-Upper corner I create "outer corner style", and when I ...
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When I move my object Adobe Illustrator shows an error: Can't move the objects [closed]

When I drag my selected object it displays the following error: Can't move the objects. The requested transformation would make some objects fall completely off the drawing area.
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How do I move my artwork around after dividing it into artboards?

I've divided an artwork into a bunch of artboards and now I need to move the contents of the artboards around, resize them and such. Is this possible? Whenever I try, it either moves just the ...
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How to get rid of black box in Illustrator CC?

I'm trying to work with this photo in Illustrator CC, but there is this black box in the center of the page. I tried ignoring it but when I save my image, it only saved whats in the black box....yet I ...
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How can I Curve my premade logo vector, around a circle in illustrator cs5? [duplicate]

Hi i want to curve my logo-text vector around A circle, like this: With this (my logo): But my logo is a premade vector, not text file, so each letter is its own SHAPE/Path or whatever you call ...
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Is it possible to link shapes to a master shape, so that modifications to the master like repositioning, affect all linked shapes?

I'm using Illustrator CC, and I'd like to link some sub-shapes to a master such that modifying the master also moves the sub-shapes. Context: Octopus tentacles. I've got shapes for each tentacle ...
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Toggle Illustrator Layer visibility?

I am looking for a way, preferably one that can be triggered via keyboard shortcut, to both toggle the current layer to visible/hidden and to be able to toggle a specifically-named layer ...
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Objects not snapping correctly. (Overshooting or undershooting target)

I have a rectangle that should be snapping to the lines of the other rectangles on my artboard, but it keeps overshooting the mark. Can anyone advise on how to get it to snap the other objects lines ...
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How to use Fibonacci numbers / Golden Ratio in logo design in Illustrator or Sketch?

I am trying to get into Fibonacci/Golden Ratio logos for some university work however I'm fairly new to Illustrator. I've used Photoshop for about 8 years and Sketch v3 since it was released. However, ...
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illustrator mask on 2 shapes

I am an illustrator newbie. I have 2 shapes: rectangle and triangle. I want to delete the left and the right part of the triangle(just like the image)...Any idea? It s probably easy for you!
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Adding relief to an image, creating mountain terrain

I have a logo that incorporates the shape of Idaho. The client would like some relief to be added to look like mountain terrain, in the mountainous parts of the state. I have no idea how to create ...
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Tapered/sloped text effect in Illustrator (NOT skew or perspective)

I'm not too sure how to describe the effect that I'm going for or what it is even called. Thus, I'm having some trouble finding any help through Google. I want to accomplish something like this ...
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Copy & Paste in place from Illustrator to Photoshop - Not aligning

I am trying to copy & 'paste in place' layers from Illustrator into Photoshop, however they never align correctly. I have checked artboard and canvas size are the same and also same color mode. ...
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I'm trying to create a letter with multiple strokes within a stroke.

I want to create something like the attached photo, but with other letters and shapes. does anyone know how to do this?
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How does one revert a 'Save' using Adobe Illustrator?

My intent with the document I've created in Adobe Illustrator was to save one as an original and one as a copy with a few different characteristics. Accidentally, I saved both with the changed ...
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How can I hide the artboard labels in Adobe Illustrator?

I have a bunch of artboards set up that I need to edit, but the labels are all overlapping making it impossible to know what's going on. How do I hide them? Edit: I've hidden the blue dots with ...
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how to change the setting of Stained Glass Texture?

I want to set Stained Glass Texture on the part of my painting ,but when I use this texture and Set the cell size , color of some parts are white , can I do something that these parts become ...
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Removing line breaks in text copied from Acrobat in Illustrator

I routinely copy and paste text from Acrobat to any number of other Adobe CC applications (Illustrator, PS, InDesign). When I do this, it creates line breaks where they were visually represented on ...
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Why does my logo look pixelated

So I had a designer on 99Designs create a logo for me, it is Vector and he generated the Logo size you can see on my website here: sandiegosoftware.net I understand that my browser, OS and resolution ...
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How to create a circular diagram with Illustrator [duplicate]

I need help to create a circular diagram in Illustrator like this. I need precisely to represent a percentage. How to do that ? Thank you.
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How to preview colors when using the color picker in Illustrator?

When using Adobe Illustrator, how do I preview my changes when I'm using the color picker to change the color of an element? Picking the color of an element is dependent on what's around it, so I'd ...
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Replace spine for all shapes

Why can't I select the replace spine option? This option is non-action for me? Thanks!
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Copy Paste multiple Illustrator layers into Photoshop for individual editing?

I have a world map in Illustrator with a layer for each individual country. I want to copy and paste all layers into photoshop so that I can edit the colour blend for each individual country. I do not ...
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How to create an outlined circle with centered horizontal and vertical gaps in Illustrator?

Could you explain to me, how I can draw a shape like the one in the following image? How can I cut any part of circle to get such 4 shapes with Adobe Illustrator?
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How do I keep the spaces in my dashed line from changing when I modify the line length in Illustrator?

Using Adobe Illustrator CS6, I drew a line and clicked the "Dashed Line" option in the stroke palette. When I change the length of the dashed line, by grabbing an endpoint and moving it or clipping ...
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Adobe Illustrator scaling image edges

I'm having trouble scaling a photo in illustrator. As you can see when i choose place and the image appears on the canvas the quality is perfect. Now when i scale down the quality is bad. The ...
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Edit smart object in Illustrator while viewing other Photoshop layers

I am trying find an easy way to switching back and forth from Illustrator to Photoshop. I have two files: one is a raster and the other is a vector. I know in Ps you can place smart objects to retain ...
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How do I bring an object one step forward in Adobe Illustrator?

I want to bring the circle forward only one step, so it ends up between the green shapes. Please refer to the image if it's unclear what I want to achieve.
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Create a rounded inflated square in illustrator / photoshop [duplicate]

I am wondering how to create a path for this inflated square shape in illustrator or photoshop... btw how is is the shape called?