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How do I bring back sharp edges on a Rounded Corner object in illustrator CS6?

As you see below, I've made a shape and I added round corners to it from Effect > Stylize > Round Corners, but now I want to bring it back to its original shape so I can make the edges less ...
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Blank border when importing eps files

I'm really new using illustrator (to be honnest, it's only been two days). When I try to open eps files, there is a big blank border appearing around the image I've opened. I really don't know if ...
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Importing a photoshop file into illustrator without a white background

I'm trying to import a .psd file into illustrator without showing the background. I have one layer in photoshop, showing only the transparent image. I've saved it as .psd, and .png files. But ...
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How to prevent other user from modifying grouped object that I created in illustrator?

So I have a logo which is grouped objects, what I am trying to do is allow other users to open the .ai file and copy the logo and use it, but not allow them to ungroup it or make any changes in each ...
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How can I transform patterns in Illustrator to simulate a perspective?

I am using rectangles filled with patterns to create the walls of a room. I have transformed the rectangles, to simulate perspective, but the patterns do not reflect these transformations - they ...
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When using Illustrators “Recolor art” tool, how do I recolor in the same order as in the swatch window?

I know how to use the Illustrator recolor tool, but this part really throws me for a loop. How do I keep the order of the swatches in the recolor "assign" window in the same order as I've set them ...
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Change Multiple Line Stroke in Illustrator and mantain the same distance between them

I have a serious problem. I want to change the weight of multiple lines but when I try do that the distance between them disapears and overlap. In straight lines that doesn´t happens, but in diagonal ...
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Batch trace JPG to SVG

I have thousands of JPG graphics and want to trace them automatically to vector SVG files with a batch function in Adobe Illustrator CS4/CS5. All graphics looks something like that: My problem is, ...
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How to export objects with names using Illustrator CC 2014

I've tried several scripts and they all appear broken or do not work properly. I need a method to export objects with the object names as their file names – like tree.jpg or location.png. The only ...
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How to clip excess object? [duplicate]

How can I clip the image to change from this: To something like this (edited it with a drawing brush): Like how clipping mask work on Photoshop. I tried every pathfinder option on Illustrator ...
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How to bend a rounded rectangle correctly on Illustrator?

I have a rounded rectangle with corner radius that completely covered the sides. See below: I want to bend this so it is wrapping a circle. I can't seem to do it without messing with the caps. I ...
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Setting Tab Leaders in Adobe Illustrator CS6

When setting tabs in Adobe Illustrator CS6, when I apply a leader to a tab, then add another tab, it puts that leader on the new tab but removes it from the original tab. Is there a way to leave the ...
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Out of HSV, RGB, & CMYK, which is more consistent

Adobe illustrator does not have L*a*b* color, and I'm trying to create a color palette for my company, and I want to know which of the 3 values Illlustrator uses will give the most consistent color. ...
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How do I replicate the Apple Family Sharing Icon

I was trying to replicate the following icon from Apple as a practice. I like the gradient effect but it seem to be shared by all the circles and the base. And there is also a opacity change, where ...
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How can the excess be removed from a clipping mask?

I created a clipping mask out of an image 3125x1042: this: to this: Unfortunately, when I save the image as PNG and JPEG, It still retains the size of the original image. 3125x1042. How do I ...
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I can't easily select artboards in Illustrator CS6

I've been using Illustrator CS6 for months and previous versions for years. I don't consider myself a novice by any stretch, but this is driving me NUTS. Up until probably 3 weeks ago, I've been able ...
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Drawing basic human shapes

I'm currently creating a multi-language "Mountain Rescue Casualty Card". It's basically a card (a4paper front and back) which tells the first aid rescuer where someone is hurt after an accident. Now ...
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Is it possible to retain effects when saving Illustrator files for older versions?

I am working in Illustrator CC, but my printer needs the files saved back to ai version 6. Doing this embeds the effects, such as drop shadows. Is there a way to work around this other than keep 2 ...
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How do I modify custom radius for each corner of a rectangle in Illustrator?

I'm new to Illustrator and now I want to create a rounded rectangle with 10px 0px 10px 0px radius for corner, how can I do that?
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How to change the colour of a wire frame in Adobe Illustrator?

I have a letter, which I converted into a wire frame, now I want to change the colour of wireframe, but no reliable option found so far.
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From optical to manual kerning (critique)

I'm working in Illustrator. The default letter-spacing (Auto) doesn't look very good. I think changing kerning to Optical is already an improvement. That said I still think there are a few issues. ...
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Is Photoshop the right tool to export small icons and images for mobile?

I am working on creating few images - custom icons and 9 patch for use in my mobile application. For this I am using Adobe Photoshop CC, but I am not satisfied with the resolution (blurred boundary ...
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Recognize all table cells

I opened a PDF file in illustrator, and I noticed that it only created objects for some of the cells, example I tried using using a trace, but I cannot seem to select the problem cells. How can I ...
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Is it possible to edit outlined text?

I am using the Illustrator CC to create a simple piece that is mostly text. I outlined the text and now I want to edit the text. Specifically, I want to change the font but Illustrator will not ...
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Applying Clipping Mask Function to Illustrator Lines

I'm an architecture student looking to add more of an artsy touch to my floor plans. Traditionally, the plans are exported as vector lines from the arch program I use, which I take into Illustrator to ...
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Object won't align central to artboard in Illustrator

I create a new file in Illustrator. 30 x 30 px. No stroke just black fill. I create a new rectangle 27 27 px I select the rectangle and go to the icon align to artboard I click to the icon Horizontal ...
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How to export to SVG from Illustrator using Artboards

I am designing some icons. To keep the proportions correct, I designed all the glyphs in one artboard. Now, I want to experiment a little with SVG icons, so I want to export these icons to different ...
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How to make circles of growing in sizes from small to big in photoshop

I am a newbie in Photoshop.. i want to make circles in Photoshop which look like growing in sizes from small to big vertically... I have attached a picture along so you guys might get an idea... or ...
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How to switch the visibility setting of two layers in a single action in Illustrator?

I am new to this forum and wanted to just say a quick hello before asking :) How do I switch the visibility setting of two layers in Illustrator without having to either see both layers visible or ...
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Adjust workspace size

I have read that the default workspace size is about 227". This is much to large for me as I am working with Letter (8.5 x 11) documents. The effect of this is that the scrollbar is very small And ...
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Select non text objects

I can put a rectangle around the target area, and it will select all objects, including text However in this case I would like to select all objects except text objects, or perhaps select all then ...
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Draw Inside Tool - Illustrator

I'm using the "draw inside" tool (located at the bottom of the left sided tool bar) within illustrator. Basically I'm attempting to put an image inside text and its coming out choppy (some edges ...
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Do I have to create vector files at the correct print size?

I had to create an 800mm x 2000mm print and so I started by actually creating a 800mm x 2000mm file in Illustrator. The file contained only vectors so my question is: Can I create my file size ...
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the color I'm using on illustrator appears different when I save the image to use on my website

I'm doing a website and now I received the logo they want to use in website. The logo is in Illustrator format and I´m having a problem with this logo. In illustrator he has the color #2e3182, which ...
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Converting marker and watercolor art to Illustrator/Vector?

Hi everyone. I have been playing around with watercolor and marker lettering lately. I know how to turn them digital in Photoshop while keeping the natural watercolor and permanent marker ...
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How to subtract multiple subpaths from a shape easily in Illustrator or Sketch?

I am using Sketch (app) that has Boolean drawing operations (like subtract, union, intersect...) as in Illustrator. In my file I have four ring shapes. They are not strokes but more like circles with ...
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Illustrators standard colour swatches has vanished in “rogue” pdf document [duplicate]

Apologies for the term "rogue" document, by that I mean a pdf file that has been downloaded (not created by myself first), then opened in Illustrator. The problem I'm getting is that when I try to ...
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White ink on black paper - how should I knockout a stroke around some text?

I am preparing artwork to be sent to a printer for the production of custom umbrellas. We want to print a logo on black fabric with 2-inks: white-spot and orange-spot (PMS 021) colours. The path in ...
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Edit colors in a pattern from one vector

I'm having a hard time figuring this out (and phrasing it...sorry) but I'm making a pattern in AI using object > pattern > make and I space out everything the way I want except I want to change the ...
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How to work with white artwork in Adobe Illustrator?

Regarding Adobe Illustrator - I am trying to create a vector file that an imprinter will use to imprint my image on to T-shirts. The shirts will be black and I want my image to be in white. ...
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How to import a CSV list of names into Illustrator artwork?

I print decals. A lot of them. Especially this time of year (summer sports, back-to-school, etc.) It'd make my job a lot easier if I could import a CSV list of names into two predefined artboards, ...
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How to transform a pattern without affecting its parent objects' shape in Illustrator?

I am currently trying to simply rotate and move a pattern within an object without affecting the object, but I cant figure out how. The only thing I was able to figure out is how to scale a pattern ...
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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 ...