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Is there a way of automatically displaying the vertical and horizontal spacing values in pixels between objects in an Adobe illustrator drawing?

I am using Adobe Illustrator to design a number of full screen layouts for an iphone app. I want to achieve the exact same spacing from my desings in the final app. Currently the only way I know how ...
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How to create a dotted line in Adobe Illustrator

How can I create a dotted swirly line like the example below in illustrator? I would like to create a loop dotted line.
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How to add clickable hyperlinks for email id, website, telephone in mail signature designed using Illustrator?

One of my colleague had created a signature for the company using Adobe Illustrator. Now the head of our company wants clickable links to be present in the signature so that one should be able to ...
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Final size in Illustrator CS4 masked images

How do I find out the exact size of a graphic or image after it has a clipping mask applied in Illustrator? When you just select the image or do Ctrl+A it shows the entire image size(including the ...
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Keep Illustrator CS5 tool options window open?

In Illustrator, CS5 is there any way to keep the tool options window open or viewable when using the blob brush/eraser tools? It's a pain in the butt when you havg to change the direction or shape of ...
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How to join two overlapping non-end points that belong to two paths?

Steps to Recreate: Create a Rectangle without a fill but with a stroke (Empty rectangle) Select "Smart Guides" & "Snap To Point" from the View Menu. Select the "Line Segment" tool from the ...
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Replace Multiple Swatches - Illustrator

I am trying to create a template for a wedding card with multiple color options.The design uses 4 colors in a custom swatch palette. Is it possible for me to load a 'new 4-swatch palette' to replace ...
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When I convert a PDF to open it in Adobe Illustrator, why are the objects in my file broken up in to many pieces?

I have a PDF file and when I turn it into an Illustrator CS5 file, the image breaks into pieces and there are spaces between the pieces. Why is this happening and how can I fix it?
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Vector Infographic - Why does it render differently in the web browser?

I made an infographic in Adobe Illustrator, and saved it as a .svg file. But then when I tried to open it in the Google Chrome browser, some of the fonts and some italicized fonts were not even ...
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Is there a way to snap the brush to the guidelines in Adobe Illustrator?

In Adobe Illustrator CS5, is there a way to snap the brush to the guidelines? This is the effect I'm aiming to create: I have created my grid and now I want my brush to align or snap to the ...
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Automate replacement of Smart Objects in Photoshop

I'm involved in the production of a touchscreen device. Our workflow for designing the graphics of the interface is to create the buttons, text, etc in Illustrator, bring it into Photoshop as Smart ...
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Illustrator compound path and clipping mask

I'm having an issue with a compound path and a clipping mask. It's driving me absolutely crazy. There is a very fine outline which I can't seem to get rid of. I've attached screenshots to ...
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How to exclude hidden shapes when saving to SVG

Im trying to save icons out to SVG format, one at a time, but from one document. what i mean is, i have all my icons laid out in one document, and once i am ready to save them, i will move the icon i ...
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How can I get latex font into Adobe illustrator?

I am currently trying to add equations created with LaTeXiT straight to Adobe Illustrator CS6, but somehow the "font" changes. I've tried scrolling around the Internet to see if I could find out how ...
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How to extract one icon from an icon grid .eps file (a pack of icons) using Adobe Illustrator

I have been trying to figure this out for the last hour, but have not been able to yet. I am pretty sure this is a very basic operation. Can anyone provide me the url to a basic tutorial or just the ...
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Technique for filling color to grouped objects

I created a simple straight line using the Pen Tool. Then I made 3 copies of it and grouped (Ctrl + G) them together to make a square. But now I can't fill a color for it. Even if I do it does not get ...
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Why does Illustrator struggle editing SVGs?

I really enjoy editing vector graphics. Typically I use Inkscape for editing vectors because Illustrator seems to throw so many errors when reading the files. I understand that an SVG is basically ...
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Best way to export a Job application to a client for easy editing

This is my first topic, so go easy on me. :D I got a customer who wants me to design her job application. I want to design it with Adobe illustrator and set up the text with indesign. However the ...
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Can text that has been distorted with an envelope be copied and pasted in that format?

Is it possible to take text that has been distorted using an envelope and copy and paste it into another file maintaining the shape? When I hit command+C command+V I am getting a grey fill in the ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS6 Make a texture fit exacly in a custom shape?

I am trying to make this texture inside the penguin shape like this Now i know i can use a clip mask like this But i want to make it so the texture doesn't fall out of the shape, so the object ...
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Cannot place images into Illustrator

I cannot import images into Illustrator CS6. Dragging in doesn't work. "Place" command doesn't work. Any ideas? I have uninstalled and re-installed.
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Easiest way to create a road line effect in Illustrator

hello I want to create a road line in illustrator like in this picture. The line must be the same or like this. I want to make it with holes and give the line an effect like an asphalt line.
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In Adobe Illustrator, I need to combine multiple compound paths and paths into a single object or shape [duplicate]

I have a floorplan diagram which consists of over 100 different paths and compound paths. I need to combine all of these elements into a single shape layer. I have tried selecting all of them and ...
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How to show the coordinates of point handles in Adobe Illustrator?

When I move cursor on an anchor point, Illustrator shows me the coordinates of the anchor. But how can I find the [x, y] coordinates of the handles (in red circles)?
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3D objects with raised border in illustrator

I'm trying to make something similar to this in illustrator using the 3D feature. What I'm strugling with is getting the border to be raised relative to the base of the tray. I start off with a ...
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How do I make sure I copy objects and paste a duplicate of it in another artboard but keep the layer the same as the artboard before?

I'm designing a website in Illustrator, and want to make multiple pages in one file using multiple artboards. So some elements need to be copied from page to page. I want to keep those elements in the ...
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illustrator join two objects into one

I want to merge two objects and want to select only the outside path. I dont want the path inside. how can I apply it in Illustrator ?
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Exporting / Saving Pattern Swatches in Illustrator

I would like to keep the patterns I have created in Illustrator CS6 in a handy file. Currently, I just make an object, apply the pattern, and copy/paste the object to transfer the pattern to a ...
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How to create transitions in adobe flash?

I'm creating an animation in Flash CC. I would like to add some transitions to it like fade in/fade out etc. I'm not sure how to do this in flash.
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Distortions when resizing

Whenever I make screenshots for my apps, I'm always forced to resize them to specific requirements set by Apple for the various devices. At the end of the day, the pictures that look really good in ...
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Why is Illustrator 10 moving my letters and outlines when I open a file?

I have a file that was originally created in CorelDrawX5 as both a dwg and pdf. I have opened both in Illustrator CS6 and they work fine. I then saved it as an eps and ai for my supplier to work ...
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Full workflow history in Illustrator

I found myself struggling with "amnesia" of "How the hell I did it!??". Six months ago I've created some work using some effects - I remember that the very interesting effect I achieved by accident ...
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Exact same colors in 2 separate Illustrator CS6 objects appear way less saturated in one

I have 2 different objects in Illustrator CS6. They are both their own layer. They both consist of several paths which are filled with a gradient made to resemble gold. My problem is that of one the ...
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How do I make a shape not show outside its stroke in Illustrator

As said in the title I need to know how to make it so a shape does not show outside its stroke in Illustrator. As you can see in the image. The black shape, which is a circle, is going outside of its ...
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How do you rescale images with exact dimensions in Adobe illustrator

I have a rectangle art-board. I am trying to place 3 identical vector graphics in different colors onto the board. I want them to be scaled, spaced apart evenly. I can't seem to find the rescale ...
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Using Illustrator CS6 to create shape out of multiple paths

I am very new to Illustrator, in fact I am only experimenting with it in an attempt to help my friend develop a logo for a new business venture. I managed to draw out the shell of the logo using the ...
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How can I put a path in the approximate center of a font?

I drew a line through the center of a font with the pencil tool, worked great. I don't know how to turn that line into a path. Any better methods are welcome.
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Preventing Illustrator CC vector objects distorting when scaled

I'm having some trouble resizing a group of vector objects in an illustration. These objects used to be lines until I expanded them into vector shapes, and before I scale them they look fine: But ...
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How to convert a small logo into a big one in illustrator?

I have a small old personal logo the biggest would be around (update:: 88x88 original:: ~100x100 pixels (before it starts to look pixelated) so everyone is telling me to convert it to a vector in ...
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how to preserve fonts with an Adobe Illustrator file?

I was working on a design in Adobe Illustrator and I've sent the .ai file to the printer. But she says that she don't have the fonts, that I used, installed on her computer. Now she also doesn't know ...
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Lines are pixelated and low quality when exported to .PNG in low resolution with Adobe Illlustrator

I'm trying to make 16x16 icons in line style with Adobe Illustrator and when I export to .PNG, lines are extremely low quality and pixelated. Here's examples: Here's what it looks like in ...
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Anti aliasing illustrator white line, only some colors? [duplicate]

So im trying to make a guy for an animation id like to make. Ive duplicated the layer, then tried to color underneath with the live paint tool and the blob tool. But with some colors (red and blue ...
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Batch image trace in Illustrator

Is there any way to batch trace images located in a directory with High fidelity option? I created an action including open an image, image trace it with high fidelity option, save it as PDF and ...
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Using Clipping masks in Illustrator

Im new to Illustrator and have found the clipping mask is not so easy compared to Phtoshop. Could any one tell me how i can make this line texture a clipping mask over the circle?
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Simulate parenting, (or un-parent) in after effects [migrated]

I have a flat layer in AE that is parented to another flat object in 3D space (both are .ai files). The trouble is when I export to Cinema 4D Lite, the motion of the parented object is not the same ...
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How to export a file in Adobe Illustrator and still have it be a vector?

I am new to Adobe Illustrator. I created a simple image with a shape and some text and wanted to create a vector image. So I basically created the shape and the text. Then right-clicked and selected ...
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Why does my vector file gets pixelated when I apply the “Plastic Wrap” effect in illustrator?

I have a vector file that gets pixelated when i apply the "plastic wrap" effect. What can I do?
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Create closed areas from open areas

I should convert mono-colored seamless pattern to colored one. The problem is -instead of masking, the shapes were cut at the perimeter and expanded, thus using live paint is impossible. I look for ...
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Print large work on A4 printer

I have a work I should adjust according to the uneven surface. I need to print the mockup on A4 printer, i.e. the result is the glued A4 pages where each of the page is a separate part of the image. ...
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File Attributes - AI …Any clues? [migrated]

Can anyone point me what does it mean when a .png file having 'AI' as File > Properties > Details > Attributes. Does it mean it made with Adobe Illustrator ? Also note that the png is 8bit image.