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Illustrator: “the selection contains objects which can't be distorted”-error

I am trying to make a distort effect in illustrator. I use the white arrow, the direct selection tool, I cannot get it to work. I get an error message: "the selection contains objects which can't ...
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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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How can I Change the color of a bunch of symbols in Illustrator

I have a set of flat objects and they are independent, they only share the same file. I mean they are all in one single .AI file. How can I Change the colors of those objects while they are in symbol ...
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Removing white segment from a svg image

I am designing an Arabic font for which I have created the glyphs using MetaFont and processed the MetaFont sources with MetaPost. As a result, I got an svg image for each of the glyph. There is one ...
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Illustrator - object placements slightly off

I'm currently lerning Illustrator and I started building some Lego bricks for learning purposes. Building them worked, but when I try to stack them over each other, they just won't align proberly. ...
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Cutting parts of text using other text in adobe illustrator

I have created a logo in adobe illustrator however as you can see the picture below I wanted to cut part of the E in airforce of using the shape of the A in advice. I normally have the logo on a white ...
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can i make an outlined path thicker in illustrator?

i have downloaded some svg icons form the web which are all outlined paths. In illustrator i would like to make those paths thicker. Is there a way to do this? I know when a line is still in ...
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Illustrator opacity rendering on artboard vs. white objects

I recently stumbled on something curious: the white of the artboard and the white of white objects in Illustrator act quite vastly differently on translucent objects on top of them. For example, this ...
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Can you re-number the order of artboards in Illustrator CS4?

I use illustrator with multiple artboards to design website layouts. Often I start at the beggining (what I think is the beggining at the time) and get 15 pages deep. Then I realize that I need to add ...
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How to achieve a metal engraving effect in Adobe Illustrator CC?

I want to make more realistic looking laser-engraved logo mockups for clients but can't seem to get it quite right. I might need a new approach and could definitely use some perspective. Details: I ...
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Polygon shape not closing with brush in Illustrator CC

I am having a problem where I create a polygon shape and then apply a brush to it. But what I am getting is one corner is not closed or linked together. I have no idea how to fix this issue. Is there ...
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can't work out the Minus Front

I'm supposed to have a result like the picture on the left when I click minus front but all I'm getting is like the picture on the right. Help is very much appreciated.
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How get high clear-cut favicon from illustrator vector logo?

When I import vector image to the photoshop from illustrator and try downsampling it with turned on option "Bicubic sharper (best for reduction)". But Photoshop still provides its interpolations and ...
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Illustrator: Subtracting lines from a circle with pathfinder [duplicate]

Im trying to cut out the leftovers of this circle using pathfinder-intersect, but it's not letting me. Worked before with the same shape, am I missing something?
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Exporting .emf file from Illustrator then inserting into PPT without white surround

My set up is: Mac, running 10.6.8, using CS5 & Powerpoint 2011 Wondered if anyone can help. I've drawn a load of flat icons in Illustrator as a client wants to use them in their powerpoint ...
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Illustrator CC 2014 colour picker displaying different RGB value for global & non-global swatches

I’ve tried to describe the issue using annotated screenshots below. I’m pretty sure it’s not related to colour profiles. If anyone else has had this problem and found a solution I’d be very grateful ...
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Illustrator: How do you change default Fill/Stroke Colors for the 'D' key?

Pressing D will switch to the default Fill/Stroke colors (which is White Fill / Black Stroke in Illustrator). I remember having read about a way to define your own default Fill/Stroke colors, but I ...
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Adobe Illustrator CC Transparent inside vector

So i have trace a logo using pen tool the problem is the logo has a hole inside that I need it to be transparent. Here is the look of the image link now I need to make the white inside the logo ...
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Scaling image to suit 480dpi Android screen(xxhdpi)

I am newbie designer. Have designed the screens for an android app using illustrator and measurements are in pixels. My developers have asked me to provide the images @480DPI. My online research did ...
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How do i place a 16bit bit image into Adobe Illustrator without it converting it to 8bit?

How do i place a 16bit bit image into Adobe Illustrator without it converting it to 8bit? i have "Googled" all over the web, but i cant find anything on changing color depth of a AI file to 16bit ...
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Green numerl in Illustrator when I write a text?

Why I get a numeral green in Illustrator when I write a text?
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Align text field glyph anchor to box/grid

I want to align a textfield to the top left of a box, as per how the Grid Systems cover looks: The round letters in the headlines should overhang slightly. I am able to get quite close by using: ...
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In illustrator how do I make the cursor normal sized? [migrated]

I have never had this happen before and I can't figure out how to fix it. My cursor is only large in the actual illustrator documents. How can I fix this issue?
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Colours consistently change in Illustrator the moment I deselect an object

While working with a file I noticed that the moment I imported my Illustrator file into Photoshop it changed our company colour #ff5522 to a different orange-red variable. Considering ...
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Problem copying over an object that was created by live sketch in illustrator

I had a sketch that I created. Then scanned it and did a live trace in Illustrator CS5. I don't really need all of the drawing but there is a hamburger that I wanted to make its own project. So I ...
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How do you paste one object, several times at once on one artboard in illustrator CS6?

I have 20 of the same icons on one art board. I would like to select all and replace all with a new icon. I want the icons to show in the same spot as the replaced icons.
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Illustrator - Large Vector File to Print at A0

I have created large vector drawings for A0 printing - each file has thousands of vectors at different transparencies. The largest file is 270mb when saved as an editable pdf. I have not compressed ...
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How can I make an arrow thicker and save it for mobile usage in illustrator?

I am new to illustrator. Below is a screenshot of an arrow I am trying to make using illustrator. I need help in the following: How can I make the lower part (curved part) of the arrow thicker/wider? ...
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Illustrator is cropping exported icons despite artboard being Fit to Selected Art

I'm trying to export certain graphics from an Illustrator file. I'm selecting the object, fitting the artboard to the selected artwork, and saving for web & devices, PNG-24 format. When I look at ...
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Why are gradients and opacity rasterized when saving SVG's in illustrator?

I'm a web designer and frequently use illustrator to create graphics for use on the web. The most ideal format for me is SVG because it is light, performant and looks HQ at any size. Something ...
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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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How to extract vector filename from .ai files

I have a lot of .ai files. Each .ai file contains a lot of vectors, each vector comes as a file (eps/ai) which has been downloaded from Shutterstock-like websites. We've lost all these eps/ai vector ...
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Compound Paths and Paths - One single object

I use an addon for web mapping geospatial PDFs, each object can have map attributes, but I have a group: >>> Can I merge them (every letter) into one single object instead of being in a group?
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Creating outline using extendscript distorts text

I believe this is an Illustrator issue and not a coding issue therefore I'm posting it here. I have this script that does a few things to my documents including outlining the text (then saving as a ...
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How to automate setting position and dimensions to round values?

I'm trying to set the position and size of selected objects in Illustrator to whole numbers quickly. Is there an Action or Script that does that already ? If so, where can I find that ? Otherwise, ...
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How to Save .svg in Illustrator so it shows right on Adroid?

I am trying to create a .svg image for Android devices, but it is not visible clearly in the device. How should I save the file from Adobe Illustrator and how can I optimise the file?
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White objects on white thumbnails are invisible, so can I change the thumbnail background?

I cannot find any option to change the default white background of the layers panel thumbnails in Illustrator CS6, thus all white objects are invisible and I cannot quickly work on them. I've found ...
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Is there any way to add a new page to my work in Illustrator ?

Is there any way to add a new page to my work in Illustrator ? I've seen these buttons on the bottom: I guess they are for the pages ? thanks
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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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Text imported from Freehand

I have an old Freehand file I have imported to Illustrator cs4 and then open and save with Illustrator cs6. In Illustrator cs6 most of the text boxes have problems. The text overflows the text ...
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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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How to save text in illustrator and open it in photoshop without pixellation

I want to do silkscreen printing. I have done all the labels with Photoshop and saved as PDF. But, my printer said it is very blurry. I need to use Illustrator. So, if I have already done my label ...
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Create an artboard automatically to the size of an image (Illustrator)

I am trying to figure out how to make an artboard automatically snap to the size of an image. I know that you can draw a rectangle, then go to the Artboards window and choose "Convert to Artboards" ...
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How can I make crisp icons for Windows Store apps?

I'm pretty new to making graphics for a specific platform but not to graphic design in general. I have a logo I made using Illustrator and had scaled it accordingly by using the Save to Web feature ...
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How to stop pathfinder in illustrator cc from automatically editing / rounding shapes

So I've been using Illustrator for 6 years, and thought I knew everything about the pathfinder feature. Today I tried to use the merge pathfinder tool on some outlined text, and have gotten a 'neatly' ...
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Exporting Illustrator Art Boards without bounding box

I have a bunch of art boards that are sized to 88x88 pixels. When I export my art boards, all the images are sized as 88x88, where transparent pixels are surround my actual art work. Is there a way ...
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How do I create an outline around a raster image?

Let's say I have a PNG image (with transparent background) like the below simplified example. What is the quickest way with either Illustrator or Photoshop to create a vector path/image (i.e., ...
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Colour difference between Ai file print and PDF file print

I hope someone is able to help me solve this issue. I am launching an online stationery business whereby I design stationery for clients who can print the products in their home or at a printers (My ...
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something goes wrong with default brush setting in illustrator CS6

I have just installed my new Graphic tablet and a strange behavior appears to me in Illustrator CS6. The old day I used to pick my brush or any drawing tool and choose my stroke weight and the brush ...
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How to rotate and snap an object into a desired position? [Illustrator]

so I'm working with Adobe Illustrator, and I'm trying to have a rectangle pass through the centre, and also snap to two points. Basically, I want the marked (with the black lines) corner of the ...