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When I save as .SVG it adds extra whitespace width to the document

I have my image on the artboard and have clicked Object > Artboards > Fit to artboard bounds. When I save an SVG I get extra whitespace at the bottom, how can I just save whats in the ...
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Adobe Illustrator Zoom around selected, not to screen centre?

Command (Cntrl) and = gives zoom in, in Adobe Illustrator. Is there a way to set it so that it zooms to the selected object rather than the centre of the screen?
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What's the best way to import to InDesign from Illustrator & Photoshop

I'm illustrating a book. I'm using Photoshop to add effects, my text is in Illustrator and all of the illustrated pages live and will print from InDesign. My book size is 10.25 x 10.25 inches, and all ...
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Illustrator: how to align grouped objects and expand to be aligned top and bottom?

The rectangles below have been grouped together by me. I realized that I probably should have aligned them before grouping them. I'm wondering if there is a way to align them (to their top edge) ...
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How can i make this opacity effect

How can i make this effect using illustrator CC . I try to make it reducing the opactiy of red rectangle ,but it dosent give a result like this
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How to crop a vector graphic in Adobe Illustrator to paste into InDesign?

I tried cropping a vector image in Adobe Illustrator by following this link: How can I crop everything outside of an art board in Illustrator? I was able to do it once. I repeated the steps and it ...
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Reliable method to extract fragments from an SVG in HTML/Javascript

I have a large SVG graphic containing several elements that I want to display across different parts of an HTML page. I'm using Illustrator. The reason I'm not putting them as distinct elements is ...
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Drawing hair, joining up all of the segments correctly

In illustrator: I have the following drawing, drawn with the pen tool. The problem is that i drew each hair segment separately to be able to fill them separately, but redrew over lines in order to ...
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Outlining dot patterns in Illustrator

I have a logo created with a dot pattern clipped by a mask. Is there anyway to outline that pattern as is without losing its look? I design for custom engraving and the laser machine needs to read ...
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How to change the curve of two separate points simultaneously in Illustrator

Is it possible in Illustrator to change the curve of two separate points at the same time so that the change is symmetrical? For example if I have a rounded cornered square but want to further adjust ...
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illustrator CMYK help

Hoping someone can help. I've been asked to create a vector illustration where k must equal 0. I keep going to the shape fill, set it as 0 and then all looks fine. But when I click back on the shape, ...
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How to set a colour ratio in different sectors and manipulate it? [closed]

Please see picture 1: I am trying to make a colour scale in the picture for example the picture right now is red/orange colour in the background is 1:0 (orange background:white dots), and if the ...
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Illustrator - Breaking up compacted layers

New to Illustrator. When I open an ai CC file in CS6, all layers are compacted into one layer. How can I break it up into the original individual layers? How should I be saving my work to prevent ...
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Illustrator: How to make color-to-transparency gradient on dark background appear without gray area

I tried to create fade to transparency gradient. It looks fine on white background. However, on black background, there is slightly desaturated gray area between 100% opaque and 100% transparent stop ...
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Big distortion when scaling illustrator

i read a lot of a threads on this web but still i can't find a solution for my problem. I saw a similar problem thread but it didn't fix it for me. SO when i want to scale my created logo I always ...
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How to connect solid connected pieces?

Simple question, how do I make this one piece? Ive tried all the pathfinder options, and it does not connect the pieces, same as compound shape. I'm stuck trying to do this the hard way, there ...
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Difference between PSD paths and AI paths

Bit of a noob question, but I've only recently discovered Illustrator. I've always worked with Photoshop to edit images. Can anyone tell me the difference between paths created in PSD and paths ...
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Adobe Illustrator cs4 Live Trace an image (jpg, png) and mode color image disappears

Open file in Illustrator Select > Live Trace if Mode = black and white everything works if Mode = colour image disappears, cannot see. Object gone. All suggestions welcome. It is not file ...
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What dimensions should my Illustrator artboard be when designing for a wallpaper for the walls of my office?

I am planning to design some patterned wall paper for the walls of my office and I was wondering if there are recommended dimensions for the artboard when designing it via illustrator.
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JPG image colors change when opened on Illustrator/Photoshop

I have logo which format is .jpg. That's the only logo file that my client has provided me. Now, when I open this file on Illustrator or Photoshop, it suddenly change its colors. Here's what I mean; ...
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What's the best technique for stacking the same multiplied object?

I'm trying to create a material style illustration and I can't figure out how to multiply the object so that the edges are aligned perfectly. Even if I use Alt+Shift option the edges are bound to ...
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Illustrator's background and artboard became transparent

Hey apparently illustrator has a less known feature to hide artboard and background. I accidentally activated this with some keyboard shortcut. How do I go back to the normal view?
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How can I make a symbol's bounding box match its clipping mask?

I have a symbol which is clipped. When I place the symbol into document, I can't adjust the size of clipped object. In fact transform shows me unclipped bounding box. Above on the left side ...
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Google Display Ads Illustrator [duplicate]

I've been designing Google display ads for clients out of Ai, very simple (mostly text and logo) layouts. I'm having trouble with exporting, losing text clarity and general quality loss of graphics. ...
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Catalog Illustrator Work

I am wondering about ways of cataloging the work I do in Illustrator. I was thinking to use Adobe Lightroom by exporting my final AI files as JPEGs(for instance) and then create a catalog in Lightroom ...
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How to separate a rotated text box into two in Illustrator?

I have this rotated area type shape and I would like to separate it in two parts, while keeping all the text as it is. It seems to me like there is no simple way to do this in illustrator. What I'm ...
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Selecting 1 colour in image trace without clicking endlessly [duplicate]

I've scanned a drawing that has lots of detail. I've image traced it to the 30 colour maximum. I've expanded it so it's editable. I want to change the colours of this drawing. Because there is so ...
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How to create a label for a Yeti Cup [closed]

I am attempting to vinyl wrap a cup with the initials 'RBN' on it but the cup is not a perfect cylinder. I need to know how to design this so that when printed and wrapped the letters appear to look ...
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How to make certain area transparent in Illustrator

I have a rectangle with a grid pattern as fill: Now I want the white part to be transparent so I can add a background image to it. I didn't find a way to do it. I know if you are in Photoshop you ...
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Illustrator: How can I fill stroked shapes with a color? TONS OF THEM

I created a detailed pattern on illustrator and I used the paint brush and used a stroke color with an empty fill, so it became transparent. I didnt think it through, and there actually should have ...
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How do I disable or hide the pink background on missing fonts

How do I disable or hide the pink background on missing fonts? I do not care that the fonts are missing. I do not want to install the fonts. I do not want to replace the fonts in the file; I want to ...
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PSD layers are not showing when I open in Illustrator

I am trying to open a PSD into Illustrator so that I can save it as an AI and not all of my layers are showing. I have searched all around to see if anyone else's answer can help but nothing has ...
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How to merge two shapes and create a space between them

I am trying to merge these two shapes in Adobe Illustrator, so that the black line makes a cutout through the grey rings of the target, and leaves a specified gap around the edge between the black ...
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Importing EPS to Adobe Photoshop adds stroke around the objects

I have created an object using Adobe Illustrator and when saving as EPS file and opening it on Photoshop, I see all these white stokes around them: if I save it as PNG and open it with a photo ...
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Pantone Color Manager - exported colors have diffferent values when imported in Illustrator

Im new to Pantone colors and have some doubts. I started using Pantone Bridge Coated book and Pantone software named Pantone Color Manager. Software is regularly updated and I export palettes as soon ...
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How do I stop Illustrator from snapping to pixel increments?

I am working in Illustrator (15.0.2 (CS5) or 16.0.0 (CS6)) and when I try to move objects small distances, they snap to the nearest two pixels on some invisible grid. I can't find anything in the ...
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Save for web from selected artboard

I have several pictures in different artboards. I would like to save "for web" picture in artboard #2 . When I do "save for web" I'm always pointed to dartboard #1 an I must use mouse o move right ...
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Why does the whole box fill when I transform an object in Illustrator?

I'm an Illustrator rookie and having problems. Whenever I rotate or transform the object, the whole bounding box fills. See examples below. Rotating, perspective distort, etc all seem to have the same ...
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Opening Illustrator CC 2015 without file recovery

The Illustrator auto recovery feature is nice. However, is there any option for switching itt of before or during the start of Illustrator CC 2015? If the file is small but make the program hang, it ...
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How do i export text from illustrator to photoshop with editable text and layer style?

(At first sorry for my english) I was working on text using illustrator cc which have one fill with gradient and a stroke. For more editing i export it in cs6 for firework which can help me with ...
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How to convert an Illustrator design to Word so a client can print themselves?

I have a client who asked for an envelope design and I created it in Illustrator. Here's the catch, we have very specific dimensions but they want to print them themselves using MS Office programs ...
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Illustrator Precise Shaping Issue

I'm having a very annoying issue with Illustrator and can't seem to find anyone else with this issue on the internet which is kind of odd. I'm having trouble uploading images so I will try and ...
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Exporting web design from illustrator to photoshop

I have a website designed in Illustrator that I have exported to PSD, which works okay apart from the fact that it doesn't like clipping paths which I can deal with. The main issue is that when the ...
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Pen stroke width keeps changing

I'm having trouble with the pen tool as it won't stay at the stroke width that I set it to. It seems at some points of the image it accepts my settings and others it automatically resets to 1 pt and ...
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How does Yoga Perdana colorize his illustrations?

If you haven't heard of him or seen any of his work, Yoga Perdana is a digital artist who, in my opinion, creates some really awesome illustrations with a very soft feel to them. I believe I ...
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How can i store pure vector assets, not linked assets, in Adobe Library?

I've been using Adobe Library in illustrator to store shapes I use often. but i've come across a problem. I first make a shape I want to store: I then drag it into Adobe Library: But when it ...
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How to use After Effects Trim Path with an Illustrator Path

I imported my Illustrator file into After Effects. I then turned the Vector layer into a shape layer. I added a trim path to the shape but the trim path does some weird start to end point mask. ...
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How to save PDF so actual size is the same as artboard size?

I created an artboard that is 1416px wide. I need to handle the PDF to a coder, with it having the same actual size as the website. Yet when I save it as a PDF and he gives it a 100% zoom (chooses ...
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How do you use Apple's new emojis in Photoshop?

I'm trying to get a large version of one Apple's new emojis in Photoshop. I know how to write with emojis in something like TextEdit, but I need the emoji to have a transparent background. I've even ...
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Trying to realise my goal (a new way of thinking) [closed]

I'm trying to find the fastest way, to draw on a high-end level. I am decent in Photoshop, but find myself using a lot of time with details and cleaning up my drawing. So I started to research and I ...