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How to change colors in a purchased vector stock image with masks.

I am using AI, and I have a vector image where I have over 25 different masks. When I select a shape, and try to change the color, only the border of that specific changes color but the inside stays ...
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how to change the marked area of ai file

I have an AI file, which contains a logo, but if I want to convert the file into pdf format, it selects only a part of the logo (in the middle of the logo graphics there is a white box), what do I ...
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question about color printing on plastic bottle

Hello to all the graphic design professionals out there, I was wondering if you could share your experience on color printing on plastic bottles. (like this material) I am struggling because I ...
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Illustrator gradient turns grey when saved as pdf

I'm working on a project where I want to add a gradient over the bottom of a picture so it fades to the background. However, when I save the file to PDF, the gradient gets a grey color, not the black ...
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How to punch in a text

I have a text and white paths above it. I need to 'crop' the text with the paths... Similar to the "punch" of adobe fireworks. How I do this? thanks
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Convert SVG to AI in Bulk?

Is there a tool to convert SVG to AI in bulk? Everytime I search for this I simply get online convertors that convert SVG to bitmap formats, or similar stuff. I would need an offline tool, and one ...
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Problems importing Illustrator files into Flash

Illustrator files don't always import correctly into Flash. What are the common reasons for failure and is there any way to improve the import quality?
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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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Adobe Illustrator doesn't change units from points (pt) to pixels (px)

Text items in my project are measured with pixels as I need it to be, but shapes - only in points, even though there are "Pixels" selected in Preferences->Units. In other project files everything's ...
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Some points in my isometric grid are not aligning

I created this isometric grid, via the SSR method described in this tutorial. However, when drawing a rectangle, and copy-dragging it the 'rectangles' do not align. When drawing a straight line i see ...
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BC and Leaflet for Print - Colour Appearing Different

I have recently designed an A5 leaflet in Photoshop and a Standard Business Card in Illustrator for print (Working CMYK). I have saved both documents as PDFs and have tried using several of Adobe's ...
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How do you create custom Arrowheads in illustrator CC?

I'm trying to create a custom arrowhead in illustrator CC but can't seem to find out how.
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Missing piece when I apply a brush to a shape

I've fooled around with all the settings, but haven't had any luck with fixing the issue. The same thing happens with any brush.
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Saving Illustrator file back a version embeds effects

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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tool and guide for creating high quality and small size basic shapes for mobile application

I have just join this now. 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 not satisfied with resolution ...
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How to change stroke width of image made by drawing in iPad?

I have a drawing using Adobe Ideas app in iPad, then export it to PDF to open it with Inkscape. It is a vector image since I can enlarge it as much as I want. However the width of the stroke too big ...
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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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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 arc flags to this shape in illustrator

I`m searching for solution how to arc these flags into this shape in adobe illustrator Thanks for solution.
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Illustrator symbol isolation view pixel grid not aligned to ruler

When a symbol is not aligned to pixel grid, the origin is not aligned to an intersection of the grid. Thus it becomes very difficult to create pixel perfect symbols. Paths that are snapped to the ...
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No color swatches available in Illustrator

When opening a new image from a PNG file in Illustrator as the background for my artboard to trace over I am not able to select any color swatches the only available options are [none] and ...
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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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Is there a way to trim art boards in illustrator like in photoshop? [duplicate]

I will find myself often resizing art boards in illustrator when Im designing websites (if a page needs to be longer or shorter) and wanted to know if there is a way to trim away transparent pixels on ...
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Illustrator cc divide tool not working

I have created a simple ellipse and then from one end to the other created a path using the pen tool that intersects this ellipse. I now want to divide the ellipse into two shapes using the path, ...
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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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How do I divide a circle into equal parts like a pie chart with Adobe Illustrator?

Is there a fairly simple way to divide a circle into equal parts using Adobe Illustrator CC?
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how to resize object with additive styles applied to it, while keeping it's copies in place?

What I want to do is shown here at 0:52, unfortunatelly there is no explanation in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fh-9Ajs0ck The author applies additive style to a square to acquire a ...
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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 to open a multiple page PDF file as artboards in Illustrator CS6

I'm trying to open a PDF file with 7 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CS6. How do I open the PDF file in one single AI files with all artboards within it?
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How to align objects side by side with a specified distance between them in Illustrator?

I am creating an animated sprite list in Adobe Illustrator. I finished creating the sprites and used the Horizontal/Vertical Distribute Center commands to distribute the objects equally in some area. ...
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Is it possible to recover unsaved data in Illustrator cs4?

I was working on a file and Illustrator suddenly crashed, just wondered if the data gets saved somewhere. Any tips?
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Apply multiple gradient colours in one image

I'm trying to apply multiple colours in a single photography. The effect that i want is like this one: I've been playing with standard gradients, big brushes, opacities and saturations, but none ...
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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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How to stop auto rotate of shapes in Illustrator CS4?

When I create a shape, like a rectangle, it starts out slightly rotated down to the right. This happens every time I start a new file and create a new rectangle. I don't see rotation in the appearance ...
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Convert end anchor point to a two beizer handle point

In Illustrator it's easy to convert a 2 beizer handle anchor point into a end point (containing no handles) with the anchor point tool - as I did in my attached image: Is it possible to convert ...
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Non-destructive transformation + effects Illustrator

I'm not sure I'm using the right language, but I'm stumped on how to google for this. Basically, I want to take a layer containing multiple objects, duplicate it, and apply effects to it. I have to do ...
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Re-Sizing Text with perspective effect [duplicate]

Every time I try to resize text that has an perspective effect on it, it changes. how do I stop it from changing on me when resizing?
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Select all objects in another object area in Adobe Illustrator

I explain the situation : I have objects in background and circles in front. I would like to select all objects in background that are contained in those circles area. The pathfinder will not work, ...
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Do the same in illustrator and photoshop

So i made this logo in Photoshop: https://p1.picsto.re/1nrtg.jpg Is there any chance to do it in Illustrator? What i need is the "shiny glass" effect i made the rest already: ...
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Morphing names of a team roster in to a volleyball shape

I need to shape text into a volleyball "word" graphic. I have my volleyball (which is actually just individual arcs) and I have my text. I have been using the envelope distort-make with top object, ...
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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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How to equalize any 2-point curve in illustrator

I'm in the process of building a custom logotype, drawing each character using a combination of the shapes, the pathfinder and the pen tool and I am currently crafting the 'B' character. I would like ...
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How to fix the position of a gradient in Illustrator, so that it doesn't move when I edit the object it's applied to?

How do I make Illustrator not change the gradient's position and size when I change the path's shape?
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Quality loss when PDF opened in Preview

I just saved an .ai file as a .pdf and opened it afterwards to check size and quality. This is when I noticed the saved file was lower in both color and resolution, than the original .ai file. After ...
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Finding open paths in Adobe Illustrator

I uploaded a file to a market place but it got rejected. They sent me messages for some modifications and the one modification they want is to close opened paths. How can I find open paths or their ...
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How to draw white rectangle over black background in Illustrator?

I set up in Illustrator > File > Document Setup .. black color as shown here I try to create white / colorful (but not back to be able to see) rectangles over the black background. So I've set ...
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How does one reset Illustrator CS6 on Mac?

My Illustrator is acting a bit buggy; more precisely, no selection is actually visible. Selected text isn't highlighted, looking for an anchor is like looking for a needle in a haystack, and finding a ...
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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: ...