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Illustrator: Mouse hover with selection tool (V) does not highlight group objects

I seem to have hit a hotkey combo by accident or changed some preferences in Illustrator and I can't figure out what. When using the selection tool (V) and hovering over an object (Object selection ...
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Losing Transparency when placing an item in illustrator

I've never had this problem before. I'm saving my images in Photoshop with no background. But when I place them into Illustrator they have a white background. I've tried it as a Tiff, Png, PSD, and ...
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Flat Artwork Cut into 3 pieces for a round object

I am using the latest version of Adobe Illustrator CC (2015.2.0 Release) on Windows 10. I have a flat piece of artwork (some text with graphic elements around). This is intended to go onto a round (...
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How can I select transparent parts of a raster image I placed in Illustrator?

I have an image. it is an object with a transparent background. how can I make the selection around the object itself and not the square with the object and transparency. I exported this image from ...
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How do I keep transparency from one AI file to another?

I am trying to create a a shape for a project. As I started to create it, I realized that when I go to copy it into my other AI file, it has a white background to it and transfers over to my page as ...
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How to scale objects around a point, mantaining an anchor point fixed on illustrator?

I am trying to follow this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGAdzGj4vR0 There are multiple copies of a losange, rotated around the base anchor of the center one. The guy on the video just ...
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Illustrator clipping mask with multiple images within the mask?

I have a file that I'm working with that someone else put together. It has about 20 images on it. Each one has a clipping mask on it. When I turn the clipping mask off, about 50 images are really ...
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How to make 3D 2D text? [duplicate]

I want to make a 3D looking text that would in fact be 2 2D layers. Here's what I want to make - I duped the layer 2 times and moved the second layer a little lower, then used Blend, recolored and ...
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How to fill in a shape with content in illustrator

I am completely new to Illustrator, however my boss asked me to make a graphic in illustrator. A list of things he sent me: First, this mock up image for what he wants: as well as the .ai file ...
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Shape in Illustrator so it can be editable in PowerPoint

How to save a shape in Illustrator so it can be editable in PowerPoint 2016 (MAC OS). I should be able to recolour and it has to scalable on re-sizing.
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.AI vectors and text rendering wrong when PDF exported from InDesign

I have an InDesign file which has a placed logo linking to an .AI file. The logo looks absolutely fine in InDesign. I also have some large text using the font Open Sans which looks great in InDesign. ...
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InDesign, Acrobat and Illustrator and PDF-file-sizes

I’m observing strange behavior in Adobes Creative Suite (I’m on CS6 right now) when it comes to file size of PDFs. I export PDFs from InDesign with various options and sometimes need to make smaller ...
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How to create a uniformly distributed dashed plot in a scatter graph in Adobe Illustrator CS4

In Illustrator CS4 I have a scatter graph with four data sets. Now I want to use dashed and dotted patterns. However the dashes are not distributed uniformly over a plot. Click here to see a PDF ...
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How to select multiple objects with different appearance in Illustrator?

Say I want to select e.g. all red diamonds AND all text in the following image. What should I do? I can select all red diamonds by choosing one, then Select --> Same --> Appearance. I can also ...
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Why can't I merge two points?

I drew a circle, added a diameter to it, joined objects, removed topmost anchor point... Now I need to make it united shape: The question is general and the situation is general: suppose I have ...
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Setting the object size in Illustrator [duplicate]

I need to set the specific size and position for objects in Illustrator. For example, I need to set the size to 100 × 50 mm, but Illustrator automatically sets its size to 100.189 × 50.094 mm. Same ...
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How to edit text in psd or ai file without photoshop and without illustrator?

I have two files from the graphic designer: psd file and ai file. How can I edit the text? I don't have photoshop. Thanks
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Join two paths to become one? [closed]

I have two lines intersecting forming a cross. I outline the strokes but they continue to be individual lines in stead of one path. I want these lines to be one undivided line but cant get there?
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Illustrator - How to clone text fields along anchor points?

I'm working on a large number of dot-to-dot puzzles and want to speed up the process and make it easier. Right now I'm trying to find a way to clone one text field along the path so every anchor ...
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import psd as text into illustrator

I have a psd file with picture and text, that I am trying to convert to svg - so the text will be scaleable. I am working with cs5. I believe you can export as svg from photoshop-cc now, but I dont ...
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How to merge or replace pantone or spot ink in illustrator in one go?

I have a huge artwork content where i need to relace or merge one pantone with another. Thanks
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Labeling river of a map in Illustrator

I'm wrapping my map up in Illustrator. I want to create a line that has the same geometry of my river and I want to label it: "Klamath River". The thing is, I don't want to label it once, I want to ...
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Ideal way to wrap a label around a bottle (3d extrude?)

Previously I might have used Photoshop's warp tool to wrap a label around a bottle but it's hard to get perfect results in this way. I'd love a more consistent method so I tried experimenting with ...
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Illustrator: Clipping Mask Struggles

Illustrator noob here (pls bear with me). I'm trying to make a face, and I want to add some shading on the left cheek, so this is my process: first make the shading, and then clip it to the original ...
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Little Gaps between rectangles when exporting .svg with Illustrator

i have these little white gaps between the rectangles (only in exported .svg files) In illustrator im able to zoom in as far as possible without seeing any of these Is there a way to fix this? I ...
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Remove transformations when exporting as SVG with Illustrator

Is there a way to remove path/group transformations when exporting as SVG with Illustrator? My problem is similar to this one but the given solution is only for Inkscape.
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Can I lock my workspace?

Struggling with Illustrator, I keep dragging my panels out and it's super irritating. How do I lock them in place?
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How I deactivate Alt + Scroll zoom in Adobe software programs?

So I am working on a Mac with Magic mouse. When I am using the Adobe programs (Ai, Ps, Id, no matter, I think it is common for all of them), if I accidently hold the alt button and move my hand on the ...
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How to “save for web” multiple Illustrator files with Illustrator script?

I have about 55 ai files and i wanted to save for web for all these files using adobe illustrator script. I wanted to save all of them at 1200 percent size of the document size.
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How to creat a percentage of a color in Sketch

Illustrator has a feature that I find very useful to get a percentage of the color. Not by decreasing the opacity but mixing the color with white. is it possible to do that in Sketch?
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What is a good workflow to create background patterns for web designs?

I am designing a website in Photoshop and I want to try create a background pattern myself. I have both Photoshop and Illustrator at my disposal. I am aware that in Photoshop I can use Edit -> ...
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Clear content from “draw inside” - Illustrator

I have created a rounded rectangle and pasted picture inside of it by using "draw inside" tool. Now I would like to clear inside drawing. Is it possible? How?
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Why rasterizing objects in Illustrator causes them to be pixelated [duplicate]

I am having a sudden problem with my vectors after being rasterized within Illustrator. The rasterized image becomes pixelated. If anyone might have an idea as to what might have happened all of a ...
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Can I get rid of all the extra layers that Illustrator creates after I use pathfinder?

I'm not an experienced Illustrator user, but whenever I use pathfinder to combine a few shapes together, Illustrator would create a whole bunch of what appears to look like outlines of every shape and ...
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How to fill half of a word with one colour and the other half with a different colour in Adobe Illustrator

I want to recreate the text of a logo I have. It had black half way down the text and then yellow for the other half. How do I create text with a different colour on each half in Adobe Illustrator?...
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Three colors applied on a group of objects

I am trying to color this shape with three colors, but it must be equally distributed. Usually for a simple object I would have created the three rectangles, duplicated the main object for each color ...
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How are these swirly, line frames made?

I love and have always been mystified by this kind of swirly design. After +10yrs working as a graphic designer, I still can't wrap my head around how those are done. Geometric curved design in ...
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How to find out whether an Illustrator file or object has been copied from somewhere else

I have received an Illustrator file, as an entry for a competition that I had organised, but I seriously doubt the illustration is completely original and suspect that parts of it are copied from ...
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CC Libraries Assets into InD: place linked VS place copy

After playing around a bit with the CC Libraries, I noticed an odd problem: In InD I create, for instance, a vector shape and a bit of text over it, and import these as a single graphic into CC ...
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How do I make non-rectangular slices in Illustrator?

I bought this: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=297036404&src=id And now I need to export each sign as an individual file (PNG or JPG). If there was more distance between the individual ...
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Reduce number of colors in illustrator using Recolor artwork not working?

Here is my problem: I select all my items click the recolor wheel merge some colors click ok, but it does not seem to change: deselect, then reselect the shapes click the color wheel: all colors are ...
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Shapes strokes from PSD is invisible when open in Illustrator

I open the PSD files in Illustrator to save the files as PDF but the strokes of box shapes are invisible or automatically changed to white? How do I fix this so I don't have to fix each artworks again ...
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What is the recommended way to export a logo from Sketch to Illustrator?

I've always been intimidated by Illustrator and it's pen tool to the point that I void using it. I usually do everything on Photoshop and then import to Illustrator to use the live trace feature ...
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Wacom Tablet - Illustrator brush tool

I currently got the intuos art wacom tablet so still learning how to use it. I'm currently in illustrator trying to draw out a map and the brush tool is doing something weird and I cannot figure out ...
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Object dimensions change after filling with the Shape Builder Tool/Paint Bucket Tool

I already wrote in Adobe forum about this issue (https://forums.adobe.com/message/8339546#8339546) and tried all suggestions to solve this problem, but still nothing… I will try to explain my problem ...
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how do I create this type of grid in illustrator?

I'm trying to create a logo grid and I would like to know how I can achieve something such as the image below in illustrator
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Is there a way in Adobe Illustrator to import a path from a list of points?

I want to be able to take a list of point coordinates created by a script and import them as a path. The list would be just be a text document with the coordinates separated by line breaks. Is there a ...
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I can't join lines in Illustrator. CMD-J gives an error

We're doing a project for our university, where we have to lasercut some gears. We've found a template for our gears online, but somehow the lines aren't joined, which makes the lasercutter cut twice. ...
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Dividing a group of paths in the middle

I have traced and expanded a tire that I now want to cut straight in the middle so I can decrease the opacity of the left half. That group of paths the expansion created I can't cut now - even with a ...
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Shaper tool objects left uneditable

I have drawn a flat design landscape with the "new" Shaper Tool and at some point I must have used some command - ctrl+z i suspect - and now I can only edit a handful of the triangles in size and ...