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PIxelated lines in illustrator… images are for print, should I worry? [duplicate]

I am working on a big project and have done a few drawings but I am noticing some weird stuff with my strokes and I just wanted to check if it is normal and just something that I am seeing on my ...
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How to get <path> for SVG with Illustrator CS4

I'm trying to get the <path> data for an SVG file I'm creating with Illustrator CS4. It needs to look something like this, where I'm interested in retrieving the numbers inside the d ...
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Create a symbol inside a symbol, Illustrator 2015 [on hold]

Did Adobe stop supporting symbols inside of symbols? I could swear this was a feature in 2014 that does not exist in 2015. This is what I noticed. -I create two symbols. -I edit one symbol and stick ...
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newbie illustrator question : how to create a cut in a shape?

Below is 2 letters where one goes across the other (the O) and can see the small white space between the two. How can i do this in illustrator, creating the cut shape so i get the white line ? i want ...
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Illustrator, Files appear pixelated when it's saved to web

I'm hoping I may be able to find someone who may be able to help with illustrator. I'm currently trying to create a header for a blog, although every time i save to web, the image appears pixelated. ...
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Create text with cutout through letter leaving cutout part transparent

I need to create a logo. It's very basic but I cannot figure out how to achieve my desisred effect with Adobe Illustrator. Like the image before, I need to have a part of the text cut out. I tried ...
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Color values change between Illustrator and InDesign

I've googled and searched here for an answer to my question but haven't been able to find anything. I designed several pieces of collateral, all using the same single color. Some of the pieces I ...
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Checking through different fonts quickly

There's a trick I've seen other graphic designers do wehre they'll highlight a block of text, and then seemingly down-arrow through their whole list of fonts, seeing how it looks on that text block, ...
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Unwanted Rouge Stroke Lines When Saving As PDF From Adobe Illustrator CS6 [duplicate]

There are rouge lines on some outlines on various objects when I try to save a file as .PDF; IE: I am wondering if it will affect printing, or is it just an on-screen issue?
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How to convert the shapes stroke into open or transparent in Illustrator CS5?

I created a path: Inside that path I created several more paths: and group those on separate layer. Inside paths doesn’t have any fill but have a stroke of 1. Since I want that stroke to be ...
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does illustrator or photoshop change the dpi, ppi or alpha when using transparency? [closed]

I was enjoying the use of different transparency settings in both programs and was wondering if the simulated transparency would have any effect on the use of the images in different production ...
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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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How can I stop Illustrator's eraser tool from making small details vanish?

When I use the Eraser Tool (Shift+E) in Illustrator, there is a strange and undesired effect. It seems to clean up fine details on the effected layer, sometimes removing small shapes. For example, ...
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How would you represent text on the same place but with different images on each side? [closed]

I've been working on a booklet for a client but I have no idea how shoud I do it I have to put the text on the exact same place for every page, I can't get pass this one! Any idea?
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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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SVG optimization practices when drawing in Illustrator

I’ve noticed that when exporting a file from AI to SVG, there is a lot of code created that is not necessary and I realized then that this code can be certainly optimised. Found this interesting SVG ...
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Why are drop shadows so hard to render, and is there an easier alternative for an aging computer?

I've been using drop shadows on a logo I'm working with and when I apply the effect it takes a good 30-40 seconds for it to finish, and then same amount of time for each edit. I'm using an older ...
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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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Bleeding line looks weird in illustrator cc 2015 [closed]

I'm using illustrator cc 2015 version, but I found that the bleeding line is a little bit weird. As the image, I can't see the top bleeding line although it functions normally. It's not a big deal ...
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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 - 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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Drawing a line segment (or an arc) with an arrow head placed somewhere between the endpoints

I am trying to draw a line (or an arc) in Adobe Illustrator that looks something like this: (Picture taken from Allen Hatcher's ``Notes on Introductory Point-Set Topology,'' pp. 22.) My problem is ...
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Setting up A5 landscape brochure layout in Illustrator - HOW?

I have an 8 page brochure to design but I'm using Illustrator instead of InDesign (don't know my way around indesign). How do I arrange the artboards? Do I have the artboards seperately? Do I have ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How to fill in colors between lines?

I am making a 3D letter and I want to fill in some parts to give it a 3D look. So far I have used black lines to make it but I want to fill in-between the lines. Can someone show me what to do?
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Isometric line drawings with colour fill - Illustrator

Hey everyone. I am need of some serious help. I am VERY new to illustrator so I don't know if I am doing this the most effective way. So any guidance would be really appreciated. I took on a ...
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How to get handles on the starting anchor point of a path with out leaving pen tool in illustrator?

How to get the handles on the starting anchor point(starting point of the path) without leaving the pen tool? I am able to get the handles by Leave the pen tool Press Shift+C to get to Convert ...
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Large-format printing Adobe Illustrator files

I have an Adobe Illustrator file that I wish to print; I want to print it on a 60x60in (inches) paper. My question is: should the Illustrator file also be 60x60in wide? Or it is ok if the dimensions ...
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When designing for apparel how should the canvas be addressed?

I am aware that most screen printing or DTG (Direct To Garment) have a maximum print size but I'm curious to know what is the proper way to address apparel designs when the intended design is to be ...
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How to make a bulged hexagon in Adobe Illustrator?

I want to make this shape in adobe illustrator but I don't want to draw a path. Is there any option that makes the sides rounded? The shape in picture was designed in Adobe After Effects, I made a ...
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Sharp circle in Ilustrator

I am using Illustrator CS2 and I am trying to create a sharp circle. Nothing I do works though. My circles are blurred, mostly noticeable on the top, bottom, left and right edges. Example: I ...
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Illustrator/Photoshop: how to get path points' coordinates?

Hi everybody In the picture there is a line with black points. While I know how to get the anchor points coordinates with the mouse cursor, I would love to know how to get the information of the ...
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How do I take this shape in Illustrator and curve it along an arc [duplicate]

I want this vector image: To look like this: See the way it bends along the top arc? I have tried Warp, but it didn't give it the uniform thickness all the way around.
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Best method - Complex Isometric Drawings - Illustrator [duplicate]

Hi everyone, I wondered if anyone could advise me on best practices to create images like the ones above. I created these using an isometric grid and the pen tool. Doing it in three stages. ...
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Can you pull a spectrum of colors (create a swatch group) from persons face?

I'm trying to do a low poly(gon) of my brothers face. I have his .jpeg in illustrator, I'd like to to try the following with the least amount of energy / time. If .ai can do something that saves me ...
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Adobe Illustrator Save For Web SVG becomes empty

Windows 7, AI CS5 I have several artboards with different versions of a logo on them that I'm trying to save as an .svg file. ctrl+shift+alt+s to save for web. Active artboard's logo shows up in ...
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Illustrator CS5 do not automatically change the measuring unit to the files default?

I am creating images for both web and print so I use pixels (px) and millimeters (mm) back and forth. But whenever I open the other type of file (i.e. opened web(px) first then print(mm), or print(mm) ...
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How can I get rid of the content edges when I mask it with smaller container in Illustrator?

I have placed an image about 1000px*800px into Illstrator and I mask it with a box of 500px*500px now the content boundaries of the image is annoying me when positioning it with smart guide or with ...
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How can I cut up a raster image in Illustrator?

I want to split this apple (jpeg) into pieces along the outline I've created over it. I created and edited a pie chart/graph for the lines, then edited it to conform to the apple shape. I want to be ...
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Blurry vector graphics in web

I'm using illustrator and I have a graphic that is 22 pixels by 22 pixels. I export it as a png with 72 resolution, and it constantly comes up blurry. Is it just because it's too small? On my mac it ...
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How to create a vector curve programmatically?

I want to create a vector curve that is symmetric in the top and the bottom. For example, in this baseball icon (How to draw a baseball in Pixelmator?), if I try to write the vector as suggested by ...
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Removing One Part Of A Stroke On A Rectangle In Illustrator CS5

Is it possible to remove on side of a stroke on a rectangle? Let's say you have a rectangle with a stroke all the way around it and I want one end of the rectangle to be 'open' and take the stroke ...
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Adobe Illustrator's Type Tool - Incorrect text height

Ok, so I've been using Illustrator for years, and this is something I haven't gotten around to figure out.. In my line of work, I need to be precise with my lettering. If I want a text height of ...
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I can't easily select artboards in Illustrator CS6

I've been using Illustrator CS6 for months and previous versions for years. I don't consider myself a novice by any stretch, but this is driving me NUTS. Up until probably 3 weeks ago, I've been able ...
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Colour difference between Ai file print and PDF file print

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 remote locate means that I am unable to offer the ...
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How do I create a bezier curve in illustrator with known values [duplicate]

I want to create a Bézier curve in Illustrator so I can import it into Cinema 4D. Now my problem is, I have got a Bézier curve with just the coordinates of my points and I want to draw this in ...
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Splitting a vectorized image of letters into individual letters

I'm trying to digitize a handwritten font. In various tutorials, it says to ungroup and then click on the rectangular background's blue box and press delete and it should leave all the characters as ...
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Long Shadow Effect in SVG for Web

Basically I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to efficiently get a long shadow effect with an SVG: Example Image My three ideas on how this might be possible: Hella detailed gradient map, ...
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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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Is it possible to retain effects when saving Illustrator files for older versions?

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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Why is color appearing different between pieces designed for print?

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 ...