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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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Illustrator CC zoom accuracy

As a former CAD draftsman I always found the snap function in Illustrator very inaccurate. But now in AI CC I find it even more inaccurate. Am I the only one? Is there something one can do in order ...
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Minus a stroked path

I have a compound path that I'd like to fill with a pattern that contains a stroked path. No problem, but now I'd like to merge or minus the compound path, leaving the stroke intact. the example ...
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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 ...
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Blending two overlapping lines when expanded

I made this brush from a tutorial I watched online. I want this rope loop to look how its shown on top, but when they overlap in the loop I don't want them to look how they do once expanded (image ...
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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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How to change 'print' margins using Adobe Illustrator?

My document size is US Legal paper size (14 X 8.5 inches). I've chosen that setting under the page setup. In the viewer window, I can see that there are what seems to be preset margins, and my design ...
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Double offset path

The offset path tool is new for me, I just used it a couple times and it works really well for me. But since a day ago every time I use it, it creates 2 paths, or maybe 1 big path. Let's say I'm ...
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Resizing screenshots

How can I make a screenshot of a graph smaller with Illustrator or Photoshop without losing quality? I am using a Macbook Pro with retina display. I also have a monitor without retina display. I ...
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Illustrator searches for linked files in pdf

Adobe Reader shows pdf's with "linked files" correctly, but Illustrator CS5 asks to "replace missing links", which I do not have (and even if I did, I wouldn't enjoy dealing with each one). It is ...
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PDF file placed in Illustrator

I am placing a PDF into an illustrator file and where there should be white in the PDF it is transparent. How can I fix this? I want the PDF to have white where there should be white. When I put a ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS6: Checking “Align To Pixel Grid” Will Not Turn Off Alignment

I was wondering if there was another function that causes things like the pen tool to align to the grid. Whenever I start a new document, nothing is aligning, which is what I'm trying to achieve. But ...
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Using the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator [closed]

I am new to Adobe Illustrator, and I'm having problems with my pen tool. Every time I click on it, it makes an anchor point with a line that drags from it. It does not make individual points that ...
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Illustrator is changing width of the path when saving as SVG

I use AI CS6 and I have a problem. When i open a svg file that should look like this on Pic1 The width of path changes, liko on Pic2 and I don't know how to fix it. It happens with all files that use ...
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How do I use an SVG “icon font” within Illustrator?

Trello uses an icon font and I'd like to figure out how to bring in some of the glyphs into an Illustrator project. Admittedly, this is going a bit backwards (usually you want to import Illustrator ...
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Extra horizontal line after adding type to image using Pathfinder Unite in Illustrator

I am trying to make the path of the letters in 'hanwell' trim to/flush with the edges of the bridge illustration, so that the letters only appear in the gaps between the bridge pillars. I have drawn ...
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I have 20 vectors, groups of 2 on an .ai artboard, how do I make these into 10 files?

I have one .ai artboard, it contains 20 vectors in groups of 2. I want to create 10 separate files without having to manually create each artboard and pasting each of the 10 sets one by one. With ...
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How to convert Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) to Photoshop (.psd) without having Adobe Illustrator installed

I want to convert an Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) to an equivalent Photoshop (.psd), preserving layers, text and so on. I would like to know if there is something like imagemagick to do this, because ...
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How to do a wildcard / GREP / regex find-replace in Illustrator?

InDesign can do advanced find - change AKA find - replace using GREP rules AKA regex AKA regular expressions which allows all sorts of wildcard rules and automation. Is there any way to do the same ...
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Using Illustrator CS6 to create shape out of multiple paths

I am very new to Illustrator, in fact I am only experimenting with it in an attempt to help my friend develop a logo for a new business venture. I managed to draw out the shell of the logo using the ...
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How to convert paragraph text envelope to clipping mask in Illustrator CS6

I have some paragraph text that I have modified using an envelope in Illustrator CS6. I can not make it into a clipping mask. I can make it into a mask up until I make it an envelope, after that, I ...
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How to adjust spacing of underlined text in Illustrator

Anyone know how to do this? Right now when zoomed out at 100%, the underline looks a little too close to the text. I'm using the latest version of Illustrator.
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illustrator cc 2014: how to change text behaviour in text box

When chosing the normal type tool and starting to write some text... usuallythe text is positioned nicely and I write from left to right. Somehow this does not happen today, the text starts from the ...
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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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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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Filling in gaps in illustrator (by not using gap detection)

I am trying to colour an image on adobe illustrator. I initially "image traced" the image, so many of the strokes disappeared. I used live paint and direct selection to fill in the colours. However, ...
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How do I apply a gradient across multiple objects in Illustrator?

I have two separate objects that I have applied gradient fill to. The gradient fill seems to only apply to the objects as individuals. I tried grouping the shapes, but that doesn't seem to change the ...
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Continuous gradient over multiple shapes [duplicate]

In adobe illustrator, I have multiple shapes that I want to share a single gradient with. Right now, when I apply a gradient fill each shape handles it's own gradient. Is there a way to make all the ...
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Color not transferring from Illustrator to Photoshop [closed]

I have an Illustrator file and a Photoshop file, both are setup as RBG color spaces. But when I copy and past from Illustrator to Photoshop the color changes. For example #b74eab becomes #a6349b. I ...
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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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Is it possible to correct the aspect ratio of font after resizing in Illustrator?

I have a plot with lots of labels on the x- and y-axes in Illustrator. I want to downscale the image vertically, but not horizontally. Obviously, when I do this the text looks silly as it becomes ...
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How to do this with Illustrator? [duplicate]

I am trying to learn how to accomplish this effect in Illustrator: http://imgur.com/Ilj6CaZ. I added an arrow to point to the effect I am talking about. I don't know what to call it but I associate ...
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Illustrator Gradient Issue [duplicate]

I'm attempting to create a gradient fill on an image however it's not filling smoothly, it's filling with colour as if it were two shapes but it isn't, it's just one shape. Any suggestions?
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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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Illustrator CC 2014 - SVG coordinates keep shifting position

I'm using Illustrator CC 2014 to create a sprite sheet for use on the web. The artboard and icons are 16px wide. My problem is, the positions of the icons seem to shift, and I can't figure out why. ...
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How to delete portion of circle in illustrator using pen tool? [duplicate]

In the illustration below I want colored doughnuts to represent certain percentages. Like in the center the percentage reflected is 72%. I want to change the blue colored ring to 59% and so on. I ...
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Adobe Illustrator / Rhinoceros Custom Object Select

I'm using both AI and Rhino. I've got a file that's got over a thousand small circles that are nested inside other curves all over the file randomly. I want to select them all and group them in either ...
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How can I create a spherical perspective grid in Photoshop or Illustrator

How can I create a spherical perspective grid (six point perspective) in Photoshop or Illustrator CS5 where the poles are shown on the top and the bottom (exactly like the image below). I have ...
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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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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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How can i draw shape with depth in illustrator?

How can i draw the 3d shape like i attached in image. wanted to make banner with just tiled slop. i tried in adobe illustrator but cant get the depth between the blocks. Please let me know how can i ...
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How to have a “live preview” when changing colors in Illustrator?

I'm a bit used to Photoshop and I just started to learn Illustrator but there's a little thing that's really bothering me. In Photoshop when you are changing a color you can see it previewed on the ...
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scripting: create a user input form? [closed]

I havent been able to find any references that this should be possible, maybe you can assist ? What i would like to do is to add a user interface for our designers when dealing with a specific object ...
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Pantone color doesn't translate to new document?

I'm experiencing a very weird problem in Illustrator with a Pantone color. I have a document open with a logo in it that is Pantone 280 C, blue. I copy the logo into a new Illustrator document and it ...
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When exporting from Illustrator to Photoshop, should I be worried about aspect ratio?

when I am exporting a design made in Illustrator to a Photoshop document, I have to use different resolutions and each of them have its own aspect ratio. Is Illustrator able handle this without ...
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Creating Fill Color in Arrowhead - Illustrator

I'm trying to create a graphic style that looks like "A", applicable to a stroke. I can get "B" using the stroke panel, with arrowhead options, but I'm not able to control the stroke weight of the ...
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Transparency lost when placing a Photoshop CS5 image into Illustrator CS5

When placing a Photoshop CS5 image into an Illustrator CS5 file I'm losing the background transparency. Have never had this happen before. PDF's a acting the same way.
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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 ...