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Add an outline around type in Illustrator and then delete it from the letterform?

I have a font that I want to be marginally thinner. I've typed out the word and then added a white outline around it. What I want to do is delete the outline, whilst maintaining the thinner font. How ...
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Increase Stroke Weight By Percentage

I know how to increase the stroke weight in Illustrator, but I have custom stroke weight points on an object and I'd like to make the whole object's stroke thicker without losing the customized weight ...
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How do you ADD banding to a gradient?

There are a million posts on the web about removing banding but I'd like to know how to add banding. I've found some polygonal images and would like to recreate their effect.
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wall-sized design in AI [duplicate]

The university asked me to design a wallpaper with size 3.81x2.87m in a high resolution This the first time designing this so I did the following: Designed the wallpaper at smaller size ( which ...
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Adobe Illustrator vs Adobe Indesign for brochures

You may know me (not that I am worth knowing) from my first question. I am a noob in web design, graphic desgin, font theroy, color theory, guess all of the mixes that are crucial. My expertise ...
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Import or open transparent PNG in Illustrator results with black edges

Whenever I open or import a PNG with transparency to Illustrator I get these black pixels along the edges. The only way I've found to get rid of the black pixels is to rasterise it with a white ...
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Illustrator: Change the colors of a symbol

Is it possible to change the colors of a symbol in a document without breaking the link with its original shape. Eg.: I have a square a symbol. I have two I races of them in my document. I want on ...
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Black and white old style texture in Illustrator [duplicate]

How can I create this black / white old style texture in Illustrator? I have tried use grain, but i dont get the white in there.
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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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Exporting Illustrator SVG for web, using shape or line?

I have been working on several icons for my startup but I want to know if it's better to export them as a shape or a line. Is there a difference between exporting the SVG in an expanded shape or a ...
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How can I get a transparent artboard?

I want to make a text effect and for that I want a transparent background. My question arises from here; how do I get a transparent background? I am using Illustrator CC.
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Illustrator Text Bounding Box Resize

I have an illustrator file, and I need to resize the bounding box of all the components, without changing the size of the text. Is there an easy way to do this, or do I have to go and rewrite all of ...
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Illustrator: paste text without formatting

Is it possible to somehow copy and paste text from TEXT-A into TEXT-B and make the pasted text formatted like TEXT-B? It always keeps source formatting. In InDesign apparently it's possible via Edit ...
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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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Export symbol library from CS6 to CS4

I'm trying to export a symbol library from CS6 so it will work in CS4. Save rather. When I save it I choose CS4 as the illustrator type but when I open it in CS4 it shows a blank library. I have each ...
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is there a way to convert an illustrator extrude & bevel effect to a path?

I draw a square in Adobe Illustrator and I extruded to create a 3D bar. but now I would like to add dimension lines and so on to the drawing, but of course these don't snap to the 3D drawing but to ...
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How to preview an illustration in “real size”? (knowing my display size; document is in “mm”) [duplicate]

I've tried CTRL+0, but it gives a slightly smaller version of the illustration than it actually is (dimensions of the document are in mm and I've used a physical ruler to check if the the object on ...
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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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ILLUSTRATOR: I Can't Divide Shapes The Way I Want

ILLUSTRATOR: I Can't Divide Shapes The Way I Want I'm trying get a mesh of two shapes, but no matter what Pathfinder I use, I can't get the desired effect. What I've Tried: ...
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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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Vintage/Stamped text effect in Illustrator

I really like the look of this image but can't figure out how to replicate it: I understand that rounded corners were used, and then texture within the letters, but how do you get the roughened ...
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How to use the info panel in illustrator?

I would like to use the "info" panel in illustrator to have infos such as : the distance of the top of an object to the top of the artboard it belongs to; the distance of the left border of an ...
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How to create a grain / noise effect in Adobe Illustrator

I want to create a noise effect using Adobe Illustrator. Inside the hexagonal shape there is some kind of texture effect, I don't know what the name of this effect is: How can I create such an ...
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Cascade changes on symbols library accross multiple files in Illustrator CC

Illustrator CC has a symbols feature, where I can create symbols and place multiple instances of them in a document. It also allows me to save a symbols library as a .ai file, so I can use the same ...
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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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is there a way to ad hyperlinks in a illustrator document?

I am creating a CV in illustrator and exporting it to a PDF. I just read an article which stated that it is a good idea that we use hyperlinks in the CV so that the employer can just click and not ...
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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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Align text in exact center (vertically and horizontally) without creating outlines?

In Illustrator, how do you align text in the exact center of a shape for example without creating outlines. If I go to center text using the align palette, Illustrator aligns the text to it's bounding ...
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Turning Multiple Vector Paths into a Solid Object/Image

I'm having troubles trying to figure out how to make a complete object/image with NO pen tool paths or anchors etc... I have a vector tree... theres lots of completed paths/shapes but still in path ...
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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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Split an image with a zig-zag in Illustrator?

I've been trying for the last 3 nights to halve a simple vector image of a padlock I had drawn following a tutorial. My headache is: I don't want to simple divide it right at the middle, I want to ...
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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 ...
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PNG files blurry when exported form Illustrator and opened in Photoshop [closed]

I have designed app screens on Illustrator and trying to mock up in Photoshop. When I export from png and place in PS the fonts/imagery looks very low quality etc. I need to make a print leaflet ...
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Scaling image to suit 480dpi Android screen(xxhdpi)

I am newbie designer. Have designed the screens for an android app using illustrator and measurements are in pixels. My developers have asked me to provide the images @480DPI. My online research did ...
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Actually snapping to pixel grid

Does anyone know if there's a way to have Illustrator CC (2014) constrain control points to the pixel grid? I understand that "Align to pixel grid" makes it so that a shape will try to match the pixel ...
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Automated method of setting ideal sizes and positions of symbols or logos of various proportions, when put together (ignoring any text) [duplicate]

I always spend too much time trying to scale symbols or logos that are supposed to look harmoniously next to each other, like below: These seem to be acceptable to me, but I wonder if there is any ...
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How do I prevent the Arc effect to be undone after I ungroup the objects I used it on?

I grouped a bunch of little things together and arced it, and it looked fine. I later tried to modify a single one of my objects and it didn't work without modifying everything, so I ungrouped them. ...
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Change default program “edit original” on Illustrator [closed]

How to change default program for edit original" linked file? my default is MS paint, I want to change into Photoshop. how to change this? thank you!
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How do I export an SVG from Illustrator such that it renders well in small sizes?

I come from a Photoshop background and this is my first time dabbling with AI. I would like to show my product logo in a small size on a webpage (about 15px height). I currently have a PNG (created ...
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Illustrator space around outline and removing shape

I've used "//" and "\" to create this "W", and have made them into outlines, as I'm trying to give the different layers a colour, as well as having a white space where the lines touch and I would like ...
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How to align a single letter within a text object to the edge of the bounding box in Adobe Illustrator?

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: ...
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Change viewbox attribute in svg exported by illustrator

I have a SVG file with viewBox="-155.7 -99 510 510". I believe this offset the paths in Mac OS X preview by -155.7 -99. when I open the SVG in Illustrator, the paths are not offset at all. how do I ...
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How do you paste one object, several times at once on one artboard in illustrator CS6?

I have 20 of the same icons on one art board. I would like to select all and replace all with a new icon. I want the icons to show in the same spot as the replaced icons.
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Why is my Illustrator design exporting as an EPS and making white things transparent and transparent things with a white color block behind it?

I have talked to several other designers and they can't figure it out. I've read multiple forums and have tried everything they recommend to no avail. My client wants the center glow effect as seen. ...
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Acrobat: Font changes on paste

Using Acrobat Pro CS2, I observe strange behavior to text when pasting a certain diagram exported from Excel as PDF into the current document. This issue concerns the text already in the document, not ...
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ILLUSTRATOR: Pattern Brush Doesn't Keep Original Shape

Adobe Illustrator: I created a circle (using the shape tool and while holding down shift), and turned it into a pattern brush. Then I applied that pattern brush to another circle with the intent of ...