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Transparent path/stroke fill in Illustrator

This is an odd request and something I've never had to worry about in Illustrator until now. I'm building out a logo that will be printed on a shirt. Instead of having a solid black border around the ...
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How to set the rotation point and use Transform Each in Illustrator?

I have a triangle I'm trying to rotate in Illustrator using the Object->Transform->Transform Each command, but I can't figure out how to set the rotation point like I can if I just use Free ...
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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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Why doesn't the gradient tool appear over the object I've applied it to in Illustrator CS6?

Why doesn't the gradient tool appear over the object I've applied it to in Illustrator CS6? I have to click and hold down to adjust the size of the gradient on an object or just use the gradient ...
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the color I'm using on illustrator appears different when I save the image to use on my website

I'm doing a website and now I received the logo they want to use in website. The logo is in Illustrator format and I´m having a problem with this logo. In illustrator he has the color #2e3182, which ...
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Inaccurate snapping in Illustrator—help! [migrated]

I'm having trouble with inaccurate snapping in Illustrator CC 2014. Dragged anchor points snap a few pixels away from artboard edges. They also do this inconsistently, i.e., they are wrong in slightly ...
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Adjust workspace size

I have read that the default workspace size is about 227". This is much to large for me as I am working with Letter (8.5 x 11) documents. The effect of this is that the scrollbar is very small And ...
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How to subtract multiple subpaths from a shape easily in Illustrator or Sketch?

I am using Sketch (app) that has Boolean drawing operations (like subtract, union, intersect...) as in Illustrator. In my file I have four ring shapes. They are not strokes but more like circles with ...
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Select non text objects

I can put a rectangle around the target area, and it will select all objects, including text However in this case I would like to select all objects except text objects, or perhaps select all then ...
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Draw Inside Tool - Illustrator

I'm using the "draw inside" tool (located at the bottom of the left sided tool bar) within illustrator. Basically I'm attempting to put an image inside text and its coming out choppy (some edges ...
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Do I have to create vector files at the correct print size?

I had to create an 800mm x 2000mm print and so I started by actually creating a 800mm x 2000mm file in Illustrator. The file contained only vectors so my question is: Can I create my file size ...
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How to draw a woman in line art style in Illustrator?

I'm an AI newbie. I've been asked to make the word "TV" in line art with the T as a woman crossing arms. What's the best way to achieve this in Illustrator? I started creating it with the ...
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Convert text to paragraph text in Illustrator

Is there any quick way to convert text created at point (automatically resizable boundaries) to a area (paragraph) text (with fixed boundaries) in Illustrator CS3?
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Tools for making infographics

What are the best tools for producing infographics - attractive displays that combine graphs, diagrams and text to convey a lot of information succinctly. I'm interested in both web-viewable content ...
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Exporting Photoshop Smart Object To Illustrator with Effects

I'm creating a very simple logo with text and just one Smart Object leaf. I want to create an .eps file so my client can print without any trouble. The thing is, the Smart Object is a leaf that ...
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Edit colors in a pattern from one vector

I'm having a hard time figuring this out (and phrasing it...sorry) but I'm making a pattern in AI using object > pattern > make and I space out everything the way I want except I want to change the ...
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White ink on black paper - how should I knockout a stroke around some text?

I am preparing artwork to be sent to a printer for the production of custom umbrellas. We want to print a logo on black fabric with 2-inks: white-spot and orange-spot (PMS 021) colours. The path in ...
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How to subtract text from a shape in Illustrator?

So I've made a rectangle, and I want to cut some text out of it, so that the text will appear as the background pattern. I expected to be able to achieve this by selecting the rectangle and the ...
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Illustrators standard colour swatches has vanished in “rogue” pdf document [duplicate]

Apologies for the term "rogue" document, by that I mean a pdf file that has been downloaded (not created by myself first), then opened in Illustrator. The problem I'm getting is that when I try to ...
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Adding relief to an image, creating mountain terrain

I have a logo that incorporates the shape of Idaho. The client would like some relief to be added to look like mountain terrain, in the mountainous parts of the state. I have no idea how to create ...
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Typing Middle Eastern (Right-to-left) text in Illustrator (NOT ME) [duplicate]

Is it possible to type Middle Eastern text (such as Hebrew and Arabic) in Adobe Illustrator CS 6 without the text being reverted to Left-to-right? (Obviously, I know that I need the ME version, but is ...
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Make Arabic text show properly in Adobe Illustrator

Arabic text doesn't show properly in Adobe Illustrator. Even with a font that supports Arabic text (e.g. Arial), the text is back to front (left to right, not right to left) and the letters don't join ...
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SOLVED: Scaling Issue with Illustrator [duplicate]

I've read a considerable number of responses to this issue but haven't located a straight answer. My problem seems simple enough to solve: When I'm scaling a logo I created, it isn't scaling properly. ...
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Logo with text looks blurry, made in Adobe Illustrator [closed]

The logo i've created looks horrible on the screen. The edges are blurry, far from crisp. Here is some text in the logo To me this looks far from professional. I did this logo in Adobe ...
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How to transform a pattern without affecting its parent objects' shape in Illustrator?

I am currently trying to simply rotate and move a pattern within an object without affecting the object, but I cant figure out how. The only thing I was able to figure out is how to scale a pattern ...
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How to work with white artwork in Adobe Illustrator?

Regarding Adobe Illustrator - I am trying to create a vector file that an imprinter will use to imprint my image on to T-shirts. The shirts will be black and I want my image to be in white. ...
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How to sample actual color of an area in illustrator?

When I place a few objects one over another, each with different colors and transparencies, so that they all overlap somewhere, how would I measure the color on this overlapping area? Similar to the ...
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What are some good tips on how to extrude text in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm bit of a newbie in Adobe Illustrator and have been learning the application by trying to follow some tutorials and recreating some cool stuff I come across on the web. That being said, I'm ...
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How to import a CSV list of names into Illustrator artwork?

I print decals. A lot of them. Especially this time of year (summer sports, back-to-school, etc.) It'd make my job a lot easier if I could import a CSV list of names into two predefined artboards, ...
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InDesign: Printing as booklet messes up colours

Graphics were designed in Illustrator CS3 and "placed" in InDesign CS3. When I use the print booklet option to print to PDF, the pages are correctly put in the print spread order, but my some of my ...
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A clean way to remove gradient mesh in Illustrator?

Does anyone know if it is possible to remove a gradient mesh from an object in Illustrator without producing a distorted/inaccurate outline? Adobe documentation as well as most online resources I ...
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Overlaying image with text and filling the text in Illustrator

I got a simlar problem as this one. How do I do this if I'm using a image as the background? After I tracing and expanding the image I'll use the way described above, the one with "This is text". This ...
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Changing Color of Path Guides in Illustrator

Not sure if "path" is the right term here... I'm trying to change the color of the outline in Illustrator when using the pen tool. My border is set to black and the background of the artboard is white ...
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How do I stop the pen tool from trying to link to other shapes within close proximity of my path in Illustrator?

I'm attempting to recreate an advertisement for a school project and when I draw two shapes near each other the pen tool wants to link my second shape to the first. This happens as soon as I start to ...
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Pantone issue from PSD to Ai (printer needs PMS into the document but says it's CMYK)

I am having a problem with a packaging I am developing for a client. The client did all the artwork and sent it to me so I can communicate with the printer for sampling. Most of the artwork was made ...
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Importing SVG into Illustrator with proper viewBox size

When I try to open an svg file with Illustrator, Illustrator defaults to whatever artboard size was last used when a file was open. As such, the svg, if not the same size as the previous artboard, is ...
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How to skew / shear text in Illustrator?

So, in doing a commissioned logo for a church, I learned the hard way that, apparently, font-skewing (as opposed to warping) has been removed in Illustrator CS6. I'm not sure why and now that I'm ...
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How to change the shape of the eraser tool in Illustrator?

I am Photoshop enthusiast, I can't find how to change eraser shape like in Photoshop (eraser "brush" mode). In Illustrator eraser is always circle or ellipse (when you change width in eraser ...
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How do you scale a vector image to equal a measurement in inches, in illustrator CS3?

I need to send a vector file to a textile laser cutter. Image size currently says 521 pixels, and I'm hoping to create a motif that equals 18.75 inches. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank ...
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Create cloud textured effect in Illustrator

I want to create an effect/color like this image of the cloud in the Parse.com logo. It is not quite white, and seems to have a texture. I am new to illustrator, but have a white "cloud" made thanks ...
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Choosing placement of colorbar and registration marks in illustrator

In Illustrator's print dialog, I can choose trim marks and color bars, however it decides to place them outside of the print area. The print I'm working on will be die-cut and would like to move the ...
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Illustrator CS6 Rotating a path after Arcing (Warping)

After I Arc a Path using the Warp tool to the desired Arc size radius etc. I then want to rotate the arc so that it is inverted. However when I flip or rotate it 180 degrees, the Arc returns to the ...
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Illustrator CC Clipping Masks and Opacity Masks leaving slight hairline [duplicate]

I'm running into a problem when using a clipping mask or opacity mask in Illustrator CC 17.1. Either type of mask leaves a slight outline around the masking object, creating a noticeable break in what ...
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How to draw a precise circular arc in Adobe Illustrator?

Say, an arc with radius r centered at o, from angle a to angle b. I don't see how to use Arc tool in Adobe Illustrator this way. What's the best way to draw it?
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How to create an artistically posterized monotone portrait?

Can anyone please tell me what this greyscale vector style is called and how can I achieve it? Source I was informed I should put my image in Photoshop and adjust the levels and run the cutout ...
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How to convert 2d product packaging net to 3D mockup

I've been asked to design some product packaging and have been supplied the 2D net file. Is there some software that can convert the net into a 2D mockup of the 3D box, so my customers can see what ...
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Grid axis is off in Illustrator? Not Vertical or Horizontal aligned with ruler

I'm slightly new at AI. This is a new issue that I began to see today. It appears that the grid is not 100% Horizontal/Vertical with the ruler. So my objects are snapping to those angles.. reflecting ...
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Not completely horizontal lines in Illustrator

I made horizontal-supposed lines using line tool and holding Shift key. But it seems like my lines are not completely horizontal. I am attaching the capture of what I see. This becomes more obvious ...
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Why does Helvetica [Neue] look absolutely horrible in Illustrator?

Helvetica has always looked horrible in Illustrator CS4+ on my Mac, including all OS versions, regardless of size or units. Below are screenshots of Helvetica at 12px, 24px, and 36px. Is there a ...
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Illustrator: changing the opacity of fill and stroke independently won't work

I've read various threads on how one can change the opacity values of stroke and fill individually by going to the Appearance panel. Unfortunately I cannot do that and I'mm stuck. As you can see in ...