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How to remove double rectangle from artboard in Illustrator CC?

There's this double rectangle centered on my focused artboard. how can i remove it? screenshot:
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How to Export “only” the illustration in Illustrator CS3?

I am using Illustrator CS3 and trying to export my illustration. Problem is, I wanted to only export the illustration, no the background canvas area, how I can achieve that? Thanks.
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Convert my Illustrator file-letterhead into word doc

I created this letterhead design in Illustrator and I have to give it to the client now, as a usable file in Microsoft Word... I don't really know Microsoft Word, so I need a step by step detailed ...
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How can I preserve my icon size in Illustrator on export?

I have created a few icons of 64px x 64px on one canvas in Illustrator CS6. Now I need each of the icons to be in .png file format. So I created a new document in Illustrator with 64px x 64px ...
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How can I make crisp icons for Windows Store apps?

I'm pretty new to making graphics for a specific platform but not to graphic design in general. I have a logo I made using Illustrator and had scaled it accordingly by using the Save to Web feature ...
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Can Illustrator CS6 open a Photoshop CS6 File and export the image as a vector Graphic? If so, what is the image type?

I am unfamiliar with Illustrator and have created graphics in Photoshop I need to export/save as vector graphics. Can I open a PS file in Illustrator and save or export the image as a vector graphic? ...
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Can you design print material with LC and LM?

When printing material that will include photos it is best to use Lc and Lm (Light Cyan and Light Magenta) to aid in the quality of the print. The description from Wiki says: CcMmYK, sometimes ...
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How can I convert a jpg-signature into strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature into a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small svg, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no ...
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How to copy an object to the exact same position across a guide?

I want to create a steering wheel, similiar to this: So I have started with the outer circle and given it a wide stroke, I am now on the middle bit. I have the following: Can someone please tell ...
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Illustrator CC: align new objects to pixel grid - TURN OFF!

I have inadvertently created an illustration with the align new objects to pixel grid turned on (not sure why it was on, I did not know or ever turn it on) and want to now scale the image. When I ...
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How to punch through all the layers in Adobe Illustrator?

So I have this image as vector and a grunge image as vector: I can easily mask the grunge part from the image in Photoshop: But when I try to do this on Illustrator with pathfinder always get ...
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Scale drawings in Illustrator, maintain proportions of line weights and effects

My problem is that when I scale down my drawing, the line weights stay the same, blotting out the artwork. If I scale up, the line weights become too thin. I've noticed that parametric effects don't ...
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Confusion about deleting parts of an graphic with pathfinder [duplicate]

I'm trying to create a rubber stamp effect on a logo and am following this tutorial that has me use a combination of Live Trace and Pathfinder to accomplish the effect. Here's my interpretation of ...
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Exporting Illustrator Art Boards without bounding box

I have a bunch of art boards that are sized to 88x88 pixels. When I export my art boards, all the images are sized as 88x88, where transparent pixels are surround my actual art work. Is there a way ...
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Including detail in Image Trace with Adobe Illustrator

So I have some designs that I'm trying to get print ready. They're all 1 to 2 colors and were designed in Photoshop at 8 inches x 8 inches and 300 dpi. I didn't realize, but the designs actually need ...
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Why is illustrator CS6 not seeing some of the Google fonts I have installed

I have been downloading google fonts for the last few months and not been aware of any issues. They normally work fine. However, today I downloaded 3 more - I am using suitcase to manage these fonts ...
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Making multiple vectors one single vector in Illustrator

I have a company logo in vector repeated multiple times to make a pattern/background. I want to apply a halftone to it, but to do so I need to make all the repeated vectors into one single vector. I ...
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How do I in some way save a texture (with borders, effects and all) in Illustrator?

I have multiple objects that will have the same color, border color, brush and texture (with texturizer). How can I either save this as some default style, or copy everything from one object to ...
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Export Artboards to separate PDFs (Illustrator)

I was wondering if there's a way in Illustrator CC to export artworks containing multiple artboards, to multiple single-paged .pdf files, as Illustrator already does for images like .jpg files. EDIT: ...
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Saving Artwork only when Saving for Web

I am working on some artwork to use in my web project and I am using the latest version of Adobe Illustrator. When I go to File > Save for Web I get the following: As you can see the Art-board ...
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Looking For a Google AdWords Template for Adobe Illustrator CS5

Does anyone know where I can get an Adobe Illustrator CS5 template for Google AdWords? There is one on the web through Adobe but it's the old sizes (which are off by just a couple pixels) and it's ...
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Apply graphic styles to objects in a clip group

I can't seem to apply graphic styles to objects if they're behind a clipping mask. I encountered this problem when I wanted to use graphic styles in order to change the fill colour of a symbol ...
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Most accurate way to cut up a shape at 45 degrees

I am working with the latest version of Adobe Illustrator. I have the following: I would like to cup the shape at the following location, so that I create a flat document icon that is folded in one ...
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Cutting out shape with pathfinder renders differently to uncut shape

Cutting out a shape is rendering totally differently to a shape with shape above, even though the paths are identical. Any ideas why this may be happening?
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Is CMYK mode not ideal for designs with blending mode?

I just notice it now as I am new to illustrator. When I am in RGB mode, blending transparency seems to be easier as mode such as screen, multiply or overlay looks good naturally. If I switch the ...
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Why does Adobe Illustrator have a limit on the maximum zoom?

Considering that it is an application that uses vectors which can scale to any size because they're mathematically calculated, why can I only zoom to a certain level and what is the deciding factor? ...
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Why are grey lines on the left, right, bottom and the top of my PNG file exported from Illustrator? [duplicate]

So I made an event card in Illustrator and then exported it, but the PNG file Illustrator has created has some grey lines at the top, the bottom, the right and the left of the card. I uploaded the ...
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CMYK and RGB transparency [duplicate]

I mainly studied Illustrator to use it in T-Shirt custom design. Now, I have this problem. According to the tutorials that I see. When working on print jobs, I should use CMYK mode rather than RGB. ...
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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 CC: Mapping Art to 3D Object in Illustrator but the “Surfaces” aren't fully selected

I'm lost here. 2 hours down the drain trying to figure this out. This is what's happening: I'm trying to map text to a flag shape for a client's logo. I've followed the steps outlined here for an ...
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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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Adobe Illustrator Does Not Allow Me to Snap to Pixel

Illustrator CS5 on Windows 7. I have an artboard where I keep trying to move anchors onto even-pixel points and they keep moving back to odd numbers. E.g. I have these two anchor points on a path: ...
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Import vector data into illustrator

I have a program that generates thousands of vector points (just coordinates), the format is not fixed, but it could be something like this: (2.4785|77.01) (78.8|9.88) (45.33|0.2) I am able to ...
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How to do this effect of shadow in photoshop/illustrator? [duplicate]

I dont know how to do the effect on the "Think Blue", that little inner shadow. ![Think Blue VW][1]
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Why does Illustrator CS6 read font information from a SVG file incorrectly?

I have a bunch of SVG files that were created by MagicDraw. In these files, I have several font definitions, e.g., <text x="152" space="preserve" font-size="11" y="376.958" ...
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Good Substitutes for Adobe Illustrator CS6? [duplicate]

Self-explaintory. Since I don't have Adobe Illustrator, I'm looking for a different vector graphics software. Does anyone know of any decent substitutes? Info on any options, priced or free, is ...
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Exporting multi layered Illustrator to Photoshop

Is there a way to export large multi-layered Illustrator file to Photoshop? When I export with preserve layers and text edit-ability, the complex layers are flattened. I've reorganized my layers to ...
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Convert envelope distort to shape [duplicate]

I have a path that I've distorted using an envelope distort in Illustrator. I want the distorted shape to become the actual path. How do I achieve this? Ie., right now my envelope looks like this: ...
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Should I turn the text on my poster to outlines before I print?

What would be the best practice for printing text based work from Illustrator, such as a poster? This is aimed at the final print quality of my workk. I am creating an advertisement which will be ...
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How to manipulate only one stroke/side of a shape/object in Illustrator CS5

How would I manipulate only a single stroke of a rectangle while leaving the strokes unchanged? For example, if I have a line and use effects > Distort & Transform > ZigZag, the line ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS6. Glyphs doesn't work [closed]

Here is images to show a problem: Why it paste default symbol?
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How do I preserve “shared” gradient when releasing compound path?

I have a compound path consisting of 5 shapes. I have a radial gradient which spans across all of them. Now I'd like to release the compound path because I need to export each of these shapes ...
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Save Preset Selections of Visible Layers, to be accessed later via control panel

So this is basically me searching for a specialized feature I just hope Illustrator has, or finding a helpful alternative. The project I'm working on requires multiple combinations of many different ...
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How to prevent an object from changing into a text frame when I click it with the type tool?

I have a shape, say, a rectangle and it has a fill color. I want to add text on top of that shape, but when I click with the text tool on top of the rectangle, the shape will lose its fill and the ...
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How to replicate this text effect? Skew? Arch? Bulge?

I need help on how to create this text effect in Illustrator CS6. The free transform is not working, the bulge, envelope, and arch are not giving the same effect.
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How to distribute objects inside another object in illustrator?

I am new to illustrator and am struggling to find answer anywhere to this seemingly simple task... I am trying to align 3 narrow vertical rectangles inside a larger rectangle ( I am making a Trash ...
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How can I change the color of a dashed line in Illustrator?

I have a white line. When I switch from basic to dashed line 1.1, the line turns gray. Paintbucketing the line just makes it a basic line again. Based on all the settings I'm aware of, the line should ...
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How can I reset the path to the result appearance of an object distorted with effects?

I have a simple rectangle with a couple effects: distort, rounded corners. I'd now like to add some anchor points and adjust the path of this object. How can I get the path to wrap around the ...
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Inner shadow issue in Illustrator CS5

I gave a comp to my client that I did in Photoshop. I used an inner shadow but now have realized the in Illustrator CS5 I have no such "easy" filter. I have spent 2 days seaching the web, trying ...
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How do I make a brush with overlapping shapes aligned to the path in Illustrator?

I am using Illustrator to apply a custom pattern brush on the path of a circle to create and image like so: But I can't get my shape to repeat across the circle line properly and overlap itself, I ...