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How do I get the live paint bucket not to modify my brush line?

I drew a splinter with multiple lines and joined them. Now I'm trying to add white as the background color with the paint bucket but it changes my brush line effect. Help ...
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Adobe Illustrator, is it possible to place one artboard on another in the same file?

I'm wondering if it would be possible to take one artboard and place copies of it on other art boards that would update automatically. One use example is a sheet of mailing labels. I do this ...
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Resizing text in illustrator, 5 to 6 point (some characters hidden?)

I have selected text and increased its size, eg, 5 to 6 point. Then part of text is missing. The picture shows Porcupine. The letter 'e' is hidden after the size increase. I do not know how to fix ...
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How to save logo for web from Illustrator (logo looks pixelated after uploading)

Every time I try saving my logo from Illustrator, it comes out blurry. The logo was done in Illustrator (as a vector file). I tried tracing the outline, rasterizing, saving in all types of ...
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Is there a way to change the widths of a compound path's strokes independently?

The stroke width tool in Illustrator features some really unpredictable behaviour when used on a compound path. When I change the width on one part of the compound path, Illustrator applies that width ...
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How can I export a PNG8 image with alpha transparency from Adobe Illustrator?

Coming from the mighty Fireworks, I'm used to exporting PNG-8 files with alpha transparency - for many graphics, it's PNG24 quality using less bytes. But I can't see how to do this in Illustrator. ...
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Find weight of all lines/drawings

I need to know if it's possible to find the weight (diameter) of all lines/drawings in a psd file. Since silk screen printing dosen't allow me to print smaller lines/paths/drawings than 0,6mm i need ...
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Pasting Chinese text into Illustrator

I have a frustrating problem with Chinese text in Illustrator. I am updating some graphics by changing English text to Chinese. I have been provided with Chinese translations in a Word document which ...
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Saving AI to svg

I created some art with a Rectangular grid tool. I created the shape, converted to a live paint and started my pixel art. As I was done I tried to save it to SVG but when you open the image, it ...
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Illustrator: lock/unlock current layer via keyboard shortcut?

Is it possible to toggle the locked/unlocked state of the current layer via keyboard shortcut? I'd love to be able to toggle show/hide for layers as well.
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How to add detail and grit to vector graphics?

Can anyone give me some tips or point me to a tutorial that can help me learn how to add details like grit and texture to vector graphics like in the above image by DKNG Studios? I assume it ...
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How do I reduce .pdf file sizes?

I had to add bleeds and enlarge an eight-page complex PDF. Traditional methods of working directly in Adobe or within InDesign were not feasible. I had to bring the PDF into Illustrator. They involve ...
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How to change separate strokes lineart into stroke-less shapes?

I made the line art by tracing each line separately, instead of tracing fully closed shapes. Get it? not a separate stroke for each closed shape. Just a bunch strokes on separate layers meeting other ...
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How to creat a shadow effect like sketch

I want to know how to how to creat a shadow in Adobe Illustrator ,like this
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How to create below type brush stroke

I want to create this type of brush stroke in vector, i use illustrator preset brush but didn't find anything,Please Help!
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Blurry text and bounderies

My friend made a logo for me. But between us we cannot figure out some problems. The text is blurry. Where the different coloured squares meet is blurry (might not be correct term, possibly ...
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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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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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illustrator pencil tool jagged line problem

I used pencil tool, but almost lines are jagged. I checked anti-aliased art work in preference setting, but it can't solve the problem. and I will use the picture for web. (700px * 344px) It is okay ...
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How to Force Update of All InDesign Links (Even Ones It Thinks Are Current)?

I'm working on an InDesign document that makes extensive use of linked Illustrator graphics. Many of these Illustrator graphics themselves make use of placed png images. The problem I've run into is ...
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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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Can you use Photoshop brushes in Illustrator?

Is there a way to download brushes into Adobe Illustrator?
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Double offset path

Im tring to do an offset path, that tool new for me, I just used it a couple time s and works really goodffor me, but since a day ago every time I use it, it creates 2 paths, or maybe 1 big path, I ...
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How can I export image in Adobe Illustrator to a specific resolution?

I need 120x120 pixel image, but Illustrator is asking for ppi. Strange I can not set less than 72 pixel / inch, or if I set the rendered image will have 72.
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How to prevent Illustrator CS6 to save internal PDF in AI files

Illustrator AI files have the ability to save a copy of the artwork as PDF internally in the same AI file. That option (saving internal copy of PDF) make the AI file bigger but it have some advantage ...
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How to make a hanging icicle brush or graphic style in Illustrator CC?

I purchased a set of graphic styles for Illustrator. The set contains a style that applies a hanging icicle brush to any object, so that icicles appear to be hanging from any horizontal line of an ...
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Why is Adobe Illustrator rendering my concentric circles like this

I'm not a professional user of anything Adobe makes, but I am a programer and I do understand math, which is probably why this hurts my brain. I open a new empty Adobe Illustrator CC document, set the ...
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import psd as text into illustrator

I have a psd file with picture and text, that I am trying to convert to svg - so the text will be scaleable. I am working with cs5. I believe you can export as svg from photoshop-cc now, but I dont ...
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Adobe Automation: Dynamic Text in Template

I'm developing a template for my team's daily production needs, and every product must have certain consistent marginalia on it, such as date, product ID, title, subtitle, etc. Currently, this ...
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Change all stokes and paths into a 'flat' vector shape

Is there a way i can flatten a vector drawing so it becomes a 'flat' vector shape. What i mean by this is instead of a logo being made up of solid shapes, and stoked paths ie, different line ...
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Change table stroke thickness using swatches in illustrator

I am currently creating a large table and I would like to quickly be able to change the thickness of the borders to see what looks best. It is possible to quickly change the color of multiple items by ...
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Efficient printing of custom trading card design?

My son and I are designing a custom card game and I've got dozens of 63mm x 88mm "trading card"-size designs. Eventually, I'll want to professionally print them but for now am just temporarily ...
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Color blending options (Multiply) in a web context? [migrated]

We have a customer who has created an animated graphic (using AI & After Effects). The graphic is essentially 3 overlapping donuts (can't post right now for "obvious reasons") Each donut isn't ...
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How to make linked images work in Adobe illustrator files on a network

I have a lot of AI files that are on a main computer. When I try to access them from my other computer all the links within the file are broken. Is there a specific way of saving an AI file so that ...
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How can I locate points on a path that are not smooth in Adobe Illustrator?

I have drawn a number of shapes freehand on a graphics tablet in Adobe Illustrator. Most of these shapes are blob-like and almost all points on the paths are smooth. They'll show handles if selected, ...
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Saving an SVG with viewbox 0 0 in Illustrator

I've got a problem saving SVGs in their correct format in Illustrator. I want to save an SVG for web development with the viewbox as "0 0 100 100". The sizes, 100 width and height, are not a problem. ...
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how can I add an overlapped anchor in both overlapped paths automatically

How I can add an anchor point for each intersected selected paths in illustrator automatically? I know smart Guide and add anchor point tool can do the job but it will add just one anchor in the ...
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Link corners (draw hypotenuse) of rectangle using pen tool

I can draw rectangle using pen tool. Is there any way to draw a hypotenuse while drawing rectangle without manually doing it using line tool?
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Adobe Illustrator 'Align to Pixel Grid' Problems

I'm using Adobe Illustrator to produce the UI designs for a complex web app and I need pixel accuracy. However, Illustrator seems to be a bit of a pain when it comes to pixel accuracy as its not doing ...
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Software for mood boards?

What software do you use for making moodboards? Is Illustrator the best option? Has anyone got any other methods or ideas about making moodboards? Specifically from found digital images and ...
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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 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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Exporting from Illustrator causes a weird path effect

When I use the image trace feature in Illustrator I'm able to create a pretty high quality vector of an image. However, when I export it as an .svg file the paths aren't "just right" and it causes you ...
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What are good resouces for learning to use illustrator to design iOS apps?

I've been using photoshop to do visual designs of apps from wireframes till now and it goes pretty well. But there's a trend these days to do the visuals also in illustrator using multiple artboards ...
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How to change colors in a purchased vector stock image with masks.

I am using AI, and I have a vector image where I have over 25 different masks. When I select a shape, and try to change the color, only the border of that specific changes color but the inside stays ...
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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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Problems importing Illustrator files into Flash

Illustrator files don't always import correctly into Flash. What are the common reasons for failure and is there any way to improve the import quality?
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How to distort artwork for printing on a cup?

I need to print using my regular office printer a design I have already made to wrap around to the shown here under mug. As you may notice that the circumference of the top part is wider than the ...
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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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Illustrator: Can compound paths have multiple colors?

I have two paths. A white envelope icon and a red "No" symbol. I want to combine the two into a compound path. My question is, is there a way to keep the "No" symbol red and the envelope white? ...