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Change Background Color of Text Box in Illustrator CS5

Any way to change the background color of a text box without all the workarounds such as placing another shape behind the text. I need to have a textbox filled with color of 249, 249, 249 and a ...
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What file type should I use for a logo when exporting from Adobe Illustrator?

I'm a fine artist, new to Adobe Illustrator. I'm in the process of designing a logo for a company using Illustrator. What type of file should I send them when all is completed, so they can use this ...
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What is an easy way to create a bulk of rounded rectangles in Illustrator?

Image is taken from this site. Is there a way in Illustrator to draw a group of rectangles like this without having to draw them one by one? The idea is to divide the area into as many rectangles of ...
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Preserving font type in illustrator SVG file

Hi I am new to illustrator and created an image that uses "Skia-Regular" font. But when I save that image in .svg format, it changes the font type. And when I open the .svg format file in browser the ...
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How to crop an image in Illustrator?

I've read a few tutorials but I'm still new to Illustrator. Currently, I am trying to work with a sketch that I am trying to position on the artboard. If I were to resize the entire shape the sketch ...
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Making parts of Illustrator logo transparent - rather than faking it with the background color

So a designer has given me some logos (for the web) which are white on a blue background. She has, however, added blue paths to the shape to make it match the background. I would prefer to change ...
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Preventing Illustrator CC vector objects distorting when scaled

I'm having some trouble resizing a group of vector objects in an illustration. These objects used to be lines until I expanded them into vector shapes, and before I scale them they look fine: But ...
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Change background color of just one artboard in Illustrator CS5

I'm not sure if illustrator supports just changing the background color of one artboard but what I am looking to do is have one black background artboard and leave the other five or six artboards in ...
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How to create an extruded halftone effect in illustrator or photoshop

I saw this photo on Smashing Magazine: Portrait of Alfred Nobel by Viktor Hertz And I was wondering how I can make a similar effect with the halftones extruding into 3D like it is shown. I ...
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Can I round the corners of a shape that has curves in Illustrator?

I have a simple shape in Illustrator that has two curved edges, two straight edges, and four sharp corners: I want to round off the sharp corners a bit like so (kinda sorta approximated by the ...
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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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How can I create a vector long shadow in Illustrator?

I got the following made within Illustrator, but I am trying to achieve the shadow effect which is on the picture to the right of the cellphone. So far I have used the pen tool to outline where i ...
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How can I replicate this pattern in Illustrator?

I'm trying to replicate the background pattern of this image in Illustrator CC but am not having much success. I tried the star tool, but it didn't look right. Updated When I select all the lines ...
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Illustrator variables / data-driven documents: how to batch-export one file for each data set?

With the Variables window in Illustrator you can make something a bit like a data merge document with lots of variants for different records (InDesign's data merge is usually better, but I have to use ...
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How to create a triangular grid in Illustrator

This has been bugging me for some time and i'm not sure how to approach it. I've attempted several times. I'm trying to create the lines similar to the compositions in the picture shown: PS - If ...
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Does Photoshop scale better than Illustrator?

Is it advisable to scale a raster image in Photoshop to the final size before embedding it in Illustrator or does Illustrator use the same bicubic algorithm as Photoshop when (up)scaling pixel images? ...
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Pointillism? Mosaic? Vector Bokeh? [duplicate]

Is there a name for this effect and what would be the best way to achieve it in Photoshop or Illustrator in terms of filling a different vector shape with a similar distribution of rainbow circles? ...
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Sampling color of partially transparent objects in Illustrator

Sometimes when using Adobe Illustrator I need to get a range of tints from a certain color, so I'll drop the opacity to, say, 75%, 50%, and 25% on a white background to get there. It's the quickest ...
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Technique for finding the centerline of a curved object?

Sorry for the confusing title but, I'm curious to know if anyone knows any effective techniques at finding the center of an object that curves. In the screenshot below you'll see a crude version of ...
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Where can I find the best vectorization tutorial for a newbie?

I have a friend who does a bit of illustration, but all by hand. He is not familiar with Photoshop or Illustrator. He would like learn a bit of Illustrator, just enough to get by and vectorize some of ...
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Space between 2 paths illustrator

How can i align 2 paths perfectly? No matter what i do i get a little space (gap between the 2 paths i create, and they are straight lines not as i saw in other questions with pixel problems) An ...
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How do I straighten a curved line in Illustrator and maintain its length?

How would I take this line and straighten it in illustrator without losing any of its length (Like if you held pulled a thread tight by both ends.)
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How do I make a radial gradient with “rays” from the origin, not circles?

Learning Illustrator, and I'm trying to find how to make a "radial" gradient that, rather than forming circles around the origin, creates "rays" from the origin: Example I've got a similar button ...
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What is the best practice for laying out and exporting custom icons from AI?

I'm working on creating completely custom icons with AI and essentially exporting them out as an individual svg icons to be used in our app development. I have been experimenting with different ways ...
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How to distress a font in Illustrator?

I'm trying to distress a font. I have created outlines on the text, then using brush, drew a line of charcoal brush. Select All, Expand Appearance, Pathfinder minus. It works but only the first ...
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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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What are good alternatives to adobe software (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator)?

Is there any professional software (for Mac) that I can use to replace some of the adobe software like InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator? I don’t mean one that replaces all, but the equivalent of ...
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Illustrator vector aliasing

How can I make my vector graphics anti-aliased in illustrator? My paths always turn out jagged. Is there an option like in Adobe Fireworks to smoothen[remove the jaged edges] my paths?
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What's the Illustrator equivalent of Photoshop's clipping masks?

I'm struggling to find a way in Illustrator to do something which is very simple in Photoshop. Here's an example: I draw a plane. Now I want to draw stripes on it and a cockpit. In Ps, I clip ...
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logo with color gradient how to do this?

I would like to do the below color gradiant: Does anyone know how to approach this? I have searched but don't know the right way to name this effect. I'd prefer making this effect in Adobe ...
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How does one reset Illustrator CS6 on Mac?

My Illustrator is acting a bit buggy; more precisely, no selection is actually visible. Selected text isn't highlighted, looking for an anchor is like looking for a needle in a haystack, and finding a ...
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Cut a complex path at an intersection in Illustrator

I'm playing with a celtic knot work shape, which means that I want to split a path which crosses itself at that intersection. How do I tell it what segment I want to split? It's one path but ...
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A tutorial to learn how to add 3d effects to a logo

I am a beginner computer artist. I am just learning Photoshop and Illustrator, but I am planning to do a logo/web site design with both. I want to draw a logo for an application. I can draw a ...
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Specifying distance between objects in Adobe Illustrator CS5

As I'm placing items for a design, I find myself guessing a lot about positioning, usually I will take an item and everything else that might be similar I'll use align-left, or distribute-center. ...
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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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How to create the illusion of depth with repeating patterns? [duplicate]

How do I create perspective with repeating patterns? I am very much a beginner level, as noted by my first attempt to create a illustration in illustrator. However, my attempt has provided me with ...
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Converting an Illustrator Letter Head Design to Word

so I created this letter head for a client of mine in Illustrator and it's looking good and everyone is happy with it. This now needs to get converted into a word document so that when they open the ...
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What's the name for images like these?

I'm trying to figure out the name for, or a collection of, the kinds of images that "fade-into" a solid color. For example, twitter has this image: This allows them to add a background image that ...
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How to add multiple strokes aligned 'outside' to a type layer in Illustrator CS6?

Trying to do something which seems so simple and failing badly. I have created a simple Type layer. I need to add two strokes to the layer. But I would like the stroke to be on the outside of the ...
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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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Spacing between irregular objects

Is there any way to distribute spacing equally in every object? Is there any option to do? I want 2MM spacing in every geometrical shape. Thanks in advance.
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Web design what to use Photoshop or Illustrator?

What should i use to design photoshop or illustrator ? There's a correct software or its more a personal choise ?
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What Are Some Things That Are Really Easy In Illustrator But Really Hard In Photoshop [closed]

While I can think of several tasks that are easy in Photoshop but difficult or impossible in Illustrator, I have a hard time thinking of things I can do in Illustrator that I can't do (almost) just as ...
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Why do paintbrush loops get thicker at the top in Illustrator?

When I do swirls in Illustrator with the paintbrush tool I often get this result (see image). The loops doesn't get perfectly rounded, instead sometimes some of them gets thicker at the top of the ...
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Illustrator Split Words around TextWrap without Hyphen

I did some research for the text wrap that I am trying to achieve, as seen here: As you can see in the image, the text is justified (Paragraph Option), and words are split up without hyphens. ...
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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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What unique benefits does the EPS format provide?

Reading this excellent question regarding logo export formats, and it made me want to ask a question that was a little bit more narrowly focused than that one. I know when to use a GIF and when to ...
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Is it possible to control layer order in an Illustrator stroke?

Let's say I've made a custom brush in Illustrator (this example is stripped down, but it's enough to get the point across): The stroke starts at the bottom and loops around. There are two ...
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4 colors/corners gradient with Illustrator

I should create a vector rectangle filled with a gradient made of 4 colors, one for each corner. I could just find some very generic information about using live blends, but I am not sure that is the ...
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Removing One Part Of A Stroke On A Rectangle In Illustrator CS5

Is it possible to remove on side of a stroke on a rectangle? Let's say you have a rectangle with a stroke all the way around it and I want one end of the rectangle to be 'open' and take the stroke ...