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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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Embedding pdf in illustrator

So, I'm using adobe illustrator for creating vectorial figures, mainly for graphs. In illustrator, creating graphs is not so well implemented, so I'm using another tool to make them (e.g. R, xmgrace, ...
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How to prepare a layout for packaging and hot stamping?

Questions as follow: 1) I want to make a design in Illustrator for a box packaging, say of 5 x 5 x 10. How should I prepare the layout? I mean make it like here: and then just make guide lines! 2) ...
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How can I make Symbols in Illustrator like I would in Flash?

I have a quite complex draw in Illustrator (let's say, lots of vectors and that), and I have to make a mosaic for printing a hole page of them. It's complex enough to be memory-heavy, so when I try ...
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Is there a way to imitate a pencil or pen in illustrator?

I'm working with illustrations and I realized that it's easier to draw lines in Illustrator and combine them in Photoshop with other effects and textures. The problem is that I cannot find a way to ...
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Using multiple artboards in Illustrator

I've got a fairly large illustrator work document where I've been mocking up and developing a logo over time. Each 'stage' is presented on it's own artboard to separate it from the previous. I'm ...
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In Illustrator, how do I set my file at 10% scale?

I have a large print job. The design is sized at 36" by 72" with 1" bleed. The printer is asking that I set the file at 10% scale. How do I do that???
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Merging separate paths in Illustrator

I have several circles that are set at type none color and 0.01 black stroke. They're all currently in paths (except two I made into compound paths). I want to know how to remove the stroke from the ...
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Add diacritics to fonts in Illustrator

There are many free fonts, but they often don't include letters with diacritics such as Ă, Â, Ș, etc. Placing those marks by hand in a large text that keeps changing can be a pain. Is there a way to ...
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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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Illustrator: creating two colour-wheel-like objects out of 23 circles/discs

So what I'm trying to do is make 23 circles in the same style as the image below, but in two concentric rings instead of one big one. The circles should be the same size and also arranged in a ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Is there a way to set the image-trace palette limit to a number over 30?

I'm trying to perform an image-trace on a bitmap artwork. The vector result will then be cut into glass, and I need to have exactly 60 colors, since we only have 60 colors of glass. Is there a way to ...
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How to get an Illustrator script to see the visible size of clipped art instead of the art's orginal size?

When I use an Illustrator script using visible bounds or selection size on clipped art, the script sees the original size of the clipped art as the groups's size instead of its visible (clipped) size. ...
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Making a Shape Edge Vertical in Illustrator

I'm making a letter M in Illustrator by using the pen tool and drawing half of the letter and then mirroring it with a transform effect. I noticed that when I zoom in there is a hairline space due to ...
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Workflow for print publishing children's book?

I have recently drawn and scanned a children's book that I will try to have published. I converted the scans into vectors using Vector Magic in order to have nice, clean, smooth lines without any ...
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Is there any way to convert 'AI' and 'EPS' to corel draw format (.cdr)?

Is there any way to convert 'AI' and 'EPS' to corel draw format (.cdr)? My client want to rework from their existing AI and EPS to corel draw.
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How do I Export from Adobe Illustrator to Photoshop and Preserve Layers?

I am a web developer and I convert design elements from Photoshop to html. Sometimes I receive the designs in Illustrator. I like to export the Illustrator files to Photoshop so they are easier to ...
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In illustrator is there a way to reset rotated transform controls?

When you rotate an object in illustrator the transform controls to resize it/squash it rotate with it. What if i want to stretch it relative to the canvas?
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When using Illustrators “Recolor art” tool, how do I recolor in the same order as in the swatch window?

I know how to use the Illustrator recolor tool, but this part really throws me for a loop. How do I keep the order of the swatches in the recolor "assign" window in the same order as I've set them ...
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Toggle Illustrator Layer visibility?

I am looking for a way, preferably one that can be triggered via keyboard shortcut, to both toggle the current layer to visible/hidden and to be able to toggle a specifically-named layer ...
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How to make a smooth PMS gradient transition in Illustrator

I'm currently working on versions of a logo that has some gradients. CMYK looks fine but I'm getting poor results with PMS. I would normally fix this by building a mixed ink in Indesign but it doesn't ...
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How to disunite pie chart elements?

I've created a Pie Chart Using Illustrator CS6 using Chart tool. ... and the "Group Selection Tool" to pick single pie chart elements and move them around. All pie chart elements are within one ...
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Vectorise scientific pencil drawings

I like to draw every now and then and I guess, the results are OK for a computer scientist. Schematics like the eye on the left are sometimes needed in scientific publications and when you use ...
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Drawing animations like PHDcomics

I've been trying to obtain an animation like this one from PHDComics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kCtiOS_F_M Does anybody have a good idea of how to achieve it? or at least on which program is ...
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Is there a way to expand linked EPS file placed inside another EPS file in Illustrator?

I've placed an EPS file (File A) inside another EPS file (File B) and now need to completely break this link so that the artwork of File A becomes 100% editable part of File B. I've tried embedding ...
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Retain Blending Mode after saving to .svg? (Illustrator)

I'm a little new to illustrator. I designed a little logo in illustrator that comprises of several layers. Now because I have some of this layers interact with each other different using the blend ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Prevent graphics styles from overriding stroke and fill?

I have a graphics style that has the following attributes: Stoke: None Fill: None 3D Extrude and Bevel: Applied [*] Opacity: Default [*] Actually, this links to countless irrelevant ...
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Is there a template to display a tri-fold or page-turn for a portfolio?

I'm building my portfolio, and rather than handing out hundreds of various designs, I want to put several items on one page. But I also want to illustrate what they are, such as a tri-fold or ...
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How do I get out of Outline View?

I have drawn a broom in Illustrator and cant apply any brushes or strokes to it. I just don't get it. What do I have to do? Here is a screenshot:
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Easy way to make smooth connection in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Take a look on the image. I have a line with two segments (on the left). How to make smooth connection between them keeping one segment untouched (right side)? I know two methods but they are not so ...
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Illustrator opens PDFs rotated 90 degrees. Why, and how do I deal with it?

As I open a PDF file in Illustrator CS6, it displays it rotated 90 degrees CW. If I rotate the artboard and content back to normal for editing and save it, Acrobat Reader displays the file rotated 90 ...
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Use an artboard as a template, exporting multiple versions with an image swap?

I have an artboard with a card design and I have an image that have to change one hundred times inside that. It´s an image that changes the meaning of the card, but it will always have the same width ...
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Convert vector Smart Object layer to Shape layer

I've cut and pasted vector art from Illustrator to PhotoShop and chose "smart object" when I pasted it. Is there a way to convert the smart object to a shape layer now so I can edit the very simple ...
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Photoshop/Illustrator difference in blend modes

I have used photoshop for some time and am now trying to learn Illustrator (Both version CS5) I would like to know if there is a difference in the way the blend modes work between these two apps, ...
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Exporting drawing for icon images to be used in Android for various screen sizes in a not too labourious manner?

I want to make a set of icons for android phones. The guide has a set of recommendations for the denstiy and sizes link to recommendations. What is an efficient manner to go about producing these ...
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Trying to Export From Photoshop to Illustrator

I am currently trying to export a few layers from Photoshop to Illustrator. However whenever I try and export, I get a blank ai document. I've also tried creating paths from my text (this is just ...
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Does the usage of symbols improve illustrator performance?

I create quite big illustrations with a lot of small complex symbols/icons in it, for example different kinds of servers etc. Some icons/symbols are used multiple times in one illustration. Would it ...
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SVG image not displaying CSS base-64 data URL encoded fonts in Illustrator

I'm dynamically generating an SVG that includes text and a font using an embedded base-64 font-face with this method: How do I embed Google Web Fonts into an SVG? <defs> <style> ...
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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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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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Fastest way to custom design a race course map?

Here's a decent example of what I'm trying to do - a print version of something like this: I need to pick-and-choose which crossroads and street labels to show, add custom icons, plot the actual ...
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After Live Trace in Illustrator, I can't figure out how to change some of the lines' color

I auto traced an image and am trying to change the color of all the black lines and sections to brown, but some of the lines I can't change with the Paint Bucket tool (because it fills in a large ...
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How to adjust two handles equally?

When adjusting the handles of an anchor point, how can I adjust both handles to an equal length or adjust them both at the same time?
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Illustrator > Recolor Artwork: How to manually choose the replacement colours from swatch groups?

Below is Illustrator's "Recolor Artwork" window. I've chosen to recolour (yes, I'm British) using one of my swatch groups. Notice that the first source colour is replaced with the first swatch group ...
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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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Illustrator: how to colour segments of a circle with different colours?

My goal is to learn this kind of graphs that represent articulation points / biconnected components and now I am trying to learn it but every time I try to colour a half circle it colours the ...
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Every shape I create in Illustrator CC is going at the back of the layer

I have been working for a while with Illustrator CC, and suddenly this strange behavior. Every time I create a new shape, Illustrator locates it at the back of the layer instead of the top. This is ...
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Trim a Clipping Mask in Illustrator?

Is it possible to trim a clipping mask in Illustrator? I have an image that I created a mask for, but the entire image is so much larger than the space I need, I would like to crop the rest of the ...
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How to create a curved tiles effect in adobe illustration

This curved tiles shape was created in adobe illustration: How can I recreate it?
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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?