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Importing spreadsheet data as layers into Adobe Illustrator

I have a spreadsheet with a TON of content that I need to import to layers via Illustrator. I have several columns that need to be imported for some business cards. So for instance name, email, phone, ...
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How to keep only the visible parts of the every object/path of a SVG image? Like “flatten” all the SVG

I've an SVG image with many objects, ones over anothers. What I need is a final SVG, with the same visual result, but in a way that I could change the opacity of any object without revealing the ...
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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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Multiple objects spaced evenly around a circle

I have a project where I am taking 6 different images and placing them on a circle. All of the images have duplicates (anywhere between 3 of the same image to 24). In total, I need the circle to have ...
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Align text in exact center (vertically and horizontally) without creating outlines?

In Illustrator, how do you align text in the exact center of a shape for example without creating outlines. If I go to center text using the align palette, Illustrator aligns the text to it's bounding ...
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How can I turn my old tablet PC into a Cintiq-like pen tablet?

I've been searching on internet but with no success... I have a old Fujitsu ST5020D Wacom Penabled tablet pc. As you know, a 1ghz Celeron + 256MB RAM wouldn't fill my needs as working on Adobe Master ...
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How do I achieve a 'grainy' / 'snow-dusted' effect in Photoshop or Illustrator?

If someone could point me to a tutorial for getting the "grainy" or "snow dusted"-like effect, I would very much appreciate it. Thanks!
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How to join two overlapping non-end points that belong to two paths?

Steps to Recreate: Create a Rectangle without a fill but with a stroke (Empty rectangle) Select "Smart Guides" & "Snap To Point" from the View Menu. Select the "Line Segment" tool from the ...
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How to create a noise texture like this website's

How would I go about making a texture similar to the one used throughout this site: Is it some kind of noise pattern?
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Logo looking fuzzy on smaller sizes

I created my logo in Adobe Illustrator and i'm happy espect that when i need it smaller, it looks pretty ugly and fuzzy. Like pixels are getting squeezed. Here is a screenshot of the original on the ...
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Illustrator: Change the colors of a symbol

Is it possible to change the colors of a symbol in a document without breaking the link with its original shape. Eg.: I have a square a symbol. I have two I races of them in my document. I want on ...
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automatically duplicate and scatter a shape

A graphic' worth a million words : The red-circled wave (and associated layer) is Illustrator-made. The other waves were made in Photoshop just to support my problem : this is what I try to achieve ...
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How do I create a two toned color or watercolor look in illustrator or photoshop?

I am trying to create the two toned watercolor texture effect like the image found below. I have tried unsuccessfully to create it using Photoshop and Illustrator. Results I come up with don't ...
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How do I achieve this “Out of Sync”/mis-registration fill style in Adobe Illustrator?

What is an easy way to achieve this "Out of Sync" Color Fill style? I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS6 and I think there is an easy way to do this with the way Illustrator is set up, but I'm not sure ...
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Text silhouette; change color in middle of a letter illustrator

Does anyone know how to change colors in letters to appropriately represent silhouette? A perfect example is the opening for the movie Superbad: The 'U' is perfectly a U while having the right ...
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Can I just save files as a PDF from Illustrator?

I use illustrator a lot and I'm always exporting PDFs. Since the PDF is a "save as" rather than an export, I end up editing the PDF and saving out. This causes version conflicts. Could I just work in ...
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Saving Illustrator as PDF without the hidden layers

We have roughly 55 cards that all have the exact same text. The titles and backgrounds differ among the cards. So I've made just one AI with the different backgrounds and all the text as one copy in a ...
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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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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 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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InDesign ignores Illustrator artboard?

When placing a *.ai in InDesign, InDesign auto-crops the frame if part of the Illustrator artboard is empty. Even if I outline the Illustrator artboard with a no-stroke, no-fill rectangle, InDesign ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...