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Duplicated object that reflects changes in illustrator

I've been using Sketch recently and they have this really nice concept of grouped objects that can be cloned. When you make a change to the master group item it reflects the other items. Optionally ...
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How to merge outlines and fills after using image trace on a hand drawn image?

I'm new to illustrator and I'm trying to import my hand drawn line art to color in illustrator. When I add the jpeg to illustrator and do image trace I'm left with an outline (solid black shape behind ...
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How do I add hyperlinks to an SVG export out of Illustrator?

I've followed the instructions here on GDSE on how to create image maps that open a URL in Adobe Illustrator (using CC): Add a hyperlink within Illustrator However, it simply doesn't work for me. I ...
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How to create an orthogonal triad of vectors as a single object in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015

Here is what I have done: I create three arrows by using the line command and then the stroke panel to add an arrowhead. I then make two duplicates of the arrow by pressing Alt + Shift + Left Arrow. ...
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How to create an fade effect like this in Illustrator?

I would like to know how to create an effect like this in Illustrator. I already tried grunge textures but I can't get the same kind of fade. Thanks
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Merge circle with lines

Let's say, I am trying to recreate a shape (the circle attached within the M shape) like the attached image. Is there any way to do this simply and perfect? They way I have tried it is not giving me ...
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Why is the brush dot far away from it's anchor point?

Using Illustrator CC & i use a wacom intuos pro tablet to currently draw using the brush tool (just on basic settings). My problem is that there is a brush dot on the far top left corner and its ...
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So I designed a logo in Illustrator using just text which I'm looking to have it printed, can it still be used as a vector [closed]

Basically, what the title says, I designed a logo in Illustrator which I'm planning to print as stickers using just text/fonts. Will I be able to export/save it as a vector and have it printed? My ...
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Create rounded highlight in Illustrator

So I'm trying to figure out how to add a curved little highlight to the right of this rounded rectangle. I have a highlight underneath (in it light green), but I can not for the life of me create one ...
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How do I create a 3D linear shape (like this in figure) in Illustrator?

How do I create a 3D linear shape (like this in figure) in Illustrator? I try to use mesh tool (but it deformed all lines) and blending tool (but it not works with closed shape). Can you help me? ...
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How to make white background in binary image transparent in Illustrator

I am a beginner in Adobe Illustrator. I would just like to take the attached binary image and make the white background transparent. Is there a simple way to do this?
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How to create a grain in illustrator with specific colors?

I'm trying to reverse engineer a graphic that I like in Illustrator, and here is the part that gives me trouble: I have followed a few tutorials using the Grain effect with multiply, however it ...
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Generating isometric grids in Illustrator CC

How does one generate accurate isometric grids in Illustrator CC?
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Removing an element from text in Illustrator

I want to remove the dot above the "i" in Illustrator but still keeping the text as an editable vector object, is this possible?
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Having some issues with missing fonts

I have several InDesign/Illustrator files to edit and I am repeatedly getting a missing fonts issue. I'll have the fonts on my computer but they will be named slightly differently than what InDesign ...
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How to properly export from Illustrator to Photoshop? [closed]

And by that I mean that each layer with sublayers in AI should become a group in PS.
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How do I subtract the inner path from the outer circle in Adobe Illustrator?

Imagine if you took the following shape... ...and flipped it on its side in a three-dimensional space. I'm trying to do that in Illustrator, and so far I have this: From the outer circle, I want ...
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There and Back Again: What changed when importing a vector from Illustrator to Indesign?

I designed this portfolio piece for a class using Illustrator, and in my rendering I created a crayon by revolving a shape along its axis. I then used Object -> Expand Appearance and it appeared ...
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Illustrator modular designing list items?

I like symbols in illustrator but I read somewhere it's not recommended to use text within symbols. In my design I have a bunch of list items that maintain the same proportions, but some minor ...
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Layers dont show up when exporting file from illustrator to photoshop

I made a graphic in Illustrator and wanted to add finishing touches in Photoshop. But when I export the file as a PSD from Illustrator, only one layer shows up in Photoshop. I use RGB color mode and ...
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Remove transform attribute from export selection to SVG in Illustrator CC

I have an illustrator file and all I want to do is export a selection as an SVG. When this happens, Illustrator adds a transform attribute to the path with a translate value. I believe this is added ...
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How do I keep transparency from one AI file to another?

I am trying to create a a shape for a project. As I started to create it, I realized that when I go to copy it into my other AI file, it has a white background to it and transfers over to my page as ...
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How to fill in a shape with content in illustrator

I am completely new to Illustrator, however my boss asked me to make a graphic in illustrator. A list of things he sent me: First, this mock up image for what he wants: as well as the .ai file ...
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InDesign, Acrobat and Illustrator and PDF-file-sizes

I’m observing strange behavior in Adobes Creative Suite (I’m on CS6 right now) when it comes to file size of PDFs. I export PDFs from InDesign with various options and sometimes need to make smaller ...
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How to select multiple objects with different appearance in Illustrator?

Say I want to select e.g. all red diamonds AND all text in the following image. What should I do? I can select all red diamonds by choosing one, then Select --> Same --> Appearance. I can also ...
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Join two paths to become one? [closed]

I have two lines intersecting forming a cross. I outline the strokes but they continue to be individual lines in stead of one path. I want these lines to be one undivided line but cant get there?
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Setting the object size in Illustrator [duplicate]

I need to set the specific size and position for objects in Illustrator. For example, I need to set the size to 100 × 50 mm, but Illustrator automatically sets its size to 100.189 × 50.094 mm. Same ...
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What is the name of Design style used in Monument valley opening? Other examples?

I am designing a poster and saw recently a bunch of designs using very thin white font and some thin logo illustration-type ordeal on a dark background. A lot of these seem to be on a sort of "sky-...
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Illustrator: Clipping Mask Struggles

Illustrator noob here (pls bear with me). I'm trying to make a face, and I want to add some shading on the left cheek, so this is my process: first make the shading, and then clip it to the original ...
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Little Gaps between rectangles when exporting .svg with Illustrator

i have these little white gaps between the rectangles (only in exported .svg files) In illustrator im able to zoom in as far as possible without seeing any of these Is there a way to fix this? I ...
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What is a good workflow to create background patterns for web designs?

I am designing a website in Photoshop and I want to try create a background pattern myself. I have both Photoshop and Illustrator at my disposal. I am aware that in Photoshop I can use Edit -> ...
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Can I lock my workspace?

Struggling with Illustrator, I keep dragging my panels out and it's super irritating. How do I lock them in place?
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Why rasterizing objects in Illustrator causes them to be pixelated [duplicate]

I am having a sudden problem with my vectors after being rasterized within Illustrator. The rasterized image becomes pixelated. If anyone might have an idea as to what might have happened all of a ...
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Can I get rid of all the extra layers that Illustrator creates after I use pathfinder?

I'm not an experienced Illustrator user, but whenever I use pathfinder to combine a few shapes together, Illustrator would create a whole bunch of what appears to look like outlines of every shape and ...
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CC Libraries Assets into InD: place linked VS place copy

After playing around a bit with the CC Libraries, I noticed an odd problem: In InD I create, for instance, a vector shape and a bit of text over it, and import these as a single graphic into CC ...
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How do I make non-rectangular slices in Illustrator?

I bought this: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=297036404&src=id And now I need to export each sign as an individual file (PNG or JPG). If there was more distance between the individual ...
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How are these swirly, line frames made?

I love and have always been mystified by this kind of swirly design. After +10yrs working as a graphic designer, I still can't wrap my head around how those are done. Geometric curved design in ...
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Shapes strokes from PSD is invisible when open in Illustrator

I open the PSD files in Illustrator to save the files as PDF but the strokes of box shapes are invisible or automatically changed to white? How do I fix this so I don't have to fix each artworks again ...
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Reduce number of colors in illustrator using Recolor artwork not working?

Here is my problem: I select all my items click the recolor wheel merge some colors click ok, but it does not seem to change: deselect, then reselect the shapes click the color wheel: all colors are ...
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Is there a way in Adobe Illustrator to import a path from a list of points?

I want to be able to take a list of point coordinates created by a script and import them as a path. The list would be just be a text document with the coordinates separated by line breaks. Is there a ...
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Shaper tool objects left uneditable

I have drawn a flat design landscape with the "new" Shaper Tool and at some point I must have used some command - ctrl+z i suspect - and now I can only edit a handful of the triangles in size and ...
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Labeling river of a map in Illustrator

I'm wrapping my map up in Illustrator. I want to create a line that has the same geometry of my river and I want to label it: "Klamath River". The thing is, I don't want to label it once, I want to ...
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how do I create this type of grid in illustrator?

I'm trying to create a logo grid and I would like to know how I can achieve something such as the image below in illustrator
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Photoshop Masking vs. Illustration Masking. Why are layers in the opposite order? [closed]

To mask an image, why in Photoshop (or Sketch) is the mask under the image, while in Illustrator (or After Effects) the mask is above the image?
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Is it possible to avoid the fine lines that render between the shapes in this grid? [duplicate]

I used the grid tool to create a grid of squares for a texture, but I'm seeing very clear fine lines rendering at the edges between some - not all - of the rows and columns. Unfortunately, these ...
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Illustrator alignment with styled element doesn't work properly

I'm creating a template on Illustrator CS6 but I'm not able to align elements properly when one of them have a style. In this case, I have a rectangle with a dropshadow effect and when I try to align ...
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Dividing a group of paths in the middle

I have traced and expanded a tire that I now want to cut straight in the middle so I can decrease the opacity of the left half. That group of paths the expansion created I can't cut now - even with a ...
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What's a simple way to make a perfect multi-colored tile grid in illustrator?

I Googled "illustrator repeat shape" and none of the results gave a clear answer from what I could tell. I want to make a simple multicolored grid something like this, without duplicating and ...
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Is it possible to modify a line using 3 or more handles in bezier curves in adobe illustrator or other program?

I was following a tutorial about bezier curves and the explanation behind it. At the same time was reproducing some of the learning on Illustrator. But there was a part of the tutorial where you ...
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What is the difference between spot colors and global ?

What is the difference between spot colors and global in illustrator? thanks