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Outline stroke from path in Illustrator

I've made a path in Illustrator which I need to be outlined. Quickest way to do this is with Outline Stroke, but then you'll get this united shape (see object in the middle below). Is there a way to ...
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in ai >> Extrude text that has background-pattern with transparency

I use ai rarely... more photoshop... excuse me up front for any dumb mistakes :p I want to create characters (ABC..) with nice textures, a stroke and a 3d extrude effect. The problem is that some of ...
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Why can't I retain fonts and textures in Illustrator CS6

A client sent me their Illustrator CS6 file, but when I open it, their original fonts don't show up and the textures in the design are gone. The fonts get changed to a default font on my computer and ...
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Which SVG features are supported by Illustrator? [closed]

I've noticed that certain SVG features such as @font-face w/ base-64 content and path fill styles do not seem to work with Illustrator. (SVG image not displaying CSS base-64 data URL encoded fonts in ...
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Is there a way to change the color of a .png object using Adobe Illustrator?

I just downloaded a zip file of .png banners and arrows. However, they were all created black. Is there any way I can change the color of the objects in Adobe Illustrator?
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Use of Pen Tool

I am working with Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 As I have been trying to teach myself the Illustrator program, I came across something that really bothered me and messed with my mind: the pen tool. I ...
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Difference between Gaussian blur tools in Illustrator

I want to apply a Gaussian blur to an image I imported into Illustrator. There are 2 tools from the menu, Effect-Blur-Gaussian Blur and Effect-SVG Filters-AI_GaussianBlur_4. I have applied both ...
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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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How to open an Illustrator CS6 document in Illustrator CS5?

When I open an Adobe Illustrator CS6 document with the previous version, CS5, I get the error: Created with a newer version of Illustrator and can't use the file. Is there a way around this?
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How do I create a rectangle with an open corner in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm brand new at creating icons. I have an issue regarding changing the shape of a rectangle. The bottom one is what I have. But I'd like to change the rectangle to look something like the top ...
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Problems with PDF quality on Photoshop or Illustrator

I am trying to export a PDF containing mobile app screens through Photoshop, but the end result comes out to be quite pixelated. Viewing it on 75% zoom makes the text appear better, but the images get ...
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Exporting hi-res png with small dimensions at exact size

I want to export an illustrator file... In PNG format Exact dimensions (55x20mm) High resolution 72 ppi does not save at high enough standard. 300 ppi makes the dimensions too large. The end user ...
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Changing the font size across multiple Illustrator files

I know this is possible after looking at a question posted a few years ago: Replacing a font in many illustrator files However, I'm completely useless when it comes to scripting. Can someone please ...
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How to easily isolate parts of a shape to fill them with colour in Adobe Illustrator?

I am using Adobe Illustrator and I have a ribbon shape that I have created using the pen tool and line segments. I need to know how to isolate areas so I can fill them with a colour and create the ...
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Amend the texts (font) in llustrator

How to amend the texts (font) in Adobe illustrator? A letter and I want to remove the Horizontal line. So it would be like this:
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How can I thread a compound path through a shape in Illustrator using masks?

Imagining that the blue shape in the attached is a bead and the black path is a thread, how do I create the illusion that the path is threaded through the hole in the bead using a clipping mask? Also, ...
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How to enable spell check in Adobe Illustrator CS6

I have like a really long brochure created in Adobe Illustrator CS6. I don't want to copy the whole text to a Word document to run a spell check. Is there any way to run a spell check without leaving ...
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IS there any way to place the symbol in its original coordinates in illustrator

Is there any way to place the symbol in its original coordinates? lets say I drew a path that have a coordinates of 3cm from the top right position of my artboard. and I make it as a symbol. now in a ...
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Why does white appear inside my shapes when I apply my gradient brush to it?

I created a brush with a gradient stroke effect so that I can apply it to curved lines/shapes but when I apply it to a shape white appears. How can I get rid of this?
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How do I create this kind of of overlap in Illustrator?

I'm looking to overlap two logos and have them separated by a slash as shown above.
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How to make an array of dots and paths with Adobe Illustrator?

How can I create an array or 'node net' of randomly sized shapes, with thin paths between them and dots where each path meets another path?
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How do I limit the number of colors in Adobe Illustrator?

I am trying the limit the number of colors used in my Adobe Illustrator file. I’ve created 10 swatches with specific colors that I’d like to use. I want all the colors in my illustration to change to ...
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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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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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Importing AI pages into InDesign

Is it better to save AI pages as pdf and then export them as jpg files for input into master indesign document? (Lots of photos, minimal text)
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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 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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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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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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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 create a shadow effect like sketch

I want to know how to how to create a shadow in Adobe Illustrator, like this
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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? ...
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3-d reconstruction (z-stack) of individual eps files (each of them a slice along the xy plane)?

I would like to create a z-stack of several individual eps files, each of them being actually a slice along the xy-plane.. What is the easiest way to do this and the easiest software to use ...
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Fill anomaly ofter joining paths in illustrator

I created this image building a gear tooth and then rotated it around the centre. The path looks good until I try to fill it and as you can see I have an annoying join across teeth. Can anyone ...