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Illustrator - Large Vector File to Print at A0

I have created large vector drawings for A0 printing - each file has thousands of vectors at different transparencies. The largest file is 270mb when saved as an editable pdf. I have not compressed ...
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Is there a way to retrieve the file in illustrator that just been accidentally replaced?

Is there a way to retrieve the file in illustrator that just been accidentally replaced? is there some sort of history? The application was closed after it was replaced so there's no way i can undo ...
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How do I generate Pantone swatch chart of all current PMS colors in Illustrator?

I need to generate a PMS swatch chart for all current PMS colors to do print tests off large format printers. We have old charts but need a current one. I am hoping there is a way to generate this ...
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When ever I write something in Arabic or Persian in Adobe Illustrator CS5.1 the word do not appear on the screen?

When ever I write something in Arabic or Persian in Adobe Illustrator CS5.1 the word do not appear on the screen? But I can see the word which I have written in layer names.
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How to make such 3D border portfolio screen effect? [duplicate]

How to make such 3D border portfolio screen effect in Photoshop / Illustrator? It should take the color pixels of the border and stretch them to make a 3D effect.
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Illustrator mouse pointer with square or hands

This morning my mouse pointer in Illustrator either shows hands in which case I can select nothing or shows a pointer with a black square which has weird effects when I select stuff. How can I disable ...
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Graphical errors when exporting to the web from illustrator

I am having problems with graphical errors when i export from illustrator The problem is small border along the right side of the export, the colors of the line varies from export to export. first ...
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How is a clipping mask different in Illustrator then photoshop? [duplicate]

I'm having some trouble with the clipping mask feature in Illustrator CS3. I have a shape which is a simple hill and I want to put a road on the hill and chop off the excess parts of the road. How do ...
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How do I convert B&W penciled book drawings to Illustrator colored drawings?

I have an opportunity with an author, but I want to see if I can even deliver first, if I were to take it. The author needs her current black and white drawings to be in color for a book she is ...
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Why Does SVG Automatically Center Itself?

I recently converted my logo from PNG to SVG. The sizes of the images are identical, however, the SVG version seems to want to automatically center itself. You can view the PNG of my logo at ...
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How can I create jagged text in Illustrator?

I am trying to make the letters of my text look like they are "electrified" with jagged edges. How would I do that?? I've tried making my text an object and then doing the "envelope" thing but that ...
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How to convert the shapes stroke into open or transparent in Illustrator CS5?

I created a path Inside that path I created several more paths and group those on separate layer. Inside paths doesn’t have any fill but have a stroke of 1. Since I want that stroke to be open( or ...
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How to ensure exclusive grayscale colors in Illustrator document?

I'm using Illustrator CS6 to create several black/white figures. Since the printing agency requires "well" prepared figures, I want to ensure that all figures are in grayscale, or in other words, that ...
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How do does one sync file changes in a Phothoshop file exported from Illustrator while maintaining layers

I am creating a website mockup with invisionapp.com, an app that let's you test drive website and mobile user experience with no coding, just graphics. They have a cool feature that allows you to ...
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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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Taking color from another object in Adobe Illustrator

I'm using the latest version of Adobe Illustrator CC. I'm on a PC running Win 8.1 with Classic Shell. How do I copy a color from one object to another? It's a word, (text converted to path). I've ...
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How to change colors in a purchased vector stock image with masks.

I am using AI, and I have a vector image where I have over 25 different masks. When I select a shape, and try to change the color, only the border of that specific changes color but the inside stays ...
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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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Organise / Align / Snap multiple objects in a box?

I am new to Illustrator so wondering if there is anyone who can help me. I have 195 flags of the world, each one a separate object. I would like to place them all in a rectangle in a neat and ...
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How can I get the clipping paths to be objects in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm converting a vector drawing from Bohemian Sketch to Adobe Illustrator so that I can export eps and svg, etc. When I copy and paste from Sketch I get a bunch of clipping paths instead of objects. ...
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Automating file export with different colored objects and file names

I’ve been working with Illustrator CC 2014 on a floor map for a ~400 rooms building. To allow visitors to find rooms more quickly, I wanted to generate a series of images with highlighted rooms. The ...
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set active artboard by name in illustrator?

There is getActiveArtboardIndex and setActiveArtboardIndex, I can get the Artboard object with getByName. But how do I set active artboard by name? Or at least get index from the Artboard object?
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Can't select my image in Illustrator CS6 to fill it with color

I traced an image in image trace, (Illustrator CS6) it is on its own layer and now I can't select it. I've tried with the select tool, the direct select tool, magic wand, lasso to fill it with a ...
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update colors and graphic styles in multiple Illustrator files

what is the most efficient way to update(change) named, global swatches and graphic styles in multiple AI files. Many files need to be updated to use tweaked colors and styles. Is there a way other ...
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Illustrator CS6 document setup background color

I have a problem with background color in Illustrator CS6. So i set up a desired color for background in document setup, but then i can`t see any white color within my document (i assume that white is ...
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dividing transparent objects into individual shapes

In Adobe Illustrator How do I divide two overlapping shapes into individual parts so the overlap area is a shape and the non overlap areas are two shapes. So I end up with three shapes that can each ...
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Break shape points into separate objects

I have a path, for example, looking like this: I want to break it into separate points, no need to keep bezier curves data, just simple points. Is there a way to do it in Illustrator?
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Hide/Show multiple objects in Illustrator

How can I change visibility of multiple selected objects (let say paths) at once? Is there any shortcut for this? Thank you
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Duplicating an entire artwork with contents within it only returns white background - why?

I want to duplicate an entire artboard with all the artworks within it to another location in Illustrator CC, and I think it can be done by pressing ⌥ and dropping and dragging. However, when I tried ...
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How to reset Illustrator CS6 rectangle tool to zero degree?

I made previous work (as a beginner) in Illustrator CS6 and now when I select the rectangle tool it is by default oblique. Also, I would like to reset the rectangle to its orginal ...
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Why do gradients appear like this in illustrator?

I'm designing a window poster for shop, I'm working on this in illustrator and I'm trying to achieve this clean red to black gradient or feathered effect shown here, ...
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Combining and Layering Transparent Shapes in Illustrator

Sorry if my title is a big vague. I'm fairly new to Illustrator and and still trying to figure out how things work. I have a few paths that I'm looking to layer, one on top of the other. From bottom ...
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How to exactly align shapes in order to unite them in Illustrator?

I am new to Illustrator, I have been a Photoshop user for years. Im trying to combine a rectangle and eclipse shape. The issue I am having is that the rectangle doesn't seem to line up properly with ...
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How to export groups to separate PNG files?

I have an Illustrator file that contains several animation frames for a game. Every frame is a single group and they are all on the same layer. How can I quickly export all these groups, each to a ...
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Make Lines of .EPS Graphic Bolder or Thicker

I have an image that looks like a read out of an EKG wavy line. It's in .EPS format and I have placed it in an Illustrator .AI file I am creating. I want to make the wavy line thicker looking but I ...
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Unable to ungroup objects in Adobe Illustrator

I have adoped an Adobe Illustrator document that I need to work with. The changes I need to make were just some very basic text changes (or so I thought). It turns out that every letter/intricate ...
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How to separate clusters of different vector objects in a purchased stock image?

I just purchased a group pack of umbrella silhouette vectors. They came in .jpg file, .eps file, and .png file. I only need one of these vectors. I am having trouble selecting just one in the ...
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Increasing the significant figures in Illustrator CS6

I am making very simple images that requires extreme precision. I would like to draw black boxes that have a width of 0.59266662mm, but illustrator rounds to 0.5927mm. I need this precision because ...
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How to combine two separate paths into one?

I want to combine two separate path into one, so when I click on one of them with the white arrow (A), both are selected. You can see it in live here : ...
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A way to automate or speed up transforms on multiple layers in After Effects?

I am trying to create something i like to call pseudo rotation in space. Given multiple objects created in illustrator, each representing the same thing (e.g. a triangle) of different sizes arranged ...
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Illustrator CS5 stroke moves anchor points [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a shape. I have successfully created the shape but when i try to add a stroke it moves my anchor points and the stoke becomes non symmetric around the joining part. Have any ideas ...
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Easiest way to create vintage grane/corners/angles in Ai

I am looking for an easy way to create in Illustrator vintage style corners like on the picture provided. I have some technical ideas, but they are time consuming, there should be an easier way I ...
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I need some advice on the process of designing window banners for a newsagents

I'm designing a window graphic for a newsagents (what covers the actual window with and advertises what they sell, booze etc), now I've got the sizing, 180cm Height x 170cm width so at first I made ...
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Wavy Lines going thick to thin around circle

been trying to work this out from Google links but getting no where. I haven't used Adobe illustrator for a while to custom draw anything, but have a client needing a pattern like this one: ...
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Mysterious, Undesired Outline Around Black Illustrator Shapes [duplicate]

Why do black shapes end up having a faint outline around them? Will there be any consequences to this when I print? Is there any way to avoid this? Thanks.
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Splitting one path into two

So I have this path that looks like this: And I want it to look like this: Is there a way to do this without redrawing the path?
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How to open a multiple page PDF file as artboards in Illustrator CS6

I'm trying to open a PDF file with 7 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CS6. How do I open the PDF file in one single AI files with all artboards within it?
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Having a base object that Interacts with copies in Illustrator [duplicate]

For Illustrator, is there a easy way to have copies of an object reference back to the original? For example, if I changed the color of the original then all the copies' color will change also.
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In Illustrator which setting causes View->Snap To Grid to be replaced with “Snap To Pixel”

I have a document that seems to have the Snap To Grid option replaced with Snap To Pixel. I'm sure that Snap To Pixel can also be quite useful, but right now I want to snap to a larger grid. Does ...
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Illustrator:Why does the PDF version of my file show content I already deleted on the AI file?

I had a few random lines on my illustrator file so i Decided to delete them. Now: When I open this file on illustrator, the lines are gone - perfect. But when I saved this exact file as a PDF, then ...