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How to merge or replace pantone or spot ink in illustrator in one go?

I have a huge artwork content where i need to relace or merge one pantone with another. Thanks
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Illustrator - How to let one layer show through another [duplicate]

This seems like it should be easy, but since I'm new to Illustrator it's hard to describe what I mean without an example. Basically, I have two layers. The bottom layer has a picture of a pig. The ...
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(adobe illustrator) how do i turn the end point to start point when using pen tool [duplicate]

when I finish using the pen tool to draw a complex line, how do I switch the start point to end point? Is there a better way to do it other than draw it over again?
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Illustrator: Grain Effect makes round objects pixelated

I would like to apply an effect to the whole artboard (all elements), so that the colors don't look too monotone. It should look like this (found it here): I think this effect is called Grain. So ...
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How to “detach” or separate parts of a vector image in Illustrator CS5?

I scanned a sketch of a wreath of flowers with stems and leaves that I drew, changed it to a vector image, and I am now trying to color parts of it different colors. But because the stems and the ...
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Illustrator: Bend 2D objects over the edges of 3D objects (extrude and bevel)

I really like to create 3D objects with "extrude and bevel" in Illustrator CC. So is there also the possibility to achieve this? (found it here) The objects bend over the edges and change their ...
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Exporting With 300ppi and Maintaining Art Board Size in Illustrator CC

When I start a new document, I input the size that I need for the final project. When I have been exporting my work, in 300 ppi, the final product ends up with dimensions far larger than my original ...
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Illustrator: Is there an efficient and accurate way to join two circles by their tangents (and keep it editable)?

It's easy to join two circles if they are the same size and horizontal/vertical, into a pill shape: If the circles are at an add angle then it's still possible but you can no longer rely on smart ...
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How do I put an image into Illustartor document at its actual size?

I'm creating a new document, choosing Web profile, setting width and height equal to image size. But the image appears half as big as it really is. That is, I need to place image 4 times to fill the ...
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Illustrator misshapes edges in exported *.svg

Does anyone know why when I save out an SVG icon that my edges get misshapen and do not look like what I have designed; Example: Smooth edges are exported as sharp. Thanks!
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illustrator CS6 dialogue box “color conflict” doesn't pop up

Where can I set the illustrator CS6 dialogue box "color conflict" to pup up? When I paste color shapes havig the same color name, the color change without any warning or a dialogue box
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GIF - How to create a colour-filling translation effect inside a logo

I would like to create a loading icon that show the app is loading the page. I would like to use our logo and animate inside the logo a vertical translting fill like here: ...
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Changing compound path into normal path in scanned drawing

I would like to change some shapes in the drawing which I scanned, saved as png, and then opened in Illustrator. Some strokes are connected in a compound path. If I select it and then go Object - ...
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Different objects to follow a semi circle! [duplicate]

i have some text vector, traced from some pic. I want them to put on a circular path to be used in a stamp graphic. Tried blend option but results wasn't good enough. How can i ?
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How to make Adobe Illustrator remember past colors

I use the live paint tool - but between each selection the color palette gets reset. How can I make it remember the last color I chose?
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Cannot Save Mesh Effect in SVG Format [duplicate]

I designed a vector in Illustrator CC 2015, and some parts have mesh effect. When I tried to save the vector in SVG format, Illustrator exports parts with mesh effect as PNG and the rest as vector. I ...
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EPS file looks great in AI but washed out in Mac Preview or ghostscript

I have an EPS file that, when opened in Illustrator, looks great. AI can export to a PNG that also looks great. When I open this file with Preview on OSX, or use ghostscript/imagemagick to convert it ...
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What files to give my Client for their Logo [duplicate]

I took graphic design in school years ago, but have been out of the loop for quite some time. I recently created a vector logo for a friend for their business. I am wondering how to save the files so ...
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Extrapolate the curve of a stroke join

Is there a plugin or any other way to make sharp edges of an offset path command or stroke behave like the Extrapolate example in the image below? I have searched but have found nothing so far. ...
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Calligraphy brush strokes in Illustrator keep changing after multiple document edits

I am currently doing a character study on Illustrator using a Wacom Cintiq drawing tablet. However, every time I use the paintbrush tool, I keep on running into this problem where the already-drawn ...
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Convert fill styled icons to stroke icons in Illustrator

so I want to use a script called vivus.js and one of the conditions for this script to work is: All elements must have a stroke property and cannot be filled. This is because the animation only ...
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What resolution should I work with in to output to different pixel densities?

Q: What resolution should I be working in (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc) to output for both high resolution displays (retina, etc) as well as standard resolution output (72ppi/web)? My Gut It seems ...
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Logo with multiplied transparency blending option won't show up on black - Illustrator

I'm running into a very frustrating issue. I have a logo element that the client specifically asked for: a hand-painted circle. So I painted the circle, scanned it, did an image trace to vectorize it, ...
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Extract black and white raster drawing [closed]

I would like to ask you, what technic(s) do you use when tranfsfering old engineering drawing into new one. For example I wanted to make myself something like this guy did (but even better :-) :-) ...
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Copy & Paste in place from Illustrator to Photoshop - Got blurred

I am trying to copy & paste the icon from Illustrator into Photoshop, it looks blurred. I have checked the size of the icon and pixel perfect of the grid, but still I face the problem. It would ...
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Objects in Illustrator Not Aligning to Pixel Grid Correctly

I'm having problems aligning my objects to the pixel grid in Illustrator. As you can see in the picture, my object is correctly aligned with the pixel grid. However there are still parts outside of ...
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Why is Illustrator CC saving my files as pdf?

I have installed Illustrator CC and when i save a file it shows a pdf icon next to the file name the application bar. When i check file info, it says File info: application / pdf. Please help!
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Drawing a circle made of lines and splitting into sections

I am looking to draw a circle like below on Illustrator for a graph. I get as far as doing the circular lines, but I just haven't been able to effectively split the circles in to equally sized ...
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Distorted text when exporting as png from Illustrator CC

I'm trying to export text as a png from Illustrator CC, but the text is getting slightly distorted. The lowercase e's look like they have a serif or something: I'm required to make art that ...
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how to edit a technical drawing copiend into AI from pdf

I have copied a technical drawing from pdf into AI and i now need to edit this add more details. However there is a box around the whole drawing which does not let me reach the individual elements of ...
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Illustrator Extremely Slow With Linked Photos

I am creating some large banners at my job, and using Illustrator to create specifically shaped clipping masks. The problem is, this file is getting way too large and slow. I am trying to figure out ...
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Illustrator CC: Rename layer shortcut

Is there a shortcut for renaming layers in Illustrator CC? There isn't one listed on Adobe's Default Keyboard Shortcuts
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Illustrator CC shortcut: Select next layer in layer palette

I'm looking for a simple Illustrator shortcut to select the next/previous layer in the layer's panel for OSX. According to this post, ⌥ + [ or ⌥ + ] should cycle through the layers, but this seems to ...
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Illustrator cc: gradient tool — How to take color from the image?

At first I tried the trick with dragging eyedropper, as in Flash 5 (very simple way). Then i tried to use a eyedropper. Update solution I still can not believe that this is the quickest way, I'm ...
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converting drawing to “single” line vector

I scanned a colouring book page that I sketched (zentangle drawings) and no matter how I convert to vector, all the lines are doubled (outline instead of a single line). It takes forever to go through ...
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How do I convert an Illustrator file that is 8x10 to a high quality 300 dpi jpeg?

I tried rastorizing it (this happens to be an all text 8x10 print) and it turned from purple to blue. I tried going to Export>saved as a jpeg>changed color to RGB, made quality 10 (maximum), did ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS5.5 - repair borders after image trace

I'm creating a pattern design in illustrator. I used the trace feature but I'm not happy with the outcome. The tracing smoothed out the borders too much and I lost the square "rocky edge" look I'm ...
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How to reduce a detailed logo without losing crispiness in photoshop or Illustrator [duplicate]

I have a logo design, which need to be reduced to the size of 52px height, on reducing the size to 52 the logo gets jagged with rough and un-smooth edges. how to make it better. any suggestions ...
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How to go about creating this style of logo > oval transparency gradients?

I'm wanting to learn how to do this in illustrator Is there a tutorial that could teach me how to get started on this, or even a template .AI to buy to see how its put together? I'm guessing its ...
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How can I increasingly widen group of objects in Illustrator

I have a set of objects that are all the same width, and are arranged in a vertical line. I want to start at the bottom one and make the gradually get wider as you go up the stack. I would like the to ...
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How to smoothly connect a circle with rectangle shape at the tangent?

I would like to connect a rectangle with a circle at its tangent in illustrator. The problem is – and i hope you can see it in the image – that the transition is not very smooth and quit ugly. How ...
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Export PDF from Illustrator or Indesign? [closed]

I am Export Pdf from Indesign and save Pdf from Illustrator, Dimension size are same in both software but Pdf file size are very different. Indesign pdf file size are very small comparison to ...
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Alignment trouble shows in SVG but not in JPG

I have a weird Illustrator problem. I type a letter (only fill no border), expand it, duplicate it and reflect the duplicate and finally move if to the right so the two letters are partly overlapping. ...
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trying to recreate a logo & need some pointers

I am trying to figure out how to create a logo based on a series of semi-circles within another, with only one end of the most interior semi-circle extended. This is the original logo I'm trying to ...
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Illustrator: Why are color options grayed out and why do does pressing “D” changes my doted lines?

As you can see paths is gray, and options are grayed out. After pressing "D" options are selectable and drawing is trully black, but the dotted lines and stroke weight configurations are gone Any ...
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Merging pen lines to create logo

I have finally got my logo to where I want it in illustrator, and I want to preserve all of my pen lines and strokes but just make it one joined object, so that I can transform it and move it around. ...
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Starburst/Stroke Messing Up on Export

Having some issues exporting a file in Illustrator. I'm using a dashed stroke for the starburst effect and it gets all weird on me when I export it to pdf. If I export to png then I'm left with ...
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Illustrator vs InDesign - missing image path, link edits, update

I use InDesign where your image is linked and you can click on it to edit in photoshop and see the resolution. I'm working with another graphic designers files ALL Illustrator files. Illustrator ...
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How to recreate this cut out effect? [closed]

In searching for themes for my personal blog, I stumbled upon the following design and I'm really curious about how the effect was created as I want to do something similar. It appears to be some ...
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Illustrator CC: Prevent Export -> SVG from ignoring artboard?

I have the following file: Artboard = 500 x 500 Shape = 500 x 800 Clipping mask = 500 x 500 Saving for web you end up with an image that's 500 x 500. Exporting as svg results in an image that's 500 ...