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How to preview colors when using the color picker in Illustrator?

When using Adobe Illustrator, how do I preview my changes when I'm using the color picker to change the color of an element? Picking the color of an element is dependent on what's around it, so I'd ...
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Replace spine for all shapes

Why can't I select the replace spine option? This option is non-action for me? Thanks!
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Copy Paste multiple Illustrator layers into Photoshop for individual editing?

I have a world map in Illustrator with a layer for each individual country. I want to copy and paste all layers into photoshop so that I can edit the colour blend for each individual country. I do not ...
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How to create an outlined circle with centered horizontal and vertical gaps in Illustrator?

Could you explain to me, how I can draw a shape like the one in the following image? How can I cut any part of circle to get such 4 shapes with Adobe Illustrator?
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How do I keep the spaces in my dashed line from changing when I modify the line length in Illustrator?

Using Adobe Illustrator CS6, I drew a line and clicked the "Dashed Line" option in the stroke palette. When I change the length of the dashed line, by grabbing an endpoint and moving it or clipping ...
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Adobe Illustrator scaling image edges

I'm having trouble scaling a photo in illustrator. As you can see when i choose place and the image appears on the canvas the quality is perfect. Now when i scale down the quality is bad. The ...
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Edit smart object in Illustrator while viewing other Photoshop layers

I am trying find an easy way to switching back and forth from Illustrator to Photoshop. I have two files: one is a raster and the other is a vector. I know in Ps you can place smart objects to retain ...
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How do I bring an object one step forward in Adobe Illustrator?

I want to bring the circle forward only one step, so it ends up between the green shapes. Please refer to the image if it's unclear what I want to achieve.
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Create a rounded inflated square in illustrator / photoshop [duplicate]

I am wondering how to create a path for this inflated square shape in illustrator or photoshop... btw how is is the shape called?
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How to create an irregular triangle grid in Illustrator?

How might I create an irregular trianglular grid like this one? It would be nice to be able to distort the pentagons/hexagons rather than drawing the grid using the pen tool. Thanks..
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What Are Some Things That Are Really Easy In Illustrator But Really Hard In Photoshop [closed]

While I can think of several tasks that are easy in Photoshop but difficult or impossible in Illustrator, I have a hard time thinking of things I can do in Illustrator that I can't do (almost) just as ...
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How to remove strange banding from PNG export with radial gradient

I'm using Illustrator CC 2014 and have a radial gradient that looks smooth in edit, but gets really weird bands when I export or Save to Web (any format, all settings). Here's how it looks in ...
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Exporting from Illustrator causes a weird path effect

When I use the image trace feature in Illustrator I'm able to create a pretty high quality vector of an image. However, when I export it as an .svg file the paths aren't "just right" and it causes you ...
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How can I quickly turn all objects of a layer to independent layers in Illustrator?

Lets suppose I have 10 objects in the root layer of my project named layer 1. Now lets suppose I quickly want to turn all those object as independent separate layers all at the root level. Is ...
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how to learn? What resources to start looking at [closed]

I am kind of just starting out in learning how to create interesting monochrome designs in Paint.net. Now, I can learn the technique in just about application. What I would like to know is where (...
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Why do paintbrush loops get thicker at the top in Illustrator?

When I do swirls in Illustrator with the paintbrush tool I often get this result (see image). The loops doesn't get perfectly rounded, instead sometimes some of them gets thicker at the top of the ...
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How to convert 2d product packaging net to 3D mockup

I've been asked to design some product packaging and have been supplied the 2D net file. Is there some software that can convert the net into a 2D mockup of the 3D box, so my customers can see what ...
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Shear Tool after Other Effect -> Expand Appearance

I want to clarify a small issue with Shear Tool, because I feel there is a common rule I miss. I created a rectangle and applied Rounded Effect. At this stage I did not expanded appearance. Next, I ...
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How to do “Indent to here” / “Hanging Indent” in Illustrator

You can use "Indent to here" / "Hanging Indent" in InDesign by Command-Backslash. Is there a way to do this in Illustrator without having to Tab to Indent or press the spacebar a few times? This is ...
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Vector Infographic - Why does it render differently in the web browser?

I made an infographic in Adobe Illustrator, and saved it as a .svg file. But then when I tried to open it in the Google Chrome browser, some of the fonts and some italicized fonts were not even ...
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Can I change a gradient's color stops by dragging colors from other objects?

I'd like to change the white-to-black gradient to one with the colors in the rectangles on the top left. How can I drag these colors onto the gradient?
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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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Restore snap-to-grid behaviour for path handles in AI CC 2014

one of the new features in AI CC 2014 is path handles ignoring any grid. However, when one wants to construct C2-contious joins between separate objects, precise control over the handle position is ...
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Full workflow history in Illustrator

I found myself struggling with "amnesia" of "How the hell I did it!??". Six months ago I've created some work using some effects - I remember that the very interesting effect I achieved by accident ...
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How to convert a small logo into a big one in illustrator?

I have a small old personal logo the biggest would be around (update:: 88x88 original:: ~100x100 pixels (before it starts to look pixelated) so everyone is telling me to convert it to a vector in ...
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Ideal way to wrap a label around a bottle (3d extrude?)

Previously I might have used Photoshop's warp tool to wrap a label around a bottle but it's hard to get perfect results in this way. I'd love a more consistent method so I tried experimenting with ...
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How to export a file in Adobe Illustrator and still have it be a vector?

I am new to Adobe Illustrator. I created a simple image with a shape and some text and wanted to create a vector image. So I basically created the shape and the text. Then right-clicked and selected "...
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Using Clipping masks in Illustrator

Im new to Illustrator and have found the clipping mask is not so easy compared to Phtoshop. Could any one tell me how i can make this line texture a clipping mask over the circle?
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Exporting .emf file from Illustrator then inserting into PPT without white surround

My set up is: Mac, running 10.6.8, using CS5 & Powerpoint 2011 Wondered if anyone can help. I've drawn a load of flat icons in Illustrator as a client wants to use them in their powerpoint ...
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Lines are pixelated and low quality when exported to .PNG in low resolution with Adobe Illlustrator

I'm trying to make 16x16 icons in line style with Adobe Illustrator and when I export to .PNG, lines are extremely low quality and pixelated. Here's examples: Here's what it looks like in ...
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Create closed areas from open areas

I should convert mono-colored seamless pattern to colored one. The problem is -instead of masking, the shapes were cut at the perimeter and expanded, thus using live paint is impossible. I look for ...
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how to preserve fonts with an Adobe Illustrator file?

I was working on a design in Adobe Illustrator and I've sent the .ai file to the printer. But she says that she don't have the fonts, that I used, installed on her computer. Now she also doesn't know ...
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Print large work on A4 printer

I have a work I should adjust according to the uneven surface. I need to print the mockup on A4 printer, i.e. the result is the glued A4 pages where each of the page is a separate part of the image. ...
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When I convert a PDF to open it in Adobe Illustrator, why are the objects in my file broken up in to many pieces?

I have a PDF file and when I turn it into an Illustrator CS5 file, the image breaks into pieces and there are spaces between the pieces. Why is this happening and how can I fix it?
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Resizing grouped objects without type deformation?

I wonder if there's any way to have a group of objects, and resizing that group but letting the type be unaffected, where the resize simply adjusts the type bounding box but not the type style? What I'...
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Why does my vector file gets pixelated when I apply the “Plastic Wrap” effect in illustrator?

I have a vector file that gets pixelated when i apply the "plastic wrap" effect. What can I do?
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Color Relations / Getting the right hue for a color

In the latest version of Adobe Illustrator, I am working on some icons, and want to change the color of one. The green one I'm happy with. The doc color and the fold color go well together. But, ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How do you expand a vector to the extent of the stroke?

I have some vector shapes with a white fill and a 0.3pt white stroke. What I want to do is expand the shape to the extent of the outside edge of the stroke. To put it in kind of visual terms, what I'...
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How to make Illustrator not to lie about colors?

Here is the fragment of red area, which is said by Illustrator as being #840608 (upper green marker). But actually, as reported by screen inspecting application, the color is #9C0D01 (lower gree ...
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How to Automatically Generate Many Graphics with Illustrator Using External Data

I have an Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) I made with Illustrator CC (2014 edition). I want to use it to automatically generate many graphics using information from a database. The following are (...
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Finding open paths in Adobe Illustrator

I uploaded a file to a market place but it got rejected. They sent me messages for some modifications and the one modification they want is to close opened paths. How can I find open paths or their ...
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Illustrator is cropping exported icons despite artboard being Fit to Selected Art

I'm trying to export certain graphics from an Illustrator file. I'm selecting the object, fitting the artboard to the selected artwork, and saving for web & devices, PNG-24 format. When I look at ...
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Logo looks weird on mobile but not desktop

I created this logo in Illustrator (I am not a graphic designer, so be nice =]) and have used the "Save for Web" feature. I saved the file below as a PNG (24 for true color) and selected optimize for ...
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Illustrator: how to scale strokes proportionally when resizing? [duplicate]

I am working on a logo design project and stuck at a place. I have used some strokes in logo so problem is, strokes size isn't changing when I am resizing an object. Stroke size is 3pt and when I ...
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Logo with text looks blurry, made in Adobe Illustrator [closed]

The logo i've created looks horrible on the screen. The edges are blurry, far from crisp. Here is some text in the logo To me this looks far from professional. I did this logo in Adobe ...
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How can I preserve my icon size in Illustrator on export?

I have created a few icons of 64px x 64px on one canvas in Illustrator CS6. Now I need each of the icons to be in .png file format. So I created a new document in Illustrator with 64px x 64px ...
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Can Illustrator CS6 open a Photoshop CS6 File and export the image as a vector Graphic? If so, what is the image type?

I am unfamiliar with Illustrator and have created graphics in Photoshop I need to export/save as vector graphics. Can I open a PS file in Illustrator and save or export the image as a vector graphic? ...
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Can you design print material with the intent to use LC and LM?

When printing material that will include photos it is best to use Lc and Lm (Light Cyan and Light Magenta) to aid in the quality of the print. The description from Wiki says: CcMmYK, sometimes ...
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How to copy an object to the exact same position across a guide?

I want to create a steering wheel, similiar to this: So I have started with the outer circle and given it a wide stroke, I am now on the middle bit. I have the following: Can someone please tell ...
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Confusion about deleting parts of an graphic with pathfinder [duplicate]

I'm trying to create a rubber stamp effect on a logo and am following this tutorial that has me use a combination of Live Trace and Pathfinder to accomplish the effect. Here's my interpretation of ...