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Horizontally/Vertically Straightening a Shape in Illustrator

Let's say I have a shape that I rotated at an awkward angle of let's say 34°. I close the document, return a few hours later, and want to straighten the it back to its original 90° or 0° angle. The ...
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Illustrator Advanced Clipping Mask with Text

I'm trying to create a clipping mask where my text takes on the colors of the picture underneath it. This is the desired effect: I have been able to create a regular clipping mask as seen here, but ...
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Making anchor points visible all the time

Now I am working on compound paths and I need to remove all the redundant anchor points: so I press - and click some of them, but other ones are constantly disappearing, so I should click on V and ...
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Technique for filling color to grouped objects

I created a simple straight line using the Pen Tool. Then I made 3 copies of it and grouped (Ctrl + G) them together to make a square. But now I can't fill a color for it. Even if I do it does not get ...
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white space while exporting illustration

ok , so I have made an image , something like an icon , and I select the whole image using group selection tool to export it in Jpeg format . But when I view this file , there's always some white ...
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Comparison Between affordable Image Editor (Photoshop) / Creator VS. Free Image Software [closed]

Lately I would like to get involved / to learn in graphics design. Since holidays are in full swing, I thought I would use this time. I have used GIMP before, although very minimal and Blender. Both ...
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Dividing a shape in half without creating a white line down the middle [duplicate]

This seems to be a recurring problem when cutting shapes directly in half when using Illustrator's 'Divide' tool. While the shape may look ok in the program itself when I output it as a png or reduce ...
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How to punch through all the layers in Adobe Illustrator?

So I have this image as vector and a grunge image as vector: I can easily mask the grunge part from the image in Photoshop: But when I try to do this on Illustrator with pathfinder always get ...
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CYMK colors won't match

I am currently studying graphic design. I am using the Against the Clock portfolio builder for Adobe Illustrator CS6 to learn the program. I have had no problems until recently. The book is asking me ...
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How can I recreate this ornament without “cheating”?

How can I simply draw this shape? Is it possible to draw such shapes alternatively behind and front?
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How to Resize Vector Logos [closed]

I have created a logo in Illustrator. I used to create logos in Photoshop but was told that Illustrator is better for re-sizing because you don't lose quality because it is a vector based program. ...
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How can I get latex font into Adobe illustrator?

I am currently trying to add equations created with LaTeXiT straight to Adobe Illustrator CS6, but somehow the "font" changes. I've tried scrolling around the Internet to see if I could find out how ...
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How to extract one icon from an icon grid .eps file (a pack of icons) using Adobe Illustrator

I have been trying to figure this out for the last hour, but have not been able to yet. I am pretty sure this is a very basic operation. Can anyone provide me the url to a basic tutorial or just the ...
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How to match up the corners of 2 different lines in Adobe Illustrator?

I have two lines at different angles and I want to get a corner from each line to be in the exact same position. Here's a visual: The general problem is that I'd like these two lines to appear ...
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Is there a script that can list the fonts used in hundreds of ai files? [duplicate]

I have several hundred packaged .ai files but I need to know all of the fonts used is there a script or something that can generate a list of all the fonts?
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How can I make this whitespace into a new path?

I remember drawing this tea bag with the pen tool. I then made some coloured rectangles around it, played around with the shape builder tool (if I recall correctly) to get the coloured shapes to ...
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How can I make crisp icons for Windows Store apps?

I'm pretty new to making graphics for a specific platform but not to graphic design in general. I have a logo I made using Illustrator and had scaled it accordingly by using the Save to Web feature ...
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How can I convert to seamless pattern in Illustrator?

After following many tutorials about pattern making using pattern maker and brush pattern in Illustrator and then offset in Photoshop, I couldn't make the below image into a usable seamless pattern :( ...
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How to convert to path (Illustrator CS5)

I have a PDF (exported from CAD) that I am working with in Illustrator CS5. Lines in the PDF are made of triangles, and I would like to convert the lines to be a single stroked path. What is the best ...
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What is this area around my Illustrator artboards?

I'm using illustrator, and had many artboards set up. As I was creating more, I noticed that there is a bigger square in which all of the artboards reside. What is it? How do I make it bigger/smaller? ...
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How to add transparent browser windows for UX/UI wireframes?

I'm sure there's some tools available. Other than hand designing browser windows, other programs and export transparent wireframes? Has anyone made browser windows themselves with illustrator or ...
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Move handles without pivoting/rotating in Adobe Illustrator

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CC. How can I move a handle without pivoting it, so that I can change only the length of the handle, but not its angle? I only found one way to do something similar, which ...
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How to fill radial array with gradient?

How to fill radial array elements with gradient like this: No idea how to make it happen automatically, rather than element by element.
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How can one save a 2D part--that is, as connected paths--in Illustrator so that it can be “read” by AutoCAD?

How can one save a 2D part--that is, as connected paths--in Illustrator so that it can be "read" by AutoCAD?
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Merging a semicircle with two parallel lines [duplicate]

How can I merge a semicircle with two parallel lines? I want to have the leftmost point of the semicircle to bind with the leftmost line in the illustration below, and I'd like the rightmost point of ...
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Diagonal lines for brush stroke or dashed stroke

I would like to stroke a path with 45 degree diagonal lines that are set a fixed distance of of 0.125 inches to each other. I'd also like the diagonals not to distort on curves- in other words, I ...
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How to reduce the brightness of selected vector objects?

This is a group of elements in Illustrator. I need to make the whole object less bright. One option is to go through each element in the group and alter the color. Another way is to make a rectangle ...
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How to stop snapping of slices when re-sizing?

I wonder if there is any shortcut on keyboard to prevent snapping slices while re-sizing. I am talking about slices and they are jumping not by pixel, but by distance to nearest slice edge. I've ...
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Illustrator assumes I want to type on a path— can that be changed?

I noticed that in the more recent versions of Adobe Illustrator the program liberally assumes that I want to convert my lines into text paths-- meaning that any time I am even in the vicinity of a ...
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Illustrator CS6 Rotating a path after Arcing (Warping)

After I Arc a Path using the Warp tool to the desired Arc size radius etc. I then want to rotate the arc so that it is inverted. However when I flip or rotate it 180 degrees, the Arc returns to the ...
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How to modify path width in Illustrator?

I have this image of a heart: favorite.svg and this image of a back arrow: back.svg I would like to modify the line width of the back arrow to match the line width of the heart. Any ideas on how I ...
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Cut a square in half to produce line corners

Is it possible to cut a square in half without it forming triangles? I want a to dissect a square into "4 corners" and I find the line tool is inaccurate. Here is the effect I was trying to ...
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Why are computers so bad at automatically kerning?

Photoshop, Illustrator and similar graphic design software are in general bad at kerning. Why does the computer find it so hard that we need to manually go through headlines and text just to get it ...
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Is it possible to save Rulers ON and Grid ON as a part of Illustrator Workspace

Creating a new file in Illustrator I should always press Command+R and Command+' to enable rulers and grid. Is there any way to show them automatically on opening or to save them ON in a ...
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Should I expand the appearance of my gradients before printing?

I know that I should create outlines on all the text I'm using before printing to ensure that any unique typefaces get printed correctly, and I see that there are options to also expand gradient ...
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How to align all selected points to a grid?

I'm working with Illustrator to make some icons. I use grid with step = 1px and after I scale/rotate shape elements I want them to automatically align to the grid. I know CS4+ has such an option in ...
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Problem with logo design: doesn't scale down well

I need some advice/opinions on the attached logo and what my designer should have done to make it scaleable. It looks fine at high resolution and zoomed in over 400% in AI, but at 100% and less the ...
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Is there option to fit square to artboard size in Illustrator?

I constantly create square background which I should adjust to artboard size. Almost every time I miss one or two pixels (Retina is good for that), so I looked for one-click feature "click object to ...
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Unable to achieve long shadow effect in Illustrator [duplicate]

I have read several guides on how to achieve the Long Shadow effect using Illustrator, I tried both using the Transform Effect and Blend Modes, however I fail achieve it using both. When I try using ...
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Saving Illustrator logo for common to use formats

I've got pretty simple problem. I've created logo in 3 variations on 3 A4 format artboards. I want to crop them, to get rid of loads of white space around logo, and secondly i'd like to save it with ...
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Create a PDF in illustrator with links to pages [duplicate]

Is it possible to create a multi-page PDF using Adobe Illustrator with various elements on a page linked to other pages in same PDF? The purpose is, we want to output semi-interactive prototypes with ...
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How to find rasterised elements in a vector converted from Illustrator16 to EPS 10

In a way to meet the Shutterstock guidelines I need to convert my Illustrator ai vector files to EPS 10 format. This conversion can create rasterised elements in an EPS10 files. Shutterstock does not ...
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Ronchi Rules or graduated and varied strokes in illustrator or Inkscape

I am searching for an easy way to create (in vector) something like this: essentially I would like to create lines starting for example: black 5pt, white 5pt, black 4pt, white 4pt, etc... all the ...
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Crossed guides in Illustrator CS6

On the "what's new in Illustrator" there are some new features, but on my MacBook Pro the features 1 and 2 do not work. Could some one check them for me - do you have them working? Is there any way to ...
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How to make a triangular selection in illustrator?

I want to select the circles in the image that are in the bottom left corner. Imagine I have 100 circles, so doing it manually is impractical. Is there a way to select objects using something else ...
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How to set only black to overprint on embedded image on Adobe Illustrator

I have an embedded image on an AI file. The image was originally a Photoshop file. I linked it, embedded it, turned it into grey-scale, I set its colour to 100% K (black). The black and white ...
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how to combine a line and a path in illustrator

I have a path with a black fill that has two curves that meet at a point. I also have a vertical line that connects the beaks of both curves. How can I combine them so the right white triangle ...
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Smart Object Illustrator-Photoshop doesn't work

I am importing a DWG into Adobe Illustrator, saving it there as a .AI, copying by Ctrl + C to Photoshop, inserting it by selecting Smart Object in the Box that appears but... instead of giving me a ...
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How can I create a ragged edge on a box with an image mask in Illustrator?

I apologize if the title of the question isn't terribly clear, I'm struggling with finding terminology that is adequate. Essentially, what I am trying to do is create a rectangle that looks like a ...
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How to delete a Rectangular Grid without deleting the color in Illustrator

I am new to the use of the Rectangular Grid Tool and I created an 8-bit style background using it and the LivePaint Bucket. I'm afraid that some how, some of the lines of the grid were colored and are ...