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How to extract PNGs from Adobe Illustrator file

My graphic/web designer left me with an Adobe Illustrator file of my website. She said it would be easy to extract the images out as PNGs so I can use them in my HTML. But I can't figure this out too ...
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Illustrator CS5: Multiline text along a path?

How do you create multiline text along a curve? I'm using the Type On Path tool for single-line text, but is there a way to make the text multiline?
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A very strange favicon file (atleast for me) where one single file contains 3 different sized images

I have this favicon file. Dowload favicon file I can not upload the image file since its does not have the proper format. When you view this file in windows 7, you get the following. This single ...
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Illustrator, snap to guide

I'm attempting to place the end of a line segment at the intersection of a circle and a guide in Adobe Illustrator: I'm expecting the end of the line to snap into place at the intersection, but ...
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Lines patterns - Adobe Illustrator CS5

I have a problem with creating a simple lines patterns. I need few patterns (see picture) which I can use repeatedly. Something like brushes in Photoshop. How can I do this? Thanks
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In Adobe Illustrator CS3, how can I fill particular parts of non-objects?

In Adobe Illustrator CS3, how can I fill just the boxes of a plot with color? The plot displays as just one object in Illustrator, so it is not as simple as selecting the box object and filling it.
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Quick way to subtract white outline from knotwork pattern in Illustrator?

I am working with a pretty complex traced AI that I received, and I want to basically make it so that all the visually black stuff is shapes, and all the white outlines (invisible here) are removed. ...
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Apply a compound path over a clipping mask

I have a vectorial image which is fairly complex (got it off the web) and it is some kind of a circle. While the center of this circle is white it is not transparent. I've been trying to apply a ...
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How can I check the dimensions of a selection/object in Illustrator?

Want to check the current dimensions of an object/selection in pixels. How do I do this? Illustrator CS5.
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how to tell if color is process or spot in adobe illustrator?

How can I tell if a color is a process or spot color in adobe illustrator? How can I tell if a color is a process or spot color in adobe illustrator?
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How do I create an effect of an object hanging off the end of text

I am trying to find a tutorial on how to create the effect of an object (in this case a crown) hanging on the edge of a letter (on the end of a word). I am designing a logo for our kids ministry at ...
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Illustrator: How do I make a “arrow” with “flat edges”

How do I make a "arrow" with "flat edges" in illustrator? Made this in Photoshop to describe what I want. I tried to do this with the "line segment tool" by making two lines and then join paths. ...
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Merge different coloured shapes w/ illustrator CS5

I'm trying to merge 4 different coloured shapes so I can apply a warp to them. By warp I mean; make them look like there going off into the distance. However, pathfinder turns the shape into one ...
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What is the best way to obtain a textured shading in Illustrator?

By textured shading, I mean the character is shaded with a texture that is filled with a gradient. Thank you.
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How would you mimic the glaze of a donut (varying opacity) in vector art?

I've made a vector graphic of a donut. See . But I'd like to add an effect of a glaze where the glaze has differing opacity throughout. How can I achieve this?!
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Moving both handles of a bezier curve simultaneously in Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to be able to move the two handles for the bezier curve with the direct select tool the same way they are moved on initial creation of the anchor point. When a new anchor is created, ...
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“placed” Photoshop images in Illustrator - blurry when saved as .pdf?

I've edited some images in Photoshop to be used in a .pdf I'm creating in Illustrator. In PS, the images looked great and were saved with the following settings: .jpg/CMYK/Image Options: 10/Maximum. I ...
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What Do You Ask From Your Graphical Designer for Your Iphone Apps?

What exactly do you ask for from your graphical designer for your iphone apps? I asked my designer exact measurements of images in Photoshop, which turned out to be not such great idea because I need ...
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How to vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5

How do I vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5? I cannot find a way to do that; in InDesign, it's a click away!
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Grid Template Not Snappable in Fireworks CS6

I've seen many blogs highly recommend using a grid like 960 for prototyping in newer version of Fireworks. I'm using CS6. When I create a new fireworks document from template, I select the ...
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Illustrator won't remove editing capabilities when I save as a PDF

I want to release an AI file saved as a PDF for email blast. When I save my file as a PDF and turn off the editing capabilities it does not seem to work when I open the PDF in Illustrator. I have ...
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copy object as a reference

Is it possible to copy an object in Illustrator so that if you make a change in any of them the changes will apply in both? Actually I have this situation where I have a lot of instances of the same ...
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iOS image for buttons not crisp

So I'm trying to create a few simple buttons in Adobe Illustrator for work. I'm not a gphx artist and just know the basics of Illustrator. I tried creating a pin icon, like dropping a pin onto the ...
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Adding a brush to an existing custom brush library in Illustrator

I have an existing custom brush library I created in Illustrator (CS5). I just created a new brush that I would like to add to this existing library. How can I do this? Drag and drop does not work. ...
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How to remove the background of an SVG with Adobe Illustrator?

I found a royalty free SVG image on the net. I'm experimenting with web design using SVG. The problem I'm having is that the SVG background is white. How do I delete / remove the white background, ...
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Reset/avoid distorted Illustrator graph text labels after scaling?

Adobe Illustrator's graph tool is... special. A veteran of many software updates (successfully surviving all of them unscathed...) one of its many quirks is that you cannot resize a graph object that ...
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Text-wrap in Illustrator CS6

I typed out text in 14pt. I then typed another letter in 131pt out. I was hoping to have my 14pt text wrap around the 131pt character...but to no avail! I clicked on both items (and my 131pt. ...
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Easy way to create stacked boxes with equal margins

I'm a bit of a n00b to Illustrator (at least I think so anyway)! I have a bunch of text that is columnar and need to create boxes that stack (one above another) and serve as a container for this ...
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In Illustrator, how to “unflow” text in columns but retain individual page layout

Hope someone can help. I have designed a template where the text flows into four columns per page, and there are four pages in all. So in all 16 columns, and the text flows beautifully. The ...
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Illustrator knows I have a font but refuses to select it

I need to use a specific font (Nanum Gothic Extra Bold) for a certain project. Illustrator knows I have the font: If I start typing the name in, it autocompletes. But once I hit return, it selects a ...
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Scaling a text box in Illustrator CS6 (without scaling text)

Ok, I have a fresh Illustrator document. Pasted some copied text into the "artboard" (the clipboard is severely broken, but that's for another day). The textbox that gets pasted is one huge line ...
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Transparency in clipping mask groups

I am using a clipping mask to cut out some shapes. These shapes are composed of a rectangular "base color" and then some extra shapes overlaid for shading. However, with the clipping mask I get bright ...
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Is there any way to combine a picture's border into the shape in illustrator?

I made an icon with a border, but I don't want the border. If I remove the border, the icon loses it's thickness and doesn't look right. Is there any way to make the border into part of the shape?
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How to make striped/dashed border for a “cut out” coupon style?

I want to make an effect like this: How can I achieve this? The thing I'm stuck is the striped border. I want to know how to make it in Photoshop and Illustrator.
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Re-Recording Actions in Illustrator

I frequently record Illustrator Actions. My actions are quite long, but they all involve three common steps: Assigning Notes to shapes Assigning Swatches to shapes Selecting shapes that have a ...
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How can I make Symbols in Illustrator like I would in Flash?

I have a quite complex draw in Illustrator (let's say, lots of vectors and that), and I have to make a mosaic for printing a hole page of them. It's complex enough to be memory-heavy, so when I try ...
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Illustrator - Radial gradient on multiple shapes

I have some circles and line to make a cloud like the one below. I know i can use the path finder to make some unions. But how to make some gradients with a 3d effect ? (like the example) Thanks ...
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Best Way to Build & Design Buttons, Icons for Mobile application

Which is the best Way to Build & Design Buttons, Icons for Mobile application of Android and IOS platform.
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Toggling Bounding Box and Transform Controls in Illustrator

I apologize if this has been covered a thousand times, but I'm new to AI and I don't even know the technical terms of these things to find anything in Google, I've been trying. When you select an ...
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Illustrator : 'deleting' overlay compound path [closed]

I made a circle, and above that I put a compound path which I download from internet, a custom B, I want to just take the circle without the custom B, I did it before, let say a circle with star ...
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How to convert every pixel of raster picture to square objects in Illustrator?

For example I have 10×10px icon. I want to produce 100 squares with correspondent color and location each. Actually, the question is how to make exact pixel mosaic out of raster image. I try Live ...
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Illustrator CS6 not saving (Unexpected error occured)

I was given a .ai file to do a simple change. Illustrator won't let me save to .ai After saving the file this error message occurred: When spot colours are used with transparency, changing them ...
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How to convert document Illustrator file to only one color? (eg. Green)

Is there any way of converting a illustrator file with text and logos to one only. As I'm working for a client that only wants to print with one-color?
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Breaking up a live traced word

I'm converting hand-drawn and scanned letters into vector paths via live trace. So far, so good. The next step I need to do is break up the live-traced letters into individual objects, so I can move ...
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How to draw a beehive in illustrator

I've been trying to draw a beehive graphic in illustrator. My approach has been to draw an ellipse in yellow and change it's perspective. Then on top of that adding a copy of that ellipse, resize it ...
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Business cards: Cannot save according to Illustrator template

I want to make a business card in illustrator. Here is my design: Question 1: The design labeled (1) is perfectly aligned from back to front. I've downloaded a template for illustrator here. The ...
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Why does adding bevel to a graph object in Illustrator take longer to render than a shape in Photoshop?

It's very quick (a few seconds) to add bevel to a shape in Photoshop but when I do the same for a graph object in Illustrator the Mac I'm working on takes an age to render the artwork. Why does this ...
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Copy gradient or style from photoshop to illustrator

I am new to illustrator, if this is too basic do provide links for me (tutorial). I've made a shape, and I put styles on the layer, gradient, color overlay, opacity reduced, I know how to copy the ...
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Sampling color of partially transparent objects in Illustrator

Sometimes when using Adobe Illustrator I need to get a range of tints from a certain color, so I'll drop the opacity to, say, 75%, 50%, and 25% on a white background to get there. It's the quickest ...
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Saving Illustrator as PDF without the hidden layers

We have roughly 55 cards that all have the exact same text. The titles and backgrounds differ among the cards. So I've made just one AI with the different backgrounds and all the text as one copy in a ...