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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 alignement/...
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What's causing my gradient problems 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, A few things are confusing me,...
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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 PNG....
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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 : http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:...
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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 ...
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How can I print multiple Illustrator artboards on one page?

I'm working on a design that's to be printed. The size of the item is 1/3 of a standard letter page. I would like to be able to work on it in Illustrator only once without the copy and paste at the ...
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How to generate a guilloche effect at the edge of certificate of authenticity or such?

I need to generate a guilloche border for certificate of authenticity (CoA) to be at the edge of the CoA. I'm talking here about the infinite curve that makes the certificate look "legit". I'm ...
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How recreate the grey ellipse over a text to look like this in illustrator?

How do I make a text look like this? This is a logo with a white text and a reflection of it, which I can do. I was wondering how to make the grey shadow that looks like an ellipse over the first ...
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Colour difference between Ai file print and PDF file print

I am launching an online stationery business whereby I design stationery for clients who can print the products in their home or at a printers (My remote locate means that I am unable to offer the ...
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Make Illustrator not scale up strokes when you zoom in

Is there anyway to make Adobe Illustrator not scale up the stroke when I zoom in? Basically I want Illustrator to scale the strokes incorrectly so a 1px stroke will still actually look like a 1px on ...
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Arrange multiple items at once in Illustrator

I have a series of rectangles I'd like to line up one right behind another - in other words, I'd like to have one "in front" of one object, which needs to be "in front" on another object, etc. etc. ...
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How do I bring back sharp edges on a Rounded Corner object in illustrator CS6?

As you see below, I've made a shape and I added round corners to it from Effect > Stylize > Round Corners, but now I want to bring it back to its original shape so I can make the edges less ...
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Blank border when importing eps files

I'm really new using illustrator (to be honnest, it's only been two days). When I try to open eps files, there is a big blank border appearing around the image I've opened. I really don't know if it'...
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Importing a photoshop file into illustrator without a white background

I'm trying to import a .psd file into illustrator without showing the background. I have one layer in photoshop, showing only the transparent image. I've saved it as .psd, and .png files. But ...
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How to prevent other user from modifying grouped object that I created in illustrator?

So I have a logo which is grouped objects, what I am trying to do is allow other users to open the .ai file and copy the logo and use it, but not allow them to ungroup it or make any changes in each ...
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How can I transform patterns in Illustrator to simulate a perspective?

I am using rectangles filled with patterns to create the walls of a room. I have transformed the rectangles, to simulate perspective, but the patterns do not reflect these transformations - they ...
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When using Illustrators “Recolor art” tool, how do I recolor in the same order as in the swatch window?

I know how to use the Illustrator recolor tool, but this part really throws me for a loop. How do I keep the order of the swatches in the recolor "assign" window in the same order as I've set them ...
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Change Multiple Line Stroke in Illustrator and mantain the same distance between them

I have a serious problem. I want to change the weight of multiple lines but when I try do that the distance between them disapears and overlap. In straight lines that doesn´t happens, but in diagonal ...
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Batch trace JPG to SVG

I have thousands of JPG graphics and want to trace them automatically to vector SVG files with a batch function in Adobe Illustrator CS4/CS5. All graphics looks something like that: My problem is, ...
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How to export objects with names using Illustrator CC 2014

I've tried several scripts and they all appear broken or do not work properly. I need a method to export objects with the object names as their file names – like tree.jpg or location.png. The only ...
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How to clip excess object? [duplicate]

How can I clip the image to change from this: To something like this (edited it with a drawing brush): Like how clipping mask work on Photoshop. I tried every pathfinder option on Illustrator ...
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How to bend a rounded rectangle correctly on Illustrator?

I have a rounded rectangle with corner radius that completely covered the sides. See below: I want to bend this so it is wrapping a circle. I can't seem to do it without messing with the caps. I ...
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Setting Tab Leaders in Adobe Illustrator CS6

When setting tabs in Adobe Illustrator CS6, when I apply a leader to a tab, then add another tab, it puts that leader on the new tab but removes it from the original tab. Is there a way to leave the ...
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Out of HSV, RGB, & CMYK, which is more consistent

Adobe illustrator does not have L*a*b* color, and I'm trying to create a color palette for my company, and I want to know which of the 3 values Illlustrator uses will give the most consistent color. I'...
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How do I replicate the Apple Family Sharing Icon

I was trying to replicate the following icon from Apple as a practice. I like the gradient effect but it seem to be shared by all the circles and the base. And there is also a opacity change, where ...
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How can the excess be removed from a clipping mask?

I created a clipping mask out of an image 3125x1042: this: to this: Unfortunately, when I save the image as PNG and JPEG, It still retains the size of the original image. 3125x1042. How do I ...
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I can't easily select artboards in Illustrator CS6

I've been using Illustrator CS6 for months and previous versions for years. I don't consider myself a novice by any stretch, but this is driving me NUTS. Up until probably 3 weeks ago, I've been able ...
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Drawing basic human shapes

I'm currently creating a multi-language "Mountain Rescue Casualty Card". It's basically a card (a4paper front and back) which tells the first aid rescuer where someone is hurt after an accident. Now ...
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Is it possible to retain effects when saving Illustrator files for older versions?

I am working in Illustrator CC, but my printer needs the files saved back to ai version 6. Doing this embeds the effects, such as drop shadows. Is there a way to work around this other than keep 2 ...
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How do I modify custom radius for each corner of a rectangle in Illustrator?

I'm new to Illustrator and now I want to create a rounded rectangle with 10px 0px 10px 0px radius for corner, how can I do that?