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How do I bulk-select consecutive target layers in the Layers panel in Illustrator?

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 In most UIs, selecting item 2 and shift-clicking on item 6 would select the following: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 but in Illustrator when you click on the target icon in the Layers panel to ...
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How can I clean up an svg repeat pattern tile in Illustrator?

The svg was created with a seamless pattern app, but now I want to make a reasonably clean file in Illustrator without all the wrappers and multitudes of nested clip groups. I need to make it repeat,...
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How to create a grain in illustrator with specific colors?

I'm trying to reverse engineer a graphic that I like in Illustrator, and here is the part that gives me trouble: I have followed a few tutorials using the Grain effect with multiply, however it ...
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how to give transparent border around an object in illustrator?

Hi I want to create a icon like this: So the Middle person has kind of transparent border around itself. So the other get cut automatically. How to do this ? Is there any way I can add ...
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Importing photos from Illustrator into After Effects

In the Illustrator file I have a layer that consists of several pictures. I'd like to export it to After Effects as one layer but have an ability to edit them individually. With normal (aka vector, ...
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Sharing Links on Cloud

I have an indesign file with 6 links. I just learned about the File>Package option of sending them to another editor. However, I am wondering if there is a feature in Adobe CC where we can save the ...
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Illustrator Divide Objects Below Modifies Objects in Locked Group

I am using Illustrator CS5. As I completed portions of a complex drawing, I grouped the completed objects then locked and hid the group while I worked on other sections. Later, when applying Divide ...
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Illustrator CC artboard fill covering everything [duplicate]

When I try to change the fill of the artboard to black, the color covers all objects on the artboard so nothing can be seen. When I tried using a different Mac with same version of Illustrator (CC), ...
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Remove text from path

I have quite a complicated path: How can I get rid of this text so I have a standard line again. (It is nerve wracking to alter the path while having text on it)
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Illustrator: “the selection contains objects which can't be distorted”-error

I am trying to make a distort effect in illustrator. I use the white arrow, the direct selection tool, I cannot get it to work. I get an error message: "the selection contains objects which can't ...
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Working with low res images Illustrator

I have to create a 4-banner wide roll-up design, but all I have to work with is a 1500px wide image. If I resize this, so it fits the banners, it becomes, logically, very pixelated. I have taken a ...
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Why is color appearing different between pieces designed for print?

I have recently designed an A5 leaflet in Photoshop and a Standard Business Card in Illustrator for print (Working CMYK). I have saved both documents as PDFs and have tried using several of Adobe's ...
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Applying a radial gradient to a bunch of lines in Illustrator

I'm trying to apply a gradient to a bunch of individual lines to create the effect of the lines fading out and also changing color as you go round the circle, however, I need everything to stay ...
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No overlapping between two paths - creating “one line” - how?

I have two paths and I want them to be exact in one line. I tried to do this by hand, but this not exact - there is an overlapping area between the two paths. How can I change that? I'm using ...
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Is there a setting to get consistent pressure control in Illustrator w/ Surface Pro 4?

I've searched for awhile for a resolution - it seems like a lot of people have issues with the pressure control being inconsistent/random. For example it is nearly impossible to start a faint line. I ...
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How to repeat a gradient multiple times in Illustrator and Photoshop?

How to repeat a gradient 'n' times, for example, repeating black to white gradient 5 times (along the path of stroke) like I've done manually in below example image. Is there a way to automate it to ...
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How to convert Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) to Photoshop (.psd) without having Adobe Illustrator installed

I want to convert an Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) to an equivalent Photoshop (.psd), preserving layers, text and so on. I would like to know if there is something like imagemagick to do this, because ...
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Illustrator Objects not snapping perfectly, white lines between shapes [duplicate]

I am trying to create a geometric pattern in illustrator but the shapes do not seem to be snapping perfectly. You can see feint white lines between some of them which I have highlighted and I am not ...
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Shape gets distorted when adding stroke in Illustrator CS6

I very recently started learning how to use Adobe Illustrator (CS6), and just now I noticed something strange. When I add a 1pt stroke to my shape, it gets slightly distorted. This distortion does not ...
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Creating a custom font in Illustrator to use on a webpage? [duplicate]

My logo has a custom font taken from a handwritten text. I am starting a clothing company and want that same font to be used throughout our webpage. How do I go about exporting the font used in the ....
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Issues with brush Tool In illustrator using graphics tablet

I'm using a Wacom graphics tablet and i'm trying to use the brush tool in Illustrator CS6 to write some 'curly' text for a project. It all looks fine when i'm drawing but as soon as i 'release' the ...
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Shape in Illustrator so it can be editable in PowerPoint

How to save a shape in Illustrator so it can be editable in PowerPoint 2016 (MAC OS). I should be able to recolour and it has to scalable on re-sizing.
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Strange gradient path behavior depending on angle (Illustrator)

I just discovered that the gradient path behaves differently depending on the overall areal width of the path (relative to the height) and hence the "acuteness" of the path points. The paths pictured ...
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How to take individual objects/letters and align them horizontally?

Is there a quick way to align 8 individually drawn letters so they are all on the same line (one not higher/lower than the other)? so far I've just eyeballed it, but is there a more efficient/precise ...
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Move Parts of a circle out at equal distance

I'm trying to create something like this using Illustrator CC 2015. I know that I can just create an circle and use the scissor tool to break the circle apart. I'm just wondering how I can move all ...
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Extra horizontal line after adding type to image using Pathfinder Unite in Illustrator

I am trying to make the path of the letters in 'hanwell' trim to/flush with the edges of the bridge illustration, so that the letters only appear in the gaps between the bridge pillars. I have drawn ...
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How do I make the inner outline of a stroke have a gradient on my map?

Excuse any ignorance, I am actually a GIS Analyst (a cartographer) and do most of my work in GIS software. I am making a map where I need to create inner outlines, based off of an older map my work ...
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What is the standard size for email greetings cards, birthday cards?

Is there a standard, or best practice size for a greeting card you plan on sending only via email? I saw one post say as long as the width is below 600px
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Optimal background for an emblem mobile wallpaper?

I am trying to find the ideal background for this personal emblem that I made to use as a mobile lock screen wallpaper. However, I am spending too much time trying to achieve the ideal background for ...
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How to make Static Effect in Illustrator

I need to make a static effect similar to this: How can I make this static retro effect in illustrator?
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How to bend multiple lines of a graph in AI CS5?

I have created a radar chart with three axes, and I would like to make all the lines in the graph curved instead of straight. I havent found a satisfying way to bend all the paths (i.e. the edges of ...
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How can I create a tight spiral shape? (Archimedean spiral)

I'm trying to create something similar to this example: What tool should I use, or is it just squares and circles attached together? Great if you know a tutorial for this effect.
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How do I create this type of shadow effect on the letters in Illustrator?

How do I create this type of text effect in Illustrator? I initially was doing it a little backwards where I created a copy behind my main text, nudged it down and to the right. Then created ...
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How to color in lines of an icon using Illustrator?

I have Adobe Illustrator CS6 and the following icon that I want to use. The picture is in PNG format. All I want to do is color in these dark lines to a different color (say, orange) and I have ...
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How to create a sine wave with a given angle between the side of the wave?

I want to create this shape using Illustrator CC and maybe it could seem easy but actually it has to be perfect, the shape are basically two triangles and each one of them with 52 degrees of aperture. ...
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Custom Glyph Group

Is it possible to create a custom group of glyphs within Illustrator? There are a few select glyphs that I use repeatedly at work that come from a few different typefaces and it would significantly ...
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How can i do “Stroke Offset” in Illustrator?

In After Effect, when using the shape layer, i could add a offset to the stroke after applying Trim Path. I want to do something like this thing :) EDIT: I can convert the text into a outline, and ...
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White space between snapped shapes in Illustrator

I am working on a pattern of a bunch of tiled square shapes. I matched all of the shapes right next to each other until I get that little green "Align" line and let go. When I zoom out I see a little ...
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How to convert paragraph text envelope to clipping mask in Illustrator CS6

I have some paragraph text that I have modified using an envelope in Illustrator CS6. I can not make it into a clipping mask. I can make it into a mask up until I make it an envelope, after that, I ...
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Colours in Illustrator CC are not the same as in other software

I've got a problem with Adobe Illustrator CC. The fact is that I create a design just with black and red colour (#EC0000). But then, when I save this document in PDF or when I export it to JPEG, and ...
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Saving as jpg in Illustrator

When I try to "save for web" my work in Illustrator (258px - 170px) it shows the right image size (258px - 170px) but after I save the image, and open it in windows, the image is really small. When I ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Strange Behavior while Aligning Objects

I am creating icons with Adobe Illustrator during which process I use the Align tool quite frequently. All of a sudden, the align tool started behaving quite strangely. When I select two objects and ...
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Can I use the Collections Groupings in Font Book within Illustrator?

I love how Font Book allows me to organize my fonts into collections like Fun, Modern, Swash-y, Sans Serif, etc...What I want to do is browse or filter fonts in Adobe Illustrator using those ...
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Applying highlighting formating to text in Adobe Illustrator

I'm looking for applying text highlight formatting (that's easily done within Microsoft Word) in Illustrator. Screenshot of highlighting formatting from Microsoft Word: I know that I can add ...
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How can I automatically group each shape with the text inside it for a huge collection of rectangles?

I have a .dwg (AutoCad file) map full of fields (rectangles) that I'm manipulating with Illustrator. Each rectangle has a text inside it that indicates its number. The problem is that there is no ...
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Break within a word

This is probably a simple problem, but I have an small textbox like this: The exact text I have is: asdfjkasdfasdf asdfadsfasdfasdfasdfasdfa Illustrator is inserting a line break instead of ...
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Fill frame proportionally many frames at once

So I have a layout of circle images like this: Now suppose by Data Merge, I am able to generate the template with different pictures. The problem is, the pictures appear as above, so I want to be ...
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How to fix gashes in curves in illustrator?

After making some geometry paths i converted them to shape objects so i could erase parts of them with the eraser tool, i gashed some of the edges i wanted to keep, is there a tool to fill that in? I ...
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There and Back Again: What changed when importing a vector from Illustrator to Indesign?

I designed this portfolio piece for a class using Illustrator, and in my rendering I created a crayon by revolving a shape along its axis. I then used Object -> Expand Appearance and it appeared ...