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In Sketch 3 how can I delete the excess of a shape like in Adobe illustrator?

If I merge to shapes together or use a mask in Sketch 3 I want to be able to select the 'excess' and delete. For example I have a rectangle and then I overlap a circle with it. Then I want to keep the ...
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How can I create a smooth PMS colour gradient in Illustrator from 100% to 0%? no banding

How can I create a smooth 1x PMS color gradient in Illustrator from 100% to 0%? no banding.
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Can I use Surface Pro 4 and Illustrator?

I recently bought the new Surface Pro 4 with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD. I installed my CS 6 Standard Suite yesterday and I was quite impressed how fast illustrator and Co. opened. Unhappily, the pen ...
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Color shifts when printing in illustrator vs word - how to avoid?

Working on a graphic for a thank you letter that will be printed and sent out to clients. Already found exact color that prints as expected (Neon mountain dew green on screen, green apple ish color ...
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white clipping mask is still visible when saving as png

When I try to save my logo in Illustrator as PNG, you can see the white rectangles. If I do this in Photoshop and use clipping mask, and try to save it, you don't see the white rectangle. How can I do ...
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Cut out results of clipping mask permanently (Illustrator)

I have some words and a raster image under them. I use the clipping mask on both, so that my text is used like a cookie cutter for the image and takes on the image as colour/background. Now, the ...
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Problem changing type orientation in illustrator

I'm trying to change the type orientation in Illustrator CS5, but it doesn't seem to be working. Normally i select type > type orientation > Vertical and the orientation changes so that the letters ...
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distorted shapes and curves

I did a project a while ago where all the curves and a lot of the shapes were distorted. Unfortunately I only noticed the distortion after having saved the file. I am attempting to fix the issue now ...
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Turning traced and expanded image back to single layered image in Illustrator

How do I turn a traced and expanded image back to a single layered image? I'm new to Ai.
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Why can't I export a large .ai file to .png?

I am trying to export a large .ai file to .png in illustrator (Per request) and have been unsuccessful. I believe it is because my file is too large. I'm hoping someone can shed some light on how I ...
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Illustrator giving two values for ppi for a linked raster image, only when rotated?

I am trying to place this raster logo supplied by a client on a large format template (this being a raster logo of some text in Arial is a separate issue). In Photoshop, the image is showing at ...
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website layout in illustrator

I could use some help. Im new to illustrator and I'm supposed to make a website layout with my illustrator designs I already have (logos, brochures, posters, maps,,,etc). But I don't have clear ...
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Illustrator eye dropper tool gives me either pink or green.

When using the gradient mesh to create a copy of an image I try to get color samples but I either get some pink (the same one as the outlines) or green (same one as the green "anchor" and "path" ...
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Illustrator stroke weight

Adobe Illustrator: Is it possible to add a custom stroke size (weight) into basic palette which starts with 0,25pt - 0,5pt - etc?
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How does Yoga Perdana colorize his illustrations?

If you haven't heard of him or seen any of his work, Yoga Perdana is a digital artist who, in my opinion, creates some really awesome illustrations with a very soft feel to them. I believe I ...
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Photoshop CC2015: *Pasted* Vector Smart Objects not Launching Ai

I get it that if I place an Ai file in my PSD, it will launch Ai for Smart Object editing. However, it used to be just last year that simply pasting a vector object from Ai into PSD file, it would be ...
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Import Illustrator layers to After effects without artboard size selection

when I import an AI file into AE, when I drag a layer into the composition the selection size is the same size as the AI file's artboard. When I am importing 30+ layers its very annoying. How can I ...
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Guidelines causing problem while doing alignment in Adobe Illustrator CS4

I have an artwork and inside that artwork there are several objects and several guidelines applied. Now when I try to align that artwork at the edge of the main Artboard using alignment tools, the ...
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How to get rid of black box in Illustrator CC?

I'm trying to work with this photo in Illustrator CC, but there is this black box in the center of the page. I tried ignoring it but when I save my image, it only saved whats in the black box....yet I ...
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Problem with cutting angles using white objects

So I am very new to Illustrator, as in I started using the program 4 days ago. I've been creating a logo for a business card (for a class project), and Im running into some problems that I don't know ...
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pathfinder problem

I have created a very complex map in Illustrator. I am trying to cut out smaller areas of the map for use in other SketchUp. Neither pathfinder nor Divide Below gives me predicted results. I turn off ...
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Re-creating gradient effect in Illustrator

Tried searching for any tutorials online but I couldn't seem to find one. How do I re-create this image color in Illustrator? I tried using gradients but I could not seem to manipulate it to ...
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Is there a way to force illustrator to open a downloaded SVG (rather than the browser)?

I have illustrator set as the default for all SVGs but whenever I download an SVG, I have to open up the download folder and then open the SVG from there. This is obviously absolutely ruining my life ...
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How to paste Chinese text into Illustrator?

I have a frustrating problem with Chinese text in Illustrator. I am updating some graphics by changing English text to Chinese. I have been provided with Chinese translations in a Word document which ...
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How to output multiple image sizes from one design?

I am designing an app for android and as you may know that android uses 6 different density buckets from LDPI to XXXHDPI. Is there a way to save multiple outputs of different sizes from one design ...
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Illustrator text alignment - center to specific letter

I have a list of names that I want to align vertically with specific letters within each name ex: COACH BRIT COACH JESSIKA CASSIDY VICTORIA In the list above the B, E, S, and T ...
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After Effects SWF - Not showing correctly

I have a problem with After Effects CC 2014. I have multiple different Ai illustrations blended together and exported as a SWF file which I import to AE to create a morph animation. In total I have ...
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How would I restrict a path to a hexagonal grid?

So I need to create a world map using only hexagons. I have an svg of every country on earth that I got from QGIS. Basically, I need to do what I did with China (above) to every single country. ...
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How do I delete the stroke part of an image?

I can't figure out how to delete the selected part of the image below, any ideas? And by the way the selected part is a stroke as well so thats why I think none of the other solutions are working.
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Illustrator: Relative File Path for linked Assets

I would like to link external assets relatively rather than absolutely. Is that possible?
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How do I make spikes jut off an image?

How would I create the circled spikes in the picture below, I've tried editing the path with the pen tool but that just results with the spikes not being fully through glowing blue.
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How do I smooth out pixelated lines? [duplicate]

I am designing this logo for my website. It looks great in Illustrator CC but looks pixilated on the site. I want to smooth out the "A" and "W" diagonal vector lines. I have tried exporting as a PNG ...
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Illustrator svg with screen shot image, large file size

I am using screen shots to present my web work then building an .svg with some additional layers, the resolution turns out great. I choose to save it as an svg because it maintains clarity, in the ...
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Why are Pantone Color Bridge (UP) so different to Pantone Solid (U)?

I've recently bought Pantone Uncoated Color Bridge fan guide (I've owned Formula Guide for some time now) — it's great. What surprises me though is the obvious color shift in Color Bridge (UP) colors. ...
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Pathfinder or Shapebuilder with stroke solution?

I find myself running into this problem all the time. I am wondering how to utilize pathfinder or shapebuilder with a stroke. Or ideally many strokes, since I end up having to cut a lot of elements. ...
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Fit to Artwork Bounds fitting more than expected

When I choose Fit to Artwork Bounds or Fit to Selected Art in Illustrator CS6 it appears to be fitting to phantom objects, sometimes on other artboards, so it fits the other artboards inside itself. ...
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Set Illustrator to remember Artboards [on hold]

I'm trying to find a way Illustrator will remember how I set the artboard in a file. Normally I'd create an icon, set the artboard bounds to fit the artwork bounds, save and close the file. When I ...
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How to I scale my text to past 1269pt in CS6 illustrator?

I've tried the scale function and it doesn't seem to work. I don't know what else to do. Please help.
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Alternative to Scriptographer

I used Scriptographer a good while back (http://scriptographer.org/) I wanted to use it again but they no longer work on the latest version of Illustrator - does anyone know an alternative version? ...
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How to correctly recolor in Adobe Illustrator?

I have an SVG ( http://www.feingeist.io/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Polygon_grey.svg), which I want to recolor. Initially, I wanted to achieve this by using CSS function background-blend-mode: ...
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Illustrator CS6-How do I make swatches stay Global after Global Adjust?

[Adobe Illustrator CS6 / PC] I hope someone can help me. I'm usually able to find an answer through Google, but not this time. What I'm trying to do is create a series of color schemes. While ...
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Sketch / Illustrator: Creating H8 Pentagonal Tiling?

I'd like to create type 8 pentagonal tiling in illustrator and--if possible--Sketch 3. I first tried tracing in sketch which obviously gave imprecise results. Is this level of precision possible ...
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Create Vector logo from photo of Business Card [on hold]

Hi I am building a website for a client who has given me a business card with his logo on. He has no image file of the logo only the cards themselves. I have tried scanning the card but the resulting ...
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Illustrator: Mouse hover with selection tool (V) does not highlight group objects

I seem to have hit a hotkey combo by accident or changed some preferences in Illustrator and I can't figure out what. When using the selection tool (V) and hovering over an object (Object selection ...
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I unlocked all my layers, but Illustrator doesn't let me draw in any of them [on hold]

Whenever I unlock a layer and try to draw on it, illustrator won't let me. I even tried unlocking all the layers and not even like that works.
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Pixelated images and smart objects in Adobe CC suite

I have been using Adobe softwares for a couple of years now and I never had this issue before. Every time I save for web (png), or even pasting smart objects from illustrator to photoshop I get a ...
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jagged looking in illustrator CS5 [on hold]

So i've been using illustrator for years now and out of nowhere my lines are jagged like little stairs, I did not ever have this problem and i'm very concerned because even if i bring a logo in it ...
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image trace a coloured illustration

I am relatively new to illustrator....i use image trace all the time to bring my black line art into illustrator to then make pattetn repeats. I am trying to bring a hand coloured sketch in and ...
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illustrator actions - live trace settings

I'm trying to set a macro to batch vectorize png to svg vectors, but i'm stuck at the Live Trace action. Illustrator will only use the default preset, how can overwrite the default preset OR create an ...