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Adobe Illustrator Save For Web SVG becomes empty

Windows 7, AI CS5 I have several artboards with different versions of a logo on them that I'm trying to save as an .svg file. ctrl+shift+alt+s to save for web. Active artboard's logo shows up in ...
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How to align rectangles adjacent?

I'd like to make the selected rectangles all vertically adjacent (no gaps), not overlapping. Is there a simple way to do that?
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Stroke color with Eye dropper Tool

If select a color from Eyedropper tool and try to put it in stroke of any object, then it doesn't fills up in it's stroke instead it fills the whole object not the stroke. Eg say its a circle which is ...
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Photos are grainy when imported in illustrator?

So I got some raw pictures from a client for some business cards, they all look grainy when imported to illustrator I tried to edit the pictures and export them to JPG, but they still look grainy in ...
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what are the other tools available for editing eps files other than Illustrator?

I made a vector logo using Illustrator cs6 in my office, but when I returned back to my home to work on it on Inkscape, it shows nothing, showing the error-- the file is not supported! to solve this ...
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In Illustrator, is there a way smooth selected paths algorithmically?

I'm used to gimp in which there is a way to select a path and use an algorithm to remove excess points and generally smooth out the path. It asks for details like what kind of edge to keep as a ...
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How do I combine an SVG file with auto incrementing text in illustrator

Currently we have a series of sequential QR codes as SVGs. We are looking to add an incrementing unique number to the bottom of the QR code. Something like the following process. Import SVG ...
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From a CAD model to an Illustration drawing. How to?

I am trying to draw the best illustration I can for a user manual. I have a CAD drawing in .STP and I would like to get some simple illustations in .AI or .EPS or .SVG I tried to export the ...
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Blurry vector graphics in web [duplicate]

I'm using illustrator and I have a graphic that is 22 pixels by 22 pixels. I export it as a png with 72 resolution, and it constantly comes up blurry. Is it just because it's too small? On my mac it ...
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Illustrator: Clip using transparency

I want to clip the image in the background using the image on top based on the transparency Preview: http://prntscr.com/8brfnb I want the areas that are under the opaque parts of the top image to be ...
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Trying to combine letters in a specific way [on hold]

I am trying to create a logotype using the letters "TDR" all joined together, however I am having trouble with it. Of course the T and the D can be joined fine however I am struggling with the D and ...
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How to make a font resemble a logo? [on hold]

I would like to make text that looks like the "Mass" part of this logo. I have photoshop and illustrator, but need help with what tools to use and the best way to make it look like the logo.
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Remove strokes in Ai [duplicate]

So I'm trying to remove the strokes on this Ai file. All the small gaps on between the text is strokes. I've been playing around with pathfinder and expand appearance but with no luck.
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Illustrator: Export layer combinations with a script

How to script exporting of several file/layer/layer combinations? For example in multilingual manuals. If there are of ai files of similar structure layered like this: [n+3) ...
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Adobe illustrator, arrowhead in the middle of a line [duplicate]

I'm new to Illustrator, I was going to create some schematics with lines that have arrowhead in the middle, indicating the flow of liquid or gas. I found the options to add arrowhead to either the ...
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Illustrator Artboard dimensions for mobile ui design?

I want to create one document with multiple (3) artboards in Illustrator for mobile wireframing/ui design. One for iPhone, Android and iPad. Can I create artboards with different 'resolutions' within ...
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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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Snapping to grid while using smart guides

Here it says I can't use snap to grid and smart guides at the same time: Note: When Snap To Grid or Pixel Preview is turned on, you cannot use Smart Guides (even if the menu command is ...
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How would I create this extrusion in Illustrator?

It's a warp effect with a 3d letter depth/extrusion. I've tried the 3d extrusion effect, but it's not the right perspective. Is there a trick to get the extruded 'infinity' text behind the letters?
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How to access the rotate by angle functionality of Illustrator's Rotate Tool

I read that when I select the Rotate Tool (R) in Illustrator CS6 then Alt + Click on a point to select the rotational reference, a dialog should popup prompting for an angle. When I did that nothing ...
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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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Remove extra space in front of the text without outlining it? [Illustrator]

Did anyone figure it out on how to remove that little extra space in front of the text?
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gradient at the corner s only in illustrator

How can we make grey white gradient effect of gradient on all the four corners of the artwork only not in middle in illustrator. Like the one created in red marked areas.
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how to stop Illustrator from automatically distorting new shapes? [on hold]

I'm a newbie at Illustrator. Whenever I try to insert a new shape (rectangle, ellipse, etc.) the shape gets distorted: I'm not sure if this question was answered already (How to stop auto rotate ...
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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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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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Convert font into a single path [duplicate]

I'm creating a trim path effect with After Effect CC 2015, but i must use a not monoline font (Fira Sans) as a path, there is a way to convert the font into a single path, or a way to use the font for ...
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Export multiple png from one illustrator artboard?

Another designer left me this AI file while everything is in one layer and in one art board. I have only exported assets on Photoshop with plugin before and I have no idea how to export individual ...
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What is the right resolution if I half scaled my 8x24ft billboard design in illustrator?

is it right that 1 foot = 1 inch in size? which led me to use the same numerical value only using inches instead of foot since illustrator doesn't use foot in their scale. So is 300 ppi good enough ...
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Illustrator: How do I use clipping mask and shape builder together?

I am having a constant fight when building up complex shapes in Adobe Illustrator. I work out some piece of my shape, and to get it to look right, I put it in some sort of container clipping mask. ...
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Can you re-number the order of artboards in Illustrator CS4?

I use illustrator with multiple artboards to design website layouts. Often I start at the beggining (what I think is the beggining at the time) and get 15 pages deep. Then I realize that I need to add ...
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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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Is there a way to batch export Illustrator symbols as pngs?

I use Illustrator as my main graphics program for building modular UI components. Context: I'm exploring an animation software, Pixate, and will need to upload all UI assets to the project library ...
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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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Final size in Illustrator CS4 masked images

How do I find out the exact size of a graphic or image after it has a clipping mask applied in Illustrator? When you just select the image or do Ctrl+A it shows the entire image size(including the ...
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Spacing objects evenly on a spine with an open path using the blend tool

I made a blend of stars and chose the replace with spine command. The stars are not evenly spaced. I then decided to add anchor points and adjust them to try and space the stars evenly. Is there an ...
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Illustrator preview mode [on hold]

So i have this problem where whenever I type, the font in the bar where the fonts are suppose to stand, wont show up. Neither can I make it bigger. I would have to click "command T" to get the menu ...
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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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illustrator cs6 : gradient of in each shape gone when unite

the gradient in each of my shapes are gone when I unite them. the combined compound shape just turns into one solid color. for example, before unite after unite i have searched the internet, ...
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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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Bloat text in illustrator, not individual letters

How do you bloat text in Illustrator so that it applies to the whole text area, not just individual letters? I have converted the text to outlines, and expanded appearance, but when I bloat the text ...
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How to do the shape borders like this in the image attached

I'm going to create something similar. Circles can be made very easily. Color Gradient can be applied easily. Shadows are left-hand play. But, there is something different about the edges of ...
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Imperfect overlay Illustrator

I'm trying to perfectly overlap two images, one complementary of the other, but apperas a white stripe in the conjunction of the path, all points are perfectly aligned how can I fix?
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Filling in gaps in illustrator (by not using gap detection)

I am trying to colour an image on adobe illustrator. I initially "image traced" the image, so many of the strokes disappeared. I used live paint and direct selection to fill in the colours. However, ...
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In Illustrator cc 2015 , changeing text size and style [on hold]

I want to increase the text size more than 72 pt ! give the text fruits/vegetables skin as a style but in easy quick way
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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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Illustrator symbol isolation view pixel grid not aligned to ruler

When a symbol is not aligned to pixel grid, the origin is not aligned to an intersection of the grid. Thus it becomes very difficult to create pixel perfect symbols. Paths that are snapped to the ...
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Exporting a shape from Illustrator in multiple colours at once?

I'm creating assets for a game using Illustrator. I have created a bunch of shapes, and i want to export each shape in 24 different colours (which i've made swatches of, if that helps) I was wondering ...
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Increase Stroke Weight By Percentage

I know how to increase the stroke weight in Illustrator, but I have custom stroke weight points on an object and I'd like to make the whole object's stroke thicker without losing the customized weight ...
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Is it possible to invert colours in a gradient in Illustrator?

Is it possible to invert colours in a gradient in Illustrator (CC 2014)? When I try Edit > Edit Colours > Invert Colours on the box that I want inverted, it tells me "Colors Note: No invertible ...