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Can you pull a spectrum of colors (create a swatch group) from persons face?

I'm trying to do a low poly(gon) of my brothers face. I have his .jpeg in illustrator, I'd like to to try the following with the least amount of energy / time. If .ai can do something that saves me ...
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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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Client wants .ai file but it doesn't display correctly

I have a client from hell, she wants my original .ai files and that is fine, however she downloaded Ai CC and is now complaining that "things don't show up right"... this is a map and has about 70 ...
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Illustrator CS5 do not automatically change the measuring unit to the files default?

I am creating images for both web and print so I use pixels (px) and millimeters (mm) back and forth. But whenever I open the other type of file (i.e. opened web(px) first then print(mm), or print(mm) ...
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How can I get rid of the content edges when I mask it with smaller container in Illustrator?

I have placed an image about 1000px*800px into Illstrator and I mask it with a box of 500px*500px now the content boundaries of the image is annoying me when positioning it with smart guide or with ...
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How can I cut up a raster image in Illustrator?

I want to split this apple (jpeg) into pieces along the outline I've created over it. I created and edited a pie chart/graph for the lines, then edited it to conform to the apple shape. I want to be ...
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Blurry vector graphics in web

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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illustrations/drawings to edit them with adobe illustrator?

Can we take illustrations/drawings and edit them with adobe illustrator for the purpose of using them for silk screening on clothing?
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How to use After Effects Trim Path with an Illustrator Path

I imported my Illustrator file into After Effects. I then turned the Vector layer into a shape layer. I added a trim path to the shape but the trim path does some weird start to end point mask. Video ...
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Drawing a line segment (or an arc) with an arrow head placed somewhere between the endpoints

I am trying to draw a line (or an arc) in Adobe Illustrator that looks something like this: (Picture taken from Allen Hatcher's ``Notes on Introductory Point-Set Topology,'' pp. 22.) My problem is ...
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How to create a vector curve programmatically?

I want to create a vector curve that is symmetric in the top and the bottom. For example, in this baseball icon (How to draw a baseball in Pixelmator?), if I try to write the vector as suggested by ...
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Removing One Part Of A Stroke On A Rectangle In Illustrator CS5

Is it possible to remove on side of a stroke on a rectangle? Let's say you have a rectangle with a stroke all the way around it and I want one end of the rectangle to be 'open' and take the stroke ...
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Adobe Illustrator's Type Tool - Incorrect text height

Ok, so I've been using Illustrator for years, and this is something I haven't gotten around to figure out.. In my line of work, I need to be precise with my lettering. If I want a text height of ...
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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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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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How do I take this shape in Illustrator and curve it along an arc

I want this vector image: To look like this: See the way it bends along the top arc? I have tried Warp, but it didn't give it the uniform thickness all the way around.
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How do I create a bezier curve in illustrator with known values [duplicate]

I want to create a Bézier curve in Illustrator so I can import it into Cinema 4D. Now my problem is, I have got a Bézier curve with just the coordinates of my points and I want to draw this in ...
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Splitting a vectorized image of letters into individual letters

I'm trying to digitize a handwritten font. In various tutorials, it says to ungroup and then click on the rectangular background's blue box and press delete and it should leave all the characters as ...
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An error when I open a .eps from Wolfram Mathematica in Illustrator

I created a graph with Wolfram Mathematica and exported it as .eps file. Then I want to open it with Illustrator to do some amendment. But when I read it with Illustrator, it gives me an error:MPS ...
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Long Shadow Effect in SVG for Web

Basically I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to efficiently get a long shadow effect with an SVG: Example Image My three ideas on how this might be possible: Hella detailed gradient map, ...
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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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How to make Apple Store wallpaper in Photoshop or Illustrator [on hold]

Can anyone please guide me on this, I want to make this (attached) kind of wallpaper with different shape, I really liked the "Magnetic Field Effect" around logo/shape, and scattered circles different ...
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Illustrator/Photoshop: how to get path points' coordinates?

Hi everybody In the picture there is a line with black points. While I know how to get the anchor points coordinates with the mouse cursor, I would love to know how to get the information of the ...
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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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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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How can I create a realistic 3d model from my 2d photos of furniture?

Before you point your finger and laugh, please take into consideration that my boss is asking me to do this for him. As a faithful employee with some Photoshop skills and no experience with 3d ...
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PDF file placed in Illustrator

I am placing a PDF into an illustrator file and where there should be white in the PDF it is transparent. How can I fix this? I want the PDF to have white where there should be white. When I put a ...
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Pasting shape path from file with different grid setting results in pasting previous grid

I am attempting to paste a shape path from an SVG with an SVG file with different grid settings into an another illustrator ai file. When I do this, I get a copy of the grid from the old file along ...
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Spaces aren't showing on text in illustrator from converted CorelDraw file

My goal I am saving CorelDraw files as AI files, and bringing them into Adobe Illustrator. I am then a text element. My issue When I'm creating a text element, spaces have no width, so "hello ...
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Turn off Hyphenation in Illustrator globally

Adobe Illustrator CC likes to force hyphenation on every single piece of text. It used to be possible in earlier versions to switch it off globally for new documents through the Paragraph palette ...
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Guideline bug in Illustrator [on hold]

I'm having a very weird 'bug' in Ai; whenever I try to move a guideline to a specific point, it gets moved for no reason! I checked if there was an object near it, and even disabled smart guides, but ...
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Large-format printing Adobe Illustrator files

I have an Adobe Illustrator file that I wish to print; I want to print it on a 60x60in (inches) paper. My question is: should the Illustrator file also be 60x60in wide? Or it is ok if the dimensions ...
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Cascade changes on symbols library accross multiple files in Illustrator CC

Illustrator CC has a symbols feature, where I can create symbols and place multiple instances of them in a document. It also allows me to save a symbols library as a .ai file, so I can use the same ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How to fill in colors between lines?

I am making a 3D letter and I want to fill in some parts to give it a 3D look. So far I have used black lines to make it but I want to fill in-between the lines. Can someone show me what to do?
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How to create base for plastic bag packaging?

I have measurement for this type of other bag packaging and i want to know how can i create base in illustrator for this bag. Measurements are as follow, height is 19, width is 29 and length is 35 ...
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Illustrator Basic fill patterns

Where are the simple fill patterns such as diagonal parallel lines or regular texture. Adobe CS5 Mac OS X 10.10.3 27"iMac
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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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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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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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Rotate as well as resize duplicated objects in Illustrator

I want to achieve a pattern around a circle. Consider the petals of a flower. I want to repeat the petal around the circle's center, with gradually increasing size. The increase in the size would be ...
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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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illustrator cc 2014: how to change text behaviour in text box

When chosing the normal type tool and starting to write some text... usuallythe text is positioned nicely and I write from left to right. Somehow this does not happen today, the text starts from the ...
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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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How to shrink vector object without distoring it in Illustrator?

I always bump into this problem of distorting a logo when I shrink it in illustrator. I have expanded the object and converted all outlines. I tried 'simplify' and 'clean up' the anchor points, and ...
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How to open an Illustrator CS6 document in Illustrator CS5?

When I open an Adobe Illustrator CS6 document with the previous version, CS5, I get the error: Created with a newer version of Illustrator and can't use the file. Is there a way around this?
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Fix gap between path and shapes in Illustrator

I'm working on a cloud image and have created triangles using a template. After the cut and coloring, there are gaps between the triangles. It' about 1 px thick, more prominent when exported to ...
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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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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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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 ...