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How to make white stroke show up for a shirt printing

hoping you can help me today. I think my question is very simple. I have almost no experience with Adobe, but I am trying to finish up a Christmas present... I am making a digital file for a shirt ...
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Scaling horizontally but not vertically

I have a black shape like this: That red rectangle is not part of my shape. I just draw it so that divides my shape visually into two parts. I would like to only scale "the part of my shape inside ...
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I am unable to convert make a svg file from PSD

I have a psd file, which is has several layers. I took layer which I wanted duplicated to it to a new file( ctrl+n). Then saved the file as .png. Now I opened that png file in adobe, converted it to ...
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Ideal sizes of symbols or logos of various proportions, when put together [duplicate]

I always spend too much time trying to scale symbols or logos that are supposed to look harmoniously next to each other, like below: These seem to be acceptable to me, but I wonder if there is any ...
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Adding frames/borders to images in Adobe

So I use Lightroom very frequently to edit and export images. I do nightclub photography often and have been asked to put a frame around my photos. Obviously a creative frame, not just a white or ...
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Compress large PDF files in Illustrator

I am an unexperienced Illustrator user, so please bear with me if my question is very stupid: I have a large PDF file (5 MB+) [1] which is generated from a large dataset. The amount of details in the ...
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Convert stright line of text to curved line of text

In adobe illustrator CS6 I have alot of text. Lots of the text is the names of Rivers. The text is in a straigh line. Is there a way that I can change this line of text so that it curves or follows a ...
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Images imported to Illustrator get resized despite their original size

I have a folder full of pictures, they are all 6000x4000 images. However, when I impor them into Illustrator (drag&drop inside the app) their size changes, their width and height sometimes is half ...
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How to cut a circle from multi layered square artboard?

I have a square artboard in illustrator CS6. There are multiple layers and sub-layers on the board. I want to have a circular artboard and keep the editing capabilities within the circle if possible ...
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When I move my object Adobe Illustrator shows an error: Can't move the objects

When I drag my selected object it displays the following error: Can't move the objects. The requested transformation would make some objects fall completely off the drawing area.
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List of images for tracing [on hold]

I would like to practice tracing a variety of images in Adobe Illustrator moving from basic to advanced in complexity. Is there any single place that stores like a pack or list of images like these? ...
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Illustrator: Resize Artboard With Objects Inside

I've been looking everywhere, and cannot find my answer so I wanted to ask here. I know how to re-size my artboard in Illustrator and all that, but I cannot get my artboard to re-size with objects ...
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Error Opening Illustrator File = Offending operator: “Bg” [on hold]

I have an Illustrator file that I created and I made a change to a gradient and then saved the file. When I tried to reopen the file I got the error message listed below: Offending operator: Bg
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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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adobe illustrator - linework and paintbucket on different layers

I would like to have my brush strokes on one layer and coloring done by live paint bucket on another layer. When I select the strokes and make a live paint group to color with everything, strokes and ...
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Please help, how to do off registration in Illustrator CS6?

I am trying to do an assignment and I need to do off registration. I cannot figure out how to get into the channels so I can move the colors to be off register. I can only figure out how to get into ...
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My options to link large image into AI file

My .psd file has a resolution of 6m x 3m @ 150 DPI. This makes it 35433px x 5906px in size. Photoshop CS6 saves the file as .tiff or .psb only. When I first import into Illustrator I get an error that ...
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Turn off antialiasing for artwork and ignore type?

I'm trying to force Illustrator to be my goto web design "raster" editor. Working in pixel preview is certainly the way to go but I've run into a problem. In web design there is no AA for boxes and ...
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Illustrator: export embedded picture to its original size

The title says it all. I have a document with embedded pictures at various resolutions (300dpi, 220dpi, ...) and I'd like to export them to their original size (in pixels). A simple copy-and-paste ...
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Painting areas inside an illustration - Illustrator CS6

I am having problems in filling my illustration with colours. I usually do these things by creating separate shapes or so but now this is done more by separate paths and I am confused. The shape ...
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Problems with creating an “A” shape [on hold]

I'm using Illustrator, the CC version and I am trying to create an "A" shape out of rectangles overlapping each other. I've tried the pathfinder tool and I've used both merging and unite however they ...
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Cchanging the color of of a PNG file converted to SVG in illustrator [on hold]

Just got done converting a png Photoshop file to a SVG in Illustrator but I"m not able to change the color to the the deired dcolor. Any ideas on how this can be done?
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How to delete part of circle path?

How do I delete part of the circle path in the picture provided?. I want the red outlined part to be deleted without having the curve change. I've tried to do this by selecting the two anchor points ...
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What is the best way of cutting out objects to create SVG files?

I got a PSD file from a designer. I want to get the icons and logos as SVG files, so I started to cut them out, and create a new PSD file for each of them. When I want to generate a SVG file, I am ...
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Vector gets pixelated when i move them to different tab in illustrator [on hold]

I downloaded some vectors and i want to show them all one by one in different file but when i select a single vector and copy it to a new file in a new tab it gets pixelated. Here is a screenshot of ...
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Illustrator CS4 - Text Box Moves When Adjusting Bounding Box

Adobe Illustrator CS4 I'm having a weird problem that I can't find the solution to. I make a text box manually to fill with text. I typically like to size it so the text is snug within the bounding ...
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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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How do I match up Adobe's color profile to Apple's?

Why is there such a difference in the editing view & save preview views? I am using Adobe Illustrator CS6 for Mac OS X. Color Settings: North America General Purpose 2 Profile: sRGB Export ...
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Cooperhewitt (or other) font family loading issue in Illustrator running on windows!

I have been trying to load the Cooperhewitt font family on Windows 7 running Illustrator CS6. But it fails to load any font from the family most of the time or sometime only few of the fonts from the ...
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Illustrator Align object with stroke

I am trying to align a few text objects that have stroke applied to them using align all to the left. However, fist of all the font and font size used add an empty space in front of the text. And ...
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How do you define different art board sizes for a custom Document Profile in Illustrator CS6 on Mac OSX?

How do you define different artboard sizes for a custom Document Profile in Illustrator CS6 on Mac OSX? The default profiles all have options for different sized artboards. It should be easy to set ...
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How can I easily preview my illustrator document on my iPad?

I am designing screens for an app for iPad. I would like to easily preview my artboards on my iPad. My method to do that is: export the .ai document to a .pdf document copy the .pdf file to my ...
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rotate text on Z axe in illustrator cs5

should be a simple thing but can find the way to rotate text in z axe in illustrator ? I dont want to make it a 3d text just rotate it on the Z axe to make it fit in perpective (one word on the left ...
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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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Why do paintbrush loops get thicker at the top in Illustrator?

When I do swirls in Illustrator with the paintbrush tool I often get this result (see image). The loops doesn't get perfectly rounded, instead sometimes some of them gets thicker at the top of the ...
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Segment circle into layers

I want to divide a circle into 5 equal segments such that each segment will be on it's own layer. In general I want to create a loading animation that would consist of 5 images with number of visible ...
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How to select multiple paths that are adjacent in the layers window?

Given the following setup: How can I quickly select all orange circles in Layer 1 in order to edit them, as shown here: It seems like this should be somehow possible through the layers window, ...
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Center icon in a transparent square for SVG export

I have a file with many art boards within, each has an icon. I've exported all the icons in to there own .ai file and now I want them all to be exported as SVG's centered in a square so they are all ...
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Can I insert and lock a vector illustration in a word document?

I work for a marketing department that gets constant copy edit requests for sales proposals that have been designed in illustrator and indesign. Is there a way for me to recreate the document in word ...
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How to convert greyscale to alpha in Illustrator?

I have a scanned image I converted to outlines in Illustrator. To do that, I have used the greyscale option, which gave me a decent result. What I need to do now is to convert the greyscale values to ...
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What's common starting point to designing an icon set [on hold]

I have seen a growing number of nice icon sets throughout the years. They have fine tuned their icon sets to make it pixel perfect, well-ratio. I wonder if I want to start design my own icon set, for ...
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Get rid of thin white lines between shape 'joins'

I've created an icon made out of basic lines/shapes in Adobe Illustrator, then make it one solid, continuous shape. I want to use this icon as a pre-loader on a website, the idea being each 'segment' ...
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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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How to change Adobe Illustrator CC's pixel to inch ratio?

We all know today the devices have different ppi. Traditionally a pixel is a point, which is 1/72 an inch. But today, iPhones have 326 pixel per inch why the point should remain the same for ...
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Bad profile color (desaturated)

I have an huge color difference between Ai and all my others apps. Ai looks desaturated. Here are Ai next to Ps. To solve the problem i checked "proof color" in the "Display" menu and choose "RVB ...
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How to Draw Perfect Curves in AI?

A perfect curve looks something like this image: When I try to draw a similar curve shape in Illustrator, I couldn't get the above effect. It's just about 85% perfect. As you see closely, there are ...
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how can I increase my workflow of making cloud shapes?

Basically I have been using the Pen Tool to create cloud shapes similar to the image below. I feel it can be a bit time consuming. Isn't there any way I can increase my workflow of making such shapes ...
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Ai: How do I apply a layer's layer style (eg shadow) only to the object or group below it?

So if I want the shadow for the blue hat to only fall on the face, and not blur out onto the background etc, is there any simple-ish way to do this?
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How to save PDF so actual size is the same as artboard size?

I created an artboard that is 1416px wide. I need to handle the PDF to a coder, with it having the same actual size as the website. Yet when I save it as a PDF and he gives it a 100% zoom (chooses ...
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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 ...