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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 CC zoom accuracy

As a former CAD draftsman I always found the snap function in Illustrator very inaccurate. But now in AI CC I find it even more inaccurate. Am I the only one? Is there something one can do in order ...
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Why is Illustrator 10 moving my letters and outlines when I open a file?

I have a file that was originally created in CorelDrawX5 as both a dwg and pdf. I have opened both in Illustrator CS6 and they work fine. I then saved it as an eps and ai for my supplier to work ...
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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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iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus design confusions around dimensions, resolutions and densities

I have to design an iOS app in iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus in Adobe Illustrator. Can anyone help me with the ever confusing PPIs and retina/retina HD displays and dimensions of these? For example, I ...
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How to anchor text to bottom-right of container?

When I use the Type tool in Illustrator, text automatically flows from the top-left: Is it possible to have the text flow from the bottom-right instead, like this (Illustrator CC 2014)? The ...
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Is there a tool that converts Adobe Illustrator's 3D Rotate effect to SVG or CSS transforms?

I'd like to export a graphic as SVG, and it contains text that has a 3D Rotate effect applied to it. Saving as SVG this expands my text to outlines :( I'd like it instead to output <text> ...
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Illustrator opacity rendering on artboard vs. white objects

I recently stumbled on something curious: the white of the artboard and the white of white objects in Illustrator act quite vastly differently on translucent objects on top of them. For example, this ...
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can't work out the Minus Front

I'm supposed to have a result like the picture on the left when I click minus front but all I'm getting is like the picture on the right. Help is very much appreciated.
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How do i place a 16bit bit image into Adobe Illustrator without it converting it to 8bit?

How do i place a 16bit bit image into Adobe Illustrator without it converting it to 8bit? i have "Googled" all over the web, but i cant find anything on changing color depth of a AI file to 16bit ...
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Transforming 3rd-party discrete gradient mesh to AI's smooth gradient-mesh

The problem I use pst-solides3d (part of pstricks bundle for LaTeX) to generate the following surface. The surface is not a mesh, but a collection of disjoint quadrilateral patches, each with a ...
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Uniform Scaling a Grouped Object, Shapes Move Out of Place or Distort. How can I fix this?

Here's my problem: I'm using Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 and I'm trying to scale a grouped object uniformly or proportionately but the shapes that make up the object move out of place. Here's what I'm ...
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Losing Transparency when placing an item in illustrator

I've never had this problem before. I'm saving my images in Photoshop with no background. But when I place them into Illustrator they have a white background. I've tried it as a Tiff, Png, PSD, and ...
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Help needed with special variable data creation in Illustrator

I am trying to create a variable data Illustrator file but with a catch, I have to create multiple points of data on one artboard. I am using a template with 36 identical shapes, and I'm trying to ...
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Adobe Illustrator Appearance Panel: Where Did My Effects Go?

Granted I'm new to Adobe Illustrator I'm having trouble figuring out the appearance panel. Namely when I add an effect, I can't seem to select the right selection again to get it to come back up on ...
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Illustrator - How to rearrange cut 3d paths align accurately after a cut in the original 3d path

Desired Effect: To achieve 3d paths circling around one another like twisted wires/ribbons (eg: 's' over 's' reflected). I drew two 2d paths one over the other with overlapping sections -> ...
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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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How to create an array of circles within a circle

I'm looking to place exactly 750 filled circles in a random array within a circular shape, essentially a static version of this infographic: ...
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How can I Curve my premade logo vector, around a circle in illustrator cs5?

Hi i want to curve my logo-text vector around A circle, like this: With this (my logo): But my logo is a premade vector, not text file, so each letter is its own SHAPE/Path or whatever you call ...
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Export Artboards to separate PDFs (Illustrator)

I was wondering if there's a way in Illustrator CC to export artworks containing multiple artboards, to multiple single-paged .pdf files, as Illustrator already does for images like .jpg files. EDIT: ...
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How to create a polyline in illustrator, with each edge a different color?

I have a sequence of thick segments of different colors, which overlap at the end points. It looks like this: I would like it to look more like a single path, like so (note the change in the ...
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How to incorporate gradient fill in embedded files in Illustrator?

I've placed File B (a circle with a gradient fill) inside File A (simple blue background). When I embed File B the gradient is not treated as a regular fill - instead it gets a weird double mask ...
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Can Adobe Illustrator export hidden sublayers as svg group with attribute display=“none”?

Inkscape can do that, but I've been told Illustrator is not able to export nested layers (sublayers) with attribute display="none". Is this true? If so, how can I have all my hidden sublayers be ...
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Best way for 3D perspective in Illustrator

Before I begin, please keep in mind that my end is to make svg files for the web and I'm using Illustrator CS6. I'm wondering if there is a better to rotate my graphic so that it looks like it is ...
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How to stop Adobe Illustrator's minus front Pathfinder command from altering sizes?

I am trying to use minus front on a grouping of objects (object 1) that I want to cut out of object 2. But when I click minus front, it actually changes half the group shapes. Any idea why? I've never ...
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How do I prevent the Arc effect to be undone after I ungroup the objects I used it on?

I grouped a bunch of little things together and arced it, and it looked fine. I later tried to modify a single one of my objects and it didn't work without modifying everything, so I ungrouped them. ...
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create custom gradients in illustrator using patterns

I am new to Illustrator and currently fiddling with some of the more advanced options. I would like to know if it is possible to create custom gradients using patterns in the swatches window that ...
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Illustrator artwork present but not showing on layer?

I'm editing an existing AI file - a hexagon shape that shows with some scratches over it. However, I've removed every single object on the current layer except the hexagon shape. I can't figure out ...
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How can I automate importing images into Illustrator and exporting artwork?

How can I automate importing images into Illustrator and exporting my final artwork? say, like a magazine that have the same title in thew same place and a cover image to be replaced in every issue?
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Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator CC - Colors are inverted

I am trying to follow this tutorial on how to create Digital Version of a signature. In the Video he clicks on Trace Options, and then clicks Ignore white, before doing a a Live Trace to vectorize the ...
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Is it possible in Illustrator CC to set a Mac keyboard layout on windows?

I've always worked with my Mac and I just started using the company's PC with Windows 7, nevertheless I'm still using an Apple keyboard. Is it possible in Illustrator to set the Mac's shortcuts? Maybe ...
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illustrator transform part of a curve

I'm very new to AI and am still learning about curves. I would like to know if it is possible to apply transforms to the curve between two anchor points. Specifically, I would like to increase the ...
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How to Activate and deactivate the RTL features in AI and PS CC 2014

how to get access to all Arabic / Hebrew language features in the last updated Adobe products 2014.1 specially Illustrator.
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I really need a bit of help with the objects on my screen and they way they are arranged.

so that's what i'm doing....the tech blue lines are 1 object and the rest of the cube is the 2nd object....what i want to do is bring those tech lines and arrange them in such a way that its below ...
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Actually snapping to pixel grid

Does anyone know if there's a way to have Illustrator CC (2014) constrain control points to the pixel grid? I understand that "Align to pixel grid" makes it so that a shape will try to match the pixel ...
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Illustrator CC 2014 colour picker displaying different RGB value for global & non-global swatches

I’ve tried to describe the issue using annotated screenshots below. I’m pretty sure it’s not related to colour profiles. If anyone else has had this problem and found a solution I’d be very grateful ...
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How to extract vector filename from .ai files

I have a lot of .ai files. Each .ai file contains a lot of vectors, each vector comes as a file (eps/ai) which has been downloaded from Shutterstock-like websites. We've lost all these eps/ai vector ...
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Drawing to a specific reference point, ala Sketchup

In Sketchup when making a line termination you can reference some other point by hovering over it, then when you shift-click to draw your straight line, its bottom will be aligned with the reference ...
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Placing text inside of a Text shape

I know that there has been a similar question to this in the past titled "Placing text inside shapes" but I have followed the recommended steps and it is when I get to the stage that it mentions ...
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How to make the Fill tool match the Swatch color in Illustrator CC 2014?

When adding color to an object in Illustrator CC 2014 using a preloaded swatch, there seems to be some loss in accuracy. If I select the object itself (after adding the swatch color), the object is ...
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Pie Chart Border Grouping

I've recently been using Illustrator for data driven visualizations. I came across a graphic and had a question about how to achieve an effect. I've included an example graphic for reference. If you ...
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The tool section won't show

I am trying to make the tool section pop up so i can click the tool and select rectangle or oval but it doesn't let me i tryed double clicking and shortcuts but it wont help (im not talking about the ...
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Photoshop Actions: How to import multiple vector files into PS, then export such files as different names, via an action?

All, I am looking to solve the following production problem using a photoshop (or Illustrator) action: The problem in a nutshell: My production team is constantly exporting files with different ...
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Importing psd file into Illustrator with error message

I've CS3 and created a file on my laptop. I was able to place the transparent psd file into my Illustrator file without any problem. Now that I have a new desktop, when I open the saved file in ...
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How can I add a live corner to a corner in Illustrator?

For some reason only some corners have the live corner tool available. Is there a way to add it to the corners that don't?
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Does anybody knows how to recreate this hansje van halem op art artwork?

She seems to work in non-digital, but I was wondering if there is a to make such work in Adobe Illustrator?
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How to make graphics that can NOT be Traced on illustrator?

We are making a website for graphic designers to sell there work to fashion designers. However the problem is that if we showcase there work, it can simply be copied and traced on illustrator. I want ...
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How to create vector from raster images in Adobe CC 2014?

I am new to Illustrator and have a simple task of changing the color of a tab.png file. I would either like to re-create the file to maintain quality of the image or just change the colors of the ...
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Why exporting an EPS file to PNG from Illustrator gives a different result than with Photoshop?

I have a logo in EPS format (size: 338x50 pixel). When I convert it to PNG (Size: 169x25) from Illustrator the output is pixelated. If I convert the same image from Photoshop, the PNG output is much ...
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How to align an existing point text to any drawn path in Adobe Illustrator

I need a tool, tip, or any plugin in Illustrator to allow me to align an existing point text, or even any text area, to any already-drawn path so I don't have to retype it again using the "type on a ...