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When designing for apparel how should the canvas be addressed?

I am aware that most screen printing or DTG (Direct To Garment) have a maximum print size but I'm curious to know what is the proper way to address apparel designs when the intended design is to be ...
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How can I automatically group each shape with the text inside it for a huge collection of rectangles?

I have a .dwg (AutoCad file) map full of fields (rectangles) that I'm manipulating with Illustrator. Each rectangle has a text inside it that indicates its number. The problem is that there is no ...
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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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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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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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Illustrator color fill problem

I'm working on a packaging box and I have a ready template. I'm not an expert in Illustrator and I can't seem to fill the other boxes with colour. If anybody knows how I can successfully fill color ...
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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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How to tile a pattern in Illustrator?

I have joined two same sized rounded rectangles creating 90 degrees. Then I made 45 degrees guide and copied figure so they both can be on the same guide. Then using a blend tool I evenly ...
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How to find out whether an Illustrator file or object has been copied from somewhere else, and from?

I have received an Illustrator file as an entry for a competition that I had organised. But, I seriously doubt that the illustration is completely or parts of it are copied from other sources. I ...
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Designing a laser cut cube

I'm designing the net of a cube that can be laser cut such that it fits together seamlessly. I know this can be done, and I've seen a couple of examples on the net. I have made the net with a jig saw ...
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Glisten shine in illustrator

Thanks for suggesting as i am not pro in illustrator but still try to use flare tool & create this glisten effect.Am I doing it right??
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SVG image not displaying CSS base-64 data URL encoded fonts in Illustrator

I'm dynamically generating an SVG that includes text and a font using an embedded base-64 font-face with this method: How do I embed Google Web Fonts into an SVG? <defs> <style> ...
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How can I join a path to a compound shape in Illustrator?

I'm struggling to join the compound shape and path I have created in Illustrator. My usual click and hope in the pathfinder dialog is not working. See attached screenshots. The selected path is blue, ...
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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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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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Icons for ios app in illustrator… how to automate the export and naming of slices for different resolutions

So I have an artboard with a load of icons at 44px, individually sliced using the slice tool. Now I can export them using save-for-web dialogue and I get them all at 44px. I want to export them at ...
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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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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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i want to paste same background in all of my illustrator layers

I have 200 layers in one of my Illustrator CS6 project. i want to add same background group in all layers and then run batch ai to jpg. how exactly can i paste the same background in every layer ...
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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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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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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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How can I keep objects in their original layers after removing overlapping artboard parts?

Using the clipping mask method ends up placing all my shapes in the same layer, leaving all other layers empty. I tried using the pathfinder tool by creating a rectangle above the overlapping portion ...
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Fill path with average colour from image on a separate layer (Illustrator)

So I have a bunch of triangle paths in Illustrator, and these are overlayed onto an image which is in another layer. Is there a way to fill each triangle with the average colour of the part of the ...
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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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Find color profile given CMYK values for some Pantone colors

I have an EPS file created with Illustrator CS2 which uses spot colors: %%CMYKCustomColor: 1 0.7200 0 0.5600 (PANTONE 282 C) %%+ 0 1 0.6200 0 (PANTONE 199 C) I need to create a document using the ...
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Exporting SVG in mm instead of px in AI

I am trying to export my vector graphics as SVG. Inside Adobe Illustrator everything is just right, measured in mm. But when I use the "save as" option it always converts it to px (scale factor around ...
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Cut shape out from above paths (automated) in Illustrator

Is it possible to delete parts that overlap a underlying shape (on a underlying group/layer). To illustrate the question: Each shape is in it's own group, "1" on the bottom and "4" on top. Starting ...
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Can't Trace Halftone Object

I apply Halftone Effect to a grdient filled circle Rasterize it This is where things go horribly wrong. I trace it Expand Trying to change a fill What am I doing wrong?
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Placing a PSD Bitmap or Layered Tiff over a spot colour in illustrator or Indesign

I have a cover designed in Illustrator CS4 that has spot colour as its base, and I have designed a graphic with a transparent background in photoshop. Cause I am working in Adobe Suite I bring the ...
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Launching external program from Adobe Illustrator Actions

Is it possible to record/create an Actions-macro in Adobe Illustrator that first saves a copy of the currently open file as an SVG-file into a certain directory and then executes an external Windows ...
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How to get rid of shadow from the old headline when replaced with new one in PDF (Illustrator)

I got PDF files from one foreign magazine to put translations in our language. First it seemed impossible, cause I couldn't open these files in InDesign to be editable (seemed easier way to receive ...
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Catalog Illustrator Work

I am wondering about ways of cataloging the work I do in Illustrator. I was thinking to use Adobe Lightroom by exporting my final AI files as JPEGs(for instance) and then create a catalog in Lightroom ...
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How to re-route existing path?

I got a closed path A on one hand and on the other hand I have a path B made of 2 anchor points. I would like to pick an anchor point in path A and make it that the next anchor in the path is one of ...
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Is there a way to export Photoshop Layer to Illustrator in PS Action?

I'm trying to create a Photoshop Action that: does some things in PS, copies/pastes layer into Illustrator, does 1 Illustrator effect, returns results back to PS I'm not sure how to copy/paste to ...
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3D Extude and Bevel effect on Pie charts

In a pie graph using the graph tool, to use the 3D > Extrude and Bevel effect, why are there lines on the front surface of the shape? When I save the file in PDF, it is more prominently seen, white ...
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Grainy/Dotty Images Printing

I am working with a label which is 2.5 x 1.5 inches. On one of my printers with 2400 Dpi x 600 dpi It prints fine the dots arent nearly visible as the printer with 600x600 dpi. How in the world do i ...