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Illustrator CS6 Data Variables XML Parser Error

So I have to generate flyers for 10 different laptops (and more in the future). I decided to set up variables. I've created an XML Map for MS-Excel which allows me to save the 'XML Data' type file. I ...
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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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Exporting PDF from Adobe Illustrator without aliasing

I am working with an image with an aliasing problem in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The aliasing disappears after unchecking Preferences-> General -> Anti-aliased Artwork. However, when I export the ...
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Illustrator CC Accuracy

As a former CAD draftsman I always found the snap function in Illustrator very inacurate. But now in AI CC I find it even mor inaccurate. Am I the only one? Is there something one can do in order to ...
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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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Specify CSS class names on SVG paths using Illustrator

Is there a way to edit SVG files in Illustrator where you can specify a CSS class for each path? I already know in Illustrator that if you give the layer name an actual name, Illustrator will use ...
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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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Ronchi Rules or graduated and varied strokes in illustrator or Inkscape

I am searching for an easy way to create (in vector) something like this: essentially I would like to create lines starting for example: black 5pt, white 5pt, black 4pt, white 4pt, etc... all the ...
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Matrix Rotation for the faces of dice

I am creating a die with the effect of illustrator "3D Extrude & Bevel". I have to rotate the die on each face, preserving the perspective view. The range of each axis is from -180° to 180°. I ...
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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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Illustrator: how to align grouped objects and expand to be aligned top and bottom?

The rectangles below have been grouped together by me. I realized that I probably should have aligned them before grouping them. I'm wondering if there is a way to align them (to their top edge) ...
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is there a fast way to make parallelograms into rectangles in illustrator?

these shapes were hand traced, and as you can see there are slight angles that deviate from 90 degrees on the right side of the rectangles below. is there a way to make them vertical in illustrator? ...
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Apply gradient to a path made of 2 paths

As you can see in the pic, I drew a Rectangle with no fill and black stroke. Then I added a curvy shape. I want to add a gradient to the place bound by those two shapes. How can I do it?
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Saving long shadow effect as graphic style for flat design in Illustrator

How do I save the long shadow effect for flat icons in Illustrator? I have created the effect for few icons but for each and every other icon but it takes time. In the following screenshot I have ...
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Exporting crisp Android icons in Photoshop/Illustrator

Both Photoshop(layer shapes) and Illustrator(vectors) are terrible at making crisp Android assets when I save out. Can anyone lend a hand how to make crisp items at multiple sizes without doing it by ...
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Adobe-illustrator: Soft-Cut group into two parts

I'm trying to cut a group of layers into two pieces, but I don't want a clear cut but the pieces should overlap and have a gradient-like border. Can I do this with a opacity-mask? Every time I export ...
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how to automatically generate a text variable for each text box in my illustrator file

I have a big file with hundreds of images and texts. I need to export all the texts in order to send them to the translator. I know I can do it with the variables, but its still a long process because ...
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determine the area of colours used in a design

We do design work using illustrator. Pricing is based on the percentage of the area that is printed versus the non printed area. Is there a way or tool that can determine that for me?
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Defining a brush with a non-straight graphic as the base in Illustrator

I have designed a dragon but it isn't completely round so I am thinking to use it on brush definition and add this dragon on a circle stroke. It should be easy if the dragon were straight but it ...
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How do I convert B&W penciled book drawings to Illustrator colored drawings?

I have an opportunity with an author, but I want to see if I can even deliver first, if I were to take it. The author needs her current black and white drawings to be in color for a book she is ...
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Why Does SVG Automatically Center Itself?

I recently converted my logo from PNG to SVG. The sizes of the images are identical, however, the SVG version seems to want to automatically center itself. You can view the PNG of my logo at ...
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How do does one sync file changes in a Phothoshop file exported from Illustrator while maintaining layers

I am creating a website mockup with invisionapp.com, an app that let's you test drive website and mobile user experience with no coding, just graphics. They have a cool feature that allows you to ...
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update colors and graphic styles in multiple Illustrator files

what is the most efficient way to update(change) named, global swatches and graphic styles in multiple AI files. Many files need to be updated to use tweaked colors and styles. Is there a way other ...
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How to combine two separate paths into one?

I want to combine two separate path into one, so when I click on one of them with the white arrow (A), both are selected. You can see it in live here : ...
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Is it possible to export paths from illustrator as a URI?

This questions is slightly leaning towards web design, but I think it is more relevant here. I was wondering, do any plugins or techniques exist for exporting the file as SVG, and then without leaving ...
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can Ai files be converted to alpha channels

I want to nkow if i can make alpha channels in adobe Illustrator with all of the gradients and blends to be exported or used with other like AE or with television software
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I am trying to copy a heavily layered (and filtered) file across to a new document, in Adobe Illustrator CS (2014)

I am working with heavily layered EPS file (purchased); some layers have clipping paths and compound masks, most layers have a MULTIPLY or SCREEN filter. I am trying to copy this graphic onto a new ...
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Paisting artwork into a PS file removes some brushes

EDIT I have made a work around that does what the job needs but doesn't solve the problem with copy/pasting it. I saved the artwork as a png file and opened it with Photoshop, this works perfectly at ...
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How can I put a path in the approximate center of a font?

I drew a line through the center of a font with the pencil tool, worked great. I don't know how to turn that line into a path. Any better methods are welcome.
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Ideal way to wrap a label around a bottle (3d extrude?)

Previously I might have used Photoshop's warp tool to wrap a label around a bottle but it's hard to get perfect results in this way. I'd love a more consistent method so I tried experimenting with ...
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Including detail in Image Trace with Adobe Illustrator

So I have some designs that I'm trying to get print ready. They're all 1 to 2 colors and were designed in Photoshop at 8 inches x 8 inches and 300 dpi. I didn't realize, but the designs actually need ...
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Illustrator CC Color Guide Shades & Tints not working correctly

I have the color Guide's "Warm / Cool" display option selected. I Select a color group in my swatches panel. Then I select the color guide's "Shades / Tints" option. Shades are displayed accurately. ...
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Illustrator curved line not so “pixel perfect”

As you can see in the image below, my curved lines inside the circle are not so "pixel perfect" like the outer circle, what can I do? I did these curved lines using Path Finder: triangle + circle + 3 ...
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Knife paths using grid overlay

I have a complex layer of paths with a stroke effect. I also have a grid on a layer on top. I now need to knife paths where ever a grid line crosses it. I've played around with divide and crop but ...
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how to prepare a vector shape thats similar to a Perforated vinyl but with bigger sizes [example more than 1m x 1m]

My boss has asked me to prepare a design thats similar to that of a perforated vinyl... in other words its a "holey" type of shape... lots of holes... problem is everytime i try to prepare a design ...
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Shape tweens don't reflect on upper layers on Flash CS5

I have this illustration I would like to animate with Flash. For now I'm trying to make the water and the flag wavy by shape tweening. I imported the file from Illustrator marking the layers I would ...
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Set default colors of line graph in illustrator?

Is there a way to set the default colors of the lines and points in line graphs in Illustrator CS 5? I'm having to create 75+ line graphs and it would be nice to have the colors default to my ...
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Adobe Illustrator script to duplicate objects and change its color

Basically I needed to build colour charts for a huge number of colour in my colour palette. I have a group of elements which consists of solid fills, gradients, text, stroke...etc and everything here ...
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Saving a shape with a pattern to SVG

I have a complex shape (world map) that is filled with a pattern. The pattern is derived from a single symbol. This symbol was created from another SVG file that may have been created with Inkscape. ...
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Animation of entire project in Illustrator

Is there a way to make an animation of an entire Illustrator project from start to finish? I don't want to screen capture movie (as if it were a tutorial), nor do I want "my current view" of the ...
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Smart Objects NOT properly displayed once pasted in Photoshop CS6

everyone... I've been experiencing this little issue for the last 2 days and I have no idea why is this suddenly happening. The thing is that I'm used to copy any object/path and then paste it into a ...
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Making terrain contours in Illustrator?

I'd like to take the fantasy world map I created to the next level as a way of buffing my illustrator skills and portfolio. Currently, it's a flat political map like this map of Canada for example. ...
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Pros and Cons of Vectors in Illustrator vs sketches in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro for Website Use

My website is going to include a lot of graphics, drawn by myself. The display of the illustrations will be similar to that of theoatmeal.com (some illustration reuse will be present, but not as much ...
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Illustrator: Complicated objects to single path

I have a scan of a B&W marker drawing that I vectorized using Vector Magic. Vector Magic makes my drawn lines an object with a fill color. To further process the image to meet my needs, I need to ...
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Illustrator pdf converts object to grey

I have created some art work in illustrator but when I export to PDF some of the obects are converted to grey as per the attached image. Please help on why this is happening. Thanks
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Can I use custom fonts in my SVGs in my Illustrator > Edge Animate > web workflow?

I'm creating an animation for web, using Adobe Edge Animate for the first time. I'm creating the SVGs in Illustrator, including text that uses a custom font. I need to link this font to an external ...