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How to modify the corner radius on rounded rectangle in Illustrator?

I always ended up just creating a new rounded rectangle if the existing one don't work. Is there a way to modify the corner radius without having to create a new shape? I know I can modify the bezier ...
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What is the easiest way to export just the selected objects in Illustrator?

The title says it all, I want to know what the simplest way to export the selected objects. In Inkscape, there is a menu option called export selected which does just this. The aforementioned ...
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How to make a font with Adobe Illustrator?

I have recently created my own font/typeface with Adobe Illustrator, and I would like to use it as a real font (e.g I would like to use it as I type something). Is this possible in Adobe Illustrator ...
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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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How do I stop Illustrator from snapping to pixel increments?

I am working in Illustrator (15.0.2 (CS5) or 16.0.0 (CS6)) and when I try to move objects small distances, they snap to the nearest two pixels on some invisible grid. I can't find anything in the ...
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How to change the color of the artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

It is practically impossible to edit a white illustration on the default white artboard background. Hiding the artboard makes the whole work area receive the artboard's white color. Is there a way ...
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Can I reduce the file size of an SVG to be closer to its JPEG equivalent?

I have an image that I’m using on a website. I would like to use an SVG so that it can be any size and still look crisp. This dropbox contains the SVG file as well as the original Illustrator file. ...
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Professionals: Would you choose GIMP over Photoshop and/or Inkscape over Illustrator?

I know Adobe's solutions are more advanced, but, as professionals, do you think you would survive (against competition) using GIMP and/or Inkscape instead of Photoshop and/or Illustrator for your ...
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How do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?

I need help creating such a graphic in illustrator or photoshop using simple tools and maintaining the perspective effect in sharp folds (contrary to wrap tools) I tried mesh tool but couldn't figure ...
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How do I combine two objects into one in Illustrator?

I have a G and an arrow. I want the arrow to act as the horizontal portion of the G. I have it lined up but when I apply effects I want then to act in one. For example If I apply a 3d effect I want ...
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Is there a Github for Graphic Designers?

How do Graphic Designers share work they put in the public domain? I'm looking for a site that provides publicly visible, collaborative behavior like Github (which is for source code). For those ...
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Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Can you recommend a good alternative to Adobe Illustrator? I am learning vector based graphic design, but I am not ready to make such a large investment as to purchase a copy of Adobe Illustrator. ...
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How do I create Mexican hat potential figure in Illustrator using 3D Map Art?

This is what I'm trying to create in Illustrator. (for those interested, it's a graph of a Mexican hat potential function) Here's what I've done so far, using Illustrator's 3D->Revolve and Map ...
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Illustrator CS6: Change artboard size / final saved file dimensions to match bounds of content

Consider the following two images: The second image is my desired result: the artboard dimensions perfectly match the layer/selection/content. However, I had to resize the artboard manually. Is ...
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What's the difference between saving a vector as .AI and saving as .EPS

Is there any benefit to saving as an .ai file? I know that .eps files can be opened in many programs, but .ai files, I think, would only be opened in Illustrator. Should I bother saving in an .ai ...
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How to achieve this 3D “Card” effect

How do I create this type of effect with an image? I'm wondering how to get the thick edges and the tilted look. Is there an online tool that will convert a flat image to look like this? Source
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Create equally spaced circles around a sphere object

I'm attempting to create a similar graph to this one. Is there a specific way in illustrator to equally space the circles around a center circle? What I've done is created the center circle, then a ...
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How to convert every pixel of raster picture to square objects in Illustrator?

For example I have 10×10px icon. I want to produce 100 squares with correspondent color and location each. Actually, the question is how to make exact pixel mosaic out of raster image. I tried Live ...
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How can I export an image from Illustrator image at multiple sizes?

I am new to Adobe Illustrator and I have a logo image which I need to use in 5 or 6 different sizes. The logo image was created in Adobe Illustrator, but when I try to save the image to PNG or JPEG ...
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Delete one shape from another in Illustrator (CS4)

I have an image (below) of two hands over a black circle. All three are currently separate paths with a fill but no stroke, all on the same layer. How do I delete the shape of the hands from the ...
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Change viewbox attribute in svg exported by illustrator

I have a SVG file with viewBox="-155.7 -99 510 510". I believe this offset the paths in Mac OS X preview by -155.7 -99. when I open the SVG in Illustrator, the paths are not offset at all. how do I ...
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How to make a logo where a letter is made of particles of varying sizes?

How can I make a logo in Adobe Illustrator like the AntiParticle logo below, from http://www.graphicdesigninspiration.net/2012/08/15/70-awesome-logo-designs-for-your-inspiration/? It is a large ...
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Copy & Pasting from Photoshop to Illustrator loses transparency

I often run into this issue. I'm creating a file in Photoshop with masked layers etc. I want to make the final output available for some mock-ups in Illustrator, so I rasterize the layers and marquee ...
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How do I divide a circle into equal parts like a pie chart with Adobe Illustrator?

Is there a fairly simple way to divide a circle into equal parts using Adobe Illustrator CC?
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How come my text looks like it is not dead centered?

I can't figure out why the text is not in dead center of my black screen. Looks a bit up. It have been entered with the align tool, but for a reason or another, to me it looks a little bit up.
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How to align objects side by side with a specified distance between them in Illustrator?

I am creating an animated sprite list in Adobe Illustrator. I finished creating the sprites and used the Horizontal/Vertical Distribute Center commands to distribute the objects equally in some area. ...
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Scale drawings in Illustrator, maintain proportions of line weights and effects

My problem is that when I scale down my drawing, the line weights stay the same, blotting out the artwork. If I scale up, the line weights become too thin. I've noticed that parametric effects don't ...
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How to set the rotation point and use Transform Each in Illustrator?

I have a triangle I'm trying to rotate in Illustrator using the Object->Transform->Transform Each command, but I can't figure out how to set the rotation point like I can if I just use Free ...
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Is there an autosave feature in Adobe Illustrator?

Is there a way to retrieve your work after a crash, if you haven't saved for a while?
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Can Photoshop Be Used for Vector Purposes?

Usually vectors are only created in vector-based programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, with some limited support for drawing vectors in programs like Adobe Fireworks and Flash. Can ...
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Scaling a text box in Illustrator CS6 (without scaling text)

Ok, I have a fresh Illustrator document. Pasted some copied text into the "artboard" (the clipboard is severely broken, but that's for another day). The textbox that gets pasted is one huge line ...
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How to make a “sticker” fold over an edge

So I want to fold my sticker image in a way to make it appear that it is stuck to the box. I’ve tried playing with perspective, but everything I try looks really off. Is there a way to do this that ...
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How to subtract text from a shape in Adobe Illustrator?

I've created a rectangle, and I want to cut some text out of it, so that the text will appear as the background pattern. I expected to be able to achieve this by selecting the rectangle and the ...
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What is the best way to make arrows in circular shape?

I need to make (actually re-creating) a diagram for a repeating process consisting of 5 steps. Here's how it might look with two arrows: I need to do basically the same thing with 5 arrows, ...
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What does it mean when printers have told me my colour is not a Pantone colour, but in my file it is?

I've recently designed a cosmetic label for a client and I've given them the final file to have it printed at their designated printer companies. But a few have them have come back and said that they ...
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Flip type when its on a path, AI CS5

I'm putting some type on a path, a circle; but when I do it, the type is upside down. How can I flip it so it reads the right way up? See image below:
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How to vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5

How do I vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5? I cannot find a way to do that; in InDesign, it's a click away!
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What CMYK values should I use for rich black, and how should I handle tints/shades?

I'm working on a full color piece in Illustrator which has a few large black and grey areas. I'd like the black to be a rich black. I was thinking c30 m30 y30 k100. What is the best ways to match my ...
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Programmatically creating radiating rows of dots

I want to create a speaker hole pattern like this: But I'm not sure where to start. Can this be achieved without laborious positioning in Illustrator or similar software?
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Best way to send layouts with editable text to writers/editors who don't have design software

Here's a common design workflow problem, probably most relevant to in-house designers, but also to agencies who have a lot of non-design writing or research staff, or freelancers who work with ...
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Convert text to paragraph text in Illustrator

Is there any quick way to convert text created at point (automatically resizable boundaries) to a area (paragraph) text (with fixed boundaries) in Illustrator CS3?
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When should I use SVG or SVGZ for my web graphics?

From my understanding, The SVGZ is a compressed file type of an SVG. I love using SVG images and have had a lot of experience with them. All of the times I used them I have never had a graphic that ...
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How would I recreate this effect of text that seems to flow over a flight of stairs?

Is there nondestructive way of achieving the wavy type effect, found below?
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Illustrator now refuses to draw lines with stroke weight below 1 pt

Since yesterday, Illustrator has been refusing to let me set a line weight under 1pt. If I set a lower one, the line snaps back to 1pt weight. This is crippling to my work: The art is being output to ...
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How to export Illustrator layers as individual images?

I have an Illustrator file that contains patterns. I'd like to export each pattern as an individual image to use in this new program that I'm trying called Sketch. Is there a batch processing script ...
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Distribute objects along a path in Illustrator

Using Adobe Illustrator, how can I evenly distribute a group of objects along an arc?
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Can you re-number the order of artboards in Illustrator CS4?

I use illustrator with multiple artboards to design website layouts. Often I start at the beginning (what I think is the beginning at the time) and get 15 pages deep. Then I realize that I need to add ...
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How to change artboard size in AI CS6?

Sorry can't find this simple feature. I was asked for document size at creation time but don't know how to change this later.
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Create an artboard automatically to the size of an image (Illustrator)

I am trying to figure out how to make an artboard automatically snap to the size of an image. I know that you can draw a rectangle, then go to the Artboards window and choose "Convert to Artboards" ...
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How to make Objects follow a path (illustrator) (like on the las vegas sign)

Does anyone know how to get objects to follow a path in illustrator symmetrically? For example (and what I am trying to emulate), the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign. I figured out the basics of the ...