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First you will have to convert the arrow from a path / stroke into a shape object. Do this by selecting Object -> Path -> Outline Stroke. Open the Pathfinder palette (Window -> Pathfinder) and with the two items selected alt-click on the Unite button - it’s the first one that looks like two squares united into one.


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I just fit the artboard to the objects I want: Select desired objects. Object -> Artboards -> Fit to Selected Art ctrl+alt+shift+s to open the Save for Web dialog. ctrl+z to undo fit.


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It seems like the best way is to use the Stylize/Round Corners effect on a regular rectangle. This way the corner radius is changeable and independent of the rectangle transform property. With this method, the Appearance panel will have a Round Corners setting for any round rectangle paths. This will allow you to edit the corner radius for existing shapes. ...


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For new objects, turn off "Align to Pixel Grid" on the Transform panel. For existing objects, select them first, then Turn off Align to Pixel Grid.


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Simply select the art work then choose Object > Artboards > Fit to Artwork Bounds from the menu. Assign a custom shortcut to that command if you use it often.


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This is actually really easy. Take a selected copied or placed (unlinked) raster image, then: Object > Create Object Mosaic Or, in older versions of Illustrator, it was Filter > Create > Mosaic Input the exact width and height of the pixel image under "Number of tiles". That's it! Your vector pixel squares will be wrapped in two groups, so ...


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Quick literal answer: Between Illustrator and Photoshop, PhotoShop, as it's raster, as is the web site. Slightly more detailed answer: you'd be using both. Alternative answer: Consider using Adobe Fireworks. Fireworks is so much easier to use once you get the hang of it for producing web graphics. Long boring lecture answer: The "Slice-n-Dice" method is ...


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Check out Inkscape: http://inkscape.org/ Inkscape is a free (and open-source) SVG vector graphics editing program. I've never used Illustrator, so I can't directly compare, but I've done all of my work in Inkscape and it is quite capable. You might also want to check out Inkscape's tutorial for Illustrator users: ...


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Nice question! In theory, any of those (plus others you haven't mentioned, like the open source alternatives Gimp and Inkscape) let you design a business card. If you are particularly proficient with one of them, you might want to consider going for that one to save time. While the three Adobe products have some similarities of use, they all require some ...


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(1) torn textures Further to my comment, your problem is with the number of points you're using and seems to be a bizarre Illustrator quirk. Depending on where you put your anchor point, Illustrator is calculating a different number of surfaces for your object. Make the shape with just 2 points... Map your art... Bingo! Test with third point ...


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My example is not a perfect, but you can take it as guideline for your logo-training. I hope this help you. 1) Create a new text layer 2) Take a pen tool and draw two lines so together they are looking like "a" 3) Turn text layer off, we don't need it anymore 4) Take "Ellipse Tool" and draw some ellipses. Now turn brushes window on. Select all the ...


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First, create 2 circles. The 2 circles don't have to be center aligned as shown in my screen shot above. While having the smaller circle selected, hit the Rotate tool. (R for shortcut). Now, hold on Option/Alt key, and click on the center of the bigger circle. This tells the anchor point the small circle should be rotating from. After you click on the ...


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There is more than one single way to accomplish this. However, by far the simplest way is to utilize the Symbols Library. Create a Single Arrow Open up the Symbols palette: Window > Symbol (Shift + Ctl/Cmd + F11) From the Symbols palette menu, choose Open Symbol Library > Arrows Next, choose the appropriate arrow from the Arrows palette to add to your ...


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Talk to the production house and ask them what rich black they prefer. There is no single rich black every print provider uses. Each print provider has their own formula for a rich black. And, in many cases, the print provider may want simply 100% K and they will adjust the black to match their own environment. Therefore, the best option is to ask the print ...


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To create a font, you need a font editing program. FontCreator is quite popular and inexpensive. FontForge is an open source font editor, if you're up to the somewhat dense documentation. FontLab has a utility called TypeTool, a little more expensive but has a good reputation.


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Don't be guided by personal preference like 'effects', 'not fun' and 'clunky interface'. They are not relevant. As a designer you should pick the right tool for the job. This is not only about business cards. But applies to all pre-press productions. Adobes big three have overlapping tool space. But all three have their own speciality. If your design ...


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Lots of great answers but I'm surprised none of them have talked about batch production of business cards with data merge templates. Even if you're designing for a 2-person startup, with any luck a year or two down the line they'll be coming back to you for business cards for their 8 newly hired employees, then coming back a few years later with a much ...


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In Illustrator, you can use a Mesh Envelope distort to non-destructively warp text like this: Select your text object, then use Object > Envelope Distort > Make With Mesh... and add however many rows and columns you need to get the desired effect. I used 16 rows and 1 column in my example.


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Photoshop has support for vectors, or as it calls them 'paths' There is a pen tool for drawing paths freeform, text tool, shape tools and selection tools for editing previously laid paths. Once you have a path laid you can fill it with a colour or apply layer effects to it non destructively. So the basics are there, but Illustrator and other programs have ...


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Use the Polar Grid Tool. This is what it's for. Tap the ↑ arrow on the keyboard while dragging to add rings. Tap the ↓ arrow while dragging to remove rings. Tap → or ← arrows to remove or add dividing lines.


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.ai Contains: Native Illustrator content (unflattened) - used when file is reopened in Illustrator PDF 1.4 content (unflattened) - used when file is opened or placed anywhere else* *In the Illustrator Options dialog that appears when you save a native .ai file, a checkbox called Create PDF Compatible File, marked on by default, determines whether the ...


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The easiest method is to simply use strokes with arrowheads. for 5 arrows, you simply divide a circle into 5 sections, apply your stroke and arrowheads, then expand and use the Shape Builder Tool.


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With Area Text, you need to use the bounding box handles to resize the area text box. Any other scale or transform tool will alter text as well. You can also use the Direct Selection tool (White arrow) to click and drag the side of an area text box. And Brendan's answer absolutely applies as well.


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I am not a graphic designer but I do some small graphics work occasionally and I use GIMP and Inkscape. GIMP and Inkscape are both very nice and quite powerful - but if you compare GIMP to photoshop its obvious GIMP is not on the same level (I've never user Illustrator so I can't compare it with Inkscape) Photoshop has more features, produces better ...


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Actually, this is fairly straightforward. I'll give you the steps to save swatches in Photoshop for Illustrator / InDesign, but it works pretty much the same way in any direction. In the Swatches palette, click the top-right menu and select "Save Swatches for Exchange". Save your file somewhere you can find it. In Illustrator, go to the Swatches palette, ...


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While drawing rounded rectangle (while still holding your mouse button), press UP and DOWN arrows to change radius. It is common way of changing attribute values of certain tools in AI.


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Not much different from KMSTR's answer, but I'll say it anyways. Select the same original circle. Then from the top menu: Object > Path > Offset path. ( In this case you only need to worry about the "offset" box, and you might want to enable preview as well. ) Select the offset path and swap the fill color with the outline color. If you want to ...


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Uncheck "Align to Pixel Grid" in the Transform Panel. You may need to first select objects, then uncheck the option on the Transform panel. When opening a new document you can uncheck the "Align to Pixel Grid" option in the new document dialog box as well. This is a feature in Illustrator 15.x (CS5) to assist in the creation of sharp web/screen images. ...


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You can align to a specific dimension (horizontal or vertical) using the "Distribute Spacing" selection in the "Align" tab. Select the objects you want to distribute, single-click on one object to set it as the anchor object, and enter the amount you want them distributed. Click on either the distribute vertically or horizontally button. You can also use ...


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Designing infographics is a large portion of what I do. Here's a rough breakdown of what I use. Probably 95% of the work on infographics I do is in Illustrator. You'll want to keep everything in vector format as much as possible because accurate scaling, aligning, grouping, tweaking and changing are so important. If it's a good presentation of good ...



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