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Sharing illustrator files with other users

Currently we’ve got a network folder where 10 graphic designers save their work. We use this drive to open the files, work on them and save them one by one. More often than not, our files become ...
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How can I make these 2 shapes join smoothly?

I draw a curve and then draw a rectangle below it. The curve stroke is 6, and the rectangle stroke is 3. I cannot move the rectangle to match the curve. It always has a little bit of a gap. How can ...
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Unsmooth text when printing work created with Adobe Illustrator

I create worksheets for my classes with AI. These usually consist of pictures in color and text. I have the following problem on Mac when printing with my laser printer Brother L8900-CDW: Using the ...
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How to fix memory leak in Illustrator? [on hold]

This is a bit of a technical question, but I have a hunch people a lot more experienced with Illustrator here will be able to help than on stackoverflow. I wrote a script the exports scaled up png ...
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Bounding-box suddenly way too wide & off-center

I've been working in an illustrator file for some time now, but today, all of a sudden, all instances of a symbol I've made are 16k pixels wide (img below). The objects don't appear that large, but ...
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Any way to either resize objects a long a path/using a brush or use symbols in a halftone effect?

I'm not exactly sure how to explain this but i'm looking to recreate the effect in the image below. Is there an easy way to have each object resize individually along a path or using a brush to form ...
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How to resize a painted object in Illustrator?

I have an outline of a small robot figure. I used the paintbrush tool to colour him in and now I want to be able to resize him. Of course though when I simply resize him, his outline works fine but ...
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Blend to transparent doesn't work!

I'm trying to blend this world map into transparent. It works just fine with a rectangle. I also tried increasing or decreaing the steps and different blend options, nothing works.. Anyone how I can ...
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How to replicate this spiral/radial stripes effect?

How would one replicate this effect? I've tried transforming a stripe by rotating and scaling it, but it just doesn't have the clean edges of this spiral.
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Weird SVG stroke after exporting from illustrator [duplicate]

I've just exported my logo from Adobe Illustrator into SVG format for use on the web, since PNG files just aren't cutting it any more in terms of quality. Everything's going fine until I zoom into ...
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How do I create a similar texture in illustrator?

How do I create the texture of the clouds in Illustrator? Or is there a set of brushes that could give a similar effect someone can point me to? Thanks! (source: virbcdn.com) (Images from ...
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Should we increase saturation and brightness on CMYK colors?

I already heard that when we're gonna pick a correspondent CMYK color from a RGB one, it's "recommended" increasing saturation and brightness in order to get a better printing result, because every ...
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What exactly is an Illustrator Artboard

I am taking the plunge and going to learn Illustrator by focusing on some of the fundamental elements I've heard about or seen here and there in tutorials but never fully grasped. First up is ...
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Is it possible to import my own SVG into Canva

I'm trying to figure out a way how to import my own vector SVG graphic to Canva. I've tried numerous tutorials on creating SVG files from Adobe Illustrator, I've tried numerous Ai to SVG convertors, ...
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Illustrator: remove curves from multiple points

I have some shapes i am working with in illustrator CS5 and I want to remove the curves from some of the points. Normally i would use the convert anchor point tool and single click each point, ...
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Illustrator: how to crop image without losing quality

I'm trying to use Illustrator to edit .eps images. I want to crop an image. But it always decreases the resolution of the image after whatever way I crop it. I tried setting the cropping ...
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Critique for Critique? Support Eachother HERE [on hold]

My first portfolio piece and first UI/UX project, id appreciate any feedback or support and would love to return the favor! - https://www.behance.net/gallery/85093955/McDonalds-Website-Redesign-...
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Converting text to an svg image

I recently asked my graphics designer to create an SVG image for the background of the homepage of my website (to be used via the background-image css property). I asked her to just write gibberish (...
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No color swatches available in Illustrator

When opening a new image from a PNG file in Illustrator as the background for my artboard to trace over I am not able to select any color swatches the only available options are [none] and [...
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Illustrator: Editing a custom graphic style

I created an additive graphic style that includes a few effects, and applied this style to a few objects. Now I'd like to make a change to this style and apply the change to all objects. For example, ...
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All other things being equal, does printing an image from Illustrator instead of Photoshop produce better quality?

Say you have a vector image you open up in both Photoshop and Illustrator in DINA3 and 300ppi, wanting to print it in 300dpi. So when it comes to their pixel resolution, they're the same and all the ...
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Constrain distances between objects

Illustrator is a tool more geared toward artistic purposes, but it has deterministic internals when it comes to most objects features, but sometimes it feels like it lacks certain functionalities. I'...
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Which is Better APNG or GIF? for animated sticker in which format can i export?

I'm Creating Animated stickers using Illustrator and Aftereffects, I need to export them since it going to work on Mobile devices like iPhone and Android. So in which format can, I export the Animated ...
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World graphic to Cylinder Illustrator

I'm not an Illustrator expert user. I'd like to draw a sort of "globe", but using a cylinder instead of a sphere. can anyone help me to find a start point? I don't know where to start placing textures
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How can I place randomly selected symbols onto a grid in Illustrator?

I have a bunch of square symbols that are all the same size. I would like to set random pre-designed symbols into a defined grid. Square symbols: Grid: Symbols placed randomly within grid: Is this ...
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How to recreate this perspective text effect?

I'd like to recreate this "increasing size text" in Illustrator or Photoshop. Which software should is better to use? What tool is the best?
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When drawing a circle 2x2cm with stroke thickness 0,01mm and stroke center the top right part of the circle gets weird

As you can see in the picture the circle is fine everywhere except for the weird stuff on the right. Any idea how I can overcome this? The thickness needs to be 0,01mm (0,028pt) and the stroke ...
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Illustrator convert thick line into shape

I have a design with a number of paths that have thick strokes and they overlap and intersect. I want to take each one and convert it into a shape - but Outline Stroke doesn't do what I want. Then I ...
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Customize strikethrough in Illustrator?

When you apply strikethrough or underline to text in Illustrator you can't define the color or weight of that line. Is there an easy way to do this? Maybe using an effect and saving that as a style?
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How to correctly save a file to CMYK and PMS formats?

I finished my new logo and always I make a logo, I pick CMYK format, thinking on print and vector first. I created a color scheme using Adobe Color by setting up the HEX values. As you may know, Adobe ...
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How to make my laser cutter follow my paths in a logical order?

I have a Trotec Speedy 300 and when I print some shapes imported from a DXF into Illustrator (lines are joined, red and thickness is 0.0001 mm), the laser cutter is printing one segment then it jumps ...
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What is the difference between the pencil tool, the pen tool, and the brush tool in Adobe Illustrator?

Is there any difference between the three besides that the brush and pencil are much more flexible than the pen?
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Guides in illustrator by percentages

In Photoshop 2019 it's possible to set guides to 50% of the canvas; I tried to do the same in Ai but it didn't work: i had to calculate the distance in points, and then set it manually with move ...
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Illustrator: Only show guides of current artboard

I have a document with multiple artboards that have different sizes, but all the same margin. Now my problem is, that when I have two artboards next to each other, the guides I created for the ...
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Script for illustrator

everybody. Maybe someone has the script to make this kind of fill 100000 thank you
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CS6 Illustrator on Mac OSX 10.15 Catalina - anyone managed to run it? [closed]

I was browsing Internet for some hints, but did not find anything yet. And the communication is a bit missleading, one say it won't work, becuase of 32-bit references, another claim it should work, ...
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Illustrator artboard limitations

I would like to complete an artwork sized 22.5 feet x 15 feet in Illustrator but can't because Illustrator has limitations on artboard size. How can I circumvent these limitations?
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Illustrator Blend Tool not matching two paths

So I'm trying to create a stroke out of an S, and am using the normal blend tool trick to get a path down the middle but all I'm getting are these off lines that only start and end in the right place.
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Can't create the right clipping mask

I'm trying to use a clipping mask to fill a design I've been working on. So far, when I clip them I get the message that the top object is very complex. When I press yes to go ahead, the outline, and ...
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Any way to automatically find and save any .ai file as .svg?

For reasons, I would like all my .ai files saved as .svg too. I have hundreds, if not thousands, saved in different folders. Is there a way that I can script this using Illustrator? Why? Amazon ...
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Explain behaviour of compound shape

Can someone explain this behaviour? I was expecting to get the same visual result from both, Minus front and Compound shape. Instead, it seems that compound shape will: Unite the two fills of the ...
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What is adobe illustrator CC outline view showing me? Outline conflicts with preview

In adobe illustrator CC 2019 When I collect my illustration for export as a PDF there is a lot of blank space collected with my design. My design contains vector elements and png content. When I view ...
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Adobe Illustrator - importing DXF files from QGIS3

I am trying to import .DXF files into Illustrator which are produced by QGIS3, when creating the QGIS3 dxf output there are many options to choose encoding types of the .DXF file. All options that I ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How can I draw lines from a shared origin to multiple points simultaneously?

I have a large number of ellipses in my project, and I wish to draw a (straight) line from each ellipse center to a single shared origin. Doing this manually would be very inefficient. Is there an ...
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In Illustrator, how do I create a cut between two anchor points?

Suppose I have a shape that looks like the top, and I want the bottom: I want to create cuts between the highlighted anchor points. The knife tool would do what I want if I could get it to snap to ...
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When I import this SVG into Photoshop it looks zoom pixelated, which didn't before

I'm trying to import this SVG; which I imported before earlier but now it seems to don't work that well anymore? The original SVG file has not been modified, so I don't know where the issue could be, ...
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how to export svg with only lines in illustrator?

i need to have the design of my project in lines, polygon,and polyline, but it makes them paths, it's possible to doit withouth editing the svg code directly?
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Why does my clipping mask not work?

I've been looking for a while and i haven't found an answer so far, So i make a compound path of all the paths in "quentin" , and then convert it to a clipping mask in Layer 1. Then i dragged the ...
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How can I add more swatches and gradients to a swatch library?

I've created a color scheme on http://color.adobe.com and exported it to use on Illustrator (let's name it as "my custom palette"), now I have one more color and one gradient I'd like to add to that ...
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Alignment issue when automating in Illustrator

I want to align a photo to a key object in Illustrator with automation. When using automation it does not align properly. I tried several times but failed. How do I align an object to a key object ...