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Questions tagged [adobe-illustrator]

Questions about Illustrator, Adobe's vector digital file editing, creation application and tools. Ask anything related to designing graphics with Illustrator.

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Why are Adobe Illustrator “high quality” PDFs larger than “press quality” PDFs?

I thought "press quality" would have the most information embedded, so I would have expected those files to be bigger. Thanks.
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How is my kerning?

I'm new to graphic design and I have this branding project I am working on. I need to know how my kerning is for the dimension given in the picture below; I'm finding it rather difficult in ...
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Creating Line Based Shapes In Illustrator…

Pretty simple question - hopefully I can ask it in a clear manner. When I want to create a logo or other illustration that is based on paths, is it better to create open paths and assign an ...
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Illustrator messes up curves while drawing with tablet

I don't know if its my Computer [Windows 7 64bit] or if its the tablet [Wacom Bamboo Pen]. But when I try to draw smooth curves in AI, it stops then continues to draw messes up the curves. Inside of ...
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Adobe illustrator | Save for web | Small logo is not pixel-grid-aligned

When I save a 4000x1000px large image into a fraction of it's size (100px in width), there are rectangles equal of size and color that does not look identical any more. The logo is simply text with ...
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What's the best way to make attractive charts?

I have a bunch of pie charts and bar charts to make up for a client. They have given me the raw data and they want them made up attractively and easy to understand. Does this mean I have to work out ...
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How to Export “only” the illustration in Illustrator CS3? [duplicate]

I am using Illustrator CS3 and trying to export my illustration. Problem is, I wanted to only export the illustration, no the background canvas area, how I can achieve that? Thanks.
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Illustrator CS3 - upscaling placed or embedded raster graphics with interpolated antialiasing on export?

I've designed some popup banners (output dimensions 840mm x 2000mm @ 300dpi) and used vectors throughout with the exception of some stock photography for their backgrounds. I've been Linking all ...
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In illustrator is there a way to reset rotated transform controls?

When you rotate an object in illustrator the transform controls to resize it/squash it rotate with it. What if i want to stretch it relative to the canvas?
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How Do You Find The Dimensions of A Document in Illustrator?

Is it possible to find the dimensions of an imported document in Illustrator? For example, if you drag a SVG into Illustrator (On Mac)/open a pre-made SVG, it doesn't necessarily tell you the ...
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Border thickness on “part” of pen tool shape, Is it possible?

Alright, I have a logo I am working on of a penguin. I am fairly decent with the pen tool, and have already created most of the face (eye left/right and beak) in separate layers in Illustrator CS5. ...
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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 way in Adobe Creative Suite to “share palettes/swatches” across programs?

I use a mixture of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to produce the vast amount of printed media I design at my current position and I find myself faced with copy/pasting color values from one ...
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What digitizer stylus would most naturally replicate the range of touch between a mechanical pencil and a Uniball micro-point?

I am looking to start digitizing my work by re-drafting it from sketch books. This question is less about specs and hardware and more about the feel of the media, both in terms of mechanical pencils/...
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Would Using An External Hard Drive As Scratch Disk in Illustrator Help?

Would using an external hard drive (Normal, non-SSD, 5400RPM) as a scratch disk in Adobe Illustrator help with the performance/speed of rendering? When I work with large canvases, Illustrator starts ...
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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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Fully Importing A Saved Colour Palette In Illustrator?

Is there any way to fully import a saved colour palette into Illustrator? I once saved a colour palette from one project and wanted to import the colours for use in another project, but I found that ...
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Is it possible to automate font substitution in Illustrator CS5?

I'm creating a custom PDF catalog by grabbing pages from other companies PDFs (I do have permission to do so) but I'm having problems though because I do not have the same fonts installed on my ...
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Reseources for learning Illustrator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get started with Adobe Illustrator What are some good websites/tutorials/videos that will get me started with basic workflow concepts? I am not looking for "how to ...
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Translation of Hex Colours to RGB Colours?

Apparently Illustrator and Photoshop uses different colour settings - Illustrator uses RGB and Photoshop uses some hex/HTML-like colour system with a combination of letters and numbers. Is there any ...
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Keyboard Shortcut for 'New Swatch' in Illustrator?

Does a keyboard shortcut for creating a New Swatch in the Colour Palette window in Illustrator exist? I've been assembling over hundreds of new swatches today, and it has been especially tedious to ...
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Illustrator CS4: when I select an object with the Selection tool, and try and move it, it copies it instead [closed]

This is in a file originally created in version and installation of Illustrator CS4. I have a simple text item with one character in it. Alternately, I pick a drawn element, doesn't matter. I have ...
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Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop?

If I'm designing a website from scratch and I intend to slice it and code it up in Adobe Dreamweaver later, should I create the design of the website in Illustrator or Photoshop? Why?
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Illustrator: save a slice as PNG

I am slicing images from an AI file. How can I save the sliced images in PNG format? The only option I am given is JPG.
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Illustrator or Photoshop for Vectorising/Tracing in Print Images?

If I want to vectorise or trace in images that I have sketched, should I use Illustrator and use the pen tool to vectorise it, or use Photoshop and use the brushes to draw it (To imitate pen drawing)?
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How to create Illustrations and Art from Sketches in Adobe Illustrator

I have been using Adobe Illustrator to sketch and draw with my Wacom Tablet, I've gotten pretty good with it. But I'm having trouble figuring out how do I turn those sketches into a real Illustrating. ...
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What is the Slicing Option in Illustrator and Photoshop Used For?

What is the Slicing option in Illustrator and Photoshop Used for? Doesn't the Guides option provide such functionality?
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How do I get started with Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to learn to use Adobe Illustrator. I want to go from start i.e learn using each tool first and then move on. Where can I find tutorials for this (Youtube is a good source). I cant ...
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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. However, can ...
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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. ...