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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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Math rescale problem in Illustrator

So, I have to resize a shape, where I want one of the components of this shape to be of a precise width. That's easy to do, the hard part is then rescale also the other components of the original ...
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Set default size of the artboard of imported Photoshop work paths

I am using Illustrator 2018 on Windows. I am working with a series of Photoshop work paths (exported from Photoshop 2018) which are all made using a 300 dpi bmp. Until recently when I opened a work ...
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How to create dashed lines/arrows in Illustrator

I'm looking for help on how to create the dashed lines and arrows in the example below. In this example you can see the arrows, which follow a curved path, yet, the stripes remain in perfect "...
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Illustrator CC prints jagged lines [closed]

On new MacBook Pro running Mojave 10.14.4, Illustrator CC prints images pixelated and somewhat incomplete, but looks fine and smooth on screen. Checked older files from CS5 that print normal from ...
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Too many anchor points in Illustrator artwork

Does anybody have a great suggestion to make a piece of artwork with too many points more functional in Illustrator? We have tried making the artwork a brush, a symbol, etc., but replicating the ...
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Gaussian blur gets pixelated when I copy, paste, and shrink image

I am creating a set of comic strips. I create each panel in its own Illustrator file. Then, when it's time to assemble the panels into one strip, I copy, paste, and shrink the images so that multiple ...
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How can I make this selected object cut the objects in the background?

So I'm designing transfer decals for a club. The selected portion in white needs to be transparent, but it also needs to cut out the background shapes in order to have a transparent border for the ...
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How to copy light effect from one file to another without losing properties in Illustrator?

I wanted to copy a light effect from a file that I download to my own file, but when I do it, the transparency and color of the thing I want to copy goes away. It is driving me insane by now. Thanks ...
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Pattern Export/Preview Quality in Illustrator

I don't know how to state this problem nor to google it. I made a pattern on Illustrator, it's a quite complicated pattern, but it's ok on my preview (left) I use my GPU Preview for working default. ...
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How to add lines/stripes to a shape or image in Illustrator?

I need help... a "Illustrators for Dummies" step by step instructions if possible. I am new to all this...working on a project. Basically what I'm looking for... how would you go about creating ...
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Live Paint: make on brush produces “sharp” edges

I'm following a tutorial here starting around 5:15 for coloring in Illustrator. After drawing with the brush tool, I did Expand Appearance, then Live Paint → Make, which caused these "breaks" in my ...
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Instagram profile image problems - noise suggestions? [duplicate]

So I am trying to upload this logo - Have tried from 110x110 72dpi all the way through to 12000x12000 150dpi jpeg and png. All look awful! After doing a bit of research think it may be because of ...
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How to make shapes like this in Affinity Designer?

https://www.behance.net/gallery/74642263/New-Character-collection-Illustration (3rd Image, Coffee cup) What are the easiest way of making smoke or clouds of such shape? Other than drawing the ...
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.25" bleed on an irregular shape

How would I go about adding in a .25" bleed on the shape attached? The magenta line is the final shape. These will be diecut so I'm hoping it won't matter too much but I'm struggling to figure out the ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Setting order for text to be highlighted

I am trying to arrange my text in my Adobe Illustrator file such that when it is saved to pdf, and the reader wants to copy and paste the information in the document the order is somewhat preserved. ...
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How to move a thin line with the black arrow in Illustrator?

You can drag to select the line, but actually “grabbing” it with the black arrow tool in order to drag-move it to a new location is nearly impossible - you just wind up missing its visible area and ...
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Batch Saving Data Sets - Illustrator Error on Data Set Change

I am trying to update all the Data Sets in my Illustrator document so that when I do a Batch Action Save I don't get the following error: The current values have not been captured and will be ...
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What's that red-plus icon near a text?

It sometimes appears in Illustrator CS6, only with some text: It's annoying me. How can I remove it?
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Create grid gradient background

I want to create a gradient background like the background in the image below: I have tried the solution in this post but the result is not satisfying. As it can be seen in this picture, it seems ...
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How can I make complex gradient images like these in Photoshop or Illustrator? [duplicate]

How can I create these types of gradient images in Photoshop or Illustrator? I don't understand how they made these swooshes. Lower picture is what I came up with... but it's not the same. Your ...
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Illustrator trim not cutting cleanly

I have two shapes as seen below I want to be able to trim the rectangle so that it doesn't flow into the inside of the circle. When I use Pathfinder's trim option it does not trim correctly as seen ...
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How to make the text effect as shown

Can you please tell me how to make the text effect as the picture attached in Photoshop or Illustrator?
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Where can I find align objects to pixel grid option? [ Illustrator CC 2018 ]

I've already checked transform options and new documents option..I couldn't find it. I just want to know where to check that options, not to snap option. I want to know why I can't see that option.
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Alternate text colour for each word in a paragraph in illustrator

I have a text box of words in illustrator and I would like to alternate the text colour of each word, red, blue, red, blue and so forth. Can this be done in illustrator or another way? Any help ...
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Illustrator CS6 how to “flatten path”?

I've made a paisley flower shape and I'd like it to have a transparent fill, the issue is if the layers are transparent then you can see the shapes behind. is there a way to flatten or combine the ...
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Adobe Illustrator: how to do a minus globally to make all white areas transparent? [duplicate]

I downloaded a vector from an online stock image library. The vector is of a car that should only have one color, black. Unfortunately, it has some white areas that I need to be transparent. The only ...
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Is there a way to target a path within a clipping group in an Illustrator script

I am super new to Illustrator scripting and am stuck on this problem, and hoping that someone might be able to shed some light for me. I have a clipping mask in illustrator with a curved line being ...
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How to select parent layer (and all child layers) with mouse, selecting one of its child?

Let say I've a layer with N sublayers: When I select a layer of them with mouse, it always select the one I click over. How can I select the parent (thus, all its child) on the workarea without ...
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Illustrator CS6 pattern brush stroke alignment

I am trying to create pattern brush in AI CS6, my line and corner elements are precisely aligned, but when I make swatches and subsequently a pattern brush, elements are misaligned, I check the swatch ...
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Attempting to make a cartoon person with illustrator, issue with coloring

So.. i'm following along with this video..this issue i'm having can be found if you fast forward to about 22:16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL5hjyJG1L4&t=1244s When i attempt to do what he's ...
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Using “recolor artwork” to only have certain set colors

I often adapt illustrations to fit brand guidelines. It usually is a tedious task when I have to select each color by hand. So I've been trying to make sense of the "Recolor Artwork" feature... I ...
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Batch conversion → Save to 'source' folder?

In Illustrator CC 23.0.1 is it possible to use the 'source' folder of a file as the 'destination' when using Illustrator's batch processing options via the 'Actions' window? I have a directory of 200 ...
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Is there a way to do a find/replace on artboard names?

I've got a file with over 300 artboards. Each artboard has a unique name e.g. "symbol.hot.surface". I need to replace all the periods "." with an underline "_" I'm pretty sure this can be done with ...
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Illustrator Bevel

I'm trying to bevel a word, just has a gradient color and a black stroke, and one character - the 'T' - is having issues and just turning black. It says "Bevel self-intersection may have occurred", ...
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How to replace images in Illustrator?

I have a quick question. In a pdf file (with 21 pages) in top of each of them is the same image. I want to replace it with another image (just like you do with text 'find and replace') Is there any ...
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Incorrect PNG export size

Whatever I do, if I create an artboard in illustrator that is 540 x 540 pixels the artwork ends up being 2254x2254 when directly exported to png from Illustrator. I even just created a new AI file ...
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How to keep artboards in Adobe Illustrator after closing your project?

I am using Adobe Illustrator CS6. My goal is to make 40 A4 artboards for print all in a single project, but when I exit the program and open it again, they get replaced with guides. Is there are way ...
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Adobe Illustrator selecting a group of selected objects using the layers panel

In the screenshot of the Adobe illustrator layers panel, I have highlighted some items within a grouped object. Is it possible to then be able to select those using a keyboard shortcut or menu item as ...
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How to duplicate objects while keeping modification on both duplicates? [duplicate]

I'm making a soldier with night vision goggles on his head with Illustrator. I have duplicate the right half of the NVG into the left half. However, if I were to make any changes on the right half, ...
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Exporting multiple shapes from Illustrator as one resizable object

I designed a map marker using Adobe Illustrator and I am trying to export this design so I can use it in Adobe XD. When I export as a .png everything is ok. But when I export as an SVG I have this ...
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Join paths that are branching into 2 or more smaller paths (like nervous system or brain connections) Illustrator

How do I join branching paths? I have tried the 'Join Tool' and 'Direct Selection Tool'. This seems to only work for 2 paths/endpoints? This is what I am trying to achieve: What method can be used ...
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How can I create a template of this boat deck out of a photo? [duplicate]

I want to be able to take a picture of the deck of a boat -- sample pics included. It is a flat plane. I want to be able to input the picture in my CAD program to create templates that I will cut. ...
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AI - Save as PDF with clickable image

I am new to Adobe Illustrator graphics design. I want to know how to save a designed artwork as PDF with objects that are clickable. For example, i create a rectangle, fill it with some style and i ...
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Illustrator • Permanent Shear Rectangles [duplicate]

This is a self-answered question. This has been asked before, but I did not see a solution in the forum. I did find the answer myself (at least for my case) and I wanted to share it with you guys, as ...
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Exporting .pdf from Illustrator causes black to look green when printed [closed]

It appears when I am making something in Illustrator to send to the printer that is vector artwork but includes a raster image, any vector artwork that is black has a green tint to it when printed. I ...
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Is there a quick way of splitting concentric circles made with the polar grid tool equally?

I'm in the process of drawing a game board using Illustrator and Photoshop. Each tile on this board should be approx. 1.5cm x 1.5cm, and I have the basic layout done simply using the Polar Grid tool. ...
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Creating high quality animated backgrounds from Illustrator files

I have some artwork in illustrator that I would like to animate and get a gif. Say I have a background pattern and I want to randomly move the elements inside to get a natural look of particles ...
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Illustrator Action : Remove a vertical line after using pathfinder tool

I am trying to generate outline from thousands of images and then cut them in half. I want to automate it. I made Illustrator action which is working really good. The only thing I am not being able to ...
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Select empty space and change color in vector

I have a vector which has some empty regions. I am not sure how to fill some specific empty regions since I can't make a selection, and also the 'image trace' is disabled. In this example, I want to ...
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Unwanted outline in illustrator? [duplicate]

None of the objects I'm working with have a stroke on them, however all of them display an outline that shows up through other objects in illustrator. It looks as though I'm in preview mode with ...