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How to join paths into forming a shape to later fill with color

Hi there, I'm very new to Illustrator and it's been some days (if not weeks) that I'm trying to find a solution for this problem. I basically had an image in the background and used the pen tool on ...
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Illustrator: Extra anchor points after divide 2 objects - unnecessary extra objects

Can anybody help me with the following problem, please? When I made a round object and put another round object on it they were perfectly fit together, but after I used Divide tool it gave extra ...
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Making a perpetual calendar on Adobe Illustrator

I would love to make something like this for personal use/as a printable, however, I lack the know-how to space the numbers and to neatly create the circles. My goal: Create a pdf file with several ...
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Print global colors into a text string in illustrator

You know what would be super nice? If there would be a function to link global colors to text strings. So if I create a CI/CD Manual and I change a color. The codes would update automaticaly. Do you ...
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How to save 'Screen'-type gradients?

I am very new to Illustrator. Could you pls help me with following question. Creating a gradient with a Screen-overlay type (near opacity selection) makes your radial gradient a glow pattern, ...
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adobe illustrator no corner widgets

I recently started designing and I saw these smooth corners people make. My problem ist that I can't find a way to enable this tool and these corner widgets don't appear on my works.enter image ...
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How to Establish Transparency That Subtracts From Lower Layers - Illustrator

For reference, I am using the livepaint tool to make a design, and I want to subtract an area from that livepaint using another livepaint. This is all fine and dandy, I just merge the livepaints or ...
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Lost ability to move anchor points in Illustrator

I have been working on this project for almost a week, and have been moving single points just fine using the direct select tool. At first, I was struggling with how to select and move a single point. ...
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Extendscript: How can i change text frame attributes in illustrator

Hi, I am new to illustrator and do not know about its tools' name. So, I want to change these attributes(underlined in red color shown in the picture) through ExtendScripting. Just let me know their ...
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Illustrator Layers to Photoshop Layers

I know this question has been asked before, but to no avail, am still not able to export into Photoshop without getting a flattened file. I released (sequenced) all layers in the file. Exported the ....
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Script for automatically changing path directions

I need a script for Illustrator that does the following: First path follows clockwise direction Second path inside the 1. Path follows a countclockwise direction Third path inside the 2. path follows ...
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Tracing a white image in Illustrator

Is there any way I can trace a white image in illustrator without going into Photoshop to create a mask? When tracing an image it turns my white image into a full white block that I then can't direct ...
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Some sublayers show in preview mode, some won't

When I wanted to place colored objects on my document today, no color would be visible, although the objects definitely had color associated with them. That's when I found out about the Outline/...
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Make stroke in the center of text

I hope I'm asking this correctly. I'm using adobe illustrator, I'm trying to figure out is there an easier way to put a line in the center of the font. Lately I've been using the pen tool and doing it ...
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Can't export 300dpi jpeg in Adobe Illustrator

I have an A4 size artboard with pixels as the units that I want to export as JPG at 300dpi. Whenever I try to export, it asks me to lower the resolution. At max, I can export at 150 dpi. Why is this ...
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Neon Light Exports with Black Strokes in Illustrator [duplicate]

So I was working on a project and I needed a neon light effect asap so I used this asset. (It was in .eps format.) When I collected it for export it did not look what it looked like in the picture. ...
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Errors in Illustrator CC2019 images saved as svg with url links [migrated]

Regarding this question Add a hyperlink within Illustrator I am having problems in web pages. I saved an image as svg with two polygon image maps with hyperlinks. This is the way I inserted the image &...
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Hidden guide lines in Illustrator are included and visible in PDF after export

I am working on a Disc Makers 12 panel booklet template on Illustrator CS2. I have 6 illustrator files: front and back / 1and2 / 3and4 / 5and6 and so on. All are text only (cut and paste) with the ...
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How to load the illustrator cc default brushes into brush panel?

I need to reset the brush panel into the default brushes only i have deleted all unused from a blank illustrator doc. but now have nothing but Basic, and Touch Calligraphic Brush showing. I can't find ...
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How do you create Arc/Rainbow Charts?

I have been hunting all over for a tutorial on how to build arc/rainbow graphs like the one in the picture. I'm confident that I could make paths line up with one another like that but I need a way to ...
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Replacing banners content in an EPS file

I have some EPS banners with an image in it. The original EPS was a template but I want my own image in it. This is the original: And here is what I get when I open it with Illustrator: Now to edit ...
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Where did my default brushes go?

I was working on a logo design for a client in Illustrator CS4 when suddenly the default brushes were no longer there. The brush files are still in place but they do not show up in the brushes panel. ...
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Export Adobe Illustrator artboards to PDF in pairs

I have a document with many artboards, and I need to repeatedly export artboards in pairs as 2-page PDFs. Each one is a front/back page of a brochure. For example, artboards1-2.pdf, artboards3-4.pdf, ...
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How can I distribute many rectangles inside a larger rectangle, minimizing empty space, without rotation?

I have about 50 rectangular pieces of paper, with dimensions between 1 and 5 inches and different "aspect ratios." I'd like to fit them all inside the smallest rectangle possible. Additional ...
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Illustrator: how to mimic a vignette dot pattern filling irregular shape?

I'm working on a map graphic, and I'd like to create an effect for sandy shoals, such as you see on this image. By default, I could just have the outline as a heavier dot, and the fill as a tile using ...
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Logo not scaling

I created a custom shape on Illustrator CS6 for my logo. I created 3 pointy lines (<<<) in different spaces from each other. Whenever I hold shift to free transform my logo or move it onto a ...
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Bleed lines in Pixelmator

I designed a label for printing in Pixelmator. If the printers don’t have Pixelmator they can’t see my layers... How do I save it that someone using AI can open it?
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How do I change a compound path back to text?

I'm trying to edit my designer's artwork by changing the "5" into a "4". I have the font installed already. When I try to open the design file in AI and highlight the "5", to my surprise it isn't a ...
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Create Vector Object by Color Illustrator

I have created a black and white design in Illustrator. I would like everything white on my artboard to become its own object and black being transparent/negative space. Is there a simple programmatic ...
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Adobe Illustrator SVG files looking unclean

I am using Adobe Illustrator from Creative Cloud, most up-to-date version. I have purchased an asset from Adobe Stock and I wanted to save it from .ai to .svg and use it on a web page. This is how the ...
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How to subtract a shape from another one grabbing gradient continuity?

I wanna "cut" a triangle (see above, the black one) from that rectangle's left bottom corner, but when I use pathfinder or shape builder tools to do that, the triangle "assumes" the rectangle's full ...
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Add anchor point at x points along length of curved path from starting anchor point in Illustrator

Has anyone written an Illustrator script that will add an anchor point along the length of a curved path composed of multiple segments at x points from a specified anchor point? Also, does anyone have ...
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Print Question about Spot Color vs CMYK Process with Outer-Glow in Illustrator

Ok, I know this has been discussed before but I'm hopping to get an answer that touches more on the print methodology rather than the quirkiness of Illustrator when it comes to Spot Color ...
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Pattern brush options

I've been playing around with the different options suggested in this question. Does anyone have any insight in the pattern brush option? I've tried using the blend tool for three different boxes and ...
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Make a diagonal line with fixed height in box from point to point

I would like to have a green shape like the first example. the green shape should have a fixed height (height of letter d/g together) yellow block is the shape where it should be in: so the green ...
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Changing the color of one line/stroke of a shape (Illustrator) [duplicate]

I'm new to illustrator. When I try to shape certain objects for a 2D cartoon character like the nose, for example, I want it to make the outer part of a nose one color while the color of the inner ...
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“Actually” filling a shape with a pattern in Illustrator

I am trying to "actually" fill a shape with a Pattern in Illustrator. When I create a shape, then use the Window > Swatch Libraries > Patterns > Basic Graphics > Basic ...
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geometrical alignment based on grid

simple issue or maybe really complex. another day of alignment issues that I can't wrap my head around. Here's the stages (accompanied by images): I have finalized one half of my logo design I create ...
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How to choose these variations of colors from Color panel of illustrator?

I've always been using this Color Picker window, which you see after double clicking Fill/Stroke UI element in Illustrator. It feels easy and flexible to me maybe because I don't know properly how to ...
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Illustrator Action, Batch process - Let user draw a line or an area

I am creating an Illustrator action that automates shape cutting however now I need to put a system in the batch process where it stops and let the user draw the line or an area according to which the ...
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Using png files in illustrator for printing invitations

I purchased some pictures to use on party invitations, it said all files are 300 dpi, RGB, transparent background. They are a png file type I have opened the file in AI and copied the parts I want to ...
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Illustrator shape builder tool [closed]

why the shape builder tool is in the painting group with other tools like gradient, mesh, live paint bucket, live paint selection? as the name implies, the shape builder tool "build" shapes ...
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Standard way of making specific shape

Hello. I am beginner in Adobe illustrator. Can anyone guide that how can I make this shape in standard way without using pen tool.
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Unifying complex objects creates unwanted nodes or tiny componded shapes in Illustrator

Please look at the image attached. We work on quite a mixed complex-shaped artworks for screen printing and we need to provide underbase/flash layer on which all color objects should be combined ...
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Is there a script to re-stack objects in illustrator by distance from top left?

This is ideal for the creation of isometric graphics. You can replicate an isometric tile symbol with a graphic in it, like a house or a tree, multiple times, then run the script to re-stack all ...
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how can i open a photoshop file in illustrator without loosing quality?

I tried to open a photoshop file with an effect (outer glow) applied in Illustrator. However when I opened the file, the effect which I applied to the image didn't come out as the same in Photoshop. ...
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What is the correct color gamut to use for Instagram posts?

I have been generating some colored drawings and imported them into Adobe Illustrator. The final intent is to export a .PNG to post on Instagram. Regarding colors, I am not sure if should ignore or ...
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How to get rid of black box in Illustrator CC?

I'm trying to work with this photo in Illustrator CC, but there is this black box in the center of the page. I tried ignoring it but when I save my image, it only saved whats in the black box....yet I ...
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Randomly fill image with unique colors?

In this image, I would like to randomly fill each region with a different color, such that, no two regions have the same color. I've been searching for such a method and have come across script that ...

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