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Illustrator: How to scale shapes to exact dimensions including stroke?

Is there a way to scale the combined size of the fill and the stroke to certain dimensions without affecting the thickness of the stroke?
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Illustrator: Trying to export PNG at fixed size and 128 dpi

I'm designing for a screen that has the following specifications: 4.3” Diagonal Screen Size 272 x 480 dots Pixel Size 0.198 x 0x.198 mm Actual Area 95.040 x 53.856 mm 53.856 mm = 2.12 inches 95....
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Save Illustrator as PDF with transparent background

Is there a way to export my artwork as PDF so that it has a transparent background? Something like exporting objects only... whenever I try to save my .ai as pdf, it always comes with a full white ...
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When copying graph from Excel and pasting into Illustrator, text is corrupted

Using Excel for Mac 16.40 & Illustrator 24.2.3, when I copy a graph from Excel to Illustrator, all the text corrupts: The text font is Arial. It would be so nice if Excel graph text copied and ...
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Strange excess near node when trimming or diving shapes

I'm using Illustrator 25.2.2 and have stumbled on an odd issue when I either use trim or divide on certain shapes. It adds a kind of stroke at certain nodes, see below screen shot. I'm not sure how or ...
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Editing SVGs created in Draftsight with Illustrator

I made a design in Draftsight saved it as an SVG file and imported it into Illustrator to make a vector poster. I separated out the elements to keep things organized. I seem to be having issues with ...
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Can I make text on a path with a shadow more controllable?

I am wanting to create a 3 dimensional block text effect but also have text on a curved path. So far I have tried creating text on a path then going to Transform Each and duplicating the text multiple ...
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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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What are the rules for making mosaic tile art digitally?

I asked a question earlier regarding how to make traditional mosaic art in a less time-intensive way, and was told pretty unanimously that the only way to go about it would be by working on tiles ...
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Is there a way to make Illustrator preserve path's curvature when removing anchor points like Corel DRAW

When refining a vector in CorelDRAW and node(s) get removed from it, CorelDRAW preserves vector's curvature (as much as possible), but when removing anchor points on Illustrator paths, it destroys the ...
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Duplicate shape and scale from centre illustration CS6

I am using illustrator CS6 and was wondering if there is a way to duplicate a shape while scaling a shape down to the centre? For example I am making a donut so I want to create a smaller circle in ...
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Why is there a thick border around my document when I export?

I don't see why this is happening. It doesn't matter what size the document is, or how many times I restart the program, or changes in the bleeds, there are no objects outside the artboard. It only ...
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Illustrator Actions are corrupted when reloading document

I have a simple action I have created to do orthographic SSR projections. However, when I close and open Illustrator, the parameters for each operation are reset to defaults. What might be causing ...
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Illustrator CS3 drawing new objects right above selected object, not at the top of wrapping layer

I have art work that consists of more than 200 objects. I need to draw details to objects that are in the middle of wrapping layer. When I draw a new object it is placed at the top of wrapping ...
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How to make large sizes design in illustrator

I have a job to design the attached size windows stickers. Sizes are in ft and inches. There are partitions in the windows mentioned in the image. There will be only text/vectors on stickers so I am ...
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Is it possible to edit a Gradient Swatch in Illustrator's UI?

I can't find any way to edit a Gradient Swatch in Illustrator's UI. I can do lots of things with a Color Swatch or a Pattern Swatch, but for some reason, I can only change the name of a Gradient ...
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How to automatically generate text that adopts the same name as an imported image or Excel file in illustrator?

I have a lot of product photos to edit in Illustrator. I want to create several artboards with one product image, and then one text box for each artboard, but I need these to automatically adopt the ...
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Remove black streaks in AI

I just started learning Illustrator and I attempted to create a book logo. Everything worked out, except when I tried to create a 3D effect (extrude and bevel), some unpleasant black streaks appeared ...
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Fontforge/Illustrator problems with SVG files and fonts

This is my first attempt at designing a font. I created SVGs in Adobe Illustrator 2022 from editing an open-source font, typing, then converting the text to paths, then manipulating before saving as ...
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Illustrator - Delete points but keep curves

I am used to editing vector graphics in FontLab, which allows you to simplify vectors like this: The behavior I'm used to If I delete a point from a curve, the program will roughly maintain the ...
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How would I create lines that rotate with increasing distance in Illustrator?

I've created a version manually, but it has small errors and I want to create an automated one (attached my manual one here): I thought it would have something to do with the Rotate option within the ...
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Prevent artboard size from doubling if DPI is increased - Illustrator

I want to put a footer in an email. The footer will be 650px wide, and in PNG format. I am designing the footer in Adobe Illustrator CC. When I go to export, if I export at 72dpi, the outputted file ...
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My Pen Tool on Illustrator is only working on fixed angles

Hey guys i'm having a problem and it started out of nowhere. I was drawing a form , whem I finish and started to draw another, the pen was only working in specific angles, I'm not holding shift or ...
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Photo currently in Figma file - how to use it for print / Illustrator?

I'm looking to print a photo as part of Illustrator Artwork I'm creating - the photo is currently in a Figma file, though, and I see that I cannot export it in TIFF format. What would be the best way ...
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Unable to rename layers in Illustrator

I am not a new user...but I'm not an expert either. With that said...I know that it is very easy to rename a layer. All you need to do is double click on it and rename! The problem is Illustrator ...
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Copying/pasting (or transferring) clipping masked image Illustrator to Photoshop

Little question about working between Illustrator and Photoshop when using clipping masks over images (photograph JPEG). I have created a layout in Illustrator, and I am trialing different JPEG images ...
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Snap to custom grid not working

[preferences[not snapping] i'm designing on a square grid in illustrator (made with grid tool) rotated at 45', and i'm having real trouble getting pen tool to snap accurately to the grid. I've turned ...
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How do I zoom with Ctrl instead of Alt on Windows in Adobe CC?

In Windows, the standard scroll-wheel zoom key is Ctrl. Pretty much everything follows this standard, including all web browsers, Word, Explorer, even Adobe Reader. Except Adobe Creative Cloud ...
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Why do I have to click the anchor point after every curve using the pen tool illustrator how do I fix it?

I use the pen tool a lot and I hate the fact that if I draw around an image I have to constantly keep clicking the anchor point after every point to reset the position. The issue is I sometime miss ...
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Find hidden objects in Adobe Illustrator

I have an Illustrator file with thousands of objects. I want to search the Layers pane to find hidden objects (e.g., move to the next hidden object in the pane). I do not want to show all objects, don'...
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Distribute Spacing not working as it should

i have these grouped objects in Illustrator and i want to vertically distribute the space between them. It used to work but maybe i did something wrong that i don't know of
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Spiral shape should tighten towards the end

i want the spiral to tighten towards the end. It should have the shape of the blue triangle. How can I make this happen? However, the spiral itself should still look natural. The spiral should in the ...
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Spiral hand-made - very unclean result [closed]

I have created the spiral below (see image 1). Even though you can hardly see it from a distance, this one is unfortunately not clean when you zoom in closer. The smaller the spiral gets, the more ...
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Count total number of words in Illustrator file

I am designing a poster in Adobe Illustrator (ver. 2019), and one of the suggestions I am following is keeping the total number of words around 150. Is there a way to count all words (inside text ...
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How to add metadata for design elements created using Sketch/Adobe AI

I am creating a parsing tool with the following functionality: Takes an SVG file and parse the elements inside the SVG and finds elements that have some custom attributes like type="table". I was ...
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Issue with export to PDF from Illustrator

I have some issues while exporting my PDF file from Adobe Illustrator. While I made it, I used shape gradient to do this sort of lines. But if you look at the pictures, the problem is very visible. ...
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How can i trim the artwork

I have this tree shape artwork and i want to trim hole (which are spotted with black color). I tried with all the trim options, Did not work. How can i trim. Any other way or option File
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Illustrator canvas size unit won't change

I'm having this problem with illustrator where, even though I have already changed all units to millimeters (general, stroke and type), the measurements of artboards and canvases are still being ...
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Font appears in Illustrator but not in InDesign

I am using a font (the lovely Sprat by Ethan Nakache) for a project and cannot get it to work in InDesign – it doesn't show up in the Type menu. It appears and works fine in Illustrator as well as ...
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Resizing shapes using an absolute value in Illustrator

I want to clone and resize a bunch of the same shape. I want them to all be X smaller/bigger than the previous shape, where X = absolute value (not a relative percentage). Currently, I can only find ...
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Quick-Connectors in Illustrator

I'm trying to create a diagram in illustrator, and what I'm looking for is the ability to use some kind of "quick connector" like in Visio. Basically it's the ability to make a spline or straight ...
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Illustrator: how to remove a path that I typed on

I am new to Illustrator, I was following a youtube video on how to type on a path. When I type on my path the path line itself remains. I need to remove the line that I pointed to in the screenshot.
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How to center my artwork when export?

When I want to export my artwork, this is positioned in the left margin. How to do to be centred? I'll add a screenshot to explain that better. Thank you!
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How can i fix the image along the path

How can i fix the image along the path, I want to have 10-12 image in circular path. The logo should bend and adjust the shape of the circle and copies of 10-12. With the vector or text (fit to path) ...
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Adobe Illustrator - How To Add Tick Marks Along a Path for Alignment

I have a hobby where I create templates for foam armor. Up this point I have been using Inkscape and decided to try out Adobe Illustrator. In Inkscape, I can add a Path Effect to add ruler tick marks ...
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Why picture rotates automatically while doing image trace

I wanted to practice some image tracing and I wanted to adjust some colors etc. But when I try to edit an original photo in Photoshop, the image opens as rotated, and after the changes it also opens ...
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How to export a design with transparency in CMYK?

I made a design in a document with CMYK color mode and exported it to PNG with transparency to send to an online service that prints it on goodies (mugs and hats on Vistaprint, if that helps). The ...
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Pattern making tool illustrator. Adding fill to background tile

Is there a way to create a background fill for a repeat tile while editing a pattern making mode in illustrator?
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An apparent glitch in illustrator when outlining strokes

What causes outlines like this to change when the stroke is outlined or expanded? Surely when the stroke is outlined it shouldn't change the appearance of the artwork. Is there something I can do to ...
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How can I reset the brush settings for all paths in Illustrator?

So three days ago I opened Adobe Illustrator for the first time in my life to prepare some embroidery patterns for my Christmas gifts. I never did on-screen calligraphy before, only on paper, so it ...

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