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Separate each letter of a text to its own layer

I feel like there is a simple solution but I can't find it basically what the title says. I select the text and select release to layers (sequence) and nothing happens or just creates a new layer ...
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Illustrator clipping mask leaves an outline

This question has already been asked a couple times: here and here*. Those question's answers do not satisfy me, however, and I think it is a slightly different issue. Besides, I'm using Illustrator ...
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converting a dashed line into multiple lines in illustrator

I am wondering if anyone knows of a way to take a dashed line and quickly turn it into multiple lines, retaining its dash pattern. Maybe I need to get into some kind of scripting? If anyone could ...
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How to drag opposite direction points of an anchor point simultaneously in photoshop cc?

I have an anchor point B selected on a shape created with pen tool as shown in the image Given that 2*AB = BC. Now, whatever pen tool I use to drag C or A, it only changes BC or AB, not both of them. ...
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How to cut off lines sharply with the pathfinder

So, I have this logo I'm making for a client which has a two diamonds behind a text. The diamonds should be cut off wherever the name of the company begins, like this: For now there's just a ...
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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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Only one direction handle on corner point?

I've been trying to find tutorials to help me understand direction handles in relation to corner points. The screenshot below shows a corner point and direction handle but it is only on one side? I ...
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Character Panel is stuck off screen after unplugging an external monitor; how to bring it back to my screen?

Take a look at the following screenshot The Character panel is stuck off screen on Illustrator on my Mac. This often happens when I unplug my external monitor. I then sit down to work the character ...
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Better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace?

Are there any better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace? I don't have one of them Wacom boards so I can't really do this by hand.
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InDesign: how to choose which artboards to import from AI file

I have about 10 artboards in my Illustrator file I need to link to in InDesign. I want to use a single Illustrator file to place my content rather than export each artboard separately. This will help ...
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Unwanted cracks in my svg in illustrator

I don't get why it looks fine in illustrator but when I export to SVG there are cracks in the SVG. You can see through some parts the star is gold/yellow not green. My settings Output
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Illustrator: Centering two groups according to an object in one of the groups

I think that the easiest way for me to ask this question is by illustrating it. So, as a simplified example, say I wanted to create a watch vector: I have created the hands (which is a group of thee ...
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How do you make multiple line stroke edges touch in Adobe Illustrator?

I created some lines with the pen tool, and I want to make the edges of the stroke align in Adobe Illustrator. I can use the up and down arrows with my keyboard, but it does not touch or overlaps. I ...
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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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How to limit number of frames when exporting Aftereffects as image sequence?

I am very new to Aftereffects and need to know - I have succeeded in exporting my animation as an image sequence (the setting PNG sequence) but it exports A LOT of images, because it is exporting one ...
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Illustrator: Alt+Click in Pathfinder not working

Unite, minus front, intersect and exclude all work fine. But once I'm alt+clicking (on unite, minus front, etc), nothing is happening. Like, my 2 grouped shapes just stay the same. For e.g. when I alt+...
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Finding Illustrator CC Color Swatches Being used

I'm going crazy over this one. I have been trying to locate color swatches being used in a Illustrator CC file. Through this process of elimination I have tried multiple search and locate options. ...
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How can I punch out shapes between multiple layers?

EDIT: Working in Illustrator, vector as final product. Hello, I'm trying to turn the white stars pictured here transparent. Problem is, I'm a newbie and probably made this the wrong way. There are ...
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Illustator - Scale bezier anchor point handle on every anchor point for an object

So I have the letter 0 hand written. Now I want it a bit fatter. But I don't know how to scale every anchor point handle and keeping it's symmetry. The only solution I could find is to do each handle ...
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In Illustrator can I prevent a calligraphy brush stroke from changing when rotated

In Illustrator, using a calligraphy brush with a ~45 degree angle, I drew a path that looks good in my illustration. Now I would like to rotate that path to use it in a different orientation, but ...
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I want to use “Send to Current Layer”, but it's disabled no matter what I do

I want to move the selected groups below to the Cross Sections layer. Drag and drop in the layers tree works, but there are many more paths and groups I need to select, and drag and drop is a hassle ...
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Separately Animating Multiple Segments That Belong to One Layer: Adobe Illustrator and After Effects

I am using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects. I want to animate an SVG triangle. I want the Hypotenuse to "swing out" from the bottom leg (go from 0 deg to 45deg). I can do this by 1)...
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How can I create this moire pattern in Illustrator?

How can I create this pattern? I need the white lines to be paths. Using Illustrator, I created the wave, duplicated it and then use the blend tool to create this. Then I duplicate the pattern. And ...
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How to create a wavey swirl pattern like Nike Vaporknit patterns on their jerseys

Need help in recreating this wave swirl pattern on the jersey. Its subtle due to being the texture of the jersey. It is Nike's NextGen Vaporknit NextGen Vaporknit nike website Images here:
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Limit smart guides to current artboard

I work with artboards a lot, both in Photoshop and in Illustrator. I love them, particularly when creating multiple sizes of the same artwork. I also love smart guides. Unfortunately, they don't seem ...
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How to build a cooktop heating element concentric circle shape - in Adobe Illustrator

In Adobe Illustrator: I'm trying to build shape - corresponding to a cooktop heating element exactly like that one shown in the image - for a logo - and I have no idea where to begin. Can an ...
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how to delete fill from inner strokes so the middle is transparent?

sorry if title is weird. basically, i want to do this as shown in picture: but illustrator won’t let me. i’ve tried several ways to delete the middle piece or make it not fill at all. i want the ...
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How to stop objects moving to front when i group them? (illustrator)

whenever i group object the group all moves to the front, which i do not want and it’s annoying to move them back every time. i’ve looked around a bit and i’ve tried looking it up, and i’m still not ...
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How to place one PSD artboard in Illustrator 2018 as linked?

I searched and googled but can't find anything on this. I want to place one artboard from a PSD into an Illustrator file. When I do, it shows all the artboards from the PSD file. I checked "import ...
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Illustrator Pen Tool: Outline doesn't match stroke

When I draw a simple curve with the pen tool, even if I have made each previous point a "corner" point, I get this result. The red curve is the actual pen tool path and the black is the ...
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Messed up resolution when exporting screens with multiple scale in Illustrator

this would be my first post. When exporting to png files, resolution Screen (72 ppi) is the default selection when you select Export As... or Save for Web (Legacy).... However in Export for Screens...,...
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Why gradients change direction?

I made a project in Illustrator and exported it to SVG. But in an html file containing this svg it looks different. What can be the problem?
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Transparency Issues in Illustrator - Vector Image

So I created what I thought was a vector image in Illustrator. I'm completely new to this and still learning how to use the program. Whenever I save it as an EPS, there's white space around the image. ...
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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 do I Seperate A Stroke from a logo or shape layer in Illustrator?

Hello I have a logo and I want turn the logo into a stroke only in illustrator. I cant belive I cant remember how to do this so frustrating. I looked on youtube and im not getting a clear answer on ...
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Why is my fill going outside the lines?

I'm a beginner in Illustrator and I’m trying to just fill in between the lines but it spilled over as shown in first pic. When I used shape builder to delete the spill it makes this weird line as ...
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Illustrator CC 2015 - create area and add color

I'm just starting Illustrator and when i created my logo, I saw that I can't fill the areas with color or some areas are not like i want them to be and it's just weird how they are filled. Idk how to ...
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How can I make the opposite of Reuleaux triangle?

A Reuleaux triangle: What I'm trying to make, is the opposite of that, meaning the lines bend inward to looks something like: I achieved that by making three circles, but it's a pain to align the ...
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Where can I open Adobe Illustrator files

I ordered a logo and I received AI file. I do not own Adobe Illustrator and it makes no sense for me to buy it as I am not a designer. I can export it using online services which suites most of my ...
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How to copy text from Illustrator to another program?

If I open an Illustrator document from a collaborator and select the text with the Type tool: ...then proceed to copy the text through the Edit menu: ...then try to paste this text in another app ...
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Illustrator: Crop paths to Artboard while keeping layers

I have created somewhat of a world map of my own (for Dungeons & Dragons reasons) in Illustrator so that I can have a master document of the world at large and would now like to take a smaller ...
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Outlining a Stroke Doesn't Work Properly in Illustrator

When I try to outline the stroke in the screenshot below, the tip of the line gets changed. Please help me here? What should I do to get the exact image, but filled instead of stroked.
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PDF opens in different resolutions on different software

I created this 200x200px box in AI file (72ppi): After saving it as PDF, the PDF opens in different resolutions on different apps. Here it opens as 305x305px in Adobe Reader: Here it opens as ...
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Raster image opens in smaller dimensions in Adobe Illustrator

so I have this image that is 612x408px (300dpi?): I create a new file in AI at 612x408px (72ppi) and when I import the image, the image imports in lower dimensions: When I scale the image up to the ...
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Printing a poster from pdf results in wrong colors

I have A0 poster with 2 science images that were taken by a spacecraft. On top of it I have graphs and some text. When I print it as A4 pdf on my office small printer - the colors are fine. When I ...
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What is wrong with Illustrator's anti-aliasing?

Illustrator's anti-aliasing is really rough comparing to Photoshop or After Effects. It's strange, because my tries to search this problem always bring me to answers like "It is normal, that's how ...
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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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AI: How to turn blotchy lines resulting from an image traced illustration into clean geometric lines that look good when zoomed in

Note: I am not a graphic designer. I would consider myself to be somewhere in between beginner and intermediate. Although these are different drawings, both are vector and both try to achieve the ...
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White line on pdf save from Illustrator

I hope there is an obvious solution that I just don't know but when I save to pdf from illustrator I get a thin white line along the top, sometimes a side. It's really noticeable when I do full screen ...
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Font problem when opening SVG file?

I am opening SVG files generated by D3.js code in another computer and seeing a pop-up - And the opened file in Illustrator is missing some letters (showing cross sign instead, as if the fonts are ...

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