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How do I create a two toned color or watercolor look in illustrator or photoshop?

I am trying to create the two toned watercolor texture effect like the image found below. I have tried unsuccessfully to create it using Photoshop and Illustrator. Results I come up with don't ...
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What is “perspective” in the 3D Extrude and Bevel Options?

I was watching a tutorial on the 3D Extrude & Bevel Options and I did not understand how Perspective work. I know it's viewing something at an angle, but I don't see from where it references it ...
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Adobe Illustrator - create new document at launch

Is it possible to change Adobe Illustrator settings to create an empty new document each time it is launched?
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Create an “pressed in” look

I'm trying to recreate a fairly common look, but I really like how it is executed on getpebble.com The getpebble.com icons are on the left, and my disaster of an attempt is on the right. As much as I ...
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How to image trace halftones in Illustrator

This is somewhat of a continuation on the last project I was working on. I have this image of the California Bear that I altered in Photoshop: When I place the picture into Illustrator and use the ...
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Illustrator Adding Weird Lines to Logo on Dark Backgrounds (Not Stroke)

I have a logo symbol that has several intersecting lines. In Adobe Illustrator (CS6), slight gray lines are being added at the intersection points. I haven't noticed it in other artwork, it only ...
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How to create an extruded halftone effect in illustrator or photoshop

I saw this photo on Smashing Magazine: Portrait of Alfred Nobel by Viktor Hertz And I was wondering how I can make a similar effect with the halftones extruding into 3D like it is shown. I don't ...
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Illustrator ctrl-drag to snap to path: how to make it default?

How do I make ctrl-dragging (to snap to other paths) the default way of dragging in Adobe Illustrator cs6 -- without pressing any key? I recently upgraded from Illustrator cs3 to cs6, and I had this ...
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How can I place a guide a certain distance away from an object in Illustrator?

When designing in Photoshop I frequently place a guide a certain distance away from an object so that I can keep consistent spacing (e.g. all headings could have 40px of padding below them). In ...
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How to combine two paths in Illustrator

Is it possible to combine an open path and a closed path in Illustrator? I want to take these two paths: And combine them to make a box like this, except I don't want the points of the diamond-...
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How to combine multiple png icons into one transparent iconset

What software can I use to combine multiple transparent png and icon files into one transparent iconset? Example:
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“A symbol definition cannot contain a linked image”

Trying to create a symbol in Illustrator CS6, a pop-up says A symbol definition cannot contain a linked image. I have two questions: Why? I mean, what's the motivation for not allowing this? (I'm a ...
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Export vector design from Illustrator to photoshop and back

How do I take a gradient vector design into photoshop, add noise to it, and then return it back into Illustrator without the white background?
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Polygons around a circle almost like a sunburst

Its sort of like the sunburst but I need even whitespace between each fin, I dont need them to go completely around the circle just half. Ive tried stroke but did not give me the result I wanted or I ...
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What's the most flexible way to create a “wrap around” banner with an offset stroke?

So here's the graphic I'm working on (don't hate me, I didn't come up with this one). I'm in Illy 15.1.0. You can probably see what I'm trying to get to next: I want the offset rule to follow the ...
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Giving a light brown/fazed/grained effect to images in AI-CS5 (disorting/pixelization of images on purpose)

In reverse engineering a letterhead, the actual image is as follows scanned as 300 dpi. This is what I have come up with. It is achieved by placing high resolution images, drawing rectangles and ...
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Can I resize the texture pattern that applied via Illustrator graphic styles?

Can I resize the texture pattern that applied via Illustrator graphic styles? And if not, is there any workaround to achieve this?
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How to keep only the visible parts of the every object/path of a SVG image? Like “flatten” all the SVG

I've an SVG image with many objects, ones over anothers. What I need is a final SVG, with the same visual result, but in a way that I could change the opacity of any object without revealing the ...
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Create Illustrator Smart Object From INSIDE Photoshop

I'm using the CS5 suite of Adobe applications. I'm familiar with the method of copying an object in Illustrator and pasting into Photoshop, thus making a Smart Object that opens in Illustrator. Is ...
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Use an artboard as a template, exporting multiple versions with an image swap?

I have an artboard with a card design and I have an image that have to change one hundred times inside that. It´s an image that changes the meaning of the card, but it will always have the same width ...
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Removing the down side of rectangle when the swirl is above it?

I have created a rectangle of blue color in illustrator and then have make a swirl(yellow) using pen tool by giving it stroke. Now i want to remove the blue part of rectangle down under swirl in easy ...
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How to draw a smooth line (small in some places, large in others) like in this image

Check the image I attached above. I need to design a different logo. But need to draw it like this one because both the logos will be placed together (they need to match). So, anyone know how to draw ...
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How to prepare a layout for packaging and hot stamping?

Questions as follow: 1) I want to make a design in Illustrator for a box packaging, say of 5 x 5 x 10. How should I prepare the layout? I mean make it like here: and then just make guide lines! 2) ...
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Infinite (endless) paper in Illustrator?

Can I create a document in Illustrator without attaching to the notion of paper with finite size? Can you DELETE the ARTBOARD? I reduced the artboard to some small size and remainder drawings ...
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How can I preserve vector file size and quality when exporting to PNG format with Illustrator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: eps file vector quality issue I have a large vector .eps file of 8 logo samples. At 100% zoom, it is crisp and gorgeous, about 4 inches wide and 1.5 inches high on my laptop ...
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target specific corners for rounding

I have this shape and I want only the square corners to round. When I round the whole thing, it affects the circle part...
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Create second path with specific offset from previous

I have this vector art I paid for from istockphoto, but I need to shrink it down. In order for this to look good I need to shrink in Ai, then export. However, when I shrink down the graphic, the ...
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How to merge objects with illustrator?

Im kind of new to illustrator and wanted to creat a simple logo, so here what I did: changed background color to black and text color to white, used typography for text, created outlines to convert ...
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Adobe Illustrator pixel to mm formula?

I import VECTORS in illustrator that i want to lasercut but they are measured in pixels. I want to output that to DXF. However i am wondering if pixels are converted to mm using a standard formula in ...
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Illustrator gradient fill makes jaggies between colors if angle is changed

I have a 4 color gradient fill angled at 40 degrees (maybe its not the best way to achieve what I want) and the lines where colors meet are having jaggies. I have attached a screenshot of the ...
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Illustrator is unable to make a horizontal line thinner than 1pt [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bug: Illustrator now refuses to draw lines with stroke weight below 1 pt On my Illustrator CS5.5 I have the strange behaviour that when I make a perfect horizontal line, the ...
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How do I create an effect of an object hanging off the end of text

I am trying to find a tutorial on how to create the effect of an object (in this case a crown) hanging on the edge of a letter (on the end of a word). I am designing a logo for our kids ministry at ...
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Why are some details of an icon fuzzy?

I've created an icon in Illustrator for an iPhone app. When the icon is in the size for the iPhone, parts of the graphic fuzzy. How can I improve the details on the icon? My icon is a clock, and it ...
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Key out white of embedded image in Illustrator

I have an Illustrator document with a number of images embedded. The images are all illustrations on a white background. I need to remove the white so that the art behind shows through. I know there ...
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Sharpening iOS Icons

I'm creating an iOS app and have a couple custom icons for my navigation bar. The first one is a plus sign and that came out pretty well. I also have a refresh icon and it's not as sharp as the plus ...
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Grid Template Not Snappable in Fireworks CS6

I've seen many blogs highly recommend using a grid like 960 for prototyping in newer version of Fireworks. I'm using CS6. When I create a new fireworks document from template, I select the Grid12....
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How to make CMYK Spectrum the same in two documents in Illustrator CS6?

I have two documents open in Adobe Illustrator CS6 for Mac. They are both dragons and I want the dragons to be the same colour. I have entered the same value however the colours are different. I ...
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Exporting a 3d extruded shape to SVG from Illustrator produces horrible plane joins

Here is a simple cylinder, created from an oval using the 3d extrude tool in Illustrator, and exported as a PNG: Now here is the same cylinder "saved as" SVG in Illustrator (I have displayed it in ...
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Rotate and blend along a curved path

I am trying to create this effect http://qldsignfactory.com.au/sites/qldsignfactory.com.au/files/photos/bunting.jpg I've tried using this method here but I can't get the triangle to point ...
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Multiple non-inheriting transforms effects?

I'm designing a template for product packaging. While designing, I'd like to have the layout as it would be printed out flat, but I'd also like to have different 'views' (front, back, bottom, etc) so ...
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Using multiple artboards in Illustrator

I've got a fairly large illustrator work document where I've been mocking up and developing a logo over time. Each 'stage' is presented on it's own artboard to separate it from the previous. I'm ...
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How to draw independent line with pencil in Illustrator?

I drew 2 circles with circle tool, one inside another. Then I switched to pencil tool and drew a line for future callout. But the line damaged previous circleto for continuous path. How to turn this ...
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Creating Patterns in Illustrator CS5

I'm trying to follow this tutorial to create an iPhone from scratch in Illustrator. I'm onto step 18 and cannot seem to create the pattern needed. My problem is this, after creating the layout of ...
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Jagged lines on my icons

I'm creating an app and I am trying to create some icons for it. I made the icon in AI, changed the color of the icon in Fireworks, and then resized the icon to the exact size I needed in Photoshop. ...
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What program should I use for animated vector style graphics for an iOS game

I'm starting to design a game for iOS and I want to use a style similar to the image below: The game will have a few animations for the player, what program can I use to do that? I couldn't find a ...
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Printing an 8ft X 4ft design

So I have a friend who wants a vector image done for a wall print in their karate studio. But they want the image 8 ft high and 5ft long. Do you actually make a file that big then draw the design then ...
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Make 100 PDFs with unique code

I have a text document/csv with 100 unique codes that should be used for a gift card. For the gift card, I need to provide 100 PDF's each with the unique code. Is it possible to do this using ...
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Object > Expand on font seems to change the weight of the font

I am creating a logo for a client, I have two simple lines of text in Ai. I have duplicated the logo and moved the copy below the original so I can compare the 2. It seems that when I do Object > ...
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Can I rotate an object clockwise or counterclockwise around its center handle using shortcut keyboard keys in Illustrator CS5?

I am reproducing a poster from an image that I've placed in the background. There are a lot of rotated objects, graphics, text all of which I would like to line up with the original image. I've been ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS5.5 resizing bug?

I've drawn a simple logo with some curve, and when I resize it it losts all it's curves, why? I've tried with the mouse and with the numeric value with the same result from 7cm to 0.5cm, here is the ...