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Creating large banners to be viewed from a distance, at a size Illustrator can't handle

I need to design large banner, 40ft X 10ft, but Illustrator can't handle that size, so I create it at 1/3 size in Illustrator. Once done, I export a web image (JPEG), and set it to 100% quality. Then ...
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Spacing between irregular objects

Is there any way to distribute spacing equally in every object? Is there any option to do? I want 2MM spacing in every geometrical shape. Thanks in advance.
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Shape gets distorted when adding stroke in Illustrator CS6

I very recently started learning how to use Adobe Illustrator (CS6), and just now I noticed something strange. When I add a 1pt stroke to my shape, it gets slightly distorted. This distortion does not ...
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How to cut the non-overlapping part of 2 shapes in Illustrator CS6

I have 2 shapes (see below) a circle and a shape of the US. I want to remove the part of the US that falls outside the circle. How is this possible? Thanks
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Illustrator vector aliasing

How can I make my vector graphics anti-aliased in illustrator? My paths always turn out jagged. Is there an option like in Adobe Fireworks to smoothen[remove the jaged edges] my paths?
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How to draw circle tangents and removing the inner lines?

I'm new to Adobe Illustrator and I wanted to accomplish this task. How do I remove the inner lines in my drawings? I tried with all the pathfinders effect but it keeps removing my tangent lines (the ...
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Illustrator: Auto-sized Text box with shaded background?

I frequently create labels that follow the same format: white text on a 75% opaque black background, with 10px of margin around the text. Currently, I have to manually build these labels, which takes ...
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How to join two overlapping non-end points that belong to two paths?

Steps to Recreate: Create a Rectangle without a fill but with a stroke (Empty rectangle) Select "Smart Guides" & "Snap To Point" from the View Menu. Select the "Line Segment" tool from the ...
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How can I quickly turn all objects of a layer to independent layers in Illustrator?

Lets suppose I have 10 objects in the root layer of my project named layer 1. Now lets suppose I quickly want to turn all those object as independent separate layers all at the root level. Is ...
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How do I use pathfinder on multiple objects?

I have some text. I changed it to outline. Drew a rectangle on it. Selected all and then pathfinder->minus front. I got a weird result. How can get my desired effect in this way?
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how to quickly create many arrowheads on a path using illustrator?

My question is simple. How to quickly create many arrowheads on a path using Adobe Illustrator? like this
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How can I make a Tartan Design in Adobe Illustrator

I generated on the internet this tartan design: Now I want to get this design as a vector graphic built in Adobe Illustrator. Is there a trick to get 45 degree lines on the squares? Or does anybody ...
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How to bind the endpoint of a line to a rectangle/circle in Illustrator?

I am a beginner user of Illustrator and I like it a lot. I also like to make concept maps like this one: I was wondering if there is a possibility to easily create and modify concept maps ? The ...
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Problem converting RGB to CMYK for print

Below you find the design for our business cards. The triangles are yellow, as you can see outside of the canvas. However, inside the canvas, only when I set the Color Mode to CMYK, they appear pink. ...
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Convert shape to line with a stroke in Illustrator

Example. I drew a line with a pencil, set stroke to 5 px and made a shape using Object->Path->Outline Stroke. Is it possible to convert this shape to line with a stroke again? 100% accuracy isn'...
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Can I just save files as a PDF from Illustrator?

I use illustrator a lot and I'm always exporting PDFs. Since the PDF is a "save as" rather than an export, I end up editing the PDF and saving out. This causes version conflicts. Could I just work in ...
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Photoshop layers into SVG paths

I have a set of Photoshop files which consist of a base image with a series of layers with colored overlays. The overlays are labeled using the layer names. My task is to get these overlays as SVG ...
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Border on borderless pie chart, Illustrator CC

I'm an Illustrator beginner, and I have just made pie chart. I removed the borders but I still end up with a 1 pixel wide border between the pieces of the pie whenever I export to PDF or AI. Please ...
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How to make a smooth PMS gradient transition in Illustrator

I'm currently working on versions of a logo that has some gradients. CMYK looks fine but I'm getting poor results with PMS. I would normally fix this by building a mixed ink in Indesign but it doesn't ...
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Connect a circle and a line together

I want to connect a path to a circle so that when I move the circle, the path will follow automatically. I can't just merge the shape together, since that wouldn't allow for the circle to have ...
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I want to warp text in a custom shape but I don't want it to be distorted

In the logo I'm making, there is a circle which has text wrapped around it on the upper half. I used the warp tool but it distorts the text and doesn't give the desired effect. I can't use the type ...
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From a CAD model to an Illustration drawing. How to?

I am trying to draw the best illustration I can for a user manual. I have a CAD drawing in .STP and I would like to get some simple illustations in .AI or .EPS or .SVG I tried to export the ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Deboss or Engrave Effect

I'd like to create a realistic debossed (indented), recessed or engraved effect. Often seen on tactile commercial products, particularly for embellishing text and symbols. Here's an example of a gear ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Making a shape appear to be “carved” into a surface

In Adobe Illustrator, I am trying to create a set of shapes that are supposed to look as if they were carved into a surface, i.e. stone (the shapes will also have a Grain-Effect applied to them in ...
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Editable two side text

Here's what I want to achieve: pretty simple right? BUT, I'd like the text to remain editable in a simple manner, that is: Editable text (no outlined font); Only one line of text (any change has to ...
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Round corners (fillet) in Illustrator CS6

I have the following figure in which I need to make a fillet to each its corners: Is there some tool to avoid doing this manually? I tried the Effect > Stylize > Round Corners tool but it apply the ...
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Problem aligning overlapping corner points in Illustrator

I am drawing some overlapping paths in Illustrator. However, some anchor points of different paths do not align correctly, they create some rugged corners. I tried to manually adjust the points with ...
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How can I fit as many letters into as tight of a space as possible in Illustrator

I have a text which I outlined and broke into individual objects. I want to fit this text into as tight a space as possible without overlapping, rotating or moving the letters around. The text doesn'...
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How to save a sharp logo for my website

I'm pretty new to photoshop and illustrator and trying to create a simple text-based logo to use on my web site, for example: http://codepen.io/d3wannabe/pen/BWrbZa You get wildly different versions ...
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How to export color dodge effect from Photoshop or Illustrator

I created color dodge effect in Illustrator, and now I want to save two png files, one for background and one for color dodge effect, but when I do it it has a black background. How can it be done? ...
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How to fill in outlined text with transparency-to-color gradient in Illustrator

I'm trying to create a fading effect on an outlined text by adding gradient to transparency. Is it possible to do so? My idea was to create an object to overlap it, but I cannot make the object of ...
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How to make an irregular blended circle effect?

I am trying to create an effect like this one in Illustrator, but I haven't been able to achieve a great result. I would really appreciate a little help, even if it is just the name of the effect. ...
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Anamorphic Perspective in Illustrator or Photoshop?

I'm trying to find a way to distort artwork to emulate those crazy chalk art pieces you see all the time, like this: I know how it's done: ...but I'm wondering if there is an Illustrator or ...
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Recolor Artwork: single swatch to multiple swatches

I have an Illustrator document with a lot of objects. All the objects are black, same swatch. I have a swatch group with a few dozen coloured swatches. I wish to apply these swatches to all the many ...
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Objects do not align precisely in Illustrator CC

I am trying to make a logo with a pattern of varied transparencies since the client wants a transparent png logo. No matter what I try, I cannot get the squares to line up perfectly. It looked fine as ...
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Clipping Mask, Pathfinder or Compound Path?

I'm sorry for such a generic title, but I couldn't figure out a title that would make sense with what I am trying to do. So I am a novice when it comes to illustrator, but I am trying to cut out the ...
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Distorted shapes/lines when rescaling - tried previous answers

I am curious as to why when I scale things the general shape changes. The flag in the middle is what I originally started with, and either side is the distorted result of rescaling it. I have read ...
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Opacity Mask With Multiple Images (Illustrator CS5)

I am trying to do an opacity mask and it is driving me crazy. Bascially I have a layer of ice. It's four different pictures of ice overlapping each other so it looks like a whole bunch of ice. I want ...
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Imperfect overlay Illustrator

I'm trying to perfectly overlap two images, one complementary of the other, but apperas a white stripe in the conjunction of the path, all points are perfectly aligned how can I fix?
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How to draw isometric vectors?

I am looking for "built in" software solutions for Illustrator CS2-5 preferably. I am trying to create these isometric illustrations for a web app. Right now I've manually set up a grid in Adobe ...
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Tools for making infographics

What are the best tools for producing infographics - attractive displays that combine graphs, diagrams and text to convey a lot of information succinctly. I'm interested in both web-viewable content ...
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How to open a multiple page PDF file as artboards in Illustrator CS6

I'm trying to open a PDF file with 7 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CS6. How do I open the PDF file in one single AI files with all artboards within it?
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Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator: Transform type to give it wave-like form/flow

I’m trying to find out how I can use Photoshop or Illustrator to give a piece of type a wave-like flow (with an additional feel of perspective; essentially I would like to make it appear as in waving/...
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Illustrator now refuses to draw lines with stroke weight below 1 pt

Starting yesterday, Illustrator has been refusing to let me set a line weight under 1pt. If I set a lower one, the line snaps back to 1pt weight. This is crippling to my work: The art is being output ...
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How to crop an image in Illustrator?

I've read a few tutorials but I'm still new to Illustrator. Currently, I am trying to work with a sketch that I am trying to position on the artboard. If I were to resize the entire shape the sketch ...
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Scaling a text box in Illustrator CS6 (without scaling text)

Ok, I have a fresh Illustrator document. Pasted some copied text into the "artboard" (the clipboard is severely broken, but that's for another day). The textbox that gets pasted is one huge line ...
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When should I use SVG or SVGZ for my web graphics?

From my understanding, The SVGZ is a compressed file type of an SVG. I love using SVG images and have had a lot of experience with them. All of the times I used them I have never had a graphic that ...
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Flip type when its on a path, AI CS5

I'm putting some type on a path, a circle; but when I do it, the type is upside down. How can I flip it so it reads the right way up? See image below:
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Pressure-sensitive freehand drawing of vector paths that are editable with the Illustrator Width tool?

In illustrator, you can do pressure-sensitive drawing with the Blob Brush tool (if you set Width to Pressure in the settings from double-clicking the icon). You can also fine-tune the widths of paths ...
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How can I create realistic business card mockups?

I'm trying to produce the effect in the below image: I'd preferably like to do this with Photoshop or Illustrator. How can this be accomplished?

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