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Illustrator: How to merge to circles and rectangle in illustrator from this sketch to make a blob?

How to merge to circles and rectangle in illustrator from this sketch to make a blob? Now I'm trying to get this logo (using these shapes). Should I use the Metaball tool to create the one shape or ...
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Can I increase the thickness of an outlined path in Illustrator?

I have downloaded some SVG icons from the web which are all outlined paths. In Illustrator I would like to make those paths thicker. Is there a way to do this? I know when a line is still in stroke-...
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Perspective/non-linear blends with a common centre

In illustrator, if you want to take a blend between two objects with a specified number of steps and give it a perspective-like effect - changing the curve of the blend from linear to non-linear so ...
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Is there a way in Adobe Creative Suite to “share palettes/swatches” across programs?

I use a mixture of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to produce the vast amount of printed media I design at my current position and I find myself faced with copy/pasting color values from one ...
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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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Filling half a shape in Illustrator

I am still pretty new to illustrator, so I am still learning. I have a shape (pill shape) that is all white. I am trying to "fill" half of the shape with a yellow color (keeping the black stroke ...
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Illustrator: how to export artwork by layers

I made a large project with a bunch of layers, but I need each layer exported as it's own (.jpg/.png) image. I know there's a way to export my project by artboards, but now It's all in separate ...
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Effectively creating this effect in Illustrator?

Been lurking awhile but this is my first post. I've always wondered what this effect is called and I'm almost certain there's an easier way to doing it than how I do it. I'm talking about the "empty" ...
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How do I flatten this vector logo leaving only the visible black paths?

Hey guys I've got years of experience with Photoshop but I'm new to Illustrator. I've followed this simple tutorial to create this logo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y9unghEExw I want to ...
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Why does Illustrator add white lines to my pattern when exporting?

I have an object in Illustrator with a chevron pattern that I created in Illustrator. When I export as a .png file or rasterize image file, it shows horizontal lines. Anyone have a clue why it does ...
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How to “draw” pointed corner drop shadows in Adobe Illustrator CS5

I have this image which I want to re-draw/reverse engineered so that I can use it at different sizes as resizing it cause it to look bad. But I can't seem to figure out how to do it. The drop shadows ...
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Random pattern generation in Illustrator

I am new here and a beginner graphic designer. I am trying to learn how to generate a pattern like below: My question is: Is there any way to do this in Adobe Illustrator? In the image above, I am ...
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How to structure logos with different color combinations in Illustrator?

I'm sure this is a common problem, but I haven't found an efficient solution yet. I've created a 4 color logo and I want to create a few versions of it with different colors for use on different ...
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Is there an easier way to distress graphics in illustrator?

Recently I've been getting a lot of work with T-shirts and they ask me to distress t-shirts. This is a simple matter if the graphic is only one color, but occasionally I will get a graphic that's 4 or ...
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How to add detail and grit to vector graphics?

The National Poster Example http://www.dkngstudios.com/images/national.gif Can anyone give me some tips or point me to a tutorial that can help me learn how to add details like grit and texture to ...
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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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How to overlap custom art brush shapes

I have a custom art brush in Illustrator that I've made from a group of shapes. I want the brush to completely overlap itself when paths cross. This is what I'm using to make the brush: After ...
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How to avoid decimals on position and size using pixels

I am using Adobe Illustrator CS6 to create small images (like icons) for my app so I need pixel precision. How can I avoid X, Y, W and H properties to have decimals? Can I configure 0 decimals for ...
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How to change which anchor point on a path is the “starting anchor”?

I'm trying to do some animations for my website with SVG images that I saved in Illustrator. I'm running into the issue that the animation is starting from the wrong part of the path, and I'd like to ...
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How to create a line graph around a circle

How can I recreate this chart (wave line) around a circle with actual data in Illustrator? Or is any other way to generate vector format? I need this for print.
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How can I separate colors by layer in Illustrator?

I did a three-color Live Trace, and output the colors to swatches. Now I'd like to assign each of these three (spot) colors to their own layer. I'm sure this is super easy, and I'm just over-looking ...
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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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How to draw these big headed characters?

I am the graphic designer of a game and I want to recreate the look of these images (I mean the characters, not the 2.5 scene). My questions are: Does this character style (no legs or arms) have a ...
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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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In Illustrator, how do I set my file at 10% scale?

I have a large print job. The design is sized at 36" by 72" with 1" bleed. The printer is asking that I set the file at 10% scale. How do I do that???
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Create a PDF from illustrator without being able to see the individual objects

I have created a product catalogue using Illustrator and would like to distribute this catalogue as a PDF. I have saved each page from illustrator as an individual PDF and then merged the pages into ...
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Isometric bulging grid

I'm trying to make an isometric version of this The bulges and the dips aren't too hard themselves, however I'm struggling to find a way of warping the isometric grid lines in the right way Does ...
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Darker shade of a given color

What does it mean and how do I get a darker shade of a given color. For example if I have the color R = 53, G = 140, B = 205 or H = 204, S = 74, B = 80, or #358CCD What value do I change in ...
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how to fix a illustrator .jpeg file from being blurry?

I am making my son's birthday invitation on illustrator. It looks perfectly fine until I save it for web so it will be a .jpeg so I can print it. Once it is a .jpeg it looks blurry. I am planing to ...
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How do I delete the center of the letter A in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

I need the center of the letter A in Illustrator to be transparent so you can see the background underneath. Same with letter D, B, O, P, R. I imported a vector version of a word, and I am able to ...
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What is the shortcut key for object opacity in Illustrator?

I am changing object opacity in Illustrator manually. Is there a keyboard shortcut to make an object's opacity 90%?
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Adobe Illustrator: strange behavior while aligning objects

I am creating icons with Adobe Illustrator during which process I use the Align tool quite frequently. All of a sudden, the align tool started behaving quite strangely. When I select two objects and ...
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Isometric with or without a grid in Illustrator?

So I'm doing this isometric thing. I started using a grid and thought I was well on my way. Loving it and understanding it. Until disaster struck. I needed to enlarge a couple of things. Found out ...
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How to show the coordinates of point handles in Adobe Illustrator?

When I move cursor on an anchor point, Illustrator shows me the coordinates of the anchor. But how can I find the [x, y] coordinates of the handles (in red circles)?
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Please help, how to do off registration in Illustrator CS6?

I am trying to do an assignment and I need to do off registration. I cannot figure out how to get into the channels so I can move the colors to be off register. I can only figure out how to get into ...
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How to create a global style? (like drop shadow)

I have created multiple objects, while testing I applied a drop shadow style on one object and its looking very good. Now I want to apply the same style to all other objects (around 20). Is there any ...
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Align objects by stacking (align top to bottom, left to right, etc)

This comes up a lot, so I'm wondering if there's a proper way to do this. Sometimes I want to create an object by placing two objects next to each other, for example, when drawing an arrow (or a ...
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Tapered/sloped text effect in Illustrator (NOT skew or perspective)

I'm not too sure how to describe the effect that I'm going for or what it is even called. Thus, I'm having some trouble finding any help through Google. I want to accomplish something like this "...
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Illustrator > Recolor Artwork: How to manually choose the replacement colours from swatch groups?

Below is Illustrator's "Recolor Artwork" window. I've chosen to recolour (yes, I'm British) using one of my swatch groups. Notice that the first source colour is replaced with the first swatch group ...
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How to make a pattern follow a stroke, path or line?

Here is my MS Paint job on a real bad attempt at what I'm trying to achieve: I have access to Photoshop and Illustrator CS6, and I want to be able to draw a thick line (that is not straight) and have ...
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Illustrator vs Photoshop: when to use each

Should Photoshop only be used to touch up photos or is it okay to use it for flyer and business card designs? Is everything to be done in Illustrator that goes outside the realm of touching up or ...
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Working with physically large (150''+) canvas sizes [duplicate]

I was given Illustrator templates for a trade show booth. Dimensions are roughly 150inches - 250inches and must be 150DPI. Whenever I try to import images, such as a logo or background, Illustrator ...
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how can I increase my workflow of making cloud shapes?

Basically I have been using the Pen Tool to create cloud shapes similar to the image below. I feel it can be a bit time consuming. Isn't there any way I can increase my workflow of making such shapes ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How to create a clipping mask

I have this logo I am working on. I have 2 questions: 1) I have a white circle behind the 4. I'd like to use that circle as a clipping mask for the 4 so that the 4 fits perfectly within that white ...
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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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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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Vectorize a PNG file in Adobe Illustrator CC 2017

I need to open a white PNG shape in Illustrator. I want to convert it into vector and change the color. In CS6 is very simple to do this. Can you help me to do this in CC?
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How to get the x/y position of multiple points on an artboard

I've got a bunch of objects on an artboard and I'd like to know the X/Y positions of them all. It would be fine to either have pixel values, or a % from the sides of the artboard. Importantly, I don'...
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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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Add thick outline to existing artwork in Illustrator [duplicate]

I have some vector images they I need to add a thick outline similar to the image below. Is this possible to do quickly and easily in Illustrator? Note : I have permission/licence to edit and ...