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3D Revolve, but spaced out in a segment style in Illustrator

I'm trying to revolve a 2D shape so that the final 3D shape has a segmented style. See below: http://img.alexblundell.com/up/c5693a8d4351fd0c498c8919a2a3e43b.png I'm sure there's an automated way to ...
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Rastering Vector Art: Photoshop vs Illustrator?

I have been working in illustrator CS5 making vector art. My main focus has been different iPhone game graphics (I make them in illustrator instead of photoshop so I can scale them for all the ...
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Copying part of an object in Illustrator

Is there a way to copy a part of an object in illustrator? I do not know the technical name of the effect I need to do, so I have to describe it. I need to do the effect where you have an image and ...
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Can I include / reference external scripts and libraries within my Adobe Illustrator .jsx script?

We're writing a bunch of .jsx scripts, and in each one I have to mock out some functions so I can use things like Array.map() and String.trim(), but I don't want to have to include that code at the ...
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A clean way to remove gradient mesh in Illustrator?

Does anyone know if it is possible to remove a gradient mesh from an object in Illustrator without producing a distorted/inaccurate outline? Adobe documentation as well as most online resources I ...
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Getting rid of open paths in Illustrator CS5 without overlapping stroked lines?

I have been looking into selling some vector art either by making my own site (almost doubles up as a portfolio) or sell it through existing stock vector sites. I am currently looking into ...
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Is it possible to have varied stroke widths around the same object in Illustrator?

I'm working in Illustrator CS5 and was wondering Is it possible to have varied stroke widths around the same object? For example a square would have the right side at 1pt and the top side at 3pt the ...
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Using a pattern to cut out areas from a group of shapes in Illustrator

I have an image that's been image traced. All I want to do is cut out horizontal stripes out of the image. Since I want to cut out a lot of evenly spaced stripes, I thought the easiest way would be ...
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Temporary keyboard shortcuts stopped working- illustrator/photoshop CS5 (mac)

I use temporary keyboard shortcuts for navigating my work area... e.g.: Hold down Space to get hand tool Hold down Space + Cmd / Space + Cmd+Option to get zoom in/out tool All of a sudden these no ...
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How do I decide how many columns to use in my grid?

I'm trying to create a UI design for my 1024x768 screen. I know there's a grid system out there. I've read about the benefits, etc. I understand, I think from a fundamental level, why I need to use ...
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Saving vector art using Illustrator with the intent to sell artwork to people who work with various vector software and versions of Illustrator?

I have been making vector art recently and am looking into hopefully selling it either on existing websites or maybe creating my own, the website in a way would also be a portfolio and it would give ...
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Working in illustrator & photoshop interchangeably

As I've seen several people do as well, I am constantly switching back and forth between illustrator and photoshop. Illustrator, IMO, is much easier to work with when creating graphics (as far as ...
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How to add multiple strokes aligned 'outside' to a type layer in Illustrator CS6?

Trying to do something which seems so simple and failing badly. I have created a simple Type layer. I need to add two strokes to the layer. But I would like the stroke to be on the outside of the ...
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Lens Distortion Effect with Illustrator

I'm trying to model a lens distortion to apply to a vector image. I originally tried to use the Warp > Inflate effect, and I was able to get close in some scenarios to what I was looking for, but the ...
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Similar plugin to GuideGuide for illustrator

I really like the GuideGuide plugin for Photoshop that really quickly allows you to setup guides. Is there something similar to this in illustrator ?
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Coding a website design , which is better from PSD (Adobe photoshop) or EPS ( Adobe illustrator )? [duplicate]

What is the diffrence between EPS and PSD in making a mockup in: 1. Quality 2. Size in loading page 3. Easier to use 4. Similarity between both of them Thanks in advance....
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Vectorize 3D Logo in Illustrator

I am new to Illustrator and vectorizing Logos. I need to vectorize this logo My questions are: how can I find out the two font types and colors? What will be the best way to vectorize this Logo 1:1 ...
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Saving Image for 150 LPI

I need to save an image from Illustrator at 150 LPI (lines per inch) for a printing vendor. How do I do this? Bonus Question : Reccomended file format? (JPEG, TIFF, etc)
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How to save/export gradients and textured effects in .png while minimizing file size?

I have been making a 2d game art for iphone in illustrator CS5, and buttons and background elements which use gradients and some textured effects are saved in .png. I noticed using these effects ...
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Best ways of saving .png 2D game art for an iphone game?

I'm currently working in illustrator CS5 creating 2d game art for iphone, and I'm just wondering about the best way to save the art to still keep the quality but have low memory. In save for web and ...
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Illustrator: Nudging precision when zoomed in

I'm having some trouble on Illustrator CS4. I'm creating a metro map and am having trouble with items taking too much of a jump when I nudge them with the arrow keys. I've been through other threads ...
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Illustrator CS6 saving as CS5 by default?

I don't really use Illustrator, but as the techy I am I help someone who does use it regularly - not a techy at all. The problem is I've installed her CS6 because of the 64 bit support, but she has ...
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Illustrator CS5 brick pattern with perspective

I created a curving arrow shape that starts wide at the bottom and thins out near the top where the point is. I also created a brick pattern swatch but when I apply it to the shape it appears like the ...
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Run Illustrator script on multiple files

Is there a way to make an Illustrator script run over all files in a certain folder and perform operations on these? I am using CS5 on mac.
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How to overwrite brush “texture” with single color in Illustrator CS6?

I'm creating symbols using custom brush packs that I downloaded. Most of these brushes have many different colors in them ("textures"), not just a single one. My question is how to dismiss these ...
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How do I change the default color library for stroke/fill in Illustrator?

When I click in the Appearance menu to color a stroke or a fill, it pops up a library of swatches. I can't figure out how to get that to show a different swatch library. I have a saved library, I can ...
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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 CS6 'Save for Web' doesn't save the image as expected

I have an image 8x8 pixels as below; this is the image as I see in Adobe Illustrator CS6: Each gray shade in upper left and lower right corners is 4x2 pixels. I would like to save this image as I see ...
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Rounded corner shape with rounded sides

I'm struggling to make the below shape in illustrator: Rounded corner rectangles are easy but I'm not sure how to round the sides easily as well. I would want these shapes to be easy to re-size ...
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FXG file looks ok in AI and Flash CS, but wrong in Flex app produced by FB - out of bound lines

In a Flex card game I have all cards as vectors (purchased as stock cliparts), but the back of the cards has been bitmap (couldn't find a good stock clipart) So I've asked a designer at a job board ...
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Common darkened inner glow effect on solid colour in Photoshop and Illustrator

This SHOULD be really simple, but I can't seem to achieve it effectively with Inner Glow. The effect is so commonly used; nearly every logo here features the effect of a subtle gradient effecting a ...
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Can I covert paths to brush strokes in Illustrator?

I want to create shapes using the shape tool, but then change the stroke to a line that looks hand drawn, or lay down a brush stroke that follows the same path -- by some method other than tracing ...
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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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Illustrator glow effect not shown in pdf after saving

I am relatively new to Illustrator. I use version CS6 and I just discovered that when I apply an outer glow effect it is not visible in the PDF after saving apart from when you make the effect really ...
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Creating playing table background with greenish rays coming from the middle

Could anybody please advise steps in Adobe Illustrator for creating a greenish background with "rays" emitting from its middle? I.e. which tool to use for creating the rays? How to create the "inner" ...
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How do I create a polygon tessellation pattern in Adobe Illustrator?

I have no idea what they call this so I'm not having much success with searching. But lets start with an example with this site: Image from pixden.com Does anybody know how to create this and if it ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Variable font size along a path

all. So I have a curving path in Illustrator and I've put some text on it using the "Type on Path" tool. I want to make the font size of that text gradually increase towards the middle and then ...
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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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Adobe Illustrator error creating text constrained by shape (Area Type Tool)

I am newer than new to Illustrator, but am trying nontheless to design a logo for my friend. The most basic of operations is to create an ellipse, correct? I have created a circle with this tool, ...
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How to get a hand colored effect in Illustrator or Photoshop?

How do you create a hand colored effect, like in the image above, using either Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop? I'd like to know how they colored the arrows and how to add a rough gradient like the one ...
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Rows of text with same width but different font sizes

Are there any simple way to align rows of text with different font sizes so that the text rows have the same width. I would like to do this in Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro.
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How can I create a twisted torus?

I need to do the following shape in Illustrator, if can be done by Illustrator. I think it can be done by spiral, circle and pathfinder tools but I'm not sure. Please I need the details of how to do ...
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Flash CS6 - how to replace a playing card index (i.e. how to type into same bounding box)?

I've purchased a stock set of playing cards in .ai format and have successfully imported it into a Flash CS6 file. However I have the problem, that the cards have english indices: J, Q, K, A - while ...
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Turning Multiple Vector Paths into a Solid Object/Image

I'm having troubles trying to figure out how to make a complete object/image with NO pen tool paths or anchors etc... I have a vector tree... theres lots of completed paths/shapes but still in path ...
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How can I convert to a custom shape in Adobe illustrator

In illustrator I can convert a selected shape to another shape by the Effect > Convert to Shape option. Now I need to convert to custom shapes, e.g. some shapes created myself. Is there any way to do ...
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Adobe Illustrator PDF displays incorrectly in Apple's Preview application

I tried to export my AI file from Illustrator (Save As..) as a PDF, but for some reason, the logo come out very badly. Editable PDF The exported file ends ups like this : http://d.pr/i/SySs ( I ...
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Illustrator to Tagged PDF file

Is there a way to save an Illustrator file to a Tagged PDF file. I need to make the PDF 508 compliant and it would be faster if the conversion added the tags.
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Removing the objects after doing clipping mask

I did the following effect I did it using a circle with the required effect and a triangle with required effect, then I did object > clipping mask > make. After I did the effect, I did create ...
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Grunge effect for vinyl

As the title says what is the best way to take an existing sans serif font, such as Helvetica, and add a grunge effect to the text for die cut vinyl? I know it can be done manually but that tends to ...
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Create a pencil effect style in illustrator

I need to create a draw as you are drawing using a pencil and you fill it by using pencil. The effect should be like you are drawing using a pencil on fabriano paper or using ink, I need to fill the ...

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