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Illustrator: How to rescale Shapes to exact dimensions in Adobe illustrator

Is there a way to get the combined size of the fill and the stroke to a certain width without affecting the thickness of the stroke?
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Pathfinder doesn't work smoothly

I am applying pathfinder- minus front to cut out some shape. Then I notice the common border the shapes share are more bold/thick than rest lines/borders. At first I thought am doing something wrong, ...
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CSS-Like color classes in Photoshop or Illustrator

Is it possible to define a color palette in Photoshop or Illustrator and use them as reference colors when filling objects? Sort of the behavior CSS classes have, where if you change a color in a CSS ...
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Can you tell me a quick(ish) way to achieve this photo/illustration effect?

could anyone help me? I need to achieve a similar effect to this illustration for a client and I don't have much time. I want to apply some kind of effect to a photo (probably a black and white photo) ...
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Why is there a colour difference in the end result in a PDF: cmyk-to-cmyk and rgb-to-cmyk workflow comparison

My Illustrator working profile is set to sRGB/Coated FOGRA39 and to preserve embedded profiles. Conversion Adobe ACE / Perceptual. I did a test. I made a print ready PDF in two different ways:  In the ...
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Font appears in Illustrator but not in InDesign

I am using a font (the lovely Sprat by Ethan Nakache) for a project and cannot get it to work in InDesign – it doesn't show up in the Type menu. It appears and works fine in Illustrator as well as ...
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adobe illustrator line enhancer

I am Greg. I am trying to find out if Adobe illustrator, or any other software will do the following: I have a pencil hard-copy drawing, and I want to scan it into the software then I want to ...
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Image trace in Illustrator doesn't work correctly with logo

I am trying to trace the below image (jpg). But it isn't coming out right at all. Thanks! Original Image: Traced Image: Settings:
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Mosaic Tile effect

New to graphic design, I'm wondering if there is a way to go about creating this kind of old roman or byzantine era-esque mosaic tile effect in a less time intensive way? I've seen brushes for sale, ...
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Can't change colour of SVG in illustrator

I have placed a SVG logo in my InDesign doc. It is completely white. I selected to edit in Illustrator, as I want to change the white to yellow. I've tried edit colours and the 'recolour artwork' ...
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how can I resize the viewport centering the image without stretch it?

Here's my actual object: It's 100x92,071px. I'd like to select (and export) a 100x100px box/viewport, with the image centered horizontally/vertically. i.e. increase the canvas, keeping my object ...
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Move points together in Adobe Illustrator [duplicate]

I'm trying to put together a diagram in Adobe Illustrator, and I'd like to be able to move things around freely so I can find what works best. For instance, I have the following diagram and I'd like ...
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Cursor is invisible until I start typing [closed]

When I have selected a text object and use the text tool, the insertion point is not having a visible cursor. When I type a letter, I see one cursor blink and then the cursor turns invisible again. ...
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Why I can’t erase or cut gradient mesh in Adobe illustrator?

Why I can’t erase or cut gradient mesh in Adobe illustrator? regards, Saeed
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Transform effect issue, the effect is showing behind

I was trying to learn how to do this in Illustrator. But instead I'm getting this. I don't know how to make the transformation effect in front so it stays visible when I color the square. Pretty sure ...
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Best way to create these abstract shapes (in Ai / Ps)

Note that I'm not referring to the shiny / chrome look, just the actual shapes themselves. It's hard to even find the words to describe them — I'd say tangled-looking / tribal-esque shapes. I can't ...
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Can you use the blend tool to do a blend with an infinite amount of steps?

I'm trying to blend the outline of some text, and I want the outline of it to kind of look like it has some depth, like in this picture. However, in illustrator, the blend tool never makes a proper ...
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How do I export a transparent PNG sprite from this Illustrator file?

I'm new to Illustrator. I downloaded a stock image of a bubble popping from Adobe (link), but I need it in a sprite png format with transparency. When I open it in Illustrator, there appears to be 1 ...
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Illustrator default Stroke alignment set to Inside in my copy

I've come across a very strange issue with Illustrator. When I start the app the default stroke alignment is set to "Inside", which is strange as I read that it should be "Center". ...
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How do I restrict all of a PDF's editability EXCEPT for extracting and moving around pages?

I am starting to sell digital PDFs, and I want my customers to be able to move pages around between PDF files they have and customize them, but I don't want anyone trying to edit individual elements ...
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Creating a linear gradient line wavy effect

I'm new to illustrator and graphic design, and attempting to learn my way around gradients by recreating some designs. I'm trying to replicate this effect like the one in the image below, and I feel ...
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Design path overlapping issue with blending modes

Hey I'm very new to illustrator. I've made a design with the pen tool (path), it has a few overlapping shapes and looked ok. But once I started playing around with blending modes the edges/overlapping ...
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Efficient way of drawing lines along existing paths in Illustrator

Let's assume I have two intersecting paths. Now I want to draw another one that will follow parts of them like on the illustration: I made this through absurdly inefficient way of just adding anchors ...
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How do I make this vectors on Adobe Ilustrator?

This is my first posting a question on Graphic Design Stack Exchange. I have the following needs: I need to revectorize this logo But I'm trying to, and my result looks something like this: The ...
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How to create this kind of wave gradient effect

I'm attempting to create a similar effect to the one in the image below, however everything from the increasing size, to the smooth gradient across all the objects is proving to be difficult. I've ...
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SVG: Google web fonts when exporting from Illustrator

I'd like to point to a Google font in the code of my Illustrator file (SVG). Can folks provide tips and examples of what to add in Illustrator's code dialogue? Thx!
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How to quickly fill a rectangle with colors of different proportions?

I want to draw a picture as shown below. There are many rectangles. Each rectangle can be filled with a 1/N (N=1-8) ratio of colors. I've taken the dumbest approach before. That is, I draw a rectangle ...
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Object Expand command greyed out in Illustrator 2022

I've been learning Illustrator following a tutorial on Expand and Expand Appearance and it seems that my version (Illustrator 2022, version 26.0.3) doesn't support Object -> Expand anymore. I ...
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Why are the Y-axis values of strokes that are exactly at the same Y-axis value different in Illustrator?

While I was creating a basic outline for part of a graphic using strokes, I noticed that under the Properties panel's "Transform" section, the Y-axis values for 2 strokes I created on the ...
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Why is the eps generated by adobe illustrator far less clear than that generated by Inkscape?

I used Adobe Illustrator to draw the picture. I save it in eps format. But when I insert it into a LaTeX file and generate a PDF, the picture is very unclear. But when I save the picture as svg format,...
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Illustrator: Saving CMYK document to PDF, color change to RGB

I am having a strange problem. I double-checked, and my document is set to CMYK, and I am using a specific ICC profile as well. I have some other documents where I am doing the same. Oddly, I thought ...
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Changing fill after Extrude and Bevel, Expand ILLUSTRATOR

In Illustrator, I have an object that is curved and which I created with extrude and bevel, and then Object⇾Expand. Is there a way to now change the color of the object and keep the shading of Extrude ...
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Illustrator CS6 breaks Arial Bold font

I got svgz file with texts in Arial Bold font. I modified file without touching text objects. Saved, sent. After imported to SCADA application texts have no bold style at all. I checked original file. ...
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Text Cursor is too big and prevents fitting of the text area

I am trying to fit a text box to the text inside the box, but the cursor and height of the selection of the text is too tall. Whenever I try to fit the text box, the text disappears. This font is ...
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Need help setting up a graphic that will be displayed on a digital screen

I'm designing a directory sign that will be shown on a digital screen with a resolution of 480 × 1015. I don't know very much about designing for a digital format and need help figuring out how to set ...
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How do i make the transparent parts of the image white?

hello there. i have used image trace and parts of the image for some reason are transparent instead of black and white like the rest? how do i get the transparent parts white? as you can see from the ...
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How do I create this line effect in Illustrator?

How might I go about creating a wave pattern like the attached reference? I used the blend tool to create the series of lines and the profile tool to get the changing width in the stroke but I don't ...
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How did this artist create this shadow?

For almost a year, I have been hiring an artist in Ukraine to draw some human figures for a book. I am saddened for him and for myself that he has informed me he can no longer work. He is a young ...
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How to delete everything outside the clipping mask?

My goal is to delete everything outside the clipping mask. What I've tried: Put an image. Create a shape on top of the image. Create clipping mask with Object > Clipping Mask > Make Select the ...
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How to make a pixel perfect circle?

currently I'm using AI for creating icons. However, When I tried using a 1-pixel border for my circle. the arc side is pixelated can you show me how to make it pixel perfect? Thanks Please see the ...
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Adobe fonts not syncing in browser and CC app

My fonts are not being activated in Adobe when I try and use them in illustrator. I have been using it with no problems untill today. I have tried the troubleshooting tips on the adobe website.. ...
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Fit text area to text in Illustrator

When I start typing text randomly somewhere on an artboard in Illustrator, the right side of the text area doesn't line up with the right side of the last symbol. In the above image, the tail of the '...
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Curvature tool questions

Two Curvature Tool questions for Illustrator: How do you "end the drawing"? Enter works for the Pen Tool but not the Curvature Tool. I've always just changed tools but that feels lame. ...
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separate shapes in illustrator

Newbie to illustrator here and haven't found an answer to this online yet. Looking to separate all shapes in this vector but cant dissect the circles with scissor tool because of paths placed in ...
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Guidance on creating overlapping dot patterns

Is there a way to create an overlapping and integrated dot pattern like this in illustrator without it looking amateurish, like one layer stacked on top of another?
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How do I use the blend tool after the isometric rotate effect?

Hello, When I try to blend the front and last words, the middle words get a box around them. Does anyone know why this happens and what to do? I used Effect > 3D and Materials > Rotate...
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Illustrator: how to create dynamic curved text with curved background boxes?

Currently I'm creating this by hand (attached picture). Is there any way I could automate this process, so when I resize the circle, the boxes stay the same height. Right now, when I resize and keep ...
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Export Artboards as Multiple, Multi-Page PDFs in Illustrator

I know that it is possible to export individual artboards all as separate PDFs in Illustrator, but I need to group some of the artboards together and I can't find a good solution. At the moment, I'm ...
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2 stroke path can't see outside stroke illustrator CC

I'm trying to figure out how to get the loop in the B to have an overlapping stroke. As you can see because the inside stroke is so thick you can't see the black outside stroke. I could make the loop ...
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Creating CMYK Halftone dot patterns manually in illustrator?

Is there a way to create this style of halftone dot patterns in illustrator manually? Using the color halftone effect breaks it down into simple black and white dots and turns it into a raster image, ...
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