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Are there any switcheable “states” possible in Illustrator?

I would like to draw button in Illestrator and make it with several states (like normal, pressed, dimmed). Can I draw all this and them quickly switch between button states? Also I would like to ...
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How can I temporarily represent a high res image with a box in Illustrator?

I have multiple complicated vector images in a document with multiple artboards. Zooming and moving around can sometimes cause Illustrator to stall for a few seconds. I'd like to temporarily hide the ...
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Selection rectangle is not aligned with horizontal and vertical axes anymore in Illustrator

I was wishing to resize my triangled shape horizontally, but suddenly found it is not aligned anymore: If I resize it, it obviously resizes not horizontally. How did I do this :) and how to exist ...
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Eyedropper doesn't copy entire appearence in Adobe Illustrator

Despite manual, my eyedropper doesn't coppy everything from appearence of one object to another. Here I am copying from bottom left object to top right: Only fill color is copied, no any other ...
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How to create 3D wireframe graphic models on Illustrator

I’ve some questions that I’ve been trying to solve for awhile and was hoping for some help. I’ve trying to create 3D wireframe models similar to the attached examples on Illustrator. Anyone has any ...
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illustrator blob brush is painting below the artwork

I've never seen this in my 5years of AI experience where the blob brush has started painting below the artwork already on the layer.
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Illustrator: how can I truly clip an svg image?

I sometimes use illustrator to make an image, then clip that image. When I export the image to svg all of the clipped parts of the image still affect the boundaries of the svg. I want a scalable ...
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How to make circular segment deliberately in Adobe Illustrator?

If I draw curve using the pencil tool, some pairs of nodes appear to be constrained as if connected by a circular curve. Such pairs of nodes are then accompanied by "center marks". When I ...
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Can I merge text into irregular shapes? Illustrator

I've made irregular shapes by overlaying white squares over each-other randomly and now I want to make it so that my text fits perfectly within those irregular shapes as one whole continuous paragraph....
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How can I connect in Illustrator two circle's tangent with another curve (or circle section)?

I am trying to connect these two circles in purple with curves (in red) with some kind of an arc but i just can't find a way of doing this perfectly, with accuracy and without a plugin, i just can try ...
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How to prepare full bleed stickers to print in AI

I need to prepare stickers with lots of detail for printing. The trick is customer want full bleed. Is there any smarter idea how to do that in AI than drawing it by hand?
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Illustrator: snapping circles together in an interlocking way

I'm looking for a solution for a certain problem. I have two sets of vertically evenly-spaced circles with equal gaps between circles in each column. I would like to know a way to find a point to ...
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How to make an overlapping shadow effect on one side in illustrator

I'm trying to recreate an effect like the iOS activity app icon where a circle overlaps itself and leaves a shadow. However I'm struggle to recreate it. I've tried cutting a segment of one of the ...
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how can i open a photoshop file in illustrator without loosing quality?

I tried to open a photoshop file with an effect (outer glow) applied in Illustrator. However when I opened the file, the effect which I applied to the image didn't come out as the same in Photoshop. ...
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Illustrator's Paintbrush and Pencil tools are too smooth

I am trying to trace lines over a photograph using the Paintbrush tool. However, no matter what settings I put in the Paintbrush options, the lines I draw are distorted beyond recognition. I am using ...
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Path color issue on Adobe Illustrator

I'm drawing with Adobe Illustrator (version 22.1 64 bit) and sometimes I've this strange behaviour of the border of a path: the border color fills a small area by the point. This area changes (and it ...
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Convert line drawing into a shape with Illustrator

I have a simple bike outline and I am trying to figure out the best way to convert it into a shape. I would like the frame of the bike to be one piece or shape because currently, the frame is ...
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Drawing a home icon

I want to design myself 4 simple, minimalistic icons, kind of like this: I looked on YouTube, and saw that most videos do a sort of grid, so I tried to follow. This is what I've got: The "roof&...
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Illustrator: Round stroke on polygon corners

I'm using the polygon tool in Illustrator to create polygons. When I use Effect-Stylize-round corners, it rounds the fill of the polygon, but does not round the outline. How can I round the outline as ...
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Can I turn this clipping mask object into a regular shape?

I am working in Illustrator with this clipart, and part of the hand is a clipping mask I cannot seem to turn into a "normal" shape: When I release the Clipping Mask, I get: This is what ...
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What is the best method of cutting out different “sections” out of a human body vector

I am designing an app in which patients can click on a part of their body they have injured. The image above is an old, raster image that I won't be using, but hopefully gives an idea of what I want ...
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What is this shape, and how can I use it?

I am working from a clipart file I did not make, in Illustrator. I would like to "simplify" this shape - that is, remove the anchor points inside of it to only preserve the outline: I have ...
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Expanding blended strokes in Illustrator

My question is different than this question. I have created a design with blended lines: And now I would like each of the intermediate steps between the two base strokes to become a stroke as well. &...
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Remove hidden parts of strokes in illustrator

I am trying to optimize a file to draw it with a plotter. If I use the file "as-is" a lot of strokes will be drawn by the plotter that are actually not visible parts of the drawing. So I ...
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Illustrator space under text line

I can't seem to get the handle of this text that i want to align with the red rectangle in the back, the only solution i have is to make the text an outline and align it after that, but i have some ...
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Additional layers in “scanned” PDF

I recieved a package of PDf that were scanned from original documents. Files are rather lighweight but when linked in InDesign they slow it down and make creating PDF immposible (the export stop on ...
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Is there an algorithm to orient several shapes/symbols towards the center of another shape?

What is the the easiest way to orient several shapes/symbols towards the center of another shape (see my sketch below) ? In Illustrator, I know the rotate tool with the copy option, but I think it is ...
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Deep Linking on Illustrator

Hello to all community ! Any news about changes on "Deeplinking" on Illustrator ? Mine is still not assuming in an automatic manner. a) You have to open the .ai file that contain the PSD ...
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Illustrator AI file opens incorrectly on one computer, not on others

Our team has some legacy logo files that are all outlines and have worked fine for years. We keep them on a shared drive (we haven't had access to Cloud libraries due to security constraints). ...
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Illustrator: is there a way to add area type with colored backgrounds to a library [duplicate]

So I created a set of text boxes, that I styled with different colors, but the same paragraph style and area type options. I want to put these in a library so I can grab them and type identifications ...
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Adobe Illustrator Script for Annotations

Does anyone know if there is a Adobe Illustrator script capable of creating an annotation like this? More specifically, drawing a stroked box around the text and showing the formatting info to the ...
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Illustrator: How to make clipping mask that doesn't distort compound paths?

I'm working on a complex map graphic in Illustrator that includes hundreds of layers, compound paths, etc. I want to create a clipping mask out of a rectangular portion of this map, but when I do the ...
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batch export from dataset as a png in illustrator

I have two artboards with two text lines and I use a CSV file to import a dataset to those variables. When I use the action tab to export each artboard as png, the action exports the two first files ...
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Illustrator elements showing through each other in group with graphic style applied

I've been trying to figure this out for a while and can't seem to get it. So, I thought it might be a good idea to ask here. I am having an issue with overlapping objects after applying appearance (...
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Illustrator - Why is an illustrator file so heavy when I link images?

I have 10 images (app. 6MB each) linked in my AI file. When I uncheck the "Create PDF Compatible File" option, the file is 3MB. But when I check the option (to be able to import artboards ...
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Making letters bold without increasing their inside dimensions in Illustrator

I'm looking to make some letters bold. To achieve this I'm using the command 'Offset Path'. The problem is that the inside of the letters becomes smaller. Look at the image attached - the triangle ...
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Illustrator coloring question

This might sound like a really stupid question but is there a way to color the area i marked with red color? I tried enclosing the mouth area with the red line using pen tool but obviously it's not ...
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How to replicate this gradient wave background?

I came across the following design on Google: I'd like to replicate it as accurately as I can (using different colors) in Photoshop/Illustrator. How would I go about doing this? It looks like they ...
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Can I use a shortcut key to select the hex code box?

I'm trying to set up a macro key to Color Panel for use hex codes easily. F6 key opens the Color Panel but how can I activate the hex code box with a shortcut key? I know, it's a weird question. All I ...
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Change in colors on different screens

So, I created a project in Illustrator and when I uploaded it on Behance the color appeared way off on my mobile, like the pinks changed to browns. It's appearing fine on my MacBook screen but in all ...
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Billboard design for 10ft width * 5 ft height size … what is actual down scaling size in illustrator to prevent system hang

to design 10ft * 5ft banner of actual size what is the exact process for down scaling illustrator and raster images in photoshop please guide me i am new
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How to draw proportionally in Illustrator?

I want to draw a graph that is similar to below image in Illustrator. I can use the Rectangle tool to draw a graph that looks like it. However, I want to draw something proportionally (according to ...
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How can I make inline (i.e., not floating) admonition blocks in Illustrator?

Admonitions, also known as call-outs, are an excellent choice for including side content without significantly interrupting the document flow. How can I make admonition blocks that are ‘inline’ with ...
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How to achieve this gradient painting?

Hi all, this is a piece by Yute Sato (if I am not mistaken). I am curious how this very specific gradient was made, it seems like it was a Ctrl-D duplication on some gradient (mesh?) on Illustrator. ...
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How can i make a rubber looking button?

I am a beginner in illustrator. I would like to make a button like this one: See where the white light on the top left gradually fades and there is some white shade on the inside of the button as ...
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How do I create a see-through “lint” effect in illustrator?

I want to create a see-through grainy "lint" effect. I've tried all the builtin filters in Adobe Illustrator, but nothing comes even close. This image shows what I'm looking for. (The ...
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What is this isometric diagram that suddenly appeared in my AI drawing?

Adobe Illustrator 2020 on Windows. Shortly after discovering the Actions window and creating/using some new actions, I saw that a mysterious isometric grid graphic has appeared on my drawing. (Perhaps ...
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How to make parallel dashed stroke lines?

When I try to offset my line with dashed stroke, the original and the offset path do not run in sync. The dashes should be side by side, but they are not. Screenshots: Can someone help?
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Interlocking shapes with clipping mask and stroke

I'm trying to create something like this: (Ignore the gray diagonal line) I have the female symbol and the rainbow flag. I know how to add stroke, create clipping masks, and create interlocking solid-...
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Apply clipping mask on strokes

I'm producing some vector artwork for laser cutting, and need to create some hatching using parallel lines. This has been built using two initial line profiles, then using a shape blend between them ...