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Illustrator canvas size unit won't change

I'm having this problem with illustrator where, even though I have already changed all units to millimeters (general, stroke and type), the measurements of artboards and canvases are still being ...
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Why picture rotates automatically while doing image trace

I wanted to practice some image tracing and I wanted to adjust some colors etc. But when I try to edit an original photo in Photoshop, the image opens as rotated, and after the changes it also opens ...
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When working in an AI file at 1/6th scale, will raster images in the document maintain their native quality when scaling up to full size?

I'm designing a 36"x48" poster in Adobe Illustrator and I want to work at 1/6th scale to keep file size low. I have to include raster images as part of this project. Working at 1/6th scale ...
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Exporting only the artboard design from AI to EPS

I'm trying to send an AI file as an EPS file for engraving and they want only the artwork inside/on the active artboard - because I started with a file of many artboards and then separated them into ...
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How can I vectorize pixelation effects in Illustrator?

I'm working with some vector text in Illustrator and have been playing around with the Pixelate effects in the effects panel (which are under the "Photoshop effects" category). I'd like to ...
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How to mirror/flip the whole artboards in illustrator document at once?

I have 60 artboards in illustrator with different objects on them, some of the objects aren't centred. I am trying to reflect each individual object along the X-axis of its respective artboard. I have ...
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How to merge vectors in Illustrator into 1 compound path only displayed with an outline/stroke?

I have an overlay I want to drape on top of another map of SC for a project. The screenshot below is supposed to be an overlay, and the vectors came from ArcGIS Pro. If you are unfamiliar with GIS ...
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Can I use a font from Google Font and edit it in Illustrator?

I have to make a logo for a customer and I would like to use a font from Google Font, but can I edit it on illustrator? I have seen that Google Fonts are also free for commercial use, but are they ...
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Issue with export from Illustrator [duplicate]

I wanted to export my work in PDF from illustrator, but I have a problem my lines of the flower are very visible I don't know how to do it for make it smooth. I don't know my be it's normal. you can ...
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Is Trapping or Overprinting done automatically?

Is it still necessary to trap or over print your artwork in illustrator or Photoshop in 2022? Or does illustrator and Photoshop automatically do this?
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Adobe Illustrator: How to center or assign position for project window on screen

I am new to Adobe Illustrator. I am working on two versions of a project, in two window tabs, at the same time. I want to compare these two windows. However, the position of the "viewport" ...
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What is this design called and how to do it?

Recently I came across few images which I liked but not sure what there are called and how there are created. Which software is used? If possible please provide tutorial Blog as well for my reference. ...
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Distribute Spacing not working as it should

i have these grouped objects in Illustrator and i want to vertically distribute the space between them. It used to work but maybe i did something wrong that i don't know of
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Can this geometric shape be created in Illustrator?

I am trying to think of a way to make this shape in Illustrator, is it a shape that encloses two circular gears (below is the hand drawn, non geometric shape I have now): This is as far as I have ...
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Can I create a half-circle with rounded corners?

I am trying to create this shape in Illustrator and finding it particularly difficult: Creating a circle and cutting it into thirds isn't that difficult but rounding the corners similarly on each ...
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a script to duplicate mi currect artboard and resize it please

I want to do a action but I think that with a script is better, but I´m not good at it: I want to duplicate my current artboard and resize this new artboard to 30cmx30cm, and make a mask on it, ...
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How to modify/bypass Arabic script/texts rules/settings in order to break words after right-joining letters?

Status quo: Modern Arabic script does not allow breaking words or hyphenation for line breaks and paragraph justification, words are always to be kept whole. No word break, no hyphenation: Desired ...
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Customise colours in effect gallery foreground/background - Illustrator CC

I am wanting to add an effect texture and customise the foreground/background colours but when I go into the effects panel its black and white even when I change the swatch colours. I was assuming it ...
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How do I create a 'sinkhole' effect in Illustrator?

I'm learning about perspective in Adobe Illustrator and and came across the effect used in this image (https://www.reddit.com/r/interestingasfuck/comments/brf6ph/...
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Fontforge/Illustrator problems with SVG files and fonts

This is my first attempt at designing a font. I created SVGs in Adobe Illustrator 2022 from editing an open-source font, typing, then converting the text to paths, then manipulating before saving as ...
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How to draw 300 lines in a circular pattern?

I am trying to draw a spoke pattern with 300 spokes converging on a circle at the center in Adobe Illustrator. I would like each spoke to represent a different category at the end. And the middle ...
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Illustrator Blending Modes

So, I was trying to follow an online tutorial where shadows are made with a black gradient and Soft Light Blending mode (as shown in the picture), but when I try to use the soft Light mode, my colors ...
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How to make a letter black in illustrator when editing from a whole letter to a section of one

I started with the full letter S and wanted to split it into three but when getting just the middle part no matter how I do it (with scissors, closing the end with pen, deleting anchors then moving ...
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setting up CMYK gradient's to transparent on top of other CMYK colors? ("Overprint Fill"?)

I stepped away from print design for a while and forget somethings and I have rush job. With latest version of adobe illustrator and setting up CMYK gradient's to transparent on top of other CMYK ...
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Why are object effects in my Illustrator file disappearing when I place the file in InDesign?

I'm trying to place an .ai file into my InDesign file, but for some reason it seems like the 3d effects and drop shadow aren't showing up in my InDesign file. Here's a pic of my artboard in ...
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How can I use the same anchor point angles for multiple shapes?

I'm making a design with the following shape: I'm trying to make both sides of this diamond shaped object have an identical angle (using the Anchor Point Tool). I've tried to manually replicate it on ...
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Dragging swatch group to CC libraries? Illustrator CC

I am trying to move a whole group of global swatches to the CC Libraries panel. But it doesn't allow. It seems that I can only individually add them? I have also tried shift clicking multiple swatches ...
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Illustrator - combine paths into one shape

I created a design in Illustrator by drawing a series of paths with the pen tool. I then grouped, duplicated, and reflected, to make the shape symmetrical. I then added stroke width, and created a ...
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Creating a graphic style for white box black stroke behind text? Illustrator CC [duplicate]

I am putting a white box around each text box in illustrator and was wondering if there was a faster way to do this? Could I use a graphic style to simply select multiple text boxes and then click a ...
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Opacity gradients fail in CMYK and FOGRA 29

Following Conversion from RGB to CMYK loses mesh gradient transparency , I replaced the mesh gradients with simple transparency gradients in Illustrator CS5.1. Note that the blue and red emojis have ...
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Appending PDF pages respecting color profile and symbols

I am about to order custom playing cards from a manufacturer. The directions are: FRONTS AND BACKS (ONE SINGLE MULTIPAGE PDF FILE IN SEQUENCE FRONT/BACK FRONT/BACK) When uploading: Convert text to ...
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Conversion from RGB to CMYK loses mesh gradient transparency

I purchased and adapted a vector graphic in RGB that I want to send to a printing bureau. The directions state: When uploading: Convert text to outline Remove template lines before saving Keep the ...
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Why do people use Abobe Illustrator instead of Inkscape?

As a Windows 10 user, I found Inkscape is easier to learn as its commands and menus are intuitive as opposed to Adobe Illustrator. For instance, in the case of Adobe Illustrator, as a self-learner, a ...
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How can I make one object out of two separate compound shapes?

I have an illustration with two compound paths which are on separate layers. What I would like to do is to have one sub layer with both compound paths.
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Editing Adobe stock Editable Font files

Nearly all of my Adobe Stock Editable Font files are easy to replace the starter text with new text and all font design and effects are immediately applied. Online tutorials focus on creating these ...
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Set each letter to a different colour based on a rule

Is there a way in adobe illustrator to change all same letters to a specific colour, ideally based on a rule. For example look at the image below: I'd like to have a "rule" (something like ...
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Bad result in saving SVG if Illustration is complex

If I save an SVG of an Illustrator graphic it is unsatisfying. How can I save SVG files with complex graphics with shading and 3D effects?
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Illustrator: How to scale shapes to exact dimensions including stroke?

Is there a way to scale the combined size of the fill and the stroke to certain dimensions 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. ...