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Photoshop perspective transform grayed out for embedded illustrator file

I keep coming across this problem randomly in my documents. I’d like to Free Transform → Perspective Transform, but the option is grayed out. If I hit Ctrl/Command+T and then drag one of the ...
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How to precisely edit segment angles and lengths in a path?

I want to take a path I've created and transform it into a uniform, precise "zig-zag" consisting of equal length lines at alternating angles (45 and 315). What is the best way to do this? I've tried ...
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“Fit All in Window” using JavaScript

I've recently started scripting in Illustrator and having a little problem. When creating a document through File tab, (File->New, Print, Letter) the created document is positioned at (0,0) and the ...
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Illustrator Script to create Clipping Mask

How is it possible to create a clipping mask with a illustrator javascript script? I tried this, but it doesnt work. var group = app.activeDocument.groupItems.add(); var rect = layer....
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Is it possible to make hexagon of width=1 in Illustrator?

Here is what I got: https://youtu.be/UwT-FbgqekI Illustrator disobeys making hexagon of precise size.
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How to export points coordinates in illustrator?

I drew a map of a floor with illustrator. I plan to export this map as .svg and use it in a website, no issue with that. However I would like to place points inside the map that do not represent ...
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Inconsistent colors when exporting from Illustrator

I made an image with white text on a black background in Adobe Illustrator and everything looked good. However, when I wanted to save as JPG, the colors looks washed out, like it is not a strong ...
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Path and Fill doesn't line up, anyone got any solutions? [duplicate]

I can't see to work out why the fill within the path doesn't line up with it. I have checked to see if I have any transform effect applied to your path, which there isn't. There is no stroke on this ...
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What is the standard size for email greetings cards, birthday cards?

Is there a standard, or best practice size for a greeting card you plan on sending only via email? I saw one post say as long as the width is below 600px
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Custom Glyph Group

Is it possible to create a custom group of glyphs within Illustrator? There are a few select glyphs that I use repeatedly at work that come from a few different typefaces and it would significantly ...
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Placed objects in Illustrator document changing size

I have an Illustrator file that has multiple PSDs placed into it. After I get everything sized correctly, I save and close. When I go back to open it later, the PSDs that were correctly sized before ...
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Making transparent but still hiding any objects below in Illustrator

Hello I am new to Illustrator (I was working with photoshop a few years). How can I fix this problem?
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Wacom Intuos Pro + Illustrator CC UI bugs [closed]

I just upgraded my old Intuos to an Intuos Pro 4 (Medium). I work on a Mac running El Capitan, and have the latest Wacom drivers. Since i changed tablets, i noticed major bugs in Illustrator: After ...
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Recolor an element after applying an effect in Illustrator

I want to change the colors (kind of recolor) of an element A on which I apply an effect E(x), such that the new colors will be based on the colors of the element after the effect B=E(A). Does anyone ...
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Fill shapes in Illustrator [closed]

I am very new to Illustrator (read: this is the first thing I have ever tried) and I am trying to do what I am sure is a very simple task. Using the line segment tool I drew the above shapes and all ...
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How do I edit text on graphics downloaded from Shutterstock in Illustrator?

I have an event coming up for a social group of mine and have signed up to Shutterstock to download a single flyer (for a not so small fee of $300). All I want to do is use one of the flyers from the ...
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Setting the object size in Illustrator [duplicate]

I need to set the specific size and position for objects in Illustrator. For example, I need to set the size to 100 × 50 mm, but Illustrator automatically sets its size to 100.189 × 50.094 mm. Same ...
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Is it possible to avoid the fine lines that render between the shapes in this grid? [duplicate]

I used the grid tool to create a grid of squares for a texture, but I'm seeing very clear fine lines rendering at the edges between some - not all - of the rows and columns. Unfortunately, these ...
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Dividing a group of paths in the middle

I have traced and expanded a tire that I now want to cut straight in the middle so I can decrease the opacity of the left half. That group of paths the expansion created I can't cut now - even with a ...
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How to crop a vector graphic in Adobe Illustrator to paste into InDesign?

I tried cropping a vector image in Adobe Illustrator by following this link: How can I crop everything outside of an art board in Illustrator? I was able to do it once. I repeated the steps and it ...
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How to make certain area transparent in Illustrator

I have a rectangle with a grid pattern as fill: Now I want the white part to be transparent so I can add a background image to it. I didn't find a way to do it. I know if you are in Photoshop you can ...
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What would you call these illustrations' style? Minimalist?

They differ quite a lot from the usual flat design minimalist trend, but is still quite a common style? What kind of techniques are being used here? ... and would using Illustrator or vector drawing ...
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Entire “placed image” visible when exported when using “draw inside” tool

Using Illustrator, I am trying to export my project to .png. I have created a wrapped text with a placed image in it, using the Draw Inside tool. Everything looks great on the screen (the first ...
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Join Paths in Illustrator

How do I get rid of these edges? I've tried the Join Tool. I've tried to highlight them with the white and the black arrow and then Object>Path>Join. At this point I don't know what to google for, ...
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What dimensions should my Illustrator artboard be when designing for a wallpaper for the walls of my office? [duplicate]

I am planning to design some patterned wall paper for the walls of my office and I was wondering if there are recommended dimensions for the artboard when designing it via illustrator.
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Illustrator: Generate Array of Objects with random Properties like Length or Position

I am just trying to generate a pillar diagram within Illustrator. Since I want it to be very tiny and detailed, I want to use multiple Instances of one pillar with modified Properties, like length or ...
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Illustrator applies effects on copy?

I'm using several objects with vector effects in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. When I select such an object either by clicking it in the layers panel or using the select-tool, copy and paste it again, ...
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Illustrator CS6 changes colours when saving as PNG or SVG

I'm creating artwork for a variety of purposes: Facebook Cover Photos (RGB) Business Cards & Banner Prints (CYMK) Document Headers (RGB) The red I am using for the FB Cover Photos is #b72025, ...
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Best practices for a file of icons in Illustrator that can export perfectly to both PNG and SVG?

I'm using Adobe Illustrator to maintain a set of icons for a desktop application. Whenever I update them, I need to export them both to SVG and to a minimum-resolution PNG that matches the pixel ...
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Cannot arrange objects in Illustrator CC

I have a few objects in Illustrator, and I can't arrange them one behind the other. They are both on the same layer. When I select one and press CTRL+SHIFT+[ the circle does not move back. When I ...
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Illustrator: How to exclude textured strokes (Chalkboard effect)

I'm trying to create a lettering with chalkboard effect in order to print it on a chalkboard mug. However, most tutorials I found for Adobe Illustrator recommend applying a textured stroke to the text....
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Alternative to Scriptographer

I used Scriptographer a good while back (http://scriptographer.org/) I wanted to use it again but they no longer work on the latest version of Illustrator - does anyone know an alternative version? ...
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In Adobe Illustrator CS6 how to add a smilie or a tick mark into a layer name field?

In Adobe Illustrator CS6 how do I add a smilie or a tick mark into a layer name field?
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how to make image frames that give animation effect of a ball or circular object separating from a thick substance [duplicate]

I am trying to draw individual image frames that when pieced together will to give the animation effect of a ball or circular object coming out of a thick (not necessarily sticky) substance or liquid. ...
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Font converted to outline won't fill in Illustrator [duplicate]

Whenever I convert a font to an outline in Illustrator, it seems to lose the fill colour and I have no idea how to get it back. All tutorials I have read show that after converting, the fill colour ...
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Deleting white background from scans in Illustrator

I'm trying to create custom brushes in illustrator with scanned brushstrokes. I use image trace, then expand...how do you then select and delete the white background?
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Cannot drag/drop vector objects from Illustrator CC to Photoshop CC

I recently formatted my computer and in doing so lost my preferences from my Adobe programs. I drag and drop vector images to Photoshop constantly. After the reset, dragging images to Photoshop will ...
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How to Blend Colors of Merged Paths in AI CC2015

Is there a function / tool / proper method for blending the colors of merged paths in Adobe Illustrator (CC '15)? I would specifically like to source a solution which would allow for the automation of ...
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JSX file placing stopped working

I have a .jsx script I'm using to place a set of png files into a clipping group. Was working fine yesterday, today it fails with error code 9080: Unable to set placed item's file, is the file path ...
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Why is my vector logo pixelated around the edges

I have created my first logo in Illustrator, I have just copied it to inDesign and the edges appear very pixelated. Can any anyone explain why that might be? I have created it in CMYK format. Kind ...
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PDF transparency problem when exporting from Indesign

I made an Indesign document (RGB). I've placed an AI document (RGB). When I export to an interactive pdf file, some colors changed and transparency doesn't work. See images:
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Illustrator Size issue : Avery® Print-to-the-Edge Oval Labels

I am new in logo designing. And I am told by my boss to design a logo which will be used as posters. He told me that the size should be : Avery® Print-to-the-Edge Oval Labels And I have no idea what ...
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Illustrator: Give a vector object a border, inset with a margin

Is there a better way of drawing a border inside a vector object other than drawing one vector shape on top of another and then resizing (as in my example image below)? I'd prefer to set it on the ...
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Cut and place part of an illustrator file with exact size

I want to add a new part of a nameplate which has multiple names. But every part with a name has an exact size so it can be printed out and cut. How can I select a part of the nameplate and copy it ...
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Text on a Path - Have Font Going from Big to Small [duplicate]

I'm trying to create some text on a path that gets smaller as it goes down the path. Similar to the text that says "Steam & Printer Job Label" in the picture below. I've tried some of the effects ...
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Saving for web is not crisp

I have a logo (compound path) in Adobe Illustrator CC (latest version). When I open the file in AI, all is good and crisp. I can zoom in and re-size whilst keep things crisp and sharp. However when I ...
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Convert paths to lines [duplicate]

I need to convert black paths in image below to constant width lines. What strategy I should follow?
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Illustrator object scaling problem [duplicate]

When I scale up my design it seems to bend weirdly. I've only just started using Illustrator as I started a course in graphic design a week or so ago. Here's what it is doing.[ To be fair, The shape ...
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Curve that is used as text guide for round text is open path. Is it problem for stocks?

On my vector I created rounded text. For this I used Ellipse tool to create circle, the with scissors cut it in two halfs on diameter. Then every half of circle was used as guide for text. It is ...
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Illustrator artboard and image size

I need an image that will be printed with the proportions 160x230cm. I have made my artboard size 160x230cm(I am starting to think this wasn't a good idea because it is too big and everything is ...

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