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Rotate illustrator canvas and contents?

Is there a way to rotate the canvas in illustrator 90 degrees? It's pdf format. I've tried the Artboard tool (Ctrl/Command + O) I found an answer regarding this: Illustrator opens PDFs rotated 90 ...
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How do I apply a gradient across multiple objects in Illustrator?

I have two separate objects that I have applied gradient fill to. The gradient fill seems to only apply to the objects as individuals. I tried grouping the shapes, but that doesn't seem to change the ...
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Illustrator's background and artboard became transparent

Illustrator has a less known feature to hide artboard and background. I accidentally activated this with some keyboard shortcut. How do I go back to the normal view?
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What CMYK values should I use for rich black, and how should I handle tints/shades?

I'm working on a full color piece in Illustrator which has a few large black and grey areas. I'd like the black to be a rich black. I was thinking c30 m30 y30 k100. What is the best ways to match my ...
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How to subtract text from a shape in Adobe Illustrator?

I've created a rectangle, and I want to cut some text out of it, so that the text will appear as the background pattern. I expected to be able to achieve this by selecting the rectangle and the text,...
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How come my text looks like it is not dead centered?

I can't figure out why the text is not in dead center of my black screen. Looks a bit up. It have been entered with the align tool, but for a reason or another, to me it looks a little bit up.
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How to fit text box size to text?

I want to fit the artboard to selected art (two text boxes) - the text boxes are larger than the text inside them - how do I fit (shrink) them to wrap tightly around my text? Illustrator version - ...
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Can Photoshop be used for vector purposes?

Usually vectors are only created in vector-based programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, with some limited support for drawing vectors in programs like Adobe Fireworks and Flash. However, can ...
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How to go to layer of currently selected object in Illustrator?

Say there are hundreds of unnamed layers in an Illustrator artboard. How do you just click one of those objects and reveal what layer it is on? And change to that layer?
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How are these swirly, line frames made?

I love and have always been mystified by this kind of swirly design. After +10yrs working as a graphic designer, I still can't wrap my head around how those are done. Geometric curved design in ...
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Moving both handles of a bezier curve simultaneously in Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to be able to move the two handles for the bezier curve with the direct select tool the same way they are moved on initial creation of the anchor point. When a new anchor is created, ...
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What's most important, GPU or CPU, when it comes to Illustrator?

I'm working with extremely large illustrator files on a MacBook Pro 2015. Now I'm looking for a setup that will make life smoother for me. I need to know what's most important – fast CPU or GPU? ...
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How do I curve Text in Illustrator CS5?

I'm wondering how can I curve the text below to fit the curve of the shape below. I am somewhat new to Illustrator and yes I know my version is outdated
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How can I open a PDF in illustrator and convert text with a missing font into outlines

I have a PDF that is editable in Illustrator. I have to open the PDF in Illustrator and edit individual parts of the document but I am missing the font that is used in the PDF. When I open the PDF in ...
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How do I get out of Outline View?

I have drawn a broom in Illustrator and cant apply any brushes or strokes to it. I just don't get it. What do I have to do? Here is a screenshot:
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Is there an autosave feature in Adobe Illustrator?

Is there a way to retrieve your work after a crash, if you haven't saved for a while?
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How to make a “sticker” fold over an edge

So I want to fold my sticker image in a way to make it appear that it is stuck to the box. I’ve tried playing with perspective, but everything I try looks really off. Is there a way to do this that I’...
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Trim a Clipping Mask in Illustrator?

Is it possible to trim a clipping mask in Illustrator? I have an image that I created a mask for, but the entire image is so much larger than the space I need, I would like to crop the rest of the ...
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Convert a line drawing from raster to vector

I have a raster image, basically a scanned drawing of the outlines (and some detail) of various objects, and I wish to convert these lines to vectors, using either Illustrator or Inkscape. My present ...
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Programmatically creating radiating rows of dots

I want to create a speaker hole pattern like this: But I'm not sure where to start. Can this be achieved without laborious positioning in Illustrator or similar software?
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Merging separate paths in Illustrator

I have several circles that are set at type none color and 0.01 black stroke. They're all currently in paths (except two I made into compound paths). I want to know how to remove the stroke from the ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Copy gradient of one object into another object

Does anybody know the keyboard shortcut or the easiest way to copy a gradient of an object into another object.
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Illustrator now refuses to draw lines with stroke weight below 1 pt

Starting yesterday, Illustrator has been refusing to let me set a line weight under 1pt. If I set a lower one, the line snaps back to 1pt weight. This is crippling to my work: The art is being output ...
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Align text in exact center (vertically and horizontally) without creating outlines?

In Illustrator, how do you align text in the exact center of a shape for example without creating outlines. If I go to center text using the align palette, Illustrator aligns the text to it's bounding ...
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Convert shape to line with a stroke in Illustrator

Example. I drew a line with a pencil, set stroke to 5 px and made a shape using Object->Path->Outline Stroke. Is it possible to convert this shape to line with a stroke again? 100% accuracy isn'...
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Is it possible to specify width in pixels for multiple objects at the same time in Illustrator CS5?

Illustrator has the 'Transform Each' dialog, but it only allows you to scale multiple objects by specifying a percentage. Is there any way to specify the size in pixels? More specifically, imagine ...
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Is there option to fit square to artboard size in Illustrator?

I constantly create square background which I should adjust to artboard size. Almost every time I miss one or two pixels (Retina is good for that), so I looked for one-click feature "click object to ...
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Best way to send layouts with editable text to writers/editors who don't have design software

Here's a common design workflow problem, probably most relevant to in-house designers, but also to agencies who have a lot of non-design writing or research staff, or freelancers who work with in-...
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What does it mean when printers have told me my colour is not a Pantone colour, but in my file it is?

I've recently designed a cosmetic label for a client and I've given them the final file to have it printed at their designated printer companies. But a few have them have come back and said that they ...
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How to make Objects follow a path (illustrator) (like on the las vegas sign)

Does anyone know how to get objects to follow a path in illustrator symmetrically? For example (and what I am trying to emulate), the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign. I figured out the basics of the blend ...
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Illustrator - make text wrap instead of scale

I have a chunk of text I need to paste into Illustrator. No matter what I do, I can't resize the text area without scaling the text. I want to resize the area and have the text wrap (font size to ...
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Is there a way to reverse the order of anchors in a path?

Is there any way to reverse the order of anchors in a path? I don't want to redraw the path again. I want to change the starting anchor point from the starting point of any path to its end. reversing ...
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Convert Primitive to Path using SVG format in Illustrator

I've got a simple drawing in Illustrator consisting of multiple rectangles. I will need to handle that in code later one and saved the document as SVG. The rectangles come out as <rect /> nodes ...
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How to convert a signature from JPG to vector strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature to a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small SVG, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no fill ...
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Is there a way in Adobe Creative Suite to “share palettes/swatches” across programs?

I use a mixture of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to produce the vast amount of printed media I design at my current position and I find myself faced with copy/pasting color values from one ...
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How to draw isometric vectors?

I am looking for "built in" software solutions for Illustrator CS2-5 preferably. I am trying to create these isometric illustrations for a web app. Right now I've manually set up a grid in Adobe ...
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Distribute objects along a path in Illustrator

Using Adobe Illustrator, how can I evenly distribute a group of objects along an arc?
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How was this logo constructed?

How did all these shapes get the same width? It drives me crazy. Are the circles drawn with a stroke?? Or is it two ellipses combined and then a compound path was created?? Is that (2) a rectangle? ...
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Why are my handles and anchor point missing in AI?

I'm quite new to using illustrator. My problem is: I'm missing the anchor point. Usually when you use the direct selection tool and click an object, it should show the anchor points and handles. I ...
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What is the best way to make arrows in circular shape?

I need to make (actually re-creating) a diagram for a repeating process consisting of 5 steps. Here's how it might look with two arrows: I need to do basically the same thing with 5 arrows, ...
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Illustrator: how to scale pattern when already applied to object

I have created a pattern from 2 rectangles with different colors, selected both and moved them to swatches. After applying this pattern to a desired object, I would like to scale the pattern ...
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Saving Illustrator as PDF without the hidden layers

We have roughly 55 cards that all have the exact same text. The titles and backgrounds differ among the cards. So I've made just one AI with the different backgrounds and all the text as one copy in a ...
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Giving a vector shape a rough edge without manipulating anchor points

I’m looking to give my very smooth vector drawing a hand-drawn style. When I say this, I don’t mean applying a texture over the top of the whole vector (like this). A technique that would produce ...
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How to draw a precise circular arc in Adobe Illustrator?

Say, an arc with radius r centered at o, from angle a to angle b. I don't see how to use Arc tool in Adobe Illustrator this way. What's the best way to draw it?
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How Do You Find The Dimensions of A Document in Illustrator?

Is it possible to find the dimensions of an imported document in Illustrator? For example, if you drag a SVG into Illustrator (On Mac)/open a pre-made SVG, it doesn't necessarily tell you the ...
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Grid is not zeroed in Illustrator

I have a document with several artboards (7), which I resized, but now my grid (cmd–") is not centered or zeroed correctly (please see photo). I need to adjust the elements on the artboards, and I ...
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Illustrator: Getting solid color values from transparency? [duplicate]

I created a logo in illustrator and after much experimentation, settled with a design which the client approved. The problem is, some shapes have a transparency of 60% which looks amazing on white ...
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How can I easily move multiple artboards in Illustrator?

All artboards in my current project are organized according to page and iteration. As I'm adding more and more, I've come to the edge of the workable area in Illustrator. I'd rather not break my ...
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How to export Illustrator layers as individual images?

I have an Illustrator file that contains patterns. I'd like to export each pattern as an individual image to use in this new program that I'm trying called Sketch. Is there a batch processing script ...
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Why does Helvetica [Neue] look absolutely horrible in Illustrator?

Helvetica has always looked horrible in Illustrator CS4+ on my Mac, including all OS versions, regardless of size or units. Below are screenshots of Helvetica at 12px, 24px, and 36px. Is there a way ...