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How to fill in areas surrounded by line segments?

I have a rectangular shape and I added an "extension area" to it with several line segments and closed it back to the rectangle. Specifically, I clicked on an anchor point off a corner of the ...
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Illustrator: how to create a spirograph?

I am trying to create a spirograph in Illustrator, as per attachment. How do I do this? Where do I start?
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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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How would you create this geometric logo?

Is it as simple as creating a circle and doing step and repeat at an angle?
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Change Background Color of Text Box in Illustrator CS5

Any way to change the background color of a text box without all the workarounds such as placing another shape behind the text. I need to have a textbox filled with color of 249, 249, 249 and a ...
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How to extract PNGs from Adobe Illustrator file

My graphic/web designer left me with an Adobe Illustrator file of my website. She said it would be easy to extract the images out as PNGs so I can use them in my HTML. But I can't figure this out too ...
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Toggling Bounding Box and Transform Controls in Illustrator

I apologize if this has been covered a thousand times, but I'm new to AI and I don't even know the technical terms of these things to find anything in Google, I've been trying. When you select an ...
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How to sample actual color of an area in illustrator?

When I place a few objects one over another, each with different colors and transparencies, so that they all overlap somewhere, how would I measure the color on this overlapping area? Similar to the ...
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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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Illustrator: copying an artboard to a new document

I have a document with dozens of artboards. I would like to copy a single artboard into a new document, preserving its content and dimensions. What's the easiest way to do this?
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Custom stroke caps in Illustrator?

First post here! What I'm trying to accomplish looks fairly simple but so far I've had no luck in finding a way to accomplish it. Essentially I want to create custom stroke caps (or strke profiles if ...
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What unique benefits does the EPS format provide?

Reading this excellent question regarding logo export formats, and it made me want to ask a question that was a little bit more narrowly focused than that one. I know when to use a GIF and when to ...
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Create more than one artboard when document is already saved?

I'm already working with an artboard, but i need two more, how can I add additional artboards to my document in Illustrator?
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4 colors/corners gradient with Illustrator or Photoshop

I should create a vector rectangle filled with a gradient made of 4 colors, one for each corner. I could just find some very generic information about using live blends, but I am not sure that is the ...
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Tools for making infographics

What are the best tools for producing infographics - attractive displays that combine graphs, diagrams and text to convey a lot of information succinctly. I'm interested in both web-viewable content ...
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How do I create this circle pattern in illustrator?

This is what I want to create. This is what I've created so far. Now I don't know how to merge 6 circles like above. Any ideas, Please?
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What file type should I use for a logo when exporting from Adobe Illustrator?

I'm a fine artist, new to Adobe Illustrator. I'm in the process of designing a logo for a company using Illustrator. What type of file should I send them when all is completed, so they can use this ...
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How to crop an image in Illustrator?

I've read a few tutorials but I'm still new to Illustrator. Currently, I am trying to work with a sketch that I am trying to position on the artboard. If I were to resize the entire shape the sketch ...
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Scaling rounded corners in Illustrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I resize this object without distorting it ? I've created a rounded-corner triangle in Illustrator by creating a triangle and then doing Effect>Stylize>Round Corners. ...
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How would I recreate this effect of text that seems to flow over a flight of stairs?

Is there nondestructive way of achieving the wavy type effect, found below?
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Is this curved text blend possible in Illustrator?

I've started playing around in illustrator and came to a full stop when I tried to find a way to create a side curve to a text blend (cause I don't know the limitations of the blend tool) Here's ...
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How to align rotated shape back to 0 degrees?

I have a "rotation" issue with Illustrator. I've rotated some shape which has no horizontal component which I could align to guide, so I have no idea how to rotate the shape back to 0 degrees. In the ...
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Why are there unwanted white lines appearing in a PDF print proof?

I designed a christmas card and I normally print it on vista print. When I ask for a print proof the outlines show. They don’t show when I print it at home. Why are there unwanted white lines ...
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Why are all my colors dull in Illustrator CS6?

I just installed Creative Suite 6 on my computer. I was working on some artwork for a client in Illustrator and having a hard time getting the right colors. I noticed they were all very dull. So I did ...
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How to repeat a gradient multiple times in Illustrator and Photoshop?

How to repeat a gradient 'n' times, for example, repeating black to white gradient 5 times (along the path of stroke) like I've done manually in below example image. Is there a way to automate it to ...
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is there a way to add hyperlinks in a Illustrator document?

I am creating a CV in Illustrator and exporting it to a PDF. I just read an article which stated that it is a good idea that we use hyperlinks in the CV so that the employer can just click and not ...
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How to set keyboard shortcut to run script in Illustrator

Is there a way to setup a keyboard shortcut to run a custom script in Illustrator? So far I haven't found a way. If this is not possible to do from within Illustrator, is there a 3rd party solution ...
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Why do triangles do this with alignment

I know that a triangle's mathematical center is not it's "visual" center, meaning it doesn't look good when aligned using the align tool, you have to use alternative methods. (Such as creating the ...
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How to add multiple strokes aligned 'outside' to a type layer in Illustrator CS6?

Trying to do something which seems so simple and failing badly. I have created a simple Type layer. I need to add two strokes to the layer. But I would like the stroke to be on the outside of the ...
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Pressure-sensitive freehand drawing of vector paths that are editable with the Illustrator Width tool?

In illustrator, you can do pressure-sensitive drawing with the Blob Brush tool (if you set Width to Pressure in the settings from double-clicking the icon). You can also fine-tune the widths of paths ...
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copy object as a reference

Is it possible to copy an object in Illustrator so that if you make a change in any of them the changes will apply in both? Actually I have this situation where I have a lot of instances of the same ...
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How can I open a Corel Draw file in Adobe Creative Suite?

I received some corel draw files, and need to open them, preferably in illustrator. But anything from the Adobe suit will do. I do not have corel draw and I have a mac, is there a way to convert them?...
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What's the best way to make attractive charts?

I have a bunch of pie charts and bar charts to make up for a client. They have given me the raw data and they want them made up attractively and easy to understand. Does this mean I have to work out ...
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Distorting a layer to fit shape

I have a rectangular image which I'd like to distort so that it fits into a shape. I can almost do it using "Distort", but I need to move more than just the corners, which is all I can seem to do ...
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How reliable are the colour blindness previews in Illustrator and Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator have options to preview what artwork will look like to people with red/green colour blindness (protanopia and duteranopia). How reliable are these previews? For ...
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Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop?

If I'm designing a website from scratch and I intend to slice it and code it up in Adobe Dreamweaver later, should I create the design of the website in Illustrator or Photoshop? Why?
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Create frozen screen effect

Is there a way to create this effect in Photoshop? I could duplicate the same image over and over again, but that's just wrong. There should be an easier way. Edit: Use of Illustrator and MS Paint ...
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How do I make an incomplete circle stroke for a donut chart?

I'm trying to emulate this type of stroke: So far, I've only been able to pen over the stroke and try to Minus it off (though I'm a rookie and still don't understand the whole pathfinder tool ...
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Removing One Part Of A Stroke On A Rectangle In Illustrator CS5

Is it possible to remove on side of a stroke on a rectangle? Let's say you have a rectangle with a stroke all the way around it and I want one end of the rectangle to be 'open' and take the stroke ...
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How can I change hue of a vector image that has many colors?

How can I change color of this vector in Illustrator? Each triangle is different. I want it to be in other color tones like brown, grey etc.
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Adobe Illustrator: Creating an helix

Can someone help me create a spiral (helix) similar to the one shown in the image? How might this be done except from drawing the curves perfectly by hand? I achieved the desired result, but very ...
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Illustrator align to object without moving one of them

This is super frustrating feature that I can't overcome. I often want to align one object to another, without moving the one I'm aligning to. I've tried selection, key object but it keeps moving both ...
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How do I disable or hide the pink background on missing fonts

How do I disable or hide the pink background on missing fonts? I do not care that the fonts are missing. I do not want to install the fonts. I do not want to replace the fonts in the file; I want to ...
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How to use the color picker in illustrator?

How can I color picker for the gradient tool to sample a color? It seems the color picker does not work like photoshop does where you can pick a color from the existing canvas, but have to know either ...
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How do I specify the size of my artboard in pixels with Adobe Illustrator?

I'm creating a graphic for a website. When trying it out, I realized it was a bit blurry. I asked a graphic designer the reason it was blurry, and she had stated the graphic may need to be larger, ...
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Illustrator, Save for Web: keeping Art and Type optimization separate in one go?

When exporting for web in Illustrator, there's the ever familiar Art Optimized and Type Optimized rendition schemes (apart from None). Both schemes have their own perks on different types of elements....
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Illustrator: shape dimension and resize

Is there a way in Illustrator to know the exact dimension of shape in pixel and possibly to resize it down to different (but precise) dimension?
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Why are the colors of certain PNG files getting distorted when opened in Illustrator?

I was trying to open an iPhone screenshot in Illustrator, but for some reason the colors are distorted. If I open the same file in any other application (Photoshop, GIMP, Preview, etc.) the colors are ...
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How to snap to every half-pixel (0,5) in illustrator?

I am trying to optimise a vector graphic so it does align well to pixels but if I try to align-to-pixel grid I loose too much from the quality and I still need to be able to snap with 0.5px increments....
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How to create this pattern?

How can this pattern be recreated? Pay attention that it has round lines in the bottom and straight line at the top. I tried to use blend tool (in Illustrator) on two arcs and one dot with dotted ...