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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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How to create “wave”-like type in Illustrator

I managed to create a text following a wave pattern in After Effects using the CC Cylinder effect but I can't find how to replicate it in Illustrator. I tried the Map Art effect under the Extrude and ...
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how to change the workspace color window from RGB to CMYK mode in Illustrator CS5.1?

I'm using Illustrator CS5.1 and started a new document in RGB mode. When I change the color mode to CMYK under File > Document Color Mode > CMYK Color, the Color window in my workspace doesn't ...
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Make Arabic text show properly in Adobe Illustrator

Arabic text doesn't show properly in Adobe Illustrator. Even with a font that supports Arabic text (e.g. Arial), the text is back to front (left to right, not right to left) and the letters don't join ...
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How to use the color picker along the gradient tool 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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Changing Color of Path Guides in Illustrator

Not sure if "path" is the right term here... I'm trying to change the color of the outline in Illustrator when using the pen tool. My border is set to black and the background of the artboard is white ...
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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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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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In Illustrator CS5, why are my colors dull when I export to png?

I'm having an issue with Illustrator CS5 that I've seen mentioned in many, many forums, but I haven't found an answer that has fixed my problem. When I use Save for Web & Devices... to create a ...
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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 ...
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spot color print - how to indicate white

I prefer to work with the web, so it's been forever since I've worked with a printer. Just received this message back regarding a doc utilizing white ink. How can I accomplish this in Adobe ...
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How can I create a circular zig-zag pattern?

I'm trying to create something that looks like this: I can do the blue lines easily enough but I can't seem to get the grey 'circular diamonds' right. No matter what I do, be it a diamond shape ...
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How do game designers create graphics for their games? [closed]

Lets say a game designer is going to create a new character for his game and now needs to draw the character using an art style that is a smooth (not pixel art) style. What would be the best way for ...
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Illustrator: Quick way of removing redundant anchor points after unifying shapes?

Except for manually removing redundant anchor points that gets added when unifying two or more objects, is there a quicker operation to wipe in-between anchor points? EDIT: To complement Lollero's ...
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How to achieve a repeating circular shape like the 'Sam Rockwell - Moon' poster in Illustrator?

I need help for making this circular shape in Adobe Illustrator. I assume it is basically just making circle shapes over and over again using the strokes and putting it inside each other over and ...
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How to create an artistically posterized monotone portrait?

Can anyone please tell me what this greyscale vector style is called and how can I achieve it? Source I was informed I should put my image in Photoshop and adjust the levels and run the cutout ...
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How do I get started with Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to learn to use Adobe Illustrator. I want to go from start i.e learn using each tool first and then move on. Where can I find tutorials for this (Youtube is a good source). I cant ...
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How to add a DOUBLE outline to a text or a shape in Adobe Illustrator ?

I am creating a logo and I would like to put a double outline on it, do you know any clever way to do it ?
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How to create an image with complex gradient?

I need to create an image like this, but I do not know what software or technique to use. I tried to use the Mesh Tool in Illustrator, but the result is odd, also I tried to blur an image in Photoshop,...
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How do I italicize fonts that don't have an italic variant in Illustrator?

For example, how do I italicize the font Impact (Regular) in Illustrator CS 6? I can't find the italicize option in the character panel window.
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Transparent path/stroke fill in Illustrator

This is an odd request and something I've never had to worry about in Illustrator until now. I'm building out a logo that will be printed on a shirt. Instead of having a solid black border around the ...
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Apply a text background color in Adobe Illustrator CS6

I'd like to highlight titles in my text like this: I'm doing that by adding a blue rectangle behind the text, but every time I change the text which is 16 pages long I have to go and move the ...
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How to Draw Perfect Curves in AI?

A perfect curve looks something like this image: When I try to draw a similar curve shape in Illustrator, I couldn't get the above effect. It's just about 85% perfect. As you see closely, there are '...
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How to disable Align to Pixel Grid in Illustrator [duplicate]

When I create a new document, this option is available, but how to disable it, when the document is already created? I can select shapes and disable it via the transform panel but not for newly ...
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Reset/avoid distorted Illustrator graph text labels after scaling?

Adobe Illustrator's graph tool is... special. A veteran of many software updates (successfully surviving all of them unscathed...) one of its many quirks is that you cannot resize a graph object that ...
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Illustrator CC: Turn off align objects to pixel grid

I have inadvertently created an illustration with the align new objects to pixel grid turned on (not sure why it was on, I did not know or ever turn it on) and want to now scale the image. When I ...
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Illustrator stroke color appears lighter than same fill color

When I apply a color with the exact same RGB as the fill for 1 shape and the stroke of another, the shape with the stroke shows a slightly lighter color. Why does this happen and what can I do to ...
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Opening PDF in Illustrator breaks up text objects

I recently had to convert some PDF files to SVG, and did this by opening the PDF in Illustrator, and saving out to SVG. The issue was that when Illustrator opened the pdf, many (but not all) text ...
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Adobe Illustrator vs Adobe Indesign for brochures

You may know me (not that I am worth knowing) from my first question. I am a noob in web design, graphic desgin, font theroy, color theory, guess all of the mixes that are crucial. My expertise (...
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SVG export from Illustrator CC distorts paths

I'm trying to create some icons to add to the Glyphicons library. I've created them using the pen tool (shapes) in Adobe Illustrator CC, they're ultra-basic. As PNG, or EPS they export fine. ...
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How to turn a path with straight lines into a curved path automatically in Illustrator?

I know how to do this manually, but I need an automatic way (either a script or just a command in Illustrator). Here's a line like the one I mean. Notice how it's all made of straight lines (The blue ...
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Preventing Illustrator CC vector objects distorting when scaled

I'm having some trouble resizing a group of vector objects in an illustration. These objects used to be lines until I expanded them into vector shapes, and before I scale them they look fine: But as ...
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Folder to put fonts for Illustrator CS6 without having to install fonts in system

I remember there used to be a folder I could just put fonts in and they would work for Adobe InDesign. I thought it was a folder called fonts in the same directory the InDesign document was. I tried ...
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How to create a customized city map

Any ideas how to start making a customized city map (one example below). I'm fairly good in using Illustrator and Inkscape but I'm unsure what an optimal workflow would be.
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How do I manipulate a field grid in Illustrator to resemble spacetime so that the center of the grid dips below a sphere?

Think of a bowling ball that has rolled to the center of a trampoline. I would like to depict that in Illustrator, except the trampoline would be a grid that conforms to the weight of the bowling ball ...
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Transparency is lost in illustrator CS6 when I use image trace. Help!

so I'm pretty new to illustrator so sorry if this is obvious - but, I'm having troubles with the transparency of a flower image. I placed the image of the flower which has no background from a saved ...
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How can I create realistic business card mockups?

I'm trying to produce the effect in the below image: I'd preferably like to do this with Photoshop or Illustrator. How can this be accomplished?
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How to draw a color wheel in illustrator?

How to draw a color wheel in illustrator? I am thinking of creating many small arcs with gradient and all hue colors. Any ideas?
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Illustrator exporting SVG, viewbox doesn't match artboard size?

I'm attempting to output an SVG from Illustrator. My artboard is 256x256 pixels. The top left of the artboard is at 0,0. When I export my svg, the viewbox attribute is 0.5 792.5 256 256. Why isn't it ...
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Illustrator document to Photoshop - Preserve Layers?

Is it possible to import a Illustrator document into Photoshop and keep the layers - we need to supply a multi layered document to a client in this way asap... We have tried exporting the doc as a ...
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What is the Slicing Option in Illustrator and Photoshop Used For?

What is the Slicing option in Illustrator and Photoshop Used for? Doesn't the Guides option provide such functionality?
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how can I copy guides from one artboard to another

I'm using Illustrator to lay out a multi-page pdf, I've set up some guides on an artboard and I'd like other artboards to have the same guides. Can I copy them over?
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Illustrator isn't allowing me to select part of a graphic

I'm trying to edit a text based image in Illustrator CC but parts of the text are not allowing me to edit or even select them. even clicking Select All doesn't work. has anyone had this problem? any ...
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How to use Subversions for Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop

I found the tool Timeline from Pixel Novel, but I wondered if I could use any subversions app to manage my design files. I'm not sure to understand everything about Subversions yet, and I did not ...
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How to change just one color value for multiple objects in Illustrator?

When making and experimenting with color schemes in Illustrator, I usually use a few base hue values (H) and start playing around with saturation (S) and brightness (B). Since I like similar value in ...
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Illustrator 3D Extrude Pipe Elbow

I'm trying to create a 3D extrude of an ABS pipe elbow like this: Large image. Although it can be solid, isn't necessary for a hollow pipe. I created a doughnut from two ellipses (one deleted from ...
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How to display spacing information between the two elements in adobe illustrator?

When I hold down Ctrl in Photoshop it displays spacing information between the layer that I have selected and other nearby layers. Does Adobe Illustrator a similar function to this?
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Placed image doesn't show when saving as PDF

I am using Illustrator 17.1.0 to prepare some scientific figures. I have two layers: the bottom one has some placed PDF figures and the top one has annotations. When saving this as a PDF, the placed ...