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How to convert text paths to editable text in an .eps file downloaded from Shutterstock?

I am an experienced PHP programmer, but very new to Illustrator. Finally, the time has come that I need to download artwork from Shutterstock (shutterstock.com) for use on a customer's website. The ...
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Arrow head brush distorted on a curved path

I'm trying to create a dashed line with arrow heads along its length in Illustrator. I don't think it's possible to do just with dashed line options (is it?), so I'm trying to create a brush which ...
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How to convert text to single stroke in illustrator

The question really says it all. I want to apply brush effect on the stroke once it looks like text. All my tries have resulted in stroke being outline of the text.
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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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Add a hyperlink within Illustrator [duplicate]

Is it possible to add a hyperlink to an object or a layer within Illustrator CS6 for a later SVG export? I know about the possibility to manually edit the exported file and wrap elements with an <...
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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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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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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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Illustrator: Is there an efficient and accurate way to join two circles by their tangents (and keep it editable)?

It's easy to join two circles if they are the same size and horizontal/vertical, into a pill shape: If the circles are at an add angle then it's still possible but you can no longer rely on smart ...
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Does a gaussian blur applied in illustrator stay vector?

Curious if this is appropriate for resizing, alpha transparency, etc.
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How to create an extruded halftone effect in illustrator or photoshop

I saw this photo on Smashing Magazine: Portrait of Alfred Nobel by Viktor Hertz And I was wondering how I can make a similar effect with the halftones extruding into 3D like it is shown. I don't ...
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How do I achieve this “Out of Sync”/mis-registration fill style in Adobe Illustrator?

What is an easy way to achieve this "Out of Sync" Color Fill style? I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS6 and I think there is an easy way to do this with the way Illustrator is set up, but I'm not sure ...
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Curved Typography with illustrator

I am trying to reproduce the great Ivan Chermayeff et Thomas Geismar Guggeinheim poster with Adobe Illustrator CS5 without any success. I am trying to distort my text with envelop tool; I made a ...
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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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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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Why does Adobe Illustrator have a limit on the maximum zoom?

Considering that it is an application that uses vectors which can scale to any size because they're mathematically calculated, why can I only zoom to a certain level and what is the deciding factor? ...
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Adobe Illustrator is making my PDFs HUGE! Why?

I received a pdf of about 1Mb, with 6 pages. I opened each page, one at a time, in Illustrator, changed some text, then saved, so it saved back to the original PDF. After 6 pages of minor text changes,...
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How to move one bezier anchor point while keeping the direction locked?

In below image I'd like to move the position of the green anchor point along the green dotted line (I freehanded in there, image it's a straight extension of the anchor point handle's line). I'd like ...
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Adobe Illustrator error creating text constrained by shape (Area Type Tool)

I am newer than new to Illustrator, but am trying nontheless to design a logo for my friend. The most basic of operations is to create an ellipse, correct? I have created a circle with this tool, ...
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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 ...
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How to find the centre of the area between two objects in Illustrator

I'm wondering if there's any tool or method that I can use to determine where the midpoint is between any two objects in Illustrator. To give a simple example, say I have a simple rectangle at the ...
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Print outline preview in illustrator

Is it possible to print only the outline preview (View > Preview) of an artboard? Taking a screenshot and printing is not an option for me.
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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 remove the background of an SVG with Adobe Illustrator?

I found a royalty free SVG image on the net. I'm experimenting with web design using SVG. The problem I'm having is that the SVG background is white. How do I delete / remove the white background, ...
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Outline stroke from path in Illustrator

I've made a path in Illustrator which I need to be outlined. Quickest way to do this is with Outline Stroke, but then you'll get this united shape (see object in the middle below). Is there a way to ...
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Is there a way to make Photoshop CS6 work with touchscreen monitors?

I have a 15.6" touchscreen laptop and I would like to be able to use the touchscreen in Photoshop. It works fine in Illustrator but for some reason Adobe didn't make Photoshop compatible with touch ...
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How do I equally space the pieces of a split shape in Illustrator?

I want to move all of the pieces of a split hexagon so there is equal space between each piece. I could use the stroke function but I need it to have a transparent background. I've split the ...
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Creating large banners to be viewed from a distance, at a size Illustrator can't handle

I need to design large banner, 40ft X 10ft, but Illustrator can't handle that size, so I create it at 1/3 size in Illustrator. Once done, I export a web image (JPEG), and set it to 100% quality. Then ...
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Create 'marl' background: striped effect in Photoshop or Illustrator

I am trying to create the effect in the below 2 photos for a t-shirt. How can that background (maybe called marl) be created in Photoshop or Illustrator? I've have limited success creating it with ...
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How to make a hexagonal grid?

I'm trying to make a hexagonal grid, I want each hexagon to be it's own shape, with no extra paths. I've tried a bunch of different methods to create a hexagon grid, something like this (where each ...
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Illustrator - Move anchor points while preserving angle

I want to move an anchor point along its current path - I mean moving anchor points keeping their current angle. Look at this picture: According to above picture, let's say we want to move anchor ...
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AI vs EPS vs SVG

What's the technical difference? I'm interested in switching from Illustrator to Inkscape and would prefer to work exclusively with SVG, but is this going to be a problem for my team if they stay on ...
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Make Angled Guides in Illustrator CS5

In Adobe Illustartor CS5, you can select/click, hold the mouse, and drag the Vertical ruler to make a vertical Guide (Cyan Color by default). The same can be done with the Horizontal ruler to make a ...
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Is there any way to add a new page to my work in Illustrator ?

Is there any way to add a new page to my work in Illustrator ? I've seen these buttons on the bottom: I guess they are for the pages ? thanks
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How can I fill in 4, 6, 8, 9, 0 etc with writing without it ignoring the center circle?

I'm trying to enter a list of names as text into the shape of an "8", but they won't go around the center holes of the 8, meaning I'm having to try, and failing, to justify it manually. How can I ...
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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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Web design what to use Photoshop or Illustrator?

What should I use to design websites, Photoshop or Illustrator? Is there a correct software or is it more a personal choice?
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How to use an Illustrator graphic as a text bullet in InDesign?

I've created a vector image in Illustrator. I would like to import it into InDesign and use it as bullets. I googled it but they just mention pasting it on to the clipboard and they don't explain ...
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Strange grey bordering/outline in Illustrator

I made a couple of vector shapes in AI and I get this strange thin border appearing around them. I can't get rid of it. Any suggestions? Zoomed in:
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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 can I print multiple Illustrator artboards on one page?

I'm working on a design that's to be printed. The size of the item is 1/3 of a standard letter page. I would like to be able to work on it in Illustrator only once without the copy and paste at the ...
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Layer Comps in Illustrator?

Is there a way to handle views in Illustrator like "Layer Comps" in Photoshop? For me it's important that I can export all those views e.g. as jpg/png/pdf (like Photoshop script "Layer Comps to Files"...
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Checking through different fonts quickly

There's a trick I've seen other graphic designers do wehre they'll highlight a block of text, and then seemingly down-arrow through their whole list of fonts, seeing how it looks on that text block, '...
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How do I create a hidden image only visible when shaking your head?

This image is peculiar. At first look, it's just a simple image. If you shake your head and see it, a face is visible. How can an image such as this be created (provided I have a bitmap image of ...
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Rounded corner shape with rounded sides

I'm struggling to make the below shape in illustrator: Rounded corner rectangles are easy but I'm not sure how to round the sides easily as well. I would want these shapes to be easy to re-size ...
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The description and interpretations of TrueType font points and curves

A question was asked recently on another forum that made me rethink my understanding of vector formats. TrueType fonts are in a vector format and - I had previously thought - that if a vector editor ...
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Make fill translucent but keep stroke opaque in Illustrator

How do I set the fill of a rectangle to be 50% opacity, but keep the stroke at full opacity? The transparency panel controls both fill and stroke. I want to set them independently.
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How to draw a smooth line (small in some places, large in others) like in this image

Check the image I attached above. I need to design a different logo. But need to draw it like this one because both the logos will be placed together (they need to match). So, anyone know how to draw ...
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AI positioning circles within an arc at equal distances and heights

I am trying to create a simple visual, but I can't find a good way to align smaller blue circles within a larger arc. You can tell I've just kind of eye-balled it. Here is what I'm working with: I ...
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Export a single object in Illustrator without the other objects to SVG code

So I am pretty much desperate by now. I am a web developer and -designer, but I don't use Illustrator. I just don't need it at all. The file that I got from the graphic designer contains two ...