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What stroke width Instagram is using for its icons and how to get same results?

I'm designing on Illustrator icons for a new app, when I use 1px stroke and preview on mobile they look very thin and when I use 2px stroke they look a bit bold while Instagram icons look and feel ...
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How to render text pixel-perfectly with subpixel antialising with Illustrator?

I'm exporting a document to raster image with Illustrator and get this result: But I want to get this quality: It lookes more pixel-perfect and thin then the Illustrator's render. How do I setup ...
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cutting one object with another using illustrator

I want to cut an object using second object how can I acheive it? In the above image you can see 2 objects one is circle having 2px stroke and no fill, second is rectangle having white fill but no ...
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Text silhouette; change color in middle of a letter illustrator

Does anyone know how to change colors in letters to appropriately represent silhouette? A perfect example is the opening for the movie Superbad: The 'U' is perfectly a U while having the right change ...
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Shape gets distorted when adding stroke in Illustrator CS6

I very recently started learning how to use Adobe Illustrator (CS6), and just now I noticed something strange. When I add a 1pt stroke to my shape, it gets slightly distorted. This distortion does not ...
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How can I resize this object without distorting it in Illustrator?

How can I resize such items without changing the curvature at edges? You know, I don't want the half-circles at the extremes to become half-elipses. thanks
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How can make this circle halftone effect on type?

I tried the deformed circle to intercept but find it very complicated. Anybody knows how to achieve this?
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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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How to skew / shear text in Illustrator?

So, in doing a commissioned logo for a church, I learned the hard way that, apparently, font-skewing (as opposed to warping) has been removed in Illustrator CS6. I'm not sure why and now that I'm ...
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Can I just save files as a PDF from Illustrator?

I use illustrator a lot and I'm always exporting PDFs. Since the PDF is a "save as" rather than an export, I end up editing the PDF and saving out. This causes version conflicts. Could I just work in ...
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How to simulate long exposure light trails?

How can I apply long exposure lighting effects to a road (ideally using Photoshop or Illustrator)? See the image below for an example. How can this be achieved?
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Convert vector Smart Object layer to Shape layer

I've cut and pasted vector art from Illustrator to PhotoShop and chose "smart object" when I pasted it. Is there a way to convert the smart object to a shape layer now so I can edit the very simple ...
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Tint a layer (or a group of objects) in illustrator

In Illustrator I want to give a whole layer of objects a common tint. But I do not want to also color any transparent background. Also, I want to be able to continue drawing on the tinted layer with ...
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How can I easily separate components of a Kanji character in Illustrator?

Background I would like to highlight individual components of Kanji characters with different colours. So far, I have been able to successfully re-colour several characters by using the 'Expand ...
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Is there a quick way to make multiple Illustrator swatches global?

Global swatches are my friends. Being able to open a swatch in Illustrator, change its colour values and have my art change along is invaluable. I know I can change a swatch to global by opening the ...
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Is it possible to edit outlined text?

I am using the Illustrator CC to create a simple piece that is mostly text. I outlined the text and now I want to edit the text. Specifically, I want to change the font but Illustrator will not ...
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How to keep only the visible parts of the every object/path of a SVG image? Like “flatten” all the SVG

I've an SVG image with many objects, ones over anothers. What I need is a final SVG, with the same visual result, but in a way that I could change the opacity of any object without revealing the ...
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How to rotate around shifter center precisely in Illustrator?

If I select Rotate tool, I can select center of rotation then and move it. After that I am able to rotate object around that center. But this rotation is imprecise. Suppose I want to rotate for 120 ...
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Avoid cropping “transparent” areas when using logo

We have the following logo for a project at my school: (PDF: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13934366/M2/Grafiska/Logotyp/M2.pdf) Now, as you can see, it has a descending triangle to make it look like a ...
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How to create custom Arrowheads in Illustrator properly

Arrowheads.ai file in C:\Users\admin\Documents\Illustrator specifies: " ... add new arrowhead symbols of your own design. A horizontal stroked line in the back of the design is used to indicate the ...
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A clean way to remove gradient mesh in Illustrator?

Does anyone know if it is possible to remove a gradient mesh from an object in Illustrator without producing a distorted/inaccurate outline? Adobe documentation as well as most online resources I ...
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How to flatten a very complex object in Illustrator?

I have this design I'm working on, I reached this point where the main object is like I want but it got really really complex. Now, I want to keep only visible parts of it (what I see only), and ...
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Replacing multiple objects with other objects in Illustrator

I am working in Illustrator CS5. I want to select 100 objects (circles) and replace each of them with a 100 other various objects, each circle being replaced by one of the various objects, keeping the ...
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Perfecting a curve in logo, Illustrator CS6

I'm rather new to Illustrator, and I'm currently designing a logo. Just refining it at the moment, checking all the measurements etc... But I'm wondering what's the best way to tackle this curve: ...
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Illustrator: Change the colors of a symbol

Is it possible to change the colors of a symbol in a document without breaking the link with its original shape. Eg.: I have a square a symbol. I have two I races of them in my document. I want on ...
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How can I create this warped circular text?

Someone asked me to recreate a logo in Illustrator. The original logo was made with an old commodore 64 computer. I can't get the logo rounded / stretched. Original logo: Logo that I created yet: ...
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How to make arc text effect in Illustrator?

I'm wondering how can I achieve such an effect in Illustrator or Photoshop. I think that part of the trick is to place text on arc, but then you also need to give it a little bit of perspective, like ...
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How do I map Illustrator artwork on a sphere?

I am looking for help with creating spherical map similar to provided in picture: the 6 parts spherical map image setup (bent): I want to put together a promotional balloon vinyl,and I want to print ...
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How can I create perfect “radio waves” (concentric arcs of a circle)?

I suck at illustrator, so this is a huge leap in my ability. I'm trying to draw a radio tower, but I want everything in the vector to be as perfect as possible. I want some waves to come off of the ...
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How can I create WORKING gears in Illustrator?

I cannot seem to get this right.. I want to create 2 gears that work together. I can create gears, but I cannot seem to figure out the math needed to make them uniform, or where they work together. ...
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How to convert a compound path to a standard path in Adobe Illustrator?

I've got a ExtendScript that only works with paths and I've got a compound path, so how can I convert my compound path into a path?
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Using Adobe Illustrator without “hand” drawing skills

I work on Photoshop for over 4 years for web design and user interface purposes but I'm thinking of starting learning Illustrator because most of design jobs now require illustrator skills beside ...
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How to create specific spiral/swirl effect

Looking for tutorial on how to create the 'spiral' effect used for the lions mane in the picture of the right. I've tried using dashed line and then swirl feature but this makes the lines go from ...
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Illustrator Isometric scaling

I created a grid and started my design/illustration on it. Deep in the project I realize that some object are supposed to be bigger in size. So first thought was to scale it up. The problem is ...
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How do I create a solid line of uniform thickness inside of a letterform in Illustrator?

I've seen all sorts of headlines and ads that use this style a solid color section of type has a solid uniform line of a different color running through the exact middle of each letter. I've done all ...
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Illustrator Text Bounding Box Resize

I have an illustrator file, and I need to resize the bounding box of all the components, without changing the size of the text. Is there an easy way to do this, or do I have to go and rewrite all of ...
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How to use After Effects Trim Path with an Illustrator Path

I imported my Illustrator file into After Effects. I then turned the Vector layer into a shape layer. I added a trim path to the shape but the trim path does some weird start to end point mask. ...
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How to shrink down paths in Illustrator (cs6) whilst maintaining equivalent strokes?

I have a selection of paths in illustrator (cs6). I want to select all the paths and free transform them to something like a 3rd of the size. The problem is when I shrink them down, the stroke on the ...
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What can Illustrator do that Photoshop can't?

I'm fairly expert in Photoshop but a total novice in Illustrator. I need to do an infographic and I have a suspicion that Illustrator is what a real designer would use, but I don't really know why I ...
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Export Multiple Artboards to Pngs Named after the Artboard Without the Filename Prepended

Given the following setup: File: SomeFilename.ai Which contains artboards named: Artboard_01 Artboard_02 Artboard_03 At the moment if I export the artboards Illustrator insists on ...
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How do you extract a color from a gradient in Illustrator?

I want to grab one of the colors from a gradient, and turn it into a solid color swatch. Update Just to be precise, I want to get the color of one of the 'nodes' in the gradient. So if a a gradient ...
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Replacing a font in many illustrator files

I have several hundred Illustrator files that are formatted similarly, and for legal reasons I need to replace a font in all of them. Even with the 'Find font' tool, that's a hell of a lot of fonts to ...
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“Fake” 3d effect in Photoshop/Illustrator with raster images [duplicate]

I need to create a "fake" 3D effect for some raster image, like this one below: do you know how I can achieve this in Photoshop (CS5) or Illustrator? Thanks.
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How to set different color to guides(Ai,Ps,Id,Fw)?

I've been working on this file with a lot of guides(in Illustrator) and at some Point I was wondering is there a way to give different color to guides ? Like the gutter guides to be black, the main ...
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Is there a way to imitate a pencil or pen in illustrator?

I'm working with illustrations and I realized that it's easier to draw lines in Illustrator and combine them in Photoshop with other effects and textures. The problem is that I cannot find a way to ...
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Making multiple vectors one single vector in Illustrator

I have a company logo in vector repeated multiple times to make a pattern/background. I want to apply a halftone to it, but to do so I need to make all the repeated vectors into one single vector. I ...
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Illustrator: View -> Actual Size smaller than life size

I'm using Illustrator CS6 on OS X. When choosing View -> Actual Size, the displayed elements are smaller on the screen than their actual size, say in centimetres. How can I "calibrate" Illustrator ...
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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 export to SVG from Illustrator using Artboards

I am designing some icons. To keep the proportions correct, I designed all the glyphs in one artboard. Now, I want to experiment a little with SVG icons, so I want to export these icons to different ...
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how to preserve fonts with an Adobe Illustrator file?

I was working on a design in Adobe Illustrator and I've sent the .ai file to the printer. But she says that she don't have the fonts, that I used, installed on her computer. Now she also doesn't know ...