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Questions about using Illustrator effects. For example, to manipulate objects, images, paths or handle color control.

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Can't change color (stroke/fill) in Illustrator

I've created a path in Illustrator and now I want to change the color of the stroke (or fill, it doesn't work on both), but when I chose the new color nothing happens. Edit: strangely, it changes the ...
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How to create a grainy dust effect in Adobe Illustrator?

I am new in Adobe Illustrator. I need to know how can I create an effect that is close to the one in the picture (rose gold sand) in Adobe Illustrator? Any guide to right direction would be great I ...
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Circles inside circle - evenly distributed

I want circles with DIFFERENT stroke sizes to have similar border distances / align them evenly. How can I do that in Illustrator? The blend tool works only if border sizes are identical. Thank you ...
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How to achieve this smooth zig zag effect for these lines?

I tried to achieve this below simple effect in Adobe Illustrator. ...but my result is a not exactly that I expect and it's a little different from the original image. I've tried Zigzag effect and ...
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How to simulate depth for a group of objects (car rim)

I'm doing Illustrator artwork of a DeLorean. The DeLorean has two different tire sizes (1" larger diameter rears). The rims have more contour on the rear because of that difference. These are ...
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No idea how to reproduce this gradient, any advice?

Any idea how one would reproduce a similar effect? gradient but how, i have no idea
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Halftone dotted shape with rotation

I am trying to make a rotated dotted shape like in the picture. I already succeeded creating the dotted pattern using the blend tool or make a halftone pattern. I am stuck now with the rotation in the ...
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Methods to create a dotted complex shape. is it possible or do I need to use another tool?

I see illustrations like this and wonder how to create something like this (see the example below). What tool should I use? Is there a lesson on how to create one?
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Strange artifacts appearing in Illustrator 3D extrude & bevel for curved paths

I am trying to make a 3D graphic using Illustrator. The graphic is supposed to consist of a cuboidal structure that is bent in some regions. I have been able to make the graphic by first making the 2D ...
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Light up a Star (Photoshop)

How can I add light to the star on the right hand side (2B) in order to achieve the desired result (2A - picture on the left)? How would you do that in Photoshop / Illustrator? Do you know good ...
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Is there any way of combining the use of the 3D effect and freeform gradient fill on Adobe Illustrator?

I am trying to use the 3D effect on a path. However, adding the effect does not change the path visually and returns the message: '3D and Materials' effect currently works only on some object types ...
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Can this effect be created in Adobe Illustrator

Was hoping someone had a tutorial on how to re-create this effect in adobe illustrator
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Create " windows trail" effect in vector

Is there a way to create this effect like in this post but in Adobe Illustrator? Hold Alt key copy-pasting kind of works, but it is near impossible to lake it look like "window drag" and ...
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How would you go about making these sorts of textures in Illustrator, and what is this style called, specifically?

Please see the attached image. I am curious about both textures - the one used on the subject and the one used in the background. These can't all be by hand, can they?
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Transform an image into parallel lines with varying distance?

Summary For pen plotting, I would like to transform an image into many parallel lines. Depending on how dark a spot in an image is, the parallel lines are more or less densely packed. Current Approach ...
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Customise colours in effect gallery foreground/background - Illustrator CC

I am wanting to add an effect texture and customise the foreground/background colours but when I go into the effects panel its black and white even when I change the swatch colours. I was assuming it ...
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Remove black streaks in AI [duplicate]

I just started learning Illustrator and I attempted to create a book logo. Everything worked out, except when I tried to create a 3D effect (extrude and bevel), some unpleasant black streaks appeared ...
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Why does Gausian Blur produce Boxed result in Adobe Illustrator?

I am applying Effect-gaussian blur on an Object with 50% Opacity. Instead of producing a smooth blur effect it ends up with a box around the shape. why does this happen? Thank you.
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What is this style or technique called I can't find any info about it?

I tried to imitate this style, I used filters like Posterize, Threshold, Cut Out, a combination of filters, played with levels, curves, gradients... Nothing. I tried brushes to just be close to that ...
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Creating the outer glow in AI and creating the outer glow in Adobe Photoshop have the same end result?

Hi everyone I have a weak PC, so when I transforming my AI design which has outer glow, my PC just do the rendering forever, so I decide to make the outer glow in Photoshop. I export my design as PSD ...
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Is there a quick way to make this?

I'm sure I can do that with array and some distortion, but how? I use Adobe Illustrator, and I've only tried the pen tool to draw each circle by hand so far, which shouldn't be the smartest thing to ...
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How to create pastel-like noise texture in adobe illustrator

I'm new to adobe illustrator. I want to fill my shape like the picture below. I tried adobe noises but I didn't find anything like this.
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Can Illustrator's Crystallize effect be used to create smooth wrinkly borders?

I'm trying Effects > Pixelate > Crystallize to create borders like this (something like which we can do with Wrinkle or Crystallize tool): But even after applying the effect, I can't see any ...
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How to make halftone grunge like this in illustrator?

I want to learn how to make a texture in Illustrator as shown below:
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Changing Brush style for Scribble tool (fill) in Illustrator

I want a scribble effect (as if someone had taken a pencil and scribbled out this headline), and I can get the desired brush style (pictured here as the circle) when I draw, but not when I use the ...
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How can I draw this effect in Illustrator?

Does anybody know how to draw this in illustrator? Thanks.
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Smudging of colors in Adobe illustrator

Is there any method to smudge colors in Adobe illustrator?
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How to make dependant object sizes and positions in Adobe Illustrator?

I apologize for the way of formulating my question and problem. I am a newbie so bear with me. Let's say that I have a one big circle (circle A), then I have multiple circles whose centres are on the ...
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how do i align line segments that are supposed to branch off from another line?

this is something i surely should know by now but i've somehow found a way to avoid it being a problem up to this point. is there an easy way to connect these lines so that they look as if they are ...
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How to create this (see image) repetition effect in adobe illustrator?

I'm wondering since a long time how this (see images) effect is created in Adobe Illustrator. It looks like the blend tool but I've been trying to accomplish it but it seems like it's done with an ...
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How do I achieve this sponge/paint texture?

I'm trying to find an filter/texture I can use to make the same effect. Am currently using Adobe Illustrator and GIMP. Thanks in advance!
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How do I create this shape with some rounded corners in illustrator?

I'm using CS6. I want to create this shape, that is shaped like a backwards L and has some rounded edges on the bottom and then straight edges on the two upper corners. Whenever I try and google how ...
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Is it possible (and usually done) to create such grainy effect in Illustrator? [duplicate]

Sharing some illustrations from Handsomefrank agency. If you see them, all have dotted / grainy colors. I've highlighted the thing I want to ask about by yellow color. It's not limited to one artist. ...
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What functions in Adobe Illustrator to use to get these effects?

How can I make on my own? What functions I need to use in Adobe Illustrator for 'waving' words?
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Apply Transparent Spatter Effect from Gallery on Illustrator

I have a basic square shape and I want to apply the SPATTER effect under Effects Gallery. After applying the effect, I realized it adds a color to the SPATTER applied, while I would like that SPATTER ...
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Punching holes in a shape that is already altered with pucker & bloat

I have a flower created with pucker and bloat applied to a pentagon. I am trying to punch out circles and ellipses from it to make areas of transparency for the stamens of the flower. However, when I ...
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Convert Illustrator Shadow or Glow to Halftone Dots

Using vector imagery (Illustrator), I'd like to convert an object's outer-glow or drop-shadow into halftone dots using Effects > Pixelate > Color Halftone. However, running this on a path, shape,...
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In Illustrator, trying to create a mask of a word off a background

In illustrator, I'm trying to create/extract the word 'sunset' from a sunset picture. I keep getting a message saying, "I must click on a non-compound mask"? What do I need to do, to the ...
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Illustrator: problem with the 3D effect - Extrude and bevel, Isometric lines aren't straight

I've this problem with the 3D effect: the vertical lines projected by the effect aren't vertical. I start with a plane shape like a rectangle and I select the isometric top preset in the effect and ...
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Neon Light Exports with Black Strokes in Illustrator [duplicate]

So I was working on a project and I needed a neon light effect asap so I used this asset. (It was in .eps format.) When I collected it for export it did not look what it looked like in the picture. ...
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How could I replicate this striped effect in Illustrator?

I'm attempting to simulate a ribbon like pattern for lettering, similar to this image: I've already made the outlines for the lettering, however using the blend tool and the width tool doesn't give ...
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how can i open a photoshop file in illustrator without loosing quality?

I tried to open a photoshop file with an effect (outer glow) applied in Illustrator. However when I opened the file, the effect which I applied to the image didn't come out as the same in Photoshop. ...
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Illustrator: Grain effect goes outside the edge of the shape

I'm having some issues with the grain texture. I achieved the effect I wanted (gradient on a shape with grain texture) but the grain goes outside of the shape a bit. The problem is most noticeable in ...
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Illustrator - make an existing path/shape spikey

Is it possible to style or apply an existing effect to an existing shape to make it "spikey" For instance given an animal drawing made out of regular shapes such as circles and rounded ...
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Pixel Defrag effect with Illustrator

I'm trying to make an effect that looks like a defrag image. (like the linked image) I know how to make the interlaced lines knocked out and I tried using the mosaic effect. but It's just coming up as ...
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3d text problem cap or white lines when copy to photoshop

when i try to export my 3d text from illustrator to Photoshop , some cap or white line appear on my work i try to export as PNG or use copy and paste in Photoshop ( smart Object or shape layer ) i use ...
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How to make this clean hex shape with complex shape inside it?

How to make this hexagonal shape with complex geometrical shape inside it? I try to make this with this shape I experiment with transform effect for 2 hours still have no idea how to make this. ...
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how do you create these striped letters but especially the curves in it (see images)

How does one create this effect? I know how you could create these lines, these might have been done with the blend tool or with a striped handmade brush. And the corners 90 degrees are possible with ...
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How to quickly create satin fabric in illustrator?

Is there an easy way to quickly create satin fabric in illustrator. Sample picture:
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How can I reproduce this "minimalist" background?

I am making a game and I wanted to make a background for it. It is a board game so I was thinking of keeping it minimal. Surfing the web, I found this picture and got really intrigued by the ...
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