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

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Adobe Illustrator: Deboss or Engrave Effect

I'd like to create a realistic debossed (indented), recessed or engraved effect. Often seen on tactile commercial products, particularly for embellishing text and symbols. Here's an example of a gear ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Making a shape appear to be "carved" into a surface

In Adobe Illustrator, I am trying to create a set of shapes that are supposed to look as if they were carved into a surface, i.e. stone (the shapes will also have a Grain-Effect applied to them in ...
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How to fill in outlined text with transparency-to-color gradient in Illustrator

I'm trying to create a fading effect on an outlined text by adding gradient to transparency. Is it possible to do so? My idea was to create an object to overlap it, but I cannot make the object of ...
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Make font size bigger than max limit of 1296 pt in Adobe Illustrator (2015)?

For some reason and for many years there's a limit for font size in Illustrator. It is 1296 points max, so you can't go bigger without converting type to outlines first. Converting to outlines means ...
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Easiest way to create vintage grane/corners/angles in Ai

I am looking for an easy way to create in Illustrator vintage style corners like on the picture provided. I have some technical ideas, but they are time consuming, there should be an easier way I ...
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How can I make an outlined path thinner in illustrator? [duplicate]

I have been given some SVG icons which are all outlined paths. I need to make the strokes thinner to be consistent with the rest of a design I'm working on. Is there a way to do this without ...
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Grunge effect for vinyl

As the title says what is the best way to take an existing sans serif font, such as Helvetica, and add a grunge effect to the text for die cut vinyl? I know it can be done manually but that tends to ...
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Illustrator: Stop drop shadows appearing on artboard

I'm looking remove the shadows shown in the below diagram so that the shadow only appears on the line it's over and not the background artboard. My fix for 'removing' the shadow from the diagram ...
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Why do paintbrush loops get thicker at the top in Illustrator?

When I do swirls in Illustrator with the paintbrush tool I often get this result (see image). The loops doesn't get perfectly rounded, instead sometimes some of them gets thicker at the top of the ...
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How to make these waves effects?

I would like to to create the image above. I have tried to make multiples layers of the waves and edit it's opacity but it does not seem to work. I would really appreciate some feedback and guidance. ...
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How to produce a ripple effect like this?

I have been seeing these materials, so I would like to know the exact steps how to reproduce something like this. I've tried to reproduce this creating a mesh of horizontal wavy lines in Illustrator,...
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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 replicate this photocopier distortion effect?

The below is achieved by moving the paper when scanning. How can I replicate it?
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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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Adobe Illustrator: Can I Suspend Rendering of Complex Objects or Bypass the Progress Bar?

Towards the end of a project (or when revising an old one, or whatever), there comes a certain point sometimes, where multiple tools & effects have been used on several layers and any false move, ...
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The pros and cons of using the appearance panel to create complex shapes and strokes in AI

Recently, I've been going over some Lynda tutorials for Adobe Illustrator and there are several sections where the presenter uses the appearance panel to modify the shape and stroke (and add ...
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Illustrator: creating two colour-wheel-like objects out of 23 circles/discs

So what I'm trying to do is make 23 circles in the same style as the image below, but in two concentric rings instead of one big one. The circles should be the same size and also arranged in a ...
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How can I apply a gradient overlay to *only* non-white areas of a group?

I am working with a vector image (not my design, bought as stock) and wish to overlay all of it with a gradient from the top to the bottom of the image. Each of the many objects in the image is ...
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Illustrator: how to achieve a wave background letter without stokes

I have a situation. I've created a wave background using the blend tool, I also have a letter on top; not so sure how to fill the letter shape with that wavee background, loosing the letter strokes. ...
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Cleaning up messy corner lines?

I'm kind of new to this stack exchange thing so please bear with me! Anyway, I'm trying make a ribbon on Illustrator. Upon making this ribbon from basic shapes and combining them with the Shape ...
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Simulate pressure brush with mouse in Illustrator

I want to get a brush working like in Adobe Illustrator Draw where the ends are thinner than the main body. I cannot figure out how to apply a fake pressure like this without having a drawing pad/...
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How do I use random color script to fill up the circular patterns that I have created using Phantasm version?

I have already expanded the appearance, broken the symbol link of the halftone patterns and ungrouped it. I want to fill up with several colors using random color fill script but it's not working.
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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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How to rotate and snap an object into a desired position? [Illustrator]

so I'm working with Adobe Illustrator, and I'm trying to have a rectangle pass through the center, and also snap to two points. Basically, I want the marked (with the black lines) corner of the ...
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How can I achieve this type of texture in illustrator?

How do you achieve the textures on the right side of the mountain, where the noise seems to leave the shape. Is there a gradient applied, because there's slight differences in colors in places. And on ...
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How do I in some way save a texture (with borders, effects and all) in Illustrator?

I have multiple objects that will have the same color, border color, brush and texture (with texturizer). How can I either save this as some default style, or copy everything from one object to ...
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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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Vertical/horizontal zigzag transformation of a circle in illustrator

I would like to transform a circle in a zigzag shape in only one direction, either horizontal or vertical - not both. The zigzag effect does it in all directions. Can I change it somehow? Or is there ...
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Illustrator - Blur effect rendering different on different layers

Image 1 - a blur effect rendering correctly (the color of the glow stays pink). Image 2 - the same blur effect applied to different illustration within the same file but on different layer. It does ...
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