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Why doesn't the Shape Builder Tool let me select this specific shape?

I'm just starting to use Illustrator and I was watching some tutorials, but they don't have this problem. Why is this happening?
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Illustrator: what is this black dotted box? How can it be disabled?

It's not part of the artwork and doesn't seem to be hurting anything, but I get this on a lot of client logos and I'm wondering how to get rid of it. I think it's part of the artboard, but can't ...
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Which tool/workflow to design personalized maps?

I would like to design maps that include a mix of current cities, historical cities, natural landmarks, roads (current and old). These maps need to be accurate, but I would like to be able to ...
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What is this crosshair and left arrow sign for Adobe Illustrator do?

I'm not sure what keys I hit, but my rectangle tool has a crosshair and a left arrow attached to a vertical bar. When I draw rectangles, they are drawn at a skew and not aligned to a default XY axis. ...
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Closing Paths in Illusstrator pen tool

Hello I have a question? I'm using the pen tool and I have a lot lines alternating my artboard how would I close the paths the alternating lines that I have drawn in Illustrator.
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Comparison chart for glyphs that work in MS Word, Illustrator, InDesign+

I want to buy some fonts and ran across an excellent comparison chart for the advance glyphs and ligatures available in the various programs such as Word, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and so on. ...
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Polygon tool won't draw larger than a certain size

When I create a polygon it will only allow me to drag out a very small one but no larger. Single clicking to create the polygon will let me create it at any size I specify. I can also change the size ...
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How do GFX Designers make these type of designs?

What is involved in creating the following images? What programs and resources would guide an average-user/newbie to being able to produce images similiar to these? I would greatly appreciate any ...
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Illustrator CC eyedropper samples wrong color through mesh in outline mode

I am working on a video tutorial with a gradient mesh. I'm trying to color it realistically according to an image file. My bottommost layer is a template layer with a JPG picture to trace or sample ...
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Circle tool stuck making ovals in Illustrator

I've done something to my shape tool - it's only producing ovals instead of circles, in spite of holding the shift key down. I've found that it's also making parallelograms out of squares - skewing ...
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What makes a Moleskine notebook so good and when should someone invest in them?

What makes Moleskine so frequently cited as the go-to sketchbook for artists. StackExchange offered us Moleskine notebooks (though I still never got mine!). There's countless pages on the web ...
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Why are the slices not accurate in my pie chart in Illustrator?

I made a pie chart that contains several slices. Two of the slices are .1%. One .1% slice (the yellow one) can easily be seen, while the other one is incredibly small - you have to drag the other ...
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Issues with brush Tool In illustrator using graphics tablet

I'm using a Wacom graphics tablet and i'm trying to use the brush tool in Illustrator CS6 to write some 'curly' text for a project. It all looks fine when i'm drawing but as soon as i 'release' the ...
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How to draw a non-defect transparent line?

Gimp is pretty good to draw a straight lines. It is easy as 1) set first point with left click and 2) set second point with shift+left click: But when I set opaque to 30-70%, small defect is appeared ...
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Best resources/way/curriculum to learn Graphic Design? [closed]

I have a Fine Art background. I want to learn Graphic Design and be job ready in this field within six months. I am self learning and have time and discipline to put in. what is the best curriculum to ...
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Create a custom font with multi colours [closed]

I'm looking to crate a custom font. The font has 2 colours - a coloured fill and a different coloured hard edge shadow. Is this possible and how?
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How do I make Inkscape's selection tool (F1) more precise?

When I click on something, it selects, I believe, the largest object in a given radius from the click offset, not the path I've actually clicked on. Is there a way to increase the precision? Zooming ...
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Rectangle Tool pitched 15 degrees in Illustrator

Whenever I click on the "Rectangle Tool" the resulting rectangle is always pitched 15 degrees up, on the right hand side. The solution I am sure is simple and probably too simple for this forum, but ...
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Tool to compare designs

I am looking for a tool (not Software / Programm) to compare corporate designs consisting of colors, fonts, logo and lines etc. I have something in mind like a onepager / card / palette with a ...
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Is it possible to automatically move PS/AI toolbars?

I work using a 15in MacBook Pro and a 27" Thunderbolt display. I use the two of them as separate screens. My problem is that it's hard to move my entire program (ie: Photoshop/Illustrator) all at ...
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Tool for drawing Smartphones from different 3D Perspectives [closed]

For presentation purposes, I need to visualize a process that involves rotating the smartphone in 3D-space. Hence, I am looking for a drawing tool (or a way), which has smartphone graphics (preferably ...
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Is there delete anchor point tool for multiple anchors in Illustrator CC?

I'm looking for a way to remove multiple anchor points from path, but keppeing path intact. Now i select multiple points with lasso tool, then hit delete, then select 2 new end points and join them. ...
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How to make a circle with grid on the outside ring

I made something like this: I did this with the Ellipse Tool and the Line Tool. Now the circle is accurate, but the lines inside are very inaccurate. Is there another tool that does the same thing ...
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Cannot create rounded corners on object in Illustrator

I am following this tutorial to get some inspiration: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/logo-design.html?set=illustrator--get-started--ready-to-use I used steps from the fourth video to ...
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Star tool not working properly in Illustrator

I can't make proper stars. I've been playing with the Star Tool by pressing keys like CTRL + Arrow buttons, CTRL + ALT. And suddenly I got my Star Tool broken. What I have: How it should be: The ...
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Convert HD video to HD gif

Hi i am trying converting a 5 seconds video to a gif using Photoshop. The result is terrible, specially if video has blurred items the final gif is horrible. Do you know any better way to convert it ...
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Illustrator and direct selection tool. Help!

I was watching a tutorial on youtube on how to make a specific logo on illustrator. The guy draws a triangle with the polygon tool. He then takes the direct selection tool and grabs the uper and left ...
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How to enable Paint Bucket instead of Material Drop Tool on CC 2015?

I'm using photoshop CC 2015 and I can't select Paint bucket anymore, only this annoying Material Drop Tool is shown instead of bucket in the Tools. any ideas?
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More Power? (do I need to upgrade my pc?) [duplicate]

In advance, I'd like to thank you for your help. And apologies for the amateur question – but that’s exactly what I am. For the last several years, I have taken on minor graphic design/editing jobs ...
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Can we upload a logo with a lot of unnecessary points?

When I use the shape builder tool in Illustrator to combine 2 clean shapes, it produces a lot of points and when i try to remove the un necessary points I feel like it's not as clean as before ..is it ...
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Is there a median tool for colours? (Median between 2 colours)

I'm working on a pixel sprite and I have 2 coloured pixels with 1 empty pixel gap between them. Is there any way (tool) to fill in the missing pixel with the mixture of the 2 that are filled?
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How to find which brush was used in a layer in Photoshop?

In a new layer, I selected the shape of the letter U and used a specific brush to brush in that selection in Layer 16 (in the screenshot below). Now I can't figure out which brush I used to get this ...
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Online tool to create static timelines [closed]

I would like to create a really simple timeline image. I just want something which is a line, with dots at various dates along it, with test describing each stage. Is there any tool which easily ...
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Can I use Surface Pro 4 and Illustrator CS6?

I recently bought the new Surface Pro 4 with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD. I installed my CS6 Standard Suite yesterday and I was quite impressed how fast illustrator and Co. opened. Unhappily, the pen does ...
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Tool for creating one pager [closed]

I wonder if there is a specific tool for creating one pager cv's like the one bellow, besides photoshop or other high professional skill tools. http://images-cdn.9gag.com/photo/a09NWOZ_700b_v1.jpg
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Rotring 0.6 ArtPen alternative? [closed]

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good calligraphy pen that could serve as an alternative for the discontinued Rotring 0.6 ArtPen?
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What tool can I use to upload an image with a device and then upload my screenshot app on the screen?

I need a tool which allows me to upload an image with a device(like this) and then to upload my app screenshot on the screen. What can I use? I don't need a tool like placeit, I need to upload my own ...
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What is the purpose of single row and single column marquee tools in Photoshop?

Today I dared to ask a very basic but all time ignored question about the purpose of single row and single column marquee tools in Photoshop. It will be more appreciated if the answers provided with ...
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What tool do you prefer for interface design? [closed]

I primarily designs interfaces for web based applications. I prefer to use Illustrator. I find that it's quick and flexible for designing interfaces. Working with flexible artboards and vector based ...
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Tool for UI Designer where you can see distances between elements

I am creating tons of pixel-perfect views for static websites. My front-end developers losses their times figuring out distances between related divs, images, etc (using Paint). What I want to ...
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Best tool for minimalistic-themed graphics? [closed]

Hey I would like to create art in the style of what's kind of modern since 2013 (I guess). Simple shapes, bright gradients and a generally "flat" appearance. What's the best tool for that? I own ...
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Photoshop CS3 > Marquee Tool > Modify > Contract problem? [duplicate]

Very strange.... The circular Selection I Made by using Marquee Tool is no longer good once it's contracted by using SELECT | MODIFY | CONTRACT .... In conclusion, if i made CONTRACTION to make the ...
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Photoshop using Marque Tool > Path > Circular But Not a perfect shape?

Please consider this image below : This is happened when I have a circular shape (marquee tool selection). THen after that I converted to Work Path (by right click of that selection). And I add 2.0 ...
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Can Illustrator art brushes rotate with a Wacom art pen or airbrush?

The pen for my wacom tablet suffered a fatal accident while moving home, and I'm looking to replace it. Given that all Wacom accessories cost a bomb, I'm considering upgrading to an Art Pen or ...
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How to access the rotate by angle functionality of Illustrator's Rotate Tool

I read that when I select the Rotate Tool (R) in Illustrator CS6 then Alt + Click on a point to select the rotational reference, a dialog should popup prompting for an angle. When I did that nothing ...
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I have to get a large number of photos approved for my project. Is there an online tool or platform that can help me with this?

We've had a photographer do a three day shoot to provide imagery for the project I'm working on. From the thousands of shots she took we want to get down to an initial set of 75 images that have been ...
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Which tools is used to draw this image? [closed]

I am new in Photoshop CS6. I have a sample picture and i want to draw a picture same like this I dont know how many tools are used to draw this. Please suggest me which tools are used to draw like ...
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What are the best tools for testing how a website will look on different platforms and what are their pros and cons?

What are the best tools for testing how a website will look on different platforms and what are their pros and cons? This includes knowing how my layout/fonts display and functionality in various ...
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Fill Tool Question

I recently bought an iMac and started using Photoshop. I already have a macbook pro and the photoshop works perfectly, but now I am experiencing one tiny, but annoying, issue. For example, when I ...
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Is creative writing needed to be a graphic designer?

I want to be a graphic designer but I'm awful at writing copy, editing, coming up with slogans and catch phrases. Do I really need to learn Writing, Spelling and Grammar and such to be a successful ...