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How to change the color of the artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

The easiest way to see white artwork in Illustrator is by opening the View Menu and selecting Show Transparency Grid. This gives your white artwork something to contrast with. You can adjust the color ...
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Image looks embossed when converted to SVG

They are called conflation artifacts, if you want to see how different vector engines react see here. If you want to understand the technical reason for some discussion see here. Basically conflation ...
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How was this logo constructed?

Simply set the stroke weights the same for an ellipses and a line. Don't use a "rectangle" anywhere. Then select all and use Object > Expand to create shapes, then use the Shape Builder tool to ...
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How to make a circle with grid on the outside ring

Draw 2 concentric circles Draw a connecting line (w. line tool for example) Enable rotate tool (with line selected) and alt click on the center of circle. Type in a value in degrees that is a ...
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How would you create this geometric logo?

This is a blend between the outer circle and the inner ellipse. Draw both ellipse and circle, both with a stroke colour and no fill. Align their centers so they overlap. Select the 'blend' tool. ...
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Illustrator align to object without moving one of them

Once you've selected the objects you want to align, click on the object you want to align relative to again. You'll notice that object gets a thicker outline—it is now the "Key Object". You'll notice ...
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Perfecting a curve in logo, Illustrator CS6

Keep the number of anchors you place to a minimum, make sure you have placed plenty of guides, and constrain the angle of the Bézier handles vertically by holding down Shift after you begin clicking ...
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Is my logo kerned correctly?

Kerning is really more of a "by eye" thing and based almost entirely on opinion. The goal is a smooth shape without any percieved gaps. I would tighten kerning on both sides of the A and S - ...
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How are these swirly, line frames made?

There are many ways of approaching this. You're right, a curve does not have to be made out of one piece, it can be built out of several pieces. In fact one curve can be built out of several curves. ...
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How to align all objects in the center of the artboard using Illustrator?

In CC, press the pop-out menu to enable the additional options. Select "Show Options" Select the "Align To" button and choose "Align to Artboard." After that, any objects you select and use "Align ...
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How to hide objects outside artboards in Illustrator?

Go to: View > Trim View Can toggle on and off through menu, or create your own keystroke shortcut.
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How can I get this gradient effect?

There are a few ways to create the gradient effect, but this is how I would do it... Create the hexagon shape out of 6 triangles: Then apply different gradients to each triangle: Finally mask parts ...
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How to hide objects outside artboards in Illustrator?

I usually just create a rectangle with no fill and the heaviest stroke possible (1000pt). Then align the stroke to outside. Then I change the line colour to match the grey background. Set this as the ...
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Remove an anchor point's bezier handle in Illustrator?

1. Select the Convert Anchor Point Tool (SHIFT + C) 2. Click on the end of the handle you want to remove. If you want to remove both handles (i.e. convert to a corner point) just click the anchor ...
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Where can I open Adobe Illustrator files

You can open AI files in Inkscape, an open-source vector graphics editor for free on Windows, Linux, and Mac. What formats can Inkscape import/export? Inkscape natively supports opening or ...
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How can I make an outlined path thinner in illustrator?

CS6 screen shots.. but it's the same for newer versions as well. Also by "outlined paths" I'm assuming you mean you have actual shapes with fills, not strokes with an "outline" effect applied to them....
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How do I create this circle pattern in illustrator?

Select the overlapping shapes and use Divide in the Pathfinder palette to chop the shapes into pieces: That will look something like this: Then select the appropriate pieces and use Unite in the ...
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Illustrator Isometric scaling

You would have to do each side manually (especially if trying to make it follow the grid). What you do is, use the Direct Selection Tool (A) and select all the points that would have to move in that ...
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Why is my vector file pixelated after printing it on big glass surfaces?

If a file format specifies DPI, it is most probably not a vector file. DPI, dots per inch, indicates the amount of pixels over the width of an inch in the resulting file. This is inherently a pixel ...
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Technique for finding the centerline of a curved object?

Use Illustrator's Blend Outline your type (Type → Create Outlines) If needed, ungroup the paths and/or release the compound path (Object → Ungroup / Object → Compound Path → Release) Use the Direct ...
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How were the curls on this monogram done?

you don't need to use pen tool to create curls rather create the curls with the circle and delete the quater and make sure your stroke cap is set to Round Here's a quick tutorial on this: After ...
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Create dotted circles in Illustrator

You could script something to generate these but it's easy enough with a couple of circles, depending on the level of control and precision you need. This is just a bunch of concentric circles with a ...
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How can I bend artwork by 25°?

Use the 'Warp' feature in Illustrator (for vector artwork) create your artwork inside a straight rectangle group and select the artwork with this selected, hit Ctrl+Shift+Alt+W which opens up the '...
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How can I fill in 4, 6, 8, 9, 0 etc with writing without it ignoring the center circle?

You can't fill compound paths (as in paths with "holes") with text, you can use a text wrap as a workaround though... Separate your paths... (ungroup or release compound path or whatever). Use the ...
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What is this type of design called?

These type of illustrations are known as isometric illustrations, can design these easily on Adobe Illustrator with the help of Isometric grid, which can be downloaded here Isometric grid. Isometric ...
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How to align rotated shape back to 0 degrees?

In CC 2015, there is a way: After you've rotated something, open the "Transform" window and you can type 0 into that value. HOWEVER in CS6 this does not work. I just installed CS6 to confirm. This ...
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How do I create this circle pattern in illustrator?

You can't really have solid shapes like that overlapping above and below different parts of the same shape. What I normally do is simply duplicate the shape. You then have one for the "behind" parts ...
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