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How to cut some of the overlapping images in Adobe Illustrator?

I would use a Clipping Mask which is non-destructive and means you don't have to cut, remove, or otherwise alter any part of the existing artwork. Select the circle Choose Edit > Copy De-select ...
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Shortcut to enter preview mode in AI

Shortcuts are shown to the right of menu items.... If there is a shortcut for an item, it will be shown on the right. If there's nothing to the right, you can add your own shortcut. Choose Edit > ...
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is a double sided layer a thing in illustrator?

Like all digital images, Illustrator files only have one side. There is no "back" to any layer or file. Illustrator files have transparent backgrounds. Even though, by default, they appear ...
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Change the width of a polygon without impacting others

You could use the Direct Selection tool A to select some of the anchors on one side of the object only. Then you can move the multiple selecton. Holding down Shift as you click and drag will ...
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Smart Object Does Not Update

Photoshop smart objects do not update external Illustrator files. When one pastes... Photoshop embeds the vector data and creates a separate internal file for vector smart objects which has no ...
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Bug in compound path from text outlines? I'm baffled

No bug. The A and B outline paths happen to have opposite directions. Change fill rule in Attributes panel from "use non-zero winding" to "use even-odd-rule"
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Shortcut to enter preview mode in AI

Yeah SHIFT+F is the default shortcut for Presentation Mode.
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How can I make a tilted rectangle extend so that its rightmost point aligns with the rightmost point of another tilted rectangle?

Create a new anchor point to the wanted place. Then drag the rectangle longer. An example: In the left the green line segment is drawn between the corners of a magenta rectangle. It snaps if you have ...
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Change the width of a polygon without impacting others

Draw a single rectangle. Make sure smart guides are ON (under View menu). Hit P for Path Tool and touch the rectangle in these red spots. Smart guides will help you pinpoint the actual centers of left/...
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How to draw strokes under shape outlines on the same layer?

Illustrator treats a filled and outlined object as a single entity. So, if your main circle object with yellow fill and black outline is a single object, then there is absolutely no way to insert ...
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How to create a spilling two colors gradient along a shape/stroke? I'd like to recreate one of these examples

These aren't really gradients. You could do something similar by creating a custom Art Brush. An example Click to enlarge If you want the edges to fade out, draw a black shape and blur it, set ...
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Left-align two text boxes

You can use the align buttons across the top of the screen in the Control Bar. Or.. choose Window > Align to open the Align Panel. Select more than one object and tap the button for the align ...
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How can I make a tilted rectangle extend so that its rightmost point aligns with the rightmost point of another tilted rectangle?

Ok, I understand what you mean. It comes under alignment. Either open the panel under Window > Align or once you select the shapes the option for Align options will appear on the dock. Select all ...
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Is it possible to group 2 objects, one in an opacity mask and the other on the artboard?

Not that I'm aware of.(You may be aware of much of the below. I included some explanation for any future visitor who may not be familiar with Opacity Mask operations.) TL;DR: You can not move an ...
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Scale and duplicate a shape with in a shape at equal spacing?

Offset Path: Select the ellipse >> Go to the Object menu >> Go to the Path submenu >> Select Offset Path You can also make actions for it to easily be continuous.
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Expand Appearance in Adobe Illustrator

Rather than expanding via the Expand menu items, try using Object > Flatten Transparency and move the slider all the way to the right (vector). Dashed strokes, at times, don't "expand" ...
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Bug in compound path from text outlines? I'm baffled

I've come across this problem before with compound paths, often for no obvious reason. However it has to do with the path direction of the compound paths. A bug or a feature, who knows!? Open up the ...
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Making a Gradient Follow a Loop

If it's a single path with a stroke, using the Apply Gradient Along Stroke in the Gradient Panel should work. If it's not a stroke, and is a shape with a fill then matters are more difficult. ...
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In Adobe Illustrator, pasting an object to a specific location

If they are separate artboards, you can.... Select the object on the first artboard. Choose Edit > Cut (Yes, Cut to copy and remove it.) Choose Edit > Paste on all Artboards The copied object ...
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Excessively large PDFs when converting from SVGs

SVG is generally less compact than PDF but only marginally different if you accept zipped SVG files. So PDF is in fact more generally more space efficient than SVG. Although since many editors want to ...
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Excessively large PDFs when converting from SVGs

When you do File Save as, choose PDF as the file format In the PDF export dialog, deselect the option that says Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities* Click Save PDF, and then click OK when the ...
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Cannot find the shape tool button

You have two solution to bring it back 1 - You click on the 3 dots of your tool bar you can bring back by click and drop to your toolbar 2 - Go to Window > Toolbars > Advanced
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Issues with path fill in Adobe Illustrator

Fills only work properly on closed paths. Your design contains some open paths. Grouping won't make any difference. Joining might work if you were creating a closed path, but you can't join a path to ...
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Reflect object from exact centre using reflect tool - Illustrator CC

Double-click the Reflect Tool in the toolbar. This will automatically use the center of the selection as the origin point for the reflection. Or, choose Object > Transform > Reflect...,...same ...
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