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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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How to create this kind of wave gradient effect

You could use a blend. Here's the blend I made in outline mode. I made one ellipse and duplicated them, stretched some and squished others making sure they were all equidistant. I edited the spine ...
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How to best convey a rounded corners for pseudo-depth in Illustrator?

How about just rouding the corners of the front face and aligning the angled top and bottom of the rear shape to the tangents of the front shape's corners? This is how I'd expect a piece of timber to ...
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Can this geometric shape be created in Illustrator?

It's not so easy to do this in Illustrator without doing some manual operations or tweaks. Scott has covered possible ways in another answer he linked to and Joojaa has provided another possible ...
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How to create an overlapping circle shape with the same gradient

Here's one method: Create a circle, and select the Anchor at the 3 o'clock position, and hit the Cut Path button Add a thick stroke, no fill, set rounded endcaps Add a gradient along the stroke ...
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I sent a large Illustrator file to another person. Why are images missing? What image format should you use to place images?

In Illustrator... Open the Links Panel. Linked images have no icon to the right of the name in the Links Panel.... Highlight a linked image and choose Embed Image from the panel menu. Embedded ...
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How to best convey a rounded corners for pseudo-depth in Illustrator?

First of all, if you do not want unnecessary gradients, let me ditch the gradient you already have (A). This gradient adds unnecessary complexity. I'll comment on this later. Let me approach this ...
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Triangle fit to square

Even if your stroked shapes are perfectly aligned, the corners will extrude and you won't get a perfect fit. Changing the Align Stroke attribute won't help. In the following I'll show two different ...
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How to best convey a rounded corners for pseudo-depth in Illustrator?

What about something like this? There's an extra shape behind, filled a colour which is kind of half way between the light and dark shapes, and a gap between the light and dark shapes to form a kind ...
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Any guidance to create this sharp bevel effect?

This doesn't look like a 3D model, but a simple Bevel & Emboss filter. In Photoshop, make a dark gray text or shape. I managed to manipulate the image you posted to get the original shape. It's a ...
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How to remove gap in adobe Illustrator Pattern brush

Following on from Scott and Joojaa's hints, remove the last sleeper from the rail brush. Use the Width tool Shift+W to narrow or widen the applied brush.
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How do I make this vectors on Adobe Ilustrator?

Open original in Photoshop Enlarge 200% change mode to Greyscale Levels, Curves, or Threshold to get a solid black and white image Save Open saved image in Illustrator Run Image trace Tweak Threshold ...
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What is the easiest way to do shading for a vector drawing in Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop?

It is a bit hard to tell, especially without seeing the final look you are achieving. This is not an answer, but a couple of suggestions. A. Keep the shadings editable as long as you can. B. Use the ...
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Create " windows trail" effect in vector

I would use the Blend tool for this. In particular, the Replace Spline option. Create your "window", and make it an object Create two instances of that object, anywhere on your illustration ...
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Why is my vector file pixelated after printing it on big glass surfaces?

I've seen something similar previously, when trying to print off high-resolution artwork for printed circuit board manufacture: the prints were on transparencies to allow for UV photo-resist exposure, ...
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Why my stroke goes when I fill a color using eye-dropper tool in adobe illustrator

Double-click the Eyedropper tool in the toolbar and select what you want it to pickup and apply. Ideally, one uses the Swatch Panel in Illustrator and merely clicks the swatch you want to use for the ...
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How to create this kind of wave gradient effect

This isn't really much different than what other's have posted.. ... but I did want to point out that you can merely add a new fill via the Appearance Panel to the group created by expanding the Blend ...
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Creating a linear gradient line wavy effect

I don't see any "second color" you elude to. I think it's just a visual anomaly due to the line spacing and surrounding elements (perhaps some artifacts in the jpg.) I also don't think there ...
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CSS-Like color classes in Photoshop or Illustrator

In Illustrator at least, you can use the Swatches palette to save colours and make them 'global'. That means that if you redefine the swatch in the palette, anything that uses that swatch will change ...
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Wrap my shape with a line

Option 1 to keep things "live" and possibly more editable... Group the shapes Using the Appearance Panel add a new fill and stroke at the Group level Move the the Contents item on the ...
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How Do I Unlock Tools (unclickable) in Adobe Illustrator

The menu you are showing is the one that pops up when you press on the three dots on the bottom of the toolbar. This is for customizing the toolbar, it is not generally for selecting tools. Tool ...
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How to color special closed curve in CorelDraw or AI?

It's better to alter construction. Draw the shape and fill it, and then add any internal paths you need. One has to envision things as closed shapes first. Then add any definition based upon ...
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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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How to re-scale the vector so that the outline is equal to 5m

I think the best you can do is adjust with approximation and then readjust. There's no built in feature I'm aware of that will control the length of a multidirectional path - or allow one to adjust a ...
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How to manage the transparent spacing while creating icons in ai?

You could use a stroke and Offset Path in the Appearance panel. First create a basic shape, give it a stroke and fill. Then hit the Fx button in the Appearance Panel, choose Path > Offset path. ...
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How do I make this vectors on Adobe Ilustrator?

In Photoshop use threshold to turn the image black and white: 2.Back in illustrator run tracing, the effect should be more accurate. Add the gradient/shadow to the expanded tracing result.
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Opacity gradients fail in CMYK and FOGRA 29

Select the white objects... look at the Attributes Panel in Illustrator (Window > Attributes) are they set to overprint? Apparently Adobe, by default, may configure objects that contain white in a ...
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Can this geometric shape be created in Illustrator?

I dont really see what the problem is but maybe you have a workflow problem. Im having a incomplete pricture of what your fudamental problem is so i will roll this back to basics. But before we begin. ...
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Is Trapping or Overprinting done automatically?

Trapping and overprint are two separate issues, so I'll split my answer in two. Trapping No, in general a graphic designer should not have to worry about trapping. This responsibility lies on the ...
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