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In your current case the presented example has quite complex and much more realistic glosses when compared to the gradient that was accepted in your previous case Spiral with narrowing / tapered line in Illustrator?. You can get quite plausible glosses without drawing them by using Illustrator's 3D revolve effect. Your wire thickness is now fortunately ...


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The SVG doesn't load properly in Illustrator, it's all messed up. I get a different problem from you. Everything is visible but the letters are jumbled up and overlap each other. The SVG works fine in Inkscape though, which is generally a bit more forgiving than Illy. As far as I can tell, the problem appears to be caused by the use of multiple clones, or ...


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It actually is possible. However, I've only used it with grunge textures. I convert my image to threshold, convert image/mode to bitmap, and save it as a .tiff file. You should be able to control the color of the file within illustrator. See example. it's a tff file laid over vector object in illustrator.


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Check your layer stack order, object stack order and opacity setting of the text object.


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Try to reset your text type. If that doesn't work, maybe try increasing the font size. Your text looks tiny in your first screenshot.


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Tiff files are not vector based and is very similar to .psd (Photoshop files). You will need to open it in photoshop to see if the layers are exported correctly (not sure if Illustrator flattens tiff images on export). If so you maybe have to export layers separately and combine them again in Photoshop.


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Alternatively, you could use one of the commercial products for this as well. I'd recommend checking the following service that I helped built. https://www.diecuttemplates.com/dielines


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Going in the outline view (Ctrl/Command + Y) should help find & fix the issue. In this case there are some clipping masks that need to be deleted.


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You asked how to use the crystallize effect to get smooth wrinkly edges. Here's one way: The shape which needs the edge treatment The shape embedded into a bigger differently colored shape - it's needed because you want to see the effect with no tricks. In this phase you should also rasterize the combo because it will be rasterized anyway, as you knew ...


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All the menu items under the Effects > Photoshop Effects > section are raster effects. This may or may not be appropriate for any project. However, if the goal is to retain things in exportable vector form, then the "Photoshop Effects" should generally be avoided or used minimally. Many of the raster effects are constrained to the shape's ...


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Actually, it probably is working or has been applied successfully but since there's only one color, you can't observe it (unless you zoom in a lot and notice some rough edges). Just like your problem, for example, I've applied the crystallize effect to this shape, but I can't notice it in my shape. According to official Adobe's user guide: Effect > ...


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The 8 needs to be in the foreground otherwise it won't work. Or an other option is to manipulate the text frame directly.


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You may not need the actual Width Tool. You can simply set a Stroke Profile in the Stroke Panel for many things. Then use the Width Tool if you wish to refine further.


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Since Area Type tool doesn't work on Compound paths, you can use Text Wrap feature in Illustrator. Simply release the compound path. Group those two circles in a new layer and hide them temporarily. You'll have this: Use Area Type tool to type/paste your text for the solid 8 shape Then unhide those two circles group and select it and go to Object > ...


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Like you said, gradients don't work on a stroke with art brush. However, width tool seems to work fine to me: I can reproduce your problem following way. Applying a small amount of Width tool somewhere middle of path or near one end, and then applying it at extreme end: EDIT - After checking the OP's open file, I found this: Here's what was causing problem:...


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Yes, Shape Builder should work fine. Select both the overlapping shapes. Select Shape Builder tool (Shift + M). Now, you have to remove those shapes using this tool. To remove a shape, you have to hold Alt (Alt on Windows, Option key on Mac) key. When you hold it, it will show - (minus) sign, which means you're going to remove it. By default, it shows + ...


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You placed the triangles above the clouds but in the image you are trying to recreate the clouds layer is simply above the triangles.


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Select all the objects you want to enlarge, then do Object > Transform > Transform each Type in a percentage for the enlargement in both the horizontal and vertical Make sure the centre reference point is checked to ensure the scaled objects will remain centred Enable the preview to check it, then hit OK Note: if some of your markers consist of ...


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Never send native files to a printer. Only send PDFs as mentioned above. Native files contain information from your own computer that doesn't follow the file when you release it to the vendor. If you send native files like ai or psd, you risk missing font problems or the printer making his needed changes to the files that will affect the overall design. A ...


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I fixed the above-mentioned issue. My file was heavy, with lots of layers. I thought that was the problem. But actually what I learned is Illustrator doesn't understand layer style from photoshop. So if you want to open your PSD in AI (keeping all layers), either remove the layer style or rasterize the layer with layer style in photoshop and then open the ...


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The request to re-do it all in AI is not reasonable in my opinion. Also asking for AI files is not really something I would expect a printer to ask for. Not everything for print is necessarily done using Illustrator. If the text in your PSD is still editable text layers, then you should export as a PDF. Text will still be vector. That should be enough to fix ...


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Its not really possible to answer questions like this. But theres one, and only one, definitive reason to get photoshop. You need to prepare, raster images for printing Thats it everything else is very secondary. I mean if you allready have photoshop then its fine for other tasks. But its not like there does not exist something dedicated that is better. ...


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There's a lot of misinformation/urban myth about Photoshop. You'll often hear people say things such as "That video was photoshopped" when referring to incredible cgi effects, or basically for any artwork that has obviously been created digitally. Often it's simply not true. However, it is the industry standard raster image editor. Other similar ...


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Check the Appearance Panel. That will tell you everything about the selected object and where, if anywhere, transparency is being introduced. If you see anything in the Appearance Panel set to less than 100% opacity, merely correct it. It would appear as though you have some appearance settings applied at the Group level. This is indicated by the solid ...


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Place the shape you need as a path above the flags in the stacking order. Select the flags and the shape. Then choose Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Top Object from the menu.


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First, this isn't something which everyone here would fully agree upon: it doesn't have the amount of features Photoshop has in term of creating videos, painting and creating 3D items. Apart from videos (it doesn't support video editing), Illustrator also has 3D options. You can do illustration/art and some kind of painting too which you can do in ...


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@Peacockerie, actually Photoshop was not made for type. Photoshop is a raster based program, while Illustrator is a vector based. Ultimately it should make type as large as necessary since it's essentially a mathematical equation between points. InDesign is a layout program so it is also not used for this. With 25+ years of graphic design as well as teaching,...


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Manually draw circles using Path > Offset path and create a three layer circle if the flag has three layers. Then make this shape you mentioned (segment of the circle) and a clipping mask with it.


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I'm a new user here myself but found this dilemma while looking thru. With my somewhat limited scope, I don't see the image as pixelated. When looking at the image you posted, the image is breaking up and even within the type, there seems to be a grain showing thru. From what I read, you're creating the image in 300 ppi which is what print demands and you're ...


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As discussed here, Illustrator Magic Wand is different from Photoshop or any other raster program. You can use Illustrator Magic Wand on vectors, not raster layers or placed images. Your image is a raster object. I have not tried Illustrator 2021, but I'm sure the feature is still same. To verify, you can create a random vector object and then try Magic Wand ...


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I don't really understand to be honest. Yes, the different resizing methods alter type differently. To me, this is somewhat like asking... "...if a click a red swatch, everything gets colored red. If I click a yellow swatch, everything gets colored yellow. How can I make everything red when I click a yellow swatch?" The answer is you can't. Nor ...


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Not much to be said here. In order to keep the glyphs correct you need to ... Hold SHIFT. :)


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Cut the text from the textbox to the clipboard and paste it back after the box is resized. Selecting the text, Ctrl+X before resizing and Ctrl+V after resizing should not be especially much. Unfortunately it doesn't work if your text is a continuous chunk which is divided to several tied textboxes. Another workaround: Place guides and drag the edges of the ...


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To see the bounding box for the items selected: Go to view > show edges


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You shouldn't see this as somehow manipulating the font itself, but rather as treating the characters as any other kind of vector graphics. This is actually quite easy to make if you can live with the text being expanded and no longer being editable. First of all you need to decrease the distance between the characters. Open the Character panel, select the ...


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Simply run this script: if (documents.length) { sel = activeDocument.selection; if (sel[0]) { dial = new Window("dialog", "Scale Stroke Width"); gr = dial.add("group"); gr.add("statictext", undefined, "Scale Stroke Width by:"); perc = gr.add("edittext"); ...


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You dont actually need properties panel for setting stroke width (or cap or arrowhead or dash). You can use the stroke panel which is superior in every way. There is literally nothing i personally use properties panel for because everything it does is inferior to other methods. But the reason why you dont see the properties panel is that its collapsed. Try ...


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Try this: In Inkscape open the SVG, and then do File > Save As, then set the file type to "Optimized SVG". This can be used to remove all of the Inkscape specific XML which if left will probably just confuse Illustrator. Remember to give the file a new name if you don't want to overwrite the original. Set up the options like this: When you open ...


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As @Wolff points out, the images that you posted were derived from photographs of poison-dart frogs. What wasn't mentioned is that the kind of pattern that one can see on poison-dart frogs, zebras, conch-shells, and other biological specimens are usually modeled mathematically as reaction-diffusion processes. Fortunately, you don't need to understand the ...


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You can combine results from both Illustrator and Photoshop to create things like this. Illustrator part: Create a symbol and make a pattern like this with Symbol Sprayer Tool Using other Symbol tools like Sizer, Screener, do this: Expand the symbols. Apply Object > Envelop Distort > Make with Warp Apply Effect > Distort & Transform > ...


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To create such organic looking shapes, it's IMO best to use some randomness as a starting point for your design. Thankfully some design tools (e.g. Photoshop) come with a handy "Clouds" effect, which renders some random noise, that looks initially a similar to clouds: From the main menu, choose Filter -> Render -> Clouds Now that you have ...


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Your graphics are exporting with an extra pixel because your artboard position has a decimal in it. To check this, go to Window -> Properties. Select the artboard tool (Shift+O). To fix this, just make sure your X and Y end in a 0. Your graphics might look bad depending on your export quality and anti-aliasing options. You can change this when going to ...


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If you follow your own link and scroll a bit down, it's explained and exemplified how the patterns were made. It seems that the patterns are in fact closeup photographs of Poison dart frogs. So you need to find some free images of poison dart frogs online. Like this one from Wikimedia Commons (by Ltshears and in the Public Domain). It's easy to find a crop ...


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You need a high resolution image of a thin piece which has holes. You can draw it as a vector, but that's said already in an earlier answer, so I try something else. This is a photo of a commonly used piece of not so organic material. It had white background and unfortunately only low resolution - good enough for webshop. I lifted the width to 2000px with ...


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In Illustrator you can use the Appearance panel to apply an opacity mask to a raster image. Here's how you could do it: Make an image like this in Photoshop, I painted some colours then applied a blur. Select all (Ctrl+A) and copy it (Ctrl+C). Of course you can use any image you want. It could be anything. Open Illustrator, and paste (Ctrl+V) the raster ...


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Note: The following was done using Illustrator CC, so hopefully this will still be valid in CS6. I don't have an old copy to check unfortunately. There is a way to contrive this; it's a bit of a hack and it will require a little bit of setting up. It still involves putting a filled shape behind the artwork so I'm not entirely sure if it will suit all your ...


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While you can't set a swatch color via actions, you can set the fill/stroke color of a selected object or objects. Simply input numbers in the Color Panel while the action is recording.... Now, each input into the panel is going to create a new action step (at least in CS6 and earlier CC versions - I don't know if this is still the case in bleeding-edge CC ...


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"...without having to put a shape behind it" No. All fills must have a shape to be applied. You can always add the shape in Pattern Editing mode, then remove it. While in Pattern Editing... you can untick the Dim Copies and Show Tile Edge options to view the pattern without the construction aides.


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With the Direct Selection tool you don't want to click-drag over the same things twice. The first drag will select something, the second will deselect it. It may be helpful to use the Hide function, which I often do. If something is hidden, it can't be selected/deselected. So Hide what you've already selected, make a new selection, hide that, repeat. Then ...


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Don't use the Lasso tool.. use the Direct Selection tool (the white arrow) to click-drag across parts you want, using Shift to add to the selection when needed. This particular art merely takes one drag with the Direct Selection tool, holding down the Option/Alt key. You don't need to drag to surround everything. Simply drag so the visible preview selection ...


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