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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 to achieve this rough borders and stippled illustration look?

You could use the Wrinkle tool. It's located in the Tool bar as shown below. Double click the Tool icon to change settings as required. These are the settings I chose. Then use the tool as you would ...
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How to achieve this rough borders and stippled illustration look?

Not sure about the exact effect, but you can use Illustrator's Effect > Pixelate > Crystallize to create a crystallized look for borders. For those dotted 'gradients', you can either buy or ...
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What is this style or technique called I can't find any info about it?

I can't tell you if this technique has a name as such. You are certainly on the right track with Posterize and Threshold, but I believe the main "effect" used here is the color mode Indexed ...
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Illustrator: how to reproduce font line art

Using blend is the way to go. Blends over complex curves aren't easy to control though—you end up with something like this: An easier way is to create your blend on a straight path and create an art ...
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The pros and cons of using the appearance panel to create complex shapes and strokes in AI

The effect is live. That is it will recreate itself whenever you make a change to the underlying object. Some of the things can simply not be done in any meaningful way with other methods, such as ...
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How do I create this 3D half-pipe look

You can create a circle and a second one in the middle (the inner circle should be the size of the stacked ones) Then draw a line down the middle and use Shape Builder Tool to separate them: Rotate ...
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creating recursive, self-similar patterns with Adobe Illustrator

This can be done with a simple Blend in Illustrator. You can use the Replace Spine command and get the blend to follow a circle. You merely have to cut the circle at one anchor point for the blend to ...
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How can I reproduce this "minimalist" background?

The background there is simply a radial gradient white to blue If you want a bit more control and a smoother "fade", which is not necessarily elliptical, you can use a Gradient Mesh. Set the outer ...
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How to replicate this photocopier distortion effect?

For a way to mimic this using vectors in Illustrator, this would be how I'd pursue it... Set Type (no need to convert to outlines. In fact it may be better if you don't) Select the type with the ...
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What is this style or technique called I can't find any info about it?

Looks like the Noise Dither pattern you get when converting to Indexed Colour Mode, with a low number of colours. For example zoomed detail
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Why does Gausian Blur produce Boxed result in Adobe Illustrator?

My suspicion is that this has everything to do with the fact that Gaussian Blur is a rasterised effect. It basically converts your object into pixels (gasp!) and then applies a Photoshop effect to it—...
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How to create text stroke outline with offset for an enclosed bubble effect?

You can get the same effect with a single live text object (meaning you can have this effect and still be able to edit the text) using the Appearance panel. With your text selected, open the ...
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How to produce a effect like this? Illustrator Distort Effect

Create your shape... Rotate the shape so that your angle of distortion is at a 90 degree angle... Object → Envelope Distort → Make with Mesh... Use the Direct Selection Tool to select ...
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Can Illustrator's Crystallize effect be used to create smooth wrinkly borders?

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 ...
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How to produce a ripple effect like this?

I'm pretty sure the provided effect was done in a 3D software. It will give you the most accurate and best results that way. However, there are few ways to imitate similar effects in Photoshop. It ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Can I Suspend Rendering of Complex Objects or Bypass the Progress Bar?

No. You cannot suspend the rendering, or queue it, if the object is visible. The only way to prevent the auto-update of rendering is to hide the object, either by hiding the layer the object resides ...
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Cleaning up messy corner lines?

There is another solution: Change the stroke corners to rounded Square: Rounded: Of course, that is assuming you are ok with actually having a rounded corner there as opposed to completely square.
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What do you call this distorted text effect and how can I reproduce it?

That is just a straightforward use of the Letraset Shatter font (or a clone of it). Shatter is based on Helvetica (obliqued, rotated left, then sliced and displaced if you want to create the effect ...
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is there a way to convert an illustrator extrude & bevel effect to a path?

After you hit the okay button on the 'extrude and bevel' window and while the original 2-dimensional paths that you just extruded are still selected you select 'object' >> 'expand appearance' which ...
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What Illustrator effect was used to create this design?

My Solution is depending on Astute Graphics plugin called "Phantasm" you can download a trial version of it. First I have to prepare my artwork before using it. So please follow my steps. type the ...
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Illustrator: how to achieve a wave background letter without stokes

I think you should use a tool called Clipping Mask It's easier using the Clipping Mask tool where the letter (A) act like a mask for all objects underneath. For doing that, make sure to put your ...
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Can I reproduce this watercolor effect on illustrator?

In my opinion the easiest and quickest way would be mesh tool and just some desaturated/pastel colours. First create a mesh'ed object. I already have opened desaturated swatch library (open swatch ...
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Practically making interrupted underlines that don't clash with descenders

If you don't mind changing the source text you can remove the underline from characters with descenders and use spaces to make up the missing underline where needed. If you only have a handful of ...
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Illustrator dropshadow with some distance

Add multiple strokes via the Appearance Panel. (click the image to see it larger) Start with the object Add a thicker, white stroke under the object add a "shadow" colored stroke under the white ...
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How can make this circle halftone effect on type?

The receipe seemingly is already given. It is unfortunately distributed between all the comments and have an implicit form. But here it's written together: Start with a circle in Illustrator. Copy it ...
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Efficient way to replicate "confetti" effect for repeated use

You can use raster images in various layers and colors along with the Illustrator "Object Mosaic" feature. Once you have your object turned into many colorized squares by Illustrator automatically, ...
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