Illustrator is the vector graphics application included in Adobe's Creative Suite.

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Copy and paste plain text only in OSX?

My problem: I copy something from a webpage or Illustrator, then paste it into an email or another Illustrator document and the styles are carried over from the original doc when I just want the text ...
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Fonts without file extension, install on Windows?

I have received a folder of fonts which I need to install on Windows. The problem is, they do not have file extensions. For each font there are two files. One of those two gives some info when ...
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Best way to create an array of objects in Illustrator?

I often find myself needing to create an array of objects, either in a straight line, rotated around a centre point, or angled along a path. At the moment I'm using all sorts of different and no-doubt ...
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How to get pixel dimensions instead of pt?

I received an illustrator file that I'm trying to break up into it's bits. However everything is measured in pt rather than px. Is there a global setting i can change?
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Adobe Illustrator Saving to PSD: “Not enough memory to save the file”

This is on CS5.5 under Windows XP Professional. There seems to be a known issue about saving (large) Adobe Illustrator files to PSD (thoroughly discussed), where the exporter will complain about "Not ...
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convert outline to text in illustrator

how can I convert an outlined text back to editable text in Adobe Illustrator?
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How to create incremental numbers in InDesign or Illustrator?

I have an A3 layout with several tickets to be printed, each with an consecutive number. Is there a way to do it automatically instead of writing it by hand?
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Illustrator CS4: SVG Export error “Transforms are Expanded”?

I get the following error when trying to save my image to SVG (via "Save Copy As"): Transforms are expanded. When I try to load the SVG in another program, all I get is a blank canvas. I ultimately ...
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Adobe Illustrator can't open SVG file

I have a generated SVG file which for some reason won't open in Adobe Illustrator when I serve the file content from my ASP.net application, but if I were to write this generated file directly to the ...
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In Illustrator, I can't move objects by dragging them

I can move a selected object with the arrow keys, but grabbing it and dragging doesn't work at all. I'm using Illustrator CS5 (v.15.1.1) on Mavericks (v.10.9.5). Is there some setting that disables ...
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I deleted Adobe Illustrator, and now Application Manager won't reinstall it

I've had problems with Adobe Illustrator ever since downloading CS6 under the Creative Cloud program. My installation would quit on launch and ask me to license my software, thank me for signing in ...
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Illustrator “Save for Web & Devices” returning crappy, pixelated images

I'm trying to create a nice title for my webpage... a big white title to sit on a black background. I'm using Illustrator to do so. When I create it, it looks nice, but when I hit "save for web & ...
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HP printer and Adobe Illustrator colours changing on Mac

I have got Adobe Illustrator CS3 on my iMac, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. I recently got a new printer, an HP Photosmart B110, product number CN245B, serial number CN1393K1Q405J8, driver version HP Inkjet 8 ...
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Illustrator : automatically export multiple different-sized images from project

I have an .ai project open in Illustrator, that I need to export to multiple PNGs with different resolutions. Is there a way to write a script or automate these exports in some way?
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How can I configure my firewall to block Abobe Illustrator CC 2014 updates on Windows 7?

I have a very simple question. How can I configure my firewall to block Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 updates on Windows 7?
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Cut out of a shape using an object

I'm new to Illustrator and I'm trying to do something which I would think would be relatively simple. I essentially have a red square and a "W" text layer above it. I'd simply like to cut ...
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How do I exclude invisible layers from SVG code?

In Illustrator, when I save a file as an SVG, the code includes everything on the artboard, even layers that are not visible. How do I save SVGs which ONLY include visible layers?
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Original file turns modified after “Save for Web…” in Photoshop

What happens to the edited file after saving its copy using the "Save for Web…" command? Why the original, unmodified file turns into "changed" (with "*" symbol after its name)? P. S. The same ...
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Adobe Illustrator : export PNG of specific resolution

The title says it. When I try to export a png I get the following dialog, where I can choose the PPI, but not the resolution. Playing with the PPI around to get the right size could probably work, ...
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Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator file preview in Windows Explorer

I'm a designer who deals with a lot of psd and ai files and it's very time consuming to sort through multiple files. I was wondering if it were possible to use Windows Explorer's file preview ...
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Adobe's inability to support 4k HD

I got a new laptop with 4k screen, but my Ps, Il & Dw have tiny icons instead of the regular size. I have to scale down my screen resolution to be able to use it properly... Does anyone have a ...
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How can I get a list of all fonts used in an Adobe Illustrator file?

How can I get a list of all fonts used in an Adobe Illustrator file? Is there a document properties / list of fonts tab that I can access to show all fonts used in an .ai file?
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Adobe version control software?

Does the Adobe CS suite of products come with a version control system that integrates natively with products such as Illustrator / Photoshop allowing action and/or layer level specific version ...
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Scripting in Illustrator?

I need to essentially draw a print-ready grid using some kind of scripting language. I have the following requirements: It must be 300dpi. It must be size A4. It must have solid lines every ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS5 64 bit on Windows

Trying to find out if there is a seperate or included 64-bit version of Adobe Illustrator for Windows like Photoshop has.
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How can I paint gaps within text in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS4. I have text that is along a path that looks like this: I would like to be able to color the gaps within the font like this: I'm having trouble finding how to do ...
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Adobe Illustrator raster image dimensions?

I have a PNG image file with the dimensions 1024px x 1074px when I bring it into illustrator it gives me the dimensions of the image as 768.107px x 805.612px. I even tried to export the image (for ...
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How do I make an Illustrator file “higher resolution”?

I was given an illustrator file, but all the curves on the artwork are jagged. I've tried "rasterizing" and exporting by increasing the size of the image. I don't know what else to do or what I'm ...
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How to align multiple artboards in Adobe Illustrator CS4

I have a bunch of artboards in a file and I want to align them accurately, like the way I can align graphic objects with Align panel. The alternative is to use a grid and align them manually with a ...
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What are cheaper alternatives to Adobe Illustrator on Windows, Mac, Linux?

Background: I'm mostly a Mac user and have tried out Inkscape and even created SVGs with it, but it is highly user-unfriendly, it uses CTRL as the modifier key. I found VectorDesigner which seems ...
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Can Photoshop produce vector based graphics?

I am researching vector based graphics and I know people use Illustrator for these, but if you are drawing in Photoshop, does it also produce vector based graphics? Would you still save it as a .psd? ...
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Where do X/Y coordinates measure from in Adobe CS3 and Illustrator?

I have a project where there are several PDF files. I'm using Illustrator to make these. It seems the point/line of origin is inconsistent from image to image (file to file). Where is the point ...
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Windows XP, Preference menu's hidden for many programs

I don't know when this started happening, but it has been several months since I first noticed it. Basically, when I go to a preferences menu of some programs, the preferences window is completely ...
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Is there any quality loss when using a place command in Photoshop

I am using “Place” command in Photoshop to import .ai file. Is there any quality loss after using this steps: Save file in Illustrator at some default size—i.e 400x400px—using .ai extension or any ...
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Graphics editor that represents everything as code/script/markup?

When I'm creating graphics in Photoshop or Illustrator, I often wish my work was entirely represented by some plain-text format so that I could dive down and make rapid changes without doing too much ...
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Case Sensitive drive, can't install illustrator

I have a case sensitive drive on my macbook. I went to install Illustrator but I got the error that it can't be installed on a case sensitive partition (in 2013!!!). I went and partitioned my paltry ...
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How to add missing fonts to Adobe Illustrator?

When opening an Adobe Acrobat PDF document on Mac OS X Lion to edit in Adobe Illustrator CS6, I got the message: The font Helvetica-Narrow-Bold is missing. Affected text will be displayed using a ...
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How to change the artboard size in Illustrator via batch script?

I worked over 80 hours on a school project, the last step was animating in AE, but because of a small problem everything looks jagged. I have around 6000 PDF's, and the solution would be to make the ...
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Turn 3D rotation of vector object into vector object

I have a vector object in Illustrator CS3. For the sake of simplicity, let's say it's a rectangle. It has been "3D-rotated", and now appears to me to be a slightly skewed parallelogram. Of course, ...
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moving objects and shapes in front or behind another object

I am trying to move the a shape in front of another shape but it is not allowing me. The shapes are not grouped to anything. they are all individual. I would like to know what could be preventing them ...
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In layers panel, how do I show only layers belonging to the current artboard?

In Illustrator, I have 12 artboards and dozens of layers, and they are all mixing up. In layers panel, how do I show only layers belonging to the current artboard? Do I need to assign layers to ...
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Is there a way to make handles bigger in Illustrator?

Whilst using the pen-tool in Adobe Illustrator, it is quite difficult to "grab" the path handles. They are soooo very tiny! Inkscape's handles are about twice that size. Is there any way to get the ...
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Converting very old version of Illustrator

I have a very large group of ai files that I want to convert to jpg, the problem is that the program that I'm using to convert doesn't recognize the ai files because they're old. the files start with ...
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See coordinates of the cursor in Illustrator

Given that there is an empty document in Illustrator CS5, is there a way to see what it the current X and Y coordinates of the point at which the cursor is pointing at?
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Adobe Illustrator Freezes on Checking System Profile

I am trying to install Adobe Illustrator on Windows 7 running in Parallels. The installer launches but stuck at the setup screen saying "Checking System Profile". Any ideas?
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How get rulers with ticks every 85 pixels (1 cm @ 216 DPI) in Illustrator?

I have a file with 800x480 pixels that will be displayed on a 216 DPI display. I would like to have Illustrator display rulers that respect this, i.e. with ticks every ~85 pixels (1 cm). Ideally, the ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How to Create Outlines from Shapes

I have a complex shape created with the Pen Tool from a vendor (some shapes have strokes, others don't -- and they all combine to create one final shape). I need to convert the shape into an OUTLINE ...
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Where are the default Adobe Illustrator fonts found when installed?

I need a copy of the Myriad-Roman font that is the default font for Adobe Illustrator. I have Illustrator installed but I need to put the font on my sever so my PDF DLL can read the font since my PDF ...
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Illustrator filesize

I'm using illustrator CS3 and when I save I notice too large file size for a small vector graphic. So to test I have just created a document 512x256px 300dpi and I draw a square. I save the file and ...
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Illustrator SVG how can I use only absolute coordinates

I cant anywhere find how to set in Illustrator that I want to use SVG in ONLY ABSOLUTE coordinates. I found a lot of stuff about Inkscape as easy as this: Change the preferences for 'SVG Output > ...