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: Filter objects into separate layers by fill color in Illustrator I have over 100 objects of two types (paths, compound paths). I want to filter these objects into separate layers based on fill
I have over 100 objects of two types (paths, compound paths). I want to filter these objects into separate layers based on fill color. Note, there are only three different fill colors being used in the entire art board.
Is this even possible? If not, are there any alternatives? Doing this manually would be long and grueling.
: Re: How to convert photoshop CC shapes to paths to be opened in illustrator I'm trying to export some icons designed using shapes, effects, and masks to illustrator, but the problem is that the
AFAIK, you can merge shapes, then export those shapes as paths to Illustrator, and use the pathfinder tools in Illustrator to unify everything - still labour intensive, but less painful than trying to do all that vector work in Photoshop.
: Re: Print Transfer Distortion I am creating artwork for a screen printing application that transfers the design to a pyramid shape using a silicone pad. How can I anticipate the distortion or better
The true answer to the distortion replies is this is a square bowl that is upside down to print the out side. The bowl comes in 3 sizes. I expect that a flat screen print transferring to an upside down square bowl will distort.
Other bowls will also be in the mix that are round and steep sided. All new kinds of process challenges we are not currently versed in. 3D modeling is possible. Solidworks can output in photoshop or illustrator formats but I do not know if the are still 3D when opened. Heard of Blender but not familiar with it.
: Re: What software is used to create 3D architectural diagrams? One day i visit this Denmark based architectural firm website, i see those clean presentations, which got me wonder what kind of software
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) from whom these images were taken, has used SketchUp, Revit, Rhino and ArchiCAD - most recently they bought a lot of seats of ArchiCAD.
They will have produced the 3D massing models in one of these tools, and then placed the rendered output into any vector illustration program of choice - could be Adobe Illustrator, could be Affinity Designer, could be InkScape and done the outer spatial boundary heavier line as a vector drawn line there. Similarly, the colour elements, arrows and other diagrammatic elements were probably added then, in the vector program.
If these came from ArchiCAD originally, then they could have saved the views as pure vector PDFs first, then rendered a white model look for the shadows, and this would mean that when the PDF was brought into Illustrator or Designer, they wouldn't be ANY re-drawing - the lines along the spatial boundary would be selected and a heavier lineweight chosen. It's a super-simple, effective workflow, and gives incredibly clear diagrammatic output.
This kind of work is exactly the sort of thing I've been doing myself over the last decade.
: Re: Do anybody know a vector program with custom compound lines? If somebody don't know what I mean by compound lines. Here is example of use: I know that it is possible in some Cad programs,
I'm an ArchiCAD user like you, and so understand your usage of "compound lines".
AFAIK any decent vector design program in typical use supports this, whether Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer or InkScape.
They're most commonly called brushes, or pattern brushes or vector brushes, and you define the pattern by drawing it with the pen or bezier tool, and then having selected the elements you're applying, you define the brush pattern.
Each application will have its own specifics: most will respect line weights in your sample (unlike ArchiCAD); some may prefer you to expand or explode stroke into fills; others won't.
Should not be hard to do.
: Re: Illustrator: copying an artboard to a new document I have a document with dozens of artboards. I would like to copy a single artboard into a new document, preserving its content and dimensions.
People have probably figured it out with newer versions of Illustrator. I don't have CC but with CS6 go to 'File → New From Template' and search for your saved AI file.
: Name for having a background of the main element I am totally new to illustrator and I am trying to make myself a logo. Something neat I found online was a trick where you used the same
I am totally new to illustrator and I am trying to make myself a logo. Something neat I found online was a trick where you used the same image in the foreground in another color as the background. This trick is used here :
Is there a name to this technique? I am trying to find out how to achieve this effect but don't know where to concentrate my search on.
: Re: A logo that will be printed on a T-Shirt I want to make this logo print-ready on a T-shirt, but I have a few questions: 1) I have an overlap in my logo, I tried to merge the whole artwork
In fact, in most printing setups, overprint in overlap areas is desirable to you don't get annoying little halos where ink didn't flow!
: Re: What is the easiest way to design this room setup? 3D but not 3D I can do this in Cinema 4D but it will take a lot of time, looking for an alternative software that creates 3D looks
There's a tool out there called MagicaVoxel which is open-source and free, allowing voxel based world and image building which I think would make this kind of image really fast to do.
link to MagicaVoxel github page
I've played with it a bit (I'm a 3D generalist) and it's low-barrier and fun enough that I think a hobbyist could learn it quickly.
: Re: Is there a wooden manikin whose position translates directly into software? I wonder if there is a wooden manikin of this type: That is connected to a computer such as its position is reflected
For myself, I use DCC tools and properly set up (with joint constraints) IK and FK models, and have no problems with posing them.
I'd get frustrated pretty quickly with a manually-posed-and-reposed model as it'd be really darn hard to iterate poses for animation.
: Re: Presets for a specific zoom in illustrator Just hoping someone has figured out a shortcut (preferably keyboard shortcut) in illustrator to snap the zoom to 133% (a visual 1:1 scale for online's
Quick thought: save a template file with your predefined views (and your personal branding of course) and start from that for each new file - should give you what you need.
: Re: 3d Lines effect in Illustrator/photoshop? does anyone have an idea how these pieces were created? The designers seem to use illustrator in their other work, certainly no 3d software?
Based on her public-facing work, I'd say three main things:
1) There's no guarantee there wasn't 3D modeling used: she clearly does have that skillset and tools.
2) Nonetheless, it's REALLY not likely: she tends towards hugely complex, very carefully crafted pattern and dimension creation in a sheerly-vector manner, and is obviously immensely skilled at hand illustration too. My bet is this was all done manually.
3) That said, I don't think a trip into either photoshop or a separate 3D DCC is necessary for lower-complexity forms: Illustrator has decent revolve & extrude tools for simple shapes. You could create a vector pattern symbol of the colour lines, revolve a bottle-shaped profile, and Map Art onto that 3D form, then explode the result and do point-specific tweaks to get it dialed in, and that would all stay in illustrator's vector tools - no need to trace pixels at all.
I've tested now - this approach works well, but fair warning: Illustrator's "3D effect" tools are slow and processor-heavy.
: Re: How to argue for color choices? I'm primarily a UX/Interaction Designer, however, since I'm working for a fairly small company I'm having to overlap to graphic and visual design. I'm fine with
Color Theory is a really vast area of expertise; I had entire classes on that subject alone when studying Creative arts and Graphic design.
To give you the short answer, there are 2 things you should learn in order to argue colors intelligently:
The basics of color theory
The psychological meanings of colors.
For the fundamentals of color theory, start with the color wheel. This is what color tools like coolors use to create color schemes, and this is what Adobe used when they introduced color schemes in their software.
Here is a basic one:
It shows the basic relation between complementary colors, which are 2 colors opposite on the color wheel.
There are many different possible relations between colors that make a harmonious color scheme. This one shows triads, which are 3 colors spaced evenly:
The other popular schemes are Analogous (adjacent colors) and Split complementary (a color, its complementary and the 2 colors analogous to that complementary color). You can purchase spinning color wheels in art supplies stores if you need to show clients.
You can find more details on the most classic schemes here.
Of course, you can stray from these principles and still have harmony. Sometimes, dis-harmony is what you're going for. It's similar to note progressions in music theory; you can come up with your own, but some have been established for valid reasons.
The other aspect to consider is the psychological meanings of colors, which is meanings and associations that we give colors, as well as the emotions that colors inspire. For example, red is hot and brings excitement and anger. Blue is cold and evoques calm. It might sound very holistic, but it is used a lot in advertising; colors are rarely chosen randomly. Crown Royal is purple and yellow because these colors are associated with royalty.
Here is a good summary of this:
Source (as well as more details for each colors)
So this is a very good starting point, you should definitely read more on the subject. As with any type of theory that has to do with creativity it's not set in stone. It can (and should) be argued, but those principles have been used for centuries by all the great artists.
On a final side note, while this will allow you to explain the logic behind color choices, I also recommend that you pick your battles. Sometimes, no amount of logic will make a client chance his mind if he wants weird colors that you think look ugly.
: Monitor calibrated and new profile generated but now Adobe InDesign colours look bad I just calibrated both my monitors using DisplayCal & Spyder5 - I am very happy with colours of the monitors.
I just calibrated both my monitors using DisplayCal & Spyder5 - I am very happy with colours of the monitors. However, when I load Adobe InDesign CC my reds look awful. (Left is my choosing red - Right is the same red when in the document)
How can fix this? I have been searching all over - I tried changing profiles and even that didn't work.
Without a fix, all my previous InDesign Documents now look dull.
I just tried (R:255 G:0 B:0) in Adobe Photoshop and it looks a normal red, unlike the red in InDesign.
: Re: InDesign or Illustrator for package design? I was debating with my students this week about which software to submit their files in for my package design class. A few advantages of InDesign
Some printers require files to be submitted in Illustrator format, so ultimately it will come down to vendor requirements. However, I think of Illustrator and Photoshop as tools to generate layout resources, and InDesign as the best way to efficiently assemble those resources. Illustrator is great for creating the die cut and score template as well as all of the vector-based assets, but it is weak in areas where InDesign excels. Unless your vendor states otherwise, there is no reason not to get the most out of both platforms.
: How I can make this Complex Gradient in illustrator? I want to make this complex gradient, what tool should i make ?
I want to make this complex gradient, what tool should i make ?
: Bleed of a flyer designed in Illustrator I designed a 5.5" x 4 3/16" inch flyer in Illustrator. I set the bleed to 0.125 inch. I finished the flyer and saved it using the PDF/X-1a:2001 preset,
I designed a 5.5" x 4 3/16" inch flyer in Illustrator. I set the bleed to 0.125 inch. I finished the flyer and saved it using the PDF/X-1a:2001 preset, left the rest as default. Then delivered it to the client. But he is asking me to create a one-eighth-inch bleed and crop marks. How come? Because I already set the bleed as I said before to 0.125 inch. I also printed a sample of the flyer to check that, and it is printed correctly.
I am really confused, should I save it as a press quality PDF and mark the printer's marks and bleeds or leave it the same?
: Duplicate artboard with script Illustrator CC I tried to create an action to automate "duplicate artboard" in Illustrator CC but it was not possible. I would like to know if there is any script
I tried to create an action to automate "duplicate artboard" in Illustrator CC
but it was not possible. I would like to know if there is any script to do this.
: Re: How to get an RGB hex code in or out of an InDesign RGB colour swatch? I've been using InDesign (CS6) for designing responsive web layouts and, while it makes some things easier to convert
I was trying to find the same info. And another way to do it is use this online converter! Very easy!
Take the numbers from Indesign and type into that website and you'll get your hex #. I just found this and I'm not associated; just wanted to pass it on in case it helps someone else. I google lots of questions like this so I know what it's like always searching for answers. :)
: How to remove the smoothing effect Illustrator does when exporting PNG files? I'm making an illustration that contains only black lines, on a white background. The lines are 1 pixel thick. Sometimes
I'm making an illustration that contains only black lines, on a white background. The lines are 1 pixel thick. Sometimes those lines will curve a bit. Sometimes there will be a circle. But the stroke is always 1 pixel.
Now, when I export the png file, I get a smoothing effect, that is useful for visual purposes, however, for programming reasons, I want to have a perfect 1 pixel by 1 pixel square in a perfect coordinate, not blurry edges that transform 1 pixel in 4 or 5 to make it look good.
Is there any way to create/export this file that way?.
: How can I make a logo have a negative space stroke in Inkscape? I have this logo ↑ and I want its stroke to be negative/transparent so that it can look like this ↓ How do I do
I have this logo ↑
and I want its stroke to be negative/transparent so that it can look like this ↓
How do I do this in Inkscape?
: How to export InDesign file to PDF with attachments as hidden pages that pop-up in new tabs I need to export an InDesign file to PDF with hidden pages. I know how to insert attachments into
I need to export an InDesign file to PDF with hidden pages. I know how to insert attachments into Acrobat and have new windows pop-up; and I'm wondering if there is a way to do this from InDesign directly.
: Re: Are there any shortcomings to making layouts in InDesign to place in Photoshop? Is it a crazy idea to make artwork in InDesign and then export to JPG then place linked files inside Photoshop,
This sounds like a good way to do it. You can even copy/paste directly from InDesign into Photoshop as a smart object. Later, if you want to update the smart object, double-click it and it will open in Illustrator. Make your edits and save, and the smart object will update in Photoshop!
: Re: Hard color transition gradients I am trying to reproduce this hard transition of colors with the gradient tool. I had this gradient: And what I need was hard transition between of the
I used this method to create a slight blend between the colors.
Red at 0%, Red at 18%
Purple at 20%, Purple at 38%
Yellow at 40%, Yellow at 58%
Green at 60%, Green at 78%
Blue at 80%, Blue at 100%
: Re: How do I change the border radius for multiple points at the same time in the new Adobe Illustrator CC 2018? Since the last update of Illustrator the interface has become very clean. The border
I figured it out, the feature is moved inside the transform panel ;)
: How to draw pressure lines in Illustrator with a Surface Pro I want to draw lines like the one located on the left side, but what I get when I try drawing are the lines located at the
I want to draw lines like the one located on the left side, but what I get when I try drawing are the lines located at the right side. As you can see, the ends arent sharp but round and it doesn't have the same effect as going from thin to thick.
I am working on a Microsoft Surface pro 4.
: Re: Is it possible to resize images without losing resolution by breaking the image into it's component colours and scaling them instead of the raw image Lately, I've been trying to increase the
Yes, this is the method GIF images use to reduce file size, and it works very well in many cases.
: Opening Adobe Creative assets in Illustrator This is how I work: I save a picture on the internet and upload it to my "Creative Cloud Files" located in my C:/users drive. When I finish this,
This is how I work: I save a picture on the internet and upload it to my "Creative Cloud Files" located in my C:/users drive.
When I finish this, I expect to be able to open the saved picture in Illustrator. As you may guessed, I am wrong.
This is what Illustrator shows me:
But my Creative Cloud files is not empty, so there must be something wrong right?
The Libraries option in Illustrator itself is showing nothing either:
How can I solve this problem?
: Re: Can you make hexagon in perspective using shapes in photoshop? (see image) Outline hexagon with rounded corners. Is this possible in photoshop?
This is easily achieved by putting two stroke effects on the layer. The top stroke would need to be black. The bottom stroke would need to be white or grey and slightly larger than the black stroke.
: Is there a very specific font identification tool online? I have a very specific set of criteria for a font I need, and wondered if there was any online tool that would allow me to choose
I have a very specific set of criteria for a font I need, and wondered if there was any online tool that would allow me to choose the specific anatomy of different characters and show me a font that matches? For example, a sans serif font with a single storey lower-case "a", a lower-case "t" with a tail, a closed "4", a lower case "g" with an open loop, an upper case "J" with a top bar..etc. I have tried the "Identify fonts by sight" question tool on fonts.com, but it doesn't ask me questions about the characters I'm especially interested in. Is there any tool in existence that does what I need?! I should add that I'm not looking to identify a font I've seen - I simply need a font that matches my criteria and would like to know what my options are. Many thanks!