Questions about paths, in this context they are lines created in a raster or vector editing software such as Illustrator, Inkscape or Photoshop, to name a few. Ask anything related to manipulating paths in graphic design software.

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Tips for creating and editing paths in Illustrator

I'm new to Adobe Illustrator, but I have used extensively Inkscape. While I recognize that Illustrator is vastly superior in many fronts, I feel a bit of a lag due to the need to use three or four ...
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How to make a line in illustrator with $ signs

The behavior I'm looking for is similar to how one can make a path line dashed. Except, instead of being dashes, I'd love to make it show $ signs. Thanks for your help!
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Adding noise to a path in Inkscape

Is it possible to add some (controllable amount of) noise to a path with Inkscape? When creating a fictional map, I would like to add rivers with the bezier tool, drawing the general shape, and then ...
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How to extend/prolong and trim/cut a straight line or path in Inkscape

I have some straight paths with only two nodes (start and end node). They are short and I want to prolong them in the same direction that the line is. The paths are oblique-angled and not horizontal ...
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Can you draw a constrained straight line with GIMP's paths tool?

In GIMP, you can (in various modes) draw a constrained straight line which will "snap" the line you're drawing to the nearest 15 degree angle, making it easy to draw lines in a precise direction. For ...
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A clean way to remove gradient mesh in Illustrator?

Does anyone know if it is possible to remove a gradient mesh from an object in Illustrator without producing a distorted/inaccurate outline? Adobe documentation as well as most online resources I ...
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Join line and edge of circle

In Inkscape, what would be the best way to join the two nodes highlighted in red below? One is an end of the line, the other is the leftmost point on a circle (the horizontal line goes through the ...
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Is it legal to convert a not-freely-distributable font to “path” and distribute it?

Suppose, I am creating a logo in a vector graphics editor (for example Inkscape) and I use there the font which cannot be freely distributed (for example Myriad Pro which can be obtained by ...
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Recommended workflow to expand paths without creating unnecessary anchors points

I'd like to know if what I do is the correct process for what I want to achieve. I created some paths to draw the strokes of an illustration (a helmet). As these strokes are paths, and they can't be ...
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How can I add Sine waves to follow the path of a circle using Illustrator

In Illustrator I'm trying to create quite a simple shape but I don't know the simplest way of going about it. I have created a Sine wave using the Sine Curve script by Sato Hiroyuki. I have doubled ...
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How to remove a path from other paths

I have a .svg file with many different paths. I know I can select all black parts by using Ctrl + F and searching in the style attribute. I combined all black paths to one. But I want to remove all ...
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Inkscape: how to reuse part of a circular path (inner boundary) and connect it to another path inside of that

I use Inkscape: Imagine I have a shape like an O which is a path. Or better said: Two paths, one for the outer boundary and another for the inner boundary. But it is one object (one path??). If I ...
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How to change color of the dot on the “i” letter in Illustrator?

How can I change the color of the dot part (in this case, the dot is the triangle) on "i" letter with Illustrator? I have done the Create Outlines but I can only change the I color as a whole. I'm ...
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How to put arrows along a path in Inkscape?

I am trying to put simple arrows along a path. What I have done so far: using the Bezier tool, I created a straight line and made the endmarker into an arrowhead. Next, I used the Path effect editor ...
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align text to curve but keep vertical orientation of letters

In Photoshop, I am trying to align the baseline, x height, and cap height of some text to a curve, but I'd like to keep the vertical orientation of the letters strait up and down, and not let the ...
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How can I create paths with accurate border-radii

So I'm getting a little confused with radii in Inkscape. For quite a while I thought that this: was the same as this: ... But it turns out that overlaying them on top of one another reveals that ...
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How do I draw a line outwards from the exact middle of a rectangle's edge, and combine the paths in Inkscape?

I want to draw this shape in Inkscape: The line coming from the side needs to be aligned to exactly the middle of the edge, coming out at a right angle. It must also be part of the rectangle ...
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Breaking polygons into paths in Inkscape

Is there anyway to break up a polygon into paths? Actually what I want to do is to change the colour and dash of certain sides of the polygon, but that seems like the straight forward way. I can't ...
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Restore snap-to-grid behaviour for path handles in AI CC 2014

one of the new features in AI CC 2014 is path handles ignoring any grid. However, when one wants to construct C2-contious joins between separate objects, precise control over the handle position is ...
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Change start of threaded text path in Illustrator

I created a series of semi-circle paths in Illustrator and linked them together using the Threaded Text function. Using the Type on a Path options, I was able to flip the direction of the text to the ...
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Outlining a path looks ugly at the start/end of the path

I have a closed path. The corner where I started and ended the path looks like this: When I do Object > Path > Outline Stroke, that corner is not perfectly outlined. Sometimes I can see the ...
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Bulk relink images in InDesign when the path structure has changed

We've got a load of images linked into an InDesign document which are linked like this: user/documents/project-name/images/batch2/image1.png The actual images are sub-filed like this images/batch1, ...
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How to convert paths into shape in photoshop cs6

I drew paths thinking i was drawing a shape but later realized it is only a path. Now i could create a temporary shape like a box and paste this in and delete the box path. But just as there is a ...
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Finding open paths in Adobe Illustrator

I uploaded a file to a market place but it got rejected. They sent me messages for some modifications and the one modification they want is to close opened paths. How can I find open paths or their ...
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Make top of type sit on path - illustrator

Im trying to get type to sit on a path, so far ive been able to get it to work but when i try and get the type to sit the right way round (ie. not upside down) it sits on the inside of the path, which ...
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How to get Text to follow semicircular path, read left to right and oriented counterclockwise

I'm using adobe illustrator, and I'm trying to get the text to orient from left to right(counterclockwise) and not upside down but I cannot get it to do that on the path I've created. Im pretty ...
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Merging two anchor points of the same path in Illustrator

Assume the following situation in Adobe Illustrator, where I have two neighbouring anchor points on the same path. For the left anchor point, only the left bezier-handle is important and for the right ...
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Trace equation of line in Photoshop

Is there a direct method of using the Photoshop pen tool (or any other tool) to trace the equation of a line in 2D space and create a path from it in a given domain and/or range, provided I define a ...
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How to delete the path between two nodes, but not the nodes themselves in Inkscape?

I have a contour object, and I would like to delete a part of it (a line). So I converted the object to a path, selected the Edit paths by nodes tool and deleted the unwanted nodes, now I have the ...
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Is it possible to auto center text using the “Type on a Path” tool?

Recently I've been using the Type on a Path tool quite frequently in Illustrator and it frustrates me every time I want to use a circle path to place type on, as I want the text centered at the top of ...
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How to fix the position of a gradient in Illustrator, so that it doesn't move when I edit the object it's applied to?

How do I make Illustrator not change the gradient's position and size when I change the path's shape?
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Tapered/sloped text effect in Illustrator (NOT skew or perspective)

I'm not too sure how to describe the effect that I'm going for or what it is even called. Thus, I'm having some trouble finding any help through Google. I want to accomplish something like this ...
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How do I keep the spaces in my dashed line from changing when I modify the line length in Illustrator?

Using Adobe Illustrator CS6, I drew a line and clicked the "Dashed Line" option in the stroke palette. When I change the length of the dashed line, by grabbing an endpoint and moving it or clipping ...
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How can I reset the path to the result appearance of an object distorted with effects?

I have a simple rectangle with a couple effects: distort, rounded corners. I'd now like to add some anchor points and adjust the path of this object. How can I get the path to wrap around the ...
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How to make circle with bordered boundary using ellipse tool

I am trying to make a simple "Q" logo in gimp. Instead of just typing the character "Q" in big font I am trying to make it using "Ellipse tool". However, I don't know how to make the borders of the ...
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Create some Stroke from expanded shape

I created some shape using 6 pixels stroke (no fill), then I expanded it and get the desired shape. Later, I need the same shape with thinner lines, but resizing does not work well for it. So, the ...
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Add a point after the last point in a path in Inkscape

Is there a way in Inkscape to add a new point after the last of before the first point of an open path (i.e. a path where there's no connection between the first and last point)? I only have found ...
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Why does my shape have a tiny horizontal line?

I need to remove the horizontal bar of an A char so it looks like a V upside down. What I did is: I opened Illustrator and typed the character A, then I clicked "create outlines". Then I joined bottom ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How to create a clipping mask

I have this logo I am working on. I have 2 questions: 1) I have a white circle behind the 4. I'd like to use that circle as a clipping mask for the 4 so that the 4 fits perfectly within that white ...
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How to do a perfect circle with the bezier tool in Inkscape?

I need to create a perfect circle with the bezier tool and not with the circle tool. The purpose of this is to later animate my svg with css.
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Fill enclosed path in Inkscape

I'm having difficulties with a really basic concept in Inkscape. How do I fill an enclosed path that has a line going into it? I've combined the original two paths to form one path, but filling it ...
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How do I stop Sketch from reseting the shape (reverting) after changing corner radius?

When I change a shape's border radius after editing the vector points, it snaps back to the original shape. Any ideas?
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Strange Inkscape path behaviour - is this normal or a bug?

I'm trying to figure out if this is a bug I should report, or whether it's normal behaviour. (I don't think it is normal, but would appreciate others' thoughts) I've created a simple triangle path on ...
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Illustrator wont make a compound path from the full shape

I have the following shape I have drawn with the pen tool. The bird head and eye are a compound path but releasing them both from this makes little difference. What I am trying to achieve is a ...
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How do I make these paths have the same vector?

I'm trying to draw another shape to go with this heart, and I want the line on which the anchor is selected to have exactly the same curvature as the corresponding length on the heart. Is this ...
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Convert Primitive to Path using SVG format in Illustrator

I've got a simple drawing in Illustrator consisting of multiple rectangles. I will need to handle that in code later one and saved the document as SVG. The rectangles come out as <rect /> nodes ...
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How do I adjust anchor points correctly?

The way I have just learned to use the Pen tool, if you hold Cmd/Ctl while selecting the end of a guideline, it will move the guideline on BOTH sides of the anchor point and adjust the last curve that ...
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How to prevent having to redraw lines in Illustrator

I do a lot of artwork in Illustrator, and am pretty experienced. However I find myself having redraw lines often with each new level of detail, for instance adding shadows to a complex object - I have ...
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Can I prevent the screen from scrolling when dragging a vector path in Illustrator?

Sometimes, when I'm drawing a vector path with the pen tool, I need to drag the line further than I have screen space, and this makes the screen scroll down, which makes me lose focus on what I'm ...
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Illustrator: How to make 'lens elements', convex and concave, shapes?

Just starting out in Illustrator and I want to make a shape such as this: The way I have done it is like this: Make a rectangle Move 2 corner anchor points Add anchor points on either side ...