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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How do I make this arrow symmetrical?

First of all, I use Inkscape for this. I am also not a graphic designer by trade. Anyway, here's the deal: As you can see, the nodes aren't lined up properly to make the arrow symmetrical. I only ...
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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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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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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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Photoshop CC: Text and shape layers with same opacity, fill, blending and color render with different brightness [closed]

Anyone knows why two different layers (a shape and a text) with the same opacity (54%), fill (100%), blending (normal) and color (#000) render with different brightness? See following example: The ...
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How to draw a precise angle with pen tool in Photoshop?

Is it possible to draw a precise angle with the pen tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6? By using Shift key it is easy to draw 45° or 90° but I need for example 37.45°.
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Making a curved road texture in Photoshop?

I have a very simple road texture (200 x 200) like this: I need to create a curved version of this texture that is double the size (400 x 400). Here is a picture to give you a basic idea of what ...
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Is it possible to link shapes to a master shape, so that modifications to the master like repositioning, affect all linked shapes?

I'm using Illustrator CC, and I'd like to link some sub-shapes to a master such that modifying the master also moves the sub-shapes. Context: Octopus tentacles. I've got shapes for each tentacle ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Is it possible to make a gradient follow a path in Illustrator?

If you take this image: Is it possible to make a gradient in Illustrator that follows that path? I made something similar (just not with a single path, but with the pen tool) and I want to have ...
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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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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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Cut a circumference into parts - Inkscape

I'm trying to cut out sections of a circle / circumference. The way that I've been doing it is by creating new nodes on the path and then cutting the path at that point. However, to make the cuts I ...
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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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Is there a way to change the widths of a compound path's strokes independently?

The stroke width tool in Illustrator features some really unpredictable behaviour when used on a compound path. When I change the width on one part of the compound path, Illustrator applies that width ...
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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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See anchor points on objects even when they're not selected - Illustrator

Title says it all. I wan't to be able to see anchor points on "object 1" when working with "object 2" so I can align better. Is there a way to do this?
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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 use After Effects Trim Path with an Illustrator Path

I imported my Illustrator file into After Effects. I then turned the Vector layer into a shape layer. I added a trim path to the shape but the trim path does some weird start to end point mask. Video ...
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How to create a rounded/wave rectangle like this on Inkscape?

I'm using inkscape and I am trying to create an structure like the one below, but all I manage to make is a disformed object. I tried using a rectangle and combine with circles, but the best I got ...
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How to convert a compound path to a standard path in Adobe Illustrator?

I've got a ExtendScript that only works with paths and I've got a compound path, so how can I convert my compound path into a path?
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How do I mix rounded and squared caps in a single path in Illustrator?

How could I mix rounded and square caps in one single path in Illustrator? For example, I need to make a rounded cap on the starting point and a square one on its end? See the screen capture ...
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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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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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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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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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GIMP: Stroke Path along single points

What I need: to draw different sets of icons in the same points of the picture (with the purpose of drawing different network schemes with the same structure). There are A LOT OF Points. Therefore I ...
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Is there a way to evenly change size of text?

I created the attached images in Illustrator. On the first one (world map) I want to represent data going from one place to the other. I had a path that I altered with the width tool, so one end ...
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How to create an SVG path from a lineart?

I have a line drawing in PNG format, from which I need to create an SVG. I need to create the svg path from right to left, left to right, center to sides OR sides to center. Here’s an example: I’m ...
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Inkscape: Project a rectangle on bent path keeping gradients intact

I have a rectangle (4-node path) filled with a gradient which I now want to bend along its vertical axis in such a way that it resembles the curvature of another Bezier curve that bends in two places. ...
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How to make rounded corners from shapes drawn with lines?

I am trying to make a shape like this: And so far in Illustrator, I've drawn this: Now, I know how to make a rectangle/square rounded. Select object, go to Effect -> Stylize -> Rounded ...
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How to make an area transparent in Illustrator

In the image below you'll see the white section (highlighted blue). The black section behind it is one path, and the white another. How do I remove the white from the black so it becomes transparent? ...
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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 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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cutting one object with another using illustrator

I want to cut an object using second object how can I acheive it? In the above image you can see 2 objects one is circle having 2px stroke and no fill, second is rectangle having white fill but no ...
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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 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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Illustrator CS6 Perpendicular Lines following a path

I have a closed path from which I would like to create a parallel inner path. If I drew a series of lines, all the same length, with one end at points along the path (all extending inward), the second ...
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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 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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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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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 select nodes that are behind each other?

I want to connect two nodes which are already at the same spot: Here you can see it's actually 2 nodes: I need to select them both as they are (atop of each other) and join them. This is the ...
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Merging 3 different-Not Crossing Shapes into 1 Path

I m trying to merge 3 letters into 1 path. Their paths simply not touching or crossing each other. So, basically it means, 3 different positioned shapes for merge. Is it possible? And the reason ...
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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 ...