Questions about the set of geographical primitives (ellipse, line, rectangle, polygon, Bézier curve) represented as vector mediums. Custom shapes can be produced by combining any of the aforementioned primitives.

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How to stop Adobe Illustrator's minus front Pathfinder command from altering sizes?

I am trying to use minus front on a grouping of objects (object 1) that I want to cut out of object 2. But when I click minus front, it actually changes half the group shapes. Any idea why? I've never ...
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What is this design pattern called? “Continuation wave.”

See the wavy line at the bottom of this graphic? I often see this visual technique used in software manuals and other material that contain screenshots. The technique cues that "there is more to ...
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Photoshop draw circle from line

How can i turn this line into a circle in photoshop cs6 ? I want to draw a circle with this texture This is not how I want to draw my Circle. I want to copy then rotate and then paste the first ...
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Duplicate [text with shape] in photoshop

I want to create numbers in blocks as shown in the image, using Photoshop CS6. I understood how to duplicate shapes in the same layer (Path Selection tool -> select shape -> with Option key, click ...
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What are some ways to spice up boring designs?

I'm looking for what you guys might have in your "bag of tricks", meaning design elements you use frequently, such as interesting shapes, lines, textures, all that sort of stuff that you use to spice ...
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How to subtract text from a shape in Adobe Illustrator?

I've created a rectangle, and I want to cut some text out of it, so that the text will appear as the background pattern. I expected to be able to achieve this by selecting the rectangle and the ...
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How to mask a layer with shapes in photoshop?

It is really hard to explain, but kind of easy to understand once you actually see what I mean. I want to design a specific shape, and to make a layered mask "folder" and be able to add shapes into ...
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How to easily isolate parts of a shape to fill them with colour in Adobe Illustrator?

I am using Adobe Illustrator and I have a ribbon shape that I have created using the pen tool and line segments. I need to know how to isolate areas so I can fill them with a colour and create the ...
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How to make an array of dots and paths with Adobe Illustrator?

How can I create an array or 'node net' of randomly sized shapes, with thin paths between them and dots where each path meets another path?
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How to draw arcs of arbitrary angle, or defined by tangents in Visio?

I am using MS Visio 2013, trying to draw a circular arc which spans between two 45 degrees lines. Think about an isosceles right triangle, where the head (90 deg) vertex is trimmed to a circular shape ...
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How do I clip parts of my Inkscape diagram such that its corners are perfectly rectangular?

I've been trying to edit a SVG diagram (here in my Google Drive you can find it if having the original SVG helps you in assisting me), below is a PNG bitmap of the original labelling what I want ...
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How do I merge these two objects in Inkscape such that the space in between is gone?

I'd like to remove the white space in the screenshot I took of an Inkscape file and merge the two pink objects together into a single object.
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Creating nice curves with InDesign

I am trying to create nice looking curves with InDesign, but I can't get a good result using the Pen tool. What I want is something like the curves in the following pictures on top and below the ...
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Is it our task to teach people new scientific discoveries?

You know how a raindrop looks like, don't you? Well, maybe not... While the German Wikipedia doesn't list that fact yet, it has reached the English version: Whenever designers refer to rain drops ...
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How do I create new objects from existing nodes in Inkscape?

I've been trying to edit an Inkscape diagram I've created; there's a segment I'd like to separate from the rest of the shape it belongs to and turn it into a separately-editable shape (for which I can ...
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How to draw an arc shape in Sketch?

Is there any way to draw an arc shape with rounded ends like this in sketch app?
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How to draw a stretched/pulled/conical spiral

I'm trying to redraw a diagram, and I'm having difficulty recreating the base spiral: I need to make the concentric spiral part. Can you help me?
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Polygon shape not closing with brush in Illustrator CC

I am having a problem where I create a polygon shape and then apply a brush to it. But what I am getting is one corner is not closed or linked together. I have no idea how to fix this issue. Is there ...
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Auto align layers with changing contents but constant shape in Photoshop

I have 70+ images of a coloured microsphere taken through a microscope. Between each image, I manually rotated the sphere by about 5°. In each picture, the position of the sphere is slightly different ...
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Photoshop: How to know which layer does graphic object inside

I have met this situation, and because I just learn photoshop so I don't know how to solve this. I have a psd file contains some layers. Those layers have grouped together. Then I draw a graphic (in ...
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Incorrect text outline in Illustrator

I'm trying to convert a letter "A" to a shape using the Type -> Create Outline function. However, the converted shape does not maintain the straight lines in the letter. Here is the original letter ...
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How to define a custom shape in photoshop

I have created a shape and selected a layer. In the Edit menu Define custom shape... is disabled. Can any one tell what mistake I have made.
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How can I edit a crown from a picture in Photoshop?

Can someone help me and guide me how to edit the crown on the picture to match with the king wallers logo? I dont know how to color it partly,make it glow a little and use shades.
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When holding shift + scaling a shape layer = doesn't constrain a perfect shape.

I'm on AE CS6 and when I'm scaling a shape layer it doesn't scale perfectly. For instance, I'm scaling an ellipse shape and I want a perfect circle, usually all I have to do is hold the shift key ...
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Design wordcloud to fit custom shape with common software?

I want to design a cover page of a presentation with all the keywords arranged in such a way that they form a number (e.g. 7). Here are some examples: My question is different from this question ...
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Circle with inner rings of equal area?

I'd like to create a circle with rings of equal area (as opposed to rings of equal thickness). The inner ring ends up being a filled circle, and there are two extra rings, for a total of three(3).Here ...
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Mysterious line next to shape after saving for web in Illustrator

So I have got the .ai file from our designer and I have to save it to a specific size to then be used on a website. I have aligned all shapes to pixel raster (not sure if this is required) and I have ...
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photoshop cs6-shape layers option

In Photoshop CC, the pen tool contains the shape layers option. where can i find that shape layers option in Photoshop CS6? Everytime i do shape fill, it wont allow me to subtract front shape. so, ...
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Illustrator: Subtracting lines from a circle with pathfinder [duplicate]

Im trying to cut out the leftovers of this circle using pathfinder-intersect, but it's not letting me. Worked before with the same shape, am I missing something?
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How to change the shape of the eraser tool in Illustrator?

I am Photoshop enthusiast, I can't find how to change eraser shape like in Photoshop (eraser "brush" mode). In Illustrator eraser is always circle or ellipse (when you change width in eraser ...
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Change dimensions of shape by pixels in Photoshop CS6

I have created a rectangle with Photoshop CS6. Now I want to alter its width and height by pixels, is that possible? I know I can create the rectangle by clicking and choosing its width and height, ...
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Spacing objects equally in shape?

I've run into a little snag. I'm trying to distribute a two lines along the body of a square in Illustrator. This is what I want the lines to look like, this done by hand though it's not ...
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Why do two perfectly adjacent rectangles create black or white lines in between as if they were overlapping or not exactly adjacent?

I have a flat design (well, it's supposed to be), but these black and white lines between the shapes are so annoying... [no stroke] take a look: See these lines between two overlapping rectangles? ...
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Illustrator CS6 Shape vs path

Not sure if this question is ok to ask here, but i did notice that you could tag illustrator so i give it a try. Im following a tutorial where the tutor creates a ellipse on a layer and then creates ...
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How would you represent distance graphically?

Ok, So this might be somewhat "subjective" but I am looking for some ideas. I want to represent distance as a bar graph (kind of) that gets "fuller" the closer the people are. The farther they are, ...
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There Must Be A Way: Trimming Groups Of Lines To Fit Complex Shape - Illustrator

This doesn't seem complex, and I'm not a beginner but can't figure it out or find answer online. I want to be able to trim a series of lines to fit in a complex shape (lay the shape over a group of ...
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How to calculate the area of an irregular shape in Adobe Illustrator?

I've drawn an irregular shape in illustrator and I want to know what its area is then I want to compare it between another shape How could I calculate its area in Illustrator (CS6 or CC)?
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Illustrator: how to fill space between 2 shapes

I have drawn this in illustrator: It's just a circle and a hand drawn line with the paint brush tool on top of each other. How do I go about filling in on of the two halves with a color? Many ...
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Shapes not showing in Inkscape

I'm new at inskape and I'm having this problem: I try to draw a square or circle and it just doesn't work. I know it should have a fill and stroke,and even when I select colors, it's not showing. All ...
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How to draw a squiggly in Photoshop?

I'm trying to draw a squigly line exactly like the one in the picture to be used as in illustration featuring Styrofoam peanuts. I've tried the pen tool (with my amateurish skills) and I've even ...
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How to cut out one shape from another using Photoshop?

Given have two shapes for example. a star (blue) and arrow (no fill). The arrow has a green stroke. How can I make the portion of the star which is behind the arrow transparent, but retain the green ...
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Curved dashed line in Photoshop

I have made a shape and did 'Stroke Path' to paint it with the brush. I want to make the shape a dashed line so I set the Shape Dynamics and the Angle Jitter to 'Direction'. When I paint the shape, ...
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How do I insert an image “through” the center of a vector shape in Illustrator?

I'm wondering what the best way to insert a photo of someone "through" the center of a vector shape would be in Illustrator CC. I've done this in the past through a variety of shape building ...
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Why aren't handles showing up when I draw a rectangle, even though I've selected Show Bounding Box & Show Edges in Illustrator CC 2014?

I recently reinstalled Illustrator CC 2014 (have been working with it since it's initial release) and suddenly, my rectangle shapes have no handles - I can't select and resize with my selection tool. ...
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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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How to create a Geometric Polygonal Art portrait

I've been interested in creating Geometric Polygonal art illustrations, i.e. making polygons and shapes with different color shading represent a face, or an object, see this set of examples. How are ...
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“Smooth” large objects out of smaller geometric shapes

How did Pentagram do these arrows made out of smaller circles? Or, more specifically, how did they do it so smoothly. I assume they didn't do it brick by brick. Is it a custom fill or clipping mask? ...
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Cutting multiple lines/curves with a closed path in inkscape

Let's take a bunch of lines, like in (A) (We could have bezier curves, either. Let's say: open paths) Let's take then a circle (or another closed path), like (B) Let's put the each above/below ...
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Photoshop CS6 will not allow me to choose Shape colour

I've just begun using Photoshop CS6 and encountered a problem I've never had before. 1. Went to Custom Shapes Tool, chose a shape, selected a colour (now shows in foreground). 2. Top bar shows from ...
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Attempting to segment a rounded rectangle after path adjustment

I'm teaching myself illustrator and I'm attempting to draw a worm. I have created a rounded rectangle, added extra anchor points and adjusted the anchor points so my rectangle is now a rippled line ...