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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Filling half a shape in Illustrator

I am still pretty new to illustrator, so I am still learning. I have a shape (pill shape) that is all white. I am trying to "fill" half of the shape with a yellow color (keeping the black stroke ...
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Dragging And Moving One Corner Of A Rectangle In Illustrator

I am struggling so hard trying to do a simple thing. I've drawn a rectangle with a stroke of 1 pt. I basically want to make that rectangle taper on the end by grabbing the corner anchor points 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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How to subtract multiple subpaths from a shape easily in Illustrator or Sketch?

I am using Sketch (app) that has Boolean drawing operations (like subtract, union, intersect...) as in Illustrator. In my file I have four ring shapes. They are not strokes but more like circles with ...
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Creating rough sketched shapes

I am not a professional designer however I need to make a few shapes like the ones shown above for my college presentation. I would like to ask how I can create shapes like these ?
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How to make a graphic with long shadow?

I want to make a long shadow just like in this image. I can create this shadow with shapes and by deleting the unwanted shadows after rasterizing the layer. But it's not very reusable. I can't resize ...
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How to not subtract overlapping shapes in Photoshop

When I create a shape that overlaps with itself, the part that overlaps is subtracted. How can I prevent this ? EDIT: Here are pics with step by step and full screenshots: Step1 - the path ...
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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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How to resize parts of a shape in Photoshop?

Once I have drawn the shape, per below, how do I simply lengthen the line? If I try via Transform Controls, it will also increase the width of the line (i.e. It transforms the whole shape as I drag ...
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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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“Select by color” and “draw path from selection” in Inkscape?

I imported an image to Inkscape. Now I'd like to select all those regions that have the same (or to a certain degree similar) color. From this selection I'd like to draw a path (to which I can add a ...
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Why does the screen fill with the foreground color of a deleted shape in Photoshop?

When I delete a shape, I am left with a colored background, and this background has the color of the foreground color. And this colored background covers everything else that is in the other layers ...
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Link a layer with a shape/vector mask in Photoshop

Simple question that I can't find the answer to. I have a layer with a photo that I got off the internet. I want this layer to have rounded corners. So I draw a rectangle with rounded corners in ...
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What is the method to “clear effects” in Photoshop?

Once I have made a shape and added particular layer effects, these effects automatically apply to any shapes (or even shapes from paths) that I draw immediately afterwards. Is there a setting where I ...
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Design term for a callout box with lines to source?

What is the industry term for this effect?
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Designing shape in InDesign - how to emulate effect from Quark XPress?

This is part of my original document from Quark XPress [Windows demo] (which I am recreating in InDesign, since I'm converting manually for now, I don't need Q2ID for now, since it's just a ...
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How to exactly align shapes in order to unite them in Illustrator?

I am new to Illustrator, I have been a Photoshop user for years. Im trying to combine a rectangle and eclipse shape. The issue I am having is that the rectangle doesn't seem to line up properly with ...
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How to copy Live Shape Property settings from one shape to another in Photoshop CC?

Does anyone know if there is a way to copy Live Shape Properties from one shape to another? It's nice to adjust strokes and fill and stuff, but I'd like to save it somehow to easily apply it to ...
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Indesign question about layers on objects or texts

So i haven't used InDesign in years. I'm a little embarrassed to ask this but I'd rather just find out on this site instead of taking an hour to figure it out. I would like to add layers to a shape ...
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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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Quantify the area of a shape in Inkscape

In Inkscape, is there a way to automatically calculate the space / area a shape occupies? I am representing data in complex shapes and I need a way to scale them accordingly.
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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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Photoshop: How do I create a new layer from a shape that I wish to draw?

When I try to draw a shape, I can't seem to get it to create a new layer, but rather it always goes on the layer that I already have selected. How do I create a new layer from a shape that I wish to ...
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Convert vector Smart Object layer to Shape layer

I've cut and pasted vector art from Illustrator to PhotoShop and chose "smart object" when I pasted it. Is there a way to convert the smart object to a shape layer now so I can edit the very simple ...
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Photoshop CS 6 - Multiple shapes, same layer, different colors

Does anyone how I can change the color of a single shape, that is in the same layer of another shape, in Photoshop CS 6? The default behavior of changing colors seems to change the color of all shapes ...
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Convert shape to line with a stroke in Illustrator

Example. I drew a line with a pencil, set stroke to 5 px and made a shape using Object->Path->Outline Stroke. Is it possible to convert this shape to line with a stroke again? 100% accuracy ...
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Best plotting symbols for scientific plots with multiple datasets

At this moment I have found only one enlightening discussion on the best practices of choosing of plotting symbols for scientific plots. It is in the book Cleveland W.S. The Elements of Graphing ...
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illustrator mask on 2 shapes

I am an illustrator newbie. I have 2 shapes: rectangle and triangle. I want to delete the left and the right part of the triangle(just like the image)...Any idea? It s probably easy for you!
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How to change between Live shapes to masks properties in Photoshop CC

I am slightly confused as to why the properties panel changes suddenly (as far as I know) when using shapes in Photoshop CC. This is the normal properties panel when working with shapes Then I ...
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Remove substracted paths from shape layers and combine into one shape layer

I'm creating a wi-fi icon in Photoshop, using three circles and subtracted paths. Now I need to remove the subtracted area and combine the three shape layers into one shape layer without rasterizing. ...
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How would I create this “X” delete button in Photoshop?

I'm trying to create this little "X" in Photoshop but I can't figure out how to exactly recreate this. I tried creating 2 rectangles and rotating them +45 degrees and -45 degrees, but then the ...
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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 ...
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How do I resize a combined shape while maintaining its proportion in Photoshop?

I made two gif images to describe what really my problem is. Anyway on the first image, I've drew shapes individually and combined them all to make this logo. Unfortunately, its shape deforms whenever ...
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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 do I create a lens flare effect?

How was the following design made? It's very beautiful, and I'm trying to recreate it on my own. When I'm done, I'd like to have a "correct answer" to check my answer against.
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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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How do I make a shape not show outside its stroke in Illustrator

As said in the title I need to know how to make it so a shape does not show outside its stroke in Illustrator. As you can see in the image. The black shape, which is a circle, is going outside of its ...
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Is there a way to draw preset 'custom shapes' in InDesign?

Photoshop has a 'custom vector shape' tool, allowing me to draw all kinds of stock shapes like stars, hearts and whatnot without having to do so myself with the pen tool. Is there a similar ...
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How to eliminate angle parts of triangle to get six sided polygon with mask in Photoshop CS 5 or 6

I'm trying to recreate this image with help of a Rectangle Tool (U) and masks as it was suggested in chat room, but so far I was able to do it by adding three rectangles, where two of them were ...
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How to bend shapes into letters in illustrator

I'm trying to reproduce this: I have sort of got it by redrawing with the pen but it isn't what I think I should be doing and it isn't as smooth. I think I can do better by trying to learn to bend ...
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How to draw a specific dimensions circle using ellipse tool in Photoshop?

I am following a tutorial in which the author has asked to draw a 70px x 70px circle using the ellipse tool, but i can't figure out how can I draw a circle with exact dimensions in Photoshop.
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Why can I not align these two elements?

I am trying to align a text layer to the vector mask directly below it - the top two elements displayed in the Layers Panel in the below image. For some reason, with both layers selected - although ...
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How do I fill in the paths in this vector shape?

I am using a pre-made vector shape (below), and I would like to fill all of the triangular paths it contains with a certain colour. I am not sure how to do this. Any advice would be much appreciated. ...
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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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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 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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Resized shape becomes semi-transparent?

I have this shape made up of lines (see left side of image). Why is it that when I resize it to a smaller size, it becomes slightly transparent (see right side of image)? Changing it to a smart ...
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How do I copy selected paths of a shape in Photoshop CS6

I was wondering how I copy selected paths of a shape in PS CS6. I start selecting the paths I want to copy by clicking on them and holding SHIFT. I then press ALT SHIFT which only copies one of the ...
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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 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 ...