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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“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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there some principles to follow on how to create a custom cursor?

I was confused how a cursor might look to not be considered ugly or standard. I do like how cursors in games look and I am fine with them but when I create a cursor for myself there is something that ...
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What is the design rule for aesthetic rounded corners?

When is a rounded corner just right, when is too round or too squary ? There are a bunch of rules in design such as the golden rectangle, the thirds, etc, is there one for rounded corners ?
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How to convert shape borders to paths?

How do I convert shape borders to paths in Photoshop CS5? How I have tried: I have searched through the tools in the program and search through forums and the Adobe help site on the web.
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How to match up the corners of 2 different lines in Adobe Illustrator?

I have two lines at different angles and I want to get a corner from each line to be in the exact same position. Here's a visual: The general problem is that I'd like these two lines to appear ...
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How to add to an existing shape layer?

I am watching a tutorial in which the instructor added a shape to an existing layer, but I don't know how he did it. His cursor was an arrow, he began dragging from off the canvas (top left), then ...
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Draw rectangle (shape) inside rectangle (other shape) with clipping?

Which software allows to draw one shapes inside another ones with clipping? I need this to be done automatically, I know I can draw this in Illustrator with Pathfinder. Is there automatic ability ...
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Photoshop CS6: selecting all shapes contained inside a rectangular area

In PowerPoint, Visio, and many other programs, there's a "rectangle selection" mode which allows selecting a group of objects by drawing a rectangle with the mouse. All objects which are fully ...
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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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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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Did Photoshop change vector formats?

My co-worker sent me a file created with Photoshop CC that she swears contain vector layers with shapes in them. I am running CS5, and the same layers are showing up as rasterized. Is this a ...
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Gradient style for each shape in one layer

I am seeking how to apply an Overlay Gradient style on a layer containing multiple shapes, in a way that each shape has his own gradient (not sharing the layer style to the merged shapes). For now, ...
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Cut a square in half to produce line corners

Is it possible to cut a square in half without it forming triangles? I want a to dissect a square into "4 corners" and I find the line tool is inaccurate. Here is the effect I was trying to ...
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Convert Photoshop Shape into Path, so I can delete certain points of the shape?

I made a custom shape using the 'custom shape' tool in photoshop. I want to convert this to a path so that I can delete certain points from the shape and make a new shape. How do I do that?
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When drawing two vector shapes, why does the second one not update with the correct foreground colour?

I just drew one black rectangle. I then changed the foreground colour to red and drew a second one on a new layer, but this remained black. I had to go into the fill options and change it to the red ...
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How to distort a shape in inkscape?

How can I distort a shape so that it looks like it's drawn on the side of a cylinder? I.e. vertical lines should stay the same (just moving up or down depending on the location), and horizontal lines ...
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Is it possible to keep all shape layers outline on at all times in photoshop?

I have a vector image I've created in illustrator which I would like to turn into pixel art. I've imported my vector as a shape layer in photoshop, and I was hoping to use the outlines of it as a ...
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Create a Complex 3D Shape in Adobe Photoshop

I am trying to create a complex 3D shape in Adobe Photoshop, like the shape pictured below. Is this possible? Are there any tutorials available? I was unable to find any. Thanks.
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How to sharpen a shape layer or vector mask without rasterization?

I am attempting to clean up the below vector image at the bottom, since the pixellation is not very sharp. However, I am told that I will need to rasterize it in order to adjust the pixels. So my ...
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How to use “add/subtract/intersect from path/shape area” effectively in Photoshop?

I'm attempting to follow the below Photoshop tutorial, but steps 29 and 30 have me stumped. The larger of the two white rectangles in the below image was created on its own layer. Once I have that ...
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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 ...