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

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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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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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How can I create a custom shape with round edges on Photoshop CS6?

I'm trying to create a custom shape overlay in the navigation bar similar to the example below. I'm struggling with trying to create the radius around the bottom edges. I'm not too great with the ...
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How to draw a stretched/pulled/conical spiral

I'm trying to redraw a diagram in Inkscape, and I'm having difficulty recreating the base spiral: Can you help me? Note: I'm assuming Inkscape is the best tool. This is largely because its free, ...
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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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Fill shape created using “Pen Tool”

I have created an Arc using Pen Tool in a new layer. I want to fill and the convert it into a shape for further manipulation. I tried "Ctrl + left click" on layer to select the stroke as well as ...
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How to create a triangular grid in Illustrator

This has been bugging me for some time and i'm not sure how to approach it. I've attempted several times. I'm trying to create the lines similar to the compositions in the picture shown: PS - If ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to remove a point from a closed vector shape in Illustrator without breaking the shape?

When I try to delete a node in a space, by pressing DEL, the closed-shape it gets broken (not-continous anymore). How can I remove point from these without breaking them? Note: I used Illustrator ...
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Resize a shape layer with a corner radius, without changing the radius? [duplicate]

This is something that I have struggled with for years. If I create a shape layer with rounded edges - for example with a 10px radius - if I resize the overall shape then the corner radius grows with ...
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What's the name of the random geometric avatars some blogs use?

We usually see this kind of avatars in math forums! But I don't know what they are called. What is the name of such art? Also, is there any tool for generating these random shapes?
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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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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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Developing abstract/deeper concepts rather than literal concepts [closed]

I've been given an Illustrator assignment where I have a number of 100mm x 100mm squares in which I have to design using just shapes, and black and white colour, something corresponding to a ...
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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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Combining angled shapes in Photoshop CS6 causes antialiasing on all

When I combine two shapes where at least one has a non-right angle or curve, both shapes become anti-aliased. This appears to be some new to CS6. Are there any ways to get around this? The photo ...
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How do I copy a specific shape on to a different layer's layer mask?

I have heart shape, below, that is on a separate layer to the two lungs. How do I take this shape and use it as a layer mask on the two lungs? I have created the layer mask on the lungs layer, but ...
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How to create a transparent stroke or outline around a vector shape?

I'm attempting to create a transparent stroke around the inner heart shape, which knocks out the "lungs" layer below to reveal the red bottom layer. I seemed unable to create this as an actual ...
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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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Creating concave shapes in Photoshop [duplicate]

Im trying to make a concave shape, something along the lines of below illustration. Is there a tutorial on how to build shapes in photoshop, I can create a circle shape using the 'ellipse tool', ...
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How do I use one shape to delete a portion of another shape?

I have created an arrow shape (rightmost in image), from which I wish to cut out the majority so that only two thin sides remain. The most accurate way to do this would be to duplicate the shape and ...
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How do I create a shape within a shape that has the same layer effects? [duplicate]

I wish to create a bookmark shape within a bar shape and make it look like it is "part" of the underlying bar shape, i.e. It conforms to the same gradient, but is only a different color. I created ...
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What's the best way to intersect a box shape layer?

I'm attempting to create a login box based on the below, but with a line (in the same style as the outer stroke) dividing the two sections. Is the best way to do this to literally draw a line as a new ...
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Extract path from shape, and preferably merge it with another path from a shape

I have two different shapes, one that looks like a drop and one that is a square. The drop was made using the pen tool. Now, I want to merge these two shapes, combine their paths to create the ...
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How do I curve a vector line in Fireworks?

I've been using Fireworks for a long time, but mostly for basic edits and web exports. I want to do more with it. I'm just trying to create a vector version of the Dribbble logo entirely in Fireworks, ...
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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 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 edit a closed shape drawn by Path Tool in GIMP?

I created a custom shape with custom pattern with the following steps: Drawing the border lines with Path Tool Making a closed shape by Selection from Path Selecting the closed shape with Magic Wand ...
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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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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 create the round/rectangle dialog on GIMP or Photoshop?

How do you design that bubble?: I tried to use a rectangle and a rounded shape but didn't work out nicely. Would be really nice if someone can point out (or if this kind of shape already exist!).
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Achieving same effect on a play button as show in this image

as you can see in image the rectangle has this boxy look, I was trying to get same look on my play button, but it always turned out wrong, can anyone please edit the image and give that play button ...
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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 to mask two specific layers with multiple between in cs6

I am following a tutorial and trying to mask a shape layer to another shape layer that is multiple layers down. (or has multiple layers between these two.) In Photoshop cs6 Essentially I want the ...
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Strange grey bordering/outline in Illustrator

I made a couple of vector shapes in AI and I get this strange thin border appearing around them. I can't get rid of it. Any suggestions? Zoomed in:
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Delete one shape from another in Illustrator (CS4)

I have an image (below) of two hands over a black circle. All three are currently separate paths with a fill but no stroke, all on the same layer. How do I delete the shape of the hands from the ...
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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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Photoshop: How do I edit a path once it is closed?

I have closed a path, and it now appears in my Paths pane. However, I have no idea how to go back and bring up the anchor points again in order to edit it. Having clicked on the path itself, it simply ...
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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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Can I round the corners of a shape that has curves in Illustrator?

I have a simple shape in Illustrator that has two curved edges, two straight edges, and four sharp corners: I want to round off the sharp corners a bit like so (kinda sorta approximated by the ...
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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 do I use the pen tool to draw a shape?

How does one create a shape in photoshop? The two ends of my shape are not closing. Can someone please tell me the principles of working with the pen tool?
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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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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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Illustrator: Pathfinder divide not working as expected

I'm trying my hand at making a map using illustrator. I'm fairly new at it so I'm still learning the ropes. I'm trying to divide up a continent into several countries using border lines. Here's an ...
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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 ...