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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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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Morph vector shapes by more than 100% (shape extrapolation)

I'm looking for the tool that can perform blending/morphing of two vector shapes by more than 100%, i.e. extrapolation. Standalone or online tool or plugin/script will work for me. It shouldn't be ...
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How can I resize, rotate part of the path in Illustrator

As a Photoshop user I don't know exactly how to rotate or resize only the part of the selected path in Illustrator. When I do this in Photoshop I simply select part of the path by using direct ...
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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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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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Uniting two shapes of different colors in Photoshop

I'm not very good at photoshop but I wanted to know how do you unite two shapes (circles) that have different colors? When I unite my two shapes the second shape takes on the color of the first ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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Best way to re-create or draw swirl / spiral shapes

I am trying to recreate a shape similar to the one in the attachment below, but I can't seem to get it right. I have run into this type of shape once or twice before, and last time I retraced it by ...
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Shapes not showing in Inkscape

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 I see is a square depicting the area where the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Are shapes in Photoshop vectors?

I've been told in the past that Photoshop shapes aren't vectors. The context was that vectors can be resized without loss of resolution. Do Photoshop shapes (if saved as psd or psb files) lose ...
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How to make parallel curves in photoshop CS6?

I want to replicate this picture, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how can I make identical parallel curves. Can someone with better skills give me a little help? I tried making curves with ...
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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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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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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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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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Photoshop cc - how do i resize a box and keep the radius the same?

I know there are several questions that ask this - so far the answer has been "impossible", but in one of them there was an allusion (or... illusion?) to being able to do so in the cc edition. I have ...
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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 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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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 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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How to resize shapes with stroke?

I have this logo with two ellipses and multiple line segments. The ellipses have 5pt strokes on them, no fill and the line segments are 3 pt, no fill. I placed the .ai file into another file and ...
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How to separate a shape from itself in photoshop [closed]

I have a single shape in PhotoShop, and I need to detach the shape from itself without affecting the rest of the shape. No matter how many anchor points I add, I still can't get it to separate while ...
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Illustrator CS6 - When I intersect two shapes, remains a line. How I can fix this?

I have a little problem with Illustrator CS6. Like the title says, when I intersect two shapes, remains a line between them. How can I fix this problem, because I don't want to use another option from ...
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How to make an area in illustrator transparent?

So I want to have an empty star in my object; almost like a hole in the middle but star-shaped. How can I chop out the star shape in my object and make it transparent?
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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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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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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 ...