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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Create a Triangle with Rounded Corners

I know you can create a rounded-corner rectangle; but, how do you create a triangle with rounded corners in Photoshop? I am actually interested in making it from scratch, not basing it on a custom ...
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How to make plot marker sizes for scientific plots seem consistent?

It is common to use different shapes like circle, square, triangle, diamond, star, pentagon and hexagon for representing different datasets on scientific plots. These shapes can be further complicated ...
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How to set the rotation point and use Transform Each in Illustrator?

I have a triangle I'm trying to rotate in Illustrator using the Object->Transform->Transform Each command, but I can't figure out how to set the rotation point like I can if I just use Free ...
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How to achieve a repeating circular shape like the 'Sam Rockwell - Moon' poster in Illustrator?

I need help for making this circular shape in Adobe Illustrator. I assume it is basically just making circle shapes over and over again using the strokes and putting it inside each other over and ...
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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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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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Effectively creating this effect in Illustrator?

Been lurking awhile but this is my first post. I've always wondered what this effect is called and I'm almost certain there's an easier way to doing it than how I do it. I'm talking about the ...
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How to squeeze text into a shape

I'm trying to squeeze a text into a shape so that after removing the shape the text gives the impression of the shape. In the above example MYTEXT should go into the elipse. How can i do this with ...
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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 create symmetrical curves on vector shapes in Photoshop?

Let's say I want to make a mark representing the shape of a rotor in a rotary engine: (image source) This shape is similar to a Reuleaux triangle: (image source) I know how to create equilateral ...
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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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How to make a Effect act as transparency in Photoshop?

I know I can create a layer mask, but this method only accepts a bitmapped mask as far as i know, than the result is not perfect. I tried using this method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGBNHY5rAxg ...
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Multiple objects spaced evenly around a circle

I have a project where I am taking 6 different images and placing them on a circle. All of the images have duplicates (anywhere between 3 of the same image to 24). In total, I need the circle to have ...
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Photoshop CS5: Subtract/exclude a vector mask from an existing mask

I am attempting to create very simple icon, which resembles a 'dashboard' of a car. The first part of the icon (shape 1) was created by adding and subtracting shapes. The second part (shape 2) was ...
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Best way to create a shadow (depth) effect in Illustrator?

I'm working on a logo and trying to give the logo shape a 3D'ish depth effect. Here is what I currently have: Regular size: Larger size: The way I'm currently achieving this effect is by creating ...
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How to resize vector masks without changing the size-ratio of round corners of it?

Let's say that I have a vector mask of 200px-w 150px-h rectangle with 8 px curved corners. If I want to resize this to 100px-w 100px-h without changing the size-ratio of round corners, how do I do ...
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How to ensure shapes in Photoshop only use complete pixels

When using Photoshop for designing pixel-based layouts (websites, apps etc.), is there a way to ensure that when you're using the shapes tool, or resizing a layer, it always snaps to a complete pixel? ...
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How to create an outlined circle with centered horizontal and vertical gaps in Illustrator?

Could you explain to me, how I can draw a shape like the one in the following image? How can I cut any part of circle to get such 4 shapes with Adobe Illustrator?
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How to remake these lines that follow a circular shape?

How do I remake this image? I want to make the gray, green and blue part. It basically is a slightly altered rounded rectangle. I was wondering how to make it fit the curve of the circle perfectly. ...
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How do I get proportions of the sock in my logo right?

I am working on a logo for a sock business. My current result is: As you may notice the proportions of the abstracted sock are quite awful. Do you have an idea what I could do to make this better? ...
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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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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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Custom stroke caps in Illustrator?

First post here! What I'm trying to accomplish looks fairly simple but so far I've had no luck in finding a way to accomplish it. Essentially I want to create custom stroke caps (or strke profiles if ...
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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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Cut a circumference into parts - Inkscape

I'm trying to cut out sections of a circle / circumference. The way that I've been doing it is by creating new nodes on the path and then cutting the path at that point. However, to make the cuts I ...
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How can I easily create a shape with a specific pixel width and height in Photoshop?

So this may sound like an easy question, but it is not. In webdesign we often use rectangular or square shapes to represent backgrounds for sidebars etc. These need to be pixel perfect so that when ...
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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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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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How to transform a pattern without affecting its parent objects' shape in Illustrator?

I am currently trying to simply rotate and move a pattern within an object without affecting the object, but I cant figure out how. The only thing I was able to figure out is how to scale a pattern ...
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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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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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Technique for finding the centerline of a curved object?

Sorry for the confusing title but, I'm curious to know if anyone knows any effective techniques at finding the center of an object that curves. In the screenshot below you'll see a crude version of ...
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How can I add Sine waves to follow the path of a circle using Illustrator

In Illustrator I'm trying to create quite a simple shape but I don't know the simplest way of going about it. I have created a Sine wave using the Sine Curve script by Sato Hiroyuki. I have doubled ...
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Photoshop CS5 Polygon Tool smooth corners “too smooth”

I'm trying to create an 8-sided shape with the polygon tool. This is not a problem, but if I want smooth corners for my shape and I check the option "smooth corners" its too smooth - its basical a ...
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Rectangle and circle shapes alignment/sizing

I am having a hard to figure out what are the right proportions between a rectangular and a circular shapes and how to horizontally align them. These two shapes are two icons but they always look ...
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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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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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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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How to exclude hidden shapes when saving to SVG

Im trying to save icons out to SVG format, one at a time, but from one document. what i mean is, i have all my icons laid out in one document, and once i am ready to save them, i will move the icon i ...
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How do I draw a line outwards from the exact middle of a rectangle's edge, and combine the paths in Inkscape?

I want to draw this shape in Inkscape: The line coming from the side needs to be aligned to exactly the middle of the edge, coming out at a right angle. It must also be part of the rectangle ...
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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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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 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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Photoshop - Shape dynamics

when I'm using brush tool and I set up Shape dynamics, Control: fade, there's input on the right for fade length. Is there a way to automatically start fade the path from 50% of length (stroke path)? ...
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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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How can I recreate this ornament without “cheating”?

How can I simply draw this shape? Is it possible to draw such shapes alternatively behind and front?
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Drawing a three-quarter circle in Inkscape?

I've been able to approximate a three-quarter circle in Inkscape using bezier curves, but is there a more precise way I can draw a three-quarter circle in Inkscape?
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Where is the shapes layer option in Photoshop CS6?

I'm following this guide because I want to learn some icon design in PS, and I have the CS6 beta. I believe the author is using Photoshop CS5, while I'm on CS6 beta right now. At this part in a ...
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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 ...