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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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Strange bordering 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?
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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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.