Questions about vector graphics (image files created using geometric elements such as points, lines, Bézier curves and shapes, that can scale infinitely without loss of image quality)

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Do I have to create vector files at the correct print size?

I had to create an 800mm x 2000mm print and so I started by actually creating a 800mm x 2000mm file in Illustrator. The file contained only vectors so my question is: Can I create my file size ...
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Images for web: vector or raster?

I have created a vector image in Adobe Illustrator. It is basically a simple schema. I would like this schema posted in a web page, but what type of image should I select, raster or vector? According ...
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Illustrator vector aliasing

How can I make my vector graphics anti-aliased in illustrator? My paths always turn out jagged. Is there an option like in Adobe Fireworks to smoothen[remove the jaged edges] my paths?
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How does pixel hinting work?

In this question, a user asks how he can create a vector image that scales down smoothly. Pixel hinting is the solution: Anti aliasing treats every edge like a nail, smashing and smoothing ...
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Using “vector-like” raster images in PDF documents

I'm in the process of producing QR-codes for use on product packaging. The codes are generated in batch and the resulting files are typically 25x25 px PNG files. Of course, such a small image would ...
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color tint a complex drawing in illustrator?

I have a board ful of logos for a creds presentation which has a load of vector logos which are complex shapes. I want to turn then completely monochromatic to a particular shade of dark sepia/grey ...
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Fisheye Effect in Inkscape?

Is anyone aware of a way to create a fisheye effect with elements in InkScape? Freehand used to have an xtra tool that did just that. The specific effect I'm trying to achieve is applying horizontal ...
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How can I quickly turn all objects of a layer to independent layers in Illustrator?

Lets suppose I have 10 objects in the root layer of my project named layer 1. Now lets suppose I quickly want to turn all those object as independent separate layers all at the root level. Is ...
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How do you resize an existing vector mask in Photoshop CS6?

I have created a vector mask for a layer in Photoshop containing a circle. Now I would like to fine-tune its position and size. I can only move individual or multiple anchor points.
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Where can I find the best vectorization tutorial for a newbie?

I have a friend who does a bit of illustration, but all by hand. He is not familiar with Photoshop or Illustrator. He would like learn a bit of Illustrator, just enough to get by and vectorize some of ...
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How do I straighten a curved line in Illustrator and maintain its length?

How would I take this line and straighten it in illustrator without losing any of its length (Like if you held pulled a thread tight by both ends.)
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Can I lock vector art EPS10 files to avoid editing?

I read somewhere that it is possible to save an illustrator file as a .eps file and have no layer editing options? So the art is scaleable but not editable? I have tried but can't seem to find ...
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Figure size and aspect ratio for scientific publication

In my field of study (Physics), we mainly use EPS/PDF/PNG for figures in scientific publications, which are typically published embedded in text on a PDF of 1 or 2 columns, typically generated by ...
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Average stroke from a fill

I would like to generate an average stroke from a given compound enclosed path, or fill, in Adobe Illustrator CC or Inkscape. Sorry I don't know the mathematical function name to achieve this. I've ...
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Which software can produce drafting scale line diagrams

Which software can be used to draw lines at exact measurements? I am looking for a tool which could be used for example to draw a top down view of the turning circle for a car. The drawing would ...
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When I save as .SVG it adds extra whitespace width to the document

I have my image on the artboard and have clicked Object > Artboards > Fit to artboard bounds. When I save an SVG I get extra whitespace at the bottom, how can I just save whats in the ...
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Illustrator - Delete points but keep curves

I am used to editing vector graphics in FontLab, which allows you to simplify vectors like this: The behavior I'm used to If I delete a point from a curve, the program will roughly maintain the ...
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How to create a spiral logo or shape in adobe illustrator

This shape was created using Adobe Illustrator.: How can I recreate it?
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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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Single stroke font letters disappear when I export from Illustrator to Auto-cad

I have a file in Illustrator with text on a path. The font is a single stroke text. I am wanting to use this to engrave with a machine so I can't have the font be outlined. When I export it to auto-...
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How would I divide up this vector map in Adobe Illustrator?

So I just traced out a map of Westeros using Illustrator's pen tool, what I want to do is divide the map into the different "provinces" or kingdoms. In other words, how do I draw the borders on the ...
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Possible to link raster Photoshop image to Illustrator to trace real time?

I'm wondering if there is any way to draw an image in Photoshop and place it into Illustrator in a way that allows for modification of the original raster (in PS) to update the Illustrator live trace ...
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What would you use as an icon to represent social media?

Ok, So I have a website I'm working on that uses 7 social media websites (facebook, twitter, g+, youtube, pinterest, instagram and tumblr) plus the rss icon. Rather than plaster them on the website ...
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Some items in SVG drawing are showing up as question marks in various Mac OS apps, and Inkscape [closed]

I have an SVG drawing that has some little trees in one section of it. Up until recently it was all fine, but the latest version of it that was emailed to me recently has a really weird problem. ...
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Is it necessary to outline fonts (convert text to curves) before sending them to a printer?

I don’t like to convert text to curves every time I save a PDF for printing. I recently bumped into the article Outlining Fonts: Is it Necessary?, which defends that it’s not only unnecessary, but it’...
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Making pixel-less demo videos that look awesome

I've seen a number of awesome demo videos from Google and others that don't have any visible pixels, even when zoomed in a bunch. An example below: (from https://youtu.be/yNP5TJblkFQ?t=34s). I'm ...
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Illustrator Artwork, from only one of our artists, is extremely slow to work with

I work for a company that mainly sells city and state art transfer-printed, etched, engraved, etc. onto dinnerware. Most of the time i deal with the art, personally, i see that it contains anywhere ...
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Does a vector graphics format capable of the following exist?

Take the following image, for example: I'd like to represent the lineart not as a black-filled, closed object, but as a network of Bézier curves connected at odd places, with various and varying ...
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Given one exact measurement, how can I use it to measure the rest?

I'm asking how to use a given measurement to create a custom scale that I can use to accurately measure the rest. I have a vector file that looks like: I wish to measure parts of the car, to build ...
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Where can I find icons / vector art of everyday objects?

I am designing an application that requires between 100 - 200 icons / vector art of everyday objects - grandma, banana, boat, etc. The resource that I've found that is closest to my needs is The Noun ...
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Free vector design app besides inkscape?

Does anyone know a good vector drawing application? I tried Inkscape, but it is not a real vector design app. Technically it's an SVG editor, and as such doesn't support anything that SVG doesn't ...
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CS6 When holding shift to maintain perfect form, shape won't subtract from?

Trying to create a vector 'ring' in Photoshop CS6. (I know there are better tools for the job and ways of doing this, but I'd like to know if there's an answer for this problem in particular. If I ...
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AI: Offset Path to reduce the thickness of a vector

I downloaded this icon from flaticon and want to reduce the thickness of the path: http://www.flaticon.com/free-icon/bird-in-broken-egg_44434#term=broken%20egg&page=1&position=2 I followed ...
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What steps should i take to make my .eps file less editable?

I am pretty new to the adobe program and love it. I just have trouble finding answers by searching the internet. I have a certain group that likes my design posters but prefer the .eps (thus using the ...
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How to overlap custom art brush shapes

I have a custom art brush in Illustrator that I've made from a group of shapes. I want the brush to completely overlap itself when paths cross. This is what I'm using to make the brush: After ...
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Photoshop export to PDF - Shape issues

This little screenshot explains well the issue. I have shapes from Photoshop (also made a test from copying shapes from Illustrator) and exporting to PDF. Here is the ugly results. If I reduce the ...
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SVG images for JavaFX-based game client

A group of programmers and designers are making a Trading Card Game (TCG). I work mostly on creative material. The Java game client is using JavaFX for GUI and we are looking to use primarily vector-...
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Adobe illustrator perfect curve between two grids

How would you combine a vertical grid and horizontal grid with matching width & heights with perfect curved lines? Example: I'm trying to find a method that would be salable for 100, 1000, etc ...
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How to edit clip path?

The Inkscape FAQ states: In fact, if you use a path as the clipping object, you can actually edit the clip path without having to Release it. First select the clipped object, then choose the Node ...
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Save a vector shape with transparency with a clean outline in Photoshop?

The problem I'm having is that after I've drawn a 16px by 16px, vector shape (circle), with a transparent background everything about the shape is as I need it, except that the anti-aliasing on the ...
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How can I create paths with accurate border-radii

So I'm getting a little confused with radii in Inkscape. For quite a while I thought that this: was the same as this: ... But it turns out that overlaying them on top of one another reveals that ...
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Rasterizing circle to exact size

I have created a circle in Illustrator with a radius of 12px. Now I'm trying to rasterize this into a .png from Photoshop to have the exact same size, but anti-aliasing is messing things up and the ...
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Workflow for print publishing children's book?

I have recently drawn and scanned a children's book that I will try to have published. I converted the scans into vectors using Vector Magic in order to have nice, clean, smooth lines without any ...
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Creating vector art with a programming background?

I come from the land of game programming and a very logically oriented mind with a bit of a dulled experience. I have experience manipulating images in Photoshop, doing tasks like slicing and tracing ...
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How can I create an abstract sea/wave effect in a free vector package?

I'm looking to create a vector (ideally) illustration with an abstract sea, much like this (not the dolphins or sun): How can I go about this using free tools such as Inkscape?
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How to draw abstract images with “line shapes” in photoshop?

I try to reconstruct this image: From http://www.shutterstock.com But, I'm failing. Perhaps there are tutorials on this topic? Maybe some advice?
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In Photoshop, is there a way to incorporate a stroke into the shape object/layer itself?

I have a shape layer with a stroke (currently applied using a layer effect), and I would like to convert that to a shape layer that has two components, the shape and the stroke, both represented by ...
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Do I need a black stroke when saving white artwork for it to be able to print?

White vector graphic with black stroke, do I need this for printing? Otherwise artwork is white and artboard is white, any other ways to do this? This artwork will be silk screened on a T-Shirt using ...
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C&C on a minimal logo that represents my name (“octopod”)

I am very much dying for a second opinion on a logo that brands my name. I have gone through many different logos without asking what other people think of them. The goal here is to represent my name ...
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Should I link to or rasterize the large amount of artwork I'm using for my catalogue project in InDesign?

I am trying to figure out what I should be doing for a 94+ page catalogue. I have been researching and from what I've read understand that linking files is the best practice for putting complex ...