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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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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Better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace?

Are there any better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace? I don't have one of them Wacom boards so I can't really do this by hand.
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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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Get a vector path from Photoshop to Inkscape or SVG

I need to extract vector paths from Photoshop into SVG format (or anything else Inkscape can use). I don't have Illustrator, and buying it just to convert file formats seems silly. So how can I get ...
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Resizing vector paths to pixel bounds

I have an iOS layout designed for Retina, which means it's double the resolution of the older devices. To create standard-resolution PNGs, I would need to scale down the design by 50%. Problem is, I ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How to create a clipping mask

I have this logo I am working on. I have 2 questions: 1) I have a white circle behind the 4. I'd like to use that circle as a clipping mask for the 4 so that the 4 fits perfectly within that white ...
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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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I can never settle on an idea- advice needed?

Do any of you fellow designers ever have the issue of not being able to settle on an idea?? Particularly if it is your own personal portfolio or logo identity. As a design student going out into the ...
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Why is Adobe Illustrator rendering my concentric circles like this

I'm not a professional user of anything Adobe makes, but I am a programer and I do understand math, which is probably why this hurts my brain. I open a new empty Adobe Illustrator CC document, set the ...
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Does SVG supports complex logos?

I have created a complex 3d style logo with transparency and other effects in adobe illustrator and later save as SVG file format. However, due to complexity of the logo illustrator or SVG failed to ...
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How to ensure high print quality / fidelity when sending artwork to a print house?

I'm a web guy trying to be a print guy. Help. I'm pretty OK with Illustrator, but setting up a vector to get printed - they rarely ever look as crisp and clear as I expect them too. I followed the ...
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How to equalize any 2-point curve in illustrator

I'm in the process of building a custom logotype, drawing each character using a combination of the shapes, the pathfinder and the pen tool and I am currently crafting the 'B' character. I would like ...
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How can I cut and replaced on illustrator

this is not the actual picture but lets say that girl was vectorized in illustrator. I want to know how can I cut 1 piece of puzzle in vectorized picture and place it somewhere using illustrator, as ...
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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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Applying Clipping Mask Function to Illustrator Lines

I'm an architecture student looking to add more of an artsy touch to my floor plans. Traditionally, the plans are exported as vector lines from the arch program I use, which I take into Illustrator to ...
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How do I stop Sketch from reseting the shape (reverting) after changing corner radius?

When I change a shape's border radius after editing the vector points, it snaps back to the original shape. Any ideas?
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Strange Inkscape path behaviour - is this normal or a bug?

I'm trying to figure out if this is a bug I should report, or whether it's normal behaviour. (I don't think it is normal, but would appreciate others' thoughts) I've created a simple triangle path on ...
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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 put a dotted line stroke on a vector shape using Photoshop

I've created a simple vector pennant type banner using Photoshop. I'd like to put a stroke on the banner with dashed lines approximately 3 pixels in from the edges of the shape. I know I can add a ...
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Why is my text messed up when converting a PDF to SVG?

I'm trying to convert a PDF to a vector image so that I can display it online. When I convert it to SVG, it doesn't convert the font glyphs correctly. When I convert to SWF, it is perfect, but I would ...
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How do I make these paths have the same vector?

I'm trying to draw another shape to go with this heart, and I want the line on which the anchor is selected to have exactly the same curvature as the corresponding length on the heart. Is this ...
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Why are my elements moved after being exported to svg

I'm quite new to Adobe Illustrator, but used to PS. I wanted to experiment with Illustrator to create SVGs that can than be manipulated with JavaScript. I created some kind of background-layer and ...
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Vectors or 300 dpi TIFFs for printing?

I have worked with CreateSpace before and used AI vector images on the cover and interior PDF of a book, but the images all printed pixelated. After complaining, CreateSpace told me to only use 300 ...
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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 can I apply a color to many paths at the same time in Adobe Illustrator, after importing them from Photoshop?

The zipped PSD file that automatically downloads when you click this link (350 Perfect Icons -- brankic1979) consists of a high number of beautiful icon elements that were originally masked in ...
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Breaking up a live traced word

I'm converting hand-drawn and scanned letters into vector paths via live trace. So far, so good. The next step I need to do is break up the live-traced letters into individual objects, so I can move ...
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Animating paths in Photoshop CS6

I am trying to create a gif of a growing line, which changes direction. I drew the line using the path tool, so I need a way to animate drawing process of a Beziér curve. Essentially I need to create ...
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Vector and bitmap images won't align in Inkscape, why?

I have created an image in Inkscape, it will be a label for a product so I needed it to bee of just the right size when it prints out. Now I have the core in vector drawing but I wanted to add some ...
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Tips for a more efficient workflow using Illustrator's Live Trace?

I'd like to think this tool could be useful when converting small b/w images, but more often than not I am dissatisfied with how noisy the vector work is -- too many anchors scattered around creates ...
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Converting text layers (with blending options) in Photoshop to Vector

I've recently spent a lot of time creating a logo for my website using basic text layers with blending options in Photoshop CS5. I'm aware that because all of my layers are text, I should be able to ...
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Can one make a scalable vector background in Photoshop

I'd like to make a linear background gradient that I can scale using the same tools I would for a vector shape (ie. transform). Is this possible? How? Note, if I create a layer style gradient it ...
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Tracing Problems With Inkscape

I've created a logo using Fireworks and I'm trying to vectorise it in Inkscape. The problem that I have is that my whole logo has a solid black glow around it to make it really stand out but when I ...
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converting a colored vector eps to coloring page single line art

I am very new to illustrator (or design at least).. I am not sure if there is an easy way to do this. I have several colored vector eps files that I would like to convert them to black and white ...
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How to manage overlapping shadows without using clipping masks in vector illustrations

When I make vector images in Illustrator I often end up using a stylistic, almost cel shaded designs. When I want to give "shadowed" areas to an object for example, I usually just make a new ...
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Space between 2 paths illustrator

How can i align 2 paths perfectly? No matter what i do i get a little space (gap between the 2 paths i create, and they are straight lines not as i saw in other questions with pixel problems) An ...
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Isolate a Collection of Thin Lines from a Photograph

Question I have a photograph (shown below - quality reduced to meet upload size limit) of a paraglider with an inflated wing. I would like to extract the paraglider, wing, and the many thin lines ...
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What's the best approach when designing website/app UI icons in Photoshop?

As the title says, I would like to know what's best to approach when inserting/using an icon when designing website/app UI. Should I insert it as a “smart object”, font-based icon, or vector mask? ...
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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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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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Problems with Inkscape's trace bitmap when converting with multiple colors

I want to apologize ahead of time, for potentially failing to explaining the problem more accurately: So I'm attempting to smooth/clean up a design I'm making for a greeting card on Inkscape. I ...
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How can I create a font set from vector shapes? [duplicate]

Is there any way to create real font set from the vector shapes created in Illustrator CS6? I have a set of the vector shapes - 26 letters of English alphabet, I can copy every letter to make title ...
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Ronchi Rules or graduated and varied strokes in illustrator or Inkscape

I am searching for an easy way to create (in vector) something like this: essentially I would like to create lines starting for example: black 5pt, white 5pt, black 4pt, white 4pt, etc... all the ...
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Vector graphic quality quirks

Ok so the logo has a purplish-background-color (#a11a5c) and the the logo itself is white. Is it possible, that these two colors don't get along at all? The logo size shall be about 250px x 100px ...
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Converting a full colour vector to a single outline vector

Im looking to convert a full colour vector image into pretty much a line drawing with no fill. I use illustrator CS6. I have tried the Edit> Edit Colours> Recolour Artwork. However, when I'm done it ...
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Anti-Aliasing turned off in Photoshop?

I was trying to make my own custom shapes in Photoshop, so I first started out with an ellipse. I saw that all the shapes had pixelated edges. I went to turn Anti-Aliasing on in the marquee tool but ...
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Use vector image to cut shape in another layer/shape

I am currently trying to make some rounded social icons for my website. I managed to fine a blog online which supplies some vector cutouts of some of the popular site logos I need. What I want to ...
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How to create vector stripes in Illustrator

I made a bar graph in Illustrator using Pattern Swatches for the diagonal stripes: In Illustrator, this looks perfect and saves as a vector. However, this graph is going to be published, and ...
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How do I adjust anchor points correctly?

The way I have just learned to use the Pen tool, if you hold Cmd/Ctl while selecting the end of a guideline, it will move the guideline on BOTH sides of the anchor point and adjust the last curve that ...
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Illustrator CS5 Distorts Vector on Resize, using Scale Tool

When resizing a vector group in Illustrator CS5.5 with a custom made symbol in the group I get distortion of the proportion of the shape. I've tried Tried resizing with selection tool holding ...
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The diff between a shape layer and a layer with a vector mask when applying a gradient overlay layer style in photoshop CS 6?

The image The layer panel The yellow top rect is the layer with vector mask, the one with full gradient is the shape layer. They are both applied a gradient overlay, but the layer with mask ...