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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How can I make a Tartan Design in Adobe Illustrator

I generated on the internet this tartan design: Now I want to get this design as a vector graphic built in Adobe Illustrator. Is there a trick to get 45 degree lines on the squares? Or does ...
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Critique: How can I improve this instructional illustration of a roll down process?

I need to illustrate a pack that rolls down 3 time at the top and can only use black and white and no words. I'm using Adobe Illustrator because it has to be vector art. End result will be screen ...
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Resize an image without quality loss

this is a newbie question. I'm not a designer but I would learn something. Look this image: Well, I would recreate this image (without the pattern background, it doesn't matter). The point is that ...
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Best tool/app to draw a map other than Illustrator

Is Illustrator really the most suited tool to draw a (fairly simple) map from scratch and print it on a flyer? Are there any other tools or apps out there that might make this task easier?
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How to show the coordinates of point handles in Adobe Illustrator?

When I move cursor on an anchor point, Illustrator shows me the coordinates of the anchor. But how can I find the [x, y] coordinates of the handles (in red circles)?
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Easy way to make smooth connection in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Take a look on the image. I have a line with two segments (on the left). How to make smooth connection between them keeping one segment untouched (right side)? I know two methods but they are not so ...
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How to feather vector mask?

The headline is actual question:) I want to add vector mask to the layer, but I want to soften it's edges because it looks a bit unnatural compared to the rest of the photo, thanks
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Rountrip from Illustrator->PowerPoint->Illustrator

I have a fair amount of experience working with Illustrator from taking some graphic design classes in high school. I've recently started working in a biomedical research lab that makes all of their ...
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How to draw a specific dimensions circle using ellipse tool in Photoshop?

I am following a tutorial in which the author has asked to draw a 70px x 70px circle using the ellipse tool, but i can't figure out how can I draw a circle with exact dimensions in Photoshop.
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How can I create this 'link' or 'chain' icon?

I'm trying to find the name of this highlighted image element to look for similar vector icons. I tried to search by "link", but can't find anything like it. How can I recreate this shape using a ...
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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 to make rounded corner thumbnail “ containing image of the post ”?

When I create rounded rectangles in Photoshop, I can mask images over those rounded rectangles to give them rounded corners. When I'm making websites however, I'm not sure how to give images rounded ...
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Simplifying an initial before tracing it

In order to trace an initial to make a font, I need to simplify the original picture as much as possible. I've already vectorized it, but I wonder how I could clean it up a bit more to make it easier ...
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How to scale a Character without changing its width?

I have to recreate a logo which has been made many years ago and all that is left is a tiny rasterized picture. I want to make a vector file in Illustrator. The logo contains text in, lets say 100 pt, ...
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Need to erase the stroke between start & end points of a path in Illustrator

I opened a PSD in Illustrator. The file has a path in it, but when given a stroke, it joins the ends of the path, which I do not want. I do not want a closed stroke, instead I want an open stroke.
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Is there a way to copy live path effects from one object to another in Inkscape?

Inkscape has a feature called "Live Path Effects" (PATH > PATH EFFECTS). This allows you to apply a style to a path and have said style update live a you update the path. It's nice, but has one ...
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A gap between lines of joined path in illustrator [duplicate]

I have created a logo with pen tool in illustrator but between lines (where they intersect with each other) there is shown a gap where it gets the color of the background. Something like this: (Black ...
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Illustrator CS5 blend tool problems

I'm trying to create a 'chain' like pattern that arcs round using the blend tool in Illustrator cs5. This is what I get (the straight chain is the one I would like to replicate). The blend tool ...
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Are working outlines, like the ones shown inside, a product of the workflow or added, manually, for presentational purposes?

I've seen a few images like this one, they fascinate me, but what I wonder is whether the geometric 'work-lines' are a product of the workflow (hidden masks, etc) or added, manually, for ...
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Drawing a ribbon banner with text in Illustrator

Basically, I want to draw a “fluttering” banner/ribbon in Illustrator, such that the text follows the curve of the ribbon. There is to be a pseudo-3D effect, where the ribbon doubles back over itself, ...
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What's the best method to send and receive eps files to and from clients?

Every once in a while a client emails me a .eps file. Most of the time these files fail to open or they open with errors. This can often delay production or mistakenly allow errors to slip through. ...
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How to convert pen-shape path to a working path?

How do I convert a shape path to a working path in Photoshop CS5? How I have tried: I have searched through the tools in the program and search through forums and the Adobe help site on the web.
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How to find rasterised elements in a vector converted from Illustrator16 to EPS 10

In a way to meet the Shutterstock guidelines I need to convert my Illustrator ai vector files to EPS 10 format. This conversion can create rasterised elements in an EPS10 files. Shutterstock does not ...
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Using text and numbers in a vector image using Photoshop?

I'm not here to debate if which program is better, I have only one, since Inkscape no longer works on OS X without some tweaking. I am using Photoshop. I have a vector image I have been working on, ...
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Add imperfections to vector graphics / drawings

I'm looking for creative ways to add imperfections or flaws to my vector graphics in order to make them appear more like hand drawn sketches. I'm working with Inkscape so tips that work here are very ...
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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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How to convert .svg to .eps?

I am using Inkscape to create .svg vector files. I wanted to convert it to .eps so that I could use it in Latex (unable to use .svg in Latex). Please recommend a free software to convert .svg to .eps. ...
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Photoshop: Does creating a work path from type lose quality?

In Photoshop there is a menu option to create a vector from a text layer: Layer > Type > Create Work Path. Does this lose any quality over leaving it as a text layer, such as font hinting?
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Star tool not working properly. Illustrator

I can't make proper stars. I've been playing with the star tool by pressing Keys like CTRL + Arrow buttons, CTRL+ALT. And suddenly I got my star tool broken. What I have: How it should be : The ...
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Why does the stroke position have to be 'center' on an open path in vector programs?

I've noticed that in every vector drawing program I've used, the options to place strokes 'inside' or 'outside' are disabled when a path is open (or on text). I assume there is a reason for this, but ...
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Combine Expanded Strokes Sketch 3

Is there any way to combine these expanded strokes without a completely botched result? The normal boolean operations aren't working at all.
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How to keep the text in vector in Photoshop without rasterizing it or flattening the layers when exporting to PDF?

After many tests in all kind of PDF presets, I couldn't figure out how to keep the text layers as vector and still have the quality of InDesign without using it. Everything I tried was rasterizing ...
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Sketch 3 curved arrows

Is it possible to create curved (non-straight) arrows in Sketch 3? Im drawing some phases with arrows showing iterations, so I need half-circle shaped arrows going back to previous phases, etc.. ...
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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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What is wireframe-esque design style called? Is it made solely with pen tool?

Wondering what this wireframe like designing style is called. I've seen it for years but never really felt the urge to ask. I also wish to know if it is made solely with the pen tool in ps/ai or if it ...
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How can I select exact color in Illustrator

I made this design in photoshop so basically its on rasterize format, A month later my client want it again but this time it has to be on vector format because it will be print on various colored ...
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Slanted text with background box

Hello fellow creatives! I know this sounds like a stupid question, but this has been driving me insane for ages! How do I achieve the following in adobe illustrator: How do I create a slanted text ...
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Converting Drawing to Vector In Illustrator

I'm trying to convert several of my pencil drawings into vector graphics with Adobe Illustrator. My drawing's are about this complex: I'm looking for the best way to convert these. I've found some ...
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How to shrink logo without losing quality inkscape

I'm really not much of a graphic designer at all (programmer) but I have dabbled in some image editing using GIMP and Inkscape. Here's my situation: I have a nice, sharp image of my logo as an SVG ...
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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 vector nondestructive actions destroying

I'm having a very strange problem with Illustrator CS5. When I'm doing non-destructive actions, such as eye-dropper or selecting and dragging, the points in my compound object are shifting around. ...
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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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Why does my shape have a tiny horizontal line?

I need to remove the horizontal bar of an A char so it looks like a V upside down. What I did is: I opened Illustrator and typed the character A, then I clicked "create outlines". Then I joined bottom ...
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Gradient white lines in .eps file

I designed a vector in Adobe Illustrator CS6, but when saved as an .eps file, white vertical lines appear in my gradient. What is happening? I've tried rasterizing the vector at 300 PPI with ...
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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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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 ...