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 to Draw Perfect Curves in AI?

A perfect curve looks something like this image: When I try to draw a similar curve shape in Illustrator, I couldn't get the above effect. It's just about 85% perfect. As you see closely, there are ...
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Saving a GIF File with no background

I have Corel Paintshop PhotoPro X3, and I bought a vector from Shutterstock that has multiple flourishes in it. I want to save each flourish as its own file. So I cut one and save it onto a new vector ...
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Create vector icons and export them later as PNG without antialiasing

I have created a vector file (svg) and now I wanted to export it as 66px x 66px, 44px x 44px and 22px x 22px PNG file. It should be used as a UIBarButtonItem in the navigation bar. Therefore I use ...
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Text deleting after 'Create Shapes from Vector Layer'

Using AE CC 2014 (v13) - I have a AI file with a bunch of logos (this was a downloaded AI file for practice with animation). I have tried using the Create Shapes from Vector Layer like normal, but ...
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Adobe Illustrator vs. Inkscape: Smaller than “Smallest file size”

Vector graphics is a compact way of storing simple drawings. And I always thought that the most compact .pdf file you can get from Illustrator, is achieved with the "Smallest file size" preset. ...
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how to rasterize an SVG without anti-aliasing

I've made a map in inkscape and now need to change it to a bitmap or .png. The map will be interpreted by a computer program which will look for exact colors so the edges need to be crisp. when I ...
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Minus a stroked path

I have a compound path that I'd like to fill with a pattern that contains a stroked path. No problem, but now I'd like to merge or minus the compound path, leaving the stroke intact. the example ...
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Double offset path

The offset path tool is new for me, I just used it a couple times and it works really well for me. But since a day ago every time I use it, it creates 2 paths, or maybe 1 big path. Let's say I'm ...
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What is the easiest way to have a better quality image from a given image

I am a novice for graphic design. I have a low quality image which is given by my friend, its size is really small, but we want to make it bigger and clearer so that we can use it as a banner or logo ...
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Using vectors/stock graphics in designs?

I'm looking for a little advice, hopefully somebody can offer me some. I currently work in Marketing/Graphic Design.I do not have a degree in Graphic Design, but a degree in Advertising (which was ...
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How to delete portion of circle in illustrator using pen tool? [duplicate]

In the illustration below I want colored doughnuts to represent certain percentages. Like in the center the percentage reflected is 72%. I want to change the blue colored ring to 59% and so on. I ...
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Stroke weight in print

I was once told that if you want a stroke to print, it cannot be lower than a certain weight. I would like to know a) if this is true b) if so, does it it apply to both offset and digital printing and ...
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Preventing Illustrator CC vector objects distorting when scaled

I'm having some trouble resizing a group of vector objects in an illustration. These objects used to be lines until I expanded them into vector shapes, and before I scale them they look fine: But ...
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Export from Sketch - vector to SVG strange output

I'm trying to export some vector icons I drew from sketch into SVG and PNG. Here are my icons in sketch: All nice and crisp. The shapes are in a group and against a mask, like so: When I click ...
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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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I need to create a vectorial Spiral on illustrator [duplicate]

I've been researching and trying but I cannot find the answer. I need to create on illustrator an spiral that uses the same pattern as the lollypop on this image: ...
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SVG font-weight changes when rendered in html

I have a logo in SVG format that I am using on a UI Prototype I'm creating using HTML5. I created the SVG using Inkscape. Today I noticed the logo's font-weight has changed, and I can't seem to change ...
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How do I draw inside an object in Inkscape?

I have the image shown above where the black colored stroke is the outline of the cloud. I also have a slightly offsetted blue color fill. What should I do to put the blue color fill inside the ...
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Illustrator CC live corners not all corners available to curve? [closed]

This dot that appears at anchor points and you can drag to curve / arc the corner. This tool is useful but I want to know how to make it happen in the corners where it doesn't automatically appear? ...
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Is creating a vector image from a photograph breaking any copyright law? [duplicate]

Is creating a vector image from a photograph breaking any copyright law? I've created a new vector image from a low quality photo, which I downloaded from a Pinterest page. I would like to use the ...
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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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Where can I find vectors / blueprints of different car models (vinyl design)?

I need to design a vinyl for Seat Ibiza Coupe (2009). I have already found this site: the-blueprints.com but I think it is too expensive for a vector. Is there any site that has free or unexpensive ...
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Exporting hi-res png with small dimensions at exact size

I want to export an illustrator file... In PNG format Exact dimensions (55x20mm) High resolution 72 ppi does not save at high enough standard. 300 ppi makes the dimensions too large. The end user ...
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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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Getting rid of open paths in Illustrator CS5 without overlapping stroked lines?

I have been looking into selling some vector art either by making my own site (almost doubles up as a portfolio) or sell it through existing stock vector sites. I am currently looking into ...
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Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Can you recommend a good alternative to Adobe Illustrator? I am learning vector based graphic design, but I am not ready to make such a large investment as to purchase a copy of Adobe Illustrator. ...
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Copying Logo image from PDF to word processor

I want to provide a logo design to a client in a vector format for print. I want them to be able to access it to apply to text documents in various word processors as they choose, and hoped for it to ...
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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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Best Method to Vectorize Logo [closed]

I'm a pretty decent graphic designer but I'm not quite sure what the best method would be to make it a vector image. I'm going to try and make it with the pen tool and gradient fills. This was is ...
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How to draw isometric vectors?

I am looking for "built in" software solutions for Illustrator CS2-5 preferably. I am trying to create these isometric illustrations for a web app. Right now I've manually set up a grid in Adobe ...
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Is there a way to turn a photograph into a line-art sketch vector?

Can anyone tell me how to get this kind of vector line drawing from a photo? I'm beginner and can't find any answer. Thanks in advance :)
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How to avoid export pixelation with vector graphics?

Whenever I export a vector to an image, and the image is not a multiple of the original vector canvas size, it is pixelated and over-anti-aliased in certain areas of the image. An example: I started ...
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Photoshop layers into SVG paths

I have a set of Photoshop files which consist of a base image with a series of layers with colored overlays. The overlays are labeled using the layer names. My task is to get these overlays as SVG ...
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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 is better for icon design: vector graphics or raster graphics?

Which of the following approaches should I take to design icons in many resolutions? Create them in vector graphics, as SVG or AI and then rasterize them Design them directly as bitmap graphics ...
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How to create overlapping objects in Illustrator CC

I am trying to create a turbine engine in Illustrator with overlapping fan blades, but whenever I rotate the object around the center, I get one blade that does not follow the same curvature as the ...
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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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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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Minimal color poster generation (Obama Hope style)

I am trying to create images like this. How are these images created? I need the simplest way possible. Can it be done online somewhere?
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Making multiple vectors one single vector in Illustrator

I have a company logo in vector repeated multiple times to make a pattern/background. I want to apply a halftone to it, but to do so I need to make all the repeated vectors into one single vector. I ...
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Is it preposterous to have 2 different light sources in a design project?

I am working on a branding skyline for a company, and I'm using a top-left light source for the geometric buildings, but then my ground landscape and trees are using a top-right light source. My ...
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Inkscape: How can I access control points of corner/end nodes?

When drawing Bezier Curves how can I access control handles of corner/end nodes? For corner nodes there seems to be a work around: Make the corner node smooth and then again make it a corner node. ...
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How should I trace/vectorize my logo?

First of all I would like to say that I'm new to AI and PS, therefore there's probably lots of things I'm not doing right. I am using CS5 version. I have a logo that is mainly black and white, but ...
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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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Can I display CMYK in RGB format easily?

When designing for print I obviously use CMYK, however I'm always a bit unsure of how colours will turn out because monitors work on RGB so the colour you are seeing may not be representative of how ...
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Why does rotated (R) shapes, that I copy and duplicate (Cmd+D) around a circle, get disordered? [duplicate]

Hey, guys, i got this problem and it's really bothering me, when I make a shape, like a single rectangle and i want to rotate/duplicate it all 360º around a circle shape, the ones that are at the ...
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Exporting from Illustrator causes a weird path effect

When I use the image trace feature in Illustrator I'm able to create a pretty high quality vector of an image. However, when I export it as an .svg file the paths aren't "just right" and it causes you ...
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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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PDF viewer with a 'View Outline' Function?

When someone sends me an artwork file and I need to see if certain elements are vector or raster, I currently just quickly zoom in all the way to see if the artwork pixelates or not. I'm looking for ...