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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Illustrator or Photoshop for Vectorising/Tracing in Print Images?

If I want to vectorise or trace in images that I have sketched, should I use Illustrator and use the pen tool to vectorise it, or use Photoshop and use the brushes to draw it (To imitate pen drawing)? ...
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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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Trying to recreate graphic from image as a vector

I am trying to recreate the rings from the following image into a vector graphic. I have made several attempts using various shapes and the pen tool with no luck. Any help on which steps I could take ...
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The perfect miter/join for the pointy part of a speech bubble

a young designer working for us made this speech bubble as part of a larger item ... Consider the join or miter of the "pointy part".. I'm thinking it might look poorly-done: it should be a tiny ...
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How is it possible to use raster images on billboards at such large sizes?

I am learning graphic design. I know Illustrator is for vectors and Photoshop is raster images. When it is enlarged in Photoshop you can see the individual pixels and raster results. So Illustrator is ...
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Splitting one path into two

So I have this path that looks like this: And I want it to look like this: Is there a way to do this without redrawing the path?
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How do I bring an object one step forward in Adobe Illustrator?

I want to bring the circle forward only one step, so it ends up between the green shapes. Please refer to the image if it's unclear what I want to achieve.
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Why does Illustrator add white lines to my pattern when exporting?

I have an object in Illustrator with a chevron pattern that I created in Illustrator. When I export as a .png file or rasterize image file, it shows horizontal lines. Anyone have a clue why it does ...
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How would I go about vectorizing this image?

I'm working on vectorizing (in Illustrator CS6) the atrocity below. I've finished almost everything except for the teeth. What is the best way to vectorize the mouth and teeth? Should each grey tooth ...
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Is there a way to draw preset 'custom shapes' in InDesign?

Photoshop has a 'custom vector shape' tool, allowing me to draw all kinds of stock shapes like stars, hearts and whatnot without having to do so myself with the pen tool. Is there a similar ...
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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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Make two vector points move together (Sketch or Illustrator)

I'm trying to speed up my workflow by making vector points move in the opposite direction simultaneously when I have two highlighted. For instance, below I highlight the top and bottom of the arrow so ...
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How to bend shapes into letters in illustrator

I'm trying to reproduce this: I have sort of got it by redrawing with the pen but it isn't what I think I should be doing and it isn't as smooth. I think I can do better by trying to learn to bend ...
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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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Inkscape: Delete an anchor & maintain the handles of connected anchors

When I do any kind of point editing with Inkscape, I will have an object (A) and delete one of the points hoping to get C, but instead I get B. I understand why this happens, it's so curves can be ...
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How do I uniformly scale an elliptical shape with straight sides?

I am interested in taking the gray shapes and creating a uniform border around it; an outline with a white interior. I want to do this by scaling the original shapes and intersecting them ...
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Create second path with specific offset from previous

I have this vector art I paid for from istockphoto, but I need to shrink it down. In order for this to look good I need to shrink in Ai, then export. However, when I shrink down the graphic, the ...
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How can I easily deselect a path after creating it in Illustrator?

I want to use the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator to make hair strands for a vexel portrait. I have to make hundreds of strands. The problem is that I would like to use the pen tool to make two anchor ...
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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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How to create a vector (SVG) with XML Code?

I recently saw an icon on the web, a stepper motor image: but when I click "View image" it sends me to the page ...
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How to Copy Only selected Properties from Object A to Object B in illustrator

Since Eye drop tool coping all the properties from one object to another and I Don't want this in some cases. Does any one knows how to copy only selected property form one object to another in ...
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How to conceptualise and generate visualisations with many points interconnected via Bézier curves?

Can someone uncover the design process behind social network visualisations such as http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com – and how those interconnecting Béziers are generated?
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Designing images with dimensioning

Are there any graphics programs that work like AutoCad or Inventor where you can draw objects and give them precise dimensions? Even better, something parametric like Inventor. I don't like lining ...
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Is it possible to have varied stroke widths around the same object in Illustrator?

I'm working in Illustrator CS5 and was wondering Is it possible to have varied stroke widths around the same object? For example a square would have the right side at 1pt and the top side at 3pt the ...
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Illustrator Adding Weird Lines to Logo on Dark Backgrounds (Not Stroke)

I have a logo symbol that has several intersecting lines. In Adobe Illustrator (CS6), slight gray lines are being added at the intersection points. I haven't noticed it in other artwork, it only ...
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jquery mobile user interface vectors or something very similar?

Does anyone know where to get jquery mobile vector .ai files preferrable? In need to do some mockups in high quality for print but cannot find any ilustrator or vector psd templats for this. Is there ...
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Illustrator: warping a group

Does Adobe Illustrator have a feature to warp a group of shapes similar to Photoshop's Edit>transform>warp? So far I've tried the reshape tool seems to only work on individual shapes?
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Deliverable format for iOS graphics

The graphics designer I am working with has given me the 3 options for delivering the graphics for the iOS app. I want the delivered files to suit the following criteria: Good quality (Ex: for ...
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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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Beginner Question: Is it bad to mix raster photography into vector based print work? Alternative?

I am tasked with creating a vector based print work. And I'm very new to print design. Is it a good idea to include raster photography inside my vector image? It seems to destroy the whole point of ...
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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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Brightness Threshold to Scanned PDF File

Some vector-based softwares are able take a vector picture out of an image, for instance the Brightness Threshold option in Inkscape. Suppose now that we want to apply this process to a full PDF file ...
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Vector image in a .pptx exported to PDF: how can I avoid quality loss?

I hope someone can help me fix this. I created a round icon using Illustrator, saved it as a PNG and inserted it into a .pptx file. So far, so good. Now when I save my .pptx document as a .pdf, the ...
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Rounded Corners on Subtract Item in Sketch

In this awesome shot on Dribbble by Yoga Perdana, he has rounded angles on the fire tips. I can't seem to figure out how to do it. I know he uses Illustrator, but I don't have access to it. If ...
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Best way to export a vector logo from Illustrator to Photoshop for printing?

I have a vector logo (eps-file) that needs to be exported to an A4-flyer created in Photoshop for printing (as a PDF). What is the best way to export the logo to Photoshop at the appropriate size ...
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Compound Paths and Paths - One single object

I use an addon for web mapping geospatial PDFs, each object can have map attributes, but I have a group: >>> Can I merge them (every letter) into one single object instead of being in a group?
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Creating a shape from the intersection of two shapes

I created this leaf shape by drawing two circles on the same layer using the "intersect shape areas" setting. The leaf "shape" is still treated as two circles - photoshop just shows the portion ...
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How to generate a guilloche effect at the edge of certificate of authenticity or such?

I need to generate a guilloche border for certificate of authenticity (CoA) to be at the edge of the CoA. I'm talking here about the infinite curve that makes the certificate look "legit". I'm ...
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Can I change a gradient's color stops by dragging colors from other objects?

I'd like to change the white-to-black gradient to one with the colors in the rectangles on the top left. How can I drag these colors onto the gradient?
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layered icon in PSD into vectorized image

I made an icon via combining multiple layers of shapes by using magic wand, rectangle tool and circle tool, all this in PSD. Now, how can i convert that into a vector SVG that can be used on a ...
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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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Partial Overlap of an Object in Illustrator [duplicate]

The black part of this image is the outline of the State of Georgia, and the orange part is a line that is meant to have the effect of orbiting the state. I would like to make this illusion, but I ...
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How to increase negative space / improve scaling of vector graphic?

I'm fairly new to Illustrator. I bought a vector graphic of a wolf for this logo I designed (see screenshot with purple on white logo). It looks good when it is quite large, but if I scale down the ...
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Software/Images for making semi-realistic looking circuits?

I'm a design newbie trying to make a logo for a video game I wrote. The game is centred around robots, so I wanted to make the logo a circuit board. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend either ...
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Comparison Between affordable Image Editor (Photoshop) / Creator VS. Free Image Software [closed]

Lately I would like to get involved / to learn in graphics design. Since holidays are in full swing, I thought I would use this time. I have used GIMP before, although very minimal and Blender. Both ...
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How to modify path width in Illustrator?

I have this image of a heart: favorite.svg and this image of a back arrow: back.svg I would like to modify the line width of the back arrow to match the line width of the heart. Any ideas on how I ...
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How can I fit as many letters into as tight of a space as possible in Illustrator

I have a text which I outlined and broke into individual objects. I want to fit this text into as tight a space as possible without overlapping, rotating or moving the letters around. The text ...
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How can I produce custom vector based buttons in Photoshop?

I want to create some vector based buttons which resemble the button design shown below: I can just take a button and treat it as a bitmap and change text and appearance, but the output doesn't ...
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Why stroke angles in Illustrator do not behave equally?

Those vector shapes have the same stroke configuration, and on the pointy end there's only 1node. So why this happens?
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How to get in Isolation Mode from Layers panel in Illustrator?

The most known way to get into Isolation Mode in Adobe Illustrator is by double-clicking on the image. Nonetheless, is there a way I can get into this mode from the Layers panel?