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 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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Is it good practice for designers to use Photoshop?

I'm a software developer, not a designer, I usually have designs provided by my clients before the work begins. It seems the designers always want to provide the designs in .psd file format, is this a ...
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How to export a file in Adobe Illustrator and still have it be a vector?

I am new to Adobe Illustrator. I created a simple image with a shape and some text and wanted to create a vector image. So I basically created the shape and the text. Then right-clicked and selected ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How do you expand a vector to the extent of the stroke?

I have some vector shapes with a white fill and a 0.3pt white stroke. What I want to do is expand the shape to the extent of the outside edge of the stroke. To put it in kind of visual terms, what ...
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Why is the shape/path changing the value of another shape?

The problem that I have here is that the value of the dark curved shape is being changed once I'm putting a white shape behind/below it. The curved shape is marked above as 'Clip Group' the white ...
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Can Illustrator CS6 open a Photoshop CS6 File and export the image as a vector Graphic? If so, what is the image type?

I am unfamiliar with Illustrator and have created graphics in Photoshop I need to export/save as vector graphics. Can I open a PS file in Illustrator and save or export the image as a vector graphic? ...
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How can I convert a jpg-signature into strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature into a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small svg, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no ...
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How to punch through all the layers in Adobe Illustrator?

So I have this image as vector and a grunge image as vector: I can easily mask the grunge part from the image in Photoshop: But when I try to do this on Illustrator with pathfinder always get ...
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How to draw a wing cascade with boundary layers?

After receiving some great advice here, I set out to create my first diagrams! I am trying to recreate this type of image in Inkscape: Inkscape was suggested as a good starting point and it's ...
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Why does Adobe Illustrator have a limit on the maximum zoom?

Considering that it is an application that uses vectors which can scale to any size because they're mathematically calculated, why can I only zoom to a certain level and what is the deciding factor? ...
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How to make wind flow / aerodynamic diagrams?

I need some help on how to create good looking vectorized images of these kinds of themes: I work a lot with Latex when it comes to typesetting so I have some basic experience with Tikz. However ...
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Import vector data into illustrator

I have a program that generates thousands of vector points (just coordinates), the format is not fixed, but it could be something like this: (2.4785|77.01) (78.8|9.88) (45.33|0.2) I am able to ...
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Remove substracted paths from shape layers and combine into one shape layer

I'm creating a wi-fi icon in Photoshop, using three circles and subtracted paths. Now I need to remove the subtracted area and combine the three shape layers into one shape layer without rasterizing. ...
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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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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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Why does transforming shapes in Photoshop lose quality

I've noticed that in Photoshop, when using the transform tool the shape actually loses quality. Zoomed-in result using the transform tool: Zoomed-in result using the shape menu toolbar: What's ...
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Illustrator save as SVG: losing character tracking information

I'm trying to save two different versions of a certain SVG using Illustrator. The sole difference between the two versions is that a certain text element's tracking attribute was set. It seems ...
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Why have all the colors from the picture disappeared? [duplicate]

Hello, can anyone tell me why are the colors from picture disappeared? How can I bring them back? Thanks!
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Inkscape unable to add the same stroke width to all paths

Hi i just modified a text into paths and curved some paths, i attach an svg of my work. Now i just would like to add stroke to the object so that i can make bold the text, but as you can see , trying ...
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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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Why are my handles and anchor point missing in AI?

I'm quite new to using illustrator. My problem is: I'm missing the anchor point. Usually when you use the direct selection tool and click an object, it should show the anchor points and handles. I ...
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How to create SVG for good typography on the web without buying Illustrator?

I have a web font which I would like to display using SVG instead of in HTML. The reason for this is that I want to display large typographically beautiful text, and I don't see any way of getting the ...
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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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Did Photoshop change vector formats?

My co-worker sent me a file created with Photoshop CC that she swears contain vector layers with shapes in them. I am running CS5, and the same layers are showing up as rasterized. Is this a ...
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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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Is my logo that I made with Adobe Illustrator already a vector file when saved as .ai?

I have designed a logo in Adobe CS5.1 Illustrator using the ellipse tool to create shapes, filled with colour and then added my type. The file is saved as .ai. Is it automatically a vector image?
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Does creating a vector graphic on a specific screen resolution affect the output quality on higher resolution screens?

I'm creating my first game using the Unity game engine. I plan to target 1920x1080px; but my laptop resolution is 1366x768px. If I create the vector image on my 1366x786px screen, will the output be ...
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How can I easily add color to unclosed shapes?

I've got a line art drawing of a dragon that I'm trying to color. I don't necessarily care if I use Illustrator, Photoshop, or Sketchbook Pro; I'm just trying to figure out the best way to color the ...
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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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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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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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Illustrator: Dividing a stroke/brush from a selected place

I just created a simple object with custom brush as a stroke. Is there a way to divide that stroke in a way that I can choose where the new brush ends and another starts - still surrounding the ...
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How do you change the color of multiple shape layers at once in Photoshop?

I have a series of shape layers that I am using to create a logo. These shape layers are not directly above or below each other. Instead, they are spaced out between a series of other shape layers. ...
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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 can I get illustrator to automatically clip the artboard to the vectorized objects size?

I just exported a shape from photoshop as a path and then filled it in illustrator. I now want to save the shape as an svg, or eps but I don't want to save all the excess whitespace around the object. ...
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Which is the Best and more reliable Free Vector Graphics Site? [duplicate]

Free Vectors graphics are really popular these days... the thing is that there are a bunch of site with lot of graphics which you don't know if you can trust. I've seen a lot of stolen and pirate ...
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Modifying a text path after text has been placed on it

In a recent project in Illustrator I was creating freeform paths to place text on them. Since the design was freeform I kept running into a problem where I would create a path, place the text on it, ...
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Obtaining this effect in Adobe Illustrator?

How can I obtain this vector effect in Illustrator? Is there a name for this kind of effect? Please, help!
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How to copy a vector mask to another layer in photoshop cs6?

I am trying to follow a set of instructions and am looking to copy and paste a vector mask to a gradient layer. For some reason when I simply do cmd c and cmd v to the gradient layer nothing is ...
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Graphic containing vector and image content prints out of alignment [closed]

I have observed the following problem repeatedly while preparing figures for publication in journals. When the figure (created using the mathematics tool MATLAB) contains an image (raster) object ...
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How to add a DOUBLE outline to a text or a shape in Adobe Illustrator ?

I am creating a logo and I would like to put a double outline on it, do you know any clever way to do it ?
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How to create a rounded/wave rectangle like this on Inkscape?

I'm using inkscape and I am trying to create an structure like the one below, but all I manage to make is a disformed object. I tried using a rectangle and combine with circles, but the best I got ...
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Can I redesign a logo I created in Photoshop in illustrator?

I created a logo for my husbands business in Photoshop and he loves it! I understand that logos though need to be created in Illustrator in order to be resized with out loosing it's quality. Can I ...
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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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Feelings icons that are not emoticons?

For a particular project, I've got to come up with a set of a ten small one-color icons meant to represent certain feelings. However, these icons must not be emoticons, or faces, of people for that ...
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How to intersect existing shapes in Photoshop

I'm trying to intersect 2 existing shapes in Photoshop (CS6). I've found tutorials that allow me to intersect at the time of putting the second shape down, but nothing that allows me to do so with ...
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How to turn a simple but not very crisp raster shape into a path

I have a photo of a block print design I'd like to turn into a path in photoshop. What is the best way to extract the design and turn it into a path so I can make it a vector shape?
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Which software renders a planar projection of a 3D object as a vector graphic?

I would like to create two-dimensional projections of three-dimensional geometrical objects. The drawings should be in a vector format, SVG or PDF, which can be imported by Inkscape or Adobe ...
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Best practices for exporting images from vector / eps artwork

I'm taking my first steps into the waters of vector design, designing a simple logo (in 'Sketch' for mac - an illustrator alternative). This went well until it came time to export the artwork for a ...
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Moire pattern when viewing vector pattern in acrobat but not in browser

I was wondering if anyone knows how to avoid vector created patterns (from Illustrator) looking terrible (a sort of harsh, jagged looking moire pattern) when viewing a saved pdf in Acrobat. If you ...