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 do I get my vector logos to look super sharp on the web?

I do a lot of work with Illustrator, but I've never been super happy with how my work looks on our website. I've tried various techniques - saving from Illustrator, and opening in Photoshop and saving ...
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Creating a thin line in PS CS6

I have an image about 1000 by 600px. In Photoshop CS5 I could set the pixel width of the line to say, 3 px and drag the mouse from point A to B to create the line. Now, in CS6with the vector system, ...
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How to expand luminosity blending option in illustrator? [duplicate]

i have an issue with the vector shape in the background in an illustrator file, it appears differently on my client's pc. That's how it appears to me (the good one): and that's how it appears to ...
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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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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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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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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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Does a vector graphics format capable of the following exist?

Take the following image, for example: I'd like to represent the lineart not as a black-filled, closed object, but as a network of Bézier curves connected at odd places, with various and varying ...
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How do I curve a vector line in Fireworks?

I've been using Fireworks for a long time, but mostly for basic edits and web exports. I want to do more with it. I'm just trying to create a vector version of the Dribbble logo entirely in Fireworks, ...
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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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Given one exact measurement, how can I use it to measure the rest?

I'm asking how to use a given measurement to create a custom scale that I can use to accurately measure the rest. I have a vector file that looks like: I wish to measure parts of the car, to build ...
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Is it possible to keep all shape layers outline on at all times in photoshop?

I have a vector image I've created in illustrator which I would like to turn into pixel art. I've imported my vector as a shape layer in photoshop, and I was hoping to use the outlines of it as a ...
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Photoshop: How to merge two anchor points

I have two shapes and I want to merge the anchor points as seen in the image. Is there any way?
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Inkscape: Joined pentagon and hexagon with fixed edge length

I'm trying to create a shape formed by a regular hexagon and a regular pentagon that are joined by shared edge. The problem is that the polygons made my the polygon tool are very hard to align. I've ...
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Why does my line drawing look so sad

I'm trying to create a line drawing of my friend Steve, I was Steve's best man at the wedding where the photo was taken. I like the shot because the smile it subtle but definitely there. I've been ...
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How can I determine which drawing tablet is right for me?

I do some caricature, cartoons and illustrations, as hobby. I believe that I am okay'ish with pen and paper, but recently decided to go digital. Given my budget, and a quick assessment of needs and ...
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Workflow for print publishing children's book?

I have recently drawn and scanned a children's book that I will try to have published. I converted the scans into vectors using Vector Magic in order to have nice, clean, smooth lines without any ...
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eps file vector quality issue

I have a large vector .eps file of 8 logo samples. At 100% zoom, it is crisp and gorgeous, about 4 inches wide and 1.5 inches high on my laptop screen. I tried object > rasterize with CMYK / ...
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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 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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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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Creating vector art with a programming background?

I come from the land of game programming and a very logically oriented mind with a bit of a dulled experience. I have experience manipulating images in Photoshop, doing tasks like slicing and tracing ...
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Do all vector files contain layers? [closed]

Here for example is link to a free infographics. When I open it in Gimp or Inkscape I get a flat image. Is that what should happen? How do you make a use of it? I work on Ubuntu 12.04. Program I use: ...
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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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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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Why are my psd files shrinking when I open them in Illustrator?

I'm trying to open my .psd files in Adobe Illustrator, but it's turning them into really small files. It's probably something to do with the advance settings, but I cant seem to find it.
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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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Seams in Pattern - Adobe Illustrator CS6

I have read on a number of blogs that the seams that you see in Illustrator from applying a pattern to an object is due to anti-aliasing and that if you print from Illustrator that it will print fine. ...
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In Illustrator CS6, why can't I use the variable width selection?

It looks like this to me: Where the second box is the variable width option. If it helps I expanded my path.
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Glassy effect for hexagon in Illustrator

I am making graphics for a 3 meter big stall. I was thinking about making its background as hexagons. Big hexagons. These will be in a constant pattern, but not joined, that means, a few millimeter ...
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Color filling the interior region of a traced bitmap

I have got a very simple logo in jpg format. The logo is mostly text, think something like "ABC inc." with a very simple styilized shape which merges A, B and C preceding the text. Only two "pure" ...
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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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How do I copy a layer with a vector mask in Photoshop

I need to copy an icon from a design that has a vector mask in photoshop. How can I do it so I get the icon to paste exactly as I see it in the design, so it can (for example) be added to a css image ...
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Reduce file size of PDF/EPS from Adobe Illustrator

I'm trying to export a logo I created into PDF and EPS for a client and the file sizes are HUGE! The PDF is 78MB! The logo has lots of little diamonds on it which I duplicated, so I'm guessing it's ...
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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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How can I curve a design I made to make it perfectly match the curve of a circle?

I would like to make a logo that has two simplified branches of barley that mirror each other and curve to a perfectly circular shape, like the following from http://culination.co: I have tried to ...
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How to draw abstract images with “line shapes” in photoshop?

I try to reconstruct this image: From http://www.shutterstock.com But, I'm failing. Perhaps there are tutorials on this topic? Maybe some advice?
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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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Scaling A Simple Image Without Losing Any Quality

I have this image: It's only 19ppi. I want to create a vector from it so that it can scale up up to 11 square inches and retain it's quality. How can I make Illustrator do this? I was trying ...
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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 to draw these big headed characters?

I am the graphic designer of a game and I want to recreate the look of these images (I mean the characters, not the 2.5 scene). My questions are: Does this character style (no legs or arms) have a ...
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In Photoshop, is there a way to incorporate a stroke into the shape object/layer itself?

I have a shape layer with a stroke (currently applied using a layer effect), and I would like to convert that to a shape layer that has two components, the shape and the stroke, both represented by ...
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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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How to create a picture like a diagram on Wikipedia?

I am a newbie in making pictures and animations. I have found a nice .svg picture on wikipedia and now I am assuming what tools the author used. I know that I can make this picture with Microsofts' ...
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How to create 3d people? [closed]

I've seen quite a few of these humanoid creatures around the internet: How do I go about making one of these? Can I make a basic model from cylindrical sections for each joint and then rotate them ...
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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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How do you resize an existing vector mask in Photoshop CS6?

I have created a vector mask for a layer in Photoshop containing a circle. Now I would like to fine-tune its position and size. I can only move individual or multiple anchor points.
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Pixel-sized drawings in vector

When I am having an object of any size (in this case it will be 300px x 300 px), I need a tool like a brush. For example, I want first pixel on the top left to be black, second pixel on the top left - ...
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Illustrator - Delete points but keep curves

I am used to editing vector graphics in FontLab, which allows you to simplify vectors like this: The behavior I'm used to If I delete a point from a curve, the program will roughly maintain the ...
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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 ...