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 get a vector outline of the inside of a complex shape?

I have a shape thus: In Illustrator, this design is composed of a load of paths with a heavy stroke applied, and no fill. How can I obtain the path describing the white area? Note: I drew this in ...
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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 can I edit an .SVG file?

Wikipedia has an extensive set of anatomy SVGs, but I can't highlight different organs or parts dynamically, because there are no source files with layers I can manipulate in Photoshop or GIMP. How ...
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Adobe Illustrator: maximum artboard dimensions for PNG export?

As all Illustrator users know, there is a hard limit on the size you can export a PNG file. I'm curious if anyone knows the maximum limit on this, and if it differs depending on the DPI of the ...
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How to resize an EPS file in Illustrator to fit a pixel size?

I'm very new to Illustrator. Having used Photoshop all my life, vector art is something very new to me. I have this company logo in EPS format. I want to use AI to resize the image to a certain pixel ...
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Scaling strokes in Illustrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Scale drawings in Illustrator, maintain proportions of line weights and effects When you minimize large vectors that contain outlines & text to a small vector the ...
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How can i change the radius of the rounded rectangle on AI [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to modify the corner radius on rounded rectangle in Illustrator? can't seem to manupulate the rounded rectangle on Adobe Illustrator... forgot the shortcut! Any ...
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When creating a vector file, how should I determine my vector file canvas size given the png sizes I need to export to?

For example, if I need to export a 32x32 png and a 64x64 png, what size should my control vector file be? The main reason I ask this is because I recently did an iPhone app icon and I needed to ...
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Need advice on reducing icon size without loss in detail [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to resize icon sets in Photoshop? I'm redesigning the icon for my Android application. I designed it at 512x512 and then rescaled it to 96x96 and 32x32. However, it ...
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Drawing people, where should I start?

I've got zero experience with drawing in real life and I don't have a tablet. Neither do I know anything about human proportions. But I do know my way around Photoshop & Pixelmator. My goal is to ...
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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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Importing highly complex(maybe vector) graphics[3D model] from PDF to Illustrator

I am trying to import a PDF into illustrator, the problem is that the PDF is a highly complex 3D diagram. I don't know from which software the PDF was genarated. I know that the original file ...
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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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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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Export a design for Print Usage, preserving the vector

I am designing a Banner Flex of big size. 6mx8ft. I built this using illustrator, as it has specific tools for vector graphics. Such big document size cannot be created on illustrator or any other ...
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Is vectorizing an image copyright theft if the image is not CC/Public domain?

Is it okay to vectorize this image to make a poster out of it even though the image is not Creative Commons or anything like that? I'm not using any part of the image directly and only going to use it ...
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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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How to modify the corner radius on rounded rectangle in Illustrator?

I always ended up just creating a new rounded rectangle if the existing one don't work. Is there a way to modify the corner radius without having to create a new shape? I know I can modify the bezier ...
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Manipulating the axis of a 2D graphic

I have made a flat 2D design in Illustrator that I want to change the viewer's perspective on. So where it is currently being viewed head-on or top-down, I'd like to skew the projected viewing angle ...
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Is the sharpness at 100% zoom sharp enough for Illustrator printing?

I have a artwork from PS (non-vector) that I imported into an Illustrator document. At 100% view in Illustrator, it is perfectly sharp. Is that enough for printing?
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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 imitate a pencil or pen in illustrator?

I'm working with illustrations and I realized that it's easier to draw lines in Illustrator and combine them in Photoshop with other effects and textures. The problem is that I cannot find a way to ...
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how to import vectors from fireworks to illustrator

I created some vector graphics for my company's website in fireworks because I like the pixel perfect control I get but now everybody likes the artwork so much that they want to use it all over the ...
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Tips for a more efficient workflow using Illustrator's Live Trace?

I'd like to think this tool could be useful when converting small b/w images, but more often than not I am dissatisfied with how noisy the vector work is -- too many anchors scattered around creates ...
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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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Image quality - Export vector icon to PNG vs resize PNG

I have a set of vector icons which I need to save as PNG images in 3 sizes (16,32,48). I'm confused as the best way to go about this to produce the best quality results. Either I can save each one ...
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When using the blend tool in Illustrator, I get large white patches

So I made one path, then another. Opened Blend, set to Specified Steps, and then applied it to the paths. With straight paths, all was well. But with curved ones, I have large white patches where ...
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Vectors: How do you deal with background 'spill' on overlapping edges?

When covering one vector shape with another; if the edges overlap, the background shape's color is used as a (distasteful looking) pseudo-anti-alias effect on the foreground shape's edge, instead of ...
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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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How to prevent having to redraw lines in Illustrator

I do a lot of artwork in Illustrator, and am pretty experienced. However I find myself having redraw lines often with each new level of detail, for instance adding shadows to a complex object - I have ...
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Shirt Pattern making

I like to draw, and I've drawn this yesterday: Large image. I want to make this a T-Shirt, so I need to make this drawing a vector. I want to make it different, not the regular vector-drawn shape. ...
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Take away negative space in clipping masks

I am using clipping masks to cut PNG images in illustrator (purely because I don't know how to do it in photoshop) and I was wondering if it was possible to take away the white space that is created ...
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How do I create symmetrical curves on vector shapes in Photoshop?

Let's say I want to make a mark representing the shape of a rotor in a rotary engine: (image source) This shape is similar to a Reuleaux triangle: (image source) I know how to create equilateral ...
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Make a non-raster glow in Illustrator

I was wondering if it was possible to create a non-raster inner/outer glow? If so, could you please tell me how to do so. Thanks.
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Compositing transparent paths so topmost pixel wins

I'm having difficulty wording what it is I want to accomplish, but I'll try to explain. Let's start with the images below: (a) (b) Image (a) shows the image as I have it right now, ...
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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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Wrap an element around a sphere in illustrator?

Is there a way to warp an element around a sphere in Illustrator?
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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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Fisheye Effect in Inkscape?

Is anyone aware of a way to create a fisheye effect with elements in InkScape? Freehand used to have an xtra tool that did just that. The specific effect I'm trying to achieve is applying horizontal ...
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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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How do I create Mexican hat potential figure in Illustrator using 3D Map Art?

This is what I'm trying to create in Illustrator. (for those interested, it's a graph of a Mexican hat potential function) Here's what I've done so far, using Illustrator's 3D->Revolve and Map ...
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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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Photoshop CS5: Subtract/exclude a vector mask from an existing mask

I am attempting to create very simple icon, which resembles a 'dashboard' of a car. The first part of the icon (shape 1) was created by adding and subtracting shapes. The second part (shape 2) was ...
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Converting to vector from solid color shape or sketch [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Convert a line drawing from raster to vector I have a solid color shape. Is there an automatic way that Illustrator can detect its borders and convert it into a vector. ...
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Save an Illustrator vector drawing with bigger dimensions

Since vector drawings are scalable infinitely, I should be able to save my drawings at any DPI I wish. How do I do that with Illustrator CS5?
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Can one make a scalable vector background in Photoshop

I'd like to make a linear background gradient that I can scale using the same tools I would for a vector shape (ie. transform). Is this possible? How? Note, if I create a layer style gradient it ...
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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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Where can I find a better version of this image?

I saw a hard copy of the symbol in the lower left corner of this image and I'm trying to find either a higher resolution version or a vector graphics version. I need something that will look good when ...
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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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Is there a way to mirror paths as you draw them in Photoshop? (For drawing symmetric shapes.)

When drawing something symmetrical with the pen tool in Photoshop, is there any way to set up a mirror line at a given angle, so as you draw a shape on one side it gets automatically duplicated and ...