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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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 ...
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How do I straighten a curved line in Illustrator and maintain its length?

How would I take this line and straighten it in illustrator without losing any of its length (Like if you held pulled a thread tight by both ends.)
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How to achieve pixel perfect curves with Photoshop CS6?

Coming from a mobile development background, I have recently decided to learn how to design for mobile apps. I am not yet decided which tool I should use. I don't hold much knowledge in Illustrator ...
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What is wireframe-esque design style called? Is it made solely with pen tool?

Wondering what this wireframe like designing style is called. I've seen it for years but never really felt the urge to ask. I also wish to know if it is made solely with the pen tool in ps/ai or if it ...
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Smooth rounded boxes in Illustrator and path end angles

I'm new to Illustrator but have a decent background in Photoshop and After Effects. Anyway, I've spent a good amount of time creating this logo in Illustrator and am unhappy with the results. It's ...
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Getting a vector shape from an EPS file into Photoshop CS4

I have an EPS file with some shape. A good example would be the Twitter EPS files: https://twitter.com/about/resources/logos How can I import an EPS vector shape into my Photoshop CS4, without ...
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Unconventional Crop In Illustrator

I need to crop this image in such a way that the space below "submit your picture here!" is taken out, because I'm going to use that space for a "choose file" form on my website. I tried creating a ...
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distort curved shape to fit on curved shape

I've read a lot of other answers and tried for hours but I can't get this circle shape to look right on this flag shape i think it's because the circle is a curve and so is the flag. If anyone has ...
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Is there graphical editor for mac supporting non linear distortions (stretch)?

I am a software developer facing a rare need to create single PNG icon. It should be a horizontal gradient (white to transparent) rectangle stretched to the right - so that right edge of the rectange ...
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Illustrator - Large Vector File to Print at A0

I have created large vector drawings for A0 printing - each file has thousands of vectors at different transparencies. The largest file is 270mb when saved as an editable pdf. I have not compressed ...
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Problems with Inkscape's trace bitmap when converting with multiple colors

I want to apologize ahead of time, for potentially failing to explaining the problem more accurately: So I'm attempting to smooth/clean up a design I'm making for a greeting card on Inkscape. I ...
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How to prepare an image / graphic file to be printed or embroidered on clothing and garments?

I recently created some graphics with Adobe Illustrator, saved them as PDFs and sent them to a printing company for a quote for part embroidery, part screen print on clothing. The quote came back ...
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Illustrator isn't allowing me to select part of a graphic

I'm trying to edit a text based image in Illustrator CC but parts of the text are not allowing me to edit or even select them. even clicking Select All doesn't work. has anyone had this problem? any ...
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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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What are the differences between vector graphics and raster graphics?

I understand from prior knowledge that there are two different image format / composition options available for creating images; raster and vector. I would like to understand more about them, such as ...
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Sketch: Can I round the end of a line vector?

When you draw a line using the vector tool in Sketch, the end is squared. Is there a way to change it to a round cap similar to the option in the Stroke panel in Illustrator?
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manipulate part of a letter without changing overall shape

I am attempting to alter the letter "e" in the font Arial. I want to match it in similarity to the "e" in Helvetica where the top of the tail is flat. I am using the direct selection tool but yet ...
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Running ink effect in illustrator

I'd like to create the effect of ink running similar to how it's been used in the example below. But I'd like to do it in vector. Anybody got some great brushes that might work?
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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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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 http://www.nemsim.com/ece395blimp/fritzing/parts/svg/core/icon/Stepper_Motor_-...
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Saving AI to svg

I created some art with a Rectangular grid tool. I created the shape, converted to a live paint and started my pixel art. As I was done I tried to save it to SVG but when you open the image, it ...
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How to add detail and grit to vector graphics?

Can anyone give me some tips or point me to a tutorial that can help me learn how to add details like grit and texture to vector graphics like in the above image by DKNG Studios? I assume it involves ...
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How to change separate strokes lineart into stroke-less shapes?

I made the line art by tracing each line separately, instead of tracing fully closed shapes. Get it? not a separate stroke for each closed shape. Just a bunch strokes on separate layers meeting other ...
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Why is Adobe Illustrator rendering my concentric circles like this

I'm not a professional user of anything Adobe makes, but I am a programer and I do understand math, which is probably why this hurts my brain. I open a new empty Adobe Illustrator CC document, set the ...
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Change all stokes and paths into a 'flat' vector shape

Is there a way i can flatten a vector drawing so it becomes a 'flat' vector shape. What i mean by this is instead of a logo being made up of solid shapes, and stoked paths ie, different line ...
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Shading an SVG shape using control points

I'm using Inkscape to produce an SVG image which is supposed to reproduce a photo. I have some arbitrarily drawn shape, and I need to shade it. Here's an example photo: Here's how I would like to ...
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How to draw a stretched/pulled/conical spiral

I'm trying to redraw a diagram, and I'm having difficulty recreating the base spiral: I need to make the concentric spiral part. Can you help me?
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Change an ellipse/circle's size from the center after it has been drawn

I've drawn several vector circles (all on different shape layers) in Photoshop and now would like to change their size to make them a bit smaller. Is there a way to do this and have them shrink/grow ...
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How do I delete the center of the letter A in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

I need the center of the letter A in Illustrator to be transparent so you can see the background underneath. Same with letter D, B, O, P, R. I imported a vector version of a word, and I am able to ...
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Tile stitch together hundreds of vector files

I need to generate large-scale print of audio waveform. I still do not have exact dimensions of final print, but it should be around 5-7 meters long "one-off" print. So far I've been able decode audio-...
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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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How to create vector graphic image like these?

Would anybody please do let me know how to create graphic images/ effects as mentioned in below images? I want to know the tools/ techniques to create such graphics images for web based usage.
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What's the best approach when designing website/app UI icons in Photoshop?

As the title says, I would like to know what's best to approach when inserting/using an icon when designing website/app UI. Should I insert it as a “smart object”, font-based icon, or vector mask? I'...
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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 ensure scalability of logo design?

How can I make my logo suitable for all purposes, from webpages to very large printed banners? I currently use use Photoshop.