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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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 ...
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Can I use vector images to increase site compatability?

I am familiar with vector and raster images, in theory. In practice I don't know how to use vectors properly. Can vector images be used in a web pages to increase site compatability? For example, ...
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Is there a program that draws vectors the way Flash does?

I usually draw (or vectorize) using flash. I like how I can draw a line then bend that line. i.e. not using the pen. I find this easier since I can always go back and modify something easily. Do you ...
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Filling areas without going over the border

I'm working on some vector art for a project in Adobe Flash CS4. My art is all cartoon-ish, with an outline and then maybe 2-4 shades of each color used. Just a heads up on what I'm looking for. The ...
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Where can I find the best vectorization tutorial for a newbie?

I have a friend who does a bit of illustration, but all by hand. He is not familiar with Photoshop or Illustrator. He would like learn a bit of Illustrator, just enough to get by and vectorize some of ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How to create a clipping mask

I have this logo I am working on. I have 2 questions: 1) I have a white circle behind the 4. I'd like to use that circle as a clipping mask for the 4 so that the 4 fits perfectly within that white ...
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“Uncombine” Paths in Fireworks?

Is there a way to undo combining paths in Adobe Fireworks? Or is it permanent?
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Method for Wrapping Around a Design into a Book Cover form?

Is there any method for wrapping a design into a book cover form (3D-like)? I mean wrapping a single rectangular design to cover & spine & back. I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS5.
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Where can I find backgrounds for my poster?

I'm designing a 3'x2' flex poster for my startup. I'm a long time GIMP user but this is the first time I'm designing poster for printing (Vector graphics). Coming to the design. It's pretty simple. ...
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Convert a line drawing from raster to vector

I have a raster image, basically a scanned drawing of the outlines (and some detail) of various objects, and I wish to convert these lines to vectors, using either Illustrator or Inkscape. My present ...
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What's the best way to make attractive charts?

I have a bunch of pie charts and bar charts to make up for a client. They have given me the raw data and they want them made up attractively and easy to understand. Does this mean I have to work out ...
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What is a good CLI-based bitmap tracing method?

I often use the 'trace bitmap' function in Inkscape to create a vector image from a raster image. However, on larger or more complicated bitmaps, the program completely freezes. GUIs being what they ...
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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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How to create Illustrations and Art from Sketches in Adobe Illustrator

I have been using Adobe Illustrator to sketch and draw with my Wacom Tablet, I've gotten pretty good with it. But I'm having trouble figuring out how do I turn those sketches into a real Illustrating. ...
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What's the difference between vector graphics and raster graphics?

Also, when would you use one vs the other?
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How do I get started with Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to learn to use Adobe Illustrator. I want to go from start i.e learn using each tool first and then move on. Where can I find tutorials for this (Youtube is a good source). I cant ...
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Can Photoshop Be Used for Vector Purposes?

Usually vectors are only created in vector-based programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, with some limited support for drawing vectors in programs like Adobe Fireworks and Flash. Can ...
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Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Can you recommend a good alternative to Adobe Illustrator for Mac? I am learning vector based graphic design, but I am not ready to make such a large investment as to purchase a copy of Adobe ...
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How do I turn off anti-aliasing while drawing shapes in Photoshop?

Whenever I create a square shape at 100% zoom, I get perfectly sharp edges. However, once I zoom in at any amount, drawing a perfect square (without anti-aliasing) is very difficult. Is there a way I ...