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 can I start creating my own pixel or vector art graphics for my game?

I am making a game with Adobe Flash. I have completed the mechanics for the game, and I am now trying to make the graphics for it. The game is a simple top down shooter. I am not much of an artist ...
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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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Can I lock vector art EPS10 files to avoid editing?

I read somewhere that it is possible to save an illustrator file as a .eps file and have no layer editing options? So the art is scaleable but not editable? I have tried but can't seem to find ...
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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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How to create a spiral logo or shape in adobe illustrator

This shape was created using Adobe Illustrator.: How can I recreate it?
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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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Rastering Vector Art: Photoshop vs Illustrator?

I have been working in illustrator CS5 making vector art. My main focus has been different iPhone game graphics (I make them in illustrator instead of photoshop so I can scale them for all the ...
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Getting rid of open paths in Illustrator CS5 without overlapping stroked lines?

I have been looking into selling some vector art either by making my own site (almost doubles up as a portfolio) or sell it through existing stock vector sites. I am currently looking into ...
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Is it possible to have varied stroke widths around the same object in Illustrator?

I'm working in Illustrator CS5 and was wondering Is it possible to have varied stroke widths around the same object? For example a square would have the right side at 1pt and the top side at 3pt the ...
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Saving vector art using Illustrator CS5 with the intent to sell artwork to people who work with various vector software and versions of Illustrator?

I have been making vector art recently and am looking into hopefully selling it either on existing websites or maybe creating my own, the website in a way would also be a portfolio and it would give ...
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Vectorize 3D Logo in Illustrator

I am new to Illustrator and vectorizing Logos. I need to vectorize this logo My questions are: how can I find out the two font types and colors? What will be the best way to vectorize this Logo ...
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The diff between a shape layer and a layer with a vector mask when applying a gradient overlay layer style in photoshop CS 6?

The image The layer panel The yellow top rect is the layer with vector mask, the one with full gradient is the shape layer. They are both applied a gradient overlay, but the layer with mask ...
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How can I create an abstract sea/wave effect in a free vector package?

I'm looking to create a vector (ideally) illustration with an abstract sea, much like this (not the dolphins or sun): How can I go about this using free tools such as Inkscape?
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How do I create a lens flare effect?

How was the following design made? It's very beautiful, and I'm trying to recreate it on my own. When I'm done, I'd like to have a "correct answer" to check my answer against.
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Where can I find icons / vector art of everyday objects?

I am designing an application that requires between 100 - 200 icons / vector art of everyday objects - grandma, banana, boat, etc. The resource that I've found that is closest to my needs is The Noun ...
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Add imperfections to vector graphics / drawings

I'm looking for creative ways to add imperfections or flaws to my vector graphics in order to make them appear more like hand drawn sketches. I'm working with Inkscape so tips that work here are very ...
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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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Pressure-sensitive freehand drawing of vector paths that are editable with the Illustrator Width tool?

In illustrator, you can do pressure-sensitive drawing with the Blob Brush tool (if you set Width to Pressure in the settings from double-clicking the icon). You can also fine-tune the widths of paths ...
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Turning Multiple Vector Paths into a Solid Object/Image

I'm having troubles trying to figure out how to make a complete object/image with NO pen tool paths or anchors etc... I have a vector tree... theres lots of completed paths/shapes but still in path ...
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Illustrator Vector Graphics Appearing Pixellated

This has been puzzling me for a few days now, and I asked a graphic designer I knew before trying here and haven't been able to solve it yet. It's quite weird so please bear with me for a bit. I am ...
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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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Illustrator vector aliasing

How can I make my vector graphics anti-aliased in illustrator? My paths always turn out jagged. Is there an option like in Adobe Fireworks to smoothen[remove the jaged edges] my paths?
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How to smooth it out/add curves less jagged edges and illustrator

I am working on a trademark that utilizes a leaf. I translated the leaf into a vector shape but need to remove all of the jagged edges and make it smooth. Any suggestions?
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Gradient white lines in .eps file

I designed a vector in Adobe Illustrator CS6, but when saved as an .eps file, white vertical lines appear in my gradient. What is happening? I've tried rasterizing the vector at 300 PPI with ...
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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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What do you call these infographic icons?

What do you call these simple, basic types of graphic elements that are used in infographic commercials, and the like? They are vector based, look like pixel art, but have smooth edges, and are ...
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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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Convert Primitive to Path using SVG format in Illustrator

I've got a simple drawing in Illustrator consisting of multiple rectangles. I will need to handle that in code later one and saved the document as SVG. The rectangles come out as <rect /> nodes ...
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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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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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Better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace?

Are there any better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace? I don't have one of them Wacom boards so I can't really do this by hand.
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How do I uniformly scale an elliptical shape with straight sides?

I am interested in taking the gray shapes and creating a uniform border around it; an outline with a white interior. I want to do this by scaling the original shapes and intersecting them ...
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Delete one shape from another in Illustrator (CS4)

I have an image (below) of two hands over a black circle. All three are currently separate paths with a fill but no stroke, all on the same layer. How do I delete the shape of the hands from the ...
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Single path overlapping? I shoelace design

I'm trying to make something similar to this in Inkscape: I tried making a path then using object to path. But that didn't work. So then I tried using the pen tool from clipboard... Still didn't ...
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color tint a complex drawing in illustrator?

I have a board ful of logos for a creds presentation which has a load of vector logos which are complex shapes. I want to turn then completely monochromatic to a particular shade of dark sepia/grey ...
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Add 3D perspective to a vectorized text

I don't have any real experience with 3D software (except for 1995's Raydream Designer). I realize there are plenty of fine options out there, but I am looking for something tremendously simple: For ...
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How to make rounded corner thumbnail “ containing image of the post ”?

When I create rounded rectangles in Photoshop, I can mask images over those rounded rectangles to give them rounded corners. When I'm making websites however, I'm not sure how to give images rounded ...
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How do I add a raster texture file to Illustrator's 3D Extrude & Bevel?

How do I get an image to extrude and bevel using illustrator CS6. The shape that's having the issues has effect>texture>texturizer and then I uploaded a psd file. When I then select ...
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Illustrator Adding Weird Lines to Logo on Dark Backgrounds (Not Stroke)

I have a logo symbol that has several intersecting lines. In Adobe Illustrator (CS6), slight gray lines are being added at the intersection points. I haven't noticed it in other artwork, it only ...
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How do I cut a hole in a vector object I've drawn with the pen tool in Paint Shop Pro 8?

On a whim, I decided to try to recreate a high resolution Paint Shop Pro 8 logo icon. The icon is a red painter's palette with a paint prush and the text "PSP 8". I traced the outline of the ...
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Export vector design from Illustrator to photoshop and back

How do I take a gradient vector design into photoshop, add noise to it, and then return it back into Illustrator without the white background?
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Photoshop CS6 Resize Rectangle with Rounded Corners

Before my question gets marked as duplicate let me explain that I did my research. This question is about Photoshop CS6. Hopefully the feature was added in this version. Before posting I looked up ...
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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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Is it legal to make a vector of another companies product?

So I own a business that will soon start developing mobile apps for platforms such as the iPad. I am wondering if I can legally make a vector graphic of other companies products such as the iPad to ...
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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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Create second path with specific offset from previous

I have this vector art I paid for from istockphoto, but I need to shrink it down. In order for this to look good I need to shrink in Ai, then export. However, when I shrink down the graphic, the ...
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Free vector graphic images, for commercial use

Is there a free library of vector graphics for commercial use?
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Jagged lines on my icons

I'm creating an app and I am trying to create some icons for it. I made the icon in AI, changed the color of the icon in Fireworks, and then resized the icon to the exact size I needed in Photoshop. ...
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How to construct logos/letterforms with circles?

I've always wondered how to create these kind of logos - based on circles and a grid: How do I connect the circles in the 'U' here and clean up the paths afterwards? The connection could be done ...