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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 ...
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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 ...