Questions about vector graphics (image files created using geometric elements such as points, lines, B├ęzier curves and shapes, that can scale infinitely without loss of image quality)

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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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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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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 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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Make Arabic text show properly in Adobe Illustrator

Arabic text doesn't show properly in Adobe Illustrator. Even with a font that supports Arabic text (e.g. Arial), the text is back to front (left to right, not right to left) and the letters don't join ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Photoshop layers into SVG paths

I have a set of Photoshop files which consist of a base image with a series of layers with colored overlays. The overlays are labeled using the layer names. My task is to get these overlays as SVG ...
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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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Filling half a shape in Illustrator

I am still pretty new to illustrator, so I am still learning. I have a shape (pill shape) that is all white. I am trying to "fill" half of the shape with a yellow color (keeping the black stroke ...
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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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How can I fit as many letters into as tight of a space as possible in Illustrator

I have a text which I outlined and broke into individual objects. I want to fit this text into as tight a space as possible without overlapping, rotating or moving the letters around. The text ...
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How can I merge two objects in Illustrator? [duplicate]

In Illustrator how can I merge this roof vector to the background of the square? roof and square
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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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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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How can I make a Tartan Design in Adobe Illustrator

I generated on the internet this tartan design: Now I want to get this design as a vector graphic built in Adobe Illustrator. Is there a trick to get 45 degree lines on the squares? Or does ...
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Is a Photoshop EPS file a vector format?

If I save my file from Photoshop as a Photoshop EPS is that going to be okay as a vector across the board (ie will it be resizeable in whatever it's opened in)? I know if you open a .psd in Photoshop ...
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How to punch through all the layers in Adobe Illustrator?

So I have this image as vector and a grunge image as vector: I can easily mask the grunge part from the image in Photoshop: But when I try to do this on Illustrator with pathfinder always get ...
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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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How to draw these big headed characters?

I am the graphic designer of a game and I want to recreate the look of these images (I mean the characters, not the 2.5 scene). My questions are: Does this character style (no legs or arms) have a ...
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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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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 change colour of all elements of a group, at once, in Illustrator

I have a group of objects of the same colour, consisting of coumpound paths, regular paths and groups of these. How to change the colour of all objects at once? When I tried to use colour picker or ...
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How to design 3D logos like this?

How and where - (in what application Photoshop, Corel or something else) can I make a 3D design that looks like the illustrations, for example? Images from Logopond.com Thanks in advance. Best ...
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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.
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How to make wind flow / aerodynamic diagrams?

I need some help on how to create good looking vectorized images of these kinds of themes: I work a lot with Latex when it comes to typesetting so I have some basic experience with Tikz. However ...
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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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How to create vector graphics In Photoshop CS6

I know people prefer using CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator, but I want to know if there is a technique I can follow to use Adobe Photoshop CS6 to make vector Images.
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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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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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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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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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How can I curve a design I made to make it perfectly match the curve of a circle?

I would like to make a logo that has two simplified branches of barley that mirror each other and curve to a perfectly circular shape, like the following from http://culination.co: I have tried to ...
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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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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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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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How can I convert a jpg-signature into strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature into a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small svg, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no ...
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How do I get my vector logos to look super sharp on the web?

I do a lot of work with Illustrator, but I've never been super happy with how my work looks on our website. I've tried various techniques - saving from Illustrator, and opening in Photoshop and saving ...
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Vector and bitmap images won't align in Inkscape, why?

I have created an image in Inkscape, it will be a label for a product so I needed it to bee of just the right size when it prints out. Now I have the core in vector drawing but I wanted to add some ...
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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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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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Converting B&W to vector line art?

This may be a very basic question for this forum but here goes. I am beginning to create masks for sandcarving using UV film and I need to use B&W vector line art to be able to print a clear film ...
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Why are vector shapes sometimes left unclosed?

I don't see it often, but I've seen it a few times in vector files: some of the shapes were left unclosed. The SE logo is not an example of this, but I modified it to illustrate my question: You ...
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What unique benefits does the EPS format provide?

Reading this excellent question regarding logo export formats, and it made me want to ask a question that was a little bit more narrowly focused than that one. I know when to use a GIF and when to ...
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Smooth out transition between elements [duplicate]

I have a large number of elements (triangles) that together make up a bigger object. Each triangle has a slightly different fill color and no edge color. A part of the surface is shown below: The ...
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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 does pixel hinting work?

In this question, a user asks how he can create a vector image that scales down smoothly. Pixel hinting is the solution: Anti aliasing treats every edge like a nail, smashing and smoothing ...
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How do you change the color of multiple shape layers at once in Photoshop?

I have a series of shape layers that I am using to create a logo. These shape layers are not directly above or below each other. Instead, they are spaced out between a series of other shape layers. ...
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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 ...