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Questions about paths; in graphic design they are polylines and polycurves used in vector graphic software, such as Illustrator and Inkscape. Ask anything related to manipulating paths in graphic design software.

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How do I return to the smart guide and anchor behaviour from Illustrator CC 2021?

I have recently moved from Adobe Illustrator CC 2021 to Adobe Illustrator CC 2023 and I can't help but notice that the behaviour of the programme has been significantly changed. Previously when I move ...
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How can I convert a stroke to an outlined object in Inkscape?

I have an SVG file with some stroked paths in it (exported from a Cairo program), which I'm editing in Inkscape. I want to import it into FontForge, but for that, I need these to be filled paths—that ...
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Draw two concentric circles without any change in stroke in Adobe Illustrator

I need to draw two concentric circles and I followed this procedure - Ellipse tool →shift+drag→select→ (Ctrl+C+F)→shift+alt+drag any node(outward for bigger circle and inward for smaller). But the ...
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Preserving original shape in stroke to path

I'd like to produce an outline of a leaf shape to make a cookie cutter. I would like a thin section (cutter) and a thick section (handle) and I'm going to make the 3D shape starting with an SVG I ...
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Simplify single shape in Illustrator to remove overlapping

I have a shape in SVG format for a logo from a non-Illustrator source. In Illustrator this is a single <Compound Path>. This is not multiple paths to merge which I know how to do and plenty of ...
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create new shapes out of intersecting paths in Illustrator

I've used the pen tool to create a number of intersecting, irregular paths. I want to use the irregular shapes created by the intersection--to fill the space, for example, or to change the lines to ...
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How to merge an opened path and a closed path? [duplicate]

This is such a beginner question, but I want to ask how I can merge these two paths together and make them one object so I can fill color in. I've tried to use the shape builder, and it simply ...
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Remove a single border from the path

How do I remove my upper and bottom borders without changing the shape of my path? When I try to do it with Node tool's Delete segment between two non-endpoint nodes, it messed up the path.
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Why does a font have holes in small sizes and not in large sizes?

I am making a font. It looks fine in the editor (Glyphr Studio), but, if I try it in Word, it has holes where paths overlap in sizes to 74. In sizes from 75, it doesn't have the holes. It happens in ...
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Change Subpath Behavior in Photoshop

When using the pen tool sometimes the path operations change from "exclude overlapping shapes" to "combine shapes". Is there a way to change the subpath's operation from combine to ...
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How to make perfectly sharp angles to this figure in Illustrator?

So time to time I face this problem when creating twinkling star: I draw an ellipse, then go to "Effect" > "Distort & Transform" > "Pucker & Bloat" > ...
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Illustrator: Cut Lines at Text Intersections

I try to cut the lines on the outlines of the text. The expected result is optically what you can see on the picture below, but if I export to SVG the lines are of course still the whole width. I just ...
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Using Inkscape 1.3, I cannot find where to apply a "Simplify" path effect

Using Inkscape 1.3, I cannot find where to apply a "Simplify" path effect. Nothing comes down on "Add Live Path Effect" menu, nor is there any Apply button. See attached screenshot....
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How to make a looped corner (like in FontLab) in Illustrator?

There's a feature in FontLab that allows you to turn a corner into "Looped corner": I'm looking for a way to do that in Illustrator. What I do now, is to add an anchor point besides an ...
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How do I place four "evenly" spaced lines along the perimeter of a shape in Illustrator?

I have the following shape, which I made by creating an ellipse and scaling the top and bottom handles at the same time with the s shortcut. On this shape, I want to place four spaced out lines that ...
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What is the best way to go about designing a sqaurish clock face?

How would I go about making the lines on the clock face? I am rather inexperienced and have absolutely no idea as to how to do this. Assistance would be much appreciated.
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Creating a geometric path

Edit: I did not want to conflate the question with unnecessary details, but from the extended comments, it seems some additional info is in order. I would like to create a path that ultimately can be ...
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How to change outline color with eyedropper in Adobe illustrator

I am trying to work on a big project and i need to change lines color just with one click, the is so much shapes, every time i pick i dropper it changes the shapes color not only the outline Any ...
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How to trim multiple paths within a clipping mask?

the image below was created from a clipping mask; is there a way to trim what is outside of the mask? I want to keep the paths separate and preserve their individual stroke colours. I have tried using ...
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Illustrator: I need an 'Average points by distance' script

I'm currently working on a path that was once a pattern with multiple loose ends. I'm unable to pathfinder>unite it since it's a "lines only" shape. As you can see, it's a very complex ...
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Long path break apart fills gaps unnecessarily in Inkscape

I have a long SVG path that I want to split/ break-apart. both options fills white gaps between nodes unnecessarily. please I want to keep white spaces as is before and after splitting the path. I am ...
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How to create an inverse pattern with black and white in Inkscape?

I've a path which I want to overlay with a watermark pattern. Since my path is filled only with white and the background is dark I want to make the watermark overlay pattern to switch color only if it'...
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Manipulate group/union of objects with corner path nodes in Inkscape

I'm attempting to create an isometric view of a laptop with a code block on its screen (left picture). Each section is its own separate object that I can either group or form together as a union (I ...
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Can anyone describe to me what is happening in this AI file? Jagged edges, non vector?

I'm not exactly sure of how to even describe this, but have attached screenshots from the Illustrator file a friend sent me, so that I could quickly change the colors of a logo for her. This file came ...
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Inkscape: Symmetric angles for two bezier handles

Can I align the angles of the bezier handles of two different points, such that their angle to a given line is the same? Consider the following picture: I want to make a perfectly symmetrical line, ...
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Is it possible to draw coloured lines in Photoshop (CS6) with the pen tool?

I'd like to draw over a photo in a new layer with the pen tool. When I do this, the path created has no colour. Do I need to use the Pixels option with the path tool? Deselecting that path, then using ...
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How to cut path segments to fit the mask exactly [FIGMA]?

I've got a path under a circular mask. It has a colour fill. When I try to simply remove the parts of the path outside the mask, the path is no longer closed, and I lose the fill. How to cut the path ...
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How do I interpolate curves in Illustrator?

Imagine a vectorialized typographic "C" which stroke width varies along the curve, as it often happens in typography. I'd like to draw a curve between those two boundary curves in such a way ...
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Creating a convex hull object that covers disjoint objects in Illustrator

I am trying to freeform gradient fill this implied curved teardrop. However, when I compound path the objects freeform gradient doesn't work (see image below). My next idea was to create an object ...
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Combine large numbers of shapes while maintaining lines?

How do you convert a complex design of shapes into a single path? I have this design made from individual overlapping paths: that I want to etch using a CNC machine. The machine can read an SVG file, ...
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How can one consistently box select vertices in Illustrator?

I want to draw a box around a group of vertices and then have them be selected. The "Direct Selection" tool can do this, but only if you start your click outside of a object. If you start ...
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Reduce "boldness" of text-converted shape

As a newbie to Illustrator, I'm struggling to find a way to reduce the "boldness" of the shape converted from text (see image). Is there a way to reduce the line thickness of this shape?
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Change color of all lines on a design

I was working on a project and all of a sudden out of nowhere, all of my lines on the project turned black from white and I have had no success in changing them back to white again. how do you change ...
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How to extend lines for a shape in Illustrator

I've made a shape in Illustrator by taking a square and a circle, selecting both and choosing the Unite option in Pathfinder. So I now have this shape: However, I want to extend some of the lines on ...
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How to crop an object in Inkscape and update the object's node paths to reflect the new shape?

I created a circle in Inkscape that I want to crop a smaller circle out of, and then use the Corners (Fillet/Chamfer) Path Effect to round the edges of the cropped out area, creating the shape of a ...
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Illustrator: how to align different elements of a layer without them collapsing together

I'm quite new to illustrator, but I'm having hard time trying to align the whole layer to the center of the artboard without its element collapsing all together, would you have any suggestions how to ...
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Illustrator SVG export tossing around path locations / rotations

I'm trying to export a pretty simple icon I made in illustrator to svg for use on a webpage, but when I export it, two of the thick curved lines in my graphic are tossed off to the side and rotated ...
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Illustrator - Create straight line from multiple points

This is typically a problem I encounter when expanding and uniting a blend in Illustrator, but I can think of other times when this would be helpful. I've deleted the inside points and reconnected the ...
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Selective cutout effect to give depth to overlapping lines

I'm looking for a good (i.e., efficient and flexible) Inkscape technique to achieve a selective "cutout" effect for indicating depth of and visualize separation between overlapping paths (...
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Round Up SVG Path

I am new to drawing vectors using svg and I am trying to create a custom tab bar for my app's navigations. I was able to create a bar that looks like this: And the svg code looks like this: const ...
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Adobe Illustrator - mantain path shape after erasing vertex [duplicate]

issue: After I draw a path with the Paintbrush Tool, if I erase part of the path, the whole curve changes its shape slightly what I want to achieve: I want to be able to erase part of the path I've ...
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Photoshop: Is it possible to create a path from the 'centre point' of a selection, rather than outline?

I have simple shapes, wirelines from 3ds Max, that I wish to create a path from. In photoshop, if I select the alpha and create a path from selection, the path is created on the outer edges of the ...
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How to generate random path lengths in Illustrator

I want to generate an array of 200 paths with varying (random) lengths..... I can easily generate the 200 paths. I'm struggling to find a method or tool to randomize the path lengths. I could, of ...
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How wrap shapes(not blend) to a path

I was trying to create a data visualization with this style in illustrator by using these shapes from a chart data Obviously you can create this using blend tools and path, however, if it's from a ...
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Can I control path miters in Photoshop?

I am trying to draw some hair. But the shape layer acts weird in photoshop. Why does it become so pointy? How can I make it look natural Like I can adjust the limit in AI, is there any way I can do ...
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Change the width of a polygon without impacting others

I would like to draw a polygon as follows. I know how to use pen tool or shape builder tool (1 rectangle + 1 triangle - 1 triangle) to do this. But when I modify the width of shape by moving the ...
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Inkscape adds handles to corner nodes after node deletion

In Inkscape, when I have the following: If I remove the red node, the neighboring nodes magically get handles, I guess because Inkscape tries to keep the appearance with fewer nodes, resulting in ...
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Problem with Colour Fill in Closed Path in Illustrator

I am creating a logo and have drawn a motif with the pen tool and - as far as I'm aware - the path is closed as I'm able to fill it with colour. However, on closer inspection, the fill colour is not ...
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How to give rounded stroke on two different paths in Ai?

I am trying to create an icon in Ai. But the problem I am facing is... I want to give a rounded stroke. Any idea how would I achieve this?
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Illustrator: Arc with text

I have the following (concentric) circle, that I divided into arcs using Pathfinder/Divide. Now, I want to fill the arcs with text, so that the text has the same curvature of the arc. I tried to do it ...
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