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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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Can I make text on a path with a shadow more controllable?

I am wanting to create a 3 dimensional block text effect but also have text on a curved path. So far I have tried creating text on a path then going to Transform Each and duplicating the text multiple ...
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Cutting/filling an image with a bitmap (linedrawing) in Inkscape

I have a line drawing that I turned into a bitmap in Inkscape (with Path > Trace Bitmap). I would like to fill certain areas of the drawing with an image. I tried various options in Path. I also ...
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Microsoft Flight Simulator "Briefing Arrow"

I'm trying for the same arrow effect in MSFS2020. This is a landing challenge I've made: And here is what the default arrow looks like: Any tips on how can I make the same arrow, I know this is done ...
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How can I use the same anchor point angles for multiple shapes?

I'm making a design with the following shape: I'm trying to make both sides of this diamond shaped object have an identical angle (using the Anchor Point Tool). I've tried to manually replicate it on ...
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SVG Path Create Curve

I am new to svg and trying to understand the arches and curves. After reading the documentation I understand on how to build arches and curves with Q and C, but I can't quite get to the right result ...
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Pathfinder doesn't work smoothly

I am applying pathfinder- minus front to cut out some shape. Then I notice the common border the shapes share are more bold/thick than rest lines/borders. At first I thought am doing something wrong, ...
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Best way to create these abstract shapes (in Ai / Ps)

Note that I'm not referring to the shiny / chrome look, just the actual shapes themselves. It's hard to even find the words to describe them — I'd say tangled-looking / tribal-esque shapes. I can't ...
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Design path overlapping issue with blending modes

Hey I'm very new to illustrator. I've made a design with the pen tool (path), it has a few overlapping shapes and looked ok. But once I started playing around with blending modes the edges/overlapping ...
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How can you make bold text if the font does not have "bold" included?

I am working with some fonts, and none of them have the "bold" option. The font is too thin, and the result is not well legible. So, I was wandering: is there a way to turn the text into a ...
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How do I use specific paths to clip / mask an image in an svg file?

Context I am working on a personal project that necessitate the use of an intermediate software that produces a pdf. After pdf generation, I save as an svg file using Inkscape (with internal import), ...
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Why does my fill go outside the path?

So I just want to fill that path with color but this happens. When it is not filled or in 0% opacity, it looks really normal, no doubled edges or things. I don't know how to fix that.
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Trouble manipulating path ends in Photoshop

I can't understand why when I manipulate the handle on the last anchor point of my path, it does not affect the curve of the path segment, whereas if I manipulate the handle on the first anchor point, ...
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Inkscape - Quick way to join paths to simplify an image for laser cutting

I have an image that I would like to cut out with a laser, however the SVG that I am using has many paths that are not connected, which will result in an incorrect cut. In order to cut correctly I ...
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How to make same gradient on two paths under and above specific shape?

How to make the same gradient on two paths under and above a specific shape? Layer structure: the first layer contains the first path above group with circle and some stroke layers behind layer that ...
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Inkscape : How to Simulate Variable Thickness on a Vector Path

I was wondering if it's possible to achieve something similar to this example. This is done in GIMP with a feature called "Stroke Path", the green circles indicating the Image that was used ...
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How do i know the first node position of a path?

How do i know the first node position of a path ? (in my case 4 nodes in total) I know how to Tab around and also find the direction of the path, but how exactly do i determine which is the first ...
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How do i create a circle with commands MCCCCZ in inkscape?

When i create a circle in inkscape using the circle tool and then click on object to path i get the below svg: <svg xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:cc="http://...
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Inkscape - How to clip text from shape and get a resulting path?

I have been given a .svg file with text that I want to modify with Inkscape. The text has been 'clipped' out of a rectangle so the text is no longer modifiable (I think). ender2.svg I can tell the ...
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Adobe Illustrator - How To Add Tick Marks Along a Path for Alignment

I have a hobby where I create templates for foam armor. Up this point I have been using Inkscape and decided to try out Adobe Illustrator. In Inkscape, I can add a Path Effect to add ruler tick marks ...
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Why path intersection in Inkscape is not fully accurate?

I want to create svg image with line going through circle, cropped to the circle. So I created a circle turned it into a path removed stroke from it, set black fill centered in on the page (vertical ...
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Scale path proportionally from centre without affecting type on path illustrator CS6

I have created text on a path. The text however does not fit. I don't want to make the text any smaller instead I want to extend the path evenly on both sides. I know with the path alone if I used the ...
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Illustrator Scale Thickness Weight of Path Object for Icon Design

i have a Compound Path in Illustrator, that needs to be scaled in line thickness/weight without changing outer Bounds. This Path was initially created by outlining a simple stroke. The Path consists ...
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Minus Front - Return Normal Shape Instead Of Compound Path or Group - Adobe Illustrator

Sometimes, applying Minus Front on two shapes in Adobe Illustrator 2021 returns a normal single shape, other time, it returns a compound path. Why? Is it possible to force returning a normal path? Or ...
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Extend a line path without changing the angle in Adobe Illustrator

How do I drag the end of an angled line path to extend it without changing the angle of the entire line path itself? I have multiple parallel paths I need to extend but do not want to change any ...
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ui remember last user input

How can a make a .txt file to save user input data after each use ? I would like to save/remeber "width" and "height" var until the next input. Thank you very much var doc =...
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How to convert a sketch into a vectorized image for a laser cutting?

I would like to scale the image to the final size. As well as getting the boundaries more clear and the lines an even thickness. This would have to be exported into a format that's transferable to CAD ...
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why my brushes become path after save it to older version (CC 17.1.0 to CS2)

I want to create simple pattern brush using Adobe Illustrator CC but the final product must be Adobe illustrator CS2. After saving it to CS2, it become shape and my brushes in brushes panel gone. it ...
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Add custom points to a shape that has been converted to a path without disfiguring the svg/path

I have a custom shape that i've just given converted to a path and then i click on the nodes tool and see the following :- Now what i'd like to do is delete these nodes and add custom nodes at ...
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How to make a ring of Circles in Photoshop [duplicate]

I am trying to make something like this, where the large circle is composed of many smaller circles, and there is also a gradient of color and brightness from the center of the ring outward. There is ...
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Generating a clickable SVG floorplan, where I need to manually "close off" rooms to make them clickable

This is a follow-up to my previous question Converting a floorplan image to SVG paths (in Inkscape, or alternative). I start with a JPEG of a floorplan: I want "close off" the rooms, and ...
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Connecting Dots

I want to connect a grid of dots using connectors. Right now, I am creating the connector separately from the dots. Is there a quicker way to recreate this effect in Illustrator? The Grid The effect ...
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Width tool playing up illustrator CS6

I have been encountering an issue whenever I try to create a new point using the width tool it does this. I am not sure why it is doing that. I think its making multiple points?
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Deleting points on width tool not working illustrator CS6

I'm having trouble with selecting points using the width tool. Sometimes I want to click and delete a point I don't want but sometimes it doesn't work and sometimes it adds a new point its very ...
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Break auto-symmetry with GIMP Paths Tool

This question is the same as this one for Photoshop, however using GIMP and the exception that my Alt key is working, however Alt does not work in GIMP like in Photoshop. To quote the previous ...
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Cut a combined path along pair of non-connected nodes in Inkscape

I have a hollow closed path created by taking two closed paths and applying Path > Difference. I know the two paths are "identical", but one is an inset of the other. (This could be done ...
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Copy and paste the curve of a path? illustrator CS6

Is there a way to copy and paste the curve of this path to the other side? I know you can mirror the path but that I assume would mean I have to cut the path in half then mirror flip and then join the ...
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Join anchor points from different paths [duplicate]

Is it possible to Join Anchor points "A" and "B" from following figure in Illustrator ? Its for one of my swan drawing and I want to continue the path to make wing for swan. I have ...
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Illustrator: brushes/stroke not in the center of the path

Does anyone know how to center my newly created brushes with the path? When I increase the stroke it simply goes everywhere.
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Illustrator fill not aligned with path

Does anyone know why the fill is not aligning with the vector path?
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Ctrl + Click on thumbnail in a layer is not selecting a particular area in photoshop cc 2014 & 2015

I'm facing an issue with my Adobe photoshop 2014 and 2015. When I press Ctrl and click on the thumbnail on a layer from layer pallet then it selects the whole boundary of the image. It's not selecting ...
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Transferring a shape on a path?

I need to make the following shape into a rail track. I've already pre-made the track However, the only method I know and can find on the internet is using Blend and then replace spice, however that ...
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Is it possible to join multiple text characters into one curved path in Illustrator?

Other than creating an entirely new curved path and entering text, is there a way to combine separate text characters into one path? I know it is possible to outline them first but ideally they would ...
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Photoshop: gradient down the length of a path (Stroke Path)

In Photoshop CS6, I want a B&W gradient along a path, with a uniform width, the gradient always perpendicular to the curve. I drew a path, used Stroke Path, with a brush that's a very tall line. I ...
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How to delete sections of path in GIMP?

I have a path in GIMP, imported from an SVG created in Inkscape. The path consists of multiple letters converted from text, so there are multiple unconnected sections of the path. I want to delete all ...
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What is the most effective method of filling a live traced path heavy artwork? Illustrator CS6

What is the most effective method for filling an artwork that has been live traced, expanded and is quite path heavy? The direct selection tool I am guessing is the default method. However I find it ...
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How to keep paths selected with direct selection tool illustrator CS6

I am having trouble selecting paths using the direct selection tool. Once I click and drag it selects some paths. I want to click and drag again to select more paths however it deselects the paths I'...
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Selecting paths using lasso tool in illustrator CS6

I am trying to seperate a group of paths and am using the lasso tool in illustrator to click and drag around the paths I want to select. Is there a different way to do this? I am finding it difficult ...
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removed paths from group removes live paint effect as well Ai CS6

I removed a piece of the art work from the group however when I cut and pasted it outside of the group it looked like this. I used live paint on the group so I am guessing it has something to do with ...
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Live paint bucket tool filling wrong space Ai CS6

I am trying to fill the white space in my art work using live paint. I select all of the art work and click in the space I want it to fill but it seems to only give me the option of filling the little ...
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Select same fill colour greyed out for live paint bucket tool- Ai CS6

I am wanting to change the colour of something I used the live paint bucket on. I also have other paths that have the same colour fill and am wanting to change their colour as well. I went to select &...
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