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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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Space between 2 paths in Illustrator

How can I align 2 paths perfectly? No matter what I do I get a little space (gap between the 2 paths I create, and they are straight lines not as I saw in other questions with pixel problems) An ...
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Illustrator strange artifacts on curves

After creating a path with rounded corners in Illustrator, I added a dashed stroke and aligned it inside the path (but the problem is the same when aligning outside). Strangely I ended up with a lot ...
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Technique for finding the centerline of a curved object?

I'm curious to know if anyone knows of any effective techniques for finding the center line of a curved object. In the screenshot below you'll see a crude version of what I mean. Is there any way ...
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A gap between lines of joined path in illustrator [duplicate]

I have created a logo with pen tool in Illustrator but between lines (where they intersect with each other) there is a gap where it gets the color of the background. Something like this: (Black ...
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How to get Text to follow semicircular path, read left to right and oriented counterclockwise

I'm using adobe illustrator, and I'm trying to get the text to orient from left to right(counterclockwise) and not upside down but I cannot get it to do that on the path I've created. Im pretty ...
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How do I get out of Outline View?

I have drawn a broom in Illustrator and cant apply any brushes or strokes to it. I just don't get it. What do I have to do? Here is a screenshot:
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How to convert paths into shape in photoshop cs6

I drew paths thinking i was drawing a shape but later realized it is only a path. Now i could create a temporary shape like a box and paste this in and delete the box path. But just as there is a ...
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How to overlap custom art brush shapes

I have a custom art brush in Illustrator that I've made from a group of shapes. I want the brush to completely overlap itself when paths cross. This is what I'm using to make the brush: After ...
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How do I efficiently create closed shapes with shared boundaries in Inkscape, e.g. countries on a map?

In the drawing you see five paths (orange, pink, green, blue, and red), which define the boundaries of 4 regions (a, b, c, and d). I now want to create those regions so they are fillable, and without ...
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Problem aligning overlapping corner points in Illustrator

I am drawing some overlapping paths in Illustrator. However, some anchor points of different paths do not align correctly, they create some rugged corners. I tried to manually adjust the points with ...
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Imperfect overlay Illustrator

I'm trying to perfectly overlap two images, one complementary of the other, but apperas a white stripe in the conjunction of the path, all points are perfectly aligned how can I fix?
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How can I randomly color paths?

I have a couple hundred paths in one image. Is there a tool in Illustrator that would allow me to select a few (10) colors, and then using those colors to randomly fill all my paths. An example ...
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Can I increase the thickness of an outlined path in Illustrator?

I have downloaded some SVG icons from the web which are all outlined paths. In Illustrator I would like to make those paths thicker. Is there a way to do this? I know when a line is still in stroke-...
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How do I flatten this vector logo leaving only the visible black paths?

Hey guys I've got years of experience with Photoshop but I'm new to Illustrator. I've followed this simple tutorial to create this logo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y9unghEExw I want to ...
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Is it legal to convert a not-freely-distributable font to "path" and distribute it?

Suppose, I am creating a logo in a vector graphics editor (for example Inkscape) and I use there the font which cannot be freely distributed (for example Myriad Pro which can be obtained by ...
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Tapered/sloped text effect in Illustrator (NOT skew or perspective)

I'm not too sure how to describe the effect that I'm going for or what it is even called. Thus, I'm having some trouble finding any help through Google. I want to accomplish something like this "...
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Open Path Outlines and Closed Path Outlines - Adobe Illustrator

I've noticed people talk about drawing lines with open paths outlines and closed path outlines. For instance the Pencil tool draws a path with a stroke, whereas the blob brush seems to draw a filled ...
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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 to change stroke width of line in Photoshop CS6?

I have drawn some lines with the line tool in Photoshop CS6. The lines are vectors on a shape layer. If I select the line with path selection tool I can change the stroke colour, in the options ...
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Fill enclosed path in Inkscape

I'm having difficulties with a really basic concept in Inkscape. How do I fill an enclosed path that has a line going into it? I've combined the original two paths to form one path, but filling it ...
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Is there a way to reverse the order of anchors in a path?

Is there any way to reverse the order of anchors in a path? I don't want to redraw the path again. I want to change the starting anchor point from the starting point of any path to its end. reversing ...
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How to make a hexagonal grid?

I'm trying to make a hexagonal grid, I want each hexagon to be it's own shape, with no extra paths. I've tried a bunch of different methods to create a hexagon grid, something like this (where each ...
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How to join end nodes of different paths in Inkscape? [duplicate]

I've been working recently on 3D printing TSP maps. I've included a pretty simple sample right here: The issue is that when I try to manipulate this figure, it recognizes it as 25 separate sections. ...
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Illustrator: Is there an efficient and accurate way to join two circles by their tangents (and keep it editable)?

It's easy to join two circles if they are the same size and horizontal/vertical, into a pill shape: If the circles are at an add angle then it's still possible but you can no longer rely on smart ...
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Snap paths in Illustrator

How I can make my paths snap with each other? Even with Smart Guides and Snap to Point enabled, I can't make it work. This is what I want: This is what I get: My Smart Guides settings In Smart ...
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Is it possible to make a gradient follow a path in Illustrator?

If you take this image: Is it possible to make a gradient in Illustrator that follows that path? I made something similar (just not with a single path, but with the pen tool) and I want to have ...
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What is the difference between a path and a stroke?

Is a path the set of points from a to b? And is the stroke the "definition" (i.e. the color, shape, etc.) of the path? And, how can you have a path with no stroke? Is this only because it is a ...
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How do I mix rounded and squared caps in a single path in Illustrator?

How could I mix rounded and square caps in one single path in Illustrator? For example, I need to make a rounded cap on the starting point and a square one on its end? See the screen capture ...
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Illustrator/photoshop: give stroke sharp corners

Here is what I want. This is the image I got. and I do outline by first creating the pen outline.. then stroking by brush. this is what i get: but i want the all edges pointed. For example like this:...
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Connect a circle and a line together

I want to connect a path to a circle so that when I move the circle, the path will follow automatically. I can't just merge the shape together, since that wouldn't allow for the circle to have ...
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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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Low-poly art mesh creation

I want to know if there is a possibility to "cut" the mesh into single objects (triangles, other polygons) I create using Pen Tool? I followed examples in these two tutorials: Adobe Illustrator & ...
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How to make spirals into endcaps for strokes?

I'm creating an illustration for a quote and I want to finish the strokes with swirls -like in the image below- but I'm having problems making them look similar. I'm using a spiral tool and adding a ...
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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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Closing paths drawn with the Illustrator pencil tool?

Prompted by John's question about leaving paths unclosed. Drawing with the pencil tool (or the paintbrush tool) in Illustrator leaves the paths it makes open. Unlike the pen tool, there isn't an ...
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Spacing objects evenly on a spiral spine

I made a blend of circles that distribute from big to small and chose the replace with spine command. I have noticed the circles are not evenly spaced in the spine. I have changed adding anchor points ...
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Trace equation of line in Photoshop

Is there a direct method of using the Photoshop pen tool (or any other tool) to trace the equation of a line in 2D space and create a path from it in a given domain and/or range, provided I define a ...
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Replicating s curve lines where gap between is exactly the same and top and bottom lines match replicated curved lines. (Illustrator)

I am trying to create a downward sloping curve for an 'R' and repeat it downwards while maintaining the same width and gap between the lines. So far I have only been able to get really close. When I ...
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How to export SVG without lines, polylines and polygons?

In illustrator I have made a complex shape and when I export it I get this (I copied a bit of this, its not the entire image as its about 700 lines :P ) <line class="st10" x1="784.9" y1="419.6" x2=...
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Can I prevent the screen from scrolling when dragging a vector path in Illustrator?

Sometimes, when I'm drawing a vector path with the pen tool, I need to drag the line further than I have screen space, and this makes the screen scroll down, which makes me lose focus on what I'm ...
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Photoshop using Marque Tool > Path > Circular But Not a perfect shape?

Please consider this image below : This is happened when I have a circular shape (marquee tool selection). THen after that I converted to Work Path (by right click of that selection). And I add 2.0 ...
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How can I automatically draw a circle on each node of a path in Inkscape?

In a drawing in Inkscape I have a path and I need to have a circle on each node of the path, like this: I could draw and move them manually snapping the centre of circles to the nodes, but I have ...
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Joining 2 Paths in Adobe Illustrator

I am not 100% sure how to word this question being new (very novice getting to grips with the terms) to Adobe Illustrator so going to give it a shot - it might be a duplicate - as I don't know exactly ...
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There is a line in the middle of my stroke. How do I fix that?

I am trying to make a circle with dash but there's a black line that wont go away. How do I fix this? I have looked through the appearances tab. I have also tried deleting that object then redoing it ...
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Using Illustrator CS6 to create shape out of multiple paths

I am very new to Illustrator, in fact I am only experimenting with it in an attempt to help my friend develop a logo for a new business venture. I managed to draw out the shell of the logo using the ...
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How to trace an image in illustrator and reduce it to only outlines of the edges between colors?

so bear with me here. When I trace an image in Illustrator, there is the option of viewing just the outlines. I want to be able to output an image that is made up of solely these outlines themselves ...
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How to draw an irregular line with photoshop

I have a path, a simple semi-ellipse (not closed) similar to an oblong "C" I'm trying to turn it into a form with the following aspects: the brush must be flat and not round, the extremities must end ...
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How can I create this Offset path?

I've been trying to reconstruct this offset path effect in Illustrator but I haven't been able to. I can't get it mathematically or optically to work. I'm both interested to know how to achieve the ...
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Join Paths in Illustrator

How do I get rid of these edges? I've tried the Join Tool. I've tried to highlight them with the white and the black arrow and then Object>Path>Join. At this point I don't know what to google for, ...
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How to delete the path between two nodes, but not the nodes themselves in Inkscape?

I have a contour object, and I would like to delete a part of it (a line). So I converted the object to a path, selected the Edit paths by nodes tool and deleted the unwanted nodes, now I have the ...
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