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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 to batch convert multiple Inkscape SVG to plain svg and converts all objects/layers to paths?

I'm making some illustrations for a dissertation in Inkscape and I like this software. However, when inserting those illustrations to Word files, there appear some weird artifacts like: disappeared ...
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Text on a path with Pixelmator

Is it possible to have text follow a path? Similar to this: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/creating-type-path.html
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Krita - Drawing a gradient along a path

How would you draw a curve/path and make a gradient face the direction of the path? Let me show you what I mean: https://prnt.sc/1036pgl If that isn't clear, I want that path to have a gradient moving ...
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How do I set a new SVG Path starting point?

I'm animating an SVG using CSS and I need to edit the SVG to have a new starting point for the animation. The path is relative. How can I go about doing this in Inkscape? Same issue but ...
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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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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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Inkscape: Transform geometry of cloned path, but not the style

I want to design an illustration with a curved path and a skewed version of it. The original path org is somewhat "in flux" and a moving target; I have to adjust the shape of org so that important ...
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Align paths not in respect to horizontals or verticals but angled lines in Illustrator

I want to align two paths in illustrator which are tilted (I indicated the desired alignment with a grey dashed line). Alignment only works according to horizontals and verticals, but not in respect ...
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Shape Stroke Disappears When Modifying

So, let's say I have a shape and I use the shape/path stroke. I set it to 5 and there's a stroke now. Cool. I modify some things in the shape path and the stroke disappears. If I set the stroke level ...
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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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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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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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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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Cannot select path in Illustrator

I am re-designing a small shampoo bag package for a company using the old design format by the former designer. But there are paths that I could not select, and if I use Ctrl + Y they are not visible ...
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Howto effectively change path's width?

I'm very beginner in InkScape, and have this kind of design: Currently "line" width is ~20px: I want to achieve 40px (so basically twice large as now) width, without growing canvas ...
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Corner fill issue, Corner has fill from stroke

I have an issue of one corner of my shape being filled with colour from the stroke. The brush is basic, uniform, no calligraphy brush. It happens when I close a shape. There can be fill or no fill and ...
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Attempting to change the path color, but something unexpected happens. Not sure how to make it work as expected?

Attempting to change the path color, but something unexpected happens. Not sure how to make it work as expected? Here is a gif of me demonstrating the issue when I attempt to change the color.
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Make shapes or objects follow a path symmetrical in illustrator with no overlapping?

I'm on Illustrator 2021, and try to follow the same results as in How to make Objects follow a path (illustrator) (like on the las vegas sign) but can't make it work. My case is that I want to make ...
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Separately Animating Multiple Segments That Belong to One Layer: Adobe Illustrator and After Effects

I am using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects. I want to animate an SVG triangle. I want the Hypotenuse to "swing out" from the bottom leg (go from 0 deg to 45deg). I can do this by 1)...
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Bake texture of particles cinema4d

What i want is to have particles coming into the screen by rolling down the screen under the influence of gravity and Filling up the screen t,some particles have red color while others are grey the ...
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How can I combine and fill these lines In Sketch?

I have a few orange lines that I have drawn in sketch. I would like to combine them into one shape and use something like a "paint bucket" tool to fill the whole object with the light sand color. I ...
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SVG Path's dimensions

Is there a way get the dimensions i.e. width and height of a (possibly complex) Path element? More specifically i want to draw a rect around some Path elements, for which i need to know their ...
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Compound path - Fill doesn't match shape

This is a really simple file. Just a outlined text, made into a compound path. It's weird that the fill doesn't match the outline (in blue) does anyone know what's happening here?
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How do i snap 2 path points together in Photoshop?

I simply want to combine the 2 selected points shown below.
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Relative coordinates in animateMotion path

I cannot figure out why the blue ball1 in the following example does not "move to" the point on the path specified in #wire from its starting positions to mimic the path animation of the pink ball2. ...
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Remove excessive nodes of a SVG path for iPad

Can you please suggest an app for iPad that simplifies path by reduction of excessive nodes of vector path? I would need something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC4mPfwAX2s If not an ...
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Make a path from a cut out path in Sketch

I have a sketch file with an icon where the icon shape is cut out from the surrounding box. I want to make this cut out bit into a real path so I can fill it with a color, but am unable to do so. I've ...
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Style compound paths in svg as one entity

I'm using AI to create .svg files. The text is generated as multiple compound paths. I want to render all of the compound paths as if they are one. Help greatly appreciated.
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My joint end-nodes do not respect my stroke styles

I make many Bezier paths when I trace a photo. Often I join both end-nodes with the "join selected nodes". In my illustration the top left node is such a combination of two former end-nodes. You can ...
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Work and Clipping Paths in Photoshop to InDesign

I am trying to export a clean mask of an image I created in photoshop to indesign. Whenever I utilize the work path, the wp does not adhere to the selections I've made, but rather creates jagged nasty ...
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How to export Photoshop shapes to svg with exactly same stroke effects

I'm not a designer, but I have to export image assets for a website from a PSD layout. I would like to use SVG format for icons for the sake of retina graphics support on the website. Some icons (...
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Illustrator - Always show paths, anchor points, etc

I want to draw along some lines in Illustrator. I realized that I can do that way more efficient if I can always see the paths, anchor point, etc. so is there a way to enable those permanently? If ...
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Inkscape 0.48: Rearrange paths

I'm trying to figure out an easy way to rearrange paths into others in Inkscape 0.48 (Ubuntu). I've just created a basic map. The paths I drew are quite random and don't represent anything, for ...
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How to re-route existing path?

I got a closed path A on one hand and on the other hand I have a path B made of 2 anchor points. I would like to pick an anchor point in path A and make it that the next anchor in the path is one of ...
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How can I select a "section" of a path in Photoshop CS5?

I am creating a series of trees in Photoshop, using paths. My plan is to complete the first tree, and then edit the same path for the other trees. I have already created 2 trees in this manner, but ...
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Is there way to get or convert characters into svg path?

In this picture is cursive Chinese character. There are lot of stroke order for normal Chinese characters. Is there way to create this characters into individual stroke with path data like following. ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Illustrator: Merging lines that run parallel within a given distance

The circle shows an intersection with several lines representing a main road that I would like to be just one line. I'm attempting to find a way to merge all main roads in this manner, as efficiently ...
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Weird Illustrator 2019 Node and Shape

So, I have a weird illustrator problem, As shown in the picture above, the control line at blue arrow [B] is not lining up with the actual object despite the control line at the yellow arrow [A] is in ...
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Photoshop: prevent path from escaping image bounds

In Adobe Photoshop, I have many existing images each with several saved paths. With many of the paths, an anchor point extends outside the bounds of the image, as seen below (path shaded in 3px blue, ...
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Why does the Inkscape path outset tool behave in unexpected ways on my SVG image?

I have two objects of type path in Inkscape. Here's how they look: My goal is to make them both “thicker”. To that end, I thought it would be a good idea to use the Path -> Outset tool. When I do ...
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Smooth intersection between two paths without joining the paths

I have two paths which intersect. I want to smooth the vertex where they intersect, but not join the lines so that their layers stay separate. Is there a way to do this? My ultimate goal is to achieve ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Blend Inner and outer line

I am using Adobe Illustrator; I have these two shapes: outer and inner, and I want to repeat them in between. I tried offset path with miter and they didn't matc;, the corners were starting to get ...
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