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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 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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How to extend/prolong and trim/cut a straight line or path in Inkscape

I have some straight paths with only two nodes (start and end node). They are short and I want to prolong them in the same direction that the line is. The paths are oblique-angled and not horizontal ...
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Merging two anchor points of the same path in Illustrator

Assume the following situation in Adobe Illustrator, where I have two neighbouring anchor points on the same path. For the left anchor point, only the left bezier-handle is important and for the right ...
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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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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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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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Add a point after the last point in a path in Inkscape

Is there a way in Inkscape to add a new point after the last of before the first point of an open path (i.e. a path where there's no connection between the first and last point)? I only have found ...
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Convert Primitive to Path using SVG format in Illustrator

I've got a simple drawing in Illustrator consisting of multiple rectangles. I will need to handle that in code later one and saved the document as SVG. The rectangles come out as <rect /> nodes ...
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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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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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Breaking polygons into paths in Inkscape

Is there anyway to break up a polygon into paths? Actually what I want to do is to change the colour and dash of certain sides of the polygon, but that seems like the straight forward way. I can't ...
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How to create a rounded/wave rectangle like this on Inkscape?

I'm using inkscape and I am trying to create an structure like the one below, but all I manage to make is a disformed object. I tried using a rectangle and combine with circles, but the best I got ...
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Can you draw a constrained straight line with GIMP's paths tool?

In GIMP, you can (in various modes) draw a constrained straight line which will "snap" the line you're drawing to the nearest 15 degree angle, making it easy to draw lines in a precise direction. For ...
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How to set Text on Path on outside path in Sketch?

I would like to change put the text on the outside of circle and there is an issue, when the text is placed at the bottom at circle the texts are squeezed (Image 01) together, How to sovle this ...
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How do I make this arrow symmetrical?

First of all, I use Inkscape for this. I am also not a graphic designer by trade. Anyway, here's the deal: As you can see, the nodes aren't lined up properly to make the arrow symmetrical. I only ...
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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 combine paths in Photoshop

I want to combine two individual paths in Photoshop. Though I do add the paths and do Ctrl + Enter, it shows marching ants on the combine path, but the paths don't combine. Why is that?
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Why add extrema points when designing fonts?

It's apparently import to add anchor points at the horizontal and vertical extrema of your paths when designing the glyphs of a font. Most font editors have functions to add these for you and will ...
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Arrow head brush distorted on a curved path

I'm trying to create a dashed line with arrow heads along its length in Illustrator. I don't think it's possible to do just with dashed line options (is it?), so I'm trying to create a brush which ...
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How to put arrows along a path in Inkscape?

I am trying to put simple arrows along a path. What I have done so far: using the Bezier tool, I created a straight line and made the endmarker into an arrowhead. Next, I used the Path effect editor ...
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Illustrator: create four double sided arrows to form a circle

I'm a little bit newbie to Illustrator, so sorry if my question is pretty banal. Following art work is what I'd like to design: This is the plan (that doesn't work!): 1 - Draw an empty circle with ...
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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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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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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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Adding noise to a path in Inkscape

Is it possible to add some (controllable amount of) noise to a path with Inkscape? When creating a fictional map, I would like to add rivers with the bezier tool, drawing the general shape, and then ...
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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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Automatically merge overlapping nodes in inkscape

My SVG has multiple line objects forming a closed shape. I must convert this into a single path, so that a laser cutting machine just follows the path to cut the shape from the material without jump. ...
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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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How can I convert a path to a shape in Inkscape?

This is a follow-up to my earlier question, where I learned that one can trace the edge of a vector image by using a union if all the parts are shapes. However, while I found instructions for ...
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Outline stroke from path in Illustrator

I've made a path in Illustrator which I need to be outlined. Quickest way to do this is with Outline Stroke, but then you'll get this united shape (see object in the middle below). Is there a way to ...
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Making a curved road texture in Photoshop?

I have a very simple road texture (200 x 200) like this: I need to create a curved version of this texture that is double the size (400 x 400). Here is a picture to give you a basic idea of what I'm ...
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Is it possible to link shapes to a master shape, so that modifications to the master like repositioning, affect all linked shapes?

I'm using Illustrator CC, and I'd like to link some sub-shapes to a master such that modifying the master also moves the sub-shapes. Context: Octopus tentacles. I've got shapes for each tentacle ...
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How to convert a compound path to a standard path in Adobe Illustrator?

I've got a ExtendScript that only works with paths and I've got a compound path, so how can I convert my compound path into a path?
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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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Divide circle in half in Inkscape

I am working in Inkscape and have two concentric circles which I want to divide into semi-circular arcs. I placed a line midway between and tried "Cut Path" but it did not work: I tried converting ...
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Photoshop CC: Text and shape layers with same opacity, fill, blending and color render with different brightness [closed]

Anyone knows why two different layers (a shape and a text) with the same opacity (54%), fill (100%), blending (normal) and color (#000) render with different brightness? See following example: The ...
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cutting one object with another using illustrator

I want to cut an object using second object how can I acheive it? In the above image you can see 2 objects one is circle having 2px stroke and no fill, second is rectangle having white fill but no ...
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How do I draw a line outwards from the exact middle of a rectangle's edge, and combine the paths in Inkscape?

I want to draw this shape in Inkscape: The line coming from the side needs to be aligned to exactly the middle of the edge, coming out at a right angle. It must also be part of the rectangle object,...
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A clean way to remove gradient mesh in Illustrator?

Does anyone know if it is possible to remove a gradient mesh from an object in Illustrator without producing a distorted/inaccurate outline? Adobe documentation as well as most online resources I ...
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How to make rounded corners from shapes drawn with lines?

I am trying to make a shape like this: And so far in Illustrator, I've drawn this: Now, I know how to make a rectangle/square rounded. Select object, go to Effect -> Stylize -> Rounded corners... ...
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Finding open paths in Adobe Illustrator

I uploaded a file to a market place but it got rejected. They sent me messages for some modifications and the one modification they want is to close opened paths. How can I find open paths or their ...
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How can I add Sine waves to follow the path of a circle using Illustrator

In Illustrator I'm trying to create quite a simple shape but I don't know the simplest way of going about it. I have created a Sine wave using the Sine Curve script by Sato Hiroyuki. I have doubled ...
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Cutting a area from a circle in Sketch 3

I am having trouble on editing a specific arc from a circle. Here is what I have, which is a circle. I want it to look like this, how can I accomplish it? These are my 2 shapes. When I subtract ...
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How to use After Effects Trim Path with an Illustrator Path

I imported my Illustrator file into After Effects. I then turned the Vector layer into a shape layer. I added a trim path to the shape but the trim path does some weird start to end point mask. ...
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How to make an area transparent in Illustrator

In the image below you'll see the white section (highlighted blue). The black section behind it is one path, and the white another. How do I remove the white from the black so it becomes transparent? ...
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How to duplicate an illustrator path X times, equally spaced within a selection

Given two illustrator paths (selected here): What is the best way to duplicate the paths at either end of the selection, so that it fills the intermediary selection space N times. I'd like to create ...
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How can I create a dashed line that slowly changes into a solid line in Illustrator?

I am trying to create a dashed line that initially has small dashes and large gaps between each dash. The dashes lengths should increase while the gaps decrease until the point is reached that the ...
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Is it worth learning the SVG path attribute, or should I use a tool for drawing?

Is there an advantage of manually creating the graphic with the path element and d attribute (I guess with the help of math?), over using a tool like Inkscape to draw the graphic? Does Inkscape ...
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How to do a perfect circle with the bezier tool in Inkscape?

I need to create a perfect circle with the bezier tool and not with the circle tool. The purpose of this is to later animate my svg with css.
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How to draw a precise angle with pen tool in Photoshop?

Is it possible to draw a precise angle with the pen tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6? By using Shift key it is easy to draw 45° or 90° but I need for example 37.45°.
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