Questions tagged [path]

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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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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Can I straighten up every zigzag line?

Is it possible in Adobe Illustrator to straighten up this track removing the zigzag? I want to create a line, or a curve, depending on the original.
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How to make sure there's equal difference in length between lines

I'm working on a logo that uses curved lines of different lengths, but I want to make sure there's the same difference in distance between the lines. I measured it out with straight lines, but I don'...
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Exporting Photoshop Paths to Illustrator?

I'll just start by saying that I have indeed tried the "built-in" "Export Paths to Ai" option and followed-through by changing the view mode in Ai to "Outline" but the document is still empty. I have ...
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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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Numbering dots in illustrator - connect the dots

I'd like to ask how can I automatically number dots in illustrator. I used the stroke key and dashed lines to make the dots, and I have no problem applying them to a path. The problem I have is ...
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Why can't subtract complex form in Affinity Designer

In the attached picture, #1 is a complex object (made with 24 shapes, converted to curves, joined or added together) and the #2 is a simple circle shaped object also converted to curve. No. 2 is at ...
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How to subtract a shape from another one grabbing gradient continuity?

I wanna "cut" a triangle (see above, the black one) from that rectangle's left bottom corner, but when I use pathfinder or shape builder tools to do that, the triangle "assumes" the rectangle's full ...
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How to create an elbow connector from scratch programatically?

An "elbow connector" in MS-Word is a 3-segment line with a control point in the middle as shown where if I move the yellow control point sideways, then the length of the two lines on either side ...
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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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powerstroke on closed path

I'm trying to use Powerstroke to improve the joints in these paths using extrapolated arcs, but I find difficult to do it with closed paths. This is what I'm experiencing Before closing a path I see ...
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How to connect a shape and a path in Illustrator?

I'm trying to connect these two but I can't figure it out. I want the left shape to continue it's line and have it's curvature and naturally connect to the right side. This is a rough example of the ...
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Is it possible to convert a path to a stroke?

What I'm doing is animating a stroke by first setting its stroke-dasharray and stroke-dashoffset, and then animating its stroke-dashoffset, so that the stroke appears as if it is being drawn by an ...
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Illustrator Path Won't Cut

A path I created by converting a guide to a path will not open. Tried the eraser tool, the cut path option in the anchor menu to no avail. When the path is only 2 nodes long a random non-selectable ...
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How to smooth frayed edges of a path with curves in inkscape

I have a given shape in a bitmap format which I am trying to convert to svg. I have imported the bitmap, increased the size and converted into a path as described in this answer. Unfortunately, the ...
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How to fill a hollow object in Illustrator?

I'm working with a complex shape, but for the sake of getting a solution, let's say I draw a circle with the circle tool, and then I do a smaller circle inside of it. I select both objects and use ...
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Adobe XD <circle> to <path>

I'm working on a project and I cannot figure out how I can turn the <circle> into a <path> when I export an icon I created in Adobe XD. <svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="...
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Pattern in Illustrator has vertical lines when expanding

I made a hexagonal pattern, when I expand it and use the Crop Pathfinding tool, it created vertical lines inside my pattern, breaking it up into smaller pieces (which is not what I want). Is there a ...
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How to create distorted / wavy checked boxes

I'm trying to replicate the chequered boxes on the following image (sorry for really low-res) Notice how the squares distort / warp with the shape of the path. I can create the chequered boxes ...
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Illustrator: how to prepare artwork for laser cutter

I'm working on a laser cutting project where I have to cut out using an RGB red line at the size of 0.001 in. I used Image trace to make an outline of the image, but I can't change the color to RGB ...
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Is there anyway to mirror paths as you draw them in GIMP? (for symmetric shapes)

To draw symmetric shapes, is there anyway to mirror shapes just like the mirror modifier in Blender (i.e creating a completely symmetric half by just drawing one half of the path)? It is very ...
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How do I preserve “shared” gradient when releasing compound path?

I have a compound path consisting of 5 shapes. I have a radial gradient which spans across all of them. Now I'd like to release the compound path because I need to export each of these shapes ...
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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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Inkscape: Break apart doesn't break apart lines

Breaking apart a line made of multiple lines doesn't separate it into individual lines. I have a line made of multiple line segments (not a group, its one object). I select the line and do "Path" -> "...
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How do I fill closed paths in Inkscape?

I exported an AI file from SolidWorks, which only exports lines. Nothing is filled. I'd like to get all the closed shapes to be filled, but I am running into problems when I try to set the "Fill" ...
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Selecting using the Path tool in Photoshop merges parts of the selection? (CS6)

When trying to select an area using the path tool the selection merges parts of the area but not others? Tried with AA off/on. Solutions? (CS6)
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Im trying to find a 216 point font

I am trying to make Banners for our "Red Granite Labor Day Celebration" It is a volunteer run festival. I cannot find a 216 point font to download. Arial, Times New Roman, any font will do. Any one ...
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How to generate a path along objects in Adobe illustrator or Inkscape?

I want to get the right part of the following images from the left part:(Note:the left images generated from Wolfram Mathematica 11.3) Note that I do not want to create images like on the left. The ...
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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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How to change the starting point on a path when using a brush to stroke?

I'm using a brush to stroke a path in different frames and layers to get a sparkle animation. The special brush settings are 1000% spacing and 50% size jitter. The problem is that the brush always ...
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Vector shape is different than actual path

I'm totally perplexed by this. The vector path is at a different location and of a different size than the actual shape seen. I'm using CS6. I got this file from a client. Under normal circumstances, ...
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Why are multiple paths being selecting in inkspape when I click on one

I have two paths that do not appear to have any intersections but if I select one of the other they both get selected. Is this because they touch somewhere or is there a way to "link" paths that I am ...
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How do I use inkscape to divide a circular ring into sections?

I'm using inkscape 0.92.3 and want to break a circular ring into 3 equal sections. I've created a ring from two circles and used Path > Difference, then Extensions > Modify Path > Add Nodes... with a ...
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How to reduce a shape to it's “guide line” (e.g. bold L to a L-shaped line)?

I have a hand-drawn shape and I would like to extract the lines from it, so that it can be cut by a laser cutter. In general, it's various "lines", but made of paths with fills. Using the stroke is ...
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Spaces aren't showing on text in illustrator from converted CorelDraw file

My goal I am saving CorelDraw files as AI files, and bringing them into Adobe Illustrator. I am then a text element. My issue When I'm creating a text element, spaces have no width, so "hello world"...
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Add and change border type, color and thickness to a path

I want to create a map, with lines that have borders like roads or railway lines, either solid or dotted borders like normal OS maps. I have tried to draw lines with the pen tool (and this would be ...
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Switching to the Existing Path When Drawing the New One Over It by Curvature tool in Illustrator

Why when I use curvature tool and click on top of existing path, it not continues my current path but switches to this existing path? Here is the illustration, not working example, just to show what ...
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easiest way to create a GIMP PATH with handles out

I am a firm believer of GIMP, but sometimes find it hard to do things that seem to be simple. To create a path around a figure, I'd like to sprinkle some points and then move each point to the exact ...
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Illustrator CC: stroke issue with circular path [duplicate]

My goal is to create a circle with a .001 stroke in RGB red for laser cutting. For some reason I cannot create ANY .001 paths without a strange variable stroke and I cannot figure out why. With this ...
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Understanding SVG Path element

I am reading and learning about SVG paths here: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/SVG/Tutorial/Paths I don't get the point with the path in the following code: <svg width="200" height="...
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How can I fill in/color a transparent vector path in AI CS6

Thank you for taking the time. I'm actually new to AI and I'm having a trouble filling in a vector path that's transparent on the inside. I have attached a pictuare of the shape that I want to fill in,...
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Is it possible to create a cross-linking network of nodes using the paths tool in gimp?

ShutterStock Royalty-free stock vector ID: 1018653055 By Kundra Using such a network of nodes would be very useful and quick, using which, one could make a stroke out of the path and then making a ...
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Mirror design causing a gap instead of connecting properly

When I work on a design that is using a mirror technique (Applying a Reflect X Transform with copies set to 1) and when I want an edge to meet, I am seeing some kind of gap on the reflected copy. I ...
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Adobe Illustrator - No fill or stroke, still have a outline

This is perplexing me. All of the shapes I am creating still have a outline around them in white no matter what I do. I can't figure it out. Has anyone experienced this before? The shape looks ...
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How can I combine two open paths in Sketch?

In Inkscape a path can consist of multiple (potentially open) subpaths that all share the same fill and stroke settings. Is it possible to do this in Sketch? I tried to make a union of three open ...
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Illustrator: trying to move path but instead it moves entire shape

Im trying to edit text in illustrator, I've created the outlines and. I'm using the direct select tool but whenever I try to move just a path or anchor point it moves the entire letter. Is there ...
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Stacked light circle effect in Photoshop?

What would be the best way to achieve the effect in the image? I've tried making my own brush and working around that but it doesn't seem ideal. I'm wondering how to replicate the random looking ...
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Filling paths with transparency after breaking apart a traced bitmap

I'm very new to Inkscape, and I'm sure I'm missing something trivial. I had a .png image with some lineart that I wanted to vectorize. I know how to vectorize lineart as to have black vectorized ...
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Losing fill when copying compound path between layers?

I was trying to better organize a theatrical seating chart by separating objects from the original Illustrator 2019 file into separate layers. The icon representing individual seats was created as a ...
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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 ...