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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Draw two concentric circles without any change in stroke in Adobe Illustrator

I need to draw two concentric circles and I followed this procedure - Ellipse tool →shift+drag→select→ (Ctrl+C+F)→shift+alt+drag any node(outward for bigger circle and inward for smaller). But the ...
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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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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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Preserving original shape in stroke to path

I'd like to produce an outline of a leaf shape to make a cookie cutter. I would like a thin section (cutter) and a thick section (handle) and I'm going to make the 3D shape starting with an SVG I ...
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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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How to apply a clipping mask to multiple independent paths?

I'm trying to create a clipping mask on a bunch of paths, but I need some way to be able to move the paths around afterwards: For example, the shape is each of the 48 continental states of the US and ...
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How to extend lines for a shape in Illustrator

I've made a shape in Illustrator by taking a square and a circle, selecting both and choosing the Unite option in Pathfinder. So I now have this shape: However, I want to extend some of the lines on ...
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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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Trim Extraneous Lines in Illustrator

I've got this woodgrain texture that I'd like to trim down to just what's in the box. I've tried all different combinations of the options in the pathfinder panel, but nothing is working for me. So, ...
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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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Simplify single shape in Illustrator to remove overlapping

I have a shape in SVG format for a logo from a non-Illustrator source. In Illustrator this is a single <Compound Path>. This is not multiple paths to merge which I know how to do and plenty of ...
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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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align text to curve but keep vertical orientation of letters

In Photoshop, I am trying to align the baseline, x height, and cap height of some text to a curve, but I'd like to keep the vertical orientation of the letters strait up and down, and not let the ...
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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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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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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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create new shapes out of intersecting paths in Illustrator

I've used the pen tool to create a number of intersecting, irregular paths. I want to use the irregular shapes created by the intersection--to fill the space, for example, or to change the lines to ...
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How to merge an opened path and a closed path? [duplicate]

This is such a beginner question, but I want to ask how I can merge these two paths together and make them one object so I can fill color in. I've tried to use the shape builder, and it simply ...
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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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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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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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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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Expanding live corners in Illustrator

I have a square with some rounded corners, that I've set using Illustrator's live corners feature. However I would like to expand the corners so that they convert to anchor points in the path, but ...
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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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Remove a single border from the path

How do I remove my upper and bottom borders without changing the shape of my path? When I try to do it with Node tool's Delete segment between two non-endpoint nodes, it messed up the path.
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Why does a font have holes in small sizes and not in large sizes?

I am making a font. It looks fine in the editor (Glyphr Studio), but, if I try it in Word, it has holes where paths overlap in sizes to 74. In sizes from 75, it doesn't have the holes. It happens in ...
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Why aren't the Path Options working in Photoshop CC 2019?

I can't access the Path Options in Photoshop CC2019. What can cause these to be disabled?
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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 perfectly sharp angles to this figure in Illustrator?

So time to time I face this problem when creating twinkling star: I draw an ellipse, then go to "Effect" > "Distort & Transform" > "Pucker & Bloat" > ...
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Using Inkscape 1.3, I cannot find where to apply a "Simplify" path effect

Using Inkscape 1.3, I cannot find where to apply a "Simplify" path effect. Nothing comes down on "Add Live Path Effect" menu, nor is there any Apply button. See attached screenshot....
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Sharpen Corners of Path

A while ago I stumbled upon a webpage that demonstrated how to sharpen the round corners of a rectangular path. Basically you would just pull the nodes of the corners across till they intersected and ...
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Exporting to svg leaving ghost path lines

I'm exporting out my filled paths(made using the arc tool) to svg using illustrator cs6. I get these shows lines where the path lines are; they appear even if I outline stroke the paths. In my export ...
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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 do I place four "evenly" spaced lines along the perimeter of a shape in Illustrator?

I have the following shape, which I made by creating an ellipse and scaling the top and bottom handles at the same time with the s shortcut. On this shape, I want to place four spaced out lines that ...
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What is the best way to go about designing a sqaurish clock face?

How would I go about making the lines on the clock face? I am rather inexperienced and have absolutely no idea as to how to do this. Assistance would be much appreciated.
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Creating a geometric path

Edit: I did not want to conflate the question with unnecessary details, but from the extended comments, it seems some additional info is in order. I would like to create a path that ultimately can be ...
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How to change outline color with eyedropper in Adobe illustrator

I am trying to work on a big project and i need to change lines color just with one click, the is so much shapes, every time i pick i dropper it changes the shapes color not only the outline Any ...
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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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Can anyone describe to me what is happening in this AI file? Jagged edges, non vector?

I'm not exactly sure of how to even describe this, but have attached screenshots from the Illustrator file a friend sent me, so that I could quickly change the colors of a logo for her. This file came ...
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Convert dashed stroke to a regular path using Inkscape

For example i want to convert the following shape : to a group of paths so i get path points in all edges.
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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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Long path break apart fills gaps unnecessarily in Inkscape

I have a long SVG path that I want to split/ break-apart. both options fills white gaps between nodes unnecessarily. please I want to keep white spaces as is before and after splitting the path. I am ...
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How to create an inverse pattern with black and white in Inkscape?

I've a path which I want to overlay with a watermark pattern. Since my path is filled only with white and the background is dark I want to make the watermark overlay pattern to switch color only if it'...

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