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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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Unwanted lines when using the “KNIFE” tool [duplicate]

While using the "Knife" tool in overlapping letters, it shows unwanted lines on the cut path after I'm finished cutting the object and sending it to the back or front. I'm facing this issue only when ...
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split a path with another path in inkscape

Let's say I have a rectangle path and want to split it into two trapezia with another path, let's say with a straight line. How can I do this with path operations in Inkscape?
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Help identifying effect(s)

I am trying to create a template for a dead card game. My end goal is to generate a vector template that I can use to create new cards for personal use. I've toyed around with using an image trace, ...
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Reopen path or connect two paths that are closed in Illustrator

I have created two paths, but I want to change how the ends look. How can I reopen the path at the bottom and continue drawing. I tried adding a new anchor with the pen tool, but I couldn't ...
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Join paths to make one single line drawing so I can gradient the stroke

I have made a drawing with the pen tool. Most of the paths are unclosed. I would like to put a gradient stroke on the paths. I don't seem to be able to join all of the paths together, which I ...
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How to subtract an open path from another path in Illustrator CS5

There are at least two similar questions on here already, but the thing being subtracted from is always a solid object. Please see image below for my situation. I have the two paths on the left and ...
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Flip group of paths over the left group edge

Maybe there is a better way to achieve this result but... I've design the following picture by adding paths and overlying them. Now I want to flip it to get the full picture but I'm not able to do it....
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How to position a path point in sketch

I was wondering if there was a way to change the position of a point in a path, using only one handler instead of moving both
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In Illustrator, how do I cut off a protruding end of a path through a shape?

How do I cut or trim off the protruding line drawn using a pen tool so that it confirms the shape of the rectangle?
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Inkscape Path Difference changing path size (turning bold/thin)

I've been using Inkscape for a few months, but recently, path difference hasn't been working like it has before. The attached image is 2 identical logos on top of a black background, but the logo on ...
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Deleting Multiple Photoshop CC Work Path Achor Points

When vectorising a jpeg image (OK, not a true vectoring, but creating vector paths for layer masks which create a crisp "vector like" images when resized) the process of selecting the outline using ...
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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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Cutkontur 4 contour cutting in data is applied as a surface?

I have to send for printing letters which will be processed by cutter.The company send me yesterday an email saying I had open paths, I tripled checked my file in illustrator indeed was 2 paths open ...
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How to remove gaps between objects?

I have this map of Europe, and my problem with it is that there is white space between the country shapes after I removed the outline. I want the paths of the different countries to fit perfectly to ...
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Unable to add gradient mesh as a clipping mask to text

I have expanded my text and trying to add a gradient mesh I created on top of the text to the text beneath but every time this dialog box appears: This is what my layer panel looks like: This is ...
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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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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 do I change the starting point of a closed path

I made some shapes that I later made into just paths. I want to change the type of stroke it has by applying a brush to it but the path is starting off at an undesired anchor point. How can I change ...
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How to Cut Out a Path from a Shape?

I'm working with this truck vector and I'd like to convert all of the white lines in the large middle portion to transparency, as if I were erasing from the main shape. Is there a way to easily do ...
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How would you design “compressed” circle like this one?

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS6. I found some SVG circle with this modified path: How would you draw this in Illustrator? Each "side" is equal. I don't think I need to edit path manually, else every ...
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Fastest Path Offsetting Method in Inkscape

I am looking for the quickest way to offset the below path inward a specific distance: So that it looks like this: This is very easy in AutoCAD using its Offset command where you specify the desired ...
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Create multi-line text on path inkscape

I have a curved path that I want to put multi-line text onto, as shown in the picture (the black line is the path). When I select Text > Put On Path, it becomes a single line and pressing return ...
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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 create 90 degree bends with wide arc?

I've been attempting to create a graphic like the below. I've tried using the arc tool and just the path tool. However, my results always seem wrong, for example, the spacing on the bends are uneven? ...
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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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How to curve a line into an arc along a circle in Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to create a shape similar to this, and I was thinking of using a line and then bending it along a circle, but I'm not sure how to do that.
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How to continue an unfinished curved path in InkScape

I think I have found the Adobe Illustrator version of this question, at: how continue a path from one point by using pen tools in illustrator? Another site: suggests subpaths, but this doesn't seem to ...
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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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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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Deselect path points without selecting new points

Working in illustrator. To make this example easier, imagine I'm working with a traced raster image where there are lot of similar colors close to one another. Say I want to select a bunch of points ...
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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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Extremely thin empty space between adjacent shapes in Illustrator CC 2018

I have a logo created in Illustrator CC 2018 which contains an icon shape created with the perspective grid tool. I have noticed that between some boundaries, there is a very small empty space (maybe ...
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How to make weird fill in on brushstroke go away?

Ok, I dont know why this happens but need a solution other than switching to basic brush. Sometimes when I draw with this brush (something other than basic): (3pt round): I have this weird fill in ...
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How was this Path embedded in a JPG image?

If one downloads this image to their computer and opens it in Photoshop, they will notice something very interesting in the Paths panel: Several paths are included in this file, one for the laptop's ...
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How to convert an object into individual paths in Illustrator?

In illustrator I have imported and traced an image as below: I am now trying to split this object into its four base shapes so I can change the fill of the blue parts. I thought trace would convert ...
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Cannot offset path in Illustrator CC

I am trying to offset a path and it is not working. I believe my problem lies where it says "type".
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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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Open points from separate paths won't join

I'm trying to join these separate paths so that the black outline is seamless. For some reason the open endpoints between two points won't join with the Join command. I have tried the Divide tool on ...
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Inkscape - “Exclusion” reverts “break apart” and puts all nodes to one path

I have a hand-drawn shapes, in fact, a hand-written text. I wanted to make it bolder so I used the technique of adding a 1 mm stroke, and then converted the stroke to path. That "removed" the fill and ...
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Mass-remove Bezier Curves in Illustrator

Is there a way in Adobe Illustrator to delete all the Bezier curve handles at once from a path? I created a pattern brush which consists just of a geometric path (without any bezier curve, just ...
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How to split or cut image object in Adobe Illustrator? [closed]

How to split or cut raster image object that was placed in Adobe Illustrator? The Knife Tool doesn't work on raster images.
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Illustrator CS6 Joining anchor points

I am having problems joining both lines together that I created through cutting a circle. No matter how I moved it, it doesn't exactly line up. When I view it in outline, it doesn't line up as well. I ...
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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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Position keyframes do not make a straight path

I have made a square and inserted a position keyframe and holding shift I drag to right and got a straight path. When I want to raise up or make an "L" shape by holding shift it does not make a ...
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How to make path that follows fill of existing path?

Context I bought a vector EPS image. I want to use my Brother Scan-n-Cut to draw it; this machine takes an SVG and draws a stroke along every path. When I imported the file into inkscape, it turned ...
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GIMP 2.8.16 - How to create an EXACT path using the 'Selection-to-Path Advanced Settings' dialog?

How can I create an EXACT path from a selection with as FEW anchor points as possible using the 'Selection-to-Path Advanced Settings' dialog (https://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-selection-dialog.html)? I'...
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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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Path does not scale proportionally and causes overflow

I'm using Illustrator CC and I am new to it, so I would like to hear your professional advice on how to solve a problem with scaling a path in Illustrator. I've used the Pen Tool to create a path in ...
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Inkscape/Fusion360: Convert paths with thickness into outlines

I have an svg file which is a template for a piece of armor. It is made up of centerlines with a certain thickness and is intended to be printed and used as a guide to manually cut or engrave the ...
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How can I find the intersection of two line segments that do not currently meet in Adobe Illustrator?

I have two line segments in an Adobe Illustrator file, line A and line B. I would like to find point C, the point where if line A were to continue down along its path and line B were to continue to ...