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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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Quick method for adding bleed to masked images?

I often need to create bleeds for designs that include photos inside of clipping masks, and I currently know of only two ways, neither being very speed-efficient. Method 1 - Reposition all four ...
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Flip text on a ellipse path - Photoshop

I'm having trouble flipping arched text in Photoshop CS6. All the other answers seem to use Type on a Path which I can't find in my version. Heres what I'm trying to do, I want to flip the lorem ...
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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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Power stroke path effect behaves in the wrong way in Inkscape

I'm trying to follow this tutorial, but it seems that somthing goes wrong since the very beginning. Indeed, starting with this simple path when I add the Power stroke effect, I unexpectedly obtain ...
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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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Illustrator fill not aligned with path/strokes not smooth

Fill colour doesn't line up with the path on curves in an object. Steps: draw line with pen tool apply stroke outline stroke fill and path don't line up Same thing happens if I create the whole ...
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How to add a specified gap in a object stroke without separating the two?

I feel like this should be a simple technique, but I haven't been able to find information on it. So basically what I'm wanting to do is add any number of gaps in any place along a stroke on an object,...
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In Sketch: Can you fill a closed shape created by an open vector?

I have a series of vectors such as image A, connecting to form a knot, or maze-like design. I want to fill the closed portion as in B. But the fill feature sees the open vector and gives me C. Image ...
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How do I find the intersection of two png in Photoshop or Illustrator?

I apologize if this is a simple question, but I don't know the names of a lot of things yet so it's hard to do searches. I know how to find the intersection of two shapes in Photoshop. That feels like ...
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How to reflect zig-zag effect on a line in Illustrator

I have a zig zag line of ten inches that has ten ridges, created by adding a Zig Zag effect to a path created with the Line Segment Tool. I need a mirror of this line. The line begins by going off ...
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Is there away to see object paths whilst editing objects in InDesign?

Hey i've been really out of touch with indesign and this is hopefully an easy fix. I would like to see the actual vector lines highlighted selecting objects. Currently when I select an object I just ...
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Is there a way to 'fill' an incomplete sketch

When using the brush tool, what's the best way to 'fill' and sketch style image in adobe illustrator? A simple example would be a triangle that is sketched with the brush tool trying to create a more ...
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How do I get rid off small lines that appear between paths in my logo?

As you can see on the image there are multiple small lines where the different paths meet in my logo. I asked this question: Unable to draw logo with correct strokes and shadow And I have tried both ...
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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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See stroke rather than the skeleton when manually moving a path in Illustrator

In Adobe Illustrator, I want to align paths to their outlines (ie including the stroke thickness) and not to their underlying skeleton. When I move a path with the mouse, I however only see its ...
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Illustrator: how to join paths while preserving vectors

When joining paths in Illustrator, I get a straight line, even if I had vectors at the endpoints. Is there a way to join, preserving these vectors, so I don't have to figure out how to restore them ...
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Non-rounded inset in Inkscape

I'm trying to 'inset' a path a fixed amount, so that if I were to then increase the stroke width, I would end up with exactly the same shape. I understand that in some cases this just isn't possible, ...
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Lower the amount of graphical objects, lowering the processing time - Inkscape?

I am drawing a landscape in Inkscape and so far i have drawn, mountains, a river and several trees. The trees are groups of many subobjects, like branches and leaves. Since I copied the tree several ...
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How to intersect paths of three circles in Illustrator?

There are three circles as following (which are selected from the Golden Ratio), I wonder how to intersect the paths like pic 2 Is there any way to make them precisely tangent to each other in ...
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Text sliced into a path

I am looking to incorporate text into the path of an object, but remove that part of the path. I hope that makes sense. So to put it more crudely, the result would would look like this: —————text—...
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How to create an SVG path reveal animation in Illustrator

Handwriting: SVG animation CodePen Ex: 1 Handwriting: SVG animation CodePen Ex: 2 I'm trying to learn how the above "handwriting" effect was achieved using SVG paths and CSS. I've been looking at ...
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How to convert visual cuts into real broken paths in Sketch?

I have a graphic which originally comes from Adobe Illustrator, currently in Sketch but I could also use in Affinity Designer or even Figma. Note that I would like to get the final cut version back ...
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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 combine multiple paths you can then edit as one single object in illustrator

I've been struggling to try and figure out how to create this, reading and watching tutorials etc. But I can't seem to take everything I've found and apply it to what I need. I want to cut the image ...
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Delete textarea previously inserted in a shape

I wanted to create text that follows a path in illustrator. I thought this would be achieved by selecting the text tool and clicking on the circle (see picture). However, this created a textarea and ...
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Is it possible to remove a selection box around a path?

I'm trying to wrap my head around how paths and selection boxes work in illustrator. I created a half-ellipse using the ellipsis tool in a layer on top of another circle. The left part of this half-...
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How do I create a path between two anchor points on different paths?

This is a really easy question, but everything online shows me how to merge to paths together. I want to create a path between these two points, not changing their individual positions at all.
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How to cut intersecting paths in illustrator

This is quite a simple question ( I would assume) but I am not able to figure how to do this. I have 2 circular paths without any fill inside. Looks like this I want to cut it so the paths are like ...
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Fontforge: Glyphs importing from inkscape with path inverted

When I import an svg from inkscape into fontforge, the path is inverted. Why is this? I am running windows 10, with inkscape 0.91. When I try to import a glyph outline, fontforge imports it, but does ...
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Shrink down a curved path by a specific length

Is there a way to shrink a curved path (with two open ends) down by a specific length in Adobe Illustrator? I searched for hours now and still can't find a solution. Do you know any way to do it?
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How do I increase the width of a curved line drawn using a bezier pen?

I have used the bezier curve tool in Inkscape and I get the following line: For the above drawing I had used the bezier curve and selected the "Create Spiro Path" option and under "Shape" selected ...
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How to overlap a continuous line on itself?

Yesterday I tried to create the following shape: Following the path from the top it goes round, crosses over itself (bottom left), goes around again and passes under itself before going back up again....
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What is the little white box when I select text in inkscape

What is the little white box when I select text in Inkscape. I'm assuming some sort of center box. If that's the case, how do I get it back to center over the text. The text has been put on a path. ...
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Photoshop: How can I delete a part of a charcacter converted into work path

I have the below situation and I am trying to remove the right part of this character (background color + working path). What I've tried: Layer mask but not so happy with the result when we have ...
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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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Cannot apply Clipping mask to a group / minus front from a groupd

I have 3 pieces of a basic map markers each pointing into different cardinal direction. What I would like to achieve is to have three "arrows" pointing into each cardinal direction N,E and W. (South ...
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Outlining a group of movable objects in Inkscape

So I have a group of completely arbitrary objects in Inkscape that I want an outline around. Not around each individual object, but around the group as a whole. So I convert to paths, do a Union, ...
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Why the Pen tool is not filling properly?

Working with photoshop, I've noticed that at really small size the pen tool filling is not so sharp when required to attach to a path/shape border: As you see I have used pen tool aiming at guides, ...
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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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How to change path guideline colour in Photoshop CS6

Before today, I’ve never had to change the colour of the path guideline as I use the pen tool in Photoshop. I know you can easily change it in AI. But looking in the Photoshop layers panel and the ...
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How can I cut off by points of intersection in Sketch?

Say, I have two triangles like at this picture: Using Sketch. I want to cut off the upper part of the red triangle, the one above the black triangle. I can manually create a couple of sub-paths in ...
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How do I delete part of a path between the nearest two intersections in Inkscape?

I'm fairly new to using Inkscape and have been trying to make an SVG version of a logo I had made for myself a while back in a 2D CAD/CAM program exported to a bitmap. So far this is all I have been ...
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Inkscape Stroke Does Not Follow Path Outline

I'm somewhat new to vector graphics, but this is really baffling to me. When I make a shape, the lines are supposed to follow the path outline, right? According to the outline I should have a niceish ...
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Trying to join separate open paths into one closed shape

I've created a cloud shape using the pen tool, and it's made up of separate, unclosed paths. All of the anchor points are connected to each other, but because the ends of some of the paths are open I ...
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Subtract paths, automated (using a script)

I have 100+ SVG files, each containing a few closed paths (with Bezier curves), like this: I'd like to do the following: select the first (bottom) path duplicate it move the duplicate by an (x, y) ...
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illustrator: white pixels in rounded path border

i am using adobe illustrator cc 2017 and getting strange white pixels at my rounded path borders: when i export the file for web or open the saved pdf in any browsers these pixels are not shown. how ...
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Why do some paths show their center and some not?

How come that some paths in AI always have a center (shown when the path is selected in any view that also shows anchor points) and some not? If I draw a rectangle, there is a center, if I delete ...
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Inkscape - sculpting paths joining the ends unintentionally

I've found some strange behave and I am not sure if this is my lack of knowledge or the application behavior. I want to modify selection of bezier paths, although after I began using the sculpting ...
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How to remove exclusion shapes from main shape

Following up this question solution, I have designed the elipses as intended. However I'm now stuck with a "masked" shape where I want to have only the elipses as the final shape: How to draw an ...
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How to draw an irregular, vertical line with photoshop

Similarly to this question I now need to do the same thing with a vertical line, to obtain a shape similar to a capital "I" with the same feature; wider extremities. I have been trying to do it ...