Questions tagged [shapes]

Questions about the set of geographical primitives (ellipse, line, rectangle, polygon, Bézier curve) represented as vector mediums. Custom shapes can be produced by combining any of the aforementioned primitives.

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Why do two perfectly adjacent rectangles create black or white lines in between as if they were overlapping or not exactly adjacent?

I have a flat design (well, it's supposed to be), but these black and white lines between the shapes are so annoying... [no stroke] take a look: See these lines between two overlapping rectangles? ...
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How to delete one shape from another in Illustrator CS4?

I have an image (below) of two hands over a black circle. All three are currently separate paths with a fill but no stroke, all on the same layer. How do I delete the shape of the hands from the ...
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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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Is there a specific name for this square with two corners sharp and two corners rounded?

As a seasoned design professional I have memorised most of my shapes....triangles, circles... even rectangles, but I need to do some research on this shape, and for the life of me I cannot think "what ...
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How to set the rotation point and use Transform Each in Illustrator?

I have a triangle I'm trying to rotate in Illustrator using the Object->Transform->Transform Each command, but I can't figure out how to set the rotation point like I can if I just use Free ...
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Create a Triangle with Rounded Corners

I know you can create a rounded-corner rectangle; but, how do you create a triangle with rounded corners in Photoshop? I am actually interested in making it from scratch, not basing it on a custom ...
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Shapes not showing in Inkscape

I try to draw a square or circle and it just doesn't work. I know it should have a fill and stroke, and even when I select colors, it's not showing. All I see is a square depicting the area where the ...
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How do I change the colour of a shape in Photoshop after I've drawn it

For some reason it seems impossible to change the colour of a rectangle I've drawn in Photoshop after I've drawn it. I can change the colour of a new one that I want to draw but once it's drawn there ...
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What is this shape that looks like a rectangle with rounded ends called?

This cannot be a rounded rectangle because those are not fully or "perfectly" rounded at the two ends. This is more like an elongated circle? A flat cylinder? I searched a lot, but among all guides ...
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How to make a circle with grid on the outside ring

I made something like this: I did this with the Ellipse Tool and the Line Tool. Now the circle is accurate, but the lines inside are very inaccurate. Is there another tool that does the same thing ...
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How do I draw a heart shape in inkscape?

I'd prefer the method to draw it using two circles and a rectangle because I think that's the simplest method. But other methods are also OK. I need a not too curvy heart. Something like this. I ...
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How to subtract text from a shape in Adobe Illustrator?

I've created a rectangle, and I want to cut some text out of it, so that the text will appear as the background pattern. I expected to be able to achieve this by selecting the rectangle and the text,...
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Do my potential customers need to understand the “meaning” of a logo, or just recognize it?

I'm trying to come up with a logo for a web devlopment freelance company called Two-Bit Studios. The logo concept that I came up with involves a 1 and 0 combined to make a lowercase 'b'. To me as a ...
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Quantify the area of a shape in Inkscape

In Inkscape, is there a way to automatically calculate the space / area a shape occupies? I am representing data in complex shapes and I need a way to scale them accordingly.
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How to cut out one shape from another using Photoshop?

Given have two shapes for example. a star (blue) and arrow (no fill). The arrow has a green stroke. How can I make the portion of the star which is behind the arrow transparent, but retain the green ...
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How can I alter a square image into a circular one in Sketch?

I want to take a rectangular image in Sketch and give it a circle/radius style. For example:
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Convert shape to line with a stroke in Illustrator

Example. I drew a line with a pencil, set stroke to 5 px and made a shape using Object->Path->Outline Stroke. Is it possible to convert this shape to line with a stroke again? 100% accuracy isn'...
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How to make plot marker sizes for scientific plots seem consistent?

It is common to use different shapes like circle, square, triangle, diamond, star, pentagon and hexagon for representing different datasets on scientific plots. These shapes can be further complicated ...
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What is the name of a squircle with three, five, six or more corners?

I know that the second shape is a squircle, but what are the other shapes called? Is there an actual name for them? The shapes do not simply have rounded corners, but the sides have a "circularity". ...
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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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Sketch - Arc Shape?

Is it possible to produce an arc shape with given start and sweep angle? (Using Sketch 3.0 by bohemian.coding)
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Illustrator: how to create a spirograph?

I am trying to create a spirograph in Illustrator, as per attachment. How do I do this? Where do I start?
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Custom stroke caps in Illustrator?

First post here! What I'm trying to accomplish looks fairly simple but so far I've had no luck in finding a way to accomplish it. Essentially I want to create custom stroke caps (or strke profiles if ...
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How to squeeze text into a shape

I'm trying to squeeze a text into a shape so that after removing the shape the text gives the impression of the shape. In the above example MYTEXT should go into the elipse. How can i do this with ...
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How would you represent distance graphically?

Ok, So this might be somewhat "subjective" but I am looking for some ideas. I want to represent distance as a bar graph (kind of) that gets "fuller" the closer the people are. The farther they are, ...
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What is this design pattern called? “Continuation wave.”

See the wavy line at the bottom of this graphic? I often see this visual technique used in software manuals and other material that contain screenshots. The technique cues that "there is more to ...
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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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How to achieve a repeating circular shape like the 'Sam Rockwell - Moon' poster in Illustrator?

I need help for making this circular shape in Adobe Illustrator. I assume it is basically just making circle shapes over and over again using the strokes and putting it inside each other over and ...
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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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Smart guides aren't smart

TL:DR Smart guides aren't accurate - even though the snap, (end up causing more problems in the long run) is there a way to fix it? Maybe there are some settings that I'm missing (need to be changed) ...
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How can I bend artwork by 25°?

I am doing a packaging for a client and when I received the shape of the container I found out that it should be bent by 25° and I want to know how to do that please. One solution is to bend the ...
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Create dotted circles in Illustrator

Does anyone know how to create these advanced dotted/patterned circles in Illustrator? I know how to make a dotted circle, but these are aligned pretty nicely and have a blend from light to heavy. I'd ...
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How do I create a tri-colored arc in Inkscape?

I need to cut an arc which has three colors say red, green and blue one after the other. This is for a circular game paddle. I am using a differentiate on a square and a circle, then rotating the ...
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Strange grey bordering/outline in Illustrator

I made a couple of vector shapes in AI and I get this strange thin border appearing around them. I can't get rid of it. Any suggestions? Zoomed in:
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How do I merge these two objects in Inkscape such that the space in between is gone?

I'd like to remove the white space in the screenshot I took of an Inkscape file and merge the two pink objects together into a single object.
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Inkscape: how to create a polygon from several polylines?

Drawn by hand in Inkscape, I have several polylines and polygons, more ore less in contact. I want to build a polygon from them (in zone A) and fill it with a given colour. The desired polygon will ...
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How do I equally space the pieces of a split shape in Illustrator?

I want to move all of the pieces of a split hexagon so there is equal space between each piece. I could use the stroke function but I need it to have a transparent background. I've split the ...
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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 can I fill in 4, 6, 8, 9, 0 etc with writing without it ignoring the center circle?

I'm trying to enter a list of names as text into the shape of an "8", but they won't go around the center holes of the 8, meaning I'm having to try, and failing, to justify it manually. How can I ...
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What's the name of the random geometric avatars some blogs use?

We usually see this kind of avatars in math forums! But I don't know what they are called. What is the name of such art? Also, is there any tool for generating these random shapes?
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Drawing a three-quarter circle in Inkscape?

I've been able to approximate a three-quarter circle in Inkscape using bezier curves, but is there a more precise way I can draw a three-quarter circle in Inkscape?
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Multiple objects spaced evenly around a circle

I have a project where I am taking 6 different images and placing them on a circle. All of the images have duplicates (anywhere between 3 of the same image to 24). In total, I need the circle to have ...
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How to get rid of rounded edges in Inkskape?

I was just trying to draw a square in Inkskape; so I clicked on create rectangles and squares and drew a square like this: But I still get rounded edges. Why does this happen and how can I avoid it? ...
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Convert vector Smart Object layer to Shape layer

I've cut and pasted vector art from Illustrator to PhotoShop and chose "smart object" when I pasted it. Is there a way to convert the smart object to a shape layer now so I can edit the very simple ...
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How to remove a point from a closed vector shape in Illustrator without breaking the shape?

When I try to delete a node in a space, by pressing DEL, the closed-shape it gets broken (not-continous anymore). How can I remove point from these without breaking them? Note: I used Illustrator ...
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How to change between Live shapes to masks properties in Photoshop CC

I am slightly confused as to why the properties panel changes suddenly (as far as I know) when using shapes in Photoshop CC. This is the normal properties panel when working with shapes Then I ...
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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 draw a radially symmetric 5-pointed star?

I'm looking for a 5-pointed star that I can rotate as part of a user interface. Therefore, the center of the star should not move – otherwise, it looks strange. However, no matter where I get a 5 ...
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Perfecting a curve in logo, Illustrator CS6

I'm rather new to Illustrator, and I'm currently designing a logo. Just refining it at the moment, checking all the measurements etc... But I'm wondering what's the best way to tackle this curve: ...
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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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