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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Sketch: how to merge shapes?

I am pretty new to Sketch. I am currently trying to merge two shapes into a single one. However whenever I hit "union" it does "merge" them, though basically they are still separate paths, that are ...
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Aligning an object freely along a guide in Illustrator

I have a quick question regarding aligning objects to paths/other objects. Essentially, I have a rounded rectangle with max rounding so that a circle could perfectly fit at either ends. Consequently, ...
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Repeat lines and expand the space between them

I am trying to speed up the process of creating a train track. The track I am making goes into the horizon in the distance. The lines/pieces of "wood" in the track need to gradually expand in space ...
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Creating a circle with grass around it

Using Photoshop CS6. I'm currently trying to make a circle with grass around it. Think a 2D world with dirt in the middle and grass on the sides. Currently im trying to do it with minecraft textures ...
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Illustrator: how to intersect shapes properly

I have a triangle (purple) and a rectangle (white). Is there a way to delete all the white part of the rectangle lying outside of the purple triangle's border? I've tried experimenting with the ...
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How to draw a semicircle inside of another one in Illustrator?

I am having trouble drawing a partial circle inside another circle. The outer shape is actually a lower case "b" with a font converted to outlines, so as you can see, the circle is not perfectly ...
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Creating a blurred border in illustrator

I'm trying to recreate this shape(s) in illustrator and am not sure how it was done. I came up with a similar effect using the blend tool and it works fine for the project I'm working on but am really ...
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Illustrator: how to construct curved and bent triangles

I'm looking to recreate this effect in Illustrator but cannot find the right tool to do the job. Any help in the right direction is appreciated. Thanks.
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Uniting two objects in Illustrator

I have to shapes with anchor points perfectly aligned: But the result is not what I want: If I select the anchor points and try to join them, I get an error message because they are not open paths. ...
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How to create this shape in Illustrator?

this is a shadow on car body. how to create this shape in illustrator? please feel free to point my way!
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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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Does After Effects have an outline mode like Illustrator?

I am applying several effects on my layers in After Effects, which make the layers look like one shape. I need to get the outline of this shape, similar to the outline mode in Illustrator. Can this be ...
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Add text above shape using Sketch

Problem: Trying to add text above a shape line in Sketch so that the text only cuts parts of the shape line. Current design: Desired design: What are the necessary steps in order to get the text ...
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Inkscape: how to set black background?

I need to set the background to black so I can work on some white artwork. What I do now is work the shape in another color (like blue or black) and fill with white when finished.
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Smoothly join two rounded rectangles at one joint

I would like to join my two rounded rectangles together into a single shape at the elbow joint they create but no matter how accurately I line them up, whenever I combine them into a single shape 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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Combining icon shapes in Illustrator

this is quite embarrasing but I've struggled with one shape for over 1 hour now. I have to draw a christmas sock icon. Something like that: I don't want to draw the lower part with free hand because ...
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Unexpected white fill from expanded path

I drew a bended line (?) using pen tool and use it as a png file. So I copy paste the line in Photoshop and try to save as a PNG, BUT I'm seeing this white line... think this has sth to do with ...
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How do I cover this outline to make these pants look like one shape?

DISCLAIMER: I'm not adept with programs like these and I have a very VERY basic understanding (if at all) of what I'm doing, so I apologize if my choice of words is poor or incorrect; bear with me, ...
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Illustrator: how to turn artwork to outlines

The first image is part of my current Illustrator artwork. How would I go about turning it into a thin outline, so that it looks like the second image except the lines need to be one pixel thick.
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Why does Compounding in Illustrator not behave the same for all paths?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8uGl6LdV7Q Above is a video showing the problem. How can I create a compound path out of several shapes by pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+8 just once? Right now ...
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Illustrator: how to create a triangle with one round corner

How do I round one corner of a triangle? Dragging 1 widget rounds all corners and holding down Alt/Option doesn't help.
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Gaps between shapes when exporting from illustrator to photoshop

I often have .ai files that need to be exported to .psd but with paths retained. To retain all vectors I follow this tutorial. All works as fine, expect for the fact that I often end up having small ...
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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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How can I easily create a path out of a non-linear shape in Illustrator?

I'd like to convert this shape into a path from the center so I can easily adjust the weight of the graphic with a stroke. Drawing it anew won't preserve the round elements perfectly.
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How do I break a combined shape into separate pieces?

So I am trying to create a ring/donut chart in Sketch 3 and I created two circles, a large and a small one and subtracted the small circle from the large circle to get a ring shape. Then I went around ...
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When I type on path, my shape fill is gone. How do I fill my shape after I type on path?

How do I fill my circle and still keep my type on path message?
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Clip raster image with bezier curve shape in Inkscape

I have a raster image that I'm trying to 'cut out' a part of (then follow it with feathering + blending etc), I draw an "outline" with the bezier curve tool, afterwards making sure to close the newly ...
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Importing Illustrator file to Photoshop: cut lines between shapes are visible

So I've created a vector logo in Illustrator Now, if I drag this image into Photoshop, automatically, the edges of the design (where I've used the Patherfinder tool, Divide) can be seen; How do I ...
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How to make a transparent black shape?

I would like to create a transparent black rectangle but I don't want the colour to turn grey when I turn down the opacity (around 60%). I want to retain the black colour of the original shape. How do ...
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Illustrator: how to select multiple shapes to apply the same style

Is it possible to select multiple shapes at a time in Illustrator? I have a number of shapes in my artwork that have some common styles, and I would like to select all of them at same time. I've tried ...
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How to apply filled mask to an audio spectrum layer?

Sorry if the question may appear confusing, I will try to explain as clearly as possible. I have created an audio spectrum layer and I'm trying to apply a filled mask to it. See first image: I drew a ...
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“Cutting” a shape in Illustrator

I have tried this on a few different shapes, but there has to be an easy way. I bet it's simple. I've attached an image of part of a car that I'm designing as a logo. I am trying to separate that ...
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What is the technique to create a blob effect with shapes in Illustrator?

Can anyone please guide me about the exact technique that is used to create this blob effect, I am trying to create a logo design.
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Adobe Illustrator: Is possible to build an impossible 3D-shape?

Would it be possible to build this "impossible" shape as a 3-dimensional object in Illustrator? (Image Source: Youtube) So far I have only been able to create a 2-dimensional version (which ...
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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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Illustrator: How do I merge a shape to take the form of another?

I would like to merge the tan/lighter coloured brown shape (inner face of the sloth) here onto the darker coloured brown or the (outside face of the sloth), so that the tan colour extends to the beard ...
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Shape with Inside and Outside Contours

I'm trying to figure how to draw a simple polygon wirh a solid color with white contours, inside and outside (pretty much like a donut :p), in a transparent background, but I had no success so far. ...
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How to make chamfered shapes in Photoshop

Like a triangle = an hexagon that has three sides with one size and another three with another one. NOT chamfered appearance. Thanks!
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How do I create a custom shapes in the shape of a circle in Illustrator

I'm designing my own shapes, but I can't get them to align or replicate the way I want them to. I need them to be in a perfect circle as shown below. How would I do this?
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Is there an option for rounding rectangles manually in Illustrator CS6?

I am using Illustrator CS6 and when I want to make a rectangle's corners round by using the direct selection tool and doing it manually, there is no option for that. So how to do so?
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How to create 3D Rectangle in Photoshop CC 2015

I am not familiar with the new 3D option that Photoshop CC 2015 provided. I am trying to create a simple rectangle box in the 3D environment but I could not figure out how. My guess is that I could ...
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Is there a shortcut or automated way to create a rectangle the same size of a picture on Adobe Illustrator?

I have many imported images on Illustrator and would like to create a rectangle with the same size of each, and on the same layout, without clicking on every picture and then "Transform", noting down ...
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Filling repetitive shapes inside an object [duplicate]

First of all, I got this picture from one of Downgraf's designs on Pinterest, and I am very interested in creating a design similar to this. I want to know what it's called and how it's made with ...
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Gimp 2 Cogs and Gears shape

I'm new to using gimp 2 and so far I've been having fun using it~ I just want to ask if there's a way to add customized shapes in gimp 2. Specifically the cogs and gears shapes. I've tried google ...
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Should an arrow for “update” point up or down?

I have an arrow icon notifying the user about pending software updates. The update needs to be downloaded, which indicates the arrow should point down. On the other side, updates are raising a ...
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Painting/Filling different sections of a shape on Illustrator CS5.1

I am trying to fill the inside of this JPG with different colours to represent different areas of the body; ie I want the head to be red, the arms yellow etc. When I import the JPG into Illustrator I ...
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Why doesn't the Shape Builder Tool let me select this specific shape?

I'm just starting to use Illustrator and I was watching some tutorials, but they don't have this problem. Why is this happening?
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Recreating a shape in AI or Sketch

Can anyone recommend me a tutorial or give me some indications on how I might be able to recreate this shape in AI or Sketch? It doesn't seem so complicated, I'm sure that might be just one simple ...
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How do I find where a shape/path is open in Illustrator?

Doodling around in Ai, I'm wondering how to find where my shape has a "hole" in it? Outline mode: When filling that: What's a method to find where the path/shape is open, causing the area in the ...