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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Drawing thin shapes without losing quality or being blurry

I want to draw an "x" and the size needs to be 8 × 8 and 10 × 10 but I can't do it without losing quality and it being blurry. I tried in Photoshop and Illustrator, I tried to draw it big ...
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How to select a global fill color for shapes

Working with Photoshop CS4, I have a file with 4 shapes and some portion of the same shapes to create overlay effects, I need to color a set of shapes with color A and the other set with color B, ...
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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 ...
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How to draw an irregular line with photoshop

I have a path, a simple semi-ellipse (not closed) similar to an oblong "C" I'm trying to turn it into a form with the following aspects: the brush must be flat and not round, the extremities must end ...
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Colored rectangles not printing (in PDF nor paper printing)

So I am trying to overlay colored shapes over a floor plan I've placed in InDesign. They are just regular shapes (rectangle + triangles) and I filled them with Pantone swatch colors. For some reason ...
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Creating Shape Path in Illustrator

You'll have to forgive the novice question, because I am a novice where illustrator is concerned. I am attempting to draw a path across a specific shape, but am having a difficult time actually ...
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Strange behavior of Minus Front in Isolation mode of compound shape

So I have the shapes above (2 circles and 2 rectangles as seen in layers panel) I selected all and made a compound shape with alt+click on Exclude (I also tried tried the same with Unite and got the ...
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Unable to change color of a shape layer made with Pen tool in Photoshop

I have selected the Pen tool and switched to shape (from path), I have then designed an arc like shape (C looking). The layer icon has the shape symbol like ordinary shapes made with the shape tool. ...
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Photoshop: Converting text to shape makes them all one color

I'm trying to use the Perspective and Distort functions on text, therefore I'm trying to convert the text to shapes in order to accomplish that. When I did it though, it made all the text one color ...
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Problem with cutting outline of circle

I've tried to cut the outline of a circle, by using the knife tool, the shaper tool, all of the pathfinder tools(for example: minus back), and I couldn't find a way, to cut those lines correctly. And ...
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How to create rounded broken oval in Sketch

How to create such shape in Sketch? I've tried using the oval tool, then tried subtract. I can create it with a pen tool, but it is a lot of work. Is there an easier way to do this?
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How to produce a effect like this? Illustrator Distort Effect

I'm trying to recreate the following shape in Adobe Illustrator:
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Illustrator: how to add segment to a closed path

I created a rectangle by pointing and clicking 4 anchor points. My question is, is there a way to connect two already existing anchor points to create a diagonal segment? I am trying hard with the pen ...
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Illustrator: how to make shapes opaque with no fill?

I have shapes overlapping that have no fill (because I am designing a t-shirt and just want the shirt color to show underneath the shapes' lines) but I still want a shape on top to cover the lines ...
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How to make corners round in Illustrator?

I have created this image, I couldn't manage to make the corners look rounded (see below) How can I make the corners round in Illustrator?
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Illustrator CC: no snap when drawing polygon

Using the polygon tool, the mouse cursor isn't able to snap to any guide or center point of existing paths and objects. The other drawing tools seem to snap correcty.
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How can I trim away shape with inkscape

I have tried a variety of selection options and combinations within the Path menu. I would like to take these outlined shapes: and trim it down to be the intersecting shape noted here: I would like ...
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Rounding and aligning crescent shapes in Illustrator

I am in the early stages of developing a logo using Illustrator CS6 and am having a real issue. I used the shapes tool to make the circle and then using another 75% smaller circle, I created the ...
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Why isn't Blending Mode: Difference inverting colors?

I have one document that has rectangular shapes on top of a clipped rasterized image, and while changing the Blending Mode of the shape to Difference, the colors underneath get inverted. Although, I'm ...
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Photoshop: how to align multiple layers

I need 3 circles aligned straight. I draw a circle using Ellipse tool. When I draw a second circle, I either draw it in the same layer or I draw it in a new layer. The problem I am facing when I ...
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Affinity Designer: how to clean up compound path

I don't really know how to describe this problem, but I just want a clean cut if you know what I mean. It seems like the ellipse is trying to form an ellipse again and so there are new lines in the ...
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Logo design: what is this style called?

I see many 'crystallized' style logos, for example the Sketch logo or something like the attached. What is this design style called?
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How to draw rows with consistent depths when dealing with unique shapes?

We're trying to figure out how to draw a series of rows that have consistent depths with different types of shapes. Ie sometimes there are round parts, or shapes get wider at points, etc. The closest ...
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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 ...
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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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