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Illustrator Blend Tool not matching two paths

So I'm trying to create a stroke out of an S, and am using the normal blend tool trick to get a path down the middle but all I'm getting are these off lines that only start and end in the right place.
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Spacebar “Hand” tool affected by its own grid in Illustrator

There is something about the spacebar "Hand" tool that I never noticed before. It may sound ultra picky, but when it's at max zoom, you can see that this tool follows a pattern which I never noticed ...
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Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette/color scheme around colors I select?

No matter how nice the composition, flow, and lines of my design are, if I am not copying directly from nature, I have a very difficult time picking a decent color scheme. It either looks too drab, ...
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How to create image like this?

So, I have an image like this: in which I want to highlight the "Advanced" section on the left side of the image like the image below: How can I do this? Thanks!
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Where to get Chibi Maker with complete customizable movement?

I found out that Chibi Character Maker online is the best tool i ever known. Such as these list: 1) ChibiMaker 2) GamesGames But none of them are making the chibi character has a movement, such as ...
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Photshop PS5 Marquee Crosshair colour

How can I change the colour of the marquee crosshair as it becomes invisible on a white background and I have to guess as to its actual position? I thought it would auto-contrast such that it's ...
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How to change the color of the artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

It is practically impossible to edit a white illustration on the default white artboard background. Hiding the artboard makes the whole work area receive the artboard's white color. So, is there a ...
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How to draw a non-defect transparent line?

Gimp is pretty good to draw a straight lines. It is easy as 1) set first point with left click and 2) set second point with shift+left click: But when I set opaque to 30-70%, small defect is appeared ...
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How is this (pencil like) design made?

can anybody help me here to figure out how are these designs made? Like what software and what tools can be used to make similar designs? Fish Thanks!
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GIMP Clone using different size, rotation, reflection, perspective transforms?

Is there a plugin for GIMP to enable cloning with transforms (size, rotation, reflection and/or perspective) performed automatically? Currently, the only way I can see to do these things is to ...
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Online tool without login to create animated GIF

This request is addressed to all users in order to create animated gifs that can be placed on one of the stackexchange sites (I use a lot of TeX.SE.) when I would like to better explain a question or ...
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Is there delete anchor point tool for multiple anchors in Illustrator CC?

I'm looking for a way to remove multiple anchor points from path, but keppeing path intact. Now i select multiple points with lasso tool, then hit delete, then select 2 new end points and join them. ...
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Puppet warping a polygon in Illustrator with internal line-art

I am attempting to warp a leaf symbol that I made, but the individual elements aren't maintaining their relative positions. I select, then add three warp pins (have tried more, and adding at the ...
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How to convert object fill in to fine lines?

I am trying to find a way to convert a solid object fill in to millions (more or less) lines? for example: I am okay to use any tools but ideally I want output in SVG format (not necessary tho) ...
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How to you make such a seamless patterns in adobe Illustrator?

I came across some designs of a seamless patterns which look great, i wonder how to create such vector designs in illustrator? They are seamless and when i make something similar with a pattern tool ...
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An issue with pencil tool in Illustrator 2019, pencil's default fill and stroke set to none, how to fix it?

I was using the pencil tool a lot in previous versions of Illustrator (2015 particularly). It was very handy when I was drawing highlights and shadows on illustration, because I could draw a shape ...
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Change default of Illustrator rectangular grid tool?

Is there any way I can change the default of rectangular grid tool to 1 by 1. It's at 5 by 5. I keep using the grid tool as guide so.
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SVG2TikZ or Inkscape2TikZ: convert from SVG graphics to TikZ/PGF code [closed]

Inkscape is a graphics program that has several extensions. One of this tool for exporting SVG pciture is TikZ/PGF. From this page https://github.com/kjellmf/svg2tikz SVG2TikZ, there are a set of ...
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How do you call “Charte Graphique” in English?

This is not really a translation question - more of a designer vocabulary. How do you call the set of visuals, logos, designs, colors, fonts... that make a whole design project? In French we would ...
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Is there a shortcut to change to a different tool while typing in Photoshop?

I am just wondering if there is a way to use keyboard shortcuts while using the "T" Type tool. For example, while I am creating text with the words "hello," and I want to move to the selection tool, I ...
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(Ilustrator CS6) Missing custom color swatches from gradient tool

I'm having a new problem that I'm 100% certain it wasnt there before. On the top I'm pointing out my custom color swatches. As far as I can remember, If I wanted to add those colors to a gradient I ...
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Keep pixels crisp when rotating object?

I noticed that when rotating an object in Photoshop the preview of the image has nice and crisp pixels, but when I rotate the image and finish the transformation it adds an annoying blur. Is it ...
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Brush tool painting wrong colour in Photoshop

The brush tool was working normally when it suddenly switched colour to a lighter colour even though the colour that i selected is still the correct one. It also paints the wrong colour when i use a ...
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Illustrator reducing double stroke svg to a single stroke svg [duplicate]

I have a double stroke svg that I want to reduce to a single stroke svg. The area on the svg is defined as some white shapes that are overlayed on a black background, with anchors outlining the shapes ...
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How to change shape of soft edges in MS PowerPoint?

In Microsoft PowerPoint (2016), you can add a soft (fading) edge to pictures via the Picture Effects menu. This adds a circular perimeter around rectangular/square pictures with a fading edge. There'...
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Is there a way to change the cursor when using the brush tool in Illustrator?

I can't stand how the cursor for the brush tool is an actual brush in Illustrator. It makes it really difficult to see where I am going with the brush. Is there a way to change it so that the cursor ...
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As to known the colors used in an image?

Supposing that I have the following table, Is there a fast method (with external tools with the web: for example ColorZilla, browser extension) to recognize the color in RGB (or CMYK) without to ...
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How can I use the clone stamp tool with a static source point in Adobe Photoshop?

I remember a few years ago I watched or read a tutorial that showed me how I can use the clone stamp tool with a static source point. What I mean is that the source we indicate with the alt button ...
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Wireframing tool to design a website idea

I have nothing to do with design, because I don't know how to mix two colors. Some time ago, I've read about some tools which are used in the creation of interfaces for application and web pages. In ...
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How to navigate to given coordinates in paint.net?

I'm using the Rectangle Select tool - I'm selecting an area of 300px x 300px, starting from 0,0 coordinates. I'd like to quickly jump to coordinates 300,0. Is there any shortcut which I can use to ...
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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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Polygonal lasso tool went mad

When I use the Polygonal lasso tool to select a new layer, the line won't go cross the pixel to another one but go step by step through the pixel's line like the photo below, it turned straight line ...
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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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Blend Tool With Variable Stroke Width Not Giving Perfect Strokes

I'm trying to use blend Tool with variable stroke widthw but getting weird problem like this: Video I referenced is How to Make a Linocut Look with Adobe Illustrator But I'm not getting same result ...
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Why doesn't the gradient tool appear over the object I've applied it to in Illustrator CS6?

Why doesn't the gradient tool appear over the object I've applied it to in Illustrator CS6? I have to click and hold down to adjust the size of the gradient on an object or just use the gradient ...
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How do I stop the pen tool from trying to link to other shapes within close proximity of my path in Illustrator?

I'm attempting to recreate an advertisement for a school project and when I draw two shapes near each other the pen tool wants to link my second shape to the first. This happens as soon as I start to ...
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Inkscape Bezier pen

I'm facing a problem in Inkscape with the Bézier pen tool when I'm trying to connect the end of the drawing with the Bézier pen. Something strange is happening.
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What is slice tool and what are practical ways to use them?

This is a noob question, and I've looked for answers on the internets about the slice tool in Sketch. I understand it is a type of layer, but I don't understand why and when they're used. Other ...
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Adobe Illustrator error creating text constrained by shape (Area Type Tool)

I am newer than new to Illustrator, but am trying nontheless to design a logo for my friend. The most basic of operations is to create an ellipse, correct? I have created a circle with this tool, ...
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What to look for in projectors to use in murals

To paint murals we will use an old 20th century overhead projector and transparencies to project images on a wall and draw preliminary outlines. Bulbs for the projector are getting hard to find. I'm ...
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Why are the slices not accurate in my pie chart in Illustrator?

I made a pie chart that contains several slices. Two of the slices are .1%. One .1% slice (the yellow one) can easily be seen, while the other one is incredibly small - you have to drag the other ...
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Is there no capitalize button in Inkscape?

I do not see an option to set a phrase as uppercase with the click of the button. Is there no such feature, or am I missing something?
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What is the best software for creating exam paper template?

I regularly create exam papers in Photoshop with two types of pages: left and right. We create the questions in Word and then add them into Photoshop. However, this process takes a lot of time and ...
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A tool on line to convert an image to vectorial or using Adobe Illustrator: best practice

I would like to know if there are any online tools that convert without using programs such as InkScape, Photoshop or other software that convert images like PNG to vector format with extension, for ...
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line tool photoshop not getting the dotted propertie [duplicate]

I'm trying to change a line created with the line tool into a dotted line but I can't find the property for that. I've tried resetting the line tool but I still don't get the option. At the moment it ...
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Cannot see object when moving

I cannot see the object moving or resizing in real time. Like in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqWEJoGHpPo I see the object move along with the cursor when she is moving the object. In ...
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Why are Apple Macs used so much in the graphic design industry?

Why is it that graphic designers more often use an Apple Mac? I am studying graphic design and I am hoping to do some freelance work in my spare time. I have a unit in my studies to discover why Macs ...
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How do I deselect a tool in GIMP?

I've finished rotating, and now wish to move the handheld eyedropper under the eye. So I'm trying to deselect the Rotate Tool. If I click on the image, the Rotate box reappears, undesiredly. If I ...
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Convert file from Adobe Illustrator to TikZ

Yet I can not find a way in Adobe Illustrator to convert an image to any format in TikZ and PGF. TikZ is build on top of PGF and allows you to create sophisticated graphics in a rather intuitive and ...
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Is there an easy way to see whether an image needs “amount” or “radius” values adjusted, in Photoshop's “Unsharpen Mask”?

I'm touching up photos for analysis, so they need to be as true to the original as possible (including when zoomed), but sharpened (anything from slightly to greatly) to bring out whatever textures, ...