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How do you call computer graphics created using lines and fills defined by mathematical equations? [closed]

How do you call computer graphics created using lines and fills defined by mathematical equations?
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Problem with Selection tool in Adobe Illstrator

My selection tool icon in adobe illustrator has changed to a triangle, Does anyone know what that means and how I can turn it back to the arrow icon?
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Will we ever see a laptop that looks and functions like a tablet?

I work freelance and sometimes travel & work at the same time. I am looking to replace my 4-yo Dell laptop, which is quite a hassle to travel with at over 2kg, with a similarly equipped but ...
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Photoshop. How to remove all white space, background + unenclosed space [duplicate]

Hi everyone here a problem I have, basically I want to remove all white from this image so I can paint beneath the illustration. When I remove the white using magic eraser or the magic wand I'm ...
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Free tool to change a coloured logo to white/transparent?

I'm doing some website design for a client and they want the companies that sell their product to be listed on a page. The problem is they don't want the exact company logo on the page, they want it ...
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Recommended friendly mouse for graphic design work [closed]

I've used a variety of mice and recently getting a lot of cramp from long hours editing in Photoshop. Please could someone recommend a mouse that will help.
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PC configuration for smooth performance in Photoshop and Illustrator? [closed]

How to organise Moderate configuration to setup a PC for smooth performance with Photoshop and Illustrator? I would like to assemble a PC for best performance when doing day long graphic design.
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The pros and cons of using the appearance panel to create complex shapes and strokes in AI

Recently, I've been going over some Lynda tutorials for Adobe Illustrator and there are several sections where the presenter uses the appearance panel to modify the shape and stroke (and add ...
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How do I achieve this?

This is NOT a question about replicating a graphic effect. Please read full. Before beginning working as a graphic designer (right now I'm a student with a decent portfolio), I want to have bulk ...
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Why have all of the GIMP brushes disappeared? [closed]

All of the gimp brushes have, for some reason, disappeared and I don't know how to get them back. The spot where you're supposed to see the name of the brush is just filled with Clipboard: And the ...
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Illustrator vs InDesign snapping

I am wondering why the InDesign snapping and smart guides works like a dream, but when it comes to Illustrator it works so badly. For example when I align stuff with snapping/smart guides etc turned ...
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Red Eye Tool not working on file in Photoshop

I have opened a jpg file in Photoshop CS6 and have converted it from RGB to CMYK (it's going to be printed in a booklet), and I am now trying to edit out the red eyes using the red eye tool. When I ...
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Converting a logo to monotone in GIMP [duplicate]

I usually convert my logos to a particular colour (not just greyscale) in photoshop by using the following process: Convert to Greyscale/Choose Duotone/Select colour and click okay. I need to do the ...
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InDesign: hiding center line between two facing pages

I'm wondering how I can make the center line between two pages disappear, for example:
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Why sketch allow 0.5x export in dropdown?

Can anyone tell me why Sketch(mac tool for designers) enable us to export half sized of anything? Why they made it so easy?
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Photoshop Loupe Function?

Don't ask why BUT after all this time, I realized this guy using a "Loupe" tool throughout his tutorial. Is there such a tool/plugin within Photoshop or is this most likely done in post? I hate ...
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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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Illustrator: what is this black dotted box? How can it be disabled?

It's not part of the artwork and doesn't seem to be hurting anything, but I get this on a lot of client logos and I'm wondering how to get rid of it. I think it's part of the artboard, but can't ...
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Which tool/workflow to design personalized maps?

I would like to design maps that include a mix of current cities, historical cities, natural landmarks, roads (current and old). These maps need to be accurate, but I would like to be able to ...
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What is this crosshair and left arrow sign for Adobe Illustrator do?

I'm not sure what keys I hit, but my rectangle tool has a crosshair and a left arrow attached to a vertical bar. When I draw rectangles, they are drawn at a skew and not aligned to a default XY axis. ...
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Closing Paths in Illusstrator pen tool

Hello I have a question? I'm using the pen tool and I have a lot lines alternating my artboard how would I close the paths the alternating lines that I have drawn in Illustrator.
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Comparison chart for glyphs that work in MS Word, Illustrator, InDesign+

I want to buy some fonts and ran across an excellent comparison chart for the advance glyphs and ligatures available in the various programs such as Word, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and so on. ...
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Polygon tool won't draw larger than a certain size

When I create a polygon it will only allow me to drag out a very small one but no larger. Single clicking to create the polygon will let me create it at any size I specify. I can also change the size ...
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How do GFX Designers make these type of designs?

What is involved in creating the following images? What programs and resources would guide an average-user/newbie to being able to produce images similiar to these? I would greatly appreciate any ...
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Illustrator CC eyedropper samples wrong color through mesh in outline mode

I am working on a video tutorial with a gradient mesh. I'm trying to color it realistically according to an image file. My bottommost layer is a template layer with a JPG picture to trace or sample ...
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Circle tool stuck making ovals in Illustrator

I've done something to my shape tool - it's only producing ovals instead of circles, in spite of holding the shift key down. I've found that it's also making parallelograms out of squares - skewing ...
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What makes a Moleskine notebook so good and when should someone invest in them?

What makes Moleskine so frequently cited as the go-to sketchbook for artists. StackExchange offered us Moleskine notebooks (though I still never got mine!). There's countless pages on the web ...
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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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Issues with brush Tool In illustrator using graphics tablet

I'm using a Wacom graphics tablet and i'm trying to use the brush tool in Illustrator CS6 to write some 'curly' text for a project. It all looks fine when i'm drawing but as soon as i 'release' the ...
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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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Best resources/way/curriculum to learn Graphic Design? [closed]

I have a Fine Art background. I want to learn Graphic Design and be job ready in this field within six months. I am self learning and have time and discipline to put in. what is the best curriculum to ...
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Create a custom font with multi colours [closed]

I'm looking to crate a custom font. The font has 2 colours - a coloured fill and a different coloured hard edge shadow. Is this possible and how?
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How do I make Inkscape's selection tool (F1) more precise?

When I click on something, it selects, I believe, the largest object in a given radius from the click offset, not the path I've actually clicked on. Is there a way to increase the precision? Zooming ...
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Rectangle Tool pitched 15 degrees in Illustrator

Whenever I click on the "Rectangle Tool" the resulting rectangle is always pitched 15 degrees up, on the right hand side. The solution I am sure is simple and probably too simple for this forum, but ...
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Tool to compare designs

I am looking for a tool (not Software / Programm) to compare corporate designs consisting of colors, fonts, logo and lines etc. I have something in mind like a onepager / card / palette with a ...
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Is it possible to automatically move PS/AI toolbars?

I work using a 15in MacBook Pro and a 27" Thunderbolt display. I use the two of them as separate screens. My problem is that it's hard to move my entire program (ie: Photoshop/Illustrator) all at ...
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Tool for drawing Smartphones from different 3D Perspectives [closed]

For presentation purposes, I need to visualize a process that involves rotating the smartphone in 3D-space. Hence, I am looking for a drawing tool (or a way), which has smartphone graphics (preferably ...
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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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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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Cannot create rounded corners on object in Illustrator

I am following this tutorial to get some inspiration: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/logo-design.html?set=illustrator--get-started--ready-to-use I used steps from the fourth video to ...
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Star tool not working properly in Illustrator

I can't make proper stars. I've been playing with the Star Tool by pressing keys like CTRL + Arrow buttons, CTRL + ALT. And suddenly I got my Star Tool broken. What I have: How it should be: The ...
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Convert HD video to HD gif

Hi i am trying converting a 5 seconds video to a gif using Photoshop. The result is terrible, specially if video has blurred items the final gif is horrible. Do you know any better way to convert it ...
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Illustrator and direct selection tool. Help!

I was watching a tutorial on youtube on how to make a specific logo on illustrator. The guy draws a triangle with the polygon tool. He then takes the direct selection tool and grabs the uper and left ...
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How to enable Paint Bucket instead of Material Drop Tool on CC 2015?

I'm using photoshop CC 2015 and I can't select Paint bucket anymore, only this annoying Material Drop Tool is shown instead of bucket in the Tools. any ideas?
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More Power? (do I need to upgrade my pc?) [duplicate]

In advance, I'd like to thank you for your help. And apologies for the amateur question – but that’s exactly what I am. For the last several years, I have taken on minor graphic design/editing jobs ...
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Can we upload a logo with a lot of unnecessary points?

When I use the shape builder tool in Illustrator to combine 2 clean shapes, it produces a lot of points and when i try to remove the un necessary points I feel like it's not as clean as before ..is it ...
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Is there a median tool for colours? (Median between 2 colours)

I'm working on a pixel sprite and I have 2 coloured pixels with 1 empty pixel gap between them. Is there any way (tool) to fill in the missing pixel with the mixture of the 2 that are filled?
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How to find which brush was used in a layer in Photoshop?

In a new layer, I selected the shape of the letter U and used a specific brush to brush in that selection in Layer 16 (in the screenshot below). Now I can't figure out which brush I used to get this ...
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Online tool to create static timelines [closed]

I would like to create a really simple timeline image. I just want something which is a line, with dots at various dates along it, with test describing each stage. Is there any tool which easily ...
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Can I use Surface Pro 4 and Illustrator CS6?

I recently bought the new Surface Pro 4 with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD. I installed my CS6 Standard Suite yesterday and I was quite impressed how fast illustrator and Co. opened. Unhappily, the pen does ...