Questions tagged [vector]

Questions about vector graphics (image files created using geometric elements such as points, lines, Bézier curves and shapes, that can scale infinitely without loss of image quality)

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How to avoid black background when dealing with transparent vectors

I have a heart graphic I am working with in Adobe illustrator. It has transparent properties in it and looks to be mainly made up of mesh layers. I keep finding transparency in illustrator a ...
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How to request vector source files after a job is complete?

I am an office manager for a security company. When I was first hired on, my boss had a friend of a friend that he used to do the business cards and letterhead. They designed it, but used a logo that ...
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Using vectors/stock graphics in designs?

I'm looking for a little advice, hopefully somebody can offer me some. I currently work in Marketing/Graphic Design.I do not have a degree in Graphic Design, but a degree in Advertising (which was ...
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How can I easily add color to unclosed shapes?

I've got a line art drawing of a dragon that I'm trying to color. I don't necessarily care if I use Illustrator, Photoshop, or Sketchbook Pro; I'm just trying to figure out the best way to color the ...
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Vectorizing a Skyline

I need to create a vectorized version of my local city skyline. If I use multiple artists photos as reference, is there any copyright concerns? I realize just taking one photographers work and ...
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How to get rid of these outline artifacts in an Inkscape SVG trace?

I can get good trace results in Inkscape converting a bitmap to a vector image - except for these persistent thin outline artifacts. They resemble a topographic map and pretty much ruin the trace. ...
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Inkscape: Caps on lines are always black

If I use a cap on a line, usually so I can make an arrow, it is always black despite the stroke color. Is this a bug or am I not understanding something?
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Why can I not use the brush tool to paint my object?

I drew an image in Illustrator and now I would like to fill it with color. I created a second layer and placed it under the line art. However when I try to painting with the brush tool I get a really ...
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How to create proper Vector Images that can be used as an Android Vector-Drawable?

I'm quite new to creating vector images. I started to learn how the create them because I need some custom icons for an Android app I'm currently working on. And here starts the problem. I'm creating ...
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Why are vector shapes sometimes left unclosed?

I don't see it often, but I've seen it a few times in vector files: some of the shapes were left unclosed. The SE logo is not an example of this, but I modified it to illustrate my question: You can ...
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Which software can produce drafting scale line diagrams

Which software can be used to draw lines at exact measurements? I am looking for a tool which could be used for example to draw a top down view of the turning circle for a car. The drawing would ...
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Easy way to make smooth connection in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Take a look on the image. I have a line with two segments (on the left). How to make smooth connection between them keeping one segment untouched (right side)? I know two methods but they are not so ...
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How does pixel hinting work?

In this question, a user asks how he can create a vector image that scales down smoothly. Pixel hinting is the solution: Anti aliasing treats every edge like a nail, smashing and smoothing ...
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Workflow for print publishing children's book?

I have recently drawn and scanned a children's book that I will try to have published. I converted the scans into vectors using Vector Magic in order to have nice, clean, smooth lines without any ...
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How to avoid white spaces when crossing 'pen tool' lines in Inkscape?

I am on Ubuntu and trying to learn Inkscape. When I draw a line with the 'pen tool', if a line self-intersects there is a white space in the intersection. How do I avoid that? Is there some setting ...
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What's the best method to send and receive eps files to and from clients?

Every once in a while a client emails me a .eps file. Most of the time these files fail to open or they open with errors. This can often delay production or mistakenly allow errors to slip through. ...
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How can I easily deselect a path after creating it in Illustrator?

I want to use the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator to make hair strands for a vexel portrait. I have to make hundreds of strands. The problem is that I would like to use the pen tool to make two anchor ...
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Illustrator Artwork, from only one of our artists, is extremely slow to work with

I work for a company that mainly sells city and state art transfer-printed, etched, engraved, etc. onto dinnerware. Most of the time i deal with the art, personally, i see that it contains anywhere ...
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Given one exact measurement, how can I use it to measure the rest?

I'm asking how to use a given measurement to create a custom scale that I can use to accurately measure the rest. I have a vector file that looks like: I wish to measure parts of the car, to build a ...
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How to modify path width?

I have this image of a heart: favorite.svg and this image of a back arrow: back.svg I would like to modify the line width of the back arrow to match the line width of the heart. Any ideas on how I ...
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Inkscape: Delete an anchor & maintain the handles of connected anchors

When I do any kind of point editing with Inkscape, I will have an object (A) and delete one of the points hoping to get C, but instead I get B. I understand why this happens, it's so curves can be ...
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Illustrator: A way to merge overlapping lines of adjacent shapes?

I often create designs that I need to bring to a laser cutter. To save time and material, I pack repeated shapes as close as possible. The ideal scenario is that shapes share a single line where ...
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Ronchi Rules or graduated and varied strokes in illustrator or Inkscape

I am searching for an easy way to create (in vector) something like this: essentially I would like to create lines starting for example: black 5pt, white 5pt, black 4pt, white 4pt, etc... all the ...
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Converting a full colour vector to a single outline vector

Im looking to convert a full colour vector image into pretty much a line drawing with no fill. I use illustrator CS6. I have tried the Edit> Edit Colours> Recolour Artwork. However, when I'm done it ...
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Vectors or 300 dpi TIFFs for printing?

I have worked with CreateSpace before and used AI vector images on the cover and interior PDF of a book, but the images all printed pixelated. After complaining, CreateSpace told me to only use 300 ...
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How much do i need to change a vector image to make it my own

so this question was already asked before but it referred to vector work that was derived from a picture or artwork of some form. My question is about simple 1bit silhouette vectors, and where the ...
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How do I export a complicated floorplan and ductwork from CAD to Adobe Illustrator in vector format (without freezing/crashing Illustrator)?

I've tried lowering the quality of the plot in CAD but that makes the curves so bad it's unusable. Every time I try and open the exported file in Illustrator it takes forever and if/when it loads if I ...
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Making a line drawing or vector image from photograph

I'm trying to create shooting target-style single-color images from digital pictures of animals. Once I've lifted the image from the background, what are ways I could turn it into a simple line ...
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If I import a .psd file with one layer into Ai and then save as .ai file, is this a true vector file?

I've been asked by a friend to create a vector file from a .psd they have given me which only has one layer. I realize a .ai is a vector file by default, but I often see that an image needs traced, ...
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Create vector icons and export them later as PNG without antialiasing

I have created a vector file (svg) and now I wanted to export it as 66px x 66px, 44px x 44px and 22px x 22px PNG file. It should be used as a UIBarButtonItem in the navigation bar. Therefore I use ...
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Add 3D perspective to a vectorized text

I don't have any real experience with 3D software (except for 1995's Raydream Designer). I realize there are plenty of fine options out there, but I am looking for something tremendously simple: For ...
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How is it possible to use raster images on billboards at such large sizes?

I am learning graphic design. I know Illustrator is for vectors and Photoshop is raster images. When it is enlarged in Photoshop you can see the individual pixels and raster results. So Illustrator is ...
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Need advice on reducing icon size without loss in detail [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to resize icon sets in Photoshop? I'm redesigning the icon for my Android application. I designed it at 512x512 and then rescaled it to 96x96 and 32x32. However, it looks ...
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How can I create this warped checkerboard effect on Illustrator/Photoshop?

Here is an image by David Rudnick. I would like to create the checkered effect, been trying with illustrator but no luck. It seems like this was either wrapped on an existing object, or 3D extrusion. ...
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How do you combine two paths into one, or is there a better way to draw this shape?

So to draw this crystal I used the pen tool for the outline and used line segments for the inside lines. Then I joined all the line segment anchors. I was left with two paths: the outline, and the ...
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How to use a shape as a vector mask?

My goal is a rectangular vector mask that I can freely resize without resizing the masked layer, but I'm confused about the interplay between shapes and vector masks: I can't figure out how to ...
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Where can I find vectors / blueprints of different car models (vinyl design)?

I need to design a vinyl for Seat Ibiza Coupe (2009). I have already found this site: the-blueprints.com but I think it is too expensive for a vector. Is there any site that has free or unexpensive ...
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Script to get x,y positions from a path in a vector image

In the old days, if someone had a scientific graph, then readers would only have access to the rastered image. So if you wanted to get the raw data from the plot, you could use something like ...
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Illustrator is slow / Not responding when redrawing complex / many paths?

My illustrator seems to be taking naps, that blue wheel turning and churning ;( Damn blue circular thinking and greye'd out .ai window focus. My art is a polygon design with anywhere from 500 - 1000 ...
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Object Mosaic in Inkscape?

I'm currently working on a poster project for my graphic design class. Since I can't use Adobe products outside of school, I'm using GIMP and Inkscape. For the background, I'm trying to convert part ...
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Cutting paths with paths in Sketch.app

Goal: To come up with a set of curves on different scales to reproduce the typical "metro map" look. Also to learn what this kind of curve is called (not bezier, not rational?) Given the following ...
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Selecting same shapes in vector files

I have a vector file contains over 500 circle , the diameter of circles are different ( 5mm , 5.5mm and 10mm). are there any ways to select all same shape circle (for example all 5mm diameter ) and ...
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Combine Same Color Objects

This question has probably been asked, but I can't find it, exactly. I'm a bit of a noob, and am unclear on some of the terminology. How do you combine all adjoining objects of the same color, all in ...
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Sketch vector lines don't scale

My logo is composed only of vector lines. Its dimensions are 1051 x 194. When I Layer > Transform > Scale the logo to a smaller size (eg 170 x 32), some of the lines disappear; in particular the ...
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How can I drag 2 points inverted in Sketch?

I want to take 2 points of the object I'm creating in vector mode and drag them in an inverted fashion, so the distance from the center to the 2 points stays the same. This would allow me to create ...
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How to place a perfect curve to join two circles together?

I have two circles in this position I'm looking to acheive this (but more perfect with the flow of the curve meeting the circle perfectly on the right) notice, that it is slightly off) How would I ...
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Photoshop Vectors turned into raster images automatically

Sorry if this has been done before. I just got Creative Cloud, have worked on older versions of Photoshop before. Every time I try to do anything vector based in Ps CC, be it Text, Pen Tool or ...
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low poly wireframe [duplicate]

I am trying to create this look on an image but not sure what program was used to create it. I have illustrator and photoshop but not sure if there is a filter I could purchase to help start the ...
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How do I draw inside an object in Inkscape?

I have the image shown above where the black colored stroke is the outline of the cloud. I also have a slightly offsetted blue color fill. What should I do to put the blue color fill inside the ...
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Pixel-sized drawings in vector

When I am having an object of any size (in this case it will be 300px x 300 px), I need a tool like a brush. For example, I want first pixel on the top left to be black, second pixel on the top left - ...