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What is the name of a squircle with three, five, six or more corners?

Well, its true that a rounded triangle works. Except the sides are also not straight so you wouldn't know also sides are rounded. However there is a mathematical shape that exhibits this kind of form. ...
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What is this shape that looks like a rectangle with rounded ends called?

While perhaps not the "technical" term for it.. I see it often called a Pill Shape.
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How to make a circle with grid on the outside ring

Draw 2 concentric circles Draw a connecting line (w. line tool for example) Enable rotate tool (with line selected) and alt click on the center of circle. Type in a value in degrees that is a ...
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Critique of timeline aesthetic

The purpose of a timeline is to show how the dots (or events in your case) break the line, so no need to squeeze the dots inside the line. Also adding bananas or cherries at the ends of the line and a ...
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Perfecting a curve in logo, Illustrator CS6

Keep the number of anchors you place to a minimum, make sure you have placed plenty of guides, and constrain the angle of the Bézier handles vertically by holding down Shift after you begin clicking ...
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Is there a specific name for this square with two corners sharp and two corners rounded?

Microsoft calls it a Round diagonal corner rectangle. Here are the names of various rectangles (one can confirm this for oneself by mouse-hovering over these shapes in e.g. Powerpoint or Word):
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How can I get this gradient effect?

There are a few ways to create the gradient effect, but this is how I would do it... Create the hexagon shape out of 6 triangles: Then apply different gradients to each triangle: Finally mask parts ...
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Do my potential customers need to understand the "meaning" of a logo, or just recognize it?

Your customers don't have to understand your name. Your customers don't have to understand your logo. Your customers do have to remember both. To make it easier to remember you'll typically make a ...
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How do I split a circle into equal sections in Inkscape?

The naive way is to use the circle tool and its sector (pie chart) mode to draw sectors with the same angle. Press ctrl while drawing the sectors to enable snapping every 15° (snapping angle can be ...
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Technique for finding the centerline of a curved object?

Use Illustrator's Blend Outline your type (Type → Create Outlines) If needed, ungroup the paths and/or release the compound path (Object → Ungroup / Object → Compound Path → Release) Use the Direct ...
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How do I create a tri-colored arc in Inkscape?

Start by drawing a circle using the Circle tool, whilst holding down Ctrl Turn on "Snap to object centre" & "Snap to rotation centre" and create guides that snap to the centre of the circle With ...
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Create dotted circles in Illustrator

You could script something to generate these but it's easy enough with a couple of circles, depending on the level of control and precision you need. This is just a bunch of concentric circles with a ...
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How can I bend artwork by 25°?

Use the 'Warp' feature in Illustrator (for vector artwork) create your artwork inside a straight rectangle group and select the artwork with this selected, hit Ctrl+Shift+Alt+W which opens up the '...
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How can I fill in 4, 6, 8, 9, 0 etc with writing without it ignoring the center circle?

You can't fill compound paths (as in paths with "holes") with text, you can use a text wrap as a workaround though... Separate your paths... (ungroup or release compound path or whatever). Use the ...
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How to draw a radially symmetric 5-pointed star?

A 5 pointed star IS radially symmetrical - The issue here is the rotational centre is skewed by the vertical distance (in this example) of the top point and the bottom 2 points. OK so, how to solve ...
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How to make a hexagonal grid?

Using Transform Effects isn't that hard; you just need three measurements.... The measurements are: X1: Width X2: 1/2 Width Y2: 3/4 Height You then need two* Transform Effects... The first set to ...
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Illustrator: how to fill shapes with a 45 degree line pattern?

Use a pattern... There are a bunch of line patterns loaded with Illustrator by default (Open Swatch Library → Patterns → Basic Graphics → Basic Graphics Lines). You can use them as a ...
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Illustrator: how to create a spirograph?

Ok, so a spirograph is just a function and I have made a function drawing script called jooGraphFunction. With this tool at hand we can go and plot cos(2*t)*(10*cos(12*t)) -sin(2*t)*(26*sin(12*t)) ...
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Is there an easier way to draw a parallelogram aligned with a triangle?

Using the Pathfinder Panel (for CS4 or newer) This will work in versions earlier than CS4 as well, as long as the version has the Pathfinder Panel (circa AI8 I think). The difference is prior to CS4 ...
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What is the name of a squircle with three, five, six or more corners?

"Squircle" was a random mash-up someone somewhere came up with and it became trendy. But a square with rounded corners, is still a square. And a circle with any corner is no longer a circle. There ...
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How to make a circle with grid on the outside ring

Please follow these steps: Draw a Line from the line tool or press \ Open appearance panel or press SHIFT+ F6 Apply the hereunder setting, those setting will array the line "Polar Array" we will ...
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How do I equally space the pieces of a split shape in Illustrator?

Vincent has a great idea, here's another similar method from a different approach (which I think has less steps) Create your shapes (all split up etc.) Select All (Ctrl/Command+A) Then add in an ...
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How can I make this shape in illustrator? (without pen tool if possible)

Do this: Draw a circle Use Scissors Tool and cut it into an arc (Remove the side you don't use) Apply a thick stroke with a rounded cap Expand.
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How to cut out one shape from another using Photoshop?

It's very Easy so, to make shape subtraction using Photoshop: draw two shapes (lets take the above example). make the arrow shape layer above the star shape layer. make a copy from the arrow layer ...
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How to get rid of rounded edges in Inkskape?

Inkscape remembers the last settings used, and when you create a rectangle its corners have the same properties of the last rectangles you made. You can get rid of the angles in several ways. Three ...
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How to draw a radially symmetric 5-pointed star?

As a matter of fact, like you have noticed, there is no equal sided symmetrical five sided star in existence that fulfills the requirement of having center where the star's bounding box center is. ...
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