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: Illustrator CC: Extending shapes along a path I have a couple arrow shapes pointing at a given angle as shown in the image below. I'd like to extend both arrow points together, further along
I have a couple arrow shapes pointing at a given angle as shown in the image below. I'd like to extend both arrow points together, further along the same trajectory. How can I do this maintaining the same relative positions of the arrow paths.
Much thanks for any help you can provide,
: Re: What can i do if my boss gives me an image to use and says he has rights for but wont show me that he does? So my boss buys tons of old images and asks me to use them on some of our
Any opinion on this forum is just an opinion, not a legal advice.
Are you on the legal department?
If you are, then, regardless he/she is your boss ask for the proper documentation and do your job.
If you are not, well he/she is your boss. Just design the proper stuff and prepare your next job/backup plan when the legal owners sue the company you work in.
Depending on the country they can get away with it or not. How to manipulate a photograph so that it becomes original artwork?
Try to send a memo to your legal department if you have one warning them to check the necessary permissions.
: Fill color (Hex) value as variable to be used in data set? I am new to Illustrator for the most part. I am trying to build out a bunch of icons with different 2 letter values as well as
I am new to Illustrator for the most part. I am trying to build out a bunch of icons with different 2 letter values as well as a different background fill color. I have the data set with a name, hex code color, and the 2 letters. Is there anyway I can use the hex code value inside my data set as a variable to be iterated upon inside a batch action? I have looked around and not really seen anything relating to my problem. The closest thing I saw was to rename the hex code values as rgb's and make them custom swatch names. Thanks for any and all help and also if you can just point me in the direction you think I might be going :P.
: Re: How to bend a path along an arc (or any shaped path)? TL:DR How can I bend a shape along a path in illustrator I've been wondering for a while how I can do this, when I saw this
Just save your shape as an art brush / pattern brush (depends on what are you trying to achieve)
: Print Transfer Distortion I am creating artwork for a screen printing application that transfers the design to a pyramid shape using a silicone pad. How can I anticipate the distortion or better
I am creating artwork for a screen printing application that transfers the design to a pyramid shape using a silicone pad. How can I anticipate the distortion or better yet template the distortion so it will look correct on the piece even with new artwork designs? I print to a flat surface and pad print to the pyramid shape surface.
: Computing the range of CIE L*a*b* I am currently using C# to compute the range of various color spaces. One such, CIE Lab*, is giving me a headache. To compute the range, I enumerate each
I am currently using C# to compute the range of various color spaces. One such, CIE Lab*, is giving me a headache.
To compute the range, I enumerate each possible RGB color, convert it, and store the minimum and maximum value of each component in the new color space. Ultimately, 16,777,216 colors are enumerated. This gives a valid range for HSB, HSL, RGB, RYB, XYZ, and YUV.
When I compute the range of XYZ-derived color spaces (namely, CIE Lab*), I get unexpected results. Most resources on the web suggests CIE Lab* has a range of
L = [0, 100], A = [-127, 128], B = [-127, 128]
The result of my computation, however, varies based on the illuminant used to convert to XYZ and differs significantly from what the web suggests it should be. This would normally be expected of XYZ as illuminants determine the white point (or the maximum value of each component).
The actual range produced from my computation is,
L = [0, 100], a = [-79.2872809298957, 93.5500249398082], and B = [-112.02942991288, 93.3884778832379]
The following demonstrates how I compute the range:
//The maximum value of the first component
var amax = double.MinValue;
//The maximum value of the second component
var bmax = double.MinValue;
//The maximum value of the third component
var cmax = double.MinValue;
//The minimum value of the first component
var amin = double.MaxValue;
//The minimum value of the second component
var bmin = double.MaxValue;
//The minimum value of the third component
var cmin = double.MaxValue;
for (var r = 0; r < 256; r++)
for (var g = 0; g < 256; g++)
for (var b = 0; b < 256; b++)
//This just gets a structure with three _double_ values, which correspond to the values of each component
var result = ...
if (result.A > amax)
amax = result.A;
if (result.B > bmax)
bmax = result.B;
if (result.C > cmax)
cmax = result.C;
if (result.A < amin)
amin = result.A;
if (result.B < bmin)
bmin = result.B;
if (result.C < cmin)
cmin = result.C;
This led me to believe my conversion algorithm is invalid. I then computed the accuracy of the conversion algorithm by comparing an input RGB color with the RGB color produced after converting to the given color space and back. The accuracy was perfect meaning the RGB color that was converted to CIE Lab* was the same RGB color after converting back.
Still uncertain with my calculations, I installed Colourful and performed the enumeration again. Now, I get a slightly different range of,
L = [0, 100], a = [-69.4486345075232, 108.405957448357], and B = [-202.351230669589, 58.2087459930753]
In all cases, the illuminant D65 was used. At this point, it is clear neither conversion algorithm is necessarily incorrect. So where does the range,
L = [0, 100], A = [-127, 128], B = [-127, 128]
It is a conceptual range (which I'll refer to as moving forward) that must be converted from and to accordingly. One way to achieve this would be to get the absolute range of the a and b components respective to the conceptual range and my own computational range (which I'll refer to as, also).
Thus, given the computational value y in the zero-based ranges, [0, 172.8373058697039], [0, 205.4179077961179], we want to find the conceptual value x in the range [0, 255].
x / 255 = y / 172.8373058697039
x = (y / 172.8373058697039) * 255
x / 255 = y / 205.4179077961179
x = (y / 205.4179077961179) * 255
You would then subtract by the absolute minimum value of a and b in the conceptual range (127). This gives a valid value in the conceptual range.
The conversion algorithm should be producing a value in the conceptual range and so is thus invalid. This doesn't seem to be the case, though, as my algorithm is based on the ones published here and I tested an additional third party library.
The conceptual range corresponds to the average range of all illuminants.
The conceptual range corresponds to an arbitrary range that falls within the gamut of the color space.
The algorithm used to compute the range does not work equally for all color spaces.
: I think no matter whether two paragraphs are different in styles or not, you should use smaller leading value with larger paragraph spacing compared to a single paragraph. In your circumstance,
I think no matter whether two paragraphs are different in styles or not, you should use smaller leading value with larger paragraph spacing compared to a single paragraph.
In your circumstance, you may use 4A for leading value with a 28dp paragraph spacing if you have multiple paragraphs to display or 4B for leading value if there's only one single paragraph.
: Managing styles with CSS classes in Inkscape I am using Inkscape and a CSS file for styling a project. I tried to add the class attributes in the XML editor and it didn't change anything.
I am using Inkscape and a CSS file for styling a project. I tried to add the class attributes in the XML editor and it didn't change anything. Is there another way I could add classes effectively rather than have to manually remove style elements from the SVG files? Thanks
: Re: Merge Point Text Objects Into One Text Area In Illustrator After importing from PDF I have several single line point text objects which I want to convert to one multiline text area object.
This other similar QA has an answer that really helped me:
If you'd like to merge broken text while preserving as much of the
formatting, placement, paragraphs and other typography of the existing
text as you can, rather than pasting into a newly created text area as
plain text, you can try John Wundes' amazing Join Text Frames
It does exactly what it says on the tin: it merges snippets of text
into one snippet of text, by making intelligent judgements based on
where they are relative to each other:
It merges adjascent text snippets (e.g. from broken lines of text from PDFs) into single lines, with some control offered over how close
is considered to be the same line.
It merges separate lines of text into one multi-line text object with the text in the right order (top to bottom), fixing broken
There's then an option to restore the original formatting of all the merged text. This can take a while, but it helpfully gives you
pretty accurate estimates of how long it will take and the option to
skip if it's not worth it.
: Is there a service like SquareSpace that incorporates scrolling animations like scrollmagic or skroller? Sites that use scrolling animations like the Apple Heart Study can be very effective for
Sites that use scrolling animations like the Apple Heart Study can be very effective for communicating an idea graphically. Is there a service like Squarespace that allows a non-coder to easily design a site that incorporates this technology?
: Re: export multi artboard indesign file as multiple single PDFs Ive got indesign 2017.1 as part of adobe CC. Is it possible in the PDF export dialog to print a multi artboard indesign document
No, not natively straight from InDesign.
This used to be possible by printing postscript files and then using Distiller, but this approach was abandoned by Adobe years ago in favour of the PDF export option, and the old tools have become unreliable since then. I'm not sure you can even install the generic postscript driver anymore.
Best option is a third party plugin or script of some type. I've used Zevrix Output Factory for this kind of thing for years. It's not free, but worth the money if you regularly need a range of batch output options. There is a free trial if you just need a one-off solution.
Someone else may know of a script.
: How to keep only visible part of path? I'm editing an image using Inkscape like this: Since I have painted image, how can I cut out all the extra strokes (actually whole image are path,
I'm editing an image using Inkscape like this:
Since I have painted image, how can I cut out all the extra strokes (actually whole image are path, including strokes) and creating a new path with only necessary part like this:
: Align pathes next to each other in photoshop I want to use Photoshop for drawing some simple shapes (I mostly need it for app development), and I just found the path drawing tool. I would
I want to use Photoshop for drawing some simple shapes (I mostly need it for app development), and I just found the path drawing tool. I would like to put multiple pathes next to each other, and fill each one with a different color. But I don't know how to align them next to each other without having some 2-pixel gap between them. Maybe "align" is the wrong word here, because when I google for "photoshop align pathes", I get 30000 results, but the results are not answering my question at all. I have a picture to illustrate what I was trying to do:
As you can see in the picture, there is a gap between the two pathes. When I fill them, it doesn't look quite right:
How do I place multiple pathes in a way that they don't overlap and don't have a gap between them?
Or maybe the path tool is not the best tool for my particular problem? I'm open to other suggestions as well. Maybe the way to go is to create a big path and then cut it with some kind of Autodesk/Maya-like "multicut tool"? I want to partition a rectangular canvas into a set of non-overlapping coherent subsets and give each one a different color (and maybe apply some filters afterwards).
: Re: InDesign: Table of Contents with differently coloured numbering I want to generate a TOC whose numbers are a different colour form the actual text. Here an example made in Photoshop: As you
It seems you need to use Nested Styles for the Paragraph Style assigned under TOC.
It should use something like this.
This will apply a Character Style to Characters from the beginning of the Paragraph and stops when it reaches the first Tab, which in this case is the one right after your List Numbering.
: Live Paint Bucket Tool does not recognize all sections of image I created a rectangle and added two lines inside (it is meant to be a table that will hold text). I want to target selected
I created a rectangle and added two lines inside (it is meant to be a table that will hold text). I want to target selected sections within the overall rectangle, but the Live Paint Bucket Tool only sees the larger rectangle, as below:
What am I doing wrong, and how can I have the internal lines of the rectangle turn red?
Based on joojaa's comment, I closely checked the figure, and each point is similar to what's shown below, and has a point of intersection:
: What's the best way to create and manage palettes on Linux? I'd like to find a solution to create and manage (edit, save, export) palettes on a Linux laptop. Ideally I'd like to have functionalities
I'd like to find a solution to create and manage (edit, save, export) palettes on a Linux laptop.
Ideally I'd like to have functionalities similar to webapps like Coolors, Colormind, Paletton, or to Android apps like the awesome Color Harmony.
In case you wonder, I'd like to manage them locally without having to rely on websites (I don't want to create new accounts just for this) or to Apps on my smartphone, having a Desktop solution would be the perfect way to integrate this kind of task in my workflow.
: Re: Sketch: Is there a way to use overrides and have text wrapping to push content down? This is the original Symbol. I want to add more text to the 'Stage 13' override and have all elements
At the moment, I don't know of any vertical resizing, but horizontal resizing in symbols can work with grouped text elements. Usually, it works by pinning the text areas to the desired side (right or left). With this done, and a bit of testing, stretching the symbol should allow you to add text.
Vertical text resizing would be a great future addition, though.
: Re: What does it mean to present a logo and promo materials in "1:1"? I'm currently working on some promo materials for a company I'm currently doing a logo design for. They asked me to do a
You will have the size of the logos. You are designing the following items:
They all have a standard sizes (A4, Letter, DL envelope etc).
You should know about what size are you designing for. Once you finish designing them, you can check the size of the logo you have created on that particular item. They just want a version that is ready to print at the exact size (size that prints to those dimensions in 300DPI - most likely).
The other option is to just ask them. They are your clients, it's in their best interest to clarify. There is no harm done in coming back to the client and get a clarification of the brief. In fact, it will make you look more client centered and you can work on your customer service, because maybe they have some size requirements that you are not aware.
: How to crate a shine with Illustrator I am new to Illustrator, I bought the image below and I want to put the shine on a diamond: When I delete the gray boxes it looks like this completely
I am new to Illustrator, I bought the image below and I want to put the shine on a diamond:
When I delete the gray boxes it looks like this completely different from the one I have had before:
Does any one have any idea how to do something like this? have a shine on diamond?
: In Inkscape, how do I make one path partially repeat another path? This is what I am trying to do: So essentially, there's a path (the filled one) that repeats another path (the outlined
This is what I am trying to do:
So essentially, there's a path (the filled one) that repeats another path (the outlined one) perfectly on some, but not all, range. This example I did by creating a "fill" with exclusion method, and then editing the resulting fill, but I thought that maybe there's a method that would accomplish what I need quicker and simpler? I was thinking, perhaps some "snapping" technique that that snaps a path against path instead of a node against node? Or maybe a method that copies a section of one path into another?
Thanks in advance.
: Selection tool height and width setting disappeared in Illustrator Before when I used the Selection tool I had some boxes in the top toolbar where I could set x and y positioning and width/height.
Before when I used the Selection tool I had some boxes in the top toolbar where I could set x and y positioning and width/height. It somehow has disappeared. How can I get this feature back in y toolbar?
Here's an image of how my toolbar currently looks:
: Flattening / Rasterizing content in InDesign for print I have a InDesign document which contains log of graphics imported (linked) from Illustrator. I need to have this document printed. What
I have a InDesign document which contains log of graphics imported (linked) from Illustrator.
I need to have this document printed. What should I do with the content to send the most appropriate file?
Do I need to rasterise the content? Flatten the layers (there are many)? Leave as is? What will give the smallest file yet sufficient content for the printer?
: Re: Outlined sketch to PDF, Corel draw? How do I transfer a simple outlined sketch 550mm x 290mm to a PDF file or to vector graphics in Corel draw ?
Start with Trace Bitmap to get your art into curves, then export to the desired file type!
: How to create this petal shape? I'd be grateful for suggestions as to how to create this shape in Illustrator. Hoppity
I'd be grateful for suggestions as to how to create this shape in Illustrator.
: Re: How do professional editors cut a portion of image precisely and paste it in another image So, I'm not a graphics designer but I need some help with my science project on image tampering.
Some terms need to be defined. The main one is Anti-aliasing.
A digital image is made by little squares. If the resolution of the device is not high enough we can see them. This is known as saw border, especially on diagonal lines.
One way we use to smooth diagonal lines is anti-aliasing, which consists in using pixels of an intermediate color between those adjacent colors.
Every digital photography on the planet and the majority of raster-based images have some level of anti-aliasing or blurriness in them.
So to cut an image there are some approaches.
This is defined by the threshold of the selection tool. If it is near zero, it will choose only some specific colors.
But adjusting it, and turning on an anti-alias option it starts selecting intermediate colors.
The first option of this selections is making them semi-transparent. (This example images actually are transparent so you can use them to see the effects on other backgrounds)This is what most software will do.
A more advanced algorithm could also remove the contamination of the adjacent color, it could take the values of the near color you actually want to see and transform those semitransparent pixels.
This is how that zone looks without the transparency. The borders are actually harsh again because the aliasing is given by the transparency, not the color.
This last type of anti-aliasing by transparency is more common when the image is generated directly as transparent, like using a 2D vector program or a 3D render one.
But in real life, there is a compromise between this perfect transparent anti-aliasing and "just enough". This is why it is preferable to work with high-resolution images, so these defects are tiny, and hopefully will not show in the finished product.
One common mistake some people do is taking still images with a green background thinking that this will be easier to remove in post.
If you are taking a photo that needs to be cut to remove the background, is a lot easier to choose a flat background of the similar tone of the final result, with enough difference from the main object.
For video is a bit different. If you are shooting video, the green screen is one good option. Some video compositing programs handle this color very well.
: Adding watermark and pricing to images in a folder dynamically with Photoshop? I have a task where I need to treat multiple images in a folder, adding watermark to each image + adding a price
I have a task where I need to treat multiple images in a folder, adding watermark to each image + adding a price within a price tag.
I can apply the watermark and price tag to the images using recorded actions along with Image processor, and get a new folder with all the images with proper watermark and price tag, independent of their size.
The problem here is how I will be adding the prices, I have learned to use variables and datasets with photoshop, but the problem is:
How to use them to act on multiple images in a folder to add the
price in the specified price tag location on the image based on CSV file where I can provide the name of the image and its price? Is this even possible with photoshop?
Can I use the variables when recording the action and automate the process with the Image Processor?
P.S: I am not a graphic designer, and I do not have much experience with photoshop. I am just trying to get this task done.
: Re: Text appears pixelated after exporting from Illustrator I'm using Illustrator CC 2018 and I wanted to make a logo for a logo challenge. It's a horizontal logo with dimensions 400x100 px. Everything
Make sure you are viewing it at 100%. When viewing your screenshot at 100%, the logo still appears clear and crisp at 400 pixels wide. When you zoom in, it will get fuzzy.
If your logo challenge allows other file formats, you can also try a vector file which will look good at any size, as it uses mathematical points instead of pixels.
: Re: Name of vector icon font set on iOS On Android we know that the icon set is the Material font icon set from here: https://material.io/icons/ However I cannot find the name for the icon set
There is not any fixed site or any other official standard or something else for the ios application but, for the line icon and fill icon I mainly used FLAT ICON where I can find all types of icons like line icon, fill icon, infographics icon.
One other benefit of using this is is that you can get an icon in PNG file, SVG file, PSD file, EPS file. and you can save icon in your collection for future use. Last it gives a wide range of free icons.
: Re: Converting CorelDraw Files to Adobe In-Design CS6 Files I am new to doing vector graphics and am currently facing the following issue. I have several (20-30) files created in CorelDraw X7 17.3
Corel has some layout tools that probably put it in between of Illustrator and InDesign, so, without seeing what you mean by "design" it is hard to know.
If it is a Vector Image, an illustration, you can probably just save it as AI inside Corel. Version X7 can export to AI natively to CS6. This way you will preserve layers, that is an important way of keeping things organized and editable.
You can also export images as raster TIF, PNG, JPG, PSD or any format you need.
But again, it depends on what is in the file, and what you need to modify if you need to modify it.
Corel is not a clunky at all. It is a pretty solid application. If it is unknown to you that is a separated issue.
Depending on what you need to modify you could probably learn a couple of tools to do your job. A lot of times it is a lot better to leave a file in its native format. Not all "effects" can be exported if you need to adjust them. Normally they need to be "fixed" for example rasterizing them.
If your "design" is, in reality, a layout template... Just do that from scratch in InDesign. You can probably just export a raster image from Corel and use it as a base to construct your grid.
The reason of this is that in InDesign you need to construct a solid foundation with your master pages and styles.
Corel Draw has its own styling system but you can not export it to my knowledge.
: Re: Pantone 376 C to Web Safe Color I recently started at a new company and the company paid a contractor for a logo. The logo is in Pantone 376 C and unfortunately contains a gradient with
Web Safe color palette is limited to 216 colors and it is a thing of the past (see here why). I don't think you meant that.
Pantone colors are the names of proprietary ink formulas. Those inks will look different depending on the type of the paper they are printed on. They will also look different under different light conditions. Your software tries to emulate those colors (convert subtractive colors to additive colors, inks to projected light). Different software emulates those colors differently.
This is because monitors do not use inks. Therefore you will need to specify colors for monitors using a color model that is supported by monitors. RGB, for example. But, as you mentioned yourself, all monitors are different, each will display colors differently. On some, the difference will be slight, on others will be significant. You can not do anything about that.
I suggest to spend some time and come up with RGB values for your brand colors and set them in stone (put them in the brand book guide). You can do that by matching the colors on printed materials with colors on your monitor. Use various printed materials, use different lighting conditions (day light, artificial light) and manually adjusts the RGB result on different devices.
Then keep all values in the brand book and use Pantone or CMYK for print and RGB for screens.
P.S. I would not rely on the help of the contractor who used Pantone colors as gradients.