Use this tag for general questions about how vector graphics work. Vector graphics are made up of mathematical primitives like points, lines, curves and polygons constructed from these primitives.

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How to reduce layers/sublayers/paths into one layer?

I had a single top-level layer called EAR. There were two vector paths which made it up. Somehow, illustrator has transformed it from a normal, single top-level layer into a three-level layer ...
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Taking vector screenshot from Firefox

I am trying to take a vector screenshot of a webpage. What I did: Start a fresh Ubuntu 15.10 from the LiveCD Install Firefox Nightly from the PPA, it's currently 47.0a1 Install 'gtk-vector-...
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Inkscape clip and export - clip border visible?

I have a problem with clipping a bitmap in Inkscape. After I export a clipped bitmap into PNG it looks fine. However after I print this PNG into a PDF file, insert it into LibreOffice writer (and ...
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Cairo Converts SVG to Black and White

I am trying to convert an SVG into a PDF on the command line but both svg2pdf and cairosvg result in black and white images (the original is in colour). $ identify original.svg original.svg SVG 31x40 ...
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Traced vector has sloppy outline

I have used Illustrator to trace a shape for me, but the resulting vector is rendered untidily. It seems like a rendering glitch, as if Illustrator tries to render the shape's outline using a crude ...
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'Vector Smart Object' issue on Creative Cloud

I updated to Creative Cloud 2015 from 2014 recently and I am having a series of weird issues working with smart objects. First issue happens while pasting into PhotoShop (PS): Let's say I created a ...
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How to draw a Gaussian Curve with LibreOffice Draw?

I would like to draw a Gaussian curve as a vector graphic in LibreOffice Draw. With the "Curve" functions I was only able to get something parabola-like. Has anyone got an idea of how to do the ...
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Vector format for FedEx/Kinkos?

I am looking over some of Kinko's available file formats.(link) You may upload any file to FedEx Kinko's Print Online. However, Print Online can only convert the following file formats to PDF for ...
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How can I save a website as a vector graphic?

I'm looking for a solution to save a single web page or a section of it as a vector graphic in my latex document. Do you know a tool, trick or service which helps to do this?
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scalable vector graphics support for MS Office

My group has a very old process (dates back to the 1990s) for creating simple EPS graphic representations of certain data that we include in regular reports. The reports are MS Word documents (MS ...
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How can I split PDF file into layers

I have a large PDF file containing a map. The PDF file was probably generated with AutoCAD. The image consists of a coloured raster map, and a vector with lines on top of the map. (Street lines etc.) ...
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Converting from EPS to SVG format

What is the best way to convert from an EPS formatted vector graphic to an SVG formatted graphic using only freely available tools?
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Overlap and merge two pages of a PDF

In a PDF document, two adjacent A4 pages contain a graph in a vector format: the first page contains the left half of the graph, the second page contains the right half. These two halves should be ...
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Are there any good logo creation applications available for Ubuntu? [closed]

Are there any good logo creation applications available for Ubuntu? Something other than Gimp.
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How to Increase the quality of the Images on Illustrator

I work with Adobe Illustrator creative suite 3. I want to know how can one really Increase the quality of the Image's / graphics? because the thing Is,whenever I view the Image or the graphic In ...
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A “quick” vector editor (SVG) for Linux (for annotating images?)

I often need to take a bitmap (.png) image, and draw some lines or text on top of it, and possibly export a new, thusly "annotated" image. I know I can basically do all this in inkscape - but ...
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Circular, brushed metal effect in InkScape?

Does anyone know how to make a circular, brushed metal surface with InkScape? I don't need the "cloud" shape, just the metal background.
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How would you repeat something on the X and Y axis in Inkscape?

I would like to use the paint bucket to fill in the background with black and white circles evenly spaced apart. What is this called?
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Export Excel graphs as vector graphics files (e.g. SVGs)?

How can I export a graph generated in Excel as an editable vector graphics file, e.g. a SVG? When I right click on a graph in Excel the 'Save as Picture...' option only gives non-vector formats (like ...
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Saving Visio .vsdx drawing into a format that preserves its fonts, pixels, etc

I have a drawing saved as .vsdx file (made in visio 2013). How do I convert it to the .eps format (or any vectorized format preserving its fonts, pixels etc.) to be used later as LaTeX figure? Why ...
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How to vector a logo?

I'm trying to convert the logo I've built in photoshop to a vector so I can resize it to fit different app and mobile screens. I've tried the live trace in illustrator function but that just distorts ...
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How to force Illustrator to accurately trace the actual pixels?

I’m trying trace and convert a bitmap to a vector image, but I need Illustrator to actually trace the actual pixels, not smooth them out. I’ve tried various settings with “Live Trace,” but the result ...
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How to convert EPS file to EMF in Windows using a free software? [closed]

I have plot figures generated using matplotlib saved as .EPS files. I want to inset these into MS Word Document. Unfortunately, MS Word only accepts EMF files as vector inputs, so I need to convert ...
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Can I take a screenshot as vector graphics or at a higher resolution than native?

I need to take some screenshots of an application window. My laptop resolution is low, and I'd like to get high quality images. Is there a way to grab the screen as vector graphics (e.g. EPS, PDF, ...
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True vector PDF printing in Windows 7 possible?

I'm trying to print to a vector PDF in Windows 7, but every software printer I've tried rasterizes the file (PDFCreator, Bullzip, Windows XPS Printer...). I don't have this problem on OSX, which ...
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Adobe Acrobat 11: how to select, move, edit objects

In Acrobat 9 pro, there was this neat little tool Edit Object (Touch Up), that gave you the possibility, to click on separate words of text while holding CTRL, and when the selection was made, then ...
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Microsoft Office - Transparent .eps files have a white background

I am helping a friend design a poster using Microsoft Publisher. I have made him an .eps logo which has a transparent background on it. Upon importing this file into Publisher, the background becomes ...
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Are free stock imagery usable in books and websites? [closed]

I see a lot of "free" stock imagery and vector graphics available on the Internet, but when I recommend such things for use on publications or websites, my clients ask me for printable licenses or any ...
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How can I identify fonts from an image? [closed]

Many times I come across bitmaps with nothing but text paragraphs, so I was looking for a way to identify the font used, the paragraph alignment, line spacing and color, bold, italics. Would an OCR ...
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How to install Uniconvertor (command-line app) on Mac OS 10.7.2 (Lion)?

Uniconvertor is a command-line tool that shares code with the sK1 Project. it's used to convert from one type of vector graphic file to another like this: uniconvertor before.eps after.svg I'm ...
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Adding annotations to eps file

How do I add some text into an existing eps file? I want an output eps file having the same quality as the input eps file, with the stipulation that the text etc. added should also be scalable (vector)...
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Coreldraw importing from autocad incorrectly

Ok I have an odd issue. We use coreldraw to print to our laser cutter. (X3 usually but this happens in X5 as well). You can see the issue in the photos below. In autocad the squares are equidistant ...
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How to select a selection and fill it with wanted color?

I have a vector and when I click on it all sections are selected, but I want to select separated sections and fill it with my wanted color or effects. Actually, I can select a section on it by black ...
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Insert SVG directly into Microsoft Publisher without converting file format

How can I insert an SVG image into a Microsoft Publisher 2010 document as a vector image without having to first convert it to a bitmap format like PNG? Copying and pasting an SVG file into a ...
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Is there any quality loss when using a place command in Photoshop

I am using “Place” command in Photoshop to import .ai file. Is there any quality loss after using this steps: Save file in Illustrator at some default size—i.e 400x400px—using .ai extension or any ...
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How to extract vectors from a PDF file?

I have a PDF file with vector images inside it. (I downloaded it from the internet, so I do not have any originals.) I wish to extract the vectors so that I can overlay them on some other images; use ...
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Creating PDF documents with Adobe Acrobat X Pro and inserting vector graphics

I'm trying to create PDF documents with Adobe Acrobat X Pro. I just realized that it can only do forms etc but not basic document editing. So it wants me to import already formatted word file (for ...
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Import pdf figure to Powerpoint in vector format

I have couple of data plots exported from IBM SPSS in pdf format. They look great. But if I export them in jpeg from SPSS or Adobe Acrobat Pro, some critical elements go missing. Is there a way to ...
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How do I typeset equations in Word as pretty as LaTeX does?

This might be the N+1 th question about how to put vector graphics and/or equations in MS Word, but none of the solutions I found on the net satisfy me. My ultimate goal is to be able to embed Latex ...
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How to flatten transparency without rasterization?

I have a simple illustration in CorelDraw with overlapping simi-transparent curves with uniform fillings, and I need to export it to EPS while maintaining everything in vector form. It is perfectly ...
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Convert text to SVG/vector in a Word document (custom fonts)

I have a couple of custom fonts which I would like to use in a handout I am sending out. However, as a base font I use a custom font that other users will not have installed. Is it possible to embed ...
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Specific vector graphic format needed

I need a vector graphic format which must meet the following requirements: Is displayed consistently by different web browsers Has an editor program which starts quickly and is able to VERY EASILY ...
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Batch cropping WMF

I have lots of wmf images from a simulation software which need to be included in a word document. To maintain best quality wmf seems to be the only way. The software creates a frame around the plot ...
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Is there any way to send (embedded or otherwise) a vector image in an email signature

I am tired of how outlook (2012) butchers any images included in an email signature. Whilst composing an email, I can use emf (vector based) which prints beautifully, etc.. When the send button is ...
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Can Photoshop produce vector based graphics?

I am researching vector based graphics and I know people use Illustrator for these, but if you are drawing in Photoshop, does it also produce vector based graphics? Would you still save it as a .psd? ...
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How to resize an .ai file in Photoshop CS4 without reducing image quality?

Am I right to assume you can enlarge .ai files without reducing the image quality? Are these vector files? Also, can you click & drag the object to make it bigger or do you have to use the resize ...
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A way or software to convert or export an audio file (aiff or wav) in a vector graphic format (eps, ai)? [closed]

I am looking for a way to read an audio file and convert it to a vector graphic format, which I can use for example for Illustrator? I am working on the Mac OSX platform (10.5.8).
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Inkscape: converting object with filter to plain object

In Inkscape 0.48, giving 2 objects: A and B, I want to apply on A a filter (e.g: Filters > Distort > Torn edges) and to subtract the resulting object from B (with Path > Difference). The ...
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Add text via command line inkscape

I'm attempting to write a script that adds text to an svg image at a certain location. I'm aware that Inkscape has a very robust command interface but there doesn't seem to be much in the way of ...
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How do I generate the equivalent of a dynamic block connector in Visio?

Visio has the useful 'Connector' tool which snaps nicely, makes right angles, and is conveniently adjustable. But - it only produces a line connection, not a block, like with the simpler block ...