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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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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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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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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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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Inkscape: how to create inner border?

I create figure and set border width to 1px. My image actual size is 100px. But with border this is 102px. How to set inner border instead of outer border? In Protoshop I can select type of border - ...
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How can a site run without Internet?

I came across this site http://www.desimartini.com/allaboutrajni.htm which requires me to disconnect from Internet to see the action! I am surprised as the site has quite an amount of content and ...
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Insert PDF image in MS Word

I have a .doc which I will convert in PDF. In this .doc I have an image. When I convert the doc to PDF and then zoom it, the images became ugly pixel-ized. I found a tool that converted my bitmap ....
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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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Graphics in papers

I have always wondered with what programs do people do their graphics when they publish papers. They most of the time seem to be embedded in some way as vector graphics, I'd say, as when I try to zoom ...
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Best way to describe vector vs raster

Many times at work, someone will ask me if they can get an image (company logo, for example) in EPS or SVG format. They assume that since I put the image on the company site, that I could easily ...
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Save an exact copy of a secure webpage in vector-graphics form

I'd like to save an exact replica of a webpage in vector-graphics form, so I cannot use a screenshot technique (since that stores the image in a rastor-graphics form). I've tried 'print to pdf' and '...
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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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How to convert poor quality bitmap image to vector?

I'm designing a website for a group which has lost the original digital image for their logo. The only file they have of it is a jpg which was embedded into a word document. The image has everything ...
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Corel Draw alternatives [closed]

Corel Draw is a really good vector graphics application but its price is a 'bit' high. Could you recommend me some alternatives? I only know InkScape from out of the blue.. and it's a bit behind Corel ...
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Looking for “bitmap-vector” image editor [closed]

I used to use PhotoImpact which is no longer developed so I'm looking for a replacement. What made PhotoImpact great to me was the ability to work in both bitmap and vector modes. What I mean by that:...
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how to rotate an SVG file 90 degrees?

I printed out a diagram from MATLAB and it's rotated 90 degrees clockwise from where it should be. Is there software that can help me fix this and rotate an SVG file? I tried tweaking the SVG ...
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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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Render a 3D image as a 2D vector image

Is there any software that will take a 3d model (in any format) and allow you to render it as a 2D vector image (preferable as either an .SVG or .PDF)? My intention is to render LEGO building ...
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On Linux, how to export .svg files into a vector format readable by Powerpoint?

I am working on a Linux computer, and have a bunch of .svg files. I have to give them to a client who will insert them into a Powerpoint presentation (the client is working on a Windows machine). I am ...
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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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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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Photoshop - Round sharp corner edges on shapes

The problem I use Photoshop and have a font (for a logotype) that have very sharp edges. I want to in a simple way round all corners on that font to a radius I set. I know I can use curves on every ...
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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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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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How can I use vector image for an icon?

When I use Ctrl + mousewheel, I can scale icons on my desktop. Some icons, go up to arbitrary sizes such as Skype and Recycle Bin. However some do not. They stay at 256x265. I believe some programs ...
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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 can I convert a PNG to a vectorized image?

This is the best I've found so far: http://www.tlhiv.org/rast2vec/ It works otherwise ok except that it does not support PNG transparency (it's simply gone in the resulting vector).
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Preserve aspect ratio when pasting width or height in Inkscape

I'm frequently using the paste size feature in Inkscape to ensure that several objects have the same size. But sometimes I want to just ensure that a new object has the same height as a old object but ...
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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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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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create PDF montage in vector format

I have a folder full of images in PDF format, and I would like to merge them all into a single PDF in which there are many images on each page, but still in vector/PDF format. The ImageMagick '...
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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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Convert .SCV to EPS?

.SCV is an old file extension used in a program called ScanVec CASmate (I used it for vector printing 10+ years ago). Is there a way to convert this file to EPS or another vector friendly extension? ...
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Is there software that will convert a jpg to a vector format?

Is there software that will convert a jpg image to a vector image? I've got a simple logo that is being put onto baloons/pens/whatnot and the printer needs the logo in a vector format, which we don't ...
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How can I paint gaps within text in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS4. I have text that is along a path that looks like this: I would like to be able to color the gaps within the font like this: I'm having trouble finding how to do ...
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Vectorization graphics approach

Could you advise,please, what approach to use in following situation: i'm gonna draw simple comics and ,as I see ,there are two ways: make hand pic. ,scan it and vectorize with Corel Trace or some ...
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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 can I copy a vector mask from one document to another?

I "vectorized" a raster image using vector masks made with the pen tool. Now I need these masks (on separate layers) in another document. How could I copy them, to secure their vector-ness, and have ...
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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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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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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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Saving each layer of a Photoshop image to separate files

I have a PSD file with all icons in separate layers as vectors. I would like to save them in different sizes to use in iPhone, iPhone4 and iPad. I tried Files > Scripts > Export Layers to Files That ...
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Opening a vector graphics file

I obtained a free graphic from link text and when I open it in photoshop 7, or fireworks 8 the image comes up, but I can't select the individual image I want (the telephone) for example. I'm not ...
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Vector graphics formats: SVG , EPS or PDF [closed]

How does the vector graphics formats svg , eps and pdf compare against each other(Quality, filesize etc)? If I can generate(eg matplotlib) plot in any of the above formats, which format should I ...
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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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Vectorized pdf cropping [duplicate]

I need to crop a few pdf files, to create four pages from each source page. I know, hot to do that with ImageMagick, but it can't work with vector images, which pdf is, so the resulting quality is far ...
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How to draw a circle split in 10 slices?

I'd like to draw and print a circle that's split in 10 slices (like a clock, but with 10 hours instead of 12 - 10 slices of 36 degrees each). Can you recommend how to do this easily using (windows) ...
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Free vector image previewer/viewer for Mac?

Is there a free vector image viewer/previewer for Mac? I need to be able to view .svg, .eps and .ai files to help categorize/sort them for work, but don't have Adobe Illustrator on this computer.
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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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How can I make an image appear partially in front and partially behind another layer in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS4. I have a drawn vector image that is behind a layer with a stroked ellipse like this: However I need just one part of the image to appaer in front of the stroke. ...