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How do you work with complex vector files?

I'm trying to make a 24x36" poster from some Excel tables. They're somewhat complex -- half-finished example here (Flickr link). I exported PDFs from Excel and used Inkscape to arrange them. But Inkscape can't handle this much stuff at one time without becoming unusably slow. How can I arrange the layout while keeping everything vector? [more inside]
posted by hjo3 on Jun 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Need help defeating wire fraud.

My company and industry is under widespread and sophisticated B2B wire fraud attack. Help me locate the vector or mechanism, please. [more inside]
posted by Hosiery Exegesis Association on Mar 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Looking for MacBook keyboard outline template

I'm searching for a size-accurate outline image of a unibody MacBook keyboard (basically an accurate diagram/wireframe). For this outline file, any format will work, although Vector (.ai, .svg, etc.) would be ideal. I've tried googling but the results tend to be photorealistic images with broad outlines, shadows, etc. I'm looking for a technical drawing like a blueprint. The goal is to make custom keyboard covers with multiple languages by die-cutting and laminating paper; these would be one piece, hence the need for precision. I'm thinking there must be an diagram of MBP keyboards one on the web somewhere... Any advice on where to find one would be highly appreciated. (As far as I know, the keyboard layout is the same for all models except the 11 inch/Air.) Thanks in advance.
posted by landonmoon on Dec 24, 2013 - 3 answers

dog as rabies vector?

I was walking my dog off leash in a wooded area about an hour ago. From about 100 yards away I saw her playing with and nosing something I assumed to be a dead animal. Yelling "drop it," I headed over to her. She finally dropped it and i saw it indeed was a squirrel -- but not dead, just really sick. The squirrel lay on its side panting heavily while my dog now watched it curiously. My dog could never have caught a healthy squirrel in this woods filled with squirrel-escape-trees, and so I am very sure my dog was playing with an already-sick squirrel that she found lying on the ground. [more inside]
posted by third rail on Jul 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Resources for public domain/CC vector art

I'm looking for something akin to Rpg Maker VX Resource Planet, except with vector art. I'd like resources for public domain or CC-licensed vector art assets for use as placeholders in games. I'd prefer SVG format and paths that are as simple and small as possible, but anything convertible to SVG is cool.
posted by ignignokt on Mar 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Vectoring from Cairo to Kinshasa.

I'd like to produce an offset-print-quality map, modeled after airline flight path maps, which graphically reproduces hundreds of point-to-point connections: in this specific case, between radio transmitters and reception locations. What software is capable of producing some variation on this, perhaps by putting in GPS coordinates? (OS X please.)
posted by mykescipark on Feb 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Find vector art for symbols of accessibility

Could someone help me find open access vector art for wheelchair accessibility symbols similar to the one in this photo from a shop in Leipzig? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Sep 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Technical logo design suggestions and tips?

Technical logo design suggestions and tips? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jul 8, 2012 - 5 answers

My vector file has a dual personality

I have a logo in both .ai and .eps formats. It looks mostly right when placed into a comp, but part of it has a solid white background behind it. However, when I directly open either of the files in Illustrator, a large portion of the image is missing. It seems like the portion that's missing may well be the section with the white background. [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on Jul 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Vector political boundaries for NASA Blue Marble?

Map Geo filter: Need political map overlay for NASA Blue Marble image, help! [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Jun 6, 2011 - 10 answers

I'm ready to lose my letterpress virginity. What now?

I'm about to order a batch of letterpressed business cards. I've never worked with letterpressing beforeā€”do you have any experience or insight to share? [more inside]
posted by Mr C on Mar 12, 2011 - 7 answers

From Point to Polygon

I want to learn 3d modeling but from a vector standpoint (if possible). Needs to be OSX compatible. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Dec 7, 2010 - 5 answers

3d to vector questions

I am an artist and need technical help on how best to manipulate a 3d image of a human spine then export the image as a vector into Adobe Illustrator. [more inside]
posted by ogunther on Dec 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Working with an unweildly vector in Illustrator?

Illustrator gurus! Is the answer staring me in the face? [more inside]
posted by smelvis on Dec 2, 2010 - 7 answers

How to make your own Bank Note?

What are those cool swirly whirly patterns called on the back of playing cards and on Bank Notes? I want to create some, how do I go about finding how these are made? Is there source materials/tutorials for vector programs to get started? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse on Aug 18, 2010 - 11 answers

Looking for EPS or vector versions of Epcot logos

Looking for graphic designers who are Disneyphiles or folks who are close acquaintances with said fine folks. Skilled googlers might also apply. I'm trying to find vector/EPS versions of the original Epcot Future World attractions, i.e., these. [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Jul 29, 2010 - 5 answers

x : vector art :: Sculptris : 3-D models?

Is there a vector drawing program that hides all the splines, NURBS, beziers, and what-have-you? I just want to doodle and color! [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Harford on Jun 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Mighty Morphing Power Vectors

I'm looking for a screen saver/program that generates completely symmetric, full screen evolving vector shapes. Not fractals, not 3d rotating objects, just symmetric lines/areas that continually morph shape, change color, etc. [more inside]
posted by parallax7d on May 13, 2010 - 9 answers

An awesome vector geometry teaching website

I'm trying to find a website that teaches vector mathematics in lesson form. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on May 3, 2010 - 2 answers

How to resize a vector image?

How do I resize a vector image with the command line? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Feb 24, 2010 - 8 answers

How do make I make this image transparent in Adobe Illustrator?

How do make I make this image transparent in Adobe Illustrator? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Feb 2, 2010 - 20 answers

How do I Live Trace the images in a PDF in Illus CS3?

How do I Live Trace the images in a PDF in Illustrator CS3? [more inside]
posted by cobra_high_tigers on Oct 18, 2009 - 10 answers

How I can I find an old-style scientific vector plotter font?

When I was growing up, the graphs in all the science books from the middle of the 20th century had a particular vector-plotted look to them. Did they use a common font (or common plotting system), and how can I duplicate that appearance now? [more inside]
posted by dfan on Oct 16, 2009 - 5 answers

Where can I download a vector (.svg?) map of the 5 boroughs in NYC?

Where could I download (for free or cheap) an .svg or other vector-based map including or specializing on the 5 boroughs of NYC? I don't need streets or lots of detail. Just a general outline. Thanks!
posted by ejfox on Oct 9, 2009 - 2 answers

Need Illustrator reference recommendations

I can competently use Illustrator CS3 and do so daily for my job but want to increase my knowledge base and skills. [more inside]
posted by karmaville on Jul 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Input:Bitmap Output:Vector

I am looking for a program which accepts a raster image as input, and which outputs an engraving-like black and white vector image. [more inside]
posted by fake on Jul 23, 2009 - 25 answers

Photoshop help required

Photoshop question. I have a logo. I have a banner. I want to cut the shape of the logo out of the banner to leave a logo-shaped hole so you can see the page background. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Jul 1, 2009 - 6 answers

HALP! I CAN HAS ISTOCKPHOTO DESIGN?

Need help locating a repeating flower vector image. What search terms at iStockphoto would work for finding the flower element behind the text on this image? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jun 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Nothing, hopefully, is shocking.

Yet another "how do I overcome the fear of touching this CRT" question, this time somewhat specific to Atari vector monitors. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on May 3, 2009 - 8 answers

preparing vector graphics for use in a game

how to convert a vector drawing to line segments & convex polygons, and then export as an array of points? [more inside]
posted by compound eye on Dec 21, 2008 - 7 answers

Where can I commission vector art?

Where might I commission a reasonably priced vector illustration? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Oct 14, 2008 - 9 answers

Vector street map of Columbus, OH suburb?

Can you help me locate editable vector street map of southeastern suburbs of Columbus, Ohio? [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground on Aug 6, 2008 - 3 answers

Free Vector Graphics/Borders for a Wedding Invitation

I am looking for the best sights for vector border graphics as I am designing my wedding invitations. Anyone recommend some decent sights? When I googled I did not get many sights with much. Thanks for your time and consideration!
posted by snap_dragon on Jul 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Exporting vector graphics for large-format PDF printing

I have a vector-based image I have created in Inkscape. I will be printing it in a very large format - 3" x 4", - and my printer wants the image to be supplied as PDF. What do I need to do to export a PDF that will be of sufficient quality for printing? [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Jun 6, 2008 - 15 answers

Argh, the lines! Why won't they go like how I want them?!

How should I get started in vector drawing? I'd love to be able to produce those smooth, clean scalable drawings someday. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on May 2, 2008 - 12 answers

Vector map of United States

Where can I find a free, vector map of the United States, with outlined states? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on Feb 14, 2008 - 10 answers

Who drew it?

Help me find the artist/stock image CD these fantastic illustrations are from... [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy on Feb 13, 2008 - 1 answer

Best software for animated vector illustrations?

What is the best software that can be used to create a vector animation of a business process for use in a video? (MI) [more inside]
posted by thedevildancedlightly on Dec 4, 2007 - 8 answers

Vintage Indian bike vector graphic needed

Looking for vector graphics of 40's or 50's Indian bikes [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann on Oct 23, 2007 - 2 answers

Is there an easy way to manage extensive amounts of .eps & .ai files (Adobe Illustrator) into a .pdf catalog format?

Is there an easy way to manage extensive amounts of .eps & .ai files (Adobe Illustrator) into a .pdf catalog format? I often buy vector pack cds that come with vast amounts of eps/ai files but there is almost always a single .pdf file that has a catalog of all the files in one for easy browsing. Is there a tool that does this automatically?
posted by cheero on Sep 19, 2007 - 2 answers

SVG task - is it the right tool for the job?

Resources/information on layering with SVG [more inside]
posted by dance on Jul 13, 2007 - 8 answers

Give me the finger

I'm looking for a large version of the classic Victorian "this way finger". A vector file would be ideal, but any large enough raster images would do as well. Also, what exactly would you call that thing? I know it would be considered a dingbat but I can't imagine shopowners ordering signs saying "Give me that finger thing, you know, the uhh, finger?" I was able to find some pointing fingers but they're too clean. The Victorian style in the first link is what I'm looking for.
posted by mjbraun on Jul 11, 2007 - 14 answers

vector sound/audio waves

How would I go about getting sound waves in to Illustrator? [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill on Jun 6, 2007 - 11 answers

illustrator live trace: simple outlines

livetrace / illustrator cs2: how would I go about tracing only the outline of a complex image (in this case, a cutout of a building) so as to create cut lines for a printer? [more inside]
posted by pinto on Apr 19, 2007 - 8 answers

Extracting a vector image from a .pdf file

How can I extract a figure from a .pdf file and save it as a vector image? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Mar 6, 2007 - 19 answers

What Ever Happened to Chesspiece Face?

Anybody know where I can get free vector art of nice-looking chess pieces? [more inside]
posted by king walnut on Feb 15, 2007 - 6 answers

rotation shmotation

Vector Geometry Filter: I'm working in matlab and need to transform a surface to match an arbitrary angle. I have the unit vector of the new normal (and the original normal is in the Z axis (0 0 1))...however i'm not sure how to rotate one normal to another (i know, i know, it sounds very simple really...) [more inside]
posted by NGnerd on Oct 23, 2006 - 5 answers

Font Identification Jamboree 2006

Pretty simple font identification question with bonus small caps discussion! [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Sep 29, 2006 - 10 answers

Converting to a vector image

Talk to me like I'm 12: Is there a good way to convert a .jpg to a vector image? [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Sep 28, 2006 - 19 answers

Help me find the Wings of Slack before the Pinks destroy them forever!

Where can I find a high-res or (better yet!) vector version of the much-vaunted Wings of Slack? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Aug 25, 2006 - 8 answers

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