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Exporting an object as svg from inkscape

I know that Inkscape does not have the ability to export selected objects as svg, but is there a workaround that people have found that works?
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Professionals: Would you choose GIMP over Photoshop and/or Inkscape over Illustrator?

I know Adobe's solutions are more advanced, but, as professionals, do you think you would survive (against competition) using GIMP and/or Inkscape instead of Photoshop and/or Illustrator for your ...
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How to put one object both in front and behind another object at the same time?

I've attempted (as a test) to make a circle with a bar going through it. The bar should go under one side of the circle and over the other. I've done this by splitting the circle into two objects, ...
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How do I select an object that's below another object in Inkscape?

A common problem in Inkscape is that you want to select an object but another object always gets in the way because it completely obstructs the background object or because the two are too close ...
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How can I color a pattern in Inkscape?

How can I color a pattern in Inkscape without creating a custom pattern? I guess this should be possible. But I can't manage this :-( I draw a square. --> I get a square filled with a color (green). ...
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Is it possible to “invert” an SVG file? Not the colours, but the actual areas/paths?

I have an SVG file, and I want to create the opposite of it. It's a monochrome icon, and I want a version where the logo is transparent and the rest of the rectangle is filled paths. In theory it ...
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How can you export an Inkscape SVG file to a PDF and maintain the integrity of the image?

I've been having a devil of a time getting Inkscape to export PDFs cleanly and there don't seem to be very many answers out there on all the various wikis and tutorials. In particular, transparencies ...
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How can I preserve border width when scaling an object with Inkscape?

I want the borders to stay fixed in Inkscape when I'm resizing an object. I found these buttons in Inkscape v0.48.3.1, but they don't seem to work. Is there any other settings that I should turn on? ...
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Getting rid of Whitespace in Inkscape

Is there a way in Inkscape to set the boundaries of the svg file the way they would be set if you export as a bitmap? I want that there's no whitespace above, beneath, right or left of the object ...
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Create hatching in Inkscape?

How can I create hatching in Inkscape? I want to create plain hatching like you would find in an engineering drawing. (I am not interested in "artistic" hatching like the "rough" hatching Inkscape has ...
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Using the shape of an object to cut the object beneath it in Inkscape

I'm editing an svg in Inkscape and I have an object on top of another object. I'd like to use the shape of the top object to cut the object beneath it. For those who are familiar with GIMP, I'm ...
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In Inkscape, resize both the document and its content at the same time

I've been struggling to do something that would seem pretty basic: In Inkscape, how can I resize the document and its content (i.e. drawings) at the same time? A little bit of context: I want to ...
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How to link images relatively in Inkscape?

I would like to make relative links to pictures in an Inkscape file. So when I move the project files (images and the Inkscape master), I wouldn't have to relink the images. What is the proper way to ...
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How to create charts and tables with Inkscape?

Inkscape doesn't seem to support charts or tables, so what's the best way to create a chart/table and import it into Inkscape? Excel 2013 unfortunately doesn't seem to support svg.
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Set the colour of arrows in inkscape

I have added end arrows to some connectors and Bézier curves, but I cannot find how to set their colour, since they appear to be concerned neither by the background settings nor by the outline ones. ...
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Convert a line drawing from raster to vector

I have a raster image, basically a scanned drawing of the outlines (and some detail) of various objects, and I wish to convert these lines to vectors, using either Illustrator or Inkscape. My present ...
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How to delete the path between two nodes, but not the nodes themselves in Inkscape?

I have a contour object, and I would like to delete a part of it (a line). So I converted the object to a path, selected the Edit paths by nodes tool and deleted the unwanted nodes, now I have the ...
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How do I make this arrow symmetrical?

First of all, I use Inkscape for this. I am also not a graphic designer by trade. Anyway, here's the deal: As you can see, the nodes aren't lined up properly to make the arrow symmetrical. I only ...
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How to create these rotated clones?

I am a beginner in Inkscape. I want to create an image similar to Yury's diagram: This is what I tried so far: I created a circle, selected it and went to Edit > Clone > Create tiled clones. I ...
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Remove background based on color in Inkscape

There is a classical way of removing background in Inkscape using Bezier curves. This is often quite lengthy process. Is it possible to remove the background of an object based on background color (e....
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How can I cut out a section of a circle using Inkscape?

In Inkscape I first typed text, created a circle, then made two lines from the center. It looks like this now: Now, I want it to look like this with the piece cut off, which I made before: I ...
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how to rasterize an SVG without anti-aliasing

I've made a map in inkscape and now need to change it to a bitmap or .png. The map will be interpreted by a computer program which will look for exact colors so the edges need to be crisp. when I ...
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How can I convert a jpg-signature into strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature into a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small svg, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no ...
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Inkscape: Position a circle by its center and not the bounding box

Is it possible to position a circle in inkscape using the center? I'm designing a shape for a laser cutter and the circles are to outline mounting holes. Each hole is around 3.2mm. I know one way is ...
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How to extend/prolong and trim/cut a straight line or path in Inkscape

I have some straight paths with only two nodes (start and end node). They are short and I want to prolong them in the same direction that the line is. The paths are oblique-angled and not horizontal ...
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How to fit svg drawings to their canvas on the command line?

Cropping .svg files on the command line is simple: $ inkscape --verb=FitCanvasToDrawing --verb=FileSave --verb=FileClose *.svg I need to do the opposite. I want to fit the drawing into a 64 x 64 ...
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How to Connect Bezier Curves in Inkscape?

You can see there two bezier curves that I want to connect together. How can I do that? My current area with the peak consists of many small bezier curves which is totally intolerable because it makes ...
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Is vectorizing an image copyright theft if the image is not CC/Public domain?

Is it okay to vectorize this image to make a poster out of it even though the image is not Creative Commons or anything like that? I'm not using any part of the image directly and only going to use it ...
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Drawing a double helix in Inkscape

I've seen this How can I create a double helix? question but I am here to ask you how to create a double-helix in Inkscape, instead of illustrator. I have tried to achieve this via creating two sine ...
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How to draw an arrow in inkscape

I would like to add an arrow to an Inkscape project. I read this question but it didn't tell how to actually make the arrow: Set the colour of arrows in inkscape
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Is it worth learning the SVG path attribute, or should I use a tool for drawing?

Is there an advantage of manually creating the graphic with the path element and d attribute (I guess with the help of math?), over using a tool like Inkscape to draw the graphic? Does Inkscape ...
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Inkscape: Dropped shadows are always cut off. How to prevent this?

When applying a drop-shadow filter in Inkscape, the shadow is totally cutoff and not resized properly. The paths are ungrouped and just a simple connected path that has fill and stroke style. The ...
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Inkscape: how to move text along path?

When attaching text to a path in Inkscape, it seems to attach the text to the start of the path. If it's a shape, such as an ellipse then it's often placed at the start of one of the 4 ordinal points. ...
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How to keep only the visible parts of the every object/path of a SVG image? Like “flatten” all the SVG

I've an SVG image with many objects, ones over anothers. What I need is a final SVG, with the same visual result, but in a way that I could change the opacity of any object without revealing the ...
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Inkscape SVG → print-ready EPS/PDF workflow

I realize similar questions have been asked here and there, but I'm still a bit confused. So, the task is basically to make a print-ready EPS/PDF for some vector art prepared in Inkscape [on a Unix-...
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Embedding fonts in inkscape

Does any body know what is the current status of embedding fonts into an svg file that is readable by inkscape. I find the lack of embedded fonts severely impedes portability of svg files, particular ...
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Inkscape export format

I have some vector objects created in Inkscape and I am exporting them to a png files. I am using the exported images in another program. The problem is, that even though the initial object is on ...
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How do I select multiple paths in inkscape?

I'm trying to figure out an easy way to select multiple paths in inkscape 0.48, ubuntu. I've read in Inkscape (4th Edition) by Bah, that you can left drag and a rectangle will display and select the ...
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Inkscape: remove stroke preserve size/shape

I've created a path with a stroke and a fill of the same color, and I'd like to remove the stroke while preserving the size/shape of the object. Is there a simple way to do this? In other words, I'm ...
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Sponge (reticulation, pores) texture in Inkscape

I'm trying to vectorize this Gray's anatomy diagram from the Wikimedia commons: (Yeah, I know. Kind of an awkward image, but I'm a medical student studying Urology and we need good medical ...
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How to remove a portion of a closed object, to turn it into an open object?

I would like to remove (like in cut away) a circular portion from a rectangle, leaving an open object. Tried using the Path > Difference tool, but it results in a closed object. Attached image (...
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How to create this kinda halftone circle in Inkscape

I'm trying to create this halftone effect in Inkscape but I'm not able to produce it. All I'm able to do is create a small circle and clone it to produce simple halftone. But how do I do this?
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Inkscape: scale with keep aspect ratio as default?

I know that I can keep aspect ratio when scaling images by pressing the ctrl-key. But I really don't like this default. Is there a way to modify inkscape, to make scale and keeping aspect ratio the ...
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How to adjust Miter Joints to look pointy?

I would like to make the edges of the figure became pointed, similar to that of another figure. I set Stroke Style to Miter Join, but that didn't work. Any solution for this?
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Inkscape: how to create a polygon from several polylines?

Drawn by hand in Inkscape, I have several polylines and polygons, more ore less in contact. I want to build a polygon from them (in zone A) and fill it with a given colour. The desired polygon will ...
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Add perspective to Bitmap in Inkscape

I have a 3D monitor drawn in Inkscape and I'd like to add a screenshot into the region. I have tried to skew, but the shape is too irregular. I have also tried to apply an envelope (Extensions -> ...
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How can I create a tiling hexagon tesselation (for SVG/Web)?

I'm looking to create an SVG background image for a webpage using regular hexagons in a tessellation pattern similar to the image below. However, I need the hexagons to interconnect so I can use the: ...
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Border around formatted text in Inkscape

I'm trying to create a block of text with formatting and I want to surround it with a border. I've tried the "Flow into frame" feature, but that removes formatting (I would like line breaks, spaces, ...
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Can I export an Inkscape SVG to a TTF file?

I have tried my hand at designing a font, and have made the individual SVG files for each character on Inkscape. Looking at other things about this topic, the answer always seems to be something along ...
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Inkscape: Changing default canvas size

Is there a way to customize the default canvas size in Inkscape?