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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?
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Draw rectangle with stroke in Inkscape

How do I draw a simple rectangle with no fill in Inkscape? To my knowledge, the "Stroke style" doesn't give me this option.
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Make words-art in Inkscape — How can I cut the words out of a shape?

I want to create a word-cloud or you call a tag-cloud, but I have a problem cutting the words out of the shape that I want. Anyway, here's the demo word-cloud: I want the yellow "DEMO" text to ...
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How to create a rectangle with one side stroke only in Inkscape?

How to create a rectangle with stroke only on one side of the rectangle ? By default the stroke is applied to all sides of the rectangle.
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How to use font variants within Inkscape

I'm trying to use Inkscape to design a logo, the issue is that I can't use any variants of one of my fonts, Quicksand Light: I know I have the font and its variants installed because GIMP notices ...
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Adding noise to a path in Inkscape

Is it possible to add some (controllable amount of) noise to a path with Inkscape? When creating a fictional map, I would like to add rivers with the bezier tool, drawing the general shape, and then ...
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Scaling Pattern Fills in Inkscape

I would like to give an object a striped fill, where the stripes are thin and dense. I chose "stripes 1 : 2" from the Pattern Fill menu but the pattern was too coarse. Online help suggested that after ...
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How to put arrows along a path in Inkscape?

I am trying to put simple arrows along a path. What I have done so far: using the Bezier tool, I created a straight line and made the endmarker into an arrowhead. Next, I used the Path effect editor ...
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Fill enclosed path in Inkscape

I'm having difficulties with a really basic concept in Inkscape. How do I fill an enclosed path that has a line going into it? I've combined the original two paths to form one path, but filling it ...
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Is there any way to set fallback font-families in Illustrator SVG?

I'm trying to set up an action that creates versatile text-containing SVG files which can be used in various places including Wikimedia Commons. The only problem is, Wikimedia Commons only supports a ...
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Drawing grid in Inkscape in millimeter

If I try to draw a grid in Inkscape, there are two different options: Extra -> Render -> Grid Extra -> Render -> Kartesian Grid But both of them use pixel-metric(?). Is it possible to use other ...
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Is there a way to select OpenType features in Inkscape?

Today's OpenType fonts have a lot of features included like: kerning, capital spacing, ligatures, old style figures and stylistic sets. I miss these features a lot. Is there a way to select ...
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How could I improve the shading on this chain link illustration?

I'm trying to make a stylized chain (the hardware kind, not a bike chain or jewellery) in Inkscape. Initially I gave it a flat effect, and this was easy to achieve. For the O-shaped links, I used ...
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In Inkscape, how can I easily select multiple objects that are obscured by other objects?

I have object 1 which obscures object 2 which obscures object 3 which obscures object 4. Object 1   Object 2     Object 3       Object 4 I know ...
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Is there a way to view the metadata of SVG or EMF files using open source tools?

I have an image/chart that takes a long time to print - actually, a long time to create the post script file. Years ago I had a tool that allowed me to 'inspect/view' the chart and it visually showed ...
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Laser cutting vector image - bitmap created two lines when I need one on border of counties

I'm working on a custom design of the outline of some counties in kentucky and it's engraving each county with individual borders instead of as a single line. I know I could manually trace between the ...
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How to embed a color profile into a PDF with Inkscape?

I'm using Inkscape v. 0.91 under Linux Slackware, compiled from the source with the default options. The printing service I use requires the "ISO Coated v2 300% (ECI)" color profile, which I have in ...
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Convert a line drawing from raster to vector **LINES**

Here are already such questions, like: Convert a line drawing from raster to vector What is the best way to convert a series of boxes (right angles) from raster to vector? Converting B&W to ...
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Where can I find tutorials for Inkscape?

Where can I find tutorials for Inkscape?
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How to create a fictional city map

Any ideas how to start making a fictional city map (like one for example). I'm fairly good in using Illustrator and Inkscape but I'm unsure what an optimal workflow would be.
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How do I draw a heart shape in inkscape?

I'd prefer the method to draw it using two circles and a rectangle because I think that's the simplest method. But other methods are also OK. I need a not too curvy heart. Something like this. I ...
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Cut a circumference into parts - Inkscape

I'm trying to cut out sections of a circle / circumference. The way that I've been doing it is by creating new nodes on the path and then cutting the path at that point. However, to make the cuts I ...
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DejaVu Sans Condensed not showing up in Inkscape, despite installed

My system came with DejaVu Sans and DejaVu Sans Condensed installed by default. PROBLEM: Inkscape only shows DejaVu Sans. Do I have to configure something special in Inkscape? Or is DejaVu Sans ...
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Quantify the area of a shape in Inkscape

In Inkscape, is there a way to automatically calculate the space / area a shape occupies? I am representing data in complex shapes and I need a way to scale them accordingly.
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How to underline text in Inkscape

Using Inkscape's latest official release, I created a text element, and would like to underline its text (or part of it). How to do that? I don't see any option to underline.
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How to get rid of these outline artifacts in an Inkscape SVG trace?

I can get good trace results in Inkscape converting a bitmap to a vector image - except for these persistent thin outline artifacts. They resemble a topographic map and pretty much ruin the trace. ...
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Inkscape - Merging Overlapping Nodes

I would really appreciate some help with this little problem I have, it may only be a click away somewhere in a menu - perhaps someone can help. The application I'm using is Inkscape and I'm trying ...
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Breaking polygons into paths in Inkscape

Is there anyway to break up a polygon into paths? Actually what I want to do is to change the colour and dash of certain sides of the polygon, but that seems like the straight forward way. I can't ...
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Is it possible to convert PostScript to SVG? (Inkscape)

Is it possible to convert a PostScript file to SVG? Based on an answer in Tex.SE, I tried to use inkscape: inkscape test.ps --export-inkscape-svg=test.svg This indeed produced an SVG file, but ...
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How to create a clockwise gradient in Inkscape

I would like to know whether it is possible to create a circular gradient or alternative one which follows a given path in Inkscape. This is the effect I would like to create: To generate this ...
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Interpolate SVG Inkscape

So I've been trying to create a long shadow effect in Inkscape using an SVG image. As you can see, I've been able to do this with a shape. But haven't found a way to do so with an SVG image. ...
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Inkscape: Collapse borders between consecutive boxes

I need to make several diagrams with many precisely-size, consecutive, bordered boxes. I'm snapping all the edges of my boxes, but box strokes are inlaid; it looks like snapping the edge to the grid ...
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Color filling the interior region of a traced bitmap

I have got a very simple logo in jpg format. The logo is mostly text, think something like "ABC inc." with a very simple styilized shape which merges A, B and C preceding the text. Only two "pure" ...
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How do I create a bevel effect on a complex object in Inkscape?

I would like to create a bevel effect in Inkscape. I am going for a very subtle bevel, that looks something like this one which was created in Photoshop: First I tried the bevel filter in Inkscape, ...
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Reproduce WordArt in Inkscape (trapezoid shape)

I try to convert an old logo to a vector format using Inkscape. The logo was originally made using WordArt. The text is transformed to a trapezoid shape. I tried to use "Modify Path -> Perspective" ...
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Inkscape: How can I bend text like in this example?

I tried several Path Effects, but I never were able to get text looking like this: As you can see, the text goes slightly upwards, and the letters get smaller. I first thought Envelope deformation ...
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what are the other tools available for editing eps files other than Illustrator?

I made a vector logo using Illustrator cs6 in my office, but when I returned back to my home to work on it on Inkscape, it shows nothing, showing the error-- the file is not supported! to solve this ...
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How to input 'Registered Trademark' Glyph in Inkscape?

I went to: Text → Glyphs → and found the symbol. However, I can't get it from the window box to the artboard. I've searched Google & YouTube, but cannot find the answer. How do I type ...
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How does Inkscape decide whether to use flowRoot or text?

The program for which I'm creating svg doesn't display text that I create in Inkscape where Inkscape saves the text as flowRoot. When does Inkscape choose to use svg:flowRoot? Is there a way to tell ...
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“Punch” transparent hole in inkscape, without destructive boolean operations?

I have a black rectangle, and I want it to look like a stencil, with "cut-out" text in the centre. In this image, I have converted both objects to paths and used the boolean difference tool: (I'm ...
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How do I overcome this PNG rendering problem of a SVG?

I uploaded a human body diagram showing the signs and symptoms of Hodgkin's lymphoma (http://health-and-medicine.wikia.com/wiki/File:Symptoms_of_Hodgkin_lymphoma.svg) to my Wiki but for some reason in ...
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Filling object with pattern in inkscape

I've figured out how to fill a rectangle object with a bitmap pattern: File->Import. To import the pattern file Then, select the pattern and do Objects->Pattern->Objects To Pattern And finally, ...
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Multilingual SVG for the web

Is there a way to create multilingual SVG files for the web? I have an SVG with text that I use on a website. Now if the user changes the language on the website I should normally create a new ...
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How do I remove the alpha channel from the air spray filter in Inkscape?

I'm trying to simulate a cloud of data points around a graph and I found that the air spray filter applied to a copy of that graph will give me almost what I want, especially when changing the ...
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Inkscape: how to cut a group?

The question is straightforward: how to cut a group in Inkscape? I already know that Inkscape can only cut one path with another, using ctrl+/. However is there any tips to ease the process? Having ...
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How can I save an Inkscape drawing so it can be opened in CorelDRAW without losing layer information?

Is there a way to save an Inkscape drawing so the layer information will not be removed? When I save the drawing as plain SVG and try to open it again in Inkscape, all layers are gone.
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Handdrawn like pencil sketch with inkscape

I have made this sketch with MS Visio which looks like it is handdrawn with a pencil: How can I achieve this with inkscape?