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EMF file has transparent background instead of a white one

INTRODUCTION AND RELEVANT INFORMATION: I am a programmer who needs to put an EMF file on a certain place in my applications main window. My clients didn't give me the file I need, but I was given the ...
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Ronchi Rules or graduated and varied strokes in illustrator or Inkscape

I am searching for an easy way to create (in vector) something like this: essentially I would like to create lines starting for example: black 5pt, white 5pt, black 4pt, white 4pt, etc... all 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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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 padding or margin on export

How can I add padding or margin easily when exporting drawing or selection to bitmap? What I've been doing is changing the width and x, y values when exporting but it's a lot of work when exporting ...
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“Select by color” and “draw path from selection” in Inkscape?

I imported an image to Inkscape. Now I'd like to select all those regions that have the same (or to a certain degree similar) color. From this selection I'd like to draw a path (to which I can add a ...
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How to shrink logo without losing quality inkscape

I'm really not much of a graphic designer at all (programmer) but I have dabbled in some image editing using GIMP and Inkscape. Here's my situation: I have a nice, sharp image of my logo as an SVG ...
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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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How to avoid white spaces when crossing 'pen tool' lines in Inkscape?

I am on Ubuntu and trying to learn Inkscape. When I draw a line with the 'pen tool', if a line self-intersects there is a white space in the intersection. How do I avoid that? Is there some setting ...
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Converting B&W to vector line art?

This may be a very basic question for this forum but here goes. I am beginning to create masks for sandcarving using UV film and I need to use B&W vector line art to be able to print a clear film ...
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How do I trace a graph in Inkscape?

Can I draw this graph using Inkscape? I am new to this image editor and I have read the guidelines but it still seems hard to do. Can you please help me to draw an identical graph that also includes ...
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equidistant guide lines in inkscape

Is there an easy way to make n guide lines such that each one is x pixels from the previous one, other than manually entering a newly calculated x or y value for each line?
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Transform my icon SVGs to 32px x 32px icons in Inkscape

I'm a newbie to designing things in Inkscape. I'm developing a website, in which the tabbed content will have icons. Some of the icons I designed, I see, aren't uniformly 32px x 32px, when I set the ...
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Inkscape: how to reuse part of a circular path (inner boundary) and connect it to another path inside of that

I use Inkscape: Imagine I have a shape like an O which is a path. Or better said: Two paths, one for the outer boundary and another for the inner boundary. But it is one object (one path??). If I ...
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Inkscape: how to manage sets of layers

I am using Inkscape to create some wireframes/click throughs. I would like a way toggle the visibility of groups/sets of layers. For example, lets say I define the following sets: Group 1 - ...
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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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Inkscape failing at converting an .svg to an .eps (or any other file)

I used inkscape to grab an image out of a pdf. After doing so, I found out the only way it would actually save was to save it to .svg. I then tried saving the svg to eps/pdf/wmf/emf... etc basically ...
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Strange Inkscape path behaviour - is this normal or a bug?

I'm trying to figure out if this is a bug I should report, or whether it's normal behaviour. (I don't think it is normal, but would appreciate others' thoughts) I've created a simple triangle path on ...
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Search for layers by name in inkscape

Pressing Ctrl+f in the layer window shows a popup in the same window. It looks like a search dialog but it doesn't work. Does anyone know how to search for layers by name in inkscape ?
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Change color of clipped image - Inkscape

I clipped a bunch of lines into the shape of a triangle, using the clip function in Inkscape. I now want to change the color of the remaining triangle which is composed of lines. I have tried all ...
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Inscape Version of Corel Draw's Clone Tool

Does anyone have an idea of how to do this: Corel Draw Clone Tool YouTube Demo in Inkscape? I'm very familiar with Corel Draw and Adobe Creative Suite, but at my new job they are cheap and I'm stuck ...
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Is there an easy way (a pattern or plugin) to create urban maps? Inkscape preferred

This is a tall order, but I thought it might be worth asking. I'm working on a project where I need to basically fake a large urban map: streets, parks, rivers, etc. Essentially I'd like to wind up ...
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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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Fitting text into a Letter using inkscape?

Can someone please help me figure out how to add text into the shape of a LETTER using inkscape? I keep trying and nothing happens. I type out the letter using the text tool, click object to path. ...
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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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Remove side symmetrically in Inkscape

I wish to draw a rectangle with no fill, but only a stroke. I would like to erase a certain portion of one side, going out from the middle. I have attached a picture of what I would like to obtain at ...
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Can Adobe Illustrator export hidden sublayers as svg group with attribute display=“none”?

Inkscape can do that, but I've been told Illustrator is not able to export nested layers (sublayers) with attribute display="none". Is this true? If so, how can I have all my hidden sublayers be ...
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Inkscape: Caps on lines are always black

If I use a cap on a line, usually so I can make an arrow, it is always black despite the stroke color. Is this a bug or am I not understanding something?
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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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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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Inkscape: Delete an anchor & maintain the handles of connected anchors

When I do any kind of point editing with Inkscape, I will have an object (A) and delete one of the points hoping to get C, but instead I get B. I understand why this happens, it's so curves can be ...
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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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How to draw a stretched/pulled/conical spiral

I'm trying to redraw a diagram in Inkscape, and I'm having difficulty recreating the base spiral: Can you help me? Note: I'm assuming Inkscape is the best tool. This is largely because its free, ...
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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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What resolution should I use for my photos in Inkscape?

question from a non-graphic designer here who doesn't fully get the whole 'resolution' thing. From what I understand, Inkscape saves all embedded images as 90dpi. However for printing, 300 dpi is ...
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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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How to distort a shape in inkscape?

How can I distort a shape so that it looks like it's drawn on the side of a cylinder? I.e. vertical lines should stay the same (just moving up or down depending on the location), and horizontal lines ...
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Make lines vertical/horizontal

If I have a simple shape like this one in Inkscape how can I make one segment vertical or horizontal to get to this result?
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Inkscape Pull Things inward

Does anyone now how in inkscape how to pull things sort of inward? As an example, I am trying to take the following image (source) and pull the yellow teeth more towards the middle so text can fit in. ...
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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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Inkscape very slow after moving the screen

After using the scrollbars to move, everything gets very slow. For example selecting an object in F2 Mode ( selecting pathnodes ) When zooming out and in its again fast enough. Is this a bug or is ...
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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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How to automatically repeat labels on a page in Inkscape?

I make labels for my beer bottles in Inkscape. With each new batch of beer I need to change the label. When I am done I want to print 8 labels on each page. Right now I export the SVG as PDF and use ...
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Create and Edit parallel “bus” lines in Inkscape

Of course I've seen Create and Edit Parallel Paths in Inkscape - Graphic Design Stack Exchange, but the "Stroke to Path" answer there doesn't cut it for me - because I want to draw "parallel lines" as ...
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How to make a deep bevel in Inkscape

Usually I use filters for this effect, but combined lighting made it look like crap. The example design below shows the top is without bevel, and the bottom is with. This is what I'm trying to do in ...
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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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Inkscape: Export SVG to LaTeX-PDF preserving text positioning

I am using Inkscape to export .svg files to LaTeX-PDF using the following command: inkscape --without-gui --file="<file>.svg" --export-pdf="<file>.pdf" --export-latex It generates a pdf ...
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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: Joined pentagon and hexagon with fixed edge length

I'm trying to create a shape formed by a regular hexagon and a regular pentagon that are joined by shared edge. The problem is that the polygons made my the polygon tool are very hard to align. I've ...
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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" ...