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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 the would be set if you export as a bitmap? I want that there's no whitespace above, beneath, right or left of the object that ...
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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" ...
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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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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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Inkscape Circles change dimensions when exporting to PDF

I have a 20 concentric circles in Inkscape, not filled, with a white semi-transparent border. Like this: When I export it to PDF, the circles are resized and they become ellipses, revealing the ...
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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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Inkscape: bitmap pattern filling - 1px line around every tile

I want to fill an object with a bitmap pattern. Instead of perfectly connecting, there is this 1 pixel transparent line around each "tile" of the filled object. The same problem was described here: ...
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Inkscape can not blur Bezier line if it is connected to the outer end of a spiral

I have added a Bezier line to the outer end of a spiral. (See comment for details.) After that I selected both, colorized them and gave them a small amount of blur (1.5%). The problem is, that only ...
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Assigning new W or H coordinate value also changes other values, even though W and H proportions are not interlocked

Let’s say I’ve drawn a line with (X;Y)=(0;0) and now I want to manually assign to it (W;H)=(10;5) or (W;H)=(20;10). Even though weight and height are not locked (the “change .. by the same ...
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What's the best way to make a pdf book cover for Create Space?

I downloaded a paper back book cover template from Create Space and loaded it up into Inkscape (and used GIMP to crop the background images to fit the template). What steps should I take, and what ...
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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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Can I make each group in this SVG file its own SVG file?

I have a huge SVG file that I filled with all the characters for a font. There are a lottt of characters and it'd take forever to manually copy each of them into its own file. Each character has all ...
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An analogous gradient on a triangle in Inkscape

I have a rectangle, shown below, which has a gradient so that the top and bottom edges fade to black. I wish to reshape this this rectangle into a triangle (like the one pictured) so that top and ...
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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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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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How can I create an abstract sea/wave effect in a free vector package?

I'm looking to create a vector (ideally) illustration with an abstract sea, much like this (not the dolphins or sun): How can I go about this using free tools such as Inkscape?
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Add imperfections to vector graphics / drawings

I'm looking for creative ways to add imperfections or flaws to my vector graphics in order to make them appear more like hand drawn sketches. I'm working with Inkscape so tips that work here are very ...
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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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SVG to bitmap converter that doesn't generate horrible bitmaps

I've been using Inkscape to generate PNG's from various SVG files. This works fine for larger images, but for smaller images (like icons), bitmaps appear grainy and extremely anti-aliased at the ...
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Inkscape radial gradient center color visibly different from specified stop color

I use Radial Gradient in Inkscape. PROBLEM: Color at center of radiant is much darker than defined stop color, as shown by red arrow: How comes? How can I make the color at the center to be the one ...
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Cut shape in Inkscape so it has transparent background?

I was wondering if Inkscape has the ability to select the outline of a shape, and then be cropped or copied and pasted over another shape? I remember being able to do this in Illustrator but you ...
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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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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 ...
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Single path overlapping? I shoelace design

I'm trying to make something similar to this in Inkscape: I tried making a path then using object to path. But that didn't work. So then I tried using the pen tool from clipboard... Still didn't ...
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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 make text that round a picture like a circle?

I want to make a logo. The content of the logo is a picture and a sentence which round a picture like a circle. I am using Inkscape (on Ubuntu). Which tools should I use? If I can't do this on ...
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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 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.