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Inkscape - transparent fill, but still occlude paths below it

I'm doing line art in Inkscape. For the sake of saneness, I need the fill of a path to occlude paths beneath it, so I just fill everything with white. However, while exporting to a bitmap, I don't ...
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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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Inkscape; transfer gradient names between documents

For a webinterface i am designing icons in Inkscape. These icons all use the same colorsetting and gradient. Then, when designing the mockups i copy the the icons to a new document using copy + paste. ...
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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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Help/docs for using Inkscape for SVG icon font creation

I was deliriously happy to find this blog post about using Inkscape and one or another online converter to create web font kits. My interest is specifically in icon fonts. While that article was ...
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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?
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Best tools for scanning doodles?

I like to doodle with pencil and paper. I'd like to scan it, or take a picture with my phone, then have as much of it converted to vectors as possible. Ideally, my crooked lines would become ...
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Separating one element of an Svg file into multiple elements with Inkscape

I want to edit an svg from wikimedia commons that shows the human arteries to highlite a specific artery in a specific color. Unfortunately multiple arteries in that svg are represented by the same ...
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Inkscape: How to create this 3D/fold effect?

is there a built-in filter or extension in Inkscape to create a similar fold/3D effect? I mean the appearance simulating a foldout leaflet/brochure. Thanks for any hints!
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How to create a 3D effect in Inkscape as required by the Android Design Guidelines?

In the Iconography section if the Android Design Guide they describe the following style that should be used for Launcher Icons: Use a distinct silhouette. Three-dimensional, front view, ...
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Exporting square tiles from a stripe - in Inkscape or Gimp

I am using Inkscape and Gimp to create assets for a word game and am looking for an advice from more experienced users of these great tools. In Inkscape I have created a stripe with 26 letters and ...
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Simplifying an initial before tracing it

In order to trace an initial to make a font, I need to simplify the original picture as much as possible. I've already vectorized it, but I wonder how I could clean it up a bit more to make it easier ...
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How to create dynamic boolean masked objects in inkscape?

Sometimes when tracing bitmaps in inkscape, I'll see a an object which has two or more disconnected curves, which automatically exclude each other. For example tracing this image: Results in this: ...
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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 to form semi-circular text in gimp or photoshop?

I am not trying to wrap text around a semi-circle but form a semi-circle with text. Basically the font will gradually increase from left to middle and then decrease from middle to right. Can ...
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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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Inkscape: Changing default canvas size

Is there a way to customize the default canvas size in Inkscape?
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How do I improve the visual design of my scientific schematic figures?

When writing a manuscript, I generally feel like my plots follow a good balance of visibility and informational portrayal. Once in a awhile, I need to create a figure where something is shown ...
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Add a point after the last point in a path in Inkscape

Is there a way in Inkscape to add a new point after the last of before the first point of an open path (i.e. a path where there's no connection between the first and last point)? I only have found ...
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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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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 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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Enlarge path (make bolder) in Inkscape

I converted the letter "Z" to a path. Now I want to make the Z extra bold. The corners should stay sharp. I don't want to make the letter bigger, I want it to be more bold. Any hints?
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What is a good CLI-based bitmap tracing method?

I often use the 'trace bitmap' function in Inkscape to create a vector image from a raster image. However, on larger or more complicated bitmaps, the program completely freezes. GUIs being what they ...
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Creating this 3d map perspective?

I am trying to create a custom image overlay on leaflet.js. For sake of learning something new, I am trying to lay over the co-ordinates on a 3D-looking map. For example (the map inside the red ...
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How do you make a letter in a circle transparent to the background? (Inkscape)

Say you have a circle, and a letter (X), on top of that circle. The circle is black, the background is white, and you want the X to be transparent. HOWEVER, you want the X (or the area where the X ...
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How do I shear a selection in Inkscape?

I know I can scale by pulling on the handles with the Select and transform tool. Or similarly, rotate them by first clicking to toggle the handles. But how do I shear an image? Clicking again ...
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How to do a perfect circle with the bezier tool in Inkscape?

I need to create a perfect circle with the bezier tool and not with the circle tool. The purpose of this is to later animate my svg with css.
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Copy, paste, move colored squares - but keep them aligned to the grid

I am developing a word game for iOS and would like to use an SVG file as the gaming board. The SVG file (author: Denelson83, Wikimedia Commons) is almost perfect for my game - except for displaced ...
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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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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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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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Bug with cutting shapes?

I just recognized a big bug. Could someone please confirm or give me a hint? When Cutting a shape with another Shape and repasting the shape back, so both shapes lie beside each other, then a small ...
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Vector and bitmap images won't align in Inkscape, why?

I have created an image in Inkscape, it will be a label for a product so I needed it to bee of just the right size when it prints out. Now I have the core in vector drawing but I wanted to add some ...
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export multiple Inkscape SVG files to multiple PDF files

I have a number of svg files created in Inkscape. I would like to know if there is an utility where I can export all the svg files into multiple pdf/png files. I have around 150 such svg files. The ...
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How can I distribute objects along a semicircumference in Inkscape?

I'm trying to place small circles equaly distant along a semicircunference. Inkscape provides basic options to distribute horizontally and vertically, but can I do along a path, or in this case (if ...
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How to edit clip path?

The Inkscape FAQ states: In fact, if you use a path as the clipping object, you can actually edit the clip path without having to Release it. First select the clipped object, then choose the Node ...
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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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Cropping SVG files

How do I crop SVG files I created used MarvinSketch? Now I realise there are a few answers to this question like this one Getting rid of Whitespace in Inkscape but I've done that and it didn't work as ...
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Inkscape remember open dialog

I have a simple question that should be easy to fix but for the life of me can not figure it out. Is there a way to have Inkscape automatically open last used dialog boxes such as "Align and ...
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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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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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How can I outline (LaTeX) text in Inkscape?

This is a difficult question to google, as the term "outline" does not mean the same in Inkscape as it does in, e.g., Powerpoint. However, Powerpoint does not support Latex. How can I outline a ...
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How does one find missing fonts using Inkscape?

I have an Adobe Illustrator file that I am opening with Inkscape. Everything works great except some of the text is all screwed up because I don't have all of the appropriate fonts available on my ...
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Inkscape: Project a rectangle on bent path keeping gradients intact

I have a rectangle (4-node path) filled with a gradient which I now want to bend along its vertical axis in such a way that it resembles the curvature of another Bezier curve that bends in two places. ...
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Button Focus effect with inkscape

These two images are pause-buttons for a program. The first one shows the button in its default state and the second one when it is being focused on. I am wondering how the person, who made ...
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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 ?