Questions about using the Inkscape vector-graphics application. Questions about how to install the application should go on Super User. Question about scripting should go on Stack Overflow.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

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, ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

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?
2
votes
1answer
240 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
30 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
99 views

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.
2
votes
1answer
88 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
277 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
265 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
72 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
199 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
697 views

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.
2
votes
1answer
83 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
339 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
800 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
47 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
122 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
514 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
342 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
433 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
52 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
34 views

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 ?
2
votes
0answers
294 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
568 views

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: ...
2
votes
1answer
795 views

How to batch-export SVG's to EPS on Windows or import them into InDesign CS6

I noticed that in Adobe CS6 there is still no way to import *.svg files into Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Now I want to use a lot of svg's from "TheNounProject", due to their high quality and ...
2
votes
2answers
559 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
319 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
227 views

How to make HTML5 logo (text mapped to 3D object) using inkscape?

Found many tutorials to create 3D text (extrusion, shadow, bevel effect etc.), but that is not what I am looking for. What I am looking for, is a way using which I could use text as "skin" to wrap ...
1
vote
3answers
434 views

How to create a rounded/wave rectangle like this on Inkscape?

I'm using inkscape and I am trying to create an structure like the one below, but all I manage to make is a disformed object. I tried using a rectangle and combine with circles, but the best I got ...
1
vote
4answers
2k views

Using inkscape to convert scanned color drawings to svg — recommended or no?

I'm an ebook publisher trying to include 10 color illustrations inside an ebook. It's not a fixed layout ebook but a reflowable ebook (i.e., an epub). Graphic example here: ...
1
vote
2answers
48 views

How to align an object relative to nodes of another object in Inkscape?

I'd like to align one object to the nodes of another object. In the screenshot below, I'd like to horizontally align the text below to the axis marker that's represented by the two selected nodes ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

inkscape - align edges sequentially?

I have a linear sequence of many same-sized rectangles. e.g. [----] (space) [-------] (space) [--] (space) [---] (space) [----------] I need all of the edges to be touching. ...
1
vote
1answer
83 views

Inkscape - Doubled bezier curves

I want to have a bezier curve with a double line stroke. The LinkedOffset option for paths, when I apply it to an unclosed bezier curve, creates a linked offset object that is closed - ie, it draws a ...
1
vote
1answer
87 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
194 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

How to overlay intersection with original object in Inkscape?

Say I'd like to produce the following diagram in Inkscape. How were I to proceed? I can create three overlapping circles and I can create intersection objects from them but the problem is to align ...
1
vote
2answers
737 views

continuous overlapping paths in Inkscape

I'm attempting to re-create a SVG version of the Alfresco logo viewed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alfresco-logo.png The problem that I'm running into with my .svg is that when I create ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

How can I export as png without alpha?

How can I export an Inkscape image as a png without any alpha?
1
vote
2answers
117 views

What is this effect called? Is it film-grain?

What is this effect called? Is it film-grain? It kind of looks like but the grains are bigger. Thanks a lot in advance.
1
vote
2answers
607 views

GIMP/Inkscape Text Art from Image: Is there an easy way?

Hello All, is there an easy way to grab an image (or a shape I cut out with GIMP Free Select tool) and then just write text over it and let it fill the shape? I have tried searching for it but no ...
1
vote
1answer
199 views

Where is the “Add” blend mode in Inkscape?

How can I blend colors together with different blend modes in inkscape? I can't seem to find any options for controlling the method for blending colors. For example, how could I make something like ...
1
vote
1answer
143 views

Is it possible for Inkscape to snap to a path's border instead of the path?

For example, if I've got a path with a 3px border, I'd like it to snap to the edge of the border and not to the path its self? Here's a square which has the path snap to the guides instead of the ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

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.
1
vote
2answers
588 views

Inkscape: Sharp Sloped Edges

Is there an easy way to transform a standard box or rectangle to look like this? I am referring to the sharp sloped orange box in the picture. As far as I know, one can only install round edges. ...
1
vote
4answers
3k views

How to Batch-export layers of Inkscape-generated SVG-file to Bitmap for sprites?

Batch -export means that I may need to add certain transformations such as anti-alias, contrast-fixes and resizing. SVG here means I am using Inkscape. One layer here is a sprite. I currently export ...
1
vote
1answer
8k views

How to convert .svg to .eps?

I am using Inkscape to create .svg vector files. I wanted to convert it to .eps so that I could use it in Latex (unable to use .svg in Latex). Please recommend a free software to convert .svg to .eps. ...
1
vote
1answer
849 views

SVG Downward Inner Bevel

I am trying to reproduce this image as SVG: It was made in Photoshop simply by creating a rounded rectangle and setting an inner bevel layer style, downward. (It's a bit hard to see on this site, ...
1
vote
2answers
5k views

Inkscape: Changing default canvas size

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