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How to remove a path from other paths

I have a .svg file with many different paths. I know I can select all black parts by using Ctrl + F and searching in the style attribute. I combined all black paths to one. But I want to remove all ...
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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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how do I import a vector path from Inkscape into Gimp?

I'd like to take an SVG clipart, pull out particular paths from it, and bring them into Gimp and use them to create selections and/or to stroke. Nothing I've tried seems to work -- even though Gimp ...
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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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How to draw 3 overlapping circles with different colors?

Is there a free software to draw following in ubuntu? How to color the overlap zone? I am not able to figure this out in GIMP.
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How to tint or alter the colour of a pattern in Inkscape?

I am able to import and apply patterns to objects, but I don't know how to adjust the colour of the patterns. How does one tint a pattern in Inkscape?
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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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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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Inkscape copy shape to several layers

I have a Inkscape Project with about 100 Layers. Every Layer has the same shape ( with others beside that are different ). Now I would like to exchange the shape with a new one. So far I did this by ...
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PDF CMYK export in Inkscape

I'm trying to use the PDF CMYK export plugin for Inkscape, but it fails when I save the document. I have selected an ICC profile (A FOGRA39L.icc profile) and applied it to most of the colors in my ...
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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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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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How to randomly distribute objects only in selected area?

Imagine you wanted to design a glass of soda. First you create a glass: It's, in fact, a beaker - but that doesn't matter Now you copy the object, make it smaller, black and delete the stroke. Then ...
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Cutting multiple lines/curves with a closed path in inkscape

Let's take a bunch of lines, like in (A) (We could have bezier curves, either. Let's say: open paths) Let's take then a circle (or another closed path), like (B) Let's put the each above/below ...
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Convert region between ellipses to bezier path

In an Inkscape file I got from somebody I found the following: On the right there are arcs of ellipses (not paths), and on the left there are 4-node bezier paths each perfectly corresponding to the ...
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Add perspective to Bitmap in Inkscape

I have a 3D monitor drawn in Inkscape and I'd like to add a screenshot into the region. I have tried to skew, but the shape is too irregular. I have also tried to apply an envelope (Extensions -> ...
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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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How can I create paths with accurate border-radii

So I'm getting a little confused with radii in Inkscape. For quite a while I thought that this: was the same as this: ... But it turns out that overlaying them on top of one another reveals that ...
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How do I draw a line outwards from the exact middle of a rectangle's edge, and combine the paths in Inkscape?

I want to draw this shape in Inkscape: The line coming from the side needs to be aligned to exactly the middle of the edge, coming out at a right angle. It must also be part of the rectangle ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Adobe Illustrator vs. Inkscape: Smaller than “Smallest file size”

Vector graphics is a compact way of storing simple drawings. And I always thought that the most compact .pdf file you can get from Illustrator, is achieved with the "Smallest file size" preset. ...
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What density is the 512x512 icon for an Android app?

I'm making a launcher icon in Inkscape, with my document size set to 512x512. I'm trying to adhere to Material Design standards which state that the Tinted Edge and Shaded Edge of the product icon ...
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How to make the “P” and “e” hollow?

I have a slight of a problem here. This is the logo I would like to convert from 2d to 3d After that I followed all the instructions as per described in the following link : ...
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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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Best tool or approach to cross reference elements on a illustration

I'm working on a programming assignment, where I'd like to document related data structures - JSON to be precise. I use Inkscape and it's diagram connector tool. The result I am getting looks as ...
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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: 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; 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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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 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: 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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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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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 can I reuse an embedded raster image multiple times in Inkscape?

I have an svg image made in Inkscape with about five raster images embedded in it. Each of these images is used many times (up to 72). Each of these images is small (<1MB), but judging from the ...
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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: ...
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Automating the Creation of Geometric Shapes?

How can I draw geometric shapes, or other regular shapes, such as a gear, using macros or scripts? I'd like to experiment with creating games by combining elements, similar to geoDefense: ...
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How to list the fonts used in an adobe illustrator (AI) file, on linux?

I would like to list font names used inside an Adobe Illustrator (CS4 or CS5 I don't remember) file, on my Fedora linux desktop. Is it possible ? I tried to open it with Inkscape but I fail to see ...
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How do I draw a box around an object in Inkscape?

There is a really handy way to size the page: "Resize page to drawing or selection". Is there a similar option for drawing boxes around a selection? I have a group of objects that I would like to draw ...
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What icons used in Inkscape UI?

Maybe it's offtop, sorry if it is. I search for PNG/SVG icons files used in Inkscape UI, ie, "open file", "save file", "options" etc-- which are nice and I want to use them maybe. What are these ...
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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 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 ...