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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 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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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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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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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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“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 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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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. ...
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Inkscape: How to position arrowhead exactly at the end of path?

When I add markers to a path in Inkscape (e.g. arrowheads), they do not exactly end at the end of the path. How can I position the arrowhead so that it exactly ends at the end of the path?
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Inkscape - Center Drawing to Page via Command Line/Terminal

Is there a way to center the whole drawing to the page in Inkscape with just a Terminal command? I need to do this for a couple hundred images. Manually, you do this by hitting "CTRL+A", "CTRL+ALT+H", ...
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Outset small rectangle path in Inkscape without round distortion?

This post: InkscapeForum.com • View topic - problem with path outset seems to suggest that "squared joins" are to blame, but here is an example showing the problem regardless: Draw a straight line ...
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Average stroke from a fill

I would like to generate an average stroke from a given compound enclosed path, or fill, in Adobe Illustrator CC or Inkscape. Sorry I don't know the mathematical function name to achieve this. I've ...
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How to reduce the number of nodes in a traced map using inkscape?

I was trying to incorporate a map outline in a logo using trace bitmap feature in inkscape. I was able to trace with some modifications in the setting, but the problem is it has more number of nodes. ...
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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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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, a small space ...
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Opening Inkscape SVG in Illustrator, not looking right

I'm new to graphics, and had to make a small poster for a competition. I created it in Inkscape, but found out they need a .ai file. I tried opening the SVG in Illustrator, and it just does not look ...
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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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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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How do I merge these two objects in Inkscape such that the space in between is gone?

I'd like to remove the white space in the screenshot I took of an Inkscape file and merge the two pink objects together into a single object.
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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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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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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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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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Show section of linked image

I'm including a png sprite-sheet in an inkscape file as a linked image. However, I don't want the entire sheet to show, only one of the sprites. I would be even more happy if I could show the ...
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Tracing Problems With Inkscape

I've created a logo using Fireworks and I'm trying to vectorise it in Inkscape. The problem that I have is that my whole logo has a solid black glow around it to make it really stand out but when I ...
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Perspective guidelines in Inkscape

I am working on a project that will require me to build simple perspective views of real-life environments. The images need to be draw in Inkscape (I plan to extract sections layer-by-layer). Is ...
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What program makes clean plain SVG files from Inkscape?

I have SVG images with Inkscape attributes that fail epubcheck and Google validation. When I try to save them as plain SVG, the invalid "inkscape:XXX:" elements remain. What program on what ...
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How do I do duo-colour dashes?

I've been trying to edit a SVG diagram (here in my Google Drive you can find it if having the original SVG helps you in assisting me), below is a PNG bitmap of the original labelling what I want ...
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Change the stroke width without changing the width and height of the rectangle

When I change the stroke width of a rectangle the width and and height change also. How can I prevent this from happening?
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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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Problems with Inkscape's trace bitmap when converting with multiple colors

I want to apologize ahead of time, for potentially failing to explaining the problem more accurately: So I'm attempting to smooth/clean up a design I'm making for a greeting card on Inkscape. I ...
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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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Command-line bitmap tracing with inkscape

Suppose you want to trace multiple bitmaps with some fixed inkscape tracing settings, is there a way to do it automatically with a batch file?
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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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Is there a trim command for lines/paths in Inkscape?

Is there a trim command for lines/paths in Inkscape? Example: given are two lines. After selecting both I'd like to press a button. Then both lines are elongated or shortened until they intersect. As ...
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Best way to outline a geology map in Inkscape

I have a geology map where I have to outline lines of different styles (dotted, or solid), and eventually I have to fill arbitrary enclosure of these lines (so e.g., sometimes I need to fill a shape ...
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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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Change whether an inkscape mask moves with objects

How do change the behaviour of a mask in Inkscape such that it either moves with the objects it is masking, or not. It seems to switch between the two at random at the moment. Also, how can I select ...
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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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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 ...