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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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Inkscape in terminal: convert to greyscale

What is the command for inkscape (called from the terminal) to convert graphics to greyscale? I was not able to find in in the manual. I use the following command: inkscape -f drawing1.pdf -A ...
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How to center group based on one member?

I have a group of 2 objects a circle and a line. Looks like letter Q. I want to center this group, so that the circle will centered in a page and the line will maintain its relative position to the ...
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Inkscape: Get an outline of an object

I have an object, it is a t-shirt which is black. I want to get this t-shirt but brown. I can't just fill it because it is a photo, not homogenous color. It is the pure shape of it, not square -> So I ...
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Inkscape unable to add the same stroke width to all paths

Hi i just modified a text into paths and curved some paths, i attach an svg of my work. Now i just would like to add stroke to the object so that i can make bold the text, but as you can see , trying ...
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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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A software to replace my pen and paper approach to sketch ideas

I try to adapt No Paper policy in my workflow. I'm a student of EECS and most of my daily job is doing some research and designing mathematical algorithms, Communication Networks, Math, Ideas,.... ...
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Inkscape settings for a high resolution avatar

I am a one-day veteran at Inkscape, making some avatars/profile-pics, and also a complete nitwit concerning graphic design. I want to end up with 1024x1024 and 2048x2048 png files. Although I guessed ...
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Inkscape: scale with keep aspect ratio as default?

I know that I can keep aspect ratio when scaling images by pressing the ctrl-key. But I really don't like this default. Is there a way to modify inkscape, to make scale and keeping aspect ratio the ...
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Inkscape: reusable components / objects?

We used Adobe Flash for SCADA visualization in the past, but we want to move towards SVG for new web-based SCADA projects. SCADA often uses the same, interactive symbols (like pumps, valves, ...) ...
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Inkscape: how to manage sets of layers

I am using Inkscape to create some wireframes/click throughs. I would like a way toggle the visibility of groups/sets of layers. For example, lets say I define the following sets: Group 1 - ...
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Inkscape failing at converting an .svg to an .eps (or any other file)

I used inkscape to grab an image out of a pdf. After doing so, I found out the only way it would actually save was to save it to .svg. I then tried saving the svg to eps/pdf/wmf/emf... etc basically ...
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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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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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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 to use Windows Type-1 fonts in Inkscape on a Mac?

I have type 1 fonts in pfb format that I would like to use with Inkscape on a Mac. However, I can't get Inkscape to find them. The instructions seem to be only for Linux or Windows, but I assumed ...
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Failure to convert .svg to readable .eps in Inkscape

I am trying to produce a design which can be used to make a stencil of teardrop and heart shapes of various sizes. The basic design is created by an equation in "Graphmatica" and inserted as a .bmp ...
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Inkscape: remove stroke preserve size/shape

I've created a path with a stroke and a fill of the same color, and I'd like to remove the stroke while preserving the size/shape of the object. Is there a simple way to do this? In other words, I'm ...
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Create a white light spectrum or shaped rainbow in Inkscape

I need to create a spectum of white light or rainbow, in different shapes. When I use this method http://art.vinayraikar.com/2008/01/illustrating-rainbow-with-tiled-clones.html my clones are still ...
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Add fill to comic-style font in Inkscape

In Inkscape, I'm using the Komika Glaze font, styled like the drop shadows that you might see in a comic book. So, the shapes formed by the font itself should remain black. But, the interiors of the ...
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Export object with positive coordinates?

I'm attempting to create a path in Inkscape and use those coordinates in another program where only positive (4th Quadrant) coordinates are accepted. Is there an exportable Inkscape format that will ...
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Gradient filter

I would like to do a non-color gradient, but am not sure how. For example applying a blur filter in gradient. I.e., imagine the left side of the gradient fill area would be "normal", and as you go ...
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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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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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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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How can I export an Inkscape SVG with text to a GIMP .xcf? [closed]

I am working on a graphics project in which I need to export the SVG I created as a .xcf file for The GIMP. However, when I go to export the SVG via Ctrl+Shift+S and the select GIMP XCF Maintaining ...
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EMF file has transparent background instead of a white one

INTRODUCTION AND RELEVANT INFORMATION: I am a programmer who needs to put an EMF file on a certain place in my applications main window. My clients didn't give me the file I need, but I was given the ...
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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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Border around formatted text in inkscape

I'm trying to create a block of test 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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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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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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How can I create organizational chart in inkscape?

I have lots of problem with inkscape connectors incluing these 1. when Icopy/pase a connector everything changed! 2. can not break a connector alone! now I do not know how to creat some ...
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Can Inkscape be associated to SVG as the primary tool of the trade? [closed]

I'm planning to make an icon to represent SVG. I know there are official logos, but I never saw them until I looked for them, and I don't believe many designers associate SVG to these logos. My icon ...
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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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Emulate gold letters in Inkscape

I would like to write with golden letters in Inkscape. I've found the Gold gradient, but no gold texture in the filters. How can I do that?
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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 remove the white border “halo” from my logo?

I have the original .ai files as I paid a graphic artist to do these logos. I uploaded a .gif export of the files only to see that they have a white border: If I don't have AI/PS can I use ...
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Filling drawing

I'm having a little trouble I hope it's easily solvable in Inkscape... Sorry if it's something simple I'm missing, I'm relatively new to it, and google/searching here hasn't done quite the trick. I ...
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Possible to use fill tool in grid cells?

I would like to reconstruct a simple bitmap to vector, so I have put a grid and a layer on top of it. Is it possible to e.g. use the fill tool, to just fill out one of the grid squares at a time? Or ...
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How to avoid white spaces when crossing 'pen tool' lines in Inkscape?

I am on Ubuntu and trying to learn Inkscape. When I draw a line with the 'pen tool', if a line self-intersects there is a white space in the intersection. How do I avoid that? Is there some setting ...
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Inscape Version of Corel Draw's Clone Tool

Does anyone have an idea of how to do this: Corel Draw Clone Tool YouTube Demo in Inkscape? I'm very familiar with Corel Draw and Adobe Creative Suite, but at my new job they are cheap and I'm stuck ...
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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 create the drop shadow “We are Mozilla” effect?

The text "We are Mozilla" on this page: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/ seems to have something of a "white" drop shadow effect that makes it seem embedded onto the page, somewhat. How can we ...
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Bend text and rectangle as a group

Can someone please show me how to bend text and rectangle behind it as one unit?
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Inkscape and logo with transparent text?

I need to make a t-shirt with a one color design that is EASY as a .png. But the shirt company wants it as a vectored .eps file. I tried sending them an import of the .png but that wasn't good ...
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Trouble with Beziers in Inkscape after switching from Illustrator

So this is my first post as I just very recently downloaded and tried Inkscape after roughly 7 years of Illustrator. As far as I can say this program is really amazing, although I am struggling with ...
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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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How to fill a font with an image in Inkscape

I have written a word using a fat font like Impact, and I have an image of roses. Instead of adding a color to this word, I want to "color" it in Inkscape using my roses image.