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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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Problem pasting text into Inkscape

When I try to paste bigger text into Inkscape, it splits it into small parts and it's impossible to put them together. I can't change font type or anything in whole text at once without rewriting it. ...
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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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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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Remove inner portion of object

I'm rather new to Inkscape (always worked with photoshop/gimp) so please excuse my ignorance here. I'm trying to accomplish the following. I have an object that needs to have a certain part in the ...
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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.
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Mathematical operations such as “Reflection in Line” with FOSS Linux tools such as Inkscape, Gimp or Blender?

In Gimp, I could do this by "Layer/Transform/180 rotation" and then "Layer/Transform/Flip vertically" -- and then with some mouse, putting things together but it is slow. I am now looking for simpler ...
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How do I export multiple objects to raster images from Illustrator cs5?

I need to export multiple objects from Illustrator to individual .png files. The objects are different in size. I know this is easily done from Inkscape, but Illustrator seems to produce nicer ...
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Increment Dynamic Offset Size

Is there any way to change dynamic offset size other than using the handle? I'd like to be able to create uniform dynamic 5px outside of the original shape for multiple. I'm looking for something ...
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Inkscape Changing Color of the Whole Object

I have made a bubble in Inkscape. The bubble comprises of a circle and an eclipse inside the circle. The bubble has gradient effects and is red in color. Now, I want to change the color of the whole ...
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How do you change the origin of a radial gradient in Inkscape?

I want to change the origin of a radial gradiant in inkscape (so that it's not the centre of the shape, but off to one side). How do I do this?
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Guidelines or resources to create an application icon based on typefaces

I've been using an Open Source application for a while now and, given that its current icon looks somewhat basic, I thought it would be great if I could contribute back with a perhaps more ...
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Gold, Silver, Bronze color swatches

I am working on an app that displays various colors for kids to choose from. So, we'll have a red, a blue, a yellow, etc. These are not real objects, just a small image (like the one attached) that ...
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Converting SVG to EMF without loss of data

I have downloaded several SVG files and need to convert them to EMF format ( Enhanced Meta File ). I have used Inkscape's Save as to save it as .emf but loss of data occurred ( I was warned by ...
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How to draw a wing cascade with boundary layers?

After receiving some great advice here, I set out to create my first diagrams! I am trying to recreate this type of image in Inkscape: Inkscape was suggested as a good starting point and it's ...
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Cutting a path with a horizontal line in Inkscape

I'm trying to cut a path with a horizontal line to split it into two pieces. I have added the line, selected the path, then the line and then chose Path > Cut Path. I'm expecting a horizontal cut, ...
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Export HUGE png/tiff/pdf from SVG

I need to get an image (optimal would be pdf/tiff but png will work, too) from my svg file. The svg is relatively small (cca 300 kB). What I need is an image in resolution cca 10000x5000px in 60+ ...
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Inkscape Rubber Stamp Tutorial: Is this for real?

I was trying to work myself through a few tutorials today, but I have noticed something odd: Here's a nice rubber stamp effect tutorial with two circles and text. The tutorial's text instructs ...
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Problem converting svg to eps in inkscape

I'm using Inkscape to convert an svg to eps. But when I save the svg as eps and open the eps using Gsview, the image is not placed at the center of the page, and even some parts of it are out of view. ...
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Converting B&W to vector line art?

This may be a very basic question for this forum but here goes. I am beginning to create masks for sandcarving using UV film and I need to use B&W vector line art to be able to print a clear film ...
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din-a6 four times on din-a4

I want to print 4 din-a6 postcards on a din-a4 paper. How would you do this with inkscape? The postcard should be duplex. I could calculate it myself, but I guess there is a tool, since this is a ...
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Conversion from svg to png creates certain pngs with black fields in them

When I converted several Inkscape .svg files to png using inkscape or mogrify (imagemagick) from the command line //inkscape from the command line conversion cd your-directory-with-the-svgs/ for i in ...
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SVG exported to EMF loses precision, but exported as PNG looks fine

I am Windows desktop programmer that needs to convert certain SVG into EMF in order to use it for programming. My graphics design skills are at beginner level, but I have managed to convert SVG file ...
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How to clone objects in Inkscape so that ctrl-D will show the original object?

I am editing a game board for a word game, based on a "CC BY SA"-licensed SVG file by Denelson83: When I click at a colored square and then press ctrl+D I can see the original colored square - as ...
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Saving a shape with a pattern to SVG

I have a complex shape (world map) that is filled with a pattern. The pattern is derived from a single symbol. This symbol was created from another SVG file that may have been created with Inkscape. ...
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problem with pdf export in inkscape - line stroke

I had today some surprising experience in converting svg to pdf using inkscape. I am preparing drawings for laser cutter. for laser cutting, the drawing should be passed as pdf and the line stroke ...
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What instrument should I use for tracing hair from photo in Inkscape?

Could anyone give me an answer based on experience what instrument is most suitable and tweakable for tracing hair in Inkscape? May there be common approach used generally in vector graphics? Thank ...
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Why do I get seemingly different colors from Inkscape and MS Publisher?

I'm currently trying to learn to work with CMYK for printing. I'm having an issue with importing a vector image into publisher. Specifically, my issue is that Inkscape and MS Publisher seem to ...
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Arabic text disappear after importing pdf in inkscape

I've just chosen inkscape to edit my PDF files, it seems pretty useful, but when import some PDF files containing arabic text, they disappears, i've tried both options with (enabled and disabled ) ...
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Is it possible to give a mask to an SVG document or a layer?

I wish to round the corners of some SVG documents in a such a way that it hides whatever gets in that corner. Like a clipping Mask of any other objects. Is this possible in SVG, or in Inkscape?
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SVG Filter: Fisheye [duplicate]

Is it possible to make an SVG filter that will apply a fisheye effect to an image? Or is this beyond the scope of this technology. I don't have a great understanding of vector graphics, etc. and if ...
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Vectormagic.com-style-design by Inkscape with Bitmap-trace aka potrace?

I have used the Vectormagic.com -hxck i.e. copy-pasting to get quantified and nice-looking pictures fast but doing this is too slow with overwhelming amount of pictures. My friend is mocking that this ...
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How do I trace a graph in Inkscape?

Can I draw this graph using Inkscape? I am new to this image editor and I have read the guidelines but it still seems hard to do. Can you please help me to draw an identical graph that also includes ...
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distortion after import a png on inkscape

When I import a png file with transparency to inkscape, for example an icon with size 48x48 I always get a distortion, evendone If I export the bitmap, is the same. Someone else with the same ...
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How to create solar flares using Gimp or Inkscape

How can I create a solar flares effect using GIMP or Inkscape? Something like this image: Edit: first of all thanks for all the great comments and suggestions. My initial idea was to create the ...
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Learning a new program! (A designers nightmare) [closed]

Does it have to be so difficult? I open up gimp. Wait, what does what? I open up inkscape. The controls are so different. Cntrl+D does not work. Ar.AR.ar. Photoshop, illustrator and more. Why does ...