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Convert a line drawing from raster to vector

I have a raster image, basically a scanned drawing of the outlines (and some detail) of various objects, and I wish to convert these lines to vectors, using either Illustrator or Inkscape. My present ...
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How can I convert a jpg-signature into strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature into a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small svg, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no ...
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How can I preserve border width when scaling an object with Inkscape?

I want the borders to stay fixed in Inkscape when I'm resizing an object. I found these buttons in Inkscape v0.48.3.1, but they don't seem to work. Is there any other settings that I should turn on? ...
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Is vectorizing an image copyright theft if the image is not CC/Public domain?

Is it okay to vectorize this image to make a poster out of it even though the image is not Creative Commons or anything like that? I'm not using any part of the image directly and only going to use it ...
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Professionals: Would you choose GIMP over Photoshop and/or Inkscape over Illustrator?

I know Adobe's solutions are more advanced, but, as professionals, do you think you would survive (against competition) using GIMP and/or Inkscape instead of Photoshop and/or Illustrator for your ...
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How to put one object both in front and behind another object at the same time?

I've attempted (as a test) to make a circle with a bar going through it. The bar should go under one side of the circle and over the other. I've done this by splitting the circle into two objects, ...
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How to Connect Bezier Curves in Inkscape?

You can see there two bezier curves that I want to connect together. How can I do that? My current area with the peak consists of many small bezier curves which is totally intolerable because it makes ...
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Is it possible to get Inkscape's bucket fill to entirely fill regions marked by lines?

I've noticed there's a slight gap between shapes and lines in which bucket-fill is applied (to the enclosed areas found therein) and the colour fill in Inkscape, is there any way of removing this gap (...
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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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Getting rid of Whitespace in Inkscape

Is there a way in Inkscape to set the boundaries of the svg file the way they would be set if you export as a bitmap? I want that there's no whitespace above, beneath, right or left of the object ...
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Drawing a double helix in Inkscape

I've seen this How can I create a double helix? question but I am here to ask you how to create a double-helix in Inkscape, instead of illustrator. I have tried to achieve this via creating two sine ...
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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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Handdrawn like pencil sketch with inkscape

I have made this sketch with MS Visio which looks like it is handdrawn with a pencil: How can I achieve this with inkscape?
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How to create a fictional city map

Any ideas how to start making a fictional city map (like one for example). I'm fairly good in using Illustrator and Inkscape but I'm unsure what an optimal workflow would be.
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Fisheye Effect in Inkscape?

Is anyone aware of a way to create a fisheye effect with elements in InkScape? Freehand used to have an xtra tool that did just that. The specific effect I'm trying to achieve is applying horizontal ...
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Using the shape of an object to cut the object beneath it in Inkscape

I'm editing an svg in Inkscape and I have an object on top of another object. I'd like to use the shape of the top object to cut the object beneath it. For those who are familiar with GIMP, I'm ...
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Inkscape: Changing default canvas size

Is there a way to customize the default canvas size in Inkscape?
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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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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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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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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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Exporting square tiles from a stripe - in Inkscape or Gimp

I am using Inkscape and Gimp to create assets for a word game and am looking for an advice from more experienced users of these great tools. In Inkscape I have created a stripe with 26 letters and ...
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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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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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In Inkscape, resize both the document and its content at the same time

I've been struggling to do something that would seem pretty basic: In Inkscape, how can I resize the document and its content (i.e. drawings) at the same time? A little bit of context: I want to ...
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How do I select an object that's below another object in Inkscape?

A common problem in Inkscape is that you want to select an object but another object always gets in the way because it completely obstructs the background object or because the two are too close ...
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How to create these rotated clones?

I am a beginner in Inkscape. I want to create an image similar to Yury's diagram: This is what I tried so far: I created a circle, selected it and went to Edit > Clone > Create tiled clones. I ...
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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 to keep only the visible parts of the every object/path of a SVG image? Like “flatten” all the SVG

I've an SVG image with many objects, ones over anothers. What I need is a final SVG, with the same visual result, but in a way that I could change the opacity of any object without revealing the ...
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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 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 ...
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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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Set the colour of arrows in inkscape

I have added end arrows to some connectors and Bézier curves, but I cannot find how to set their colour, since they appear to be concerned neither by the background settings nor by the outline ones. ...
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How to create this kinda halftone circle in Inkscape

I'm trying to create this halftone effect in Inkscape but I'm not able to produce it. All I'm able to do is create a small circle and clone it to produce simple halftone. But how do I do this?
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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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Filling object with pattern in inkscape

I've figured out how to fill a rectangle object with a bitmap pattern: File->Import. To import the pattern file Then, select the pattern and do Objects->Pattern->Objects To Pattern And finally, ...
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TTF and other “modern” font systems, and font size differences

I have no formal (and precious little informal) graphic design training. Fairly famous Computer Science person Dr. Donald Knuth long ago developed a font description system called Metafont. In and of ...
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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 ...
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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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Create the centerline from an polygon

I have a polygon and want to draw the centerline (i'm not sure if it is really the centerline, correct me if this is the wrong term...). I approximated this for an example drawing. I have the black ...
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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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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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How to make one object fully cover another and how to get rid of fuzzy edges/corners in Inkscape?

Here is the thing: folder2.svg is created by me, and folder1.svg - by someone else. As you can see on the screenshot the first icon looks crisp and nice, and my icon has fuzzy edges and coners, the ...
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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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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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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: http://www.flickr.com/...
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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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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: http://www....
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Roman numbers in Inkscape?

How can I write roman numbers in the program inkscape? Do I have to use the glyph-mode somehow or how is it done? Strangely, manually putting in the Unicode for example for the 'I' , U+2160 does not ...
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Make words-art in Inkscape — How can I cut the words out of a shape?

I want to create a word-cloud or you call a tag-cloud, but I have a problem cutting the words out of the shape that I want. Anyway, here's the demo word-cloud: I want the yellow "DEMO" text to ...