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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 can I color a pattern in Inkscape?

How can I color a pattern in Inkscape without creating a custom pattern? I guess this should be possible. But I can't manage this :-( I draw a square. --> I get a square filled with a color (green). ...
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Exporting an object as svg from inkscape

I know that Inkscape does not have the ability to export selected objects as svg, but is there a workaround that people have found that works?
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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 cut out a section of a circle using Inkscape?

In Inkscape I first typed text, created a circle, then made two lines from the center. It looks like this now: Now, I want it to look like this with the piece cut off, which I made before: I ...
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How can you export an Inkscape SVG file to a PDF and maintain the integrity of the image?

I've been having a devil of a time getting Inkscape to export PDFs cleanly and there don't seem to be very many answers out there on all the various wikis and tutorials. In particular, transparencies ...
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How to link images relatively in Inkscape?

I would like to make relative links to pictures in an Inkscape file. So when I move the project files (images and the Inkscape master), I wouldn't have to relink the images. What is the proper way to ...
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Inkscape export format

I have some vector objects created in Inkscape and I am exporting them to a png files. I am using the exported images in another program. The problem is, that even though the initial object is 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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how to rasterize an SVG without anti-aliasing

I've made a map in inkscape and now need to change it to a bitmap or .png. The map will be interpreted by a computer program which will look for exact colors so the edges need to be crisp. when I ...
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Sponge (reticulation, pores) texture in Inkscape

I'm trying to vectorize this Gray's anatomy diagram from the Wikimedia commons: (Yeah, I know. Kind of an awkward image, but I'm a medical student studying Urology and we need good medical ...
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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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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 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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How do I select multiple paths in inkscape?

I'm trying to figure out an easy way to select multiple paths in inkscape 0.48, ubuntu. I've read in Inkscape (4th Edition) by Bah, that you can left drag and a rectangle will display and select the ...
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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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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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How to squeeze text into a shape

I'm trying to squeeze a text into a shape so that after removing the shape the text gives the impression of the shape. In the above example MYTEXT should go into the elipse. How can i do this with ...
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How to draw a stretched/pulled/conical spiral

I'm trying to redraw a diagram in Inkscape, and I'm having difficulty recreating the base spiral: Can you help me? Note: I'm assuming Inkscape is the best tool. This is largely because its free, ...
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How to create charts and tables with Inkscape?

Inkscape doesn't seem to support charts or tables, so what's the best way to create a chart/table and import it into Inkscape? Excel 2013 unfortunately doesn't seem to support svg.
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In Inkscape, how can I save colors for use in multiple elements?

For example, I'd like to have a color called "text-color" or one called "content-box-color". How can I save a color like this and then assign it to an element?
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How could I improve the shading on this chain link illustration?

I'm trying to make a stylized chain (the hardware kind, not a bike chain or jewellery) in Inkscape. Initially I gave it a flat effect, and this was easy to achieve. For the O-shaped links, I used ...
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In Inkscape, how can I easily select multiple objects that are obscured by other objects?

I have object 1 which obscures object 2 which obscures object 3 which obscures object 4. Object 1   Object 2     Object 3       Object 4 I know ...
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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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Where can I find tutorials for Inkscape?

Where can I find tutorials for Inkscape?
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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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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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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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Adding noise to a path in Inkscape

Is it possible to add some (controllable amount of) noise to a path with Inkscape? When creating a fictional map, I would like to add rivers with the bezier tool, drawing the general shape, and then ...
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Color filling the interior region of a traced bitmap

I have got a very simple logo in jpg format. The logo is mostly text, think something like "ABC inc." with a very simple styilized shape which merges A, B and C preceding the text. Only two "pure" ...
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Is it possible to convert PostScript to SVG? (Inkscape)

Is it possible to convert a PostScript file to SVG? Based on an answer in Tex.SE, I tried to use inkscape: inkscape test.ps --export-inkscape-svg=test.svg This indeed produced an SVG file, but ...
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How to extend/prolong and trim/cut a straight line or path in Inkscape

I have some straight paths with only two nodes (start and end node). They are short and I want to prolong them in the same direction that the line is. The paths are oblique-angled and not horizontal ...
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Inkscape: Collapse borders between consecutive boxes

I need to make several diagrams with many precisely-size, consecutive, bordered boxes. I'm snapping all the edges of my boxes, but box strokes are inlaid; it looks like snapping the edge to the grid ...
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How do I remove the alpha channel from the air spray filter in Inkscape?

I'm trying to simulate a cloud of data points around a graph and I found that the air spray filter applied to a copy of that graph will give me almost what I want, especially when changing the ...
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Is there a way to view the metadata of SVG or EMF files using open source tools?

I have an image/chart that takes a long time to print - actually, a long time to create the post script file. Years ago I had a tool that allowed me to 'inspect/view' the chart and it visually showed ...
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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 can I create a tiling hexagon tesselation (for SVG/Web)?

I'm looking to create an SVG background image for a webpage using regular hexagons in a tessellation pattern similar to the image below. However, I need the hexagons to interconnect so I can use the: ...
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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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How to twist a complex shape in Inkscape?

I have a shape derived from the letter i: Each of the blue “waves” and the two orange crosslinks are a path, the dot is a circle. I want to make the shape derived from a script i instead, ...
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How to use font variants within Inkscape

I'm trying to use Inkscape to design a logo, the issue is that I can't use any variants of one of my fonts, Quicksand Light: I know I have the font and its variants installed because GIMP notices ...
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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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An analogous gradient on a triangle in Inkscape

I have a rectangle, shown below, which has a gradient so that the top and bottom edges fade to black. I wish to reshape this this rectangle into a triangle (like the one pictured) so that top and ...
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Make a random dispersion of images

I got a lot of unique images, so my goal is distribute all that images randomly and apply randomly scale and rotation transformations. Like these So which is the best way to achieve these ? I use ...
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Cut a circumference into parts - Inkscape

I'm trying to cut out sections of a circle / circumference. The way that I've been doing it is by creating new nodes on the path and then cutting the path at that point. However, to make the cuts I ...
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Join line and edge of circle

In Inkscape, what would be the best way to join the two nodes highlighted in red below? One is an end of the line, the other is the leftmost point on a circle (the horizontal line goes through the ...
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Remove background based on color in Inkscape

There is a classical way of removing background in Inkscape using Bezier curves. This is often quite lengthy process. Is it possible to remove the background of an object based on background color ...
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How do I make a 2D texture into a banner/flag that looks like it is folding from a breeze?

I've got a 2D image and I want to transform it into something that looks like a single frame from an animation of that logo on fabric catching just a bit of breeze. I'm not an artist so don't have ...
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Create and Edit Parallel Paths in Inkscape

I have been using Inkscape for some months now to edit and maintain a transit map of San Francisco. For the most part I am very comfortable editing paths, removing and adding nodes, snapping to grids ...
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Tutorial on how to create a flowing thread

I'm looking for a tutorial to create wavy flowing threads. Like this: I'm open to tutorials in Photoshop, GIMP, or any freeware image manipulation program. We have a copy of PS. I'm not sure if ...
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Scaling Pattern Fills in Inkscape

I would like to give an object a striped fill, where the stripes are thin and dense. I chose "stripes 1 : 2" from the Pattern Fill menu but the pattern was too coarse. Online help suggested that after ...