I'm reworking an old raster logo to the vector format. There is a part of the logo where the curve widens in one place and then comes back to normal width.

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How can I make this happen in Inkscape? I've tried some path effects like spiro spline or BSpline but the outcome was a mess.

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Use the path effect Power Stroke. You can edit the width in the Nodes tool after applying it.

Draw a copy of the segment that needs the effect to have good control. Applying it to your closed path easily creates a mess.

You can as well draw the problematic curve with the pen tool as a closed shape:

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  • I tried both answers and I found the second one more suitable for me. But this one is worth remembering. Thanks
    – mat.hudak
    Nov 18, 2017 at 16:51

One simple, but rather manual method, is to use Path > Stroke to Path, to expand the stroke to a shape, then simply edit the nodes and curves as required.

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  • @dallows: Don’t forget that you can accept the answer that you found most helpful.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Nov 18, 2017 at 19:21

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