I'm trying to make a tileable background in Inkscape with some simple objects. Example:

original background

But it's hard to see how the starts will look after the image is tiled, so I would like to see 9 copies of the image while being able to edit the image. Cloning works really well for rotating, scaling and recoloring the stars, but when I move the original star, the cloned star does not move:

cloned background

Is there a way to make the position move as well? For example, if I move some original star 5 pixels to the left, all the cloned stars move 5 piles to the left as well, like they do with color, scale, etc?

Also, an easy to way to add a new opbejct to the tile would be appricieted as well, right now I eighter have to delete the clone tiles and recreate them or ame new cloned tiles just for the new object every time I want to add a new object to the image.


It is possible with a work around.

Create the star inside a square with no fill and no stroke. Group the square and the star.

Clone the group.

Then you can double click the clone source to enter the group, then select the star, and when you move the star 9 pixels, it will move 9 pixels in the clone. You can even move it outside the invisible square.

For example:

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While you are inside the clone group, you can add additional stars.

For example

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  • Perfect, I tried grouping but I didn't know about the double click. – kajacx Nov 5 '18 at 21:34
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    @kajacx Also note that double clicking outside the group will exit the group. – Billy Kerr Nov 5 '18 at 21:59

There's a template that comes with Inkscape, specially made for pattern creation.

File > New from Template: Seamless pattern. It works similar to the method described by Billy Kerr, just that it's already prepared for use, and comes with instructions.

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