I want to fill the outline of my object with another image. If I use Clip & Set, my object gets all filled.
My current object is a cat:
The black color should be replaced by an image, the interior of the cat should stay transparent. How to get it?
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Remove the fill, if there's one, let the black outline stroke stay. Make a spare copy of your shape, you may need it later.
Select the shape. Goto Path > Stroke to Path. That transforms the outline stroke to filled area.
Use the shape to clip the image. The outline acts as a clipping mask, because it's now a filled area.
Not asked Scrap the idea of using Clip > Set. Change the stroke color to white and use Object > Mask > Set. Mask is a way to affect transparency with color, white = fully opaque.