Very new to Inkscape. I have a shape that I traced, roughly heart shaped like a locket. I want to fill it with pink and black stripes, but the patterns only offered black and transparent stripes, so I duplicated the shape and filled the lower one with pink. Then I filled the higher with the stripe pattern. The stripes came up a little off center. I have to put a keyhole in the center of the heart, and the stripes will conflict with it. Also, if possible I'd like to make a pink and black pattern but that's less important.

The instructions say to use the Node tool to adjust the position, scale, and rotation of the fill pattern. This is the first time I'm attempting such a thing. The problem is that when I use the Node tool, the nodes of the heart shape are active and I can't affect the stripes at all. What am I doing wrong?

The locket when the node tool is selected

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    Welcome on GD.SE, punstress. You can alter the colors of the pattern, see here. See also here. Commented Oct 9, 2020 at 9:01
  • That is helpful, except I can't figure how to replace transparency with a color. For the color to be replaced, it only takes a 6 digit RGB.
    – punstress
    Commented Oct 9, 2020 at 23:02
  • Mmm. I don't know if transparency could be replaced, but you can duplicate your shape and put a filled copy on the background. Commented Oct 10, 2020 at 16:09

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The control points to adjust the pattern will be somewhere on your page, most likely in the top left hand corner of the page. It might be hard to see them. Perhaps try temporarily hiding the raster layer you are tracing over. You can do that in the Object > Objects panel, by clicking the eye icon to toggle visibility.

Here's an example showing the location of the controls points, and how they can be adjusted.

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To fill the background of the shape, one possible method is to duplicate it using Ctrl+D, set the fill to the colour you want, and hit the "Lower Selection one step" button on the Controls bar along the top or hit PageDown. Obviously this will make two independent shapes, but you can group them if you want.

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  • Thanks but that was soooo hard to find. I tried moving my image closer to the nodes so I could see what I was doing, and they only disappeared or went farther away.
    – punstress
    Commented Oct 9, 2020 at 22:03
  • @punstress - yes they are a little tricky ;) The controls move with the shape. Best to move the controls by clicking and dragging the X closer to your shape, rather than move the shape.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Oct 9, 2020 at 22:10

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