New to Inkscape,

I want to make a "binary film reel strip", so I found a film slide SVG in publicdomainvectors, and want it to repeat on a path.

  1. I drag the SVG on the canvas
  2. select and copy the slide
  3. draw a path and add Path Effect : "Pattern along path"
  4. I get only the outline, and not the content
    (I could get the content before, but I don't know exactly what I did to achieve that.
    furthermore, it did not ever repeat the 101010101 text in the slide) [This is what i got :]1

I tried converting everything to paths, also to pattern, with and without grouping.

please help!
how can I repeat a pattern in it's whole, and not only it's outline?

Edit: Thanks to @BillyKer answer, I got a bit further, but still not what i try to achieve (and not as Billy's example shows)

  1. Ungrouped everything
  2. convert to path
  3. ungroup again
  4. convert to path again
  5. path>combine
  6. copy
  7. apply as repeated pattern

This is what I got:
details are shown now, but as outline of the detail :\

any idea what I'm doing wrong? details are shown, but still as outline of the detail

1 Answer 1


You need to convert the graphic to a combined path first.

  1. Ungroup it until there are no groups left, select all of it and click Path > Combine.

  2. Now, copy it

  3. Add the pattern along a path effect, then in the path effects, set to "Repeated".

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  • Thanks, That makes sense. I'll try as soon i will be at my pc.
    – Tomer W
    Jun 17, 2021 at 4:11
  • tried it, now i can see the detail, but not as a FILL, but as outline (updated question)
    – Tomer W
    Jun 17, 2021 at 16:57
  • @TomerW You appear to have added a stroke. Instead just change the fill colour, after you've applied the pattern to the path.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 17, 2021 at 17:33
  • yeeaaaahhh.. thats it :)))
    – Tomer W
    Jun 17, 2021 at 18:37

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