After much trying tutorials and googling how to remove the black outlines of text in Inkscape (I think it's the "stroke"), I have no luck. I would just like to make a few designs for different color t-shirts and the outlines are in my way, meaning I would just like to have the "fill" of the text to remain.

I would be very grateful for any help.

  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. It depends how it was constructed. It could be a simple stroke, or it could be something more complex. Is it a vector image? Is it a raster image? It's difficult to say much more without seeing it. Can you share the SVG over at SVGshare.com and post the link here?
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 28 at 16:23
  • Thank you for the comment. I'm not really sure about the image types since I'm a beginner... Basically every letter in any font that I write has an outline of stroke around it, before i save and export it everytime. Is there any known way at all of getting rid of the outline that the fonts have in any case?
    – Luka
    Jan 28 at 16:39
  • It sounds like you do have a stroke set on the text. Select the text box, then open the Fill and Stroke panel using Shift+Ctrl+F. You can change fills and strokes in there.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 28 at 17:03
  • You can also go into Edit > Preferences > Tools > Text, and make sure to set the Style of New Objects as shown here. That way your text tool won't ever change its default style accidentally.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 28 at 17:17
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    Thank you for all your help Billy Kerr! I managed to make it work. It seems like it is just a matter of setting the stroke paint to no paint aswell. You really helped me today! Thank you!
    – Luka
    Jan 28 at 17:57

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It sounds like you have a stroke set on your text. There are couple of ways to fix this.

Make sure the text box is selected, then open the Fill and Stroke Panel using Ctrl+Shift+F. This is where you can delete or change strokes and fills. Select the Stroke Paint tab. The X button on the left will delete the stroke completely. Similarly to change the fill, go into the fill tab.

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You can also fix the problem with the Text Tool acting in unexpected ways. If you go into Edit > Preferences > Tools > Text, you can set the Style of New Objects setting to This tools own Style. This will mean the default will always be the same, so even if you set a stroke, the tool will return to its default next time you use it.

If the option in there has a stroke set, you can select some text that has no stroke and hit the button that says "Take from Selection". That will store it as the default.

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  • It all works nicely... Thank you so much for your help! Sincerely.
    – Luka
    Jan 29 at 12:28

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