Looking for a way to write text along an angle in Inkscape while keeping the vertical alignment straight. Illustrator has a "shear" transformation available this, but is anyone aware of an equivalent in Inkscape? Attached is an example of the desired result, from Illustrator.

Example of shear from Illustrator

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Yes. There are several ways to do this in Inkscape.

Click two times on the text box to bring up the rotate/skew transform arrows. Don't do a fast double click here as that will switch to the Text tool (not what you want). Then hold down Shift as you click and drag on the middle-right skew transform arrows.

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If you don't hold down Shift the skew is based on the centre point

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Note: This also works with any object in Inkscape, not just text.

If you want to do a numerical skew to a specific angle, open the Transform panel, Shift+Ctrl+M, and into the Skew tab.

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  • Exactly what I was looking for, thank you! Commented Apr 15, 2023 at 1:46

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