I have some vector objects created in Inkscape and I am exporting them to a png files. I am using the exported images in another program.

The problem is, that even though the initial object is on transparent background, the resulting png has a thin white border around it which looks just terrible.

I have read somewhere, that the deafult export format is PNG-8, which should have transparent-functionality, but this feature is often not 100% supported (especially in older versions of software). Is exporting svg objects to PNG-24 a solution to this? I would try it but I have not found how to change the defualt export format in Inkscape.

What else could be done to eliminate this problem? Thanks for any tips!

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    What are you viewing the created PNG in? I found this FAQ here: wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/….
    – ckpepper02
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 15:32
  • We can not reproduce this behaviour here. All exported PNG are borderless as expected. Could it be that the border you observe is a placeholder frame drawn from the importing application?
    – Takkat
    Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 10:59
  • Funny thing is, that "saving" the picture as SVG works fine, but "exporting" as SVG does not... I dont know what causes this problem, but I solved simply by not using export anymore (I think that this option provides worse quality of the output, but its ok since these pictures are really small in size..)
    – Smajl
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 7:01
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    that's weird - I'm trying to find the opposite: the export is 24 bit png for me, and I'm looking for a way to change to 8. I'm using inkscape 0.48 on Ubintu. What is yours?
    – Amir Uval
    Commented Jun 30, 2013 at 23:45
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    What colour is your document background? it should be white/100% transparent by default, but if it's somehow been set to 100% opaque, you'll get a white background on your png exports.
    – naught101
    Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 7:13

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After researching this issue, I found this similar question on SO (incorrectly posted BTW).

The accepted answer was:

I would actually export it as a SVG open it with Gimp, do additional stuff if required and then save it as a PNG using Gimps save for web function.

Also found this FAQ

Inkscape FAQ Question

The PNGs exported by Inkscape have jagged edges/no antialiasing/funny background.

This is a problem with whatever you use to view these PNG files, not with Inkscape. For example, Internet Explorer prior to version 7 cannot show PNG files with transparency properly. Use e.g. Firefox to view your PNGs. If you absolutely must support IE 6, you can't have transparent background in PNG; change it to opaque in Document Preferences and export the PNG file again. Also, you should look into using Dean Edwards' IE7 Library: It fixes many CSS issues and makes transparent PNG work correctly under IE5 and IE6. If you want to open the exported PNG bitmaps in MS-Word, you will also have to change the alpha-opacity (in document-properties dialog) to full, and then export -- the result will be much better.

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