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How can I add padding or margin easily when exporting drawing or selection to bitmap?

What I've been doing is changing the width and x, y values when exporting but it's a lot of work when exporting many selections one by one.

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Another technique is to use several rectangles used for cropping/exporting:

  • Create a new layer, called Export for example. Place it beneath other layers.
  • In this layer, create rectangles that will define what areas you will want to crop/export. Maybe white rectangles beneath your objects.
  • Export each rectangle individually: select a rectangle, go to File > Export bitmap (or Ctrl-E), en choose Selection before exporting.
  • When you need to make modifications, you can either export a rectangle individually, or all at once (Select them all - the export dialogue box has a Batch export all selected objects option). But exporting them once beforehand will determine their location and file name.

Tip: If you don't want have visible rectangles when exporting, you can select them, then hide them by hiding the export layer (but the rectangles will still be selected), then export them.

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I simply mark the whole drawing, and resize the page to it, so that the page has the desired margin to the drawing. I nearly always use page format A4 landscape or A4 portrait with visible page border.

While bitmap exporting, I can easily choose between drawing, page or selection.

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