I'm including a png sprite-sheet in an inkscape file as a linked image. However, I don't want the entire sheet to show, only one of the sprites. I would be even more happy if I could show the animation, but that seems (reasonably) outside the scope of the software. However, there should be some way to include a section of a linked image, right?

How can I do this?

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The way to do that in Inkscape is to set a "Clip" to the embedded bitmap.

After embedding a bitmap image we can create another object to define the clip path:

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To clip the rectangle out of the bitmap we select both object to then apply Object > Clip > Set:

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Any object can be used for clipping. To clip from several objects we need to group them first.

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The clip can be released with Object > Clip > Release to reveal the bitmap and the clipping object again.


You should use a Clipping Mask by creating a path that's the same shape and position of the sprite you want, selecting both it and the sprite, and using Object > Clip > Set

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