When applying a drop-shadow filter in Inkscape, the shadow is totally cutoff and not resized properly. The paths are ungrouped and just a simple connected path that has fill and stroke style.

The shadow shall not be an offsetted shadow, it shall be a glow effect with 5px radius in all directions.

  • How do I prevent a cut-off of the dropped shadow?
  • How to fix the bounding-box (if there is any)?

cut off shadows


After applying drop shadow effect, go to Filters-Filter editor dialog box.At the bottom of the dialog box there is Filter general settings tab for changing the co ordinates & dimensions. Adjust the value until you get a drop shadow following the path without any break.

Image1-Drop shadow with default filter setting valuesdefault

Image2-Drop shadow after changing the coordiantes to -2 & dimensions to 5enter image description here

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    Thank you very much, now I figured out what those dimensions do! For others: They don't influence where the shadow drops, they are basically just the bounding box for future applied effects. Jun 21 '15 at 10:02
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    This is exactly what I was looking for! I just think that the shadow itself should set the dimensions and coordinates automatically making sure it doesn't get cut off by default.
    – user53002
    Oct 23 '15 at 12:48
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    Thanks! I really wonder, why this has to be set manually...
    – orzechow
    Dec 3 '18 at 13:17
  • Thank you for this, seems like something is on the way to make this easier in the future: wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Release_notes/1.0#Filters
    – danicotra
    Dec 6 '20 at 16:30

chanduc's answer can also be applied to other similar situations (not just for the drop shadow filter). Adjusting the coordinates/dimensions of the filter solved my similar problem for a stroke with blur.

This is a good page about the basic usage of custom filter effects: Inkscape » Filter Effects—Custom » Basic Use

This problem is also shown clearly in this youtube video (good example of issue, doesn't show this solution). There's also good info in the comments section: Inkscape Stroke (Outline) Blur Cut-Off Bug

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