I would like to know whether it is possible to create a circular gradient or alternative one which follows a given path in Inkscape.

This is the effect I would like to create:

Circular gradient http://liamlime.com/dump/laptop/2015-09-20/2015-09-20_21-28-51.png

To generate this image I created lots of small wedges and manually set each individual wedge's alpha value.

This question was answered for Adobe Illustrator in How to apply a gradient effect for a particular circular path? and for Gimp in Create a clockwise gradient in GIMP, however I was unable to find an answer for Inkscape.

Thank you.

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    Probably there is no answer for Inkscape because a conical gradient is not yet in SVG standard, but you can tweak a little and obtain something, see also here. Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 20:12
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    I vote for the comment by Paolo Gibellini above as answer. I think the "Probably" can be left out :)
    – bartovan
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 15:50
  • This actually is possible in the current stable release (0.91), using the Create Tiled Cone feature. See this tutorial. I'm hesitant to post this as an answer, since link-only answers are not acceptable, but I'm not sure if it's OK to reproduce (and cite) that tutorial as an answer. Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 16:04

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In the Inkscape devel version, there's a conical gradient available (Mesh gradient tool).

You can find it (precompiled) for Ubuntu in the ppa, and for Windows, there are occasional 32bit builds: https://inkscape.org/en/download/

(can't add more links, else I'd have linked directly. Scroll down to "Development versions")

Screenshot Mesh gradient / conical test case

Edit: I just got the info that it does not currently work with 32bit devel versions for Windows, because it requires a newer version of the cairo library. The Ubuntu ppa version works well, though.

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