I have the following object that I have drawn in inkscape

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and I would like to turn it into a trapezium. I am trying to follow the steps online: 1) selecting the object and converting object to path 2) selecting the top corner nodes and dragging them inwards

unfortunately the whole image does not conform to this and I end up with the following

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I have been trying lots of things for the past hour. "Grouping" & "ungrouping" the object beforehand and "unioning" & "combining" the path afterwards, but I can't get the final path to be treated as one object. I think I fundamentally misunderstand what is meant by all of these things, and I don't understand the difference between and object and a path really, so any help here would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks, Adam.

1 Answer 1

  1. Make sure that all of the objects in your image are paths (and not circles, rectangles or similar). Selecting everything and path → object to path should do the job.

  2. Duplicate (Ctrl + D) the framing rectangle.

  3. Group (Ctrl + G) everything but one of the duplicate rectangles.

  4. Make a trapezium of the ungrouped rectangle.

  5. Select the group and then the trapezium.

  6. Apply extensions → modify path → perspective.

You should get what you wish. If everything is rotated, go back and rotate the rectangle before Step 4.

  • Wow that worked, but it rotated the contents of the group 90 degrees.
    – davea0511
    Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 23:37
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    @davea0511: Please see my edit.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 5:51
  • @Wrzlprmft i'm confused by this step: "Make a trapezium of the ungrouped rectangle." how do i do that?
    – Jayen
    Commented Feb 25, 2021 at 8:01
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    @Jayen: At this point, your reactangle should be a regular path (as opposed to a special rectangle object); if not convert selected object to path (Ctrl+Shift+C). Then you move the individual nodes with edit paths by nodes (F2). To assure perfect symmetry, move the nodes using the arrow keys.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Feb 25, 2021 at 8:13
  • @Wrzlprmft thanks. my problem turned out to be that my path wasn't a rectangle, but a collection of triangles. made a rectangle and sorted it out. thanks.
    – Jayen
    Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 0:49

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