I have a raster image that I'm trying to 'cut out' a part of (then follow it with feathering + blending etc), I draw an "outline" with the bezier curve tool, afterwards making sure to close the newly drawn path. example 1

However, after doing this I want to 'set clip', leaving the selected area of the raster image behind. Unfortunately all this does is take the stroke of the bezier curve and clips that from the image, and not the enclosed shape.example 2

What is the correct order of operations in order to get the "cut out" shape from my raster?

  • What program are you using? – Zach Saucier Jan 13 '17 at 4:57
  • You are selecting just the path and the image, then doing set clip, correct? I can't replicate this problem with Inkscape 0.92. In fact, even if the path isn't closed, it still works for me. Are you on an older version? – Scribblemacher Jan 13 '17 at 14:15
  • I am using Inkscape v.92. – dlo Jan 14 '17 at 6:33

I can reproduce your behaviour in my (german) Inkscape, by generating such a path (bezier tool, rect, circle - no matter), marking the path and the image and selecting the 1st option of the 2nd option of the third group of the object menue, which is in German Objekt/Maskierung/Setzen (Object/Masking/set), but the desired behaviour by the 1st of the 1st option of the object menue, Objekt/Ausschneidepfad/setzen (object/cutting path/set).

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  • they both the the exact same thing for me, (see result in 2nd picture of original post) no matter which order I select the objects in or if i choose set mask or set clip (in your case, cutting path) – dlo Jan 14 '17 at 6:32
  • Same behaviour if you make (just for testing) a path with a circle or rectangle? – user unknown Jan 14 '17 at 12:02
  • No, if I use any other shape tool it behaves as expected. The only thing that doesn't work at all is the #D box tool. – dlo Jan 15 '17 at 10:46
  • #D switches the grid on or off for me. I thought you used the bezier tool (Form: none)? – user unknown Jan 15 '17 at 22:02
  • sorry, typo, I meant to say 3D box tool. – dlo Jan 31 '17 at 5:22

There are Clips and Masks.

  • A clip uses the shape of the upper object (regardless of color and so on) to cut out parts of the lower object.

  • A mask uses the color of the upper object (can vary when using gradients, or a group of objects) to cut out parts of the lower object. White means 100% opacity and black means 0% opacity. Colors in between lead to partial visibility of the masked object.

You probably used mask (Object > Mask > Set) but wanted to use clip (Object > Clip > Set).

edit: "user unknown" provided the same answer and was faster.

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  • with utmost certainty I used clip. – dlo Jan 31 '17 at 5:20

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