Inkscape v0.92

When I zoom I would like to see the individual pixels instead of the zoom anti-aliasing. This occurs not only for paths but also for bitmaps.

I realize there is now a 'Display: Use antialiasing' option in Document Properties but this does not facilitate my request.

  • At least for paths, that’s a feature, not a bug. – Wrzlprmft Aug 15 '17 at 19:43
  • Inkscape has no pixels! It's a vector image editor. Even if you could zoom in forever, you still wouldn't find them. – Billy Kerr Aug 15 '17 at 20:36
  • @BillyKerr It does have pixels. It keeps antialiasing as you zoom in so it appears to never pixelate. I used to use Fireworks and by default it zoomed into the pixels even on path strokes. This sounds counter-intuitive but it was helpful in certain situations. – shrimpwagon Aug 15 '17 at 20:42
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    Nah that's because you are zooming in on a raster image placed in Inkscape. It's like zooming in on a raster image on a web page or in an image viewer, it just gets blurry when you zoom in - it's not antialiasing. What you need is a raster image editor if you want to see/edit individual pixels. Inkscape/Illustrator=vector GIMP/Photoshop=raster. Essentially you are using the wrong kind of software. Fireworks was like a hybrid between raster and vector. Fireworks was nothing like Inskcape/Illustrator which are pure vector. – Billy Kerr Aug 15 '17 at 20:45
  • I think this is more what I'm looking for: krita.org/en – shrimpwagon Aug 15 '17 at 20:53

Sorry didn't quite understand your question, apologies for the confusion. Anyhoo, here's how to do it.

Click Edit > Preferences, and select Bitmaps and scroll down to Import

Set up as follows:

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Now when you import a bitmap, the zoom blur rendering is switched off, so you will be able to see sharp pixel boundaries when you zoom in.raster/bitmap image

Here's a screenshot of a raster/bitmap image zoomed in with overlaid vector

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Edit: after some chat with the OP @shrimpwagon who discovered that this fix doesn't work for images already placed in the file, it is possible to fix that by editing the XML

style: image-rendering:optimizeSpeed

Also when importing, shrimpwagon discovered that this dialog also appears if you have the "Ask about linking and scaling when importing" option checked in the import preferrences.

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So, if you get this - choose blocky!!!


Inkscape is a vector illustration application. There are no "pixels" to show, as they don't exist.

Some vector illustration software, such as Illustrator (I believe) has a feature that will show you the pixel conversion in real time so you can tweak your vectors to match a particular pixel resolution output. Inkscape does not have that feature AFAIK.

  • When making web page mockups I'm using a lot rectangles on top of bitmaps. It is hard to zoom into the bitmap and line up certain things at a pixel level. Maybe I'm using the wrong software. I'm on Linux and I don't want to use Gimp. – shrimpwagon Aug 15 '17 at 20:31
  • Yea, you can't do that with Inkscape, unfortunately. You'll need to consider Adobe Illustrator. Or...you could use raster software. Not sure what alternatives there are to GIMP on Linux these days. – DA01 Aug 15 '17 at 20:41

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