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What is easiest way to get small copy of object in Inkscape?

I need smaller copy of object on second layer. I select object and press Path -> Linked Offset and resize object to smaller. When I resize the the object I need strict 2mm between parent object and I ...
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Convert objects to short lines

I am new in Inkscape. I need to know how convert objects (any: lines, cyrcles, free drawn by pen, ets) to object consists from small lines (1.5 - 2 mm (need to specify)). Please look to example on the ...
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Professionals: Would you choose GIMP over Photoshop and/or Inkscape over Illustrator?

I know Adobe's solutions are more advanced, but, as professionals, do you think you would survive (against competition) using GIMP and/or Inkscape instead of Photoshop and/or Illustrator for your ...
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Inkscape shortcuts like Illustrator

I want to find an Inkscape shortcuts profile with defined Illustrator shortcuts. For example 'A' for Node Selecting tool, 'P' for Pen not Pencil. Please give a link to file to Import from Edit > ...
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How do I efficiently create closed shapes with shared boundaries in Inkscape, e.g. countries on a map?

In the drawing you see five paths (orange pink green blue and red), which define the boundaries of 4 regions (a b c and d). I now want to create those regions so they are fillable, and without crazy "...
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Inkscape draw silhouette

I'm new to vector art in general and for practice i'm trying to create a black/white fox head. What is the procedure/steps to draw a picture alike the image below in Inkscape? I tried doing it in many ...
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Where is the “Add” blend mode in Inkscape?

How can I blend colors together with different blend modes in inkscape? I can't seem to find any options for controlling the method for blending colors. For example, how could I make something like ...
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Inkscape: Can I use px in XML Editor?

I want to be able to edit my objects through code. But it seems that Inkscape, for some strange reason, thinks that all properties in svg's XML are in mm. I've set Grid Units to px, I checked if ...
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How to turn entire square image into trapezium

I have the following object that I have drawn in inkscape 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)...
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Is there a way to resize a vector such that one of its dimensions is equal to a desired size in Inkscape?

I'm trying to create a circuit schematic using Inkscape. I've created several vector images of components and am trying to connect them up into a circuit. These are two of them, for instance: I'm ...
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How to draw all diagonals in the n-gon from a particular vertex?

What I'm trying to do is this I can draw them one by one, but what if I have not a 15-gon but a 1002-gon, how do I "automate" that? What tool should I use? I've tried to use "Interpolate" tool, but ...
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SVG looks different in Inkscape than elsewhere

I'm experiencing an issue where my SVG graphics are missing elements when displayed outside of Inkscape. The Inkscape image is (including the document border): However, I've tried displaying this in ...
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Stroke width tool equivalent in Inkscape

Is there a tool in Inkscape similar to the stroke Width Tool in Illustrator? In other words, is there a way to manipulate the width of a stroke by setting the weight at a given position or anchor ...
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Drawing angles/arcs in inkscape

Is there an easy way to draw the angle between two lines, i.e. a circular arc in inkscape? Ideally it should be as easy as selecting both lines and clicking a button or something. I am not (yet) ...
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Inkscape - How to get information from measures I am making?

I am doing some analysis of some images, so I need measure the distance and the size of the lines and write that down in a Google Sheet. Like in the image below, I use the measure tool to get the ...
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Is vectorizing an image copyright infringement if the image is not CC/Public domain?

Is it okay to vectorize this image to make a poster out of it even though the image is not Creative Commons or anything like that? I'm not using any part of the image directly and only going to use it ...
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AI vs EPS vs SVG

What's the technical difference? I'm interested in switching from Illustrator to Inkscape and would prefer to work exclusively with SVG, but is this going to be a problem for my team if they stay on ...
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Why does my logo look terrible and blurry on Instagram and Facebook?

I am not a graphic designer at all. The first logo I made was in Photoshop for my Etsy store. Now I want to move off Etsy but can't make my own website until I have good quality graphics. So I made ...
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How to create multiple closed paths from segments in inkscape

Is there any comfortable (and accurate) way to convert multiple shapes represented by segments (but rather precisely closed) into shapes? I want to use files from a CAD system as Basis for a Design. ...
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Question about Inkscape (icons with solid white background with an alpha image)

EDIT: Hello, yes, I am trying to get transparent icons on a solid white background. Also, the second link is not broken. It needs html code to display it correctly. Here is a screen shot of what it ...
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Scaling with zoom

Is it possible to set objects to scale in some way as you zoom in and out? Some objects are challenging to see at extremes of zoom. For instance, lines can be too thin to see when zoomed way out but ...
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Global Swatches in Inkscape

In Illustrator, you can make a swatch, give it a red color, and then color a bunch of things with it. Then, when you decide that you think blue would be better than red, you can adjust the swatch's ...
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Can I drag a node without breaking the edges in SVG file in Inkscape?

I used GraphViz to create a diagram in a SVG file. The placement of the nodes is not ideal. I learnt that Inkscape can be used for editing SVG file. Is there a way to drag and move a node, without ...
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How to add drop shadow to a picture via CLI?

I have a bunch of pictures (mostly screenshots, but it doesn't matter) to which I'd like to add a drop shadow. (Reason for it is to add a nice border, as they have white background and I use them on a ...
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Inkscape - breaking object apart

I'm brand new to Inkscape, and fairly brand new to SVG's in general. I'm trying to modify a map of the British Isles, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/62/British_Isles_location_map.svg ...
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Is it possible to merge branching paths to transform as one object?

Due to the SVG format, Inkscape users cannot connect more than two paths to one node. As a result, I'm struggling to think of a method of connecting up my 'road' map below. Ideally, I want a way to ...
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How to animate vector art designed in Inkscape?

I want to create an animation this way: let's say, I create a circle with multiple nodes in Inkscape, maybe save it as .svg, then edit it, and save it as another file. Now I want to place both of ...
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Path-Difference [closed]

I've been using inkscape for a few months and have a questions... When I have two images and I want to do a path, difference, it does not work for me. I tried grouping them and doing it and to no ...
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Simple way to export manually set rectangular area from inkscape?

Sure enough, you can open the Export PNG Image dialog, select custom and type the coordinates manually. But that's crazy. You can also use the Page export, but that means you'll need to re-adjust the ...
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Is it possible to convert PostScript to SVG? (Inkscape)

Is it possible to convert a PostScript file to SVG? Based on an answer in Tex.SE, I tried to use inkscape: inkscape test.ps --export-inkscape-svg=test.svg This indeed produced an SVG file, but ...
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Inkscape: Move tiled/cloned objects

I'm trying to make a tileable background in Inkscape with some simple objects. Example: But it's hard to see how the starts will look after the image is tiled, so I would like to see 9 copies of ...
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Inkscape: Change font for groups

In Inkscape, I'm trying to design a calendar. I have a grid of numbers (days of the month). I want to change the typeface of all the numbers I'm working with. Is there a way to do this in a single ...
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Does something like Illustrator's “Shape builder” exist in Inkscape

Does a smarter boolean tool like Illustrator's Shape builder tool exist for Inkscape? Or a plugin maybe? I know the same can be achieved with the Union/Difference/Intersection tools, but the Shape ...
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Blurred, embedded raster image after importing PDF in Inkscape

I imported a figure from PDF (generated from Latex) into Inkscape as SVG for final editing. It contains a raster image, which for some reason is completely blurred and I cannot figure out why. Any ...
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Cannot change aspect ratio of embedded raster image after PDF import

I imported a figure from PDF (generated from Latex) into Inkscape as SVG for final editing. After import the raster-image does not fit the axis anymore. This would not be an issue, but for some ...
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Printing Marks error in Inkscape 0.92

I know where to find the settings for printing marks (Extensions > Render > Layout > Printing Marks) but I keep getting an error and I'm uncertain if it's a problem with Inkscape or user error. I'm ...
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How to increase line width of svg image downloaded from the internet?

I downloaded this image with a creative commons license. I open it with inkscape, open the "Fill and Stroke" menu, use the cursor to select everything and then try to click on "width" under stroke ...
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Creating dynamic connectors in Inkscape

In Inkscape, is it possible to connect 3 or more line segments in their end points, so that the connection will keep holding if I move the connection point? I want to create a diagram of vertices and ...
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Change certificate's recipient name automatically

I am about to design a certificate for 100 people. It is very time-consuming if I change the certificate's recipient name one by one. Are there any tools that can generate a list of names and paste ...
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Inkscape scripting: how to show / hide a layer and export?

I have a cartoon with multiple layers; among those layers I have a German and an English layer. They have the text in their respective languages. The idea is to hide the German layer and show the ...
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How do I create Visio style connectable shapes with text in Inkscape?

I'd like to use Inkscape to create architecture diagrams like this one: The connector tool that Inkscape has seem to work okay, from what I see. What I'm still struggling with is an easy way to add ...
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How do I select an object that's below another object in Inkscape?

A common problem in Inkscape is that you want to select an object but another object always gets in the way because it completely obstructs the background object or because the two are too close ...
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How to rename a pattern in Inkscape

I created a pattern in Inkscape but its name is not really meaningful. And when there are more patterns in one document, it will be hard to remember which one is which, since there is not visual ...
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Can't move object: object moves back to original place in Inkscape

I have a very simple drawing in Inkscape. It consists of a path in heart shape and I have a circle, filled red. I can neither scale nor move the red circle and I can't figure out why. Here's my ...
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Inkscape: clip imported raster just inside colored line

here's a map of a country with a red border: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/13/Congo_Kinshasa_Topography.png i've imported the .png and now want to clip it to just show what's ...
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How to break superposed objects into pieces on inkscape?

I'm manipulating a vector in which I have six circles superposed like in a Venn Diagram. I want to easily break them into pieces by color. Is this possible?
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Inkscape: keyboard shortcut for Break Path At Selected Nodes

I've been searching long time for keyboard shortcuts for these actions in Inkscape. Join selected nodes Break path at selected nodes Join selected endnodes with a new segment Delete segment between ...
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How to render LaTeX formulae in inkscape under OSX / mac?

I had trouble to find out how to render LaTeX formulae in inkscape under OSX / mac. I can imagine that many people are struggling with that, so lets collect the best solutions.
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How do I work with architectural scales in Inkscape? [closed]

I want to make a floor plan in Inkscape, but cannot see how to set up the units. The measurements are in inches. However, if I set the display units to inches, then the page is only 8.5 x 11 inches ...
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how to properly position arrow heads with respect to a curve?

Given an arc of circle: If I add arrows on both ends I get the following ugly result: I'd rather like to see: I've managed to get the above manually, by converting the stroke to a path, and either ...