For Inkscape, another option would be to:
Draw the frame object in whichever way you want. It could just be a wide stroke on a rectangle, or you draw some complex shape, whichever is useful to you.
Import the image and embed it.
Select the image, then convert it to a pattern (Object > Object to Pattern)
Apply this pattern to either the stroke or the fill of ...
As Juancho pointed out, the unevenness is caused by a transform attribute on the path.
You can avoid adding unnecessary transforms by:
not stretching groups, but only their contents
by making sure to check the option Edit > Preferences > Behavior > Transforms: Store transformation: optimized
If you load such a file, and have that preferences setting ...
There is a setting to disable scaling stroke width as the object is scaled.
Uncheck this button, and the stroke will keep its width regardless of scaling. The other 3 buttons control scaling of rounded corners, gradients and bitmaps.
This could be done entirely in Inkscape. Almost any vector image editor could be used similarly. The following isn't a tutorial, but a list of the basic steps.
Draw an ellipse, click Path > Object to Path, to turn it into a path
Break apart the ellipse into two pieces, and squish the top segment, use snapping to make sure the pieces line up
Make a larger ...
Inkscape is a quite flexible free tool for drawing paths.
There you can draw with the Pen a simple 2 node arc which can be copied, flipped and scaled. Multiple parts can be joined to one. An example (the grey rectangle does nothing, I drew it only to remember the wanted size and where are up and down):
Extension Pattern along Path creates easily bent ...
For GIMP as @Billy Kerr said layer masking is used
Select any image to be set as border
Add a new layer above it (FG or BG color or white but not transparent)
On the newly add layer right click add new layer mask (select the option and find which one suits you)
using selection tool select the amount of area you want empty
invert selection and fill with ...
This is for Inkscape.
Using the Rectangle Tool F4, draw two rectangles, one inside the other, and fill each with a different colour by selecting a different fill colour. The colours don't matter, so long as you can see both rectangles clearly
With the Select Object tool F1. Select both shapes by clicking and dragging the tool around both, and align them ...
There is no equivalent to the blob brush, and as far as I know there's no plugin to do it.
However there may be ways you could speed up what your are doing.
E.g., you can use the Calligraphic Brush tool, then directly after using the tool you can hit CTRL+Shift++, which is the shortcut for a Unite operation.
If you draw another Calligraphic Brush shape on ...
If you want to print something you made in Inkscape, it's probably better to export as a PDF. That way, everything will remain as vector.
GIMP can open SVGs. Do File > Open, navigate to the SVG file, select it, and hit Open. However that will rasterize everything in the SVG.
It is better that you are designing the "E" by your own. Just make 5 equal thick rectangles and reduce the two with the negative space to their third of size.
Look at the example.
Of course you can resize it as you want, but that would be the easiest and fastest solution for you, instead of searching for a font.
Use the 'Envelope Deformation LPE' and the 'Bend LPE', in that order.
Path > Union (does not work in the beta of 1.0 currently, use Path > Object to path -> Ungroup -> Path > Combine instead.)
Path > Path effects
Envelope Deformation LPE
Switch to node tool
Edit top path / bottom path to increase thickness in the middle
Select the text and do Path > Object to Path Shift+Ctrl+C. This will convert the text to outlines.
Ungroup the the text Shift+Ctrl+G
Path > Union Ctrl++. This will join up all the letters as one path.
Draw a rectangle over the text
Select both text and rectangle and do Path > Intersection Ctrl+*
The result will be all outlines so that your cutter ...
Here are a a couple of workarounds.
Use the Select Paths by Nodes Tool (F2)
Click on a section of the path that is next to the node you want to move. This will select the two nodes for that section. Although you might not be able to see both are selected, they are.
Hold down Shift and click on the node you don't want to move. This will deselect it. The ...
You probably switched off one or more of the snapping options in the Snap Controls Bar.
A guess would be the "Snap bounding boxes", "Snap midpoints of bounding box edges", and "Snap to page border", or perhaps you switched off "Enable snapping" altogether.
Try setting the snapping controls as shown below (blue highlight is switched on). If you mouse over ...
Recreate it entirely in Inkscape. Tracing bitmaps is pretty pointless for something so simple.
Draw a rectangle with a black fill.
Copy it Ctrl+C, and Paste in Place Shift+Alt+V.
Do Object > Rotate 90º CW
If you want one shape, you could select both objects and do a Union Ctrl++
The font is an OpenType font with advanced features such as contextual ligatures and alternates. I think you need to switch that feature on in Word - it's not enabled by default. I don't use Word. Sorry. Try googling "enable opentype contextual ligatures in word".
You can't do it in Inkscape. Inkscape is a vector image editor, it can't edit raster images.
Use GIMP instead. It's free and Open Source like Inkscape.
Open the image, then do Colors > Components > Mono Mixer, and use the settings shown below
You could then do Colours > Levels to try to get rid of the smudgy grey bits left over. Move the tiny triangular ...
I guess blurring is a hopeless way to make trackable gradients for your robot experiments. You need something like this:
This is drawn with pattern brush which has a linear 3-stop gradient white-black-white. The screenshot is from Affinity Designer which allows any PNG image to be used as a brush. The curve can be an arbitary path, you only apply the brush ...
I guess it's useless to try to trace images this complex (=full of noise) to vectors. At least you should have much more resolution than your linked axample has and you should reduce the amount of the crap radically, Finally: Your engraving system seems to be designed for bitmap images.
Cleaning the bitmap image can be started by making a BW mix where the ...
The level of detail of the referenced image is high, yet the image online is heavily dithered/pixelated to the point that it is unsuited for laser engraving, other than as a bitmap engrave.
Vector images provide for great detail in the engraving process, but the blueprint cannot be well converted to a vector format.
As a bitmap engrave, if your software ...
It is possible. File>XML editor, then click on the object in Inkscape drawing window. After selecting item, XML editor will point you to the exact object in the tree. Now look at the transform attribute, exactly at what's inside rotate(). The unit is degrees. It also allows you to sets your attributes. Just beware of relative rotations. The object might ...
You can combine separate paths using Path > Combine. It seems to work with the Measure Path extension, with a tiny rounding error.
You can set a stroke width in millimetres in the Fill & Stroke panel.
There is no direct equivalent to "paste in front" or "paste in back" in Inkscape*.
Instead do Edit > Paste in Place Ctrl+Alt+V. This will paste the copied object at the top of the stack.
After pasting, change the order in the stack using the following shortcuts:
Raise to top Home
Lower to bottom End
If your document contains a lot ...
Another approach is to use sprayed shapes. The next image is a stroke drawn with the sprayer tool. The selected shape is an ellipse which has been converted to path.
The settings of the sprayer are critical for good result (=good density, good amount of variation) It's probably easiest to fix a not so good stroke manually as I did. The next image shows how ...
Auto tracing a raster image is not a good way to do this. The result of auto tracing a complex image with gradients is usually rubbish. In my opinion, it would be better to recreate it manually, i.e. re-draw it from scratch. This is not a simple task.
This is not a tutorial, but here's a breakdown of some basic steps that could be taken to reproduce such a ...
This is a work-around that works for simple shapes, and my test was specifically with a pentagon as implied with the question data.
There is an extension for Inkscape known as "Inkscape to OpenSCAD" which takes the design created in the edit window and converts it to multiple paths (if more than one shape) in OpenSCAD format. There are earlier and later ...
SVG describes images using a text format, so you can simply open them in a text editor that allows replacing in multiple opened files (I use Sublime Text) and replace fill and stroke colors with your colors.
For example this image
is described like this:
<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" width="60" height="60" viewBox="0 0 60 60">
This is honestly pretty solid. Great job on keeping the strokes consistent throughout. I personally wasn't aware that the blue/yellow was suppose to be inspired by a circle-graph at first, but I like the direction you're headed.
I'd love to see a "slice" pulled out a bit and portrayed similar to this:
Although you assume you're not creative, this is a ...
There is no such thing as a "vector blur". It does not exist.
It's not a limitation of PDFs or any operating system. The nature of vector content simply precludes the creation of soft edges with the exception of gradients. And blurs, or canned drop shadows, are never automatically converted to gradients anywhere I've ever seen.
Applications preview the ...
Without context, this layman suggests that it's a striking image, simple and bold. Technically it would be easy to reproduce with various devices such as a vinyl cutter or decal printer. Stencils would be straightforward as well. The flattened top and bottom should be corrected, but that's also just an opinion.
As an icon for an app, it will be easy to pick ...
TL;DR: No, but there are some hacks.
I'm not sure how useful they will be for your particular use case, but here goes:
As far as I know, there is no way to make the stroke-dasharray change dynamically as you adjust the length of the line, at least not by moving an end node.
However, you can edit the stroke-dasharay in the XML editor manually.
After some experimenting, I found a way.
Make a copy of the image with text. Remove everything but the text and take care that the text stays in place. All images to alter have to have the same number of layers, same geometry, size and orientation. Add an additional layer to the image which will be nothing but the text and move the text to the top layer.