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I'd been interested in generating a star field with randomly-sized stars. It's easy to generate nicely-distributed circles using Poisson Disc Sampling and to find SVGs where people have already done this via Google Image Search. With such an SVG in hand the question then becomes: how do I resize some of the "stars" to be larger than others. ...


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Currently, it's not possible to randomly select objects using the main GUI of Inkscape. I have created this inkscape extension to randomly select a subset of objects and change their width or height attributes: Download the extension and install it. Select all the objects (Make sure to convert them to paths). Extensions > Modify Path > Batch property ...


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If you want Inkscape to remember your last used style, go to Edit > Preferences > Tools > Pen, and select the option that says "Last used style". Now when you change the stroke width, Inkscape will remember what you set it to, even if you quit the application. You can also apply this option to the other drawing tools, such as the Pencil, ...


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Note: The "live", dynamic, nature of Excel charts can not be maintained in Illustrator. What pastes is non-dynamic - meaning you can't easily alter the data in any chart pasted into Illustrator from Excel. Charts paste as artwork not as live charts in Illustrator. The charts don't always paste wonderfully "as is". You need to some minor ...


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Perhaps centreline autotracing is what you are looking for, however it has its limitations. It can work reasonably well on simple shapes which are separate, but will mess up spectacularly with anything more complex such as overlapping shapes, or lines which cross over each other. I think that would require some kind of AI subroutine (or human) to recognise ...


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It's partially possible. There are available special tracing tools for engineering drawings and maps which take into the account that the original was of a certain image type. They do remarkably better vectorizing job than Illustrator or Inkscape, which fail where lines join or have crossings. One low cost commercial example I have tried (and it worked): ...


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Once the data is raster, it's raster. There's no remaining vector content. Nor any remaining trace of what any vector data may have been. You can't reverse-engineer the image to get any vector data. It's a raster image. All software will see it as a raster image. Whether a well defined raster image with some slight anti-aliasing or not. It needs to be traced ...


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You can use Live Paint groups to add the wanted anchor points. You need the wanted shape and the offset version as separate paths with a stroke, but no fill. The lines should just be plain lines with a stroke. Select the lines and make them a Compound Path. (Ctrl / Cmd + 8) Position the shapes as wanted on top of the lines. Select the shapes and the lines ...


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I certainly understand a desire to have things like this more automated.. but then again, if everything can be done with a few menu choices and button clicks.. where's the craftsmanship? Some procedures merely require dedicated focus, that's what makes artists as opposed to merely mouse operators. I suppose one could use Object > Path > Add Anchor ...


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You could use Inkscape which is free, or virtually any vector image editor. Copy and paste your signature image into Inkscape, lock it in place. Then draw the signature paths on top using the Bézier Tool (aka Pen Tool). Once you have finished unlock and delete the image. An example


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In CS6 just stop drawing with the pen tool and select another tool or change the pen to a convert point tool. Stroke/save/etc.


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