Trivial information, for the most part... but after
playing around with Inkscape all last week I made the
decision to use it as my primary webcomic drawing
It's not on the same level as Illiad making the
switch, but still... it seems to hold up fairly well
in my "production environment."
Christopher B. Wright (wrightc@...537...)
I just downloaded and installed Inkscape (for Windows, my Linux desktop is
currently running a slightly outdated distribution, so I don't think I can
install it there until I upgrade). However, I am quite amazed that I cannot
seem to be able to import other vector graphics formats, just bitmap formats.
Is it supposed to be able to import vector graphics, and there's just
something wrong with my install (it did complain about not finding Perl,
even though I do have Cygwin with Perl installed)? I have a couple of vector
images in Micrografx Windows Draw format (.drw) that I'd like to convert to
SVG. I exported it in Draw to all the vector graphics format I could find,
but Inkscape didn't seem to understand any of them, the file selector just
listed raster graphics formats.
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* In the color selector widget, the HSV tab (Hue, Saturation,
Value) is replaced by HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness). The HSL color
space is similar to HSV but is more convenient because it better
reflects the intuitive understanding of what "saturation" and
o In HSL, the Saturation component always goes from fully
saturated color to the equivalent gray (in HSV, with V=max, it goes
from saturated color to white, which is counterintuitive).
o The Lightness in HSL always spans the entire range from
black through the chosen hue to white (in HSV, it only goes half that
way, from black to the chosen hue).
See for more info:
If anyone really needs HSV and only HSV (why?), let me know and I'll
add it in parallel with HSL (though having two similar ones side by
side may be confusing for the user).
Can't quite sort this out. I'd like to import (or open) a bitmap --
say, a rectangular jpg photo -- add a stroke, round the corners, etc.
It's pretty clear right away that the imported bitmap won't accept a
stroke. I haven't found a way to make Inkscape think of it as an
object. It seems to be permanently an "image".
The next thought I had was to draw the "frame" I wanted (rounded
rectangle) on another layer, convert to path, select the rectangle and
bitmap together, and Join. No go. The bitmap is still not an 'object'.
So far I wasn't surprised. While I'm not visualizing it completely, I
know that vector-based tools are reluctant to embrace bitmaps. There's
a negotiation layer full of assumptions, and most just stay away.
Most recently I tried to fill my rectangle frame with an
object-to-pattern made from the jpg. This came very close, but the fill
made arbitrary tiling assumptions and refused to start at 0,0.
I'm sure I'm over-thinking this. But it would be a boon to use the
same, consistently stroked frame for stuff I compose in Inkscape *and*
the occasional photo.
Any ideas? What am I missing?
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is there any way to make objects snap to each other in inkscape? E.g.
when I move a square close to another one, the corners would get magnetic.
Or when I want to draw a vertical between two parallel lines the start
and the end of the vertical should snap to the parallels.
I have found nothing in the settings and using guides can not always be
an suitable substitute. And usualy I can't work with grids, for I'm
working with scans of hand drawings which I "vectorize".
TIA for info!
I've done a very simple drawing: a straight line (a rect)
and then I changed the stroke style to add an ending
Now I can select the rect (it is an object) and I can do
things with it: change its color, resize it, etc.
But I'm not yet figuring how to select the arrowhead so that
I can, for example, change its color to match the rest of
the line. I drag, click, shift-click, etc. to no avail.
Anyone can give me a hint? In Adobe Illustrator once you add
an arrowhead to a line, it is added as another object,
though initially grouped. How is this dealt with in
I'm using inkscape-0.41 on FreeBSD-4.11 (i386).
Thanks in advance,
I'm using linux operating system, suse9.2 distro,
I started with inkscape with the version
and everthing worked fine but when I updated to
The printings, in bitmap postscript, of my previous, and new documents (A4,
landscape) are no longer good. What seems to happen is that the drawing is
scaled up and does not completely fits in the page.
In spite of this "minor problem" (my temporarily solution was to
downgrade) this is a very nice piece of utility. Many thanks to its creators.