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Now select your image. Path > Trace Bitmap. You will get a box that looks like this. You might need to experiment with your settings. But you’ll probably want to use Brightness Cutoff, with a Threshold around .900. Click on Update to see how it looks. If you think it’s good, click OK.
Now click on the new image in Inkscape and go to Path > Object to Path. Next, Path > Break Apart. The object will be all one color and you will see dashed lines around all the individual parts.
Next is the part that I think is easier in Inkscape than in Make The Cut. It may or may not be an issue for the image you choose.
I want to leave this part of the picture transparent because when I cut around it, I think this part should be cut out.
Now select just the largest portion and the white piece that you want to be transparent. Path > Difference.
Next, drag to select around all. Path > Union.
Now if you like, you can use your Fill and Stroke Box to delete the fill and create a Stroke. This will be your cut line.
If you want to make the path a little larger than the original image, Ctrl + ). However, keep in mind this will make any area that you are cutting out get a bit smaller.
And there you have it!
Well now… isn’t this exciting!
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Good luck, and happy drawing!
Using a drop shadow in your illustrations can have a pretty dramatic effect for very little extra effort. I find them fun…. and super simple to create.
You can also add a little “blur” to your shadow if you like. Also… play around with color and opacity for the effect you are after.
I hope you find my little Infograph showing you how to “create a vector drop shadow” helpful. The intent here is to get you started. There is a lot more you can do with this idea,. Have some fun and see what you can come up with.