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How to Shade an Object with Inkscape Paint Bucket Tool

Written By: eyedrawit - Jan• 08•17

Here’s a simple info graph to help you learn a quick method for shading vector objects with in Inkscape.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Drawing!


Wrap Text Around a Shape

Written By: eyedrawit - Aug• 12•16

Wrap Text Around Shape with MTC

Create a Single Cut Path Around an Image

Written By: eyedrawit - Aug• 07•16

I occasionally see people ask about how to create a single cut path around an image. This is usually because they want to do a “Print and Cut” with an electronic cutter such as the Silhouette Cameo or KNK Zing. I have used both Inkscape and Make The Cut to accomplish this task. Each has its benefit. Today, I’ll  show you how to do this using Inkscape.

Here’s a PNG that I downloaded from Openclipart.org.

Here's a simple dog drawing downloaded from openclipart.org

First you’ll need to import your image into Inkscape.  File > Import. Find your image and select it. A box like this will pop up. Say OK. (You can click on either Embed or Link. You can see more info on this subject here.)

Create Single Path

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.

Trace Bitmap

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.

Break Apart Image

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.

I want this portion to be transparent.

I want this portion to be transparent.

If you need to cut out a portion (make it transparent), find that part and select it. I like to turn it white so that I can make sure I have the right area.Select the area and change to whtie

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.

Select all and 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.

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!






Electronic Cutting Machine Giveaway

Written By: eyedrawit - May• 19•16

Well now… isn’t this exciting!

I just found out Dreaming Tree is giving away a electronic cutting machine! If you win, you get to chose between a Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, or Sizzix!

Check it out here.

Good luck, and happy drawing!


Inkscape – How to Create a Vector Drop Shadow

Written By: eyedrawit - May• 17•16

Here is an infograph showing how to create a vector drop shadow using Inkscape.

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.

Happy drawing.

LaurianneHow to Create a Vector Drop Shadow