A Simple Method for Drawing Triangles in Inkscape

I had been using Inkscape for several years before figuring out that I could use the Star/Polygon Tool  for drawing triangles in Inkscape.  I had previously either drawn them using straight lines, or by starting with a rectangle and then deleting nodes.  Both methods always seemed a bit cumbersome to me and I was pretty excited when I figured out there is an easier way! Perhaps I am the only one out there that struggled with this, but I doubt it. So…. here’s a little”mini tutorial” for anyone that is looking for a solution to this issue.

First, click on the Star/Polygon Tool  screen clip of star/polygon tool which is located on the Tool Box Bar on the left side of your screen. Now go up to your Tools Control Bar at the top of the screen.  You’ll see in the screen capture below that I have selected Star. However, when making a triangle, it doesn’t matter whether it is set to Star or Polygon. The only thing you need to be concerned with is setting the Corners to 3.

screen capture of tool controls for star/polygon tool

Now you are ready to use the Star/Polygon Tool to draw your triangle. You will get a triangle with 3 equal sides and angles.  The triangle will have one node that you can drag to change the position or size of the triangle.  If you want to change the shape of your triangle, you’ll need to convert it to a Path.

Addendum: cleversomeday, over on the Inkscape Cutting Design forum has another great idea:

“Another tip for triangles. If you need one with specific measurements and/or angles you can use the dialog under Extensions>Render>Triangles.
Great for math teachers!”
Thanks Kay for the tip!
For more inspiration from Kay (cleversomeday),  check out her blog by clicking the link above or looking for her posts on the Inkscape Cutting Design forum.
Happy drawing!

10 Replies to “A Simple Method for Drawing Triangles in Inkscape”

  1. Thank you. This tutorial is great as the Inkscape . I have doing designs in raw tikz, so I can really appreciate the facilities provided by Inkscape.

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