To start, import the original picture into Inkscape. Go to File>Import to browse for the picture you want to edit and click Open.
Draw Around your Subject
Use either the Freehand Tool or the Straight Line/Bezier Tool to draw around the subject you want to save. In the illustration here, I used the Straight Line Tool and then adjusted the curves using the Node Editing Tool. Don’t forget the interior parts if there are any that you’ll want to subtract.
Eliminate the Background
At this point I like to add a fill color to make it easier for me to visualize. This is especially helpful if I need to subtract parts of the background from the portion of the photo I want to save. The interior parts that are going to be eliminated can be filled with a contrasting color as shown. Change each part to a path by selecting, then Path > Object to Path.
Now select the traced drawing of the main subject, hold down Shift while you select a part to subtract, then Path >Difference. Repeat if necessary.
Next, select the original photo (background), then Object > Pattern > Objects to Pattern. With photo still selected, Path > Object to Path. Now select your entire project by dragging the select tool around the photo. Path > Intersection. The result should be something like this.
Filters and Extensions
Now that the background is eliminated, you can play around with different Filters and Extensions. I’ve shown some examples in the illustration below. However, you will want to try some different ideas to get the look you desire.
Print and Finish Your Project
Now you can print out your illustration on Vellum. Embellish before and/or after printing to add color and interest. Before printing, I pasted in a little bird that I had previously drawn in Inkscape. When putting the scrapbook page together, I used some little flowers that I had designed and cut out with my Craft Robo and placed them behind the Vellum.
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