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Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook by Mihaela Jurković, Rigel Di Scala

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Patterns

Inkscape comes with several patterns ready to be applied to either fill or stroke of an object. Most of them are vector based but there are also three bitmap patterns available.

It is often necessary to create your own pattern which can be quite easy with the Object to Pattern option.

This recipe will provide an overview of the basics of pattern editing in Inkscape.

Getting ready

Assigning patterns can only be done from the Fill and Stroke dialogue window (Shift + Ctrl + F) so it's useful to keep it open when dealing with patterns.

How to do it...

The following steps will outline how to create patterns:

  1. Select the Ellipse tool (F5) and draw a large ellipse to almost fill the page area.
  2. Under the Fill tab of the Fill and Stroke dialogue window ...

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