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Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing Program, Fourth Edition by Tavmjong Bah

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Chapter 8. Live Path Effects (LPEs)

Live Path Effects, or LPEs for short, is a system for applying some kind of effect to a path. Inkscape stores the original path data in the Inkscape Name Space so that it can be modified at a later time (it will not be displayed by other SVG renderers). If the original path is modified, the LPE will be regenerated. The resulting path is stored as a normal SVG path.

Inkscape includes a handful of LPEs. With a solid framework in place, it is planned to migrate most of the path effects found under the Extensions menu to LPEs. This has two advantages: The effects will be faster to render and the original path is stored for future editing. LPEs also work with Groups of paths. Regular Shapes are converted to paths ...

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