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Asked by Michael Patrick on 2010-05-14

Hi,
I wanted to know, How can I cut an image out ? I've tried numerous times to find a tool that would cut an image out so i can place it over a background (layer) and I can't find one. Also is it possible to find an eraser tool that can erase a little of the image ? The one there i drag it and it deletes the whole image. Thanks for the help I really like this program but those parts puzzle me.

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2010-05-19
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2010-06-23
vwanweb (vwanweb) said : #1

One way to do this is to use inkscape's Clipping feature:

http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/Clip.html

Basically what you are going to do is draw a border (silhouette) of the area of the picture you want to show, then CLIP it. >Object >Clip >Set

To eliminate an area within the image:

1.Convert your IMAGE to a Path
>Object >Pattern >Object to Pattern
then
>Path >Object to Path
2. Use the Bezier Tool and draw ABOVE the area you want to eliminate from the image, make sure it is a CLOSED path
3. Select the Closed Path then the Image Path and use >Path >Difference (Ctl+-)

hope this helps

jazzynico (jazzynico) said : #2

This bitmap feature is currenlty being developed. See Bug #517082: Request Crop images.
But as explained by vwabweb, you should prefer clipping, which doesn't damage your original image, can be tuned afterward or even removed.

Michael Patrick (mike15peezy) said : #3

I'm sorry I hate to be a nuisance, but I did all the steps you presented to me the only problem is that it only traced the image and didn't cut it out did i do something wrong ?

vwanweb (vwanweb) said : #4

trace the image?

the recommendation was to draw an outline closed path (silhouette) above your image, see my last entry in this request.

try the CLIPPING steps in the manual

http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/Clip.html

http://ryanler.wordpress.com/2007/05/24/inkscape-how-the-clip-function-works-mini-tutorial/

-vw

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