Keyboard fill/style shortcuts in gradient tool

Asked by Olof Bjarnason on 2010-06-16

Inkscape 0.47

Changing fill/stroke color of a selected object is as easy as

1. [F7] Pick color tool
2. Pick the fill color somewhere from the drawing
3. [Shift] Pick the stroke color somewhere from the drawing.

A popular next step is to put some linear gradient on the object:

1. [Ctrl+F1] Gradient tool
2. Left-drag with mouse over object
3. Big surprise! It's the *stroke* that is made into a linear gradient!

The reason for (3) is that fill/stroke is a "button" of the gradient tool, not a keyboard shortcut.

Since I love keyboard shortcuts (makes drawing fast and fun), and the [Shift] key is used to toggle between fill/stroke in the color pick tool, I'm curious to why not the same idea is used in the gradient tool?

I also think that color picking (F7) should be a more "basic" tool to a new user, than the gradient tool (Ctrl+F1). Having a "simpler" UI (buttons instead of keyboard shortcuts) would be more appropriate in the former tool, if that is the reason for the non-uniformity between these two tools.

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2010-06-24
jazzynico (jazzynico) said : #1

Hi,

> 3. Big surprise! It's the *stroke* that is made into a linear gradient!

That's because the stroke button was selected in the gradient option bar (not the default value).

But you're right, applying the gradient to the stroke with the Shift key is a good idea.
I see no related wishlist report in the tracker, but you can add one if you wish!

Regards.

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