How to erase pixels without erasing the image?

Asked by Dale Penkala on 2017-10-09

I scaned in a PDF file and want to clean up around the edges of the image. When I use the erase tool it erases the whole image. I just want to clean up some edges or pixels without erasing the whole image. How do I do that?

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TylerDurden (8thrule) said : #1

Inkscape, being a vector editor works a little differently than a bitmap editor.

Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #2

Hi Dale,

if the pdf is based upon a scan (and you didn't confuse the words and meant just 'imported'), and thus its contents is pixel-based (zoom in to see if it consists of pixels), I would suggest that you open it with a raster graphics editor, instead of a vector graphics editor. E.g. use Gimp (free and open source, like Inkscape: or some other photo editor.

Vector graphics (which Inkscape is for) consist of curves and nodes, not of colored dots (aka pixels).
If your picture consists of vector data (doesn't get blurry/pixelized when you zoom in), then you may want to ungroup.
Look into the status line, Inkscape will give you some hints.

Dale Penkala (dalepenkala) said : #3

Ok I'll give the Gimp a try and see if that works for me!

Thank you for the responses!

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