Clipping and excessive data

Asked by John Quinlan on 2020-04-30

Just started with Inkscape, fantastic software!

Is there a simple way to clip that doesn’t carry forward the clipped data, i.e. what I’d consider conventional cropping? I have hundreds of photos where I need to extract a particular small object from each, convert each object into its vector representation (the objects share characteristics but have different shapes), then place and manipulate all those shapes on a single background.

When I use Inkscape to clip/convert, all the clipped info from each photo (a huge amount) seems to be carried forward and is difficult to deal with as I add more shapes. I guess I could use Gimp to crop first then use Inkscape to vectorize, but it is a lot more work considering the number of photos. Help is much appreciated - I tried going through the docs and tutorials but I'm spinning my wheels.

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Best Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #1

Check out this tutorial about the different ways of 'cropping' in Inkscape:

For Inkscape up to 0.92.5, there is an extension that can do the Boolean cropping for multiple objects at once, see

John Quinlan (sparkeefoo) said : #2

Thanks Hachmann, that solved my question.