Inkscape Tutorial: Spiro Swirls

It took a long wait, but Inkscape 0.47 was released on 24 November 2009. It has taken over a year of intensive development and refactoring, but Inkscape is slowly growing up. We use several vector applications at VSD, but as strong supporters of Open Source software, Inkscape holds a special place. We put up with some of its quirks and try to use the program wherever possible, as it has some seriously cool features.

One of the new additions to Inkscape is the possibility to use Spiro curves (Cornu spirals), which were introduced to the design world by Raph Levien.

In this tutorial I demonstrate the basics of Spiro curves in Inkscape at a slow pace and use it to create smooth flowing swirls.

 

This tutorial assumes no prior Inkscape knowledge, so it may be a tat slow if you are already familiar with Inkscape's interface and the more advanced features such as the path editor.

 

I know... I should have made a start button so you determine when the video rolls... it is not there (yet).. please have some patience while contents load.  Feel free to comment if you have further suggestions for improvement or have questions about the techniques shown.

 

File size: 7 MB

The video starts automatically - just give it some time to load. Pause the tutorial at any time with the control bar just below it.

 

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+24 # Guest 2010-01-08 23:42
Great tutorial, Thank you for that.
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+9 # Guest 2010-02-02 10:53
:roll: Wow! Thank! This is wery interesting and usefull tutorial. I hope u do more and more same lessons.
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+5 # syllie 2010-02-02 16:11
Hi bigbn,

Glad you liked it. I hope you did find the overview page for all tutorials, as there are more Inkscape goodies posted there.


Cheers,
Syllie
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+3 # Guest 2010-02-03 01:42
:-) :-) :-) :-)

Muchas gracias!! muy buen material.

Thank you very much! very good stuff.
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+2 # Guest 2010-02-03 08:20
That was a great tutorial. Inspirational stuff.
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+2 # Guest 2010-02-03 21:27
awesome! 8)
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+4 # Guest 2010-02-03 23:43
Lovely to watch - learned a lot. Thanks.
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+2 # Guest 2010-02-05 03:10
Appreciated. Thanks! :P
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+1 # Guest 2010-02-10 19:20
Hi,

why I don't have this drawing mode option? I can not create "spiro path". Please help me with that.

Thank you.
tysiula
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+2 # syllie 2010-02-10 20:33
Hi tysiula,

First of all, you must have Inkscape version 0.47 or higher installed (I just checked the 0.48-dev version and it is in there as expected).

The Spiro path can be either directly created using a path tool (such as the Bezier Tool ) with the mode set to Spiro.

Another option is to add it later to a path via the menu Path > Path Effect Editor (Shift+Ctrl+7). You then select Spiro Spline from the drop down list, and press the Add button to apply it.

If you still cannot find it, at least let me know what operating system you work on and what version of Inkscape you use - so I can look to other possible causes.

I hope this helps.

Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Guest 2010-02-11 08:29
8) Very good tutorial! Thank you for making it.
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0 # Guest 2010-02-11 12:45
I dont have the little triangle thing :/
Help please? :sad:
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0 # syllie 2010-02-11 15:14
Hi Lety,

I am not 100% sure what you mean, but I'll give it a shot.

If you are talking about the triangle that makes the "pattern" along your path, it is drawn in the upper left corner of your document (the top left corner of the paper).

It is ONLY visible if you have applied a pattern to the path. For example: use the bezier tool and set the Shape to "Triangle In", or have added "pattern along a path" manually through the Path Effect Editor.

If a pattern is applied to a path, you can edit the pattern "on-canvas" by clicking on the "edit-on-canvas" symbol in the Path Effect Editor - it LOOKS like the Node Tool, but it is the icon in the Path Effect Editor, when you select "Pattern Along Path" in the Effects List.


I hope this helps. If not, please try to be a bit more specific.

Cheers,
Syllie
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+1 # Jessie 2010-09-19 10:13
:lol: THANKS SO MUCH
i spent like 2 hours trying to figure out where the little triangle was.
this helps a lot :-)

Oh and great tut :D totally awesome
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-1 # jonathen 2010-11-16 02:20
thats was 2 hours i wish i had back in my life :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x
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+1 # Vicki 2011-07-21 14:33
Hey, thanks for that hint. I couldn't figure out where the pattern was, but now I got it...I just started using this program... :lol:
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0 # Toni 2013-11-17 17:01
I followed the instructions but I also do not see that small triangle. is there any other way? Thanks!
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+1 # Guest 2010-02-13 16:12
That was great. The text annotations worked very well. Good job.
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+1 # Guest 2010-02-16 12:35
Excellent tutorial. Thank you
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+1 # Guest 2010-02-18 10:31
Open mind tutorial. Thank you.
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+1 # Guest 2010-02-20 06:52
OMG, that's magic :D It's great tutorial and I'd like to try TNX
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+1 # Guest 2010-02-20 07:13
Excellent tutorial - thanks very much.
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+1 # Guest 2010-02-20 20:14
:-) Do you have a downloadable version?
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+1 # syllie 2010-02-21 10:58
Hi Dulaya,

The video tutorial is made as in .swf format, so as soon as you play it is is already downloaded to a temporary folder on your pc.

If you use Firefox you can also use Tools > Page Info. Then go to the Media tab and pick the .swf file from the list. Then use the Save As button.

Please let me remind you about our TOU tho: "Tutorials from this site may NOT be redistributed in any manner. If you would like to put them up in a forum or some other place, contact us first."

Cheers,
Syllie
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+1 # Guest 2010-02-21 07:43
:-) Wow this is great! I can see how you can make some pretty nice borders with the duplication feature. How do you lock the different elements together so that they can be moved as one item
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+1 # syllie 2010-02-21 11:02
Hi Frank,

If the easiest way is to group elements through the menu Object > Group (Ctrl+G).

If you like fancy borders, also try the tutorial that specifically handles that: verysimpledesigns.com/.../...

Cheers,
Syllie
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+1 # Guest 2010-02-28 13:15
I had a very early version of inscape years ago and just could not find any tutorials or self-teach my self. have been using scribus; now have come back to inkscape and with your tutorials wow...it's a whole new world!! thank you!
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+1 # syllie 2010-02-28 14:28
Hi Anne,

I am glad the tutorials are of help. And getting feedback on them is great, as it helps us to fine-tune our path.

Inkscape has come a long way and it has features that are not available in the big commercial programs, tho it lacks a few they have too. I find that I can do almost all vector work exclusively in Inkscape.

Cheers,
Syllie
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+1 # Guest 2010-03-01 18:53
Realy great tutorial!!! tnx!!! :-)
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+1 # Guest 2010-03-05 04:35
Gracias por el aporte me ha ayudado mucho.
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+1 # Guest 2010-03-06 17:54
Great tutorial :) :lol:
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+1 # Guest 2010-03-10 01:03
This is the best tutorial I've ever had :lol:
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+1 # Guest 2010-03-10 05:37
Very good tutorial! I am trying to follow the tutorial but nothing happens when I click on "Paste Path" (Path Effect Editor -> Pattern Along Path). I am using Inkscape 0.47 and I am following the tutorial step-by-step. Please, can you help me?

Thank you.
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+1 # syllie 2010-03-10 08:45
Hi João,

In the tutorial I first cut the path to the clipboard. If you have troubles with this step I suggest you just do a copy and delete the path afterwards.

Step 1: Copy the path that you want to use as pattern (Ctrl+C) to clipboard.

Step 2: Select your path and add the Path Effect Editor > Pattern Along Path effect to your path.

Step 3: Select the effect in the effects list.

Step 4: Use the paste path icon IN the path effect editor dialog.

Now the path that you copied to the clipboard is used as pattern in the Pattern Along Path Effect.

Step 5: You can still edit your path: click on the edit-on-screen icon IN the path editor dialog.

Step 6: Look in the UPPER LEFT corner of your DOCUMENT (the paper shape that is drawn on screen). You should see YOUR pattern in green and you can edit it.

Step 7: If the pattern does not show up on the path, it may simply be too big, too small or too awkward in shape. Try resizing it while in edit mode and see if this helps.

Step 8: If you are happy with your results: delete the original pattern that we copied in step 1 :D

I hope this helps!

Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # barefootmeg 2010-12-23 13:34
:-? i am having the same problem. i'm using a mac and i'm wondering if that's part of the problem. i've found that the usual "right click" work-around doesn't work in this program. (double click does that instead.) so i'm guessing there's a mac-ish way to make this "paste path" work, but i haven't found it yet.

i was following a tutorial on youtube and did everything that the guy said and it didn't work. so i googled for my problem and found that this person had the same problem. i've gone through all the steps in the reply and it doesn't make any difference. i've still just got the skinny line.

anyone know the mac work-around here?
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0 # syllie 2010-12-25 10:12
Hi Barefootmeg,

As I do not work on a mac myself, I cannot really help you with this, but I do know that for version 0.47 there were quite some problems copy-pasting items. I linked to a few posts with solutions and work arround in comment 118 on this thread: verysimpledesigns.com/.../...

Also there were quite some regressions introduced with Inkscape 0.48, the developers are working hard to get those issues solved - but it looks like we need to have some patience before 0.48.1 will be released. I must confess that the problems with 0.48 have take some joy of working with Inkscape away - so I am really hoping for a speedy release of that version.

Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Vinay 2011-03-30 06:39
Quoting syllie:
Hi Barefootmeg,

As I do not work on a mac myself, I cannot really help you with this, but I do know that for version 0.47 there were quite some problems copy-pasting items.

... we need to have some patience before 0.48.1 will be released. ...


First of all thank you very much for your wonderful tutorials. I got interest again for Inkscape to spend 'free' time and I could learn the basics from you. By the way after seeing your comment I've installed 0.48.1 stable version (was 0.46 with me) but this seems to be very slow to start up and process, compared to 0.46!
anyway expecting more tutorials,
best wishes
vinay
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0 # Guest1 2011-11-07 14:50
I am having the same problem: no effect when cutting and pasting onto the path.

I have a mac as well, so perhaps the mac version is the problem.

Everything else works great.
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0 # Guest 2010-03-11 06:24
Thanks so much for this tutorial.
This was my very first time drawing something! Loved it!
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0 # Guest 2010-03-15 11:53
I am trying to get the bezier curve to look like yours with no success. When I click and draw on the canvas all I get are straight lines.

What am I missing?

Dick
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+1 # syllie 2010-03-15 13:18
Hi Dick,

I am sorry you are having troubles. The Bezier Tool can be a bit difficult to handle sometimes, but with a bit practice you'll get the hang of it.

Most important to get the spiro kicked in properly is that your bezier path already has some "flow", is a smooth curve. If you create "cusp" (corner) nodes, it will keep them like that. Also it is very important to create a few nodes on a path, I noticed that with 3 I often just get an elegantly shaped partial circle.

The easiest way to change your path in a smooth flowing path is to select all nodes and use the auto-smooth option:
1. Select the node tool
2. Select all nodes, either by rubberband selection or by hitting Ctrl+A
3. Press the auto-smooth button on the Node Tool - Tool Control Bar
This should kick the spiro immediately.

I'll use this technique also in the basic shape creation for the doodle heart in the Sketch and Hatch tutorial and in the Paisly Motif tutorial, even tho the shape for the Bezier Tool is set to None, where I use Triangle In in this spiro swirls tutorial.

If you use the "highlight path" option, you'll see your path in red when you hover over it with the node tool. The black path is the spiro path. You can edit the normal path with the node tool: add nodes, move nodes and so on.

I hope this provides a bit more insight.

Also, I saw you posted 2 similar comments, I only published one as I assume you did not know that the comments were moderated before publishing.

Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Guest 2010-03-17 11:00
Aha, that's it! Thanks so much for your help. I'm just getting started with vector graphics and I'm pleased with your extremely helpful response.
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0 # Guest 2010-03-17 06:40
umm im trying to find this inkscape .48 and i cant find it anyware any help would be greatly apriciated ;}
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0 # syllie 2010-03-17 20:19
Hi Alecia,

This tutorial is made with Inkscape 0.47, which is the latest stable release.

Inkscape version 0.48 is not released yet. The development is currently in the "chill phase". The actual release is expected possibly in May 2010.

However, if you are a daring user, and not afraid for working with an unstable version: user testing is HIGHLY appreciated. I run the development version on Ubuntu and I get daily updates from the repository. Also for Windows there is an option to grab nightly builds. See for more information:
inkscape.org/download/?lang=en under the section "Development Versions".

To quote the website:
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For those wishing to use the latest and greatest "bleeding edge" features and willing to risk more instability, or those wishing to test out the newly added code to help identify and debug problems in the code, access is provided to the development versions. Use at your own risk, and please report bugs you find!


Bugs can be reported at: bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape
  • Always search if the bug is already reported. If so: at the top of each bug report there is a line reading "This bug affects x people. Does this bug affect you?" Click the button next to it. And if you have new details to provide, please add them.
  • For all bug reports: please add the operating system you use, what version of Inkscape (check the about screen), and add details!!


Inkscape is awesome because users like you and me are testing and reporting!

Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Guest 2010-03-17 23:05
Worked like a charm!

I did not know the Bezier tool can do such wonderful things along with path effects.

Many Thanks.
Rajen.
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0 # Guest 2010-03-28 13:32
Great tutorial, waiting more tutorials from you.... ;-)
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0 # Guest 2010-03-29 05:51
It's great. Thank you very much! :)
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0 # Guest 2010-04-02 14:56
Something goes wrong when I try to copy/cut paths: instead of copying the path, Inkscape copies it as a raster image, making pasting a path impossible. I do the exact steps shown in this tutorial, but the problem persists. What could possibly be going wrong?
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+1 # syllie 2010-04-02 21:59
Hi Michael,

What operating system are you on please? There are some issues with Mac OS X (Leopard / Snow Leopard).

I could re-write an excellent forum post, but I rather direct you to the source:
InkscapeForum.com: cut & paste
InkscapeForum.com: Mac Snow Leopard?

I hope this helps, if not please give me a bit more info and I try to help you further.

Cheers,
Syllie
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+1 # Guest 2010-04-04 18:58
Cooool !! :o
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+1 # Guest 2010-04-05 05:14
I nave a problem to put my Spiro Swirls in Illustrator and Corel Drow, I mean in AI or EPS/ My swirls after I do -save as EPS- is a vector, but there look like its a little bit digital
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+1 # syllie 2010-04-05 07:46
Hi Liana,

The result of conversions between different vector editors is always a bit tricky as one or the other may not have the specifications implemented in full. The more complex a drawing, the more the chance that something will not turn out right. And as eps not only supports pure vector but also rasterization, this may also be cause of troubles.

However, to share your vectors between these programs, conversion is NOT needed. Both Corel Draw and Illustrator can read svg files. I tested it specificallly for spiro this morning:
  • A spiro curve with a pattern along path: 14 nodes
  • I did not remove the spiro effect via Path > Object to Path but I saved the drawing "as-is". Of course converting the spiro to a normal path in Inkscape is recommended before export as you can preview the results.
  • I saved it to the native Inkscape SVG format - but I recommend you use standard svg as this removes some Inkscape specific meta-data.
  • Open up your other favorite editor and simply open the Inkscape.svg file.


Versions used:
- Inkscape 0.47
- Corel Draw 11 (Dutch version, with all patches applied)
- Illustrator CS4

I suggest you do the import in .svg and then save/export from the 2nd editor in the format required.

I hope this helps.

Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Guest 2010-04-07 22:45
...can i download this help movie? :sigh:
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0 # dakka 2010-04-08 21:43
Hi Rustik,

I believe Syllie already answered this up higher in the comments. Please check comment: verysimpledesigns.com/.../...
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0 # Guest 2010-04-13 21:34
Wow, thanks a lot 8)
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0 # Guest 2010-04-19 15:45
This tutorial is wonderful! I am a new Inkscape user and have been tinkering around in the program for about a day now. After watching this, I've finally discovered how all those wonderful brushes I download from Deviant Art are created and I cannot wait to try my hand at creating my own! Thank you so much for sharing!
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0 # Guest 2010-04-21 01:40
Thanks for this tutorial. It was very usefull. Please keep doing this kind of tutorials. Thanks again.
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0 # Guest 2010-04-21 02:11
thank you!!!good tutorial for the beginner that i am!
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0 # Guest 2010-04-21 21:08
This is amazing, at first i was just gona use this to ture bitmaps into vectors, im not sure where ill use this, but this is fantastic :D
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0 # Guest 2010-04-24 21:23
wow...powerfull tutorial...i like it :-)
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0 # Guest 2010-05-06 04:37
:-)
Totally Awesome!!
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0 # Guest 2010-05-07 21:35
Great tutorial, you rock!
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0 # Guest 2010-05-11 06:45
This is awesome. At first I didn't know how to do any thing on inkscape. Thanks to you, I know how to do MAGIC SWIRLS!!! :P
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0 # Guest 2010-05-11 13:22
thanks 4 tutorial,very,v ery useful :lol:
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0 # Guest 2010-05-11 23:56
Awesome!!!
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0 # Guest 2010-05-14 03:51
Great video!! In a video it is 10 times easier to find out how it works! :lol:
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0 # Guest 2010-05-15 09:32
I wholeheartedly agree, and I love the text-based screencast format! Keep up the great tutorials!

I've put up my results in wallpaper format if anybody would like 'em: bit.ly/bmYKjs
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0 # syllie 2010-05-15 13:37
Hi John!

I had a look at your spiro swirls and they look awesome. I like the glow effect that you applied.

All comments on the tutorials are moderated (keeps the spam low) so it takes sometimes a while before they appear. I deleted the double post.

Cheers, Syllie
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0 # Guest 2010-05-16 13:57
No need to say it, but I want to. Excellent tutorial. Thanks for posting! Thanks for sharing.
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0 # Guest 2010-05-27 23:42
:lol: Nice! Bodacious work!
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0 # Guest 2010-06-03 11:36
Is there anyway I could download these kind of videos? I don't have internet connections at home.
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0 # syllie 2010-06-24 20:48
Hi Raynsity. Sorry for the slow reply but the question was asked (and answered) before. See this comment-61 for more clues.

I hope this helps,
Syllie
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0 # Guest 2010-06-06 09:26
if there is a video tutorial in Spanish please do not hesitate to send an email to chiquidalz@hotm ail.com :sigh:
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0 # Guest 2010-06-06 18:42
Great intro! Thanks!
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0 # Guest 2010-06-07 04:48
Hey, Im completely new to inkscape but this looked simple so I tried it... Every time I draw a spirally thing it seems to completely change after I finish drawing it, sometimes simplifying it to a single spiral or sometimes making an complex series of squiggles. Any idea what Im doing wrong?
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0 # syllie 2010-06-24 20:53
Hi Alex,

Sometimes it is good to keep in mind that as long as the Spiro effect is active, the curve will be treated and pushed into the spiro shape as soon as you move a node.

The trick is to use the spiro effect to get a nice swirl, and then to remove the spiro effect by applying the "object to path" option (under the path menu).

The path with then be fixed in its current shape, the pattern and spiro are applied permanently. It also removes the option to quickly edit the path as spiro, but it will prevent unwanted changes as described.

The part in the video where I duplicate and mirror a swirl shows exactly what the can happen and how to apply above technique.

I hope this helps,
Syllie
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0 # Guest 2010-06-09 21:31
Oh! What a brilliant tutorial, I'm just starting out with inkscape and your tutorial has been SO helpful. Thanks so much!
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+7 # Guest 2010-06-11 02:24
I just downloaded Inkscape today ( I just love softwares related to graphics & multimedia!) and chanced upon your tutorial. And I felt i just had to try this out. Loved your awesome tutorial! It got me started with the basics. Thank you so much for sharing it with us ♥
I managed these within 20 minutes





Thank you again for your wonderful tutorial and blog ☺
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0 # syllie 2010-06-24 21:08
Starwing.. your images look awesome! Thanks for providing feedback and sharing your results.

Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Guest 2010-06-22 10:45
This excercise is confusing as all hell.

I eventually figured out to how draw the spirals. But the triangle in the corner is impossible to manipulate.

For a start it is so small that it is only barely visible.
I can't seem to select either.

It might just be that I've been using gimp for ages, but inkscape is the most frustrating piece of software that I've ever tried to learn.
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0 # syllie 2010-06-24 21:04
Hi Bob,

I think I know what you mean. My mate Dakka is an experienced GIMP user and Inkscape drives him nuts too. I have been using both vector and image editors for quite some years and I sorta know where each of the programs strenghts and weaknesses are. The main thing to keep in mind is that a vector is an object on its own and it does not blend in with the neighbouring pixels. So try to find the shapes in your designs, chop them in "primitives" (the circle, rectangle etc) and construct your drawing from those.


I agree with you on finding and editing this tiny control shape on the drawing. I find it irritating that it initially appears at the top left corner of the document (why not at the top left corner of the path bounding box?). And size is irrelevant as it is a vector.. but bleh. Unfortunately.. that is what you get with the default settings - I cannot help that.

But what you can do is draw your OWN shape, cut (or copy) it to clipboard (Ctrl+X or Ctrl+V), select the path with the pattern effect and then "paste" your own shape. The technique is demonstrated in the video.

If you are an absolute Inkscape beginner, you may find the Cartoon Fish tutorial helpful, as it shows these techniques too - but it is fully written with lots of screenshots. Also the Kokeshi Doll tutorial is targeted at new vector/inkscape users. My mate Dakka tested them all (swore at some of the earlier versions) and was able to complete them.

I hope this helps,
Cheers, Syllie
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0 # Guest 2010-07-02 08:17
I really loved this tutorial! Though, there's one question:

I have figured out how to select/edit the pattern triangle thing, only to stumble upon the next step where you create another pattern for the swirl to follow... Every time I Copy the new pattern, I Cut it, reselect the swirl, then click "Paste" in the "Path Editor" box, only to get a message that says there's nothing on the clipboard. I've seen your reply to João's comment, and tried to follow those steps but I still get the same result... So what could I've done wrong? :(
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0 # syllie 2010-07-20 12:21
Hi Ileana,

I am sorry about my slow response to your question.

I am not sure what is going on - but I know there are some problems copy / pasting with Inkscape 0.47 on the Mac. If you are working on the Mac you can find workarounds in the Inkscape FAQ.

I suggested to use the copy action to avoid losing the source object (so cutting is not required then). The extra object can be deleted afterwards.

I hope this provides some new insight.
Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Guest 2010-07-07 07:32
Amazing tutorial!!!!! This is just what I needed to play a lot with Inkscape. Thanks!
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0 # Guest 2010-07-07 08:04
Great tutorial, but I can't get the lines to be curved.

I start by clicking the bezier tool, 'create spiro path', and 'triangle in', but when I try to draw, it's not swirly, they're just straight lines.

I've been trying for almost an hour, but it just won't work.
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+1 # syllie 2010-07-20 12:29
Hi Diane.
Drawing bezier curves can be a bit hard at first. The trick is to click AND keep the mouse buttondown AND drag the mouse to the new point and only to release the cursor after that action.

If you simply click on the canvas, the Bezier tool will assume you meant a "corner node" (a cusp node) and the spiro action cannot kick in.

A way out is to select all the nodes (just draw an selection window around it or hit Ctrl+A - both actions with the node tool selected) and then use the Auto-Smooth nodes button. That will smooth the nodes and spiro will kick in immediately. This technique is demonstrated in the video, but also in the sketch and hatch tutorial.

There is a short instruction on how to draw bezier curves.
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0 # Guest 2010-07-10 17:37
Thanks you're great!!
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0 # Guest 2010-07-11 03:23
:lol: All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you, because of you, I was able to create a custom logo for my company that is unique and exactly what I wanted. ;-) I bookmarked your tutorial site before I know It I will be a pro at this. Now I want to figure out how Star Wing did his pictures ;-)
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0 # Guest 2010-07-14 02:54
Hello dear!

Good afternoon!

How do I download your video? So I won't be online on Internet.

Thank you for your attention, help and understanding!

Gustavo Reis
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0 # syllie 2010-07-20 12:31
Hi Gustavo,

It is not really a video but a flash file. Instructions on how to get it local are given one of the comments above.
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+3 # Guest 2010-07-15 06:08
My first inkspace session with spiro. Thanks for tutorial, I found this quite handy.

here is my final outcome.



Thanks gyz
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0 # syllie 2010-07-20 12:32
Hi Samundra,

That looks quite impressive. Thanks for sharing your result.

Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Guest 2010-07-19 21:49
"WOW!!!" :D
this is probably the first [graphics] tutorial that made me laugh! congratulations

a bit dull to follow without any sound, but very to-the-point useful regardless.

thank you Syllie,
good luck with WP machinery
and thanks for embracing inkscape
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0 # syllie 2010-07-20 12:34
Hi Radan,

Thanks for your feedback. I am not sure what causes the laugh.. must be Inkscape messing up my design - or me figuring out that I mirrored my design at some stage.

WP is not Joomla. This site uses Joomla. For a reason :D
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0 # Guest 2010-07-25 15:00
:D

WOW!

This tutorial is what I need for my t-shirt design. Thank you!
:P
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+2 # Guest 2010-07-27 18:08
excellent tutorial, thank you, syllie
here's my result (made after pausing the vid midway :lol: )



works excellent with gradients
very happy here with my first artwork with inkscape lol
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+1 # syllie 2010-08-13 17:15
That looks awesome!

I love pinks and purlples and with the green you made it very vivid.
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-7 # Guest 2010-07-30 03:31
I have been apart of Inkscape since the most advanced tut was that of the Coffee cup and no where at that time was "Magic", as you so loosely use the term in your tut, any part of this system. Thus, "Magic", "Sorcery", "Witchcraft" which is highly offensive to many that are gounded in Biblical and Quranic faith practices, was not, and is not apart of our agreement to use this technology. Such definitions spoil what would, otherwise, be a superb tutorial coming from you.
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0 # syllie 2010-08-13 17:02
Hi Muhakeem,

I want to emphasize 2 things only:
  • this is not a site for religious discussions;
  • I respect people and their believes in all their colours (whether they are Islamic, al-Kitāb or not)
Obviously you are a person of intelligence and open to debate, so I am wondering how you got the context wrong and found it necessary to take offense. Please refer to the dictionary (as English is not my native language I used the Cambridge dictionary) and read the word in its proper contexts: i.e. "the skill of performing tricks to entertain people, such as making things appear and disappear and pretending to cut someone in half" - which is not easily confused with either divine or arcane powers.

As this is my website and I decide what will be published or not - I consider this discussion closed. No one need to comment on this further, it will be ignored.
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0 # Guest 2010-08-05 18:53
bonjour ,
merci merci , merci C'Est Vraiment Un bon tuto ... SI JE NE same pratique Pas de l' anglais grâce aux J'Ai réussie " bulles " ajoutées à faire joli dessin de l'ONU !
Vous verrez le NE suis Pas de voiture JE NE PAS douée et au Québec je ne sais faire ... Pas ALORS croyez moi sur parole ! : P et merci à la tutrice !
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0 # Guest 2010-08-09 13:24
So extremely useful! I can see that you can vary this technique slightly for gazillions of different effects. Thanks for making this tutorial.
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0 # Guest 2010-08-25 02:20
Hello, Love your spiro tutorial. After watching it I decided to put Inkscape on the PC to give it go. But having a bit of trouble doing it from the video. Going back and forth everytime I would love to see the video tuts also in writing. But having said that keep up the great work!!
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0 # Guest 2010-08-29 02:22
Excellent tutorial, very clear. Can't wait to have a go. Thank you.
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0 # sisigit 2010-09-14 09:27
thankyou somuch.. it help me much.. :lol:
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0 # Linz 2010-09-27 14:37
awwwww man I saw this and it looks fantastic but now I have realised that I have 0.46 installed...
I am going to have to upgrade before i can give this a whirl.
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0 # Simon 2010-09-28 08:12
That's truly left me in awe, I knew Inkscape is a powerful tool and have been toying with it once in a while after learning to use Freehand while at Uni.

Great tutorial and well set out also, thank you :P
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0 # weltenwandlerin 2010-10-01 00:05
wow!
i love it!
thank you so much!!!
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0 # sumatra 2010-10-11 12:05
:-) :-) :-)
it's much better than photoshop dan corel draw...
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+1 # Nick 2010-10-15 14:25
Love it!
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0 # nitin 2010-10-15 20:42
Simply great! Many thanks! :roll:
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0 # luc 2010-10-26 10:48
amazing! Thank You
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0 # Alex 2010-10-28 02:14
This is really great one! Thank you a lot!
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0 # Alanna 2010-11-06 11:35
I loved it! Thank you for sharing it!
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0 # Blaine Sword 2010-11-06 22:33
Great video! I will find this very helpfull with some of the projects that I am working on. Any more tips would be great. All of the other comments helped out alot too. :lol:
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0 # Elmi 2010-11-08 19:35
Wow, now that truly was magic! I've been a Photoshopper (i.e. bitmaps) for a long time, but after seeing this I'm definitely downloading Inkscape and dipping my toes into the unknown waters of Vector design! (Try making those beautiful spirals in Photoshop... headaches, swearing and lots of coffee needed!)
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+1 # Nicole 2010-11-15 09:27
I have downloaded inkscape recently. I took notes on all of your steps. I am new to this and I can not get past the 1st step. I click on the bezier curves button but then I have no bar across the top with the drawing mode to create a spiro path!!! Please help.. I took 4 pages of notes and can not get past the first step. Thank you :)
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0 # syllie 2010-11-19 22:31
Hi Nicole,

There are many ways to customise the Inkscape workspace and it is easy to hide and show toolbars and other elements.

From your description it seems that the Tool Controls Bar is not visible. Use the menu View > Show / Hide > Tools Control Bar to unhide it.

For your information: in the screen shots on this website I have all elements under the Show / Hide menu enabled and my 'view' is set to default (the 3rd options from the bottom in the view menu).

Also.. the 'cartoon fish' tutorial shows use of the spiro swirl but uses screenshots with explanatory notes.

I hope this helps.

Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Zizzzzzo 2010-11-15 18:36
Great software :lol: I enjoyed a lot
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0 # Anonymous 2010-11-18 04:40
Thanks for this cool tutorial! :-)
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0 # Alex Aldan 2010-11-19 12:25
Batt! how do u do this! :P
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0 # Adam 2010-11-22 13:28
Very great tutorial...
but one question, I have downloaded this tutorial, but when I played it I couldn't see it as on the web, it's shown so small :sad: .
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0 # syllie 2010-11-26 07:15
Hi Adam,
It is an flash file at a specific size (height=591, width = 801). Any other size will show it blurred. The size is kept small on purpose - as we do not all live in a place where internet bandwidth is available unlimited or cheap.

Cheers,
Syllie
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+1 # Ruth 2010-11-24 21:13
Just started your tutorials, great! Spriro Swirls is inspiring but without written instructions to refer to I forget what to do. Am I missing these instructions somewhere?

Ruth
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+1 # syllie 2010-11-26 07:18
Hi Ruth,

Some people like video tutorials others like the written part. I myself prefer the latter that is why most tutorials on the site are in that form. There is no written version of the spiro swirls tutorial on this site, but the same techniques are used and explained in the cartoon fish tutorial. You may want to explore that part.

Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Thomas 2010-12-01 23:34
Recently rebuilt my laptop with a dual-boot Win7/Ubuntu set up, and am now mainly using Ubuntu. Saw Inkscape in the Ubuntu Software Centre and am now on the learning curve :)

Your Spiro tutorial is very inspirational. Thanks.
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0 # Jane 2010-12-10 08:34
Incredibly helpful and useful tutorial!

Thanks a lot!

:D
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0 # darkrainne 2011-01-10 17:49
hi, i love looking at vector arts on the internet and i wanted to make one, hope this wont put a virus on the computer :) anyways i hope i can make a good vector art. ive been watching the tutorials and they are all good.
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0 # Shannon 2011-02-05 21:21
Well, this is nothing new...awesome tutorial. I love swirly graphics and just started playing around with Inkscape, even though I've had it installed for years. I'm having lots of fun creating graphics,and your tutorial helped. On my way to check out your other tutorials.
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0 # Yuli Bejarano 2011-02-07 09:54
Excelentes tutoriales. Me han servido muchisimo. Muchas gracias por compartir su conocimiento con otras personas. Sigan adelante. :lol:
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0 # Mina 2011-02-20 11:09
I have tried so many times but the triangle in the left hand corner never appears for me. Help
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0 # syllie 2011-02-20 18:35
Hi Mina,

The little triangle appears at the top of the document (the paper that shows in the background). Try to follow the instructions in comment 37 of this post

I hope that helps, let me know how you go.

Cheers,
Syllie
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+1 # mike 2011-02-26 06:14
thanks for that!! and i've noticed things more, if you use the "convert the selected objetcs into path" you can modify your drowings more like you want! great, thanks again!!
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+1 # syllie 2011-02-26 10:21
Hi Mike,

Glad you liked the tutorial. You're right - the spiro path controls the look and feel of your path, and when you convert it to a normal path (Path > Object to Path), as demonstrated in the video, the control is fully back to you. It is a very powerful technique with many applications.

Thanks for your feedback!
Cheers,
Syllie

Thanks
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0 # febslondon 2011-03-16 11:09
:lol: thanks...it's a great tutorial pal...
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-1 # Jeenu 2011-03-19 20:20
Thanks for the great tutorial! I'd like to suggest that you record a live screen cast with your own voice rather than inserting call-outs. Reading call-outs while watching is annoying and distracting from the tutorial.
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0 # Augusto Schwartz 2011-03-22 00:38
:cry: Thanks for the great tutorial!
This link provides some tutorials that may be useful for the community: augustoschwartz.blogspot.com

[edit by Syllie: the tutorials at this link are in Portugese]
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0 # Vinay 2011-04-02 09:07
Thank you very much. This tutorial is very easy to follow. Here is my attempt.
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+3 # syllie 2011-04-03 12:14
Hi Vinay,

You forgot to include a link to your result, but I checked out your website.. and there it was!



Very cool!

Thank you for sharing the result.

Cheers, Syllie
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0 # ConfusedGal 2011-05-02 08:21
Can't find the spiro tool when I select the Bezeir curve tool :sad: Can anyone help me out? :cry:
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0 # syllie 2011-05-02 16:12
Hi ConfusedGal,

I am sorry you have troubles finding the spiro option when working with the Bezier tool.

Please make sure that you work with Inkscape 0.47 or higher. And please check out this Inkscape tutorial too as it shows how to use spiro with the bezier tool step-by-step (instead of a video): Sketch and Hatch.

I hope this helps.
Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Wang Ying 2011-05-27 03:28
The way you write tutorials is just the best. Thanks. I learn much more than I bargained for every time.
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0 # Sunu Pinasthika F 2011-08-08 02:01
Excuse me, after read TOU, i'm little confuse.

Is it right if include link to your tuts in my post about 'inkscape tutorial around the web'
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0 # syllie 2011-08-08 20:23
Hi Sunu,
Including links to the tutorials is perfectly fine :)

The terms are pretty clear to me and read that you can use our designs as long as credit is given (link back). If that is not desired then we can be approached for a commercial license.

The tutorials are not to be reproduced, but we are allowing translations - the more people benefit.. the better. I do like to see the final product tho.

At the moment I see quite a few people "ripping off" the designs. Basically they follow the tutorial, create a very very similar product (almost a 1-to-1 copy) and then put that up in their Zazzle / Red Bubble stores. I don't understand that.. how hard is it to take up a design and ADD something of yourself to it - some of the results that are posted back to the site show more originality!

To my eyes this behaviour comes pretty close to ignoring the "please do not claim this design as your own". But I guess there always be copy cats. At least some of those mention that it is the result of one of my tutorials.

Anyways.. linking to the site is always ok :)

Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Neli 2011-08-17 21:35
Thanks a lot! This was exactly what I needed. Your tuorial is really easy to follow and understand - even for me as a beginner. (And by the way: It was even funny :D )
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0 # Giraldi 2011-08-18 00:20
I saw this tutorial long time ago but I didn't need it back then. Now that I'm in a situation where I needed this technique, I looked back at your tutorial. It is very enlightening! Thank you for the great tutorial!

Anyway, here's a solution to the problem with flipping a duplicated path element that has 'Pattern Along Path' effect. The reason the shape changes is because the source pattern does not flip with the object. One solution would be to set the width in the effect settings to a negative value, eg. if the width is 1 then set it to -1. In effect this will flip the pattern, thus fixes the shape.

Another solution would be to group the object before flipping it. But then if you ungroup it, the shape will still change.

So the former solution would probably be better if you want to maintain the effect.

Thanks again for the tutes! Keep'em coming! ;-)

Cheers!
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0 # josh 2011-08-23 02:07
:-) :lol: :D thank you so much!
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0 # amit 2011-10-03 22:36
hi friend
i want to inkscape softwear
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0 # syllie 2011-10-04 08:03
Hi Amit,

Google is your friend: inkscape.org

Inkscape is a fantastic vector editing program - and it is available for free.

Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Tainjeliz 2011-11-03 00:20
Hola desde Puerto Rico de Academia Cristo REy me gusto hacer este tutorial :lol:
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0 # JH 2011-11-03 20:51
This is fantastic! Thank you for a great tutorial.
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0 # Mick 2011-11-19 16:44
Not sure what went wrong, but when I simplified my shape it deformed it.
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0 # syllie 2011-11-22 14:37
Hi Mick,

Simplification always deforms a bit, but it should not change the shape significantly.

Did you fix the results of the spiroswirl before your simplification? Path > Object to Path? This step sounds a bit funny, but it basically applies the spirocurve permanently to your path.

If you ran the simplification on your path with the spirocurve still applied, then your original path will simplify and next the spirocurve will still deform to that simplified path. With greater effects of course.

I hope this gives you some further insight.

Cheers,
Syllie
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0 # Grace 2011-11-26 13:38
:lol:
Super tutorial! Very informative! Thanks for sharing!
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0 # Steve 2011-12-19 11:21
wow thank you for all your help
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0 # Kaiden 2011-12-28 17:05
That was brilliant, thankx!!! :)
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0 # NaNx 2012-01-12 00:46
Thnx dude, it help me a LOT

Inkscape Rulz
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0 # Mak 2012-01-18 14:02
Thank you so much. I love this tut
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0 # Sandy 2012-02-07 01:46
Amazing to watch. Took me one more level in learning Inkscape.
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0 # MikeR 2012-02-09 02:15
Excellent tutorial. A picture IS "worth a thousand words."
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0 # David 2012-02-27 09:58
Thank you very much from Venezuela!
The time you use to show the options is excelent and the video it's very easy to follow.
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0 # Shar 2012-03-04 05:34
I have just loaded Inkscape and in process of learning. Stumbled on to this tutorial. Very, very, very good. Thank you. I learned alot just viewing the video.
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0 # Anne 2012-03-31 07:58
i cant find the triangle can you please help
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0 # syllie 2012-04-03 09:10
Hi Anne,

The little triangle appears at the top of the document (the paper border that shows in the background). Try to follow the instructions in comment 37 of this post

I hope that helps, let me know how you go.

Cheers,

Syllie
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0 # khoarua 2012-05-23 19:45
Many thanks! It's really helpful and easy to follow!
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0 # giorgio 2012-06-06 23:15
Great tutorial! Thank you!
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0 # Alphanili 2012-07-06 01:45
Bon :lol: Comme vous le voyez je ne peut pas ecrire en englais :-* mais je vous remercie pour tout ces tutos c'est vraiment cool
Je debute avec Inkscape et ça ma bien servi

Merci encore :D
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0 # Mike 2012-07-25 19:16
wow, very good tut. would you please tell us how you created this tutorial? (i mean the application you used for recording)

Thanks again
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0 # syllie 2012-08-06 15:52
Hi Mike,

I'm glad you enjoyed it. The tutorial is made with freeware (did I mention I love open source and freeware apps?) and it is called Wink. You can get it here.

I hope that helps.

Cheers,
Sylvia
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0 # Trish 2012-08-16 20:26
Thank you Syllie for this wonderful tutorial! It - and all the others you have done are very much appreciated!
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+1 # SMILY 2012-08-26 17:36
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0 # Malni 2012-09-08 08:55
I just downloaded Inkscape today and was totally lost there, your tutorial helped me to see how great this software is, thanks a lot! :-)
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0 # nobody 2012-10-06 16:52
One of the best inkscape tutorials i've ever seen. Hats off ..!!!!!!!!11 :lol: :lol:
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0 # Jens 2013-03-08 04:27
:D very good tutorial. day by day ists amazing what you can do with inkscape
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0 # Jules 2013-07-10 01:52
:D Wonderful for us beginners! Thanks!
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0 # Andreas 2013-11-23 18:29
The "bug" is not really a bug since the path is not flipped with the object. The path will be applied the same way on the flipped object and thus it will just look different. The solution would be to also reverse the path (not sure how you would do this though).
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0 # Bani 2014-02-16 15:10
Loved this tutorial! Thanks!
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0 # squishee 2014-07-03 05:07
GREAT :)
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