object to stroke type

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object to stroke type

Postby nesDk » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:55 pm

i remember an old trick to make a object to stroke-type.
but i can't remember how it was done, have used the search, but did me no good.

here in an example of what i'm trying to do.
the top object "leaves" have to Be the stroke-type.
yes there is follow path, but that is not the "right way" for this project.
thanks for helping

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Re: object to stroke type

Postby brynn » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:28 am

Hi nesDK,
Long time no see :D

I don't know any other way, besides Pattern Along Path. There is both an extension and LPE. I think the LPE automatically applies Single stretched. But I think you may be looking for Repeated. Also, sometimes additional nodes will help it to follow the path better, so you could try adding nodes :D

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Re: object to stroke type

Postby PapaSue » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:20 am

Hello, I'm using a Mac with Mountain Lion and Inkscape 0.48.

If you are having problems with pattern on path an alternative is to use Path/Path Effect Editor/Interpolate Sub Path.

Here is a video that may get you started.

Here is what I did with your design. I only used one leaf so it may not be exactly what you are looking for.
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I cannot use Pattern on Path in Mountain Lion, seems to be a "bug" but most things you'd do in pattern on path can be done in Interpolate. I hope this helps.

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Re: object to stroke type

Postby Inkspots » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:15 pm

It seems like you want to define a new stroke style, so that it will appear in the fill and stroke palette as a stroke, and can be used to outline an object, just like the pre-defined strokes that come with Inkscape. I don't know how to do that, but maybe you could create a custom stroke marker to get a similar effect.
Look here for instructions on how to create a custom marker: http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/Attributes-Stroke.html

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Re: object to stroke type

Postby RobA » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:56 pm

Copy the leaves object (ctrl-c) and make the shape "From Clipboard"? This sets up a LPE as single/stretched, but you can use the LPE editor to change that after.

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