Inkscape - How to Use Bitmap Image Fill Pattern
By Stephen Bucaro
Inkscape is a free Open Source vector graphics illustration application that works similar to
Adobe Illustrator. A vector graphics application allows you to create images by drawing
geometrical objects like rectangles, ellipses, lines, and curves with your computers mouse or
a graphics tablet. Inkscape lets you fill these objects with flat color, gradients, or bitmap
patterns. In this article you learn how to fill an object with a bitmap image.
A bitmap image can be a photograph or an image created in a graphics application, it
can be in the .png, .jpg, .gif, or .bmp file format. Assuming that you have an Inkscape file
open, and that you have a bitmap file that you wish to use as a fill pattern, here are the
1. In Inkscape's main menu select File | Import, and in the Select file to import
dialog box that appears, navigate to and select the pattern image file. Then click on the [Open] button.
In the Link or embed image dialog box that appears, with the embed radio button
set, click on the [OK] button. The fill pattern will appear in the drawing area.
2. In Inkscape's drawing area, select the bitmap, then in the main menu, select
Object | Pattern | Objects To Pattern.
3. Select the object you want to fill with the bitmap image. If the Fill and Stroke
dialog box is not open, right-click inside the selected object. In the Fill and Stroke
dialog box select the Fill tab, then click on the [Pattern] button. The [Pattern] button
is the small diamond filled square. The pattern appears to fill the selected object.
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