How to Use Textures in Inkscape

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How to Use Textures in Inkscape
Realistic textures make a vector graphics image look more realistic. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

As a vector graphics program, Inkscape behaves similarly to a 3-D modelling program in many respects. Objects are defined by the spatial coordinates of their component points, and you can apply any texture to any object. Choose from various preselected textures or apply a texture-like effect using a transparent image on a duplicate of the object itself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Texture Function

  1. 1

    Select the object you wish to apply a texture to. Click the "Select Object" button, which resembles a mouse cursor, on the left side of the screen. Then click on the object.

  2. 2

    Click "Filters," then hover over "Textures."

  3. 3

    Click the texture you want to apply to the selected object.

    Using Images or Objects

  1. 1

    Import the image you want to use as a texture, using "File" and "Import" and selecting the image you want to import. If you are using an object, select that object by clicking the Select object button, and clicking and dragging a selection rectangle around those objects.

  2. 2

    Convert the image or object to a pattern, using "Object" and " Object to Pattern," or by holding down the "Alt" key and pressing "I."

  3. 3

    Select the object you want to apply the pattern to, then duplicate it by holding down "Ctrl" and pressing "D."

  4. 4

    Double-click the small box next to the word "Fill: " The Style dialogue box will pop up.

  5. 5

    Click the box with the blue-and-white checkerboard pattern. The object will become filled with the pattern you created earlier. Switch between your own patterns and default patterns by clicking the name of the currently used pattern in the Style dialogue.

  6. 6

    Click and drag the transparency slider to 50 to apply change the pattern object to a texture.

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