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How to crop an image in Inkscape

In this step by step tutorial I will show you how to crop an image in Inkscape. Inkscape is a great Photoshop or Illustrator alternative.

1. Open Inkscape.



2. Import your image by clicking File > Import.



3. On the pop up that appears, select embedded and click ok.



4. Select the shape tool


This can be a rectangle or any shape you would like to use. Click and hold to draw a shape over your image where you would like to crop.


5. Fill your shape.


Choose the color you would like to use, and set the stroke color to none.


6.  Change the stroke color to none.



7. Make the shape transparent.


This will help you see where you crop. Select your shape and go to Object > Fill and stroke.


8. A new panel will appear.



9.  Adjust the transparency.


Select Fill (1) and then go to the A (alpha) option (2) and adjust the transparency. You can use the opacity tool, but this sometimes can adjust all of the image which you do not want.


10. Ensure the rectangle is above your image.


You can do this by clicking Object > Raise to Top.


11. Select both the image and the shape.


Right click and select Set Clip.


12.  Your image will now be cropped where the shape was.



13. If needed you can undo the crop.


Right click on the cropped image and select release clip.


14. The crop will be reversed.


The shape and original image will appear.


And you're done! You have now used the clipping mask tool to crop an image in Inkscape.


If you want to know more about what you can do in Inkscape, check out these posts:


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