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How to remove an image from a background with inkscape

Posted on 11th December 2016
Ensure that your file has been downloaded and unzipped to use.

1-Open your image in Inkscape.



 

2- Select the image and then select the draw Bezier tool.


 

3-  Roughly trace the image you want to remove from the background.


 

4-  Zoom in to your image and select the node editing tool.


 

5- Re-position the node around the image. Add nodes if you need too. These can help you be more accurate when tracing.


 

6-  Select Ctrl+D. This will duplicate the trace.


 

7-Select Ctrl Shift + L to bring up the Layers palette.


 

8-  Press the + icon in the layers palette to create a new layer.


 

9- Right click on the trace copy and move to the layer you created. Then change the colour of the trace so you can see the difference between the 2 trace layers. Click on the "eye" in the layer you made to hide the duplicate trace.


 

10- Select both the image and the trace.


 

11- Select Object  > Clip > Set. This will cut out the image you need and remove the rest of the background.


 

12-  Go to the layers palette and re click on the " eye" then the duplicate trace will appear.


 

13-  Select both the trace and the cut out image. Go to Object > Group.

Finally Save as an SVG.  You can now use this file as a print and cut in the program you like to use.


Design elements are from Designbundles.net and the file is called Watercolor Winter Landscapes.

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