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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 and the file is called Watercolor Winter Landscapes.

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