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Anyone with intellectual honesty would not hesitate to affirm that the level of interoperability reached from the Adobe suite (the manner in which they interface between their programs) e di Gran go top compared to open source alternatives. An example is importing tracks the Illustrator a Photoshop, possible by the classic copy – Paste.

Today's article, however,, not meant to be a criticism of the lack of communication between the developers of several open source projects, intention is to demonstrate how it is possible (in a way perhaps slightly longer) the same import operation paths between Inkscape and Gimp.

We begin to create some forms with Inkscape. As this tutorial is basically the technician will create random shapes using different tools.

Save the image as Inkscape SVG native. “File” – “Save as…“.

Note the extension “Inkscape SVG”

Now open the same file SVG with Gimp. If a window aprirà Decide the size of the render desired. Depending on the image SVG needs can be more the less great. The important thing is to select the flag “Import Paths“.

Will be imported all the elements image: colors and form.


And in the tab “Paths” will be available the individual paths separate.

  Tutorial: Artistic silhouette with Gimp


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TheJoe · 21 February 2011 at 2:14 PM

Hi Alex, thanks for you interesting comment and welcome to

I know your problem, but it seems to be an issue of Microsoft OneNote. To me it seems that OneNote makes path from pixel to pixel, and this is the worst way to draw some vectorial design.

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) i’m not using windows, so i can’t be so useful to manage with OneNote settings, but maybe there’s a way to “simplify” your path directly when you’re drawing in OneNote. I’ve really never tried it.

I’ve also never heard about the vector graphic clipboard format (or anything near), but for what i can say interchanging vector path with a simple “copy – paste” between Inkscape and Gimp is still impossible on a Windows machine too (as far as i know). Have you ever tried it?

Alex · 21 February 2011 at 1:12 PM

I made a short video to explain the problem:

Alex · 21 February 2011 at 11:57 AM

In this context, I must say another thing. I often use OneNote from Microsoft, and I am also a huge fan of Inkscape, and I own a tablet PC 🙂

Sometimes I make sketches in OneNote, and then I can transfer them to Inkscape with a simple copy/paste operation. The pasted data will not be a bitmap, but an editable path.

The only disadvantage is that the path has many many nodes. Even a straight line (that can be described by 2 points) is made from tens of nodes. A workaround is to select the path and press Ctrl L many times (simplify) – but this procedure is slow, especially for complex times, and sometimes it crashes Inkscape.

I suppose there is a clipboard format for interchanging vector graphics between applications on Windows (otherwise how else would it work?). Did you ever try this?

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