Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Moving objects, part of Inkscape Essential Training.
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- One of the benefits of creating vector-based artwork is that each object is separate, and can be easily moved around the canvas in relation to other objects. In this movie, we'll see the various ways to move objects in Inkscape. If you just want to freely position an object, click on it with the selector tool and drag. You can move in any direction around the canvas. If you want to constrain the objects movement to a straight horizontal or vertical path, start dragging, and then press and hold the ctrl key. You can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move objects in straight, horizontal, and vertical paths.
So you can move it up, down, left, and right. The distance an object moves when you press an arrow key is controlled by a global preference that you can find in behavior steps. So, let's open Global Preferences, and find Behavior, Steps. And, here you can set the arrow key distance, which is two pixels by default. Adding the shift key to the arrow keys moves a selected object 10x the distance you have set in your preferences, so if I hold shift and arrow, now I move 20 pixels at a time.
If you need to move an object to a precise location on the canvas, use the xy coordinates in the Tool Controls bar. Just select the object and type in the coordinates where you want it to appear. So, I can move this to x-coordinate 50 and hit enter, and nudge it over. Just remember that the 00 point in Inkscape is at the bottom left of the canvas. You can also use the transform dialogue to move an object by a specific distance. Go to Object, Transform, or press the keyboard shortcut shift+ctrl+m.
In the dialogue, specify whether you want the move to be relative to the object's current position or to a specific xy coordinate. I'll choose Relative move, and in this dialogue, positive values move objects to the right and up, negative values move objects to the left and down. I'll select the three objects on my canvas, and move them 100 pixels to the right. If I want to reverse the effect, I'll just change that to a negative number and click Apply again.
So, in this movie we experimented with some different techniques for moving objects in Inkscape, from freely dragging, to constrained dragging, to using arrow keys, and we saw the Transform Dialogue box.
- Downloading and installing Inkscape
- Creating new documents
- Importing AI and EPS files in Inkscape
- Working with input devices like tablets
- Drawing basic shapes
- Scaling and rotating objects
- Adding fills and strokes
- Using Inkscape extensions
- Adding and editing text
- Printing and exporting Inkscape artwork
Skill Level Beginner
Drawing Vector Graphics: Patternswith Von Glitschka4h Intermediate
1. Getting Started
2. Navigating an Inkscape Document
3. Drawing Basic Shapes
4. Transforming Objects
5. Working with Fills and Strokes
6. Using Filters
7. Using Extensions
8. Creating Complex Shapes
9. Working with Text
10. Printing and Exporting Artwork
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