Inkscape workaround to fix the white gaps between objects

Have you ever noticed that in Inkscape when you have objects that are perfectly butted up against each other, that there is still a small gap rendered between them, exposing the background colour underneath?

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Objects without space between, but gaps are still rendered.

This is a known issue with the way the SVG renderer in Inkscape does antialiasing, and there is even an Inkscape FAQ entry with a few ideas on how to workaround the issue.

However, I find that there is a simple workaround for this issue in a lot of cases. Simply group your objects together, and duplicate them twice:

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One issue with this approach is that it doesn’t work very well if the objects you are using have any transparency, as you are duplicating objects below, which changes the way the top object looks. Also in drawings with many thousands of objects, duplicating them does tend to make inkscape a perform a lot slower. However in most cases, this technique works great as the finishing step in your workflow to remove the pesky gaps.

drawing gears in inkscape – a howto by nicu.

UPDATE: Nicu has been posting incremental updates on this tutorial on his blog… to date there are 3 parts in total:

  1. Drawing the Gears
  2. Colouring the Gears – Golden Gears
  3. Colouring the Gears – Gears on Old Paper

After the last few posts not being actual tutorials, today the inkscape tutorials weblog is getting back into the swing of things with an awesome little howto from nicu.

Nicu demonstrates how to create gears in inkscape, vary them and build them up to create complex “mechanisms”

Inkscape 0.46 Available on All Platforms

With the windows package of inkscape 0.46, becoming available overnight, the newest release is now available on Linux, OSX and Windows.

digg the 0.46 release announcement

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The following is an extract from the inkscape release announcement:

Tons of new features and performance improvements are included in this release. Dialogs now have the ability to be docked to the editing window. Gradients can be edited completely on-canvas. The new Paint Bucket Tool fills bounded areas with color. A new 3D Box tool helps create perspective-correct drawings. A new Tweak tool provides an intuitive method for editing paths and painting objects. The new Live Path Effects feature can create “brushes” and various organic effects on paths. Improvements to color management include support for color spaces other than sRGB. Most SVG filters are now implemented, and a new powerful UI is provided for editing filter stacks.

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