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    Making an outline around text in inkscape

    So yeah, I just got Inkscape today, and it's pretty sweet. One thing I can't figure out, though, is how to make an outline of text. I know how to do it in Gimp, but not Inkscape... (Attached is an image made in Gimp to show what I mean in case I wasn't clear. The red is the outline.)


    Oh yeah, and one other thing: how do you move things up and down -- that is, choose to place one object on top or below another?
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    Re: Making an outline around text in inkscape

    Quote Originally Posted by King_Critter View Post
    Oh yeah, and one other thing: how do you move things up and down -- that is, choose to place one object on top or below another?
    select the object, then just click the raise selection tools buttons just under the undo/ redo buttons

    or just just press the up or down key for raising or lowering the object.

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    Re: Making an outline around text in inkscape

    Quote Originally Posted by King_Critter View Post
    So yeah, I just got Inkscape today, and it's pretty sweet. One thing I can't figure out, though, is how to make an outline of text. I know how to do it in Gimp, but not Inkscape... (Attached is an image made in Gimp to show what I mean in case I wasn't clear. The red is the outline.)
    basically you'll have to duplicate the text, and make the other one as red, select it ,then on the path menu --> dynamic offset , choose the edit path nodes tool , you'll seed the white diamond in the text, drag it a bit outwards, and viola you now have the outline. , lower the object, then align the other.

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    Re: Making an outline around text in inkscape

    With the text selected open the Fill and Stroke dialogue (Shift+Ctrl+F), then go to the Stroke paint tab and select flat colour or gradient or whatever you want. You can increase the thickness by going to the Stroke Style tab.

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    Re: Making an outline around text in inkscape

    I would recommend what jhnthn suggested. And you can move one thing on top or below another thing using the page up and page down buttons. Move something to the very top or bottom with home and end (respectively).
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    Re: Making an outline around text in inkscape

    Alright, thanks to everyone who replied -- I got it, now.

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    Re: Making an outline around text in inkscape

    Cheers jhnthn.

    Exactly what I needed.

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    Re: Making an outline around text in inkscape

    Quote Originally Posted by jhnthn View Post
    With the text selected open the Fill and Stroke dialogue (Shift+Ctrl+F), then go to the Stroke paint tab and select flat colour or gradient or whatever you want. You can increase the thickness by going to the Stroke Style tab.
    Thanks, helped me as well.

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    Re: Making an outline around text in inkscape

    My way, much simpler

    Duplicate the same text, change the color
    ctrl ( to reduce the size
    OR
    ctrl ) to increase the size

    then page down to bring it to the back

    Do note this is not scaling.

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