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Inkscape 0.47 Filter Guide by C-quel Inkscape 0.47 Filter Guide by C-quel
This is a sample guide for all the Filter Effects available in Inkscape 0.47. A Filter Effect is an overlay on top of a vector object that visually modifies it to take on the qualities of a raster-based image. This allows for the rendering of complex shapes and textures that would normally be impossible/impractical to recreate using only vector paths, strokes and blurring effects. Since these are only overlays, Filter Effects can be enabled, disabled and modified by the user at any time.

Filter Effects have been around since 0.46, but the latest version integrates them better so that they are easy to access and use via the Filters menu option.

The source file can be downloaded here: [link]
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flamingolady Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
hi, I have the same question as Midas777, I can't get my filter installed after saving it to the ...Inkscape/share/filter folders on v .48 or .48.4? any ideas?
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C-quel Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello there.

Sorry to say, I haven't used any of the much newer versions of Inkscape, so I wouldn't know what the deal might be, other than perhaps some compatibility issue. Best people to ask would be either the filter writer, or the Inkscape peeps (though granted, both are very hard to get a hold of). :)
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midas777 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
U R WONDERWOMAN...MAKING THINGS SO EZY FOR US!
just a request here-how do i install Inkscape Cartoon Filters into Inkscape version: 0.48.4, which I am presently using....THANK YOU
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C-quel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello there,

lol, "wonderwoman", that's a new complement I've heard of. :P

Now do bear in mind this Inkscape guide is plenty old, so I actually haven't been keeping up with developments in Inkscape. However, it does seem like the filters haven't been updated to 0.48 at all (perhaps waiting to skip a version?), so you may not be able to use it for anything other than 0.47? You can always follow its instructions to test if it works in 0.48.4.
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midas777 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
there are no instructions given...thanks anyway.
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C-quel Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh sure there are, look in the description of that filter set:

[link]

All you need to do it seems is to unzip the contents into Inkscape's Filter folder (not sure where since I don't know if you're a Mac, Windows or Linux user, but you can find out). Assuming the filters will work in 0.48, they should be available in your Filters menu next time you restart Inkscape. ^^
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ArtOfFredskov Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You seem to have a pretty solid knowledge 'bout inkscape. I've recently started using it. Is there anyway to expand the distort-filters into paths? (For cross-platform usage)
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C-quel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah thank you, although I guess you could say I "HAD" a pretty solid knowledge of the program, since I used it the most back in the 0.44 and 0.45 days. So much has changed that I feel like I've been left behind, but well I'm still willing to help. ^^

The filters are actually only perceptual ones that affect how we see the objects using our naked eye,... but the underlying shape is still a standard path or stroke. So there's no way to directly convert the perceptual shape into a path.

However, like an OCR scan, you CAN convert a perceptual shape it into a tool path using a perceptual tool. That can either be a Fill Bucket, which will help you "trace" the outlines of odd distortions, if all you need are the shapes. Or if you need textured distortions, you can export the image as a large, high-quality PNG, reimport it, and then use Trace Bitmap. If the resolution is sufficiently-high, the trace will be of sufficiently-faithful to the original distortion filter. :)
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ArtOfFredskov Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Damn :) I ask because as a former Illustrator user I'm used to being able to "expand appearence" making the vector filters (distorts etc.) into the vector shapes the computer generate.

I ask because I want to be able to edit in them even in illustrator or other vector editing programs that don't support on the filters :) As illustrator is pretty much the standard in the business, I still may get a comeback to illustrator at some point.
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C-quel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I see, well the process I described should work, but again Im not much if an expert in the newer features -- you might have to ask a younger expert if there's a feature (existing or future) or plugin that Im not familiar with. Im sure this must have been brought up by somebody at some point. :)
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