Monday, September 21, 2009

Ships Ahoy!

I had this favorite photo of my Dad from a trip to Canon Beach in Oregon a couple of years ago, so I thought I'd work with it in Inkscape to create a svg file...which I'll share, too. I thought he looked like a sea captain and so smart in his cap and I wanted a profile shot which was perfect to work with. After playing with some trace bitmap settings, I also find it helpful to use the "simplify" from the Path menu to get rid of excess nodes. You can always undo if you don't like the results. I used it twice for this image and then added a few lines using the freehand line tool.

I cut these images below with the copy added in scal.

Svg file here!

How I created this silhouette


  1. I love what u did with your Dads photo. Do u just import a photo into Ink and trace bitmap like anything else and get the result?

  2. Thanks for your post. I did have a few things to do to make it workable and I will try to post those steps for others who may want to work with a photo.


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