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Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook by Mihaela Jurković, Rigel Di Scala

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Drawing a tree with cloned leaves using the Spray tool

The Spay tool provides another way of rapidly creating clones and placing them in a pseudo-random fashion, with several options that adjust the clones position, size, and rotation. In this recipe we will "spray" leaf clones on a tree as an example of its usefulness.

How to do it...

The following steps will show how to use the Spray tool to clone leaves:

  1. Create a tree trunk and branches using Spiro spline mode in Pencil (F6 or P) or the Pen (Shift + F6 or B) tool. I used the Pencil tool with Smoothing: set to 34 and Shape: to Triangle in. Change the fill color to #552200.
  2. Convert the main trunk to a path and use the Node tool to modify its thickness.
  3. Create a green leaf that will be used as ...

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