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

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Bending paths

In this recipe we will go through the basic Live Path Effect options using the Bend path effect. We will create a simple rectangle and morph it into a waving flag. We will also bend some letter shapes directly and through linking to objects to use as bending paths.

How to do it...

The following steps show how to use bending paths:

  1. Create a rectangle using the Rectangle tool (F4 or R), set its fill to #D5D5FF, stroke to 60% Gray, and stroke width to 1.
  2. Open the Path Effect Editor by using Shift + Ctrl + 7 or by going to Path | Path Effect Editor....
  3. Under the Apply new effect, choose Bend and press Add, this will apply the Bend LPE to the rectangle but the rectangle won't change as a result of it.
  4. We now have several options available ...

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