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Python 2.6 Graphics Cookbook by Mike Ohlson de Fine

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Tracing the shape of an image in Inkscape

We want to use Inkscape to capture a complex series of shapes ones that would be tedious and difficult to draw with pencil and paper. A practical example of the use of this could be that you may want to paint a picture of an elephant and you need some reliable guidelines, based on a magazine picture or photograph, for the outlines of the limbs and body. One way is to draw a grid on the picture with a pencil and ruler, then repeat a scaled version of the grid on blank canvas and finally to draw the outlines with a lead pencil. An alternative method is to pull a JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, or TIFF image of the elephant into Inkscape and trace a series of lines over it using the pen tool. These outlines can be printed ...

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