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The Book of Inkscape by Dmitry Kirsanov

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18.9 Bitmap Export

In a bitmap-dominated world, a vector editor without a good rasterization and bitmap export capability is useless. Inkscape’s bitmap export facilities are convenient and can be automated in numerous ways. On the downside, Inkscape lacks an export preview and supports only one bitmap format: PNG. Also, you can only create images with 8 bits per channel (no indexed color, no 16 bits per channel), and it is impossible to suppress antialiasing.

The lack of support for bitmap formats other than PNG is not as bad as it may sound. The PNG format faithfully preserves the maximum rendering quality Inkscape is capable of, including alpha transparency, antialiasing, filters, and so on. From a PNG file, you can easily create any other format ...

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