Inkscape User Manual

Un-official manual by Kevin Wixson

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Part XI
Chapter 10: Calligraphy Tool



With the Calligraphy Tool, the Inkscape artist creates variable witdth strokes. The resulting objects are closed shape objects with editable nodes around the path of the object. With use of this tool, the Inkscape artist can create calligriphic effects for lettering and stroke effects for Inkscape drawings. With the Calligraphy Tool active, the arrow keys work to change the initial width of the stroke (right + left) and the angle of the stroke (up and down.)

Tool Control bar

The tool control bar for the Node tool has the following commands and options:

Tool Preferences

The tool behavior can be modified in the Inkscape Preferences window:



Additional Information

Tip: To simulate an actual calligraphy pen, you want to set 'fixation' to 1 and 'thinning' to 0. To simulate a brush stroke, set 'fixation' to 0 and 'thinning' to any non-zero vaule.

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