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How To Insert an Image in Inkscape

Inkscape File Menu Import
Inkscape File Menu Import
To insert an Image go to File > Import.

This will open up the Select File To Import Window.
Inkscape Select File to Import Window
Inkscape Select File to Import Window















Select your Image and click on the Open button in the bottom right corner.

Inkscape Link/Embed Window
Inkscape Link/Embed Window
This will then open the Link or Embed Image Window.

An Embedded Image stands alone, but results in a larger SVG file.

A Linked Image references a file outside the SVG document you are working on resulting in a smaller SVG file.

Inkscape Image with Resizing Arrows
Inkscape Image with
Resizing Arrows
Make your selection and click the OK button in the bottom right.

The Image will be surrounded by 8 Arrows. They allow you to Resize your Image.


How To Free Rotate An Object

Inkscape with Resizing Handles
Inkscape with
Resizing Handles
Select the object that you wish to Rotate.

8 Resizing Arrows will be around it when it is selected.

Inkscape with Rotation Handles
Inkscape with
Rotation Handles
Clicking on the object again will change the Resizing Arrows to Rotation and Skew Arrows.

The Rotation Arrows are at the 4 corners of the object.

Move the cursor over any one of them, hold the mouse button down, and turn the mouse in a Clockwise or Counterclockwise direction to Free Rotate.


How To Rotate An Object to a Specified Degree

Inkscape Object Menu Transform
Inkscape Object Menu Transform
Go to the Menu Bar and select Object > Transform.

This will open the Transform Window which has 5 Tabs, namely Move, Scale, Rotate, Skew, and Matrix.
Inkscape Transform Window Move Tab
Inkscape Transform Window Move Tab















Select the Rotate Tab.
Inkscape Transform Window Rotate Tab
Inkscape Transform Window Rotate Tab


Where you see Angle you will type in the amount of degrees you would like to rotate the object.



Keep in mind that to Rotate the object Clockwise you will have to enter a Negative Number (-).

Vice versa to Rotate the object Counterclockwise you will have to enter a Positive Number (+). Remember to hit the Apply button.


How To Rotate An Object in 90° Increments

Inkscape Object Menu Rotate 90° CW
Inkscape Object Menu Rotate 90° CW
Go to the Menu Bar and select Object > Rotate 90° CW.

This will move your object forward in a Clockwise direction 90° each time you use it.

Inkscape Original Butterfly Image
Inkscape Original
Butterfly Image
Inkscape Butterfly Rotated 90° Clockwise
Inkscape
Butterfly
Rotated
90° Clockwise
Inkscape Butterfly Rotated 180° Clockwise
Inkscape
Butterfly Rotated
180° Clockwise
Inkscape Butterfly Rotated 270° Clockwise
Inkscape
Butterfly
Rotated
270° Clockwise


Inkscape Object Menu Rotate 90° CCW
Inkscape Object Menu Rotate 90° CCW








To Rotate in a Counterclockwise direction go to Object > Rotate 90° CCW, which will move your object in a backward position.

Inkscape Original Butterfly Image
Inkscape Original
Butterfly Image
Inkscape Butterfly Rotated 270° Counterclockwise
Inkscape
Butterfly
Rotated 270°
Counterclockwise


Inkscape Butterfly Rotated 180° Counterclockwise
Inkscape Butterfly
Rotated 180°
Counterclockwise
Inkscape Butterfly Rotated 90° Counterclockwise
Inkscape
Butterfly
Rotated 90°
Counterclockwise