Scratchpad paintbuckettutorial

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This is a tutorial scratchpad. When this tutorial gets to a level of "completeness" it will be converted into DocBook XML format and commited to SVN.

If you edit or add anything, feel free to add your name to the authors list, so you get credit where credit is due!

Translating this tutorial

Please do not translate this tutorial yet, it is still in the early stages of development and will be modified drastically. Translations can be done once it has been migrated to SVN.


Please upload images in SVG format. If you use text in the illustrations, don't split sentences or phrases into multiple text objects, as this will make a proper translation impossible. Use a flowtext area and leave enough overflow room for languages which require more space to express the same thing. If appropriate, center the text. Please also start your images in the top left corner; don't leave space until the page border.


the automatically generated PNG thumbs are not working properly on this wiki right now, so just provide a link to the uploaded SVG on the wiki. Try to keep the naming of the images similar, but don't worry too much about the image numbering order, that can be resolved later.


Paint Bucket Tool


ryan lerch, ryanlerch at gmail dot com


This tutorial covers the use of the Paint Bucket tool and it's options. The paint bucket tool was an addition to Inkscape in release 0.46.



The paint bucket tool allows a fully bounded area to be quickly traced and generates a path that "fills in" that area. This tool is especially useful when "inking" line drawings; On the following example (it is one path that was traced from a bitmap) try using the paint bucket tool to fill in his hair and his face:

After using the paint bucket tool to "fill" the hair and the face, the result should look something like this:

The drawing now has 3 paths (the original, the path of the hair color and the path of the face color.) It is important to note that the paint bucket does not change the fill property of any object in the document, it merely creates a new path to represent the "fill".

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