Import bitmap images

One of the options that we will use repeatedly with Inkscape is to incorporate bitmap images into our workspace. Doing it is very simple. You just have to go to File> Import ..., choose the image you want to incorporate and click on "open".

Once we do, a dialog box appears asking us if we want to link or embed the image. Linking means that the image is not inserted into our document, but is referenced by Inkscape to display it. We can work and manipulate it, but this image will always have to accompany the Inkscape file; otherwise it will not appear. Instead, embedding means that the image will "really" be inside the Inkscape file and will travel with it. The only downside is that if the image is too heavy it can slow down Inkscape's performance. As a general rule, you can leave the default options displayed in this window:


Once we click on "OK" the image will appear on our sheet and we can resize it to the size we want, rotate it, deform it, etc.

Later we will see how bitmap images can also be "vectorized", that is, converted into vector objects so that later they can modify their points, their color, etc.

Last modified: Friday, 22 May 2020, 7:28 PM