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Equivalent of Inset / Outset in Inkscape

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1 hour ago, BenjiGameDev said:

I am looking for the equivalent of inset and outset in Inkscape. Can't find anything related in AD. There's something like that right?

You could look at the Gaussian Blur layer effect. (Layer > Layer Effects... in the menu, or the fx icon at the bottom of the Layers panel).

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My understanding is that Inset and Outset are nothing like Gaussian Blur.
Inset/Outset take a shape and make it smaller/bigger (respectively) in respect to the original shape. A bit like a person getting thinner or fatter.
See here: https://inkscape.org/doc/tutorials/advanced/tutorial-advanced.html (and scroll down).
There’s currently no Inset/Outset function in Designer (or the other Affinity apps) but you can sort of mock them by expanding a stroke and doing some editing. Not neat, but usable in some case.

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Walt: Ah, I see what you mean. The Inset/Outset the OP is asking about seems to be the non-blurring functionality as shown in the screenshot but I could be wrong (they may have given the wrong screenshot, easily done).

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This may help to understand the Inkscape commands

Offset paths: http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/Paths-Editing.html#Paths-Offsets

Basically the only way to create a similar effect in Affinity is to use strokes of a given size and expand them, so inset would be to align the stroke to the inside and then expand the stroke, and outset would be to align the stroke to the outside and expand.

You expand the stroke by using the (main menu at the top) Layer > Expand Stroke.

There is no specific offset path feature in Affinity apps at the moment.

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Thanks all,

A little bummed this feature isn't there :| but the Expand workaround is usable. 

So I did:

  1. draw shape 1.
  2. duplicate shape 1 as shape 2.
  3. add stroke to shape 2.
  4. modify thickness of stroke of shape 2 as desired (observing inside our outside of stroke as required).
  5. expand shape 2 as shape 3.
  6. delete shape 2.
  7. duplicate shape 1 as shape 4.
  8. subtract shape 1 to shape 4 or vice versa as required.

Kinda convoluted, especially for large pieces of work like world maps where each region would have inset and outset borders in land and sea respectively. That's going to be a real pain in the bubu.

It'd be nice to have this in AD.

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That looks great. I think a lot of people will be happy when that comes.

Shame, for me at least, that they are using Twitter - which I don't use - to give these things an airing. Would be nice to see them here.

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