Episode 047

Episode 047 – Create a Clock

by heathenx

In this screencast I will demonstrate how to draw a clock in Inkscape v0.45.

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9 Responses to “Episode 047”

  1. Xbody Says:

    Nice Clock, but some problems in Inkscape 0.47…

  2. Siep Says:

    Hi, nice tutorial! I’d never heard of tiled clones before, this really does look useful.

    One tip: I notice how you colored and changed the line-thickness of the minute-hands individually.

    Next time, just select all four of ’em, and change color / thickness. Your wrist will thank you for it!

  3. heathenx Says:


    Thanks for the tip. I do dumb things all the time in my screencasts. 🙂

  4. Ross McArthur Says:

    Hi. I’m using Inkscape 0.47. Trying to create tiled clones but the settings are out.
    What are the ‘X’ and ‘Y’, and Exponent values I need to create a clock face without the tiles skidding off on an angle or ending up in a lotus flower effect?
    I could do it ages ago but now the tiles don’t play ball.
    Many thanks


  5. heathenx Says:


    I’m using version 0.48.1 at the moment. I’m unable to get tiled clones to behave properly (without throwing my clones out in right field). I keep praying that someone will actually make tiled clones user friendly but I doubt that day will come soon.

    I put together an svg file for you to review. I basically tiled several clones on top of the original and then manually rotated around a circle (or center point). I think you’ll get the idea.


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  7. Ross McArthur Says:

    That’s great, H. Many thanks for taking the time. I worked out a slightly different approach, out of frustration, where I simply took the clones one at a time, centred, un-grouped then deleted the guide circle. Took longer but got the job done.
    Great 2D program, whatever happens!


  8. Slawek Says:

    Thank you for the tutorials. I’m using version 0.48. I would like to share with you the way of drawing the hour and minute marks relying on moving the centre of rotation (no need to group them with the circle first).

    Draw 2 circles and the hour mark. Enable snapping, disable snap bounding box corners, enable snap nodes or handles, enable snap from and to an item’s rotation centre. After selecting the hour mark click it again to see its rotation centre. Drag the cross down until it snaps to the circle’s centre of rotation. Now go to the Create Tiled Clones dialog. Choose P1 symmetry, 1 row and 12 columns. Shift tab: change Shift X per column to -100% only. Rotation tab: set angle per column to 30 degrees, tick cumulate per row. Leave the rest at defaults and hit create.

    Hope it will help somone

  9. heathenx Says:

    Thanks for the tip, Slawek. 🙂

    By the way, these tuts are getting awfully old. There are definitely more practical ways to draw these things in the latest version of Inkscape.