Episode 059

Episode 059 – Masks on Textured Background

by heathenx

In this screencast I will demonstrate a quick method for masking objects on a textured background in Inkscape v0.46.


28 Responses to “Episode 059”

  1. screencasters.heathenx.org/blog » Blog Archive » Episode 059 - Masks on Textured Background Says:

    […] Episode 059 is live. I demonstrate how to apply masks on a textured background in Inkscape 0.46. This type of project might be useful for a wallpaper or maybe a background for an Impress presentation (I seem to be making a few of those lately). Additionally, I have seen some rather neat looking Photoshop’ed images where the artist placed graffiti on a wall. Add a little perspective to the text and the same thing can be achieve in Inkscape just as easily. […]

  2. imitis Says:

    where did you get than nice inkscape tangofied icon set?

  3. imitis Says:

    where did you get that nice inkscape tangofied icon set?

  4. heathenx Says:

    If you have version 0.46 installed then you are all set. All you need to do is navigate to /usr/share/Inkscape/share/icons and find icons.svg. Rename that to “icons_original.svg”. Find the tango icons in the same directory and rename that to just “icons.svg” and you should be good to go. You’ll need to be root to do that. Just restart Inkscape and you’re new icons will be displayed. 🙂

  5. Inkscapers Says:

    Tango icon set looks very clean, but it’s a shame that it takes ~50mb of RAM more than standard one. It’s almost as much as the program itself after starting. I can’t understand why SVG is used instead of PNGs for small icons on toolbars – did programers decide to ruin the whole work on memory usage optimisation for… nice icons?

    Ohh… and you don’t have to be root to change the icon set, just type as user: “mkdir ~/.inkscape/icons && cp /usr/share/inkscape/icons/tango_icons.svg ~/.inkscape/icons/”

  6. heathenx Says:


    That’s a pretty interesting discovery. I have never monitored Inkscape resources until now. You’re right. There is a difference between the stock icons and the tango icons. However, on my machine (Ubuntu 8.04) the tango icons eat up only an additional 20MB. That’s not a problem for me, nevertheless, thanks for pointing that out.

  7. Ulsak Says:

    I use Ubuntu 8.04 too, but unfortunately I have to use a winxp-machine now and then..I installed Inkscape on that too, of course. I love this episode about masks..it opened whole new range of ideas to projects.
    The tango-icon set is availble for windozers, I suppose?

  8. heathenx Says:

    Yup, the tango icons are available for Windows users too. Just look in your icons sub-directory. I have to use Windows XP at work so I know your pain. Hey, at least we have Inkscape, right?

  9. Serge Gielkens Says:

    This uber-beginner found this a highly interesting screencast. It does not look as vector drawing anymore but rather as bitmap editing. I am impressed. Thanks also for the link to the grunge textures, most useful also for 3D work.

  10. Richard Querin Says:

    Yup, I found this one extremely interesting too. I’ve tried doing similar effects before, but never achieved this quality of result. Would be good for CD-cover art and such too.

    But enough of the compliments for heathenx.. I’m already shining his shoes and picking up his dry-cleaning.. any more success and I’ll be run ragged. 😉

  11. Don Says:

    Great screencast! This is a bit off-topic, but what software did you use to create your intro? I’ve been looking into kinetic typography lately and you guys are into open source software, so I thought it might be something I can afford 😉

  12. heathenx Says:

    Richard created both the older an newer intros with Blender. Blender is free of charge.

  13. Don Says:

    Awesome…I’ve actually just begun to research Blender for that purpose. It’s nice to see it proven that it does nice text effects. Question for Richard: Do you recommend any specific Blender tutorials that helped you achieve the effects in the intro?

  14. Richard Querin Says:

    I basically used the references given at http://blender.org under their Education&Help tab. It’s a nice site and the info there is very useful. Also, to get over a few stumbling blocks, I joined up at http://blenderartists.org.

    Right after putting it together (when I was still familiar with the interface) I could have modeled the intro you see in our videos in about 15min from scratch. There’s not much to it. The words are all static as are the lights. Then I just fly the camera along a predefined path and that’s it. Actually very simple. But learning the interface etc. can be daunting. Your first successful render though will make it all worthwhile! 🙂

  15. Serge Gielkens Says:

    @Richard Querin. Also a Blender head? You are a versatile person.

  16. Richard Querin Says:


    A Blender head? umm.. no.. Like most other things, I dabble enough to get what I need done or just enough to make me dangerous. Definitely not enough to become what you might call ‘skillful’ though. 😉

    That’s my main problem. I’m a jack of all trades, but as yet, a master of none. Trouble is I enjoy fiddling with too many things to make major progress on any of them.

    It is fun though. And I’m all about the fun. 🙂

  17. Patrick Says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, I have never used the mask feature in Inkscape, this was a great introduction to it

  18. Inkscaper Says:

    Lots of free (public domain license) textures could be found here:

    You can download everything as one file: http://www.tellim.com/texture_cd.tar.gz

  19. Cuong Says:

    Sorry to say, but i dont like this episode. The result of episode can be done very easily in image editing software (Gimp, Photoshop).
    I dont like to use a vector graphic software to edit an image. Let the image editing software do it.

  20. Don W. Says:

    Cuong__ Sorry you don’t get it. These videos are nothing more than to show “WHAT” can be done in Inkscape, not what “SHOULD” be done. The programs you list are some of the best at what they are used for as is Inkscape. Keep watching, I am sure you will find something interesting. Hang in there with us we need you to help keep HX and RQ honest (if possible). 🙂
    Later, DRW

  21. Richard Querin Says:


    I’m not sure I agree with you on only using image editing software for images. There are some effects like drop shadows, reflections, photo paper borders and other things that are just plain easier to do with Inkscape.

    Surely there are many image editing tasks that are much more effectively done with the GIMP or Photoshop, but don’t discount using tools for jobs other than what they were strictly ‘designed’ to do. Use whatever floats your boat.

    Thanks for watching too.

  22. Don W. Says:

    Cuong- Hi again, in case you have not tried these, may I suggest the following episodes:
    009, 011, 043, 045, 053 and my favorite, 057 ;-). These all use photos in various ways, report back if you like them.
    Later, Don W.

  23. Cuong Says:

    Sorry, take my comment back. I’ve watched esp 009, that was great, and not easy to do in Gimp

  24. heathenx Says:


    That’s ok. You are entitled to an opinion. Not all of my screencasts make sense. I’m a pretty big Gimp user myself. I understand which tool makes better sense for projects like this. However, we don’t make Gimp or Photoshop screencasts…we make Inkscape screencasts. I have a habit of showing off Inkscape’s potential. 😉

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  26. madmax2012 Says:

    great tutorials ^^

  27. schrottplatz Says:

    i really love this tut!
    thank you for the great tuts!

  28. Xbody Says:

    Really cool idea with the effects! 🙂