Episode 066

Episode 066 – Intro to Live Path Effects (LPE)

by heathenx

In this screencast I will demonstrate Live Path Effects or LPE in Inkscape v0.46.

Please review Tav’s guide on LPE. You’ll walk away with a thorough understanding as usual. 🙂


15 Responses to “Episode 066”

  1. screencasters.heathenx.org/blog » Blog Archive » Episode 066 - Intro to Live Path Effects (LPE) Says:

    […] Episode 066 is there for the taking. Do your thing. […]

  2. SureWhyNot Says:

    Wow! This was definitely one of the “livelier” tutorials! 😉

  3. heathenx Says:


    Are you calling me boring? Sonuva… 🙂

  4. RedBirdiii Says:

    That’s pretty interesting.. I’ve never touched those effects before..
    Now I’m having fun practicing doing some shapes to learn them well..

    Thank you heathenx.. I’m really looking forward to watch your illustration on the new effects that are in the development verstions..

  5. jamkomo Says:

    Looks, cool.
    When I wanted to try it, it didn’t work for me. Tried to figure out why, but I’m sure I followed your example, and checked tav’s notes to make sure. When I try the rectangle, for example, apply the bend path, select the object with the node tool, I don’t get the “green” path. I do get a red path that surrounds the object.

    Tried it several times. Anyway, I’ll watch the the rest of it to see the other effects, and try to figure out what’s wrong later.

  6. jamkomo Says:

    K, got it. Newbie mistake. I was clicking on the node icon on the toolbar on the left of the screen, not in the bend path dialog box. Doh!

  7. Darth_Gimp Says:

    Would be awesome if you could do a small cast about the hair and how you did the preview pic. Nonetheless love this site both of you are awesome! Keep them coming we do appreciate it!

  8. heathenx Says:


    Here’s a quick-n-dirty.

  9. SureWhyNot Says:

    Put it to music, add some intro text, post it, and you guys will have your very first mini-tutorial. 😉

  10. Serge Gielkens Says:

    It is interesting to hear your excitement about 0.47 while users are still recovering from the impact of 0.46 😉 And as you said, what will 1.0 be like?

  11. Darth_Gimp Says:

    HeathenX thanks bro! I have another request for you for a possible screencast but I want to do some homework on it first.

  12. Darth_Gimp Says:


    I truly hope Inkscape can offer some brush capabilities soon. the open source Linux version of Xara has them.. I just wish Inkscape did.

  13. heathenx Says:


    Funny that you mention Xara. I used to be a Xara user (still use it on occasion). I know Inkscape gets compared to Adobe Illustrator much of the time. That’s fine I guess but I don’t want to see Inkscape go after Adobe. I want Inkscape to go after Xara (in a friendly way, of course)…because I think Xara is better than Adobe Illustrator. If Inkscape could someday be on par with Xara then look out!

    I have respect for Xara because they don’t chew up their customers with ridiculously priced software and seem to have a pretty good community around it. I felt good about buying it (actually, my company bought it for me) because it’s great software…and Linux users get a free stripped down copy to play with as well. 🙂

  14. Steven Lawson Says:

    I’m a bit late coming to this tutorial but I found a really neat effect, using the Stitch Sub-paths feature – if you have enough lines in your shape (like 100+), then add a 0.5-0.75pc blur to each of the lines it creates a texture that makes the shape look like it’s made out of smooth fabric, with a natural flow to it. It looks really nice!

  15. Vlad S Says:

    @Steven Lawson

    Thank you for this tip – really the awesome effect, especially in colour!
    And if to play with start/end variances we get pencil drawing effect!