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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.
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. 🙂
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!