Using Perspective for 3D in Inkscape

You may have already known, but Inkscape has a pretty neat extension called Perspective. The concept is simple: convert your drawing into paths and apply a target perspective shape. Let’s do an example!

Step 1

I’m going to start a simple drawing. First, I drew a square and applied a thick blue Stroke and removed the Fill.

draw a shape

Step 2

Now, head up to Path > Stroke to Path to convert this object into paths.

convert stroke to path

Step 3

Just for the heck of it, I’m going to add some text (literally).

add some text

Step 4

Since everything has to be paths in order for Perspective to work, let’s convert the text by selecting Path > Object to Path. Just to be safe, I’m going to Object > Ungroup the text.

convert text to paths

Step 5

Now, it’s time to draw our target shape. The rule for this is to use the Pen tool, start your first node at the bottom left, then finish the quadrilateral clockwise.

draw perspective

Step 6

Before we apply the Perspective, make sure our original artwork is grouped. Then select your artwork and shift+click the target perspective shape. Finally, it’s time to Extensions > Modify Path > Perspective.

apply perspective

Step 7

You should end up with something like this. Cool, huh?

inkscape perspective

Step 8

Well, I might as well just do another one.

add more perspective

There’s Our Perspective!

That was a quick peak at the Perspective extension in Inkscape. We went over the basics and how simple it is to use, so hopefully you’ll be able to play around with it and come up with some cool stuff! It’s worth noting that Perspective can be a little touchy, so you may end up with undesirable results – just keep tinkering with it. Thanks for reading!

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