Repeating Patterns Made Easy in Inkscape

In this quick tip, we’re going to go over a tool called Create Tiled Clones. It’s a very useful menu with tons of options for creating large amounts of identical, yet dynamic objects, such as patterns. It can be used for so many things, but let’s just dive right in!

1. Create Tiled Clones

Step 1

So where is this beautiful tool? Head up to Edit > Clone > Create Tiled Clones to open it up. You’ll get something like this:


Step 2

The most simple use of this is to simply select an object, assign values for Rows and Columns, then click Create. Below, I did 4 Rows and 2 Columns.


Step 3

Alternatively, you could go ahead and specify a width and height. Below, since my object is 100px by 100px, I set my values to 100px by 700px to create a rectangle of clones 200px wide and 800px tall (because it accounts for the original object’s 100px).


2. Playing With Basic Settings

Step 1

Make sure you have your Symmetry set to P1: simple translation for these. Then, go to the Shift tab. This is a neat and simple way to adjust positioning with your clones. Below, I have a -50% Shift Y set on the per row so that each row of newly cloned objects covers 50% of the previous. Of course, this behaves the same for Shift X. Simple enough, right?


Step 2

Below, I have some Scaling action. I’ve created clones with 3 rows, 4 columns, and a Scale X and Scale Y of -20% on the rows only. Wow, that’s a mouthful. Have a look below to see the results.


Step 3

Here’s what you’ll get when you go to the Blur & opacity tab and apply a 10% Fade out on rows and columns.



Aaron Nieze

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