I am using Inkscape to try and trace a bitmap image into an svg object. I have used Trace Bitmap as explained here:


But now I don't know how to separate the different components in the object, to move them around, delete them, resize them, etc. Tried "Ungroup" but does nothing.

Any suggestions?

  • To understand what's going on in those odd cases it really helps to look at the SVG source in the XML view. – Max N Feb 15 '18 at 11:12

The trace bitmap tool doesn't know what the "object" structure is of a bitmap, all it sees is contiguous areas of one color which it converts to closed, color-filled paths.

So the vector picture it generates will just be one object made up of paths. You can edit these paths with the node editing tool (second in the tool palette) by moving, editing, or deleting the nodes.

To separate the picture into different components, you can duplicate the object, move the duplicate to a different layer, delete everything except a selected component in the duplicate, and then delete just that component itself (the complement) from the original object, effectively splitting the object between two layers. And then do that recursively for each sub-component.

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You will want to Break Apart Shift+Ctrl+K. That will let you select individual parts of the traced bitmap.

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