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Its a shame a bunch of people added a bunch of duplicates and off topic answers. It makes it hard to share new answers that inculdes information that was not available when the question was originally asked.
Anyhow... This answer is about a path-effect that has been a god's send for me.
Rounded Corners Tool (or
Rounded Corners Tool is a type of tool called a
Path Effect, and since inkscape documentation is terrible ill explain how to access the path effect:
Opening The Path Effect
To open the
Path Effects Dialog navigate through the Inkscape Menus as shown in the snippet below:
- Select a single path
- View the menu-bar at the top off your screen
- Select the drop-down menu
- Read the option until you see the selectable option
Add Path Effect
- Click on it to open the path effects dialog.
- The dialog will open like any other dialog.
The dialog is the panel that opens to the side of the window, or opens floating (its opening location is contingent on the configuration that you use, if your instance of inkscape is defaulted it will open pinned to the SVG graphic-design software's window). The
Path Effects Menu is a completely different entity all together, and it is made accessible through the
Path effects dialog. The
Path Effects Menu contains the actual
Path Effects for you to choose from.
- Now to open the path effects menu, you want to press the Plus button inside of the dialog, it looks like this -> +, but bigger.
Below shows the
Path Effects Dialog before a path effect has been added. It should be noted that the blue vector graphic in the image is a "Bezier-path" that I currently have selected. That path is the path that I am adding the effect to in the image.
Clicking the + button in the
Path Effects Dialog will open the
Path Effects Menu.
Once the menu opens (it will open in its own window), you will select the
Rounded Corners Effect. Below is an image that demonstrates what the
Path Effects Menu looks like. Take a look at the highlighted path, as that is the one you will be selecting — as stated before it's called the
"Rounded Corners Path Effect"._
You should, at this point, have the Rounded Corner Path Effect has been added to your path.
Select the path that you added the effect to using the path selection tool, which has an icon that looks like this:
NOTE: The icon may be different, it all depends on the icon-theme your instance of inkscape is configured to use, but the icon will be similar either way
You can confirm that it was added because a bunch of options will be made available in the
Path Effects Dialog. You should also see green nodes on your path where ever there is a corner. will have green nodes if you select the
edit path tool which looks like this
Using the Rounded Corners Path Effect
Below is a 3-image set, each image is useful.
FIRST IMAGE Image
First image shows an odd object, notice that the nodes are green? The green nodes are Inkscape's indicator that the path-effect is active.
Troubleshooting the Rounded Corners Path-effect
- If you have no nodes then you are not using the path-selection tool.
- if you have nodes, but they are not green, then you have failed to activate the path effect.
- If you have only a single green nodes, or the nodes aren't where you expect them to be, its probably the wrong path effect.
Dragging the Green Nodes
To use the path-effect, select any number of green nodes, then drag them. In the image below, I choose an odd shape, the type of shape that is difficult to round symmetrically. It sorta looks like an axe with a point. To round the point I have selected the node, and dragged it back. Before I let the node go, I took a screenshot, this is that screenshot.
The final result.
You will get results as shown below if you follow the instructions correctly