I added two new tips to the tutorial. Feel free to send me your
favorite Inkscape tips for inclusion - preferably something
non-obvious, useful, and not documented elsewhere.
Clipping or masking a bitmap
By default, an imported bitmap (e.g. a photo) is an <image> element
which is not editable by a Node tool. To work around this, convert the
image into a rectangle with pattern fill by Alt+I ("Tile"). Now this
object can be converted to path, node-edited, intersected with other
shapes etc. In Preferences (Misc tab), you can set the option of always
importing bitmaps as tiles.
Open dialog as an object palette
If you have a number of small SVG files whose contents you often
reuse in other documents, you can conveniently use the Open dialog
as a palette. Add the directory with your SVG sources into the
bookmarks list so you can open it quickly. Then browse that directory
looking at the previews. Once you found the file you need, simply
drag it to the canvas and it will be imported into your current
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