Mirror symmetry


Is there a way to draw mirror/symmetric shapes in Inkscape? To clarify, I am asking about mirroring the shape while I'm drawing it, not to draw it and then mirror in.

I saw some videos on YouTube but I can't find the corresponding options on my version of Inkscape (v0.91)

12/5/2015 3:07:00 PM

Accepted Answer

According to this Inkscape Forum entry the mirror path effect is included in a recent development release, but it is not (yet?) available from the current stable release.

We can however use a mirrored clone of an object with the same results:

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12/5/2015 3:46:00 PM

The Live Path Effect (LPE) "Mirror symmetry", incorporated in Inkscape 0.92, is perfect for this. Short description here: 0.92 release notes, mirror symmetry. Demonstration video here: Mirror Simmetry LPE for Inkscape.

Simple usage:

  • select the path you want to mirror
  • select in the Path menu the item Path Effects
  • in the Path Effects dialog, click on the + sign (add an effect) and select Mirror symmetry
  • choose the right mode in the Path Effects dialog (eg. Free from reflection line)
  • by then selecting the node tool the reflection line appears, and its handles can be dragged