For the longest time, making multi-page PDFs with Inkscape was a process that requires several workarounds and third-party applications. But thanks to an update in version 1.2 (and beyond,) it can now all be done within the software. In this tutorial I’ll be showing you how.
Last year, Inkscape released version 1.2, which came with a new tool– the Page Tool. This tool allows you to create multiple pages on your canvas, order them by number, and then save them as a multi-page PDF. Let’s have a look at how it works.
Create Multi-Page PDFs With Inkscape
The following video will walk you through the entire process of using the Page Tool to create multi-page documents in Inkscape:
Continue on for the written instruction.
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To get us started, open a new document. You will notice that you have a single white page within your document. The gray space around the page represents the canvas area outside of your pages and will not be included in the saved PDF.
Access the Page Tool in the lower left-hand corner of the toolbar. It is represented by an icon that depicts a couple of pages.
With the Page Tool selected, you will see an option to add a new page to your document. Click that button to add a new page to your document:
If you need to change the size of the page, you can do so manually by clicking and dragging the nodes at the corners of the pages, or you can choose from one of the templates in the dropdown menu in the tool settings menu.
Whenever you add new pages to a document in Inkscape, the original page will serve as page 1 of the PDF document you save as. Every additional page will be added in numerical order. So, if you add a new page, it will be page 2. Adding another page in addition will be page 3, and so on.
If you need to change the page order of your document, simply click on one of the pages with the Page Tool enabled and use the menu interface in the tool settings bar to change its order:
Once you are ready to save your multi-page PDF, all you have to do is navigate to:
File > Save As
When prompted, choose PDF from the file type menu and click save. You will then be asked to choose the settings for your PDF document. Leave the defaults as they are (unless you need different settings for whatever reason) and click save.
Locate your PDF document and open it. It should be multi-paged according to the page order in Inkscape.
Inkscape has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years, and the new Page Tool is just one of many welcomed additions. Thanks to this new feature, creating multi-page documents in Inkscape has never been easier!
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