Move gradients with object in Inkscape

Inkscape Fix: How To Move Gradients with Objects

A problem many of you run into when following my Inkscape tutorials is that when you attempt to move an object that you’ve applied a gradient to, the gradient doesn’t move with it. It stays in place as if it were its own separate entity.

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This is kind of a silly feature if you ask me, because in the 7+ years that I’ve been using Inkscape on a full-time basis, not once have I ever needed a move an object independently of its gradient. In fact, the entire reason I gave it a gradient in the first place is because I wanted it to be a part of the object.

The Fix

Anyway, the solution to this is quite simple. If your gradient is bound to its location on the canvas, it’s because you have a specific setting turned off. It’s called Move gradients (in fill or stroke) along with objects. The icon for this setting appears as the following…

The setting icon that allows you to unbind gradients

To locate this icon, grab your Select tool and shift your attention to the right side of the toolbar at the top of your screen. It should be positioned with 3 other similar-looking icons…

Gradient setting screenshot

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Simply select that icon so that it’s turned on. Once you’ve done that, your¬†gradients will come along for the ride next time you move an object with its property.

By the way, if you’re curious how you can make Inkscape appear dark (like how I have,) here’s a tutorial about installing a dark theme for Inkscape. And if you’d like to update Inkscape’s icon, here’s a free pack of redesigned icons that I created.

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Nick Saporito

Nick Saporito is a Philadelphia-based graphic designer who specializes in branding-specific design.

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