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Figure 15. Adjust the scale of the gradient by dragging
the horizontal and vertical control handles.
Figure 14. Make rounded corner
rectangles with the Rectangle
tool; adjust the radius of the
corner by dragging on the
Now about that gradient. Rather than use a solid fill
color, Inkscape can display a gradient of color — either
fading off to white, or to one or more other colors. I’ve
opted to keep it simple, and did this:
1. Select the main group box rectangle and fill with
2. In the Fill and Stroke panel, click on the Radial
3. Click the Edit Paths icon, and re-select the
rectangle. Handles for adjusting the scale of the gradient
appear. As shown in Figure 15, drag the handles to
increase or decrease the scale. I’ve increased the scale by
moving both the horizontal and vertical handles outward.
The main group box has its own label along the top. I
did mine in Arial Black, which is kind of a bolded-bold
version of Arial. I then manually resized the text and place
a small white-filled rectangle behind it to block out the red
Note! Inkscape remembers the order of objects as you
create them and places the most recent object over the
previous one. You can alter this “stacking” order by
selecting the object you want to change, and choosing
Object->Raise or Object->Lower. As a shortcut, you can
also press the Page Up and Page Down keys.
Complete the layout for the Intergalatic Interrogating
Interocitor by adding in the remaining text and aligning it
as needed. Text is provided for the function and
graduation scale of both pots, the power switch, and the
•Label text is Arial 15 point, blue color.
• Potentiometer graduations are Arial 14 point,
• Main group label Arial Black, black color; size as
I’ve also added a small piece of text at
the lower left to mark the revision number of
the panel, in case it changes over time as the
project is reworked — and what project isn’t!
This text is Arial, black color, and 11 point.
Align the elements both visually and using
Inkscape’s alignment tools. Text often needs
to be adjusted visually because the invisible
outlines of the text do not always match with
the visible outlines of rectangles and other
Figure 16. Align the potentiometer dial faces by first selecting
all the objects in each set. Then, group each set of objects.
Select the two groups, and make one group of the pair.
See Figure 17 to complete the task.