[gss-content-box color=”red”]Article license. | Level: Beginner | Category: Graphics&DTP[/gss-content-box]
Whenever we launch Inkscape, a standard template is used and presented to the user; it has certain properties already setup – e.g. A4 size document with the border shadow on etc.
We have the posibility of creating our own standard document to suit our preferences; this custom template will appear whenever Inkscape is launched.
The default template properties:
What I particularly don’t like at the default template is the border shadow that gets applied to the document; it is confusing and gets in my way so I want to get rid of it. I also want to use a different size for my default template – e.g. 800×600 pixels, a landscape format.
How can we achieve this?
We create a new document in Inkscape, open the “Document Properties” window either by using SHIFT+CTRL +D or by using the main menu File -> Document Properties. When the window appears I deselect “Show border shadow” and I change the size of the document in the section “Custom Size”.
After setting up the document, we need to save the document as “default.svg”, without this name Inkscape will not take the document into consideration. The document needs to be save at the following path : “/home/username/./config/inkscape/templates”.
This is the final step required to have our own custom startup template in Inkscape. As you can see in the screenshot below, I have the desired document each time I start Inkscape.
[gss-content-box color=”red”]Note: same folder where we saved the default template can be used to create custom templates, which can be accessed from the main menu File -> New. Therefore custom templates for business cards, brochures etc. can be setup quite easily.[/gss-content-box]