Printing Files

Printing your drawing can be done through the File icon Print... (Ctrl+P) dialog. The standard GTK print dialog is used. This allows printing to any PostScript-capable printer as well as to either a PostScript or PDF file. Printing uses Cairo-based routines. The PostScript back-end makes heavy use of rasterizing the image. This is partly due to the fact that PostScript does not support transparency.

Print dialog.
Print dialog.

There are two options for rendering output found under the Rendering tab. The first Vector uses vector operators. The drawing is scalable.

The second option is Bitmap, which rasterizes the output. There is an option to set the DPI for the output.

[Note]Using a PS File as an EPS File

An Inkscape PostScript file can be normally be used as an Encapsulated PostScript file (EPS) as it already has a BoundingBox line. You may need to change the first line from %!PS-Adobe-3.0 to %!PS-Adobe-3.0 EPSF-3.0 and delete the showpage at the end of the file.