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Is it possible? A PNG is generally less in size than an SVG. Sometimes I need small sized images in sites like Launchpad.

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up vote 48 down vote accepted

That's actually Inkscape's default.

  • Open File → Document Properties and click the background colour. Make sure the alpha channel is 0. As so:

    enter image description here

  • Go to File → Export Bitmap (Shift+Ctrl+E) and save a file with a .png extension.

You're done.

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I always tried to "save as" .png and it didn't work. Thanks. – Archisman Panigrahi Aug 24 '13 at 13:10
Yep, "save as" did not apply the Alpha 0 settings as all we guess... – erm3nda Aug 3 '15 at 5:13

Open File -> Document Properties and click the background color. Then set alpha 0 in background color dialog -> close the dialog -> File menu -> Export Bitmap -> Choose export file name (click on Browse button -> type file name with .png extension) -> click on Export button. ! Done.

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This and the accepted answer are same. – Archisman Panigrahi Feb 7 '15 at 11:38

Shortcut, at least in MS Windows, is (Shift+Ctrl+E).

enter image description here

Inkscape 0.91

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It adds the view of a specific version, and the keyboard shortcut. I would have just appended it to the accepted answer, but I have been denied with similar amounts of info in the past. In which case, I was told that it warranted its own answer. Also, I did bump the accepted answer for pointing me in the correct direction, but it wasn't exactly right for the version I am using. – Kevin Feb 7 '15 at 16:35

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