Inkscape has a feature called “Live Path Effects” (PATH > PATH EFFECTS). This allows you to apply a style to a path and have said style update live a you update the path.
It’s nice, but has one limitation for me in that you have to apply it individually to each object one-by-one. This can be tedious.
Is there a way to copy a path effect and it’s settings from one element to another?
As of Inkscape 0.91, yes you can copy and paste path effects.
- Apply whatever path effects you want to one path.
- Copy that path Ctrl+C.
- Select the path(s) to which you want to apply the copied path’s effects.
Path > Paste Path EffectCtrl+7.
This will preserve any settings you have on the path effects as well.