The process I just detailed leaves everything as one consolidated image, defeating the reuse purpose.
Now, I suppose I could just eternally destroy my work and do it all over again. That is always an option. A horrible, horrible, option, but an option. All the possible workarounds I’ve seen or come up with myself in a day of searching fail at the point of remaining linked to the original, and some also eliminate the path that lets me do fun things like Path Effects. I do like playing with line width, but I suppose I could get over its loss if that’s the only way to save time.
Are there any tricks I’m overlooking to be able to link an outline to a dynamic group of shapes?
This might suffice as a kind of workaround. This is for Inkscape 0.92.1
Group the objects you want to outline.
Open the filter editor
Set it up as follows:
- Click on the Morphology Effect and set it up as follows. You can somewhat adjust the outline thickness using the radius slider.
The effect applies to the group. Each object within the group is still an independent object. Double click inside the group to enter it, and you can move rescale or edit each object.