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Inkscape by Example

By : István Szép
Book Image

Inkscape by Example

By: István Szép

Overview of this book

Growing into its final form after years of development, Inkscape now rivals industry leaders like Illustrator and CorelDraw – this versatile free vector graphics editor program has all the capabilities of paid software and is ready for professional use. While there are plenty of resources for beginners, this book will enable you to uncover the full potential of the tool through sample projects and tutorials. With Inkscape by Example, you’ll understand how this one-stop solution helps vector designers meet all their requirements. Starting with an introduction to the new tools and features of Inkscape 1.0, you’ll master the software by working through a chain of real-world projects. The book will guide you through creating an icon set and understanding modularity in vector design. As you advance, you’ll draw a detailed illustration every client is looking for and learn about photo editing and creating a logo in Inkscape, combining all of these into one single web design project. Finally, you’ll discover tips for working faster with SVG and XML and using Inkscape with other free tools to reach maximum workflow and creativity. By the end of this Inkscape book, you’ll have developed the skills to create your own solutions for any project confidently.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

A short self-assessment exercise

Are you ready for a warmup to refresh your Inkscape knowledge? To reach a higher level in any skill, knowing your current level is important. The goal of the following test exercise is to give you a realistic view of your Inkscape skills.

This short test is self-graded, so finish the exercise on your own first, then answer the questions of the evaluation. After that, you are free to look into my method to solve this task on the following pages, but for the best learning experience, please finish the task first on your own!

Your task: copy this business card design in the best possible way you can!

Figure 1.3 – Recreate this business card design in Inkscape

Here are a few hints and criteria:

  1. Create a card that is standard size 90*50 mm (or 3.5”x2”).
  2. Add the two background shapes on the left and the text on the right.
  3. Work with text and color and use gradients.
  4. Save the card as a...