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Inkscape by Example

By : István Szép
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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)

Designing a clean business card step by step

Even if you scored high on the previous design test, feel free to read the following tutorial.

We will follow the same structure in all of the projects in this book, going step by step, focusing on actionable tasks, and learning by example. I will explain all the tools that are necessary for the task at hand so that you can keep the focus on learning what you need. We will cover almost all the possible tool combinations in Inkscape, but object-oriented, not tool by tool. So, here is how I created the business card design.

Step 1 – Creating a rectangle and setting it to the correct size

Use the Rectangle tool and draw a simple rectangle. The color does not matter for now; we will change that later. Set the size of the rectangle by selecting it and adding the width (W) and height (H) in millimeters in the Tool controls bar. If the unit is not set to millimeters, click on the units and select the proper unit for this project...