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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)

Using Inkscape for logo design

As logo design is an important job for anyone working in the creative field, it is only natural to expect Inkscape to be up to the task as well. But what are the criteria of software that you can use to create awesome logos? Let me answer that question from another angle: what makes a good logo?

First of all, a good logo has to be versatile. Technically, this means it has to be vector-based. Vector files are scalable, editable, and portable. They allow us to transform the final logo into any color or size to use it on (almost) any surface. A vector file can be exported into the most common standard image file formats. (You will learn more about formats at the end of this chapter and even more in Chapter 7, Combine Inkscape and Other (Free) Programs in the Design Workflow)

Second, a good logo is simple. Most people think it takes no effort to create a simple design. But to create a simple but creative logo, you need to work a lot. Simple means easy to remember and redraw with a few elements, but this simplicity must be achieved first.

And finally, a good logo needs to be creative! A creative logo stands out; it is a unique visual image. A creative logo is built on a lot of thinking, sketching, and trial and error.

Being a vector graphical program, Inkscape has all the tools you can use to create a versatile logo. It can export to different formats, as well as take full advantage of vector shape and color editing.