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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)

Learning about icons and icon styles

Icons need to be very descriptive; they should be a simple representation of their original function. You don’t need to reinvent anything, just do your research, and pick the metaphor you need. Be creative but aim for the easiest recognizable form.

After all, you want the user to recognize what is pictured by the icon. Safety? A lock, a key, or a shield are all safe bets. Speed? A speedometer or a flash. Ideas? A lightbulb or a brain. These are all common symbols you may use in your icons to make them instantly familiar to users.

Having a clean and recognizable form also helps with scaling. We usually design icons to be pixel-perfect in a small size with given measurements in mind. The times of using only 16x16 pixel icons are long gone; now, end users are used to seeing icons anywhere from 24x24 up to 180x180 pixels.

When you finalize an icon, it still has to cater to be used in small sizes as well. Keep the shapes of the icon clean...