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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)

Creating an icon is simple, but how about a whole set?

Creating a single icon is (usually) a basic task, but icons are almost never used alone. They come in a set, and creating a whole set of icons for the same project can be a real challenge!

Custom icon sets are usually created for previously designed brands to be used in app user interfaces or on websites. This means that, apart from the functionality of the icons, they also have to be in style with the brand. To create an icon set, the visual elements used in your icons need to be consistent. This will turn a bunch of random icons into one set.

The visual elements you can use to create a coherent set of icons

There are many tools in your designer toolbox. Here is a short list of the ones that can help you turn a group of icons into an icon set:

  • Color: Use the brand colors or pick a matching color.
  • Size: All the icons in the set should be created for the same size to help visual consistency and easier usage...