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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)

Designing the first icon and the building blocks of the set

A set of icons needs to be visually coherent. Naturally, the first icon has to set styles and define the visual rules for the rest of them. When we talk about rules, we mean guidelines that help you work faster and easier. The rules are creative, but once you have created them, try to stick to them.

Experiment on the first icon but think in a set. Once you have figured out the rules by working on the first icon, keep the line thickness the same, use the same set of colors, and use the same building blocks. All this is to achieve a similar feel for all the icons in the set.

Remember the icon styles we learned about a few pages earlier? During this project, we will design all the icons of the set in line art style. This means the icons will consist of simple strokes without fill colors.

The flexibility of Inkscape will help you establish and maintain your own design rules throughout the process. In this case, for the...