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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)

Building the icon set using modular design

For the next part, you will create all eight remaining icons in a fast and effective way – instead of drawing everything from scratch, just think, build, and duplicate!

You will use the same working document for all the icons now. This is a very flexible solution because it allows you to duplicate and try different versions without opening and closing documents. You will be also able to see all the versions together and check for quality differences or possible issues by comparing them.

Working with these small line art icons is also easy on memory, so they can easily fit in a small .svg file without slowing down your computer. Let’s continue with the second icon!

Designing the Secure icon

The sign for safety is usually a lock, a checkmark, or a protective shield. For this icon, we will use the padlock, as it is a simple but recognizable shape, and you can easily create it using one of our readymade elements: