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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)

Create Detailed Illustrations with Inkscape

You might not want to reach your artistic goals as an illustrator right now. But you will still see that this chapter is full of resources and methods you can use to create complex work in Inkscape. Basic vector illustrations are a good way to learn Inkscape, such as the set of icons we just finished in Chapter 3, Modular Icon Set Design with the Power of Vector. But to provide reliable design services for a client, it is good to know the tools and rules to create detailed drawings as well. This is why this chapter focuses on creating a business illustration with many details and elements.

This project is not just about drawing. It is about using illustration to practice the use of shape and color and efficient work in Inkscape!

In this chapter, we’re going to cover the following main topics:

  • Sketching with Inkscape
  • Adding colors and drawing your characters
  • Drawing the laptop
  • Finalizing your illustration
  • ...