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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)

Sketching with Inkscape

As I stated in the previous chapters, whatever you’re designing, sketching will help. It helps to clarify your ideas and set your focus on the goal of your creation, whether it be a logo, an icon, or an illustration. I always say that sketching your ideas on paper is a must, at least to lay down a few basic directions, to get the work started.

Sketching is important, but, in some cases, you might want to sketch in the program itself. Since Inkscape is a vector graphic program, you can easily draw a few basic shapes and mold them into their final form later in the process. Also, while creating illustrations, you are not as limited as, for example, with logo design.

When working on an illustration, you have more flexibility; you can use more details and add as many shapes and objects as you want, and you are free to experiment with colors and lighting. In general, you have fewer rules to follow, and you have a larger toolset to convey your message...