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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)

Adding colors and drawing your characters

Now that our illustration is laid out with these flat shapes, it is time to go deeper and start adding those details. I know it may seem like it is easier said than done, but sometimes it is harder to imagine how to build up a vector illustration than actually doing it.


While building a basic sketch up to a complex vector illustration, follow the old rule of drawing: instead of focusing on one area only, try to work on the image as a whole. First, focus on the big shapes, then add some colors, then more and more layers of details, and finally, lighting and additional effects if needed. This way, the different parts of your illustration will be developed evenly. This makes it easier to keep things visually similar, and you will have an illustration where all the parts work together.

After sketching, the next step is to add colors while also adding more details to the illustration. Let’s turn those simple placeholders into...