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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)

Finalizing your illustration

Of course, you could stop at this point, and claim the illustration is finished. Or you could continue to think about it and add more details, more lights, different colors, and so on.

From basic shapes to detailed illustrations, what is the difference? The difference is not being afraid to use your knowledge and patiently drawing shapes over shapes! We will upgrade our illustration from basic to complex with shadows and lights and details layered on each other.

Every illustration is built on simple, solid foundations, and then we use more elements to better express the message. And this is what makes an illustration look more professional.

Adding more background elements

The elements we are about to add to the illustration have a dual role. Their first role is to add more to the story. I know this is a long chapter about characters and laptops, but our main goal is still creating an illustration for the CloudUsers website. So, we need to add...