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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)

Edit a Photo and Create a Hero Image in Inkscape

Inkscape is vector graphics software, but it has limited tools for working with photos too. You can use these to your advantage while creating a trendy and expressive photo-based tech illustration! This project will focus on combining vector elements with photos and teach you about clipping and masking capabilities in Inkscape. These skills will be useful later when you decide to enhance your vector designs with added photos.

In this chapter, we’ll cover the following main topics:

  • When to use photos in Inkscape
  • Preparing the photo
  • Adding a depth of field effect with blur and masking
  • Drawing into the photo
  • Using clipping and masking on the illustration
  • Adding lighting to the image