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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)

When to use photos in Inkscape

Inkscape is a vector tool, and it is common knowledge among designers that vector graphics are not meant for photo editing in the classical sense. But there are some valid cases when the elementary photo editing abilities of Inkscape are proven useful, which are as follows:

  • Case 1: When you want to combine actual photos and vector illustrations in your design, you might scale them and rotate them on the spot. Photos can enhance your design and they are useful when creating flyers, posters, or publications – things that you might create in Inkscape. You can simply import bitmap images into Inkscape, and scale, transform, or rotate them almost as freely as vector objects.

There are times when it is easier to scale and transform a bitmap image right there in Inkscape without breaking your workflow. The possibilities are a bit limited, of course – since Inkscape was not made for this. But all the filters you apply and all the...