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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)

Preparing the photo

At the base of this project is a photograph that you will draw a vector illustration on. You can download the photo used in this chapter from the link provided in the Technical requirements section. It is also fine to use another similar photo for this project. If you do so, make sure that the photo you want to use has good resolution and shows someone with an open hand, palm facing up, similar to the original photo.

After you have obtained your image, import it into Inkscape using File | Import, or Ctrl + I.

You can learn more about importing your bitmap images into Inkscape at the beginning of Chapter 2, Design a Clever Tech Logo with Inkscape.

The image we’ll use is quite straightforward, and the main topic is clearly visible against the background. Yet, we should apply some initial changes to it to make the image appear wider and give more space to the illustration we plan to draw on it.

Clipping and masking

Clipping and masking are very...