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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)

Practicing the basic tools but looking further

It is almost a cliché to state this, but the old saying is true: practice makes perfect. This is the first pro tip for you as a fellow Inkscape user.

You first have to understand the basic tools of Inkscape and use them regularly before getting into clones, extensions, filters, and other tricks. You can only utilize these properly if you know your tools. Practice with the Inkscape tools and learn the fundamentals of vector graphics. Learn the basics before overwhelming yourself with the rest.

So, what are those basic tools and methods that are worth knowing and practicing?

Here is a very short list of what you should know when using Inkscape:

  • Creating and transforming simple objects
  • The usage of colors, gradients, and blur
  • Working with paths and using Boolean operations
  • Layers and groups for organizing
  • Understanding clipping and masking

These were the basics, and after that, you can move on...