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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)

Praise for path effects

After practicing the basics, you will work faster and will be able to create original work in Inkscape. But a lot of times you need to be faster, or the work is more complex, and you start to look for semi-automatic solutions. One of the best tools that can help you in these situations is Live Path Effects (LPEs).

LPEs are effects that you can apply to any selected path. Whenever the original path is modified, the effects change with the path in real time – hence the name.

LPEs can make your work faster and easier, and they are a lot of fun to use. My suggestion is to play and experiment with LPEs and find the ones that work for you. You will find different effects to be useful for different projects.

Using a simple path effect – Bend

To bend a shape in Inkscape manually, you need to change the path node by node with the Node tool. It is not an easy task; you have to select and move the nodes around and have a good idea about what your...