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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)

Using Inkscape as an XML editor

This book is all about design projects and creating vector graphics in Inkscape, but sometimes you can do a bit more and use the SVG format to your advantage! SVG is an open standard format, which means you can look into it and, with a bit of work, understand it.

It uses the XML format to describe vector graphics, so you can modify SVG files even with a simple text editor. Don’t be alarmed; the goal is not to build SVG graphics from scratch via XML! That would be counterproductive; that is still the job of Inkscape.

In this part of the chapter, I simply want to share a few tricks where the XML editing capabilities of Inkscape can be at your service.

Searching for, selecting, and changing multiple elements at once

Imagine working with a file with hundreds of different objects and shapes, such as small leaves on a tree illustration or multiple buttons and icons in a complex UI design. And then, you need to change the color of every other...