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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)

Overcoming the CMYK color barrier in Inkscape

CMYK has been mentioned before in this book, and users tend to talk about it online as well, but what is the issue here? Inkscape is working with SVG, and SVG is created for the web. It means it is natively running in the RGB color space used by screens and not in the CMYK color space for printing.

Although this issue is less and less important since most printers can do the converting for you if you provide the graphics in RGB, CMYK is still needed if you want to have absolute control over the printed colors. Some printers only accept CMYK formats, and specific files such as PDFs.

Solving the CMYK issue using other programs

In Chapter 7, Combine Inkscape and Other (Free) Programs in the Design Workflow, we learned about Scribus, which is open source publishing software. In the Scribus section, we mentioned one solution for the CMYK challenge: save the vector graphics as an SVG in Inkscape and import the SVG graphics into Scribus...