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Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial Pdf

By Geoff Griffiths @mmatraining1980

One confusing thing with some tools in Inkscape, is that it keeps the previous settings from the last time you used the tool. So sometimes your squares will be white and not show up.

Generally use CTRL and not shift in Inkscape Vs Illustrator

XML Editor – press SHIFT + CTRL + X to edit the code

PASTE IN PLACE = CTRL + ALT + V

SELECT SHAPES by left clicking on them

SELECT UNDERNEATH with Alt + Click

Deselect by pressing escape

Text

Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
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Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf

Ellipse Tool

To get a perfect circle in using the Elipse tool in Inkscape, you need to click on one of the square nodes, whilst holding down CTRL and then drag.

Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf

Rectangle Tool – Inkscape

Using the circular node, you can create rounded corners.

You can also just use the “Ry” measurement box on the bar near the top.

Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf

Inkscape Gradient

Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf

Fill & Stroke Menu

To show the Fill and Stroke Menu in Inkscape go to the “Object” Menu and then click on the third option “Fill and Stroke…”


Pathfinder Menu – Inkscape

For “Union” – you need to select 2 or more objects, then click on the “Path” menu.

To make a hole in an object with another object.

Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf

Place one object on top of the other

Select both objects

Then go to Path > Difference

Another example:

Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Select both Objects – Path menu > Difference – creates a hole in the bottom circle (if different shapes are used to make the cat image – Path>unionise first!)

Using an Image to Trim Another Image

Path > Difference

Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf

Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf

Gradient Tool

Add nodes to add more colours to the gradient by double clicking on the line.

Drag the lines at the ends to make them longer, to make the colours span further – for example across the whole shape

Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf

‘Linkedin Gradient Effect’

To create the Linkedin Gradient effect,

  • create an elipse that is about the same width as the rounded-square which forms the main outline of the logo.
  • Duplicate the green/blue square (or whatever color your logo is)
  • Select the elipse and the new square
  • Path menu > intersection (this creates the shine/gradient area)
  • Change the elipse area to white
  • Use the gradient tool
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf

Useful Bits from Inkscape website

Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf

Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf

Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Dotted strokes and spirals make cool shapes
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf
Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf

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