PacktLib: Inkscape Beginner’s Guide

Inkscape

Credits

About the Author

About the Reviewers

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Preface

Getting Started with Vector Graphics

What are vector graphics?

Scalable Vector Graphics

Determining when to use vector or rasterized graphics

Time for action — basic design

Time for action — vector versus rasterized images

Time for action — building brochure files

Summary

Installing and Opening Inkscape

Inkscape's features

Installing Inkscape

Time for action — downloading Inkscape

Troubleshooting installation

The basics of the software

Time for action — getting started with Inkscape

Understanding a new document

Time for action — learning more about the main screen

Summary

How to Manage Files

Creating new files

Time for action — creating a new CD cover

Custom document dimensions

Time for action — creating a new custom file size for a postcard

Saving Inkscape files

Time for action — saving an Inkscape SVG

Time for action — exporting to PNG

Creating a customized default document

Time for action — creating a new default document

How to structure project files

Time for action — exporting a batch of images

Importing non-native Inkscape files

Time for action — importing a PDF into Inkscape

Embedding and linking image files

Time for action — embedding a logo into your design

Time for action — linking a photograph into a brochure design

Summary

Creating your First Graphics

Paths

Creating your first vector graphic

Time for action — opening a new document

Time for action — creating a star

Time for action — saving your graphic

Time for action — creating the Ellipse

Time for action — making an arc

Time for action — combining shapes

Time for action — creating a freehand object

Using grids and guidelines

Time for action — viewing the Grid

Time for action — making guides

Summary

How to Work with Layers

Defining layers and how to create them

Time for action — creating a layer

Using Layers in an example drawing

Time for action — using Layers in web design

Locking layers

Time for action — locking a layer

Hiding layers

Time for action — hiding layers

Duplicating layers

Time for action — duplicating layers

Arranging layers

Time for action — moving layers

Time for action — nesting layers

Renaming layers

Time for action — renaming a layer

Deleting layers

Time for action — deleting a layer

Blend mode

Time for action — using Blend mode

Summary

Building Objects

Working with objects

Time for action — creating a simple object

Fill and Stroke

Time for action — using the Fill and Stroke dialog

Time for action — using the color palette

Time for action — using the dropper tool

Grouping

Time for action — grouping objects

Clipping and masking

Time for action — clipping objects

Time for action — masking objects

Summary

Using Paths

Working with paths

Time for action — using the Bezier tool

Transforming objects into paths

Time for action — creating spiros and swirls

Time for action — Object to Path

Path options

Time for action — creating an icon

Summary

How to Style Text

Text and Font editor

Time for action — opening and using the Text and Font editor

Time for action — kerning text

Using paths and text

Time for action — using a path for text

Time for action — placing text in a closed shape

Spell check and find/replace

Time for action — performing a find and replace

Text effects

Time for action — using text effects

Creating text reflections

Time for action — creating a reflection

Summary

Using Filters

What are filters?

Using the Filter editor

Time for action — using filters

Using filters with text

Time for action — using filters with text

Images and effects

Time for action — using filters with images

Tracing images

Time for action — using Potrace

Time for action — using SIOX

Summary

Extensions in Inkscape

Templates

Time for action — installing Inkscape templates

Time for action — modifying an existing Inkscape template

Time for action — creating a custom template

What are extensions?

Installation extensions

Summary

Working with Images

Time for action — using the Open Clip Art Library (Mac users only)

Basics about photo manipulation

Time for action — blurring the background of a photograph

Converting raster logos to vector-based logos

Time for action — converting a logo to a vector-based image

Summary

Using the XML Editor

Inkscape's XML Editor

Time for action — accessing the XML Editor

XML Editor basics

SVG basics

Using the XML Editor to change characteristics

Time for action — using the XML Editor to change object characteristics

Using XML and graphics with programmers

Summary

Where to Find More Information

Where to Find More Information

Where to Find More Information

Where to Find More Information

Where to Find More Information

Where to Find More Information

Keyboard Shortcuts

Glossary of Terms

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