Inkscape

Vector dice Inkscape tutorial
Inkscape Tutorial: Create Vector Dice
Inkscape Tutorial: Create Vector Dice 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create a vector dice illustration using Inkscape. This would be an excellent tutorial to follow if you’re a beginner because it will introduce you to the possibilities of vector design as it relates to illustration. We’ll be utilizing gradients and two path effects — the Perspective…

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How to remove the page border in Inkscape
How To Remove The Page Border in Inkscape
How To Remove The Page Border in Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

This post is for those of you who may be following along with an older Inkscape tutorial and want to remove the page border from the document. To remove the page border in Inkscape all you have to do is open the Document Properties menu and uncheck the “show page border” box. Let’s delve in…

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Create a rocket logo design with Inkscape
Create A Rocket Logo Design with Inkscape
Create A Rocket Logo Design with Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to create a simple but illustrative rocket logo design. The design consists of a rocket with clouds of exhaust, all encapsulated within a circular emblem. The following is just a written overview of the steps taken to create this design. Please watch the video at the top of…

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Inkscape 1.0 Update: How Stroke To Path Has Changed
Inkscape 1.0 Update: How Stroke To Path Has Changed 800 470 Nick Saporito

Earlier this year when Inkscape released version 1.0 they made a rather significant change to how one of the core path operations works, namely stroke to path. This change was significant enough that it actually broke some of my old tutorials, so I just wanted to post a quick update, along with a workaround, in…

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Inkscape vs GIMP
Inkscape vs GIMP: A Complete Comparison for New Users
Inkscape vs GIMP: A Complete Comparison for New Users 800 470 Nick Saporito

Deciding when to use Inkscape vs GIMP is a common dilemma a lot of new designers find themselves in, but they’re both very different tools. In this post I’ll be comparing both applications and going over what their intended uses are. There’s also a video presentation at the top of the page if you prefer…

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Character shading with Inkscape
How To Add Shading To Vector Illustrations with Inkscape
How To Add Shading To Vector Illustrations with Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use Inkscape to add a simulated shading effect to your vector illustrations that makes the design pop and look more lively. This technique assumes the position of a hypothetical light source, and uses manually-drawn shapes with the Bezier Pen to simulate shadows and highlights. The following…

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Create isometric designs with Inkscape
Create Isometric Designs with Rounded Corners in Inkscape
Create Isometric Designs with Rounded Corners in Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to create vector isometric designs using Inkscape. This is a technique that I’ve taught in the past, but thanks to some of the new features in Inkscape version 1.0, it now makes it easier to give your isometric drawings rounded corners, as you’ll see in the tutorial. The…

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Change the default background color in Inkscape
How To Change The Default Background Color in Inkscape
How To Change The Default Background Color in Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to change the default background color in Inkscape so that you can have a dark background (like Illustrator) or any other color you’d like! I’ll also be demonstrating how to save your chosen background color as a default so that you can work with it every time you…

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Using Inkscape to convert PNG to SVG
Using Inkscape to Convert PNG to SVG Format
Using Inkscape to Convert PNG to SVG Format 800 470 Nick Saporito

A question commonly asked by newcomers is how they can use Inkscape to convert PNG to SVG format. This is sort of like trying to turn an omelette back into an egg though — the order of operations is backwards. SVG files are what’s used to generate PNG images. Trying to accomplish the inverse of that would…

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Inkscape tools and uses
All 21 Inkscape Tools and Uses Explained
All 21 Inkscape Tools and Uses Explained 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this post I’ll be explaining all 21 Inkscape tools and uses, along with a brief demonstration of how they work. Inkscape is an open source vector graphics application similar to Adobe Illustrator. It has much more to offer than just the 21 tools located in its toolbar, but this guide should serve as a…

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