Make Text Less Boring In Inkscape By Adding Swashes

Make Text Less Boring In Inkscape By Adding Swashes 1024 576 Nick Saporito

Today I’ll be demonstrating how you can use Inkscape to add character to your lettering by applying these decorative flourishes known as swashes.

This is accomplished using the Pencil Tool and the Power Stroke path effect. First, we’ll use the Pencil to draw a plain line in the contour of the swash, then we’ll use Power Stroke to widen the line to make it consistent with the style of the letters.

Before and after

We’ll also have to use the Eraser and Nodes Tool to round off the ends of the swashes to make them consistent with the letters. I go over this in depth in the full video tutorial which you can watch at the top of the page.

Here’s a preview that I uploaded to X earlier:

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The font used is called Darty Zhedant and can be downloaded here: https://www.dafont.com/darty-zhedant.font

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Hi, I'm Nick— a Philadelphia-based graphic designer with over 10 years of experience. Each year millions of users learn how to use design software to express their creativity using my tutorials here and on YouTube.

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