Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook

Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Create interesting illustrations and common web design elements that can be used in real-life projects
  • Gain a thorough understanding of all common Inkscape tools and advanced features of Inkscape 0.48
  • Tips and tricks to speed up your drawing workflow
  • Part of Packt's Cookbook series: Each recipe is a carefully organized sequence of instructions to complete the task as efficiently as possible

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 340 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : April 2011
ISBN : 1849512663
ISBN 13 : 9781849512664
Author(s) : Mihaela Jurković, Rigel Di Scala
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Cookbooks, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Creating and Editing Objects
Chapter 2: Editing Colors
Chapter 3: Speeding Up Your Workflow
Chapter 4: Creating and Editing Clones
Chapter 5: Live Path Effects
Chapter 6: Extensions
Chapter 7: SVG Filters
Chapter 8: Putting it All Together
Chapter 9: Raster and Almost Raster
Chapter 10: Web Graphics Preparation
Chapter 11: SVG in Websites
Chapter 12: Draw Freely
  • Chapter 1: Creating and Editing Objects
    • Introduction
    • Creating and editing 2D geometric shapes
    • Creating freehand and straight lines
    • Editing paths using the Node tool
    • Creating paths using the Pen (Bezier) tool
    • Creating smooth paths with Spiro Spline
    • Creating calligraphic shapes
    • Using the Eraser tool
    • Creating and editing 3D boxes
    • Creating and editing text
    • Clipping
    • Masking
    • Path operations
    • Chapter 2: Editing Colors
      • Introduction
      • Changing fill and stroke color using a palette
      • Making objects partially transparent
      • Creating linear gradients
      • Recreating HAL 9000 using radial gradients
      • Patterns
      • Picking and assigning colors with the Dropper tool
      • Adjusting hue, lightness, saturation, and stroke width using Color Gestures
      • Different color icon sets using RGB Barrel
      • Chapter 3: Speeding Up Your Workflow
        • Introduction
        • Autosaving documents
        • Designing plate rims using Layers
        • Geometric illusions using Grids
        • Creating a simple flashlight using Guides
        • Creating a stylized flower using Snapping
        • Leaflet design using Align and Distribute
        • Creating your own custom color swatches
        • Creating your own color palette
        • More time-saving tips
        • Importing drawings from OpenClipArt
        • Chapter 4: Creating and Editing Clones
          • Introduction
          • Drawing clock dial markers using clones
          • Drawing a colorful grid of tiled clones
          • Changing icon colors using tiled clones
          • Drawing clock dial markers using tiled clones
          • Creating halftones using tiled clones
          • Creating a bokeh effect using tiled clones
          • Creating a kaleidoscopic pattern using tiled clones
          • Drawing a tree with cloned leaves using the Spray tool
          • Clipping with clones
          • Chapter 5: Live Path Effects
            • Introduction
            • Bending paths
            • Using Pattern Along Path
            • Using Envelope Deformation
            • Interpolating sub-paths
            • Stitching sub-paths
            • Creating gears
            • Creating hatches (rough)
            • Sketching shapes
            • Constructing grids
            • Creating rulers
            • Creating knots
            • Generating VonKoch fractals
            • Chapter 6: Extensions
              • Introduction
              • Setting Color Markers to Match Stroke
              • Using Whirl
              • Rendering 3D polyhedrons and wireframe spheres
              • Rendering barcodes
              • Rendering calendars
              • Using Render Grid, Cartesian Grid, and Polar Grid
              • Rendering spirographs
              • Rendering L-systems
              • Rendering functions and parametric curves
              • Rendering printing marks
              • Playing "connect the dots" with Number Nodes
              • Creating irregular edges
              • Chapter 7: SVG Filters
                • Introduction
                • Blurring
                • Creating irregular edges using filters
                • Using lighting effects
                • Creating a red wax seal
                • Creating a brushed steel effect
                • Creating a water surface effect
                • Filtering all objects in a layer
                • Creating your own filter from scratch
                • Chapter 8: Putting it All Together
                  • Introduction
                  • Creating a wallpaper
                  • Exporting a wallpaper in different formats
                  • Hatching over a photo using the Calligraphy tool
                  • Creating a coloring book using the Paint Bucket tool
                  • Rail sleepers using markers
                  • Creating a woven straw mat
                  • Assembling a modern chair using the 3D Box tool
                  • Creating a flow chart using connectors
                  • Chapter 9: Raster and Almost Raster
                    • Introduction
                    • Exporting to PNG with different dpi
                    • Importing raster images of different dpi
                    • Isolating part of a raster image
                    • Using raster extensions
                    • Creating gradient meshes
                    • Painting a mosaic using the Tweak tool
                    • Tracing bitmaps
                    • Manually tracing a red wax seal
                    • Creating a photorealistic mobile phone
                    • Chapter 10: Web Graphics Preparation
                      • Introduction
                      • Creating "Aqua" style buttons
                      • Creating a reflection effect
                      • Creating curled stickers
                      • Creating a golden award with a ribbon
                      • Repeating backgrounds using Tiled Clones
                      • Creating a button to use with the CSS Sliding Doors technique
                      • Creating rollover images
                      • Creating small icons and favicons
                      • Creating a 960 Grid System template
                      • Creating a web page mockup
                      • Slicing a web page mockup for website use
                      • Chapter 11: SVG in Websites
                        • Introduction
                        • Creating an interactive map for a web game
                        • Creating an editable business chart
                        • Creating a navigation menu
                        • Creating an interactive physics simulation
                        • Creating a slideshow presentation with JessyInk
                        • Chapter 12: Draw Freely
                          • Introduction
                          • Compiling the document metadata
                          • Command-line interface (CLI)
                          • Compiling development builds on Linux
                          • Modifying an existing extension – Darker extended
                          • Creating an extension – object guides

                          Mihaela Jurković

                          Mihaela Jurković is the owner of a small Croatian web development shop. Drupal, Inkscape and linux are the most common words in her open source dictionary. In addition to being a friendly ghost on the Inkscape forum she also enjoys photography, hiking, TED talks and lolcats.

                          Rigel Di Scala

                          Rigel discovered computer graphics on a Commodore VIC-20 as young child. Before going insane trying to render artistic landscapes using only the limited character set of his primitive 8-bit computer, he upgraded to a CBM Amiga 500 and started creating his first bitmaps with Dan Silva's Deluxe Paint II. During his college years he started working part-time as a Web developer and consultant for several institutions and companies, and later as a system administrator, journalist and editor in the computer games industry. Today he works as a Web application developer for an IT company based in Milan. He promotes and uses open-source technology exclusively in his projects. Inkscape is his tool of choice for developing vector graphics. In his free time, he likes to freeclimb, skydive and read Reddit.
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                          What you will learn from this book

                          • Introduce you to the fascinating world of two-dimensional, calligraphic, and three-dimensional objects, using the Inkscape's powerful tools
                          • Assist you in adjusting color using hue, brightness, saturation, and stroke width, until you find the perfect look and feel
                          • Guide you in recreating iconic images from cult movies, with the help of gradient colors and complex vector shapes
                          • Leverage Inkscape 0.48's advanced path editing tools and techniques, producing great looking text and beautiful drawings
                          • Help you produce professional looking posters, calendars, and wallpapers, packaging them so you can print or share them on the Internet
                          • Illustrate the spectacular, and often surprising, effects of the many extensions and image filters found in version 0.48
                          • Teach you to develop a standards-compliant and gorgeous looking Web 2.0 site layout, complete with widgets and buttons
                          • Help you design and build your very own HTML5 and AJAX powered web games, presentations, and business applications, using JQuery powered SVG animation
                          • Aid you in extending Inkscape by writing your own plugins in the Python programming language


                          In Detail

                          Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor with an intuitive user interface that has enough depth to make quality graphic designs with an attractive layout comparable to what you would make using Illustrator or CorelDraw. But choosing the right tool and the best approach to creating the desired effect can be challenging. Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook makes it super-easy for you to make your own vector-based graphics with the powerful Inkscape editor.

                          Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook provides you with the latest recipes to quickly create scalable vector graphics. Recipes in this book teach you about some of the most useful time-saving features in Inkscape accompanied by a list of keyboard shortcuts that you can easily memorize. In addition to covering use of Inkscape tools and their advanced features, examples from the recipes uncover solutions to common graphics problems.

                          The book starts off with familiarizing you with the tools and techniques in Inkscape that you can use to draw 2D shapes, calligraphic shapes, and 3D boxes easily. It then guides you through the most common color-changing steps performed in Inkscape along with some convenient procedures that can save your time when dealing with colors. It explains drawing using linear and radial gradients, which are irreplaceable, usage of clones to create interesting effects in illustrations, and live-path effects that can help you speed up constructing a shape and make the process more natural. You will learn how to make those tweaks on some of the ready-made filters, and in the final recipe we will create a filter from scratch. This practical book also contains recipes showing how to use Inkscape as a raster editor and how to achieve photo-realistic effects in Inkscape. For each important technique and skill, you'll see some simple recipes, then some more advanced recipes followed by an explanation of how Inkscape works to produce the desired effects in your illustrations.

                          By the end of this book you will be confident enough to create your own vector-based graphics with Inkscape.

                          Get solutions to common graphic problems to achieve photo-realistic effects with Inkscape


                          Each recipe comprises step-by-step instructions followed by an analysis of what was done in each task and other useful information. The book is designed so that you can read it chapter by chapter, or look at the list of recipes and refer to them in no particular order. It is packed with useful screenshots to make your learning even easier.

                          Who this book is for

                          This book is written for both beginners and developers who have a basic knowledge of Inkscape. With this book illustrators who have just started using Inkscape can quickly dive into the world of Inkscape and graphics editing. Software developers and web designers can learn how to create graphics for their software on their own or build SVG and other web-based interfaces. Users of other graphics editing applications can find out how Inkscape can be used as an alternative to solve common graphics problems.

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