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Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook

Mihaela Jurković, Rigel Di Scala

109 recipes to create scalable vector graphics with Inkscape
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849512664
Paperback340 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Creating and Editing Objects
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
Path operations
Chapter 2: Editing Colors
Changing fill and stroke color using a palette
Making objects partially transparent
Creating linear gradients
Recreating HAL 9000 using radial gradients
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Compiling the document metadata
Command-line interface (CLI)
Compiling development builds on Linux
Modifying an existing extension - Darker extended
Creating an extension - object guides

What You Will Learn

  • 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.


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