Other ways to follow the inkscape tutorials blog

In addition to the @inkscapetuts on twitter, the inkscape tutorials blog is now also on google+, and also on Facebook. Going forward, both the twitter, g+ and Facebook streams will be updated with all the new posts that show up here on the blog. So if you prefer to use either of those services, follow us there.

Speaking of google+, there is also the official inkscape google+ page, which features news and updates from the inkscape project. Also, there is the inkscape community on google+, that has tutorials, a gallery, and general inkscape posts and discussions.

 

Free rope vector clipart

After the tutorial last week on how to create rope with Inkscape, I was playing around with the technique outlined in the tutorial, and came up with a few vector rope assets that you all can now download and use. These three designs are all licensed CC0 1.0 Universal.That means they are all royalty free and free for both commercial and personal use without attribution.

These artworks will be great for use as a border or flourish in nautical, sailing and boating designs. Also suitable for cowboy and wild west style artwork, or anything that requires a rope or string design.

Rope border

Rope Border is an SVG vector clipart of rope in the shape of a rounded rectangle border.

rope-border

 

Rope ring

Rope Ring is an SVG vector clipart of a single unbroken rope in a circle loop

rope-ring

Rope ring with a granny knot

Rope Ring with a granny knot is an SVG vector clipart of a single piece of rope tied in a circle loop by a granny knot at the bottom. Also known in heraldry as a Bourchier knot, the granny knot is visually similar to the reef knot, square knot or grief knot.

rope-ring-with-knot

Free Cute Cartoon Animals vector clipart

Here is a set of free cartoon animal clipart that can be used for anything. All the images in this set are totally free can be used for any purpose and do not have any watermarks that will stop you from using them anywhere!

These cute animals are available over at  the Open Clip Art Library. There are many more in this style than in the sample below, so head past the break for the entire list of animals in this set. As with all the artwork in the Open Clip Art Library, these SVGs are Public Domain, so you can do pretty much anything with them!

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Inkscape 0.91 Feature — Guides enhancements

The Inkscape developers are hard at work developing the new version of Inkscape (0.91). This post is part of a series that will outline some of the awesome new features that will be available when Inkscape 0.91 is released.

We recently posted an article about Guides in inkscape, and twitter user @daishi424 pointed out that a few of the features in that post were actually new features in Inkscape 0.91. So here are some of those features that you will get for guides when the new version of Inkscape is released.

Quick toggling of guides

Previously, to toggle the visiblity of guides, the menu item View > Guides and the associated shortcut “|” (the pipe key) was the only way. In Inkscape 0.91, guides can now also be toggled by simply clicking on the ruler (either horizontal or vertical).

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Inkscape 0.91 Feature — Keyboard Shortcut Editor

The Inkscape developers are hard at work developing the new version of Inkscape (0.91). This post is part of a series that will outline some of the awesome new features that will be available when Inkscape 0.91 is released.

Previously, to change Inkscape’s keyboard shortcut configuration to another one of the included presets involved moving files around in the Inkscape config directory. Configuring your own keyboard shortcuts required you to hand-edit an XML file like this.

In Inkscape 0.91 there is a brand new keyboard shortcut editor (under Interface > Keyboard Shortcuts in the Preferences Dialog). This addition provides a GUI for the user to view the key combinations available in the current shortcut scheme, switch between the included preset schemes, and edit and change individual shortcuts.

keyboardschortcuteditor

If you want to try out this new feature already, you will need to  Download a “nightly” or “development” version of inkscape. Links to various builds of development versions of inkscape are listed at the Inkscape downloads page.

Inkscape 0.91 Feature — Insert node at a curve’s extreme value

The Inkscape developers are hard at work developing the new version of Inkscape (0.91). This post is part of a series that will outline some of the awesome new features that will be available when Inkscape 0.91 is released.

The upcoming release of Inkscape has a new feature that allows the user to insert new nodes on the selected curve’s extreme values (i.e. you can easily add a node at the highest point in a curve, lowest point, leftmost point or rightmost point).

The tool control bar for the Node Tool features a new dropdown to use this feature. For example, the below animation shows how to insert a new node at the highest point in the selected curve segment by selecting the segment with the node tool, and choosing “Insert Node at Max Y”.

Add_nodes_at_max

If you want to try out this new feature already, you will need to  Download a “nightly” or “development” version of inkscape. Links to various builds of development versions of inkscape are listed at the Inkscape downloads page.

Inkscape 0.91 Feature — Greyscale Colour Mode

The Inkscape developers are hard at work developing the new version of Inkscape (0.91). This post is part of a series that will outline some of the awesome new features that will be available when Inkscape 0.91 is released.

The upcoming release of Inkscape has a new feature that allows an artist to easily view their entire image in greyscale. This feature is useful for those times you want to focus more on drawing layout and space weighting than colour. This mode is separate to the previous Display Modes of Normal, Outline and No Filters, so you can also view your no-filtered drawing in greyscale also.

To enable this mode in inkscape 0.91, simply choose View > Colour Display Mode > Greyscale.

inkscapemodes

 

If you want to try out this new feature already, you will need to  Download a “nightly” or “development” version of inkscape. Links to various builds of development versions of inkscape are listed at the Inkscape downloads page.

Where to go for real-time Inkscape help!

There are plenty of places around where you can get your Inkscape questions answered, including the inkscape forum, inkscape answers on launchpad, and the inkscape section on the graphic design stackexchange.

But if you need an answer to a question in real time, the official #inkscape user channel on irc.freenode.net is the best place to go.

Never used IRC before? All Good, as the new inkscape website now has a web app that lets you connect directly through your webbrowser to all the knowledgeable folks in the #inkscape chat!

Inkscape 0.91 Feature — Measurement tool

The Inkscape developers are hard at work getting ready for the release of the new version of Inkscape (0.91). This post is part of a series that will outline some of the awesome new features that will be available when Inkscape 0.91 is released.

The Measurement tool is a new feature for the artist to measure the elements in their drawing. To use the measurement tool, simply choose the tool, click anywhere on the drawing and drag the ruler out. The measurement tool will live-update with measurements of length and angles as you pass over objects in your drawing.

ruler

If you want to try out this new feature already, you will need to  Download a “nightly” or “development” version of inkscape. Links to various builds of development versions of inkscape are listed at the Inkscape downloads page.

Are we close to a release of the next version of Inkscape?

It has been a long wait for the next version of Inkscape. The last major release of Inkscape was over 3 years ago back in August 23, 2010. And since then, the inkscape developers have been hard at work adding a multitude of new and awesome features to our favourite open source vector graphics editor.

However, the question that most people ask is when is the next version of inkscape being released? About a month ago, after a long-standing blocker was resolved,  Inkscape developer Martin Owens asked this question on the inkscape-devel mailing list. The basic consensus on the mailing list was that all the important blocker bugs (the count was 10 in September) needed to be resolved before the release process could even start.

Now, a month later, after a busy month, the awesome inkscape developers have whittled this down to 3 blockers. Martin writes on fedora-devel:

Hey Devs,

This is the bi-weekly report on our release-hope goal:

Blockers: 3 
 * High #1163449 Imported bitmap appear blurry when zoomed in
 * Medium #953992 Imported pattern fill disappers while transforming
 * Medium #1005892 Patterns applied to text objects are blurred

If you can fix one of these, please do. We can use all the help to
debug, locate the errors causing these regressions and fix them. These
blockers are high priority for our project goals.

So, we are inching ever closer to an Inkscape release!

Inkscape 0.91 Feature — currently used fonts shortlist

The Inkscape developers are hard at work developing the new version of Inkscape (0.49). This post is part of a series that will outline some of the awesome new features that will be available when Inkscape 0.91 is released.

The inkscape developers have been drastically improving the functionality of the Text tool in inkscape for the 0.91 version. One improvement to the text tool is that when looking at the font list, inkscape now displays the fonts that are currently in use in the document at the top of the list. This super simple improvement makes the text editing user experience much better, as the user had to hunt through the list of all fonts to find a font they had already chosen.

The currently used fonts shortlist is available in both the font list in the tools control bar: fontlist

and in the Text and Font dialog box:

textshortlist2

If you want to try out this new feature already, you will need to  Download a “nightly” or “development” version of inkscape. Links to various builds of development versions of inkscape are listed at the Inkscape downloads page.

Inkscape 0.91 Feature — Selecting objects by style

The Inkscape developers are hard at work developing the new version of Inkscape (0.91). This post is part of a series that will outline some of the awesome new features that will be available when Inkscape 0.91 is released.

The upcoming release of Inkscape has a new feature that allows an artist to select objects that have the same properties as the currently selected object. For example, you could select an object that has a fill of blue. Then, using the new feature select all other objects in the drawing with a fill set to that same shade of blue:

selectsame

The new feature is a menu choice under Edit > Select Same or as a Context menu if you right click on a selected object.

Also there are other choices available to select same, including: matching both Fill and Stroke, matching just stroke, matching stroke style, or matching on object type.

If you want to try out this new feature already, you will need to  Download a “nightly” or “development” version of inkscape. Links to various builds of development versions of inkscape are listed at the Inkscape downloads page.

Inkscape 0.91 Feature — Exchange position of selected objects

The Inkscape developers are hard at work developing the new version of Inkscape (0.91). This is the first in a new series of posts that will outline some of the awesome new features that will be available when Inkscape 0.91 is released.

The new updated Inkscape features a new set of buttons in the Align and Distribute Dialog called Exchange position of selected objects. It adds the ability to exchange the positions of the objects that the artist has selected. In the following example, three objects were selected, and their positions were exchaged with each other (using this new feature) according to their selection order.

swap-objects

There are also two other new buttons in the dialog that allow the artist to exchange the selected objects based on the stacking (z-index) order, or just exchange them clockwise based on there positioning on the page.

If you want to try out this new feature already, you will need to  Download a “nightly” or “development” version of inkscape. Links to various builds of development versions of inkscape are listed at the Inkscape downloads page.

Free and Open Source Software internships for women

While not directly Inkscape related, the GNOME foundation recently announced that applications opened for the 2013 Free and Open Source Software internships for women.

For Designers that use Free and Open Source software (if you use Inkscape, that is you!), there are internships provided by both the Fedora project and the GNOME project that may suit you!

If you are intelligible to participate, be sure to spread the word about this awesome program.

A number of organizations are offering Outreach Program for Women internships from January 2 to April 2, 2013. The application deadline is December 3, 2012. The applicants need to get in touch with individual projects they are interested in working on and make a small contribution ahead of the application deadline.

The participating organizations are:

  • Deltacloud – abstraction layer for the differences between the cloud providers
  • Fedora – GNU/Linux-based operating system
  • GNOME – GNU/Linux-based desktop environment and applications
  • JBoss – Java-based application server and related projects
  • Mozilla – software that promotes the goals of the Open Web
  • OpenStack – cloud deployment and management software
  • Tor – anonymizing proxy network
  • Wikimedia – wiki software and infrastructure for Wikipedia and related projects

Participants will work remotely from home, while getting guidance from an assigned mentor and collaborating within their project’s team and the rest of the FOSS community. The projects include software development, system administration, web development, user experience design, graphic design, documentation, and marketing. The stipend for the program is $5,000 (USD).

Be sure to check out the page on the GNOME wiki that outlines how you can get involved.

Libre Graphics Meeting 2011

The call just opened for for all artists and developers in the open source graphics to submit presentation ideas for this year’s Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM)  in Montreal from May 10th  to 13th. To submit a talk proposal, add you idea to the page on the create wiki, or if presenting isn’t your thing, help the conference to remain free for participants by donating to the conference. Interested about what goes on at an LGM? check out all the videos from LGM 2010.

 

 

 

About LGM:

The Libre Graphics Meeting exists to unite and accelerate the efforts behind Free, Libre and Open Source creative software. Since 2006, this annual meeting is the premiere conference for developers, users and supporters of projects such as GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, Krita, Scribus, Hugin, the Open Clipart Library, and the Open Font Library who are gathered to work on interoperability, shared standards, and new ideas. Work at prior LGMs has pushed the state of the art in important areas such as color management, cross-application sharing of assets, and common interchange formats.

Inkscape 0.48.1 Officially Official

The Inkscape development community has announced the availability of Inkscape 0.48.1 bug-fix release. The 0.48.1 Release resolves 82 tickets in the Inkscape Launchpad bug queue, delivering a wide range of bug-fixes, stability improvements and performance enhancements to 0.48, which was released in August 2010. Most notably,

  • the stability of the Node tool has been greatly improved,
  • the position markers on the rulers are now re-drawn correctly. Fixing the issue of the arrows remaining on the ruler, obscuring the measurements.
  • improved export of masks on cairo-based export formats (e.g. PDF export)
  • issues with extensions not working on OSX have been fixed

Check out the Release Notes for 0.48.1 and download the new release now! Also, be sure to check out the screenshots page for 0.48 for a refresher on the awesome new features that 0.48 delivered.