Illustrating a bright web decal with inkscape

Here is a great tutorial on how to create a decal / sticker with inkscape. It is a good explanation of how to use the star tool in inkscape, how to align objects, and some of the advanced techniques of the text tool, including kerning and putting text on a path (creating curved text)



Inkscape FAQ: How do I crop in Inkscape?

One of the most frequently asked questions from Inkscape users is “how do i crop an image or object?”. Inkscape is primarily a vector graphics editor, so when someone asks this question, they could possibly mean something slightly different to a traditional image crop. This FAQ explains a few of the techniques that people actually mean when they say they want to crop in inkscape.

What do you mean when you say “crop”

  • If you have a single path or object (like a star or a rectangle), and want to trim or crop that object down, then Boolean Operations is probably what you need. (click here to jump to how to do this)
  • If you are exporting your inkscape document (SVG) to a bitmap (a PNG) with the “File > Export Bitmap” command, and want to only export a portion of your document, then changing the document size, and just exporting the document is probably the solution for your needs. (click here to jump to how to do this)



The Clipping feature is an easy and versatile way to crop vector or bitmap/raster objects in Inkscape. Let’s start with our little monster friend that i downloaded from the Open Clip Art Library:

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Creating Interactive SVGs

Here is a tutorial from Máirín Duffy explaining how to quickly implement interactivity into your inkscape SVGs. The approach the Máirín Duffy takes is great for when you need an Inkscape SVG to have a small amount of interactivity, like a basic User Interface Mockup. However, this approach probably would not scale if for more complex interactive SVGs.




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.

Layer Effects with Inkscape

Alexandre Prokoudine [blog | twitter]  covers creating layer effects with Inkscape. In this detailed article, Alexandre talks you through hand-editing the SVG XML in inkscape to apply filter effects (e.g. Gaussian blur)  on whole layer (rather than on an object or group level).  Note that to achieve this behaviour, you will be diving deep into inkscape SVG internals, so this tutorial is recommended for advanced inkscape users.

Creating a Business Card Template and Basic Business Card with Inkscape

Here is a great tutorial for creating business cards using Inkscape. This tutorial has two main sections.

The first details how to create a printer ready template from a PDF guide using clones and guides. Using clones in this fashion to create a template in inkscape is awesome; once the template is created correctly, the changes that are made to the original populate thoughout the rest of the tempate!

The second section provides a detailed process for creating a basic business card (with a nifty pinstripe background). This portion of the tutorial is a great introduction into basic fill / stroke techniques, pattern fills and text editing and kerning.

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