Quick Tip: creating an egg shape in Inkscape

Here is a super simple way of creating an egg shape oval using the Circle / Ellipse tool, and a little known feature of the Node Tool, called Node Sculpting.

Draw a circle

First up, use the circle / ellipse tool to draw a circle. Remember to hold down the control key on your keyboard to make sure it is a perfect circle.

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Convert the circle to a path

Use the select tool to select your circle, and convert it to a path with Path > Object to Path. Now when you switch to the node tool, you will see your 4 nodes of your path.

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Sculpt the Nodes

Using the Node Tool, select all the nodes in your circle path either by dragging a box around them, or using the keyboard shortcut Control + A. Now press the alt key on your keyboard, and click and drag the top node of the shape. Your simple egg shape is now complete!

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Check out Tav’s book for more information on Node Sculpting

Introduction to Inkscape: an 8-class lesson plan for teaching Inkscape

Here is a 8-class lesson plan & curriculum by Máirín Duffy for teaching the basics of Inkscape to primary school children. (the class was specifically designed for teaching a US 7th grade class.) The course is themed around the students creating a logo for their fake rock band, and then creating different items based on that logo, such as posters and t-shirts.Each of the 8 lessons has a bunch of resources to run the class, including lesson plans, student handouts and exercise sheets to print out and give to the students during the lesson.

All the resources and course outline is available on this page. Máirín has already tested and run this class on a class of 7th graders, and blogged about the progress of each day — well worth a read too if you want to see how well this class performs in real life.

Even though this class is aimed at 7th graders, following along the course is also a great introduction to the basics of Inkscape for kids of all ages.

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Create a simple button in inkscape in 3 steps

Here is a awesome tutorial on creating a simple button for your next user interface in Inkscape. The author assumes that you have a basic grasp of Inkscape before using this tutorial, there are no screenshots of which buttons to press. It is simply a explanation of the workflow used to make this button.

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Create a soft, feathered background with Inkscape.

In this tutorial, you are going to learn a technique in inkscape to create a soft, feathered background.

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The beauty of this technique comes from the fact that it relies heavily on clones, and live path effects. You spend a little time rigging up the effect, and then you can fluidly change the clone originals to update the result.

A bit confused? Just follow the steps, and hopefully everything will become clear!

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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)

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Working with Guides in Inkscape

Guides (or Ruler Guides) are lines that can be placed on the document, useful for lining up and snapping elements. Guides can be a little non-discoverable in inkscape, so this article gives you a few quick tips to get the most out of guides in inkscape.

1. Quickly creating a guide

A guide can be quickly created by clicking on either the vertical or horizontal ruler, and dragging onto the canvas. If you drag from close to where the corners meet, an angled guide will be created:dragging-guides

 

2. Converting a path to Guides

Any object or path can be converted to guides Using Objects > Objects to guides (or keyboard shortcut Shift + G)

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3. Deleting a guide

To Delete a guide, hover the mouse cursor over the guide, and press the Delete key on the keyboard.

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4. Rotating a guide

To rotate a guide, hover over it with the mouse, and press the Shift Key. The cursor will change to a rotate cursor. Click and drag the guide to rotate it. Additionally, you can hold down the Control Key to restrict the rotate to 15 degree chunks.

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5. Changing the colour of a guide

**Update** – thanks to twitter user @daishi424 for pointing out that the guide colour change is only in inkscape 0.91 (as yet unreleased) and newer versions of inkscape

To change the colour of a guide, double click the guide to bring up the Guideline dialog. Click the colour switcher button under the Label field to change the colour of the guide

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6. Labeling Guides

**Update** – thanks to twitter user @daishi424 for pointing out that the guide labeling is only in inkscape 0.91 (as yet unreleased) and newer versions of inkscape

The Guidelines dialog (shown when you double click a guide) also allows you to set labels to your guides. These Labels are shown on the guide at the Guide Origin (the small circle that is on every guide)

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