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LinkedIn Learning

Inkscape Essential Training

via LinkedIn Learning


Create great illustrations for print and the web with Inkscape, the open-source vector graphics software.


  • Create great vector graphics for free with Inkscape
1. Getting Started
  • What is Inkscape?
  • Understanding the SVG file format
  • Touring the Inkscape interface
  • Exploring the Inkscape toolbox
  • Creating new documents
  • Importing documents from Adobe Illustrator
  • Editing document properties
  • Editing global Inkscape preferences
  • Using Undo History
2. Navigating an Inkscape Document
  • Panning and zooming
  • Working with Inkscape dialogs
  • Using guides
  • Using grids
  • Working with snap controls
  • Understanding display modes
  • Selecting input devices
  • Working with layers
3. Drawing Basic Shapes
  • Drawing with the Pen tool
  • Using the Node tool
  • Understanding node types
  • Joining and splitting paths
  • Drawing with the Pencil tool
  • Understanding shapes and paths
  • Creating spirals
  • Creating rectangles
  • Creating ellipses
  • Creating stars and polygons
  • Drawing with the Calligraphy tool
  • Creating diagram connectors
  • Erasing paths
4. Transforming Objects
  • Selecting objects
  • Grouping objects
  • Moving objects
  • Controlling the stacking order
  • Scaling objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Skewing objects
  • Using the Tweak tool
  • Hiding and showing objects
  • Aligning and distributing objects
  • Arranging objects in a grid
  • Working with object clones
  • Using clipping paths and masks
  • Using the XML Editor
5. Working with Fills and Strokes
  • Adding fills to your objects
  • Understanding fill rules
  • Adding strokes to your objects
  • Working with linear gradients
  • Working with radial gradients
  • Working with mesh gradients
  • Working with patterns
  • Working with swatches
  • Working with stroke styles
  • Working with dashed and dotted strokes
  • Using the Dropper tool to sample and apply colors
  • Creating blurs
6. Using Filters
  • Using the Filter Editor
  • Creating bevels
  • Adjusting color with filters
  • Distorting objects
  • Simulating materials
  • Creating drop shadows
  • Creating textures
7. Using Extensions
  • Adjusting color with extensions
  • Embedding and extracting images
  • Modifying paths
  • Blending paths
  • Creating effects with raster extensions
  • Rendering objects
8. Creating Complex Shapes
  • Using path commands
  • Using the 3D-Box tool
  • Using the Spray tool
  • Tracing bitmap images
  • Applying path effects
9. Working with Text
  • Adding text
  • Editing text
  • Inserting special characters
  • Placing text on a path
  • Converting text into paths
10. Printing and Exporting Artwork
  • Using clean up document feature
  • Printing Inkscape documents
  • Saving files for print
  • Saving files for the web
  • Next steps

Taught by

Mike Rankin


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