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Inkscape Tutorials for Beginners
Inkscape for Beginners
What is Inkscape? Inkscape is a free Vector Graphics Editor. And a vector is an image that is created with things like lines, instead of pixels, and therefor is scalable without loss of quality.
This program can be downloaded here inkscape.org
When I first started using Inkscape I was lucky enough to find some easy tutorials, perfect for beginners, that made me stick with using the program, even though it could be confusing and overwhelming at times.
In fact, even though I have been using it for awhile now there are still times where I find it confusing or hard to use. Just recently I've run across some more tutorials that are great for beginners...that were perfect for Me! Because even though they were more "basic" things with Inkscape, I did not know them.
A lot of these good tutorials are scattered about on the Internet. Also, while there are a lot of good tutorials for Inkscape, some of them are more Intermediate or Advanced...and you might not realize what level they are for until you start reading or watching them...and find it's way over your head.
So I thought I'd gather some of the tutorials I've found that I think are great for the Inkscape beginner.
There are some tutorials that I have found that are simple to do, but alas were not explained in a way that a beginner could understand, so I've included them in a separate section at the bottom. Hopefully by the time you have played with the other tutorials it will be easier for you to these ones.
Image created with Inkscape by Gigglish
Easy Peasy Tutorials
Tutorials from VerySimpleDesigns.com
I would highly recommend these tutorials from Very Simple Designs as being part of the starting point of your beginning journey with Inkscape.
Once you have used these tutorials try checking out the other tutorials the the Very Simple Designs website too.
- Inkscape Beginner Tips | Vectors
Inkscape Beginner Tips - Some tips and explanations of a few Inkscape tools.
- Inkscape Tutorial: Kokeshi Doll | Vectors
An Inkscape tutorial for the absolute beginner. It shows how to create a cute Japanese style Kokeshi doll. I highly recommend this tutorial to those just starting out with Inkscape.
- Inkscape Tutorial: Cartoon Fish | Vectors
Another beginner tutorial for Inkscape. But more "advanced" than the Kokeshi doll one. This one is for a cartoon style vector fish. Techniques demonstrated: Pattern along a Path, Envelope Deformation, Clip Path.
Text in a Circle using Inkscape
You can easily make text go in a round shape using Inkscape.
Here is a written tutorial showing how to make your text follow a circle path.
Simple Designs with Shapes Using Inkscape
Many designs can be created by simply combining simple shapes together (so no actual drawing, with either the pencil or bezier/pen tool is necessary, for those of you who say you can't draw).
There are many ways to make hearts with Inkscape. Here's a very easy version that can be made using three simple shapes, made with the circle tool and the octagon tool, combined together.
One of the other videos shows how to make a cloud, just with circle shapes (and shows how to use the gradient tool as well).
(Note that at the end of some of these tutorials they say that you must keep the image inside of the page area when you save it. But I save images out of the page area all the time and do not have a problem. If you exporting the image as a bitmap (png) and the button that says "Page" is selected and your drawing goes off the page the part that is not on the page will be cut off in the saved file, but if you have the button that says "Drawing" selected it will save everything...so you don't have to worry about keeping things on the page area.)
Tutor4u's Inkscape Video Tutorials for Beginners
Some people find video tutorials for programs such as Inkscape easier to learn from than written tutorials, while some people find it harder. Having a clear, well thought out tutorial, no matter what media is used, makes a difference too though.
The great thing about Tutor4u's videos is he usually tends to almost always explain everything he is doing and why. And for that reason I think they are good Inkscape tutorials for beginners.
There are a lot of steps involved in many of these tutorials though, so they are only complex in that sense, but you will learn a lot of different techniques from watching these. You can view it at full screen size (although the quality of the video may look blurrier that way), pause, "rewind" and watch the tutorials over and over again if needed too.
More Tutorials for Inkscape
Easy Tutorials (but not so beginner friendly)
These are the tutorials I have found that are easy to do, but maybe are not quite so beginner friendly because it assumes you know what they will mean by something like "convert object to path" and how to do that. So, in that respect they are slightly more advanced, but other than that are simple to do.
- Nicu's How-to - Create a Rubber Stamp Effect in Inkscape
Creating a rubber stamp effect with Inkscape
Inkscape Tutorials by heathenx
I've included some tutorials her by heathenx that I like. I don't think he spells things out quite as clearly as Tutor4u does. But I still think that these are good tutorials for beginners. And when you are ready for more advanced stuff, check out heathenx's website where there are a lot of great Inkscape tutorial videos that are hosted there and aren't on youtube.
Note: Some of these tutorials are for older versions of Inkscape, but the way of doing things still should be pretty much the same.
Also, when he is changing the stroke, or outline color, of an object shape he does it in a way that is more difficult than it needs to be. A simpler way is to simply make sure the object you want to change the stroke color of is selected, press the Shift key, and click on the color you want the stroke to be.
A Tutorial for the Bezier Tool
In this tutorial/exercise they use a sort of "paint by numbers" approach to show the basics of using the bezier (pen) tool in Inkscape. If you would like to use the file used in the video to practice yourself you can download it here.
Inkscape Tutorial - Selecting Hard-To-Select Objects Video
After awhile you might find yourself creating multi-layered images on Inkscape, maybe adding shadows, highlights and more....and then finding maybe you want to do something like change the base layer from blue to yellow. But when you try to click on it you end up clicking on the object above it that is the highlight. Dealing with this was causing me to waste a lot of time until I recently saw This wonderful video.
Create a Plush Toy with Inkscape
If you are the crafting type you might like to use Inkscape to make your own plush toy patterns to sew. And even if you aren't you still might find the Basic Pattern Making with Inkscape Tutorial useful, as it covers a lot of basic Inkscape techniques that anyone can use.
How to Export Graphics from Inkscape
At some point you will probably want to save your image in format other than a vector format (the default format for Inkscape being .svg). With Inkscape you can "export" your image as a .png file (this file allows parts of your image to be transparent or semi-transparent). Here is some info on how to export your Inkscape design as a png file.
Books on Inkscape
I haven't bought any books (or eBooks, Kindle books, etc.) on Inkscape yet. But I have been thinking about it. And you might too, so here are some for you to consider.