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How to write with Inkscape

Updated on May 7, 2013

Learn how to write with Inkscape

Here you can find detailed, step by step instructions how to write with Inkscape. Inkscape is free drawing programe, it is similar to Adobe Illustrator.

You can draw with it and, of course, you can write with it too. You can use different colors, different fonts, add effects... Anyway, it is a lot of fun. I hope you'll have a lot of fun with it too.

All images by Pippi2011.

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I found Inkscape about two years ago even though it has been released almost ten years ago, in December 2003.

It's open source project, which means that anybody can add their knowledge and improve it.

If you want to learn more about Inkscape, you can check out their home page. On official Inkscape forum you can find a lot of answers about it, how to start, if you have any problem, you can show your work there...

Here I'll show you how to write with Inkscape. Why would you write with Inkscape? Because somethimes you want your words to be written in more artistic way, in beautiful colors, maybe in unusual font family, you can even create your font.

Bellow you can find some examples how to write with Inkscape. If you are interested, please take a look and find out how can you write with Inkscape.

The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor

The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor
The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor

The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor is paperback book with 472 pages.

Author explains how to work with Inkscape, how to draw, transform objects, add text...

In this guide you'll find a lot of detailed step by step tutorials.


How to write with Inkscape

This is Inkscape, when the program opens.

Text tool

Now we'll go to the left side, where you can find a lot of little buttons.

If you want to write with Inkscape, you must find Text tool.

You can see it above, I enlarged it, so you can easily find it.

Let's start writing.

Ok, done. Now go to Edit - Select All or press Ctrl and A.

Let's choose font

Font size

We'll change font size to 64.

You can see this buttons on the top of the window.

Our sign is now larger.

Font family

Now we'll choose font family,

There are really a lot of fonts. Let's try few of them.

This font is Broadway-BT,

then there is Cataneo-BT,

and Comic-Sans-MS,

and Haettenschweiler,

and Jokerman-LET,

and La-Bamba-LET,

and Westwood-LET,

and the last one is Victorian-LET.

You can choose any font you like, I decided I'll write with the last one, Victorian-LET.

Now we'll change color

And now we'll change color of our sign.

Go to Object - Fill and Stroke.

This little window opens. In Inkscape actually only one of these windows open at once. I put them together so you can see the difference.

To change inside of the letters, you go to Fill. And to change outline, go to Stroke paint.

Of all options I prefer Wheel to choose color with, because I can accually see the collor I pick. I outlined it so you can easily find it.

And now you can play with colors and choose the one you like the most.

These are the colors I have chosen.

And we'll add effect too. Go to Filters - ABCs - Diffuse light.

Diffuse light is one of my favorite effects.

And of course, if you dont' like the color,

go to Object - Fill and Stroke, and change it.

How to print it

I like what I have written, and I would like to print it now. But how?

First, we'll go to Edit - Select All or press Ctrl and A again.

Then we'll go to File - Document Properties and the to Page Size - Resize page to content.

This is how it looks now, with a little frame around our writing.

Now go to File - Export Bitmap.

Another little window opens.

We can choose export area here. It means, what do we want to save.

It can be whole page, or just part of our drawing, selection (what we selected with Ctrl and A) or custom area.

Just click to Export and our drawing (writing) will be saved.

This is what we have written with Inkscape.

Now we'll use Filters to add effects

We can also add few effects. How?

Go to Filters - Textures - Gouache...

...and this is what you'll get.

If you don't like your writing with effects, just go to Filters - remove Filters,

...or simply use good old Undo (Edit - Undo).

Here we have two more effects.

The first one is Filters - Textures - Rough paper.

...and the second one Filters - Bevels - Neon.

And we are done. I hope you liked it and had a lot of fun.

Your comments are welcome...

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    • TransplantedSoul profile image

      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      This looks like a rich program.

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      zentao 5 years ago

      A great collection of tips to make that important text look like a million bucks using inkscape. Thanks for sharing some great tips!

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Good tutorial

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      Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

      This is a good how-to Lens. I never really thought about Inkscape but it looks like a lot of fun.

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      inspirationz 5 years ago

      I love how you use diagrams to illustrate your points - it makes it all really user-friendly and easy to follow :)

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      digitaltree 5 years ago

      Nice Lens and tutorial, i never heard of this program before.

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      Happy Halloween! Now I know how to write with Inkscape. Delightful presentation!

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      laughingapple 5 years ago

      Really great tutorial.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent tutorial! Thanks for sharing!