Our first drawing
Our first drawing in Inkscape.
Let’s create our first image using some of the tools. We’re going to create a simple house.
– click the rectangle icon / F4
– click and drag on the canvas and create a rectangle
– hold shift while dragging to create a perfect rectangle. Your rectangle may look different than the rectangle below: we’ll deal with that.
– press F1 and pick a color in the color palette so your rectangle will change color. Let’s pick a brownish color for now.
To delete the red border, select the rectangle again (F1), hold shift and click on the red cross at the bottom left of your workspace.
Your rectangle should now look like this:
If you want to create a specific color, for instance like the color above, choose ‘Fill and Stroke’ in the tool control bar at the top of your window.
You’ll be seeing the following window:
Choose the ‘Fill’ tab, click on the RGB option and enter the numbers as in the image below:
Now let’s create the roof. To do this, we’ll be using the stars and polygons option in the toolbox.
Click this icon and choose a triangle in the bar on the top of the window that appeared when you clicked the stars and polygons icon.
Make sure the option ‘Corners’ is set to 3.
While holding the Ctrl-key, click and drag on the canvas. Make sure the triangle is placed in the right way with a flat side at the bottom.
Now change the color to black and make sure you have no stroke.
Now we have the basic blocks for our house.
We can try to arrange them so they fit together nicely, but it’s better to let Inkscape do this.
Press F1, select the triangle first and while holding Ctrl, also select the rectangle.
Select the option ‘Align and distribute objects’ in the tool control bar.
A new window will appear:
The two objects should now be aligned vertically like this:
Then, select the triangle again and while holding the Ctrl-key, select the rectangle.
In the Align and Distribute window, select ‘Align top edges of objects to the bottom edge of the anchor’.
Your drawing should look like this now:
Change the color to 784421ff.
Let’s also create a window with the rectangle tool (Hold Ctrl while dragging to create a perfect rectangle).
Change the color of this rectangle to 87aadeff.
Now select the door and while holding Ctrl, move it to the right and place it where you want it.
We’re holding the Ctrl-key in order not to move the door in the vertical direction.
Press F1 and click somewhere in the white space of your canvas. Then select the door and while holding Ctrl, select the window as well.
In the Align and distribute window, click ‘Align top edges’.
While holding Ctrl, move the window to an appropriate place.
Your first drawing in Inkscape!