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Starting with Inkscape – general info

In this tutorial we’ll be starting with Inkscape. You’ll find general info on the program in this lesson.
Inkscape is a free vector based graphics designer. You can download it at inkscape.org.
Choose the applicable download for your system and install it.

In the coming tutorials we’ll be covering the basics of Inkscape.

When you open Inkscape you’ll see the following screen:

Inkscape general info - Inkscape workspace

 

Things can look different when you open it for the first time, but we’ll cover the many possibilities of changing your screen in upcoming blogs.
Overview of the Inkscape workspace:

 

Inkscape general info - Explanation Inkscape workspace

 

Setup your page

Before starting to draw anything it is a good habit to setup your page.
To do this, click document properties icon in the Tool control bar.


Inkscape general info - Icon document properties Inkscape

The following window will appear:

Inkscape general info - Document properties

 

Since we will only cover basic items of Inkscape (at least for the time being), we will only discuss the Page tab.

Under ‘General’ you can set the default units. The most common unit is px (pixels).
You can set the orientation to Portrait mode or Landscape mode.
Custom size is where you can define the size of your page: it’s wise to use px here as well.
At the bottom of the window you can check or uncheck the Show page border option. For the time being it is best to keep it checked so you can see the page your drawing on.

In the following image you can see what all the icons in the Toolbox mean and do:

Inkscape general info - Drawing and editing tools

 

How to use the most basic drawing and editing tools work
All of these tools can be found in the toolbox on the left side of your workspace.


Rectangle (F4 or R)

Inkscape general info - Icon rectangle

Click this icon, click F4 or R.
Then click and drag on the canvas: you’ll be creating a rectangle.
If you hold Ctrl while dragging, you’ll create a perfect rectangle.

To change the color of the rectangle: choose any of the colors on the color palette. The rectangle will take the chosen color.
To change the color of the border of the rectangle: hold shift and choose any of the colors on the color palette. The border of the rectangle will take the chosen color.

 

Circle / Ellipse (F5 or E)

Inkscape general info - Icon ellipse

Click this icon, click F5 or click E.
Then click and drag on the canvas: you’ll be creating a circle / ellipse.
If you hold Ctrl while dragging, you’ll create a perfect circle.

To change the color of the circle: choose any of the colors on the color palette at the bottom of your screen. The circle will take the chosen color.
To change the color of the border of the circle: hold shift and choose any of the colors on the color palette. The border of the circle will take the chosen color.

 

Stars and polygons (*)

Inkscape general info - Icon start and polygons

Click this icon or click *.
In the menu on the upper side of your window choose whether you want to create a regular triangle or a star.

Inkscape general info - Polygons and stars settings

To change the color of the polygon: choose any of the colors on the color palette at the bottom of your screen. The polygon will take the chosen color.
To change the color of the border of the polygon: hold shift and choose any of the colors on the color palette. The border of the polygon will take the chosen color.

 

Select tool

The Select Tool is used to select, position and transform objects on the canvas with the mouse or other input device.

In the next blog we will make our first drawing.

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