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Tutorial targets for future releases

Inkscape 0.46 development cycle

Unofficial tutorials

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Name: Quick Guide to Inkscape
Overview: A concise quick guide for getting started with Inkscape.

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Name: Icon Creation (Mini-Tutorial)
Overview: A short tutorial demonstrates the design process in creating an SVG icon in Inkscape. The finished product of this tutorial can be found in the Open Clip Art Library.

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Name: Simple Bubble/Orb in Inkscape
Overview: Demonstrates the use of the blur filter and clipping to create a simple bubble or orb.

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Name: Inkscape interface tutorial
Overview: Describes the Inkscape user interface in detail and explains how they can be used for creating cartoonish art.

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Name: 3D-like text effect in Inkscape
Overview: Demonstrates a technique to create text with a beveled edge effect.

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Name: Slime To Start!
Overview: Shows how to draw a simple cartoonish slime creature using Inkscape and provides great detail on the thought and development process that is used for basic character development.

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Name: Color B&W images
Overview: Learn how to color a black-and-white image using Inkscape's Trace Bitmap... feature.

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Outside tutorials and tips

Help & helpful articles

Creating new tutorials

Easy way:

  1. Load up one of the existing tutorials
  2. Replace its text and images with your own
  3. Upload it to the Patch Tracker. Make SURE to click the "Upload and Attach a File" checkbox!

Official way:

  1. Create a DocBook XML file like the Basic Tutorial DocBook
  2. Follow directions in the tutorial directory README for formatting and handling of embedded non-SVG images
  3. Create a subdirectory in the doc-docbook module and place the new tutorial docbook file there
  4. Test tutorial generation using the `make-html`, `make-svg`, and `make-all` scripts
  5. Announce the availability of the new tutorial

Tutorial ideas

This section will consist of brainstorming and basic development of new tutorials that will be useful for new/old users.

Completed tutorials

Tutorials in development

Planned tutorials

  • Using the Clone Tiler — Clones
  • Text and Typography
  • Clippath/Mask/Pattern
  • Effects
  • SVG Filters
  • XML Editor

Tutorial scratchpad

  • How to create an icon
  • How to build a presentation using Inkview.
  • How to build complex shapes using boolean operations.
  • How to use Inkscape to create graphics for LaTeX / ConTeXt documents.
  • etc.

Other SVG Tutorials

A tutorial in progress of writing by John Griessen

This writing is a journal of a project to recreate a business card originally made with Illutrator 7, after losing the original file, so the comparison to Illustrator is much from memory and not to be taken as the last word, but a guide as to how the programs compare.

Attached is a PNG image of the printed business card:

It originally was a collection of paths filled with colors and text objects with grouping to make replicating some objects easy.

The shell command '$inkscape --version' tells us this is Inkscape 0.39cvs (July 2, 2004)

The logo main element is a pseudo sine wave, and I made it before with grid snap and stretching and replicating, so now I set my units to mm and grid spacing and snap to 1 and remember how it would be nice to have major and minor grids instead of just one, so I want to create some vertical guides evenly spaced and cannot remember and start looking in docs. In Adobe Illustrator 7, clicking on the ruler bar created a guide, if I recall. Once created, it could be moved with grid snap like any object, so getting it on grid or off was easy. As I read around, I find the usage of guides in "Keys and Mouse" "drag off a ruler" is the way, and a guide is on the page, and I can't snap it to easily make the accurate secondary grid I had wanted. Is there a way to? I try duplicate on the guide, but alas, it is not a regular object. It cannot be selected as they are, so I cannot replicate guides to make other grids after all. Note for the beginner: To get bezier curves out of the line/bezier tool, you must click-drag. A click-only will give you only connected straight line segments. I'll have to use lines as guides.
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