Getting Started in Inkscape

Take your first steps creating vector art for free
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (381 ratings)
8,356 students
Getting Started in Inkscape
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (381 ratings)
8,356 students
Students will be able to use the basic inkscape tools
Students will be able to create colourful and crisp vector graphics

Requirements

  • No prior knowledge is required
  • Inkscape (free software) must be installed on your computer
Description

This course is aimed at the complete beginner, where the very basics of Inkscape are learned. This section is great for getting started in vector art in general and Inkscape in particular.

Inkscape is highly acclaimed vector art software, and it is completely free and open source. If you want to get started creating vector art without splurging on license fees then this is a great place to start. Once you have gained the key skills you can easily and painlessly switch over to commercial software if you want. (Or you can continue using Inkscape of course!)

Contents of this section:

  • The interface
  • Basic shapes
  • Fill and Stroke
  • Gradients
  • Boolean functions
  • Layers
  • Bezier curves
  • Groups
  • Tracing

This course is completely free, and provides the prerequisites for my other Inkscape courses:

  • Creating Seamless Patterns and Tiles
  • Mastering the Filter Editor

You can also bundle the courses and buy "Creating 2D Textures in Inkscape" and get an additional two sections with of examples.

Who this course is for:
  • People who are interested in getting started in drawing vector graphics.
  • People who are interested in learning Inkscape.
Course content
1 section • 25 lectures • 2h 13m total length
  • Introduction
    03:45
  • The Interface
    04:28
  • Basic Shapes and Selection Tool
    08:56
  • Follow Along Exercise 1 - Basic Shapes
    03:45
  • Fill and Stroke
    05:13
  • Gradients
    06:40
  • Follow Along Exercise 2 - Gradients
    03:29
  • Exercise - An Egg
    02:17
  • Boolean Functions
    04:15
  • Paths and Nodes
    08:08
  • Follow Along Exercise 3 - Refining
    03:51
  • Exercise - Yin Yang
    05:33
  • Layers
    04:56
  • Bezier Curves
    03:36
  • Follow ALong Exercise 4 - Clouds
    04:02
  • Exercise - An Owl
    08:40
  • Groups
    02:19
  • Importing
    03:45
  • Tracing I
    08:56
  • Tracing II
    06:23
  • Exercise - Tracing
    06:02
  • Follow Along Exercise 5 - Tracing the Eagle
    12:58
  • Follow Along Exercise 6 - Tracing to Tree
    04:04
  • Follow Along Exercise 7 - Putting it Together
    07:01
  • Outro
    00:39

Instructor
Teacher and Engineer
Paul Gieske
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Hi, my name is Paul and I am an IT teacher and an engineer. As a teacher / engineer I can combine my strong technical background with the experience I gained in passing on skills and knowledge to my students.

As a teacher I believe that it students learn better when they are learning actively. That's why I include a lot of practice exercises in my courses.

In addition to teaching and engineering, as a hobby I am enthusiastic about illustrating and 3D modeling.