Inkscape Adventure, Master the Free Vector Graphics Software
- 11.5 hours on-demand video
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- 14 downloadable resources
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- Certificate of Completion
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- Master the basic tools and concepts essential to vector graphics
- The pen and node tools will no longer be mysterious or frustrating
- Become familiar with all the tools and features of Inkscape
- The skills and concepts learned will carry over to other vector programs such as Illustrator
- Gain the skills and confidence to create original vector graphics
- General familiarity with computer software such as saving and opening files
- A desire to learn vector graphics
This course gives you the best of both worlds - thorough step-by-step instruction on Inkscape's tools and features as well as hands-on, practical assignments for you to complete. The progressive assignments help you master the concepts taught in the video lessons.
The course culminates with a major project - the creation of a colorful layout for a fictional board game. This project is approached one element at a time with students creating their own copy of the design.
While the pen and node tools are the most important to master, as they are the heart of vector graphics; every tool in the Inkscape toolbar is covered in this course. Additional lessons explain the most commonly used operations such as: path operations, bitmap tracing, cloning, tiled clones, clipping, masking, patterns, offsets, and live path effects. Several filters and extensions are demonstrated as well.
If GIMP is the Photoshop of free software, then Inkscape is the free equivalent of Adobe Illustrator. Inkscape was designed to create scalable vector graphics. These images may be used for print, web design, social media, game characters, animation frames, and so forth.
The skills acquired learning Inkscape will be useful even if you eventually transition to another vector graphics program such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw. The core functionality of all these programs is quite similar.
Inkscape works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and it's free. The course videos use version 0.92 of the software, but if you have a prior or more recent version, you should be fine. Inkscape is very slow to make significant changes. The basic interface has remained the same for many years.
Updated 05/2020 to include information about the new version, Inkscape 1. The current videos are still relevant. Inkscape changes very slowly, and the interface remains nearly identical in version 1.
- Students young or old who want to learn to create computer graphics using vector software
- The course and assignments contain wholesome material, nothing objectionable to younger students
Become familiar with the Inkscape interface: various toolbars, panels, and options. Customize your color palette with the desired settings and colors. Know how to open various dialogs/panels, such as Layers, Fill & Stroke, and Undo History.
The two pdf files below contain master lists for the sections of the course as well as the entire list of assignments. These files are for your convenience, to see the scope of the course at a glance. You may use them as checklists also as you work through the course.
There is an assignment that goes with each Section of the course. That's why some sections may have only a single lecture/video. I tried to keep the assignment numbers coordinated with the Section numbers.
For the last section, the board game, the overall assignment is to recreate the board game design, however you will do that in progressive steps.
Grouping objects, Ctrl Click to select an item in the group ungrouping. Zoom and panning options. Using the Objects panel.
In this section I review how I used previously covered tools and operations when creating the house assignment.