Inkscape Adventure, Master the Free Vector Graphics Software
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Inkscape Adventure, Master the Free Vector Graphics Software

Learn Inkscape with thorough, detailed instruction, and perfect your skills by creating fun projects.
4.5 (107 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
643 students enrolled
Created by Vicki Watson
Last updated 5/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 11.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 14 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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.

Who this course is for:
  • 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
Course content
Expand all 130 lectures 11:16:30
+ The Inkscape Interface
1 lecture 08:09

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.

Inkscape Overview
+ Inkscape Documents
1 lecture 08:28

Learn how to work with documents in inkscape (new, open, save), set page width and height, use the rectangle tool and fill with various colors.

Working With Documents in inkscape
+ Basic Inkscape Operations
2 lectures 14:01

The videos in this section cover: using the selector tool. Create rectangles and polygons. Fill and Stroke dialog, fill, gradient fill, rotate, resize, skew, create strokes, set stroke width. Set stacking order of objects.

Basic Inkscape Operations
Basic Shapes Fills & Strokes
+ Inkscape Layers
1 lecture 12:28

Using layers in inkscape: create, rename, hide/show, lock, change order, duplicate, delete, move objects between layers, set layer opacity and blending mode. Select multiple objects.

Inkscape Layers
+ Stay Organized With the Objects and Layers Panels
2 lectures 15:43

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.

Grouping Objects in Inkscape Demonstrated Through the House Assignment
House Assignment Part 2
+ More Shape Tools
3 lectures 14:20

In this section:

Shape tools: ellipse, star, polygon. Global preferences for shape settings.

The Ellipse Tool
The Shapes Assignment
+ Save As and Export
1 lecture 11:44
Save As PDF and Export to PNG Files
+ Aligning Things
1 lecture 11:51
The Snapping Toolbar, Guides, and Grids