Udemy - Master Inkscape Beginner Course 2016/2017 Unofficial

This course is presented in such an easy, understandable format, you'll be navigating the Inkscape editor in mere hours!
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2016 English

Course Description

  Anyone who would like to learn the Inkscape vector graphic editor, whether for fun or profit, would be a perfect candidate for this course.

    Here, you will learn the fundamentals of Inkscape, while following along and completing tasks throughout the course.  We will demo all the tools, learn how they function separately, and in conjunction with other tools, bars, and panels.  We will also customize the Inkscape page, learn to access, adjust and collapse frequently used panels, look at guidelines and grids, as well as the color palette.  We will look at each of the icons located on the command bar, as we basically walk through the entire interface bar by bar.     

    By the end of this three-hour course, you will have the knowledge to navigate the Inkscape software, and create with confidence. Congratulations!

What are the requirements?

  • There are no real requirements other than a computer and access to the web. You will follow along as we download the free Inkscape editor together. So, come as you are and jump right in!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn to navigate the Inkscape vector graphic editor, and create with confidence!

What is the target audience?

  • This Inkscape course is designed for beginners, but it is also ideal for intermediate and advanced creatives who would like to quickly familiarize themselves with the Inkscape interface. This course would not be for those who are seeking any type of graphic arts lessons.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Download
Introduction
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01:38
02:46

In this lecture, we will navigate to the Inkscape site, where we will download and install the free vector graphics editor. 

Section 2: Overview, Bars & Rectangle Tool
04:05

We will start this lecture by setting our Inkscape editor to the default view.  We will then look at the drop-down menus where we can access additional items which cannot fit on their respective bars. We will then name and give a brief description of the bars which comprise the editor.

10:21

In this lecture, we will name each of the icons on the Command Bar and give an example of their function.

05:26

In this lecture, we will give all our tools a name, alternative keyboard shortcut, and a brief description.

12:41

We will start this lecture by distinguishing the canvas from the page.  We will then feature the rectangle tool to help explain shape tools, the tool control bar, and the many functions the selector tool provides.

Section 3: Nodes, Clones, Tweaks & Shapes
12:21

In this lecture, we will learn about different types of nodes, and how to manipulate paths using bezier handles. We will also learn the difference between paths and objects, and how to convert objects to paths.

12:12

In this lesson, we will utilize the Document Properties Panel and Snap features to customize our page and create a makeshift template. We will also access the Align & Distribute and Tiled Clone Panels, and learn to create unique patterns quickly and easily.

11:40

In this lecture, we will learn how the Tweak Tool can help randomize our work, as we examine each of this tool's modes, and how they function.

07:29
We will start this lecture by learning how to re-calibrate the Inkscape default measurement behavior. We will then learn all manners of zooming, using the mouse, keyboard and tool control bar icons. We will then move on to the Measurement Tool, where we will learn how to read distance and angle between path segments, as well as how to use this tool in conjunction with the snap features
02:27

Here we will learn how to create ellipses, circles, and arcs, with open and closed path segments. 

07:37

This lecture begins by defining polygon while displaying several types for example. We will learn the difference between star and polygon.  Learn how to manipulate the star and polygon by their handles as well as from the tool control bar.  We will then walk through the same procedures regarding the Spiral Tool.

Section 4: Text & Drawing Tools
05:03

In this lecture we will compare the Bezier and Spiro modes while increasing the smoothing value, to better calibrate this tool to our liking. We will then look at the shape drop-down menu, and learn how to create our own pencil shapes.

04:53

Here we will cover the four Bezier modes, as well as look at the shape drop-down menu.

08:49

We will begin this lecture by looking at the Inkscape calligraphy presets.  Next, we will learn how to edit calligraphic profiles. We will then set the units within this tools preference box, after which we will walk through all the settings on the Tool Control Bar.

18:21

We will learn about regular and flowed text objects; we will also learn how to access the spell check panel. We will take a look at the text and font panel where we will set our default font family, style, and font size setting. We will then discuss superscript and subscripts and how they are used. We will learn how to align and snap text to guides, take a look at word and character spacing as well as character rotation. We will end the lecture by placing text on a path, flow text into several objects, and flow text into a skewed object. 

Quiz 1
4 questions
Section 5: Guidelines, Spray, Paint Bucket and Eraser Tools
12:00

In this lecture we will access the document properties panel settings, to customize our canvas page, guidelines, and grid, for precision drawing. We will also utilize snap features to ensure quick and accurate work.

06:49

In this lecture, we will look at the Spray Tool and its several modes. We will also modify Spray Tool parameters, and look at how the Spray Tool works in conjunction with the Tweak Tool.

03:00

In this lecture, we will look at the Eraser Tool and its two modes.

11:31

In this lecture, we will look at how the Paint Bucket Tool flood fills bounded areas and paints over selected objects. We will learn how the grow/shrink setting works in regard to both fill and stroke. We will also compare the color palette to the paint bucket tool. We will then look at the close gaps menu, and learn how the Paint Bucket Tool can trace an image.

Section 6: Gradient, Dropper & Connector Tools
12:44

In this lecture, we will look at linear and radial gradients on both fill and strokes, we will also learn about offsets and how to add and remove stops. We will then transform a few geometric shapes into a recognizable scene.

04:53

In this lecture, we will learn how the dropper tool can change a fill or stroke, with an existing color within our drawing. Learn how to find an average color from a selected group of colors, and how to invert selected colors. We will also learn how the dropper tool can mimic a selected object's opacity as well.

05:01

In this lecture, we will learn how to connect and disconnect objects, and alter line styles. We will also learn how to avoid selected objects, and change curvature and spacing of the avoided object. 

4 questions
Which term is not one of the Spray tool parameters?
Section 7: Exercises
Exercise_1
27:26

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Instructor Biography

Michael DiGregorio, Freelance Graphic Design

Hi - my name is Michael DiGregorio.

I am an independent creative, and user of the free and open source vector graphic editor, Inkscape.

I have used the Inkscape platform for many applications:  to create illustrations, 2D game images, marketable products, product packaging, and a vast amount of logos and assorted images.

Although I have used several other well-known graphic editors in the past, Inkscape has become my favorite.  As I am sure, it will quickly become yours, as well.

While I have enjoyed many years teaching other arts, bringing my knowledge of Inkscape to Udemy has been especially exciting.  I thank you for your time, and interest in my course... and hope to see you inside!

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