Inkscape For Beginners 2016/2017
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This Inkscape course is presented in such an easy, understandable format, you'll be navigating the editor in mere hours!
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What Will I Learn?
  • Navigate the Inkscape vector graphic editor, and create with confidence!
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  • 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!

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

Here, you will learn the fundamentals of Inkscape by following along
and completing tasks throughout this course.  We will demo all the
tools, learn how they function independently, 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, take a
look at guidelines, grids, and the canvas itself.  We will discuss the
color palette, examine each of the command bar icons, as we basically
walk through the entire interface bar by bar.   

   By the end of this 4+ hour course, you will have the knowledge to navigate the
Inkscape software and create with confidence. Congratulations!

Who 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:46

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

Preview 02:46
Overview, Bars & Rectangle Tool
4 Lectures 32:33

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.

Interface Overview

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

Command Bar

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

Tool Bar

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.

Selector Tool / Tool Control Bar
Nodes, Clones, Tweaks & Shapes
6 Lectures 53:46

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.

Node Tool

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.


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.

Tweak Tool

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
Preview 07:29

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

Ellipse Tool

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.

Preview 07:37
Text & Drawing Tools
4 Lectures 37:06

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.

Pencil Tool

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

Bezier Tool

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.

Calligraphy Tool

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. 

Text Tool

Quiz 1
4 questions
Guidelines, Spray, Paint Bucket and Eraser Tools
4 Lectures 33:20

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.

Guidelines & Grids

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.

Spray Tool

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

Preview 03:00

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.

Paint Bucket Tool
Gradient, Dropper & Connector Tools
3 Lectures 22:38

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.

Gradient Tool

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.

Dropper Tool

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. 

Connector Tool

Which term is not one of the Spray tool parameters?
Quiz 2
4 questions
Saving & Exporting
1 Lecture 16:04
Saving & Exporting
Bonus Area
2 Lectures 27:26
Node Manipulation (Practice Exercise)

Here you will find a multitude of tool, panel, and command keyboard shortcuts. 

Inkscape Keyboard Shortcuts
About the Instructor
Michael DiGregorio
4.7 Average rating
63 Reviews
1,087 Students
1 Course
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, Inkscape has truly become one of my favorite, as I'm sure it will quickly become one of yours.

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