EPS import works out-of-the-box for most inkscape users on Linux, however, on Windows EPS support does not work by default. It is possible with manually installing software called ghostscript, and tweaking a few settings. This tutorial explains in detail how to get EPS import working for Inkscape for windows.
Here is great tutorial on creating simple water droplets in inkscape. It demonstrates the use of the the ellipse tool, basic node editing to create shapes and using gradients to emulate light and depth.
The awesome thing about this indie shop is that they use Inkscape for the creation of all their in-game visual assets. A few of their recent games include:
A hilarious epic Endless Roguelike Brawler with awesome art made in inkscape:
A Twin Stick Arena Adventure with art also made in inkscape:
They also have a new game in development called Crashlands, which is a massive mobile crafting/survival game.
as an added bonus, Sam (one of the devs) also uploads narrated time-lapse videos of how he creates these assets in Inkscape:
In this tutorial, you are going to learn a technique in inkscape to create a soft, feathered background.
The beauty of this technique comes from the fact that it relies heavily on clones, and live path effects. You spend a little time rigging up the effect, and then you can fluidly change the clone originals to update the result.
A bit confused? Just follow the steps, and hopefully everything will become clear!
In addition to the @inkscapetuts on twitter, the inkscape tutorials blog is now also on google+. Going forward, both the twitter and g+ streams will be updated with all the new posts that show up here on the blog. So if you prefer to use either of those services, follow us there.
Speaking of google+, there is also the official inkscape google+ page, which features news and updates from the inkscape project. Also, there is the inkscape community on google+, that has tutorials, a gallery, and general inkscape posts and discussions.
Here is tutorial that covers some awesome text tricks with inkscape
István Szép from Pesto Design is running another inkscape live drawing event. This event is titled “How to draw on a photo”. Everyone is welcome to watch and participate. Go to the Facebook event page to see all the details on when and where. The first live drawing event, character design in Inkscape, is also available to watch on youtube.
Here is a neat little trick i just discovered. These designs are just done using the Inkscape spiral tool, and a dashed stroke! Once you try it out, be sure to leave a comment showing off your spiral design!
How it is done:
Here is a detailed tutorial showing how to create a scene from minecraft in isometric projection using inkscape. The tutorial primarily uses inkscape’s axonometric grid to create shapes in the isometric projection.
Dave Crossland from the Crafting Type crew shows how to use the new Powerstroke feature in the upcoming inkscape 0.91 release to draw letters
Here is a quick workflow on how to create a cartoony pirate with inkscape. This tutorial is not super-detailed but outlines the steps the author took to create the pirate artwork below:
We recently posted an article about Guides in inkscape, and twitter user @daishi424 pointed out that a few of the features in that post were actually new features in Inkscape 0.91. So here are some of those features that you will get for guides when the new version of Inkscape is released.
Quick toggling of guides
Previously, to toggle the visiblity of guides, the menu item View > Guides and the associated shortcut “|” (the pipe key) was the only way. In Inkscape 0.91, guides can now also be toggled by simply clicking on the ruler (either horizontal or vertical).
Guides (or Ruler Guides) are lines that can be placed on the document, useful for lining up and snapping elements. Guides can be a little non-discoverable in inkscape, so this article gives you a few quick tips to get the most out of guides in inkscape.
1. Quickly creating a guide
A guide can be quickly created by clicking on either the vertical or horizontal ruler, and dragging onto the canvas. If you drag from close to where the corners meet, an angled guide will be created:
2. Converting a path to Guides
Any object or path can be converted to guides Using Objects > Objects to guides (or keyboard shortcut Shift + G)
3. Deleting a guide
To Delete a guide, hover the mouse cursor over the guide, and press the Delete key on the keyboard.
4. Rotating a guide
To rotate a guide, hover over it with the mouse, and press the Shift Key. The cursor will change to a rotate cursor. Click and drag the guide to rotate it. Additionally, you can hold down the Control Key to restrict the rotate to 15 degree chunks.
5. Changing the colour of a guide
**Update** – thanks to twitter user @daishi424 for pointing out that the guide colour change is only in inkscape 0.91 (as yet unreleased) and newer versions of inkscape
To change the colour of a guide, double click the guide to bring up the Guideline dialog. Click the colour switcher button under the Label field to change the colour of the guide
6. Labeling Guides
**Update** – thanks to twitter user @daishi424 for pointing out that the guide labeling is only in inkscape 0.91 (as yet unreleased) and newer versions of inkscape
The Guidelines dialog (shown when you double click a guide) also allows you to set labels to your guides. These Labels are shown on the guide at the Guide Origin (the small circle that is on every guide)
Here is a Q&A from graphicdesign.stackexchange.com asking basically how to do a boolean operation on multiple paths. Basically, it is not possible (yet) without applying each operation individually. Though there is a feature request open in inkscape about it about it. Also, The answer to the question shows how you can achieve it with a clipping path.
Previously, to change Inkscape’s keyboard shortcut configuration to another one of the included presets involved moving files around in the Inkscape config directory. Configuring your own keyboard shortcuts required you to hand-edit an XML file like this.
In Inkscape 0.91 there is a brand new keyboard shortcut editor (under Interface > Keyboard Shortcuts in the Preferences Dialog). This addition provides a GUI for the user to view the key combinations available in the current shortcut scheme, switch between the included preset schemes, and edit and change individual shortcuts.
The upcoming release of Inkscape has a new feature that allows the user to insert new nodes on the selected curve’s extreme values (i.e. you can easily add a node at the highest point in a curve, lowest point, leftmost point or rightmost point).
The tool control bar for the Node Tool features a new dropdown to use this feature. For example, the below animation shows how to insert a new node at the highest point in the selected curve segment by selecting the segment with the node tool, and choosing “Insert Node at Max Y”.
One of the most frequently asked questions from Inkscape users is “how do i crop an image or object?”. Inkscape is primarily a vector graphics editor, so when someone asks this question, they could possibly mean something slightly different to a traditional image crop. This FAQ explains a few of the techniques that people actually mean when they say they want to crop in inkscape.
What do you mean when you say “crop”
- If you have a complex drawing with many shapes and objects, and want to trim these, then Clipping is probably the solution for you. (click here to jump to how to do this)
- If you have a single path or object (like a star or a rectangle), and want to trim or crop that object down, then Boolean Operations is probably what you need. (click here to jump to how to do this)
- If you are exporting your inkscape document (SVG) to a bitmap (a PNG) with the “File > Export Bitmap” command, and want to only export a portion of your document, then changing the document size, and just exporting the document is probably the solution for your needs. (click here to jump to how to do this)
The Clipping feature is an easy and versatile way to crop vector or bitmap/raster objects in Inkscape. Let’s start with our little monster friend that i downloaded from the Open Clip Art Library:
The upcoming release of Inkscape has a new feature that allows an artist to easily view their entire image in greyscale. This feature is useful for those times you want to focus more on drawing layout and space weighting than colour. This mode is separate to the previous Display Modes of Normal, Outline and No Filters, so you can also view your no-filtered drawing in greyscale also.
To enable this mode in inkscape 0.91, simply choose View > Colour Display Mode > Greyscale.
Here is a tutorial / article that outlines the “Horizontal and Vertical” Bezier curve technique. Basically, with a little practice, editing beziers can become a lot easier when you align all your handles horizontally or vertically. While this tutorial talks specifically about illustrator, the concept also works with inkscape beziers.
In inkscape, holding down the alt key is the simplest way to constrain your bezier handles to the horizontal or the vertical.