Modifying your helicopter

So, you have followed the tutorial posted a few days ago, and created a cartoon helicopter of your own in Inkscape.

However, you have decided to do some modifications to your vehicle, adding extra weaponry and gadgets. Luckily, did a follow-up tutorial on how to modify your vector helicopter, which is pretty easy thanks to the power of Inkscape and SVG!

Drawing a 2D Helicopter with inkscape

Here is an awesome, detailed, step-by-step on drawing a side-view 2d helicopter by Chris Hildenbrand. Chris’ tutorials yield some impressive results, however they are aimed at intermediate inkscape users.

Update: After this tutorial, be sure to check out the next one in the series, that shows you how to modify your helicopter!

Graffiti / Street Art type design

Here is a tutorial to create a vector design in a street art / graffiti style. This tutorial does not go into much detail on each of the steps, is more of a demonstration of the workflow the artist used to create the design. Well worth a look for intermediate and advanced Inkscape users.


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Chrome Text Effect using Inkscape SVG filters [video tutorial]

As a follow-on from yesterday’s tutorial, the chrome effect in today’s tutorial is another text effect that utilizes Inkscape SVG filters. We have previously featured a tutorial to created a chrome text effect, but that was achieved using just gradients and blur.

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Creating an Urban Design using Concentric Circles, Clouds and Spiro Swirls

Here is a neat tutorial showing how to create an urban design by layering different types of vector elements. In this tutorial, you first create a range of concentric circle stamps (or “brushes”), and layer them on top of different coloured cloud silhouettes. Finally, you create a whole bunch of swirls using the spiro curve and path effects.

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Creating a Business Card Template and Basic Business Card with Inkscape

Here is a great tutorial for creating business cards using Inkscape. This tutorial has two main sections.

The first details how to create a printer ready template from a PDF guide using clones and guides. Using clones in this fashion to create a template in inkscape is awesome; once the template is created correctly, the changes that are made to the original populate thoughout the rest of the tempate!

The second section provides a detailed process for creating a basic business card (with a nifty pinstripe background). This portion of the tutorial is a great introduction into basic fill / stroke techniques, pattern fills and text editing and kerning.

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Shattered / Smashed Text using Inkscape

Here is a tutorial to create shattered and smashed text using the vector graphics appliation, Inkscape. I first posted this tutorial on my personal blog a few years ago. This version is slightly refreshed, but is pretty much the same tutorial that i first published.

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Create a grungy cardboard box icon using inkscape

Here is another awesome tutorial from the vectortuts+ website, describing how to draw a grungy, beat up cardboard box icon. This tutorial was written for inkscape 0.47, and uses many of the newer inkscape features, including the envelope deformation path effect. Additionally, this tutorial also covers how to achieve the dirty, grungy look in inkscape by using a combination of vector shapes and a bitmap texture. All in all, this is a comprehensive tutorial that almost any one familiar with inkscape basics could follow to produce an awesome graphic.

Illustrating a snowman using inkscape

This is an amazingly detailed tutorial on creating a detailed snowman illustration using Inkscape. This tutorial combines inkscape basics — including path and gradient manipulation — demonstrating how simple skills can translate into an awesome drawing.

This tutorial was originally written in Russian by Yuri Apostol and translated into English by Alexandre Prokoudine. As an added bonus, Yuri has also added the source SVG (released under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license) to the bottom of this tutorial. Enjoy!

Inkscape Video Tutorial Double Feature – Faking 3d Text & Wrapping Text Around a Globe

Introducing a new segment here at the inkscape tutorials blog: the Inkscape Video Tutorial Double Feature. Screening this week, we have:

3D Text Using Interpolation: An example on how to use the interpolation effect to create a faux 3d (yet impressive none-the-less) text effect:

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Wrap Text Around a Globe:

Another awesome screencast by heathenx:

In this episode I will demonstrate how to wrap text around a three-dimensional globe in Inkscape v.046.

I used a fairly new extension from Gerrit Karius (aka G33K) called Bezier Envelope. If you want to follow along or use the Bezier Envelope for whatever future purpose then be sure to download it here. Thanks Gerrit. :)ep088_thumb

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Intoduction to gradient creation and manipulation in inkscape.

Here is a great tutorial providing a detailed and easy to comprehend introduction to creating and manipulating gradients using inkscape. It is aimed at the absolute beginner, but even the seasoned inkscape professional may glean a useful tip from this comprehensive tutorial. It also inadvertently provides a great introduction to the most useful dialog in Inkscape: Fill and Stroke.

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