Here is an old list of 10 of the Best Inkscape Tutorials from back in 2009. All the links should work now, again.
Alexandre Prokoudine [blog | twitter] covers creating layer effects with Inkscape. In this detailed article, Alexandre talks you through hand-editing the SVG XML in inkscape to apply filter effects (e.g. Gaussian blur) on whole layer (rather than on an object or group level). Note that to achieve this behaviour, you will be diving deep into inkscape SVG internals, so this tutorial is recommended for advanced inkscape users.
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.
This tutorial is a great overview on using inkscape for drawing icons. For an overview on managing your workflow in inkscape while designing icons, see the previously posted tutorial, “creating icons with inkscape – a basic workflow.”
Also, be sure to check out the vectortuts website. Even though there are only a handful of inkscape tutorials posted there, if you have intermediate to advanced inkscape skills, you may be able to apply some of the techniques from the other tutorials hosted there.
Note: This tutorial only demonstrates the process to create the light bulb icon above. The image below is a random subset of images that are in the tango! icon library. To get the tango! icons, including icons in the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format, visit the download page on the tango! website.
In this tutorial, Nick Roberts [ of Everlong Design] demonstrates in detail how to illustrate a “Fender Stratocaster” type guitar.
This tutorial is close to one of the best inkcape tutorials out there. The final result is stunning, and the author has detailed the steps superbly with many super useful screen shots. The author even details the hex values of all the colours that are used. Be sure to check it out and leave feedback on the tutorial itself. More positive feedback to the tutorials authors means more higher quality inkscape tutorials for all…
here is a nice little tutorial on illustrating chain links using inkscape.
UPDATE: Nicu has been posting incremental updates on this tutorial on his blog… to date there are 3 parts in total:
After the last few posts not being actual tutorials, today the inkscape tutorials weblog is getting back into the swing of things with an awesome little howto from nicu.
Nicu demonstrates how to create gears in inkscape, vary them and build them up to create complex “mechanisms”
While this video is not a tutorial per se, it provides a great insight into how a more complicated inkscape drawing is constructed. It is basically a step – by – step construction of all the objects in the drawing put into a neat little video. Below is a thumb of the finished product that can be viewed at the artist’s deviantart page.
The video (hosted on youtube) is embedded after the thumb, so you may not be able to view it if you are reading though an feed reader.
Here is a neat workflow showing how to create a fairly detailed compass graphic by adding and editing simple shapes. This is a great tutorial for inkscape beginners, as it is well communicated, and intoduces simple inkscape operations like node editing. As always the link to the tut is after the break.
Here is yet another awesome tutorial from Nicu a great tutorial for creating RPG map symbols using inkscape. In this “How it was made”, Nicu outlines a workflow for creating a simple jailhouse RPG element. Nicu is a major contributor to the Open Clip Art Library, and he has placed a large collection (50+ drawings) of these RPG map symbols into the public domain. You can also download the whole package from his own clipart gallery. Comments and praise should be left at Nicu’s Blog post for this tutorial.
this is a simple tutorial that shows you how to illustrate a simple snowman using inkscape.
here is a simple yet effective procedure for drawing an axe using inkscape.
this is an awesome quick guide into some of the basics of inkscape.
it is a great introductory guide and a great quick reference guide for inkscape
- working with paths
- working with objects
- working with groups
- working with clips and paths
- working with layers
- working with gradients
here is another awesome tutorial by nicu. In it he demonstrates how to create simple postage stamps using Inkscape. What is really nice about this tutorial is that nicu demonstrates the 3 different ways of aligning circles around the edge of the rectangle to get the perforated edge effect that postage stamps have…
this tutorial is well worth a look.
here is a tutorial for creating a cute pencil icon using inkscape.
a simple, yet highly effective tutorial for drawing feathers…
Here is a cool little tip for creating a mirror modifier in inkscape using tiled clones…
What does that mean? basically it is set up so what you
draw on one side is automatically mirrored on the other…
its a cool tip so check it out:
here is a super-simple tutorial for creating a starfish character in inkscape.
great for a beginner to learn easy object manipulation.
here is an in-depth tutorial on creating a simple cartoon character in inkscape.
it follows the complete workflow through research, initial sketches, creating inkscape objects, and finishing of your slime.
all in all a very cool little tutorial.
A video tutorial by heathenx that shows you how to make a simple paperclip in inkscape. This tutorial also serves as a good introduction into basic path and curve manipulation.
Result of this tutorial:
Here is the tutorial:
This tutorial is the webpage version of the “Tips and Tricks” tutorial that comes bundled with inkscape. To view these tutorials as an SVG just go to Help>Tutorials in inkscape.
It covers the following tips:
Radial placement with “Tile Clones”, How to do slicing (multiple rectangluar export areas), Non-linear gradients, Excentric radial gradients, Aligning to the center of the page, Cleaning up the document, Clipping or masking a bitmap, Hidden features and the XML editor, Stamping, Pen tool tricks, Entering Unicode values, Using the grid for drawing icons, Object rotation, Open dialog as an object palette, Bitmap drop shadows, Placing text on a path, Selecting the original, Window off-screen recovery, Transparency, gradients and PostScript export