Here is a quick how-to outlining the process to create custom inkscape SVG filters to style text. The tutorial covers the procedure to create a filter for text with a shadow, slightly inset text and raised, super glossy text. The tutorial also has a downloadable SVG so you can open up the image in Inkscape and play with the filters yourself.
This tutorial covers a multitude of hidden inkscape text tricks, including changing the baseline, rotation and kerning (spacing between) individual letters in a text block. All these effects are achieved by manituplating the text object, you can edit the text itself at any time!
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.
We have posted many tutorials in the past covering how to achieve a shiny effect in inkscape. A newbie inkscaper should be able to follow the detailed directions to create a shiny Donate button as a first inkscape project.
One of the most frequently asked questions from Inkscape users is “how do i crop an image or object?” The Clipping feature is by far the easiest and most versatile way to crop vector or bitmap/raster objects in Inkscape. This FAQ provides you with a step by step tutorial covering the basics of clipping.
Here is another article from Alexandre Prokoudine [blog | twitter] detailing the differences between embedding or linking bitmap images in Inkscape. If you have ever had the red cross and the words “Linked image not found” show up in your Inkscape projects, then this article is for you.
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.
Here is a set of free cartoon animal clipart that can be used for anything. All the images in this set are totally free can be used for any purpose and do not have any watermarks that will stop you from using them anywhere!
These cute animals are available over at the Open Clip Art Library. There are many more in this style than in the sample below, so head past the break for the entire list of animals in this set. As with all the artwork in the Open Clip Art Library, these SVGs are Public Domain, so you can do pretty much anything with them!
The gradient tool in Inkscape is a powerful feature that allows artists to add and edit linear and radial colour gradients on-canvas. Gradients in vector graphics provide the ability to provide the illusion of depth and light to otherwise flat images. When combined with the blur filter, gradients can be used to create photo-realistic vector images.
A Lamborghini Gallardo drawn entirely with Inkscape vectors.
However, having gradients behave strangely when moving or resizing an object is a common issue encountered by Inkscape users.
Here is a another fun little tutorial from McKay Christensen showing how to create a neat texture effects using Inkscape. The awesome thing about this tutorial is that it is 100% scalable vector graphics (SVG), there is not a bitmap texture in sight! McKay achieves this by using SVG filters. To finish it off, he shows you how to put a rough paper texture over some text, and give it a drop shadow. This tutorial is a great introduction into the use of the filters dialog in 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.
Here is an awesome, detailed tutorial on creating a photo-realistic vector candle. The procedure in this tutorial is a great introduction to illustrating basic light effects using inkscape. Note that this tutorial requires a knowledge of Inkscape’s basic tools and interface.
This business card tutorial describes the procedure to create a stylish darker business card with a grunge bitmap texture background. While this tutorial is quite easy to follow, the author assumes a basic understanding of the inkscape interface (check out the official inkscape intro tutorial).
This very detailed tutorial by Syllie from Very Simple Designs explains how to create popular paisley motifs used in fabric and stationery designs. Not only you will learn to use Spiro curves, path insets and the Pattern along path extension, but you’ll understand better the nature of paisley patterns — how they are constructed, how they are decorated and what last finishing steps you can take to improve your design.
This tutorial by Yuriy Apostol explains drawing objects in perspective using a somewhat underestimated 3D Box tool. You will also learn creating realistic rounded edges of 3D objects and complex shadows.