Free and Open Source Software internships for women

While not directly Inkscape related, the GNOME foundation recently announced that applications opened for the 2013 Free and Open Source Software internships for women.

For Designers that use Free and Open Source software (if you use Inkscape, that is you!), there are internships provided by both the Fedora project and the GNOME project that may suit you!

If you are intelligible to participate, be sure to spread the word about this awesome program.

A number of organizations are offering Outreach Program for Women internships from January 2 to April 2, 2013. The application deadline is December 3, 2012. The applicants need to get in touch with individual projects they are interested in working on and make a small contribution ahead of the application deadline.

The participating organizations are:

  • Deltacloud – abstraction layer for the differences between the cloud providers
  • Fedora – GNU/Linux-based operating system
  • GNOME – GNU/Linux-based desktop environment and applications
  • JBoss – Java-based application server and related projects
  • Mozilla – software that promotes the goals of the Open Web
  • OpenStack – cloud deployment and management software
  • Tor – anonymizing proxy network
  • Wikimedia – wiki software and infrastructure for Wikipedia and related projects

Participants will work remotely from home, while getting guidance from an assigned mentor and collaborating within their project’s team and the rest of the FOSS community. The projects include software development, system administration, web development, user experience design, graphic design, documentation, and marketing. The stipend for the program is $5,000 (USD).

Be sure to check out the page on the GNOME wiki that outlines how you can get involved.

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!

Libre Graphics Meeting 2011

The call just opened for for all artists and developers in the open source graphics to submit presentation ideas for this year’s Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM)  in Montreal from May 10th  to 13th. To submit a talk proposal, add you idea to the page on the create wiki, or if presenting isn’t your thing, help the conference to remain free for participants by donating to the conference. Interested about what goes on at an LGM? check out all the videos from LGM 2010.




About LGM:

The Libre Graphics Meeting exists to unite and accelerate the efforts behind Free, Libre and Open Source creative software. Since 2006, this annual meeting is the premiere conference for developers, users and supporters of projects such as GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, Krita, Scribus, Hugin, the Open Clipart Library, and the Open Font Library who are gathered to work on interoperability, shared standards, and new ideas. Work at prior LGMs has pushed the state of the art in important areas such as color management, cross-application sharing of assets, and common interchange formats.

Inkscape 0.48.1 Officially Official

The Inkscape development community has announced the availability of Inkscape 0.48.1 bug-fix release. The 0.48.1 Release resolves 82 tickets in the Inkscape Launchpad bug queue, delivering a wide range of bug-fixes, stability improvements and performance enhancements to 0.48, which was released in August 2010. Most notably,

  • the stability of the Node tool has been greatly improved,
  • the position markers on the rulers are now re-drawn correctly. Fixing the issue of the arrows remaining on the ruler, obscuring the measurements.
  • improved export of masks on cairo-based export formats (e.g. PDF export)
  • issues with extensions not working on OSX have been fixed

Check out the Release Notes for 0.48.1 and download the new release now! Also, be sure to check out the screenshots page for 0.48 for a refresher on the awesome new features that 0.48 delivered.

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 Inkscape Filter effect to style text

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.

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