Aaron Nieze over at VectorTuts+ covers 6 simple tips for working with gradients in inkscape, including On canvas gradient creation and editing, editing gradients using the gradient dialog, applying gradients to multiple objects, gradient editing keyboard shortcuts, creating repeating gradients, and adding gradients to the stroke of an object.
Inkscape has the ability to save as .eps (encapsulated postscript), which some printers require. However, getting inkscape to export them as pure vector (inkscape tends to convert everything to a bitmap and throw it in the .eps file) can be a bit of a black art. Luckily, Máirín Duffy has figured it out and outlines how to achieve it in this quick tutorial.
In another awesome tutorial on Learning to Draw 2D Art, Olga provides a great overview of the theory of perspective views, then provides 3 techniques in Inkscape for drawing in perspective. Olga covers using Inkscape’s 3D box tool, the Perspective extenstion and the Envelope Deformation Live Path Effect.
Here is awesome tutorial by Olga Bikmullina that explains 3 different techniques for creating artwork with an isometric projection using Inkscape. The techniques are: creating an Axonometric grid, Transforming objects, and creating 3D boxes. Depending on the type of design you are creating, you may use all three of these techniques in unison as well!
Here is another tutorial from shmoggo.com on creating a logo using inkscape:
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.
Here is an awesome tutorial from Aaron Nieze at the Shmoggo Blog. In this short tutorial, Aaron covers an array of inkscape Basics while creating a vector based company logo.
Here is an old list of 10 of the Best Inkscape Tutorials from back in 2009. All the links should work now, again.
Here is a neat howto from Libre Graphics World on how to use Inkscape and the GIMP to create a simple, colourful acrylic painting effect from a boring, lifeless photo.
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, Chris Hildenbrand did a follow-up tutorial on how to modify your vector helicopter, which is pretty easy thanks to the power of Inkscape and SVG!
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!
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.
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.
OSStatic.com has published a neat little article on getting started with inkscape. Be sure to check it out for a list of some of the best current resources for beginning to learn inkscape.
Ever wondered how to quickly create a block arrow with inkscape? This quick tutorial shows you how!
Here is another great tutorial from Josh over at Tucson Labs. In this tutorial, Josh walks you through designing and exporting a webpage layout with inkscape.