Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Monday, August 24, 2020 at 23:56

This is a guide book for students to learn computer drawing using Inkscape program. You are recommended to use Ubuntu operating system to exercise this book. This book is like previous book GIMP for Authors which is divided into several parts to make you easier to learn and practice. This book is mainly intended for students but also can be helpful for users moving from Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW. You are encouraged to practice everything in this book commercially. As usual, I will write part by part by keep updating this front page so keep watching here. I hope this will be useful for everyone! 

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1. Getting Started with Inkscape
  • Introduction to Inkscape
  • Introduction to Inkscape Extensions 
  • Difference between bitmap and vector
  • Difference between Inkscape and GIMP
  • Features of Inkscape
  • Inkscape for commercial purposes
  • Image formats
  • Inkscape User Interface
  • Get used to Toolbox
  • Switching from Illustrator or CorelDRAW
  • Vector editors other than Inskcape (LibreOffice, SK1, Calligra)
  • Other editors which can work with Inkscape (GIMP, ImageMagick, Krita, Shutter, Uniconvertor)
  • Installing Inkscape to computer
  • Preparing canvas
  • Creating first artwork
  • Saving
  • Exporting

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  • Vector image formats
  • Bitmap image formats
  • Open
  • Import 
  • Insert bitmap picture
  • Save as
  • Export as PNG
  • Export as JPEG 
  • Export as PDF
  • Formats for working with Illustrator or CorelDRAW
  • Inkscape Extensions to help with formats

3. Getting Fonts into Inkscape
  • What is font?
  • Where to download fonts?
  • What fonts are safe to use commercially?
  • Installing fonts
  • Checking fonts

4. Mastering Text
  • Text Tool (T)
  • Write text
  • Choose fonts
  • Coloring text
  • Fill and Store
  • Formatting text
  • Transforming text (move, flip, resize, rotate)

5. Drawing and Coloring
  • Introduction
  • Fill and Stroke
  • Color bar
  • Color swatches
  • Select Tool (S)
  • Rectangle Tool (R)
  • Node Tool (N)
  • Transforming objects (move, flip, resize, rotate)

6. Guides and Snaps
  • Introduction
  • Making guidelines
  • Making objects snap one another
  • Automatic positioning of objects

7. Cropping
  • Introduction
  • Cutting off a bitmap
  • Cutting off an object
  • Intersections

8. Vectorization
  • Converting bitmap into vector automatically
  • Converting bitmap into vector manually

9. Effects and Drop Shadows
  • Opacity
  • Blur
  • Filters
  • Making simple drop shadow
  • Making glowing object
  • Making translucent object
  • Reduce computer loads by turning off effects

10. Inkscape Shortcuts 
  • Toolbox
  • Menubar
  • Export
  • Swatches
  • Fill and Stroke

This list of book chapters can still be changed as long as this book still being written.

About Inkscape


Inkscape (formerly Sodipodi) is a computer free software classified as vector image editor which is available for all major operating systems. It is developed collaboratively worldwide in a way it is called open source. These two means Inkscape is unlimited to use commercially and for any other purposes. Technically Inkscape works with RGB colorspaces, world class SVG image format, and is capable to open and edit other software formats too. You can get Inkscape for your computer from its official website inkscape.org. You can donate to help funding Inkscape development.


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