The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor by Dmitry KirsanovThe Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor by Dmitry Kirsanov

The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor

byDmitry Kirsanov

Paperback | October 9, 2009

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This is it. The complete and definitive guide to Inkscape, the free, vector-based graphics editor that competes with expensive drawing programs like Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW.

InThe Book of Inkscape, core Inkscape developer Dmitry Kirsanov shares his design experience and knowledge of Inkscape's inner workings as he walks you through the basics of using the program: drawing, working with objects, transformations and styling, adding text and shapes, and more. Kirsanov couples his detailed explanations with step-by-step tutorials that show you how to create business cards, animations, and technical and artistic drawings.

In addition to the basics, Kirsanov teaches you how to:

  • Navigate the canvas and customize your workspace and views
  • Create new objects and then transform, style, clone, and combine them
  • Use drawing tools, strokes, and Bézier curves
  • Use gradients, patterns, filters, and path effects to liven up your work
  • Use the XML Editor to view and manipulate the structure of your artwork
  • Work with layers, groups, object order, and locks to control your images
  • Export your artwork to various formats

This practical guide will show you how to harness Inkscape's powerful features to produce anything from a child's doodle to high-end, professional design projects. Now go ahead and draw something fun.

Dmitry Kirsanov is a developer and a graphic designer, specializing in website and logo design. His articles about Inkscape have appeared in Linux Format in the UK and on Kirsanov also writes the "Design Lab" column teaching creative fundamentals of web design (, and is the author of D...
Title:The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics EditorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 9.25 × 7 × 1.22 inPublished:October 9, 2009Publisher:No Starch PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1593271816

ISBN - 13:9781593271817


Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Inkscape and the World
  • Chapter 2: An Inkscape Primer
  • Chapter 3: Setting Up and Moving Around
  • Chapter 4: Objects
  • Chapter 5: Selecting
  • Chapter 6: Transforming
  • Chapter 7: Snapping and Arranging
  • Chapter 8: Styling
  • Chapter 9: Stroke and Markers
  • Chapter 10: Gradients and Patterns
  • Chapter 11: Shapes
  • Chapter 12: Editing Paths
  • Chapter 13: Path Effects and Extensions
  • Chapter 14: Drawing
  • Chapter 15: Text
  • Chapter 16: Clones
  • Chapter 17: Filters
  • Chapter 18: Bitmaps
  • Chapter 19: Tutorial: Designing a Business Card
  • Chapter 20: Tutorial: Creating an Animation
  • Chapter 21: Tutorial: Drawing a 3D - Correct Cartoon
  • Chapter 22: Tutorial: Artistic Drawing
  • Chapter 23: Tutorial: Technical Drawing
  • Chapter 24: Tutorial: The Rose
  • An SVG Primer
  • Import and Export
  • The Command Line
  • Keyboard Shortcuts