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INKSCAPE is an Open Source Vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw or Xara X, which uses the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Inkscape can create and edit complex vector graphics and save them in a variety of formats. These illustrations and drawings may be used for Desktop Publishing, in your presentations and documents. Thus it may benefit everyone who requires graphics for presentations or any type of document. In particular it will be very useful for the graphic designer, web designer and the desktop publisher. There are no pre-requisites for learning Inkscape.

The current stable version of Inkscape is 0.48.1. Inkscape may be used under all flavours of Linux, Windows and Mac Operating Systems.

Please see the associated text box of individual spoken tutorials on the website to decide the versions of software and OS to which it is applicable.

The Spoken Tutorial effort for Inkscape was contributed by Saurabh Gadgil, Arthi Anbalagan and Shital Joshi from the Spoken Tutorial Project and is supported by Nancy Varkey from IIT Bombay.

Learners: High School and UG/PG students who wish to learn desktop publishing work - creating banners, posters, brochures, CD cover image, artwork for textiles, etc.

Basic Level

  1. Overview of Inkscape
    • Introduction to Inkscape
    • Interesting features
    • Usage of Inkscape
    • Installation of Inkscape in Linux and Windows O
    • Draw a rectangle
    • Saving an Inkscape file
  2. Create and edit shapes
    • Inkscape interface
    • Create basic shapes like
    • rectangle, square
    • circle, ellipse
    • polygons, stars
    • Fill color
    • Learn about the different types of handles -
    • resize
    • rotate
    • skew
    • Modify shapes using handles
  3. Fill, Stroke and Colour    
    • Fill color in objects
    • Give objects an outline
    • Various types of gradients
    • Stroke paint and style
  4. Create and edit multiple objects
    • Copy and paste objects
    • Duplicate and clone objects
    • Group and Order various objects
    • Multiple selection and invert selection
    • Clipping and Masking
  5. Layers and Boolean operations
    • Layers and layer pallette
    • Add a new layer
    • Rename a layer
    • Position a layer above or below other layers
    • Lock a layer
    • Hide a layer
    • Various modes
    • Add various filters
    • Create Boolean operations
  6. Align and distribute objects
    • Align and distribute various objects
    • Align objects with reference to something
    • Arrange objects in rows and columns
    • Set spacing between objects
    • Create a tile pattern
  7. Create and Format objects
    • Inserting text
    • Formatting text
    • Aligning text
    • Spacing and bullet
    • Making a simple flyer
  8. Text tool features
    • Manual kerning
    • Horizontal kerning
    • Vertical shift
    • Character rotation
    • Spell check
    • Superscript
    • Subscript
  9. Basics of Beizer Tool
    • Drawing using Bezier tool
    • Modes of bezier tool
    • Shapes of the paths
    • Node tool
    • Add, edit, delete nodes
    • Join and break paths
  10. Text Manipulation
    • Text on path in Inkscape
    • Text on shape in inkscape
    • Image inside text
    • Text in perspective
    • Cutout text in inkscape

Intermediate Level

  1. Create an A4 Poster
    • To make an A4 poster for Spoken Tutorial
    • Explaining to set page size for A4, default units (pixel/cm/inch), Orientation and Guides
    • Explaining to design with shapes and paths for a layout
    • Aligning the text content of the poster
    • Import logos and images
    • Save and export in PDF and PNG
  2. Create a 3-fold brochure    
    • Explaining how to set page size, default unit in Inkscape
    • Orientation and about Guides for 3-fold
    • Separating the page into 3 fold with rulers
    • Design the brochure
    • Importance of layers in Inkscape
    • Save and export in pdf in Inkscape
  3. Design a CD label    
    • Creating a CD design label
    • Document settings
    • Designing the layout
    • Alignment of text and images
    • Saving the document and exporting in various formats
  4. Design a visiting card    
    • To set the page size for visiting card and setting other document properties in Inkscape
    • Arrangement of the various objects in the visiting card
    • Explaining how to arrange for multiple prints on the same page of the visiting card in Inkscape
  5. Create patterns in Inkscape    
    • Create Patterns in Inkscape
    • Pattern along Path in Inkscape
    • Patterns using Spray tool
    • Path Effect Editor in Inkscape

Advanced Level

  1. Special effects on text
    • Special effects on text in Inkscape
    • Reflected text in Inkscape
    • Labeled text
    • Change the text case in Inkscape
  2. Trace bitmaps in Inkscape
    • Inkscape
    • Difference between raster and vector image
    • Various raster and vector formats
    • Convert raster image to vector
  3. Warli art for Textle design
    • Creating a simple Warli art in Inkscape
    • Repeat patterns using cloning
    • Application of the Warli art in Textile design
  4. Mango pattern for Textile design
    • Mango pattern in Inkscape for Textile design
    • Repeat patterns using cloning
    • Application of the Warli art in Textile design

Contributors and Content Editors

Arthi, Gaurav, Minal, Nancyvarkey, PoojaMoolya, Pratik kamble