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Time Narration
00:01 Welcome to the Spoken Tutorial on Create an A4 Poster using Inkscape.
00:07 In this tutorial, we will learn to:
00:10 Change the Document properties
00:12 Design an A4 poster and
00:14 Save the poster in pdf.
00:17 To record this tutorial, I am using:
00:19 Ubuntu Linux 12.04 OS
00:22 Inkscape version 0.48.4
00:26 Let us open Inkscape.
00:28 Go to File. Click on New.
00:32 These are the default canvas sizes that are available.
00:37 My canvas is, by default, in A4 size.
00:41 So, I will leave it as it is.
00:44 If it is not so, on your machine, then select A4 size.
00:49 Let us now change some settings.
00:51 Go to File. Click on Document properties.
00:54 A dialog box opens up where we can find various tabs and options.
00:59 Let us learn about them one by one.
01:03 In the first tab Page, click on the Default units drop-down list.
01:08 As I click one-by-one, observe that the unit of the ruler changes.
01:13 Let me keep the unit as pixels.
01:16 Background option helps to change the transparency and color of the background.
01:21 When we click on it, a new dialog box appears.
01:24 Move the RGB sliders to the left and right.
01:29 To make the background colour visible on the canvas, move the alpha slider towards the right.
01:35 Now the transparency changes to the selected 'RGB' values.
01:40 Observe that the color on the background option, in the Document properties window, changes as I move.
01:47 Bring the Alpha slider back to the extreme left and close the dialog box.
01:52 Under Page size, we find many options.
01:55 We can change the size of the canvas using these options too.
02:00 As I click, observe the change in the canvas size.
02:04 Let us keep the page size as A4.
02:08 Orientation can be changed to either Portrait or Landscape.
02:12 Click on both the options and observe the change on the canvas.
02:17 We can change the width and height of the canvas using the Width and Height parameters.
02:23 Click on the Units drop-down list. Here, we can change the units according to our requirement.
02:31 Let us now change the units to pixels.
02:34 Click on Resize page to content option.
02:37 The various available options open up.
02:41 We can set margins for all the sides here.
02:45 After setting the margins, one needs to click on the button Resize page to drawing or selection.
02:51 Next is the Border option. We can see 3 check-box options here.
02:57 To demonstrate these options, let me first draw an ellipse in this manner.
03:03 The first option makes the page border, that is, the border of the canvas visible.
03:08 Uncheck this option and observe that the borders disappear.
03:13 Then again, check the option and observe that the borders re-appear.
03:18 The second option sets the border on top of the drawing so that it is clearly visible.
03:25 Once again check and uncheck this option and observe what happens on the canvas.
03:31 The third option shows a shadow of the canvas on the right and bottom.
03:36 Notice here, the border to the right and bottom are thicker than the other two sides.
03:42 Uncheck the third option and observe that this shadow disappears.
03:47 We can use all these options according to our requirement and preference.
03:52 The Border color option allows us to decide the color of the border.
03:57 Let us leave the default border color as it is.
04:01 Next, click on Guides tab.
04:03 Guides help you align text and graphic objects on the canvas.
04:08 You can create ruler guides here.
04:12 Click on the vertical ruler and drag a guideline.
04:15 Now check and uncheck the first option Show Guides
04:19 and observe the guideline appears and disappears on the canvas.
04:25 Guide color is the color of the guideline.
04:28 Highlight color is the color of the guideline when it is being dragged to a certain position.
04:33 The default colours of the guide and the highlight are shown here.
04:37 You can change it as per your preference.
04:41 I will leave the default colors as they are.
04:44 Snap guides while dragging option helps to snap the objects or bounding box to the nearest guidelines while dragging.
04:52 Next, click on the Grids tab.
04:54 Using this option, we can set the grid that appears behind the artwork on the canvas.
05:00 Grids are helpful to position objects on the canvas but they do not get printed.
05:07 Click on the drop-down list.
05:09 Rectangular grid and Axonometric grid are the two types of grids available.
05:16 Select Rectangular grid and click on the New button.
05:20 Immediately, a grid is formed on the canvas background.
05:25 We can set the grid properties as per our requirement using the available options.
05:31 We can remove the grid by clicking on the Remove button at the bottom.
05:36 In a similar way, you can try the options for Axonometric grid too.
05:41 The options in the next 3 tabs will be covered in the advanced level tutorials in this series.
05:47 Now, let us start creating the poster.
05:50 So, first let me delete the ellipse and the guideline.
05:53 For our poster, we will first design a background.
05:58 Click on the Rectangle tool.
06:00 Draw a large rectangle that covers the whole canvas.
06:06 Color it with light blue gradient.
06:08 Next, draw a header area on the top
06:16 and a footer area at the bottom of the canvas using the Bezier tool.
06:23 We will color it blue.
06:25 Let us import the Spoken Tutorial logo now.
06:28 This logo has been provided to you in the Code Files link.
06:32 So, first of all, pause the tutorial. Click on Code Files and download the zip file.
06:39 Now unzip the folder and save it in your preferred location on your machine.
06:45 Now come back to our Inkscape document.
06:47 Go to File menu. Click on Import.
06:51 Go to folder where the logo is saved.
06:54 Select the Spoken Tutorial logo and click on Open.
06:59 A new dialog box opens up. Click on OK.
07:03 Now the logo is imported on our canvas.
07:06 Resize it to 100×100 pixels.
07:09 Place it on the top left corner of the header area.
07:14 Now, type the text Spoken Tutorial.
07:18 Make it Bold.
07:20 Change the text font size to 48.
07:24 Place it to the right of the logo.
07:27 After this, type the text “partner with bridge the digital divide”.
07:35 Change the font size to 20.
07:39 Next, let us add some text.
07:42 I have already saved a sample text in a LibreOffice Writer document on my machine.
07:47 This sample text has been provided to you in the Code Files.
07:51 Please locate it in your saved folder.
07:54 Now, I will copy and paste this text in the empty space on my poster.
08:00 Change the font size to 28.
08:04 Set the line spacing.
08:06 Create bullets and place before each sentence.
08:10 We will add 2 images below that.
08:13 As before, import them one by one.
08:17 I have saved them in the images folder.
08:20 These images have been provided to you in the Code Files.
08:24 Please locate them in your saved folder.
08:27 Select the images and resize them.
08:30 Move them to the bottom area of the poster.
08:33 Let us write the contact details at the footer area.
08:37 Once again, copy and paste the text from LibreOffice Writer document.
08:42 Change the font size to 18.
08:45 Now, our poster is ready.
08:47 Next, let us learn how to save it in pdf format.
08:51 Go to File and click on Save As.
08:55 A dialog box appears.
08:58 Choose the folder in which you want to save.
09:00 I will choose Desktop.
09:02 Change the format to pdf by clicking on the drop-down list at the bottom right of the dialog box.
09:09 Here, in the Name field, type: Spoken-Tutorial-Poster.pdf.
09:16 Then click on Save button.
09:18 Our poster is saved in the Desktop.
09:21 Let us go to our Desktop and check our poster.
09:25 So, we have the poster in pdf format.
09:28 Let us summarize. In this tutorial we learnt to:
09:32 Change the Document properties
09:34 Design an A4 poster
09:36 Saving the poster in pdf.
09:38 Here is an assignment for you-
09:40 create an A4 poster for Spoken Tutorial Project.
09:44 Your completed assignment should look like this.
09:48 The video available at the following link summarizes the Spoken Tutorial project. Please watch it.
09:54 The Spoken Tutorial Project team conducts workshops and gives certificates for those who pass an online test.
10:01 For more details, please write to us.
10:04 Spoken Tutorial Project is supported by the NMEICT, MHRD, Government of India.
10:10 More information on this mission is available at this link.
10:14 We have come to the end of this tutorial.
10:16 This is Arthi and Saurabh from IIT Bombay, signing off. Thanks for joining.

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