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Inkscape Tutorial Index by White-Heron Inkscape Tutorial Index by White-Heron
Yeah! I'm finally done with this! Now I can go back to doing lousy fanarts, or something! :D

To download the full .svg files, click the download button next to the image. Otherwise, you can view the .png versions online:

microUgly's Quick Guide to Inkscape (must-read before you use my tutorial)

I. Foreword: why Inkscape?
II. Interface preparation
III. Techniques
IV. Application

Inkscape is a truly awesome little program. I do suggest you try it out. Hopefully this tutorial will help ease up the learning curve a bit without forcing you to read the whole manual first. While it might seem complicated at times, once you get used to it the workflow becomes extremely smooth.

I originally wanted to somehow base the girl off some Inkscape theme, but didn't in the end save for adopting a dark+light color scheme. Ah well.

To those of you who can program, free drawing for anyone who implements one of the following into the current SVN:
- a perspective grid
- this feature here
- or some derivative of the "mask" function that basically works like masks except it leaves all areas outside the selection as Opaque, not invisible. Have it code an object that turns otherwise transparent areas into opaque white, or something, without forcing me to cover the whole picture up first manually. I want my easy editable (and visible! I don't want to have to cover the whole thing up first) holes! >: O

Any suck...err... any takers?!?! XP (warning: don't expect a Leonardo Da Vinci)

This tutorial is under a Creative Common license. I allow reproduction, reuse and derivatives of any or all parts of this tutorial, with or without explicit crediting, as long as the two following conditions are met:
- that the work be something to help promote Inkscape (which is the original purpose of this tutorial): better tutorial, presentation, article...
- that you do not outright claim authorship of the end product (that'd be lying). I'm not dead-set on getting credit or recognition, but I really don't want to have other people accuse me of "plagiarizing" My work. :S

Hope it helped. ^^
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maylin86 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes a very good Inkscape tutorial. Thank you for taking time out of your day to share. =)
White-Heron Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
You're welcome, and thanks for the fave! Inkscape keeps getting more awesome too! :)
maylin86 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. :la:
Miradox Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student General Artist
thank you, I just got inkscape and im having trouble getting used to it since I usually work with GIMP :iconeweplz:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
You're welcome! Thanks for the fave! :) Vector programs in general take some getting used to at first, but you'll see, Inkscape's interface is actually really nice to use. :D
KurosakiKeroro Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ummm can i ask.......... how to save an inkscape with some layer.?..i try save my work with svg file ...but when i opened it again ..the layer is gone,just 1 layer....
White-Heron Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
That's very strange, usually when you save as .svg, all the layers are preserved.

You access the layer panel by typing ctrl+shift+L , and there you can make new layers. You can also see which layer you're on at the bottom.

However, it Is very easy to switch layers by mistake: if you click on an object in another layer, you'd be automatically switching to that layer. That's why it's advised to lock all the layers you're not working on. Maybe you switched back to the first layer without knowing it?

Also, you'll occasionally find that some of your objects end up in a "layer" called "(root)". This is pretty annoying, and I usually resolve this by cutting all the objects in this "root" layer (select then ctrl+x), selecting the right layer, and pasting them back in the same location on the new layer (ctrl+alt+v).
KurosakiKeroro Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh thank for your respons ,but the problem is on saving file.. i allready saved in svg...but if i try to open it again,in just on 1 layer.. thas why im so confuse..i cant fokus on my work again, or maybe the layer can be separated again....or is there any tips that i dunno,about save the file with layer......not like in and open with some layer like last we saved...
oh and thanks needed..T_T
White-Heron Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
.svg is supposed to preserve layers, so it's very strange if you saved an .svg file with Inkscape, but when you open it again with Inkscape, the extra layers disappear. Did you use some other program in-between?

Try this:
- Start a brand new file with Inkscape
- Make a layer, draw a circle
- Make another layer, draw another object
- Save
- Close
- Open again with Inkscape

Did the layers still disappear? They're supposed to still be there, just like in Photoshop.
KurosakiKeroro Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i already do like what you said,but the other layer is still disappear..if i open it in the next day,..(of course my computer is off),and i opened it again..its disappear.just 1 layer only...
oh i forgot,if my computer i still on,the layer is complete...2 layer.i can see it.... opened in next day ,the other layer gone.....
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