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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)

Index
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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:iconmaylin86:
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. =)
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White-Heron Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
You're welcome, and thanks for the fave! Inkscape keeps getting more awesome too! :)
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maylin86 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. :la:
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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:
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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
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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....
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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).
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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 photoshop..save and open with some layer like last we saved...
oh and thanks before...help needed..T_T
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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.
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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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White-Heron Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Alright, can you upload an example file into your scraps gallery? I'm going to open it myself to have a look.

Also, which version of Inkscape are you using?
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KurosakiKeroro Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my innkscape ver 0,47.....
[link]
here's the link.....

oh is there any new ver of inkscape?
i just think...that, my inkscape could be crash,should i download and install on my com again?
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White-Heron Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
That is weird, because I do see 2 layers:
- a Remember layer for the text
- a Layer 2 for the image

The latest version is 0.48, and it has even more shiny toys in it. :D So, I suggest you try to install the latest version and try to open your file again. I assure you the layers are supposed to be there. I'm using 0.48 and both layers showed up.
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cocovainilla Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
thank you for this tutorial :D
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zabaz Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you and keep supporting OpenSource!! = )
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Neutrino-X Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
:+fav:'ing this. I use Inkscape for a lot of my stuff but could help more info. :)
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gothicpsyche Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
I've been meaning to get into Inkscape. Thanks for the great tutorial! ;)
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White-Heron Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
It's a bit obsolete now that Inkscape 0.46 is out, though. XD The tweak tool is amazing! It makes things SO much easier! :dance:
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gothicpsyche Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
Oooh, didn't know a new version was out! Thanks for the update! ^_^ The tutorial would still be a big help -- I'm still making my transition from Photoshop into Inkscape as my main vector program. :blush: Every little bit helps, so thanks! ;)
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White-Heron Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
I should probably make a new tutorial one day. *sigh* No time for it now.

With the tweak tool, the calligraphy tool is the tool to go to now. Use it for rough drawing, and use the tweak tool to adjust. ^^ Remember that the tweak tool only applies to the currently selected stroke (so you won't wonder why there isn't being an effect), and you'll be fine. :thumbs:
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gothicpsyche Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
Thanks for the tip! I'm currently downloading Inkscape and can't wait to try it! :excited:
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TheStreetlight Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
I'll most definetly check it out ^^
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bwansy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
Inkscape-tan? XD
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White-Heron Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007
Maaaybe. XD Though I'm pretty sure others would be able to come up with nicer designs than this one. XP
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microUgly Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Great tutorial. It is kind of you to mention my guide.

If you're not already a member of inkscapeforum.com (or don't intend to become a member) would you mind if I posted links to this tutorial?
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White-Heron Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
It was not kindness. It was convenience. ;) I had 3 options:
- do it all over myself (bleh)
- tell them to RTFM (whoo-hoo, like they'd appreciate That)
- just point to your guide.

I went for the option that was easier on everyone. :P The manual is great, for sure, but uh... kind of long. XD

I'm already a member at your forum, and I do believe I've already posted the tutorial there. :D I'm WhiteHeron.
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microUgly Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Ah, how embarrassing. I didn't see your name in members list and must have overlooked your post. Embarrassing since the forum isn't that active yet :)
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White-Heron Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
No problem! ^^ The forum's only just starting. It's actually nice to have it start slow for now because things are so easy to find. XD It will grow eventually, hopefully.

And I really like the way it's been arranged! :D
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microUgly Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Thanks. I've had one comment against the arrangement, and I'm prepared to be flexible with what forums and categories we have, but unless I see a trend in opinions it'll remain as is. I'm glad to hear someone likes it :)
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ryanlerch Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
awesome tut!
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White-Heron Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Glad you liked it! Hope it helped! :D
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