Inkscape is a free vector graphics editor program compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems. You can use it to create and edit illustrations, typography, charts and other various design forms. The program uses vector graphics that allow you to make sharp printouts and renderings for both artistic and technical use. In this beginner’s guide to Inkscape you will discover how to use it and make vector illustrations.
How to Set Up Preferences
If you don’t yet have the Inkscape app, you can download
it from here
. To start working with Inkscape, you should configure the program for your needs and make it convenient for you. To do so, follow the instructions below.
How to Change Language
To change the app language click on File > Preferences
in the top left corner. In the new tab scroll down to Interface
and use the drop menu located next to Language
to select your desired language. Don’t forget to restart
Inkscape to apply your changes.
How to Use Dots Instead of Lines For the Grid
If you feel more comfortable working in the dotted grid you can change these settings as well. Click on File > Preferences
. In the new menu choose Interface > Grids
and in the Default grid settings
table checkmark Show dots instead of lines
. Close the preferences window and restart
How to Create Templates
If you’d like to save some graphics and use them as templates later, you can do so, by following the instructions below.
To save a template click on File > Save As
. Type the name of the template file and locate it in templates file
on the left column.
To open a template click on File > New from Template
and choose the desired one from the list. Then, click on Create from template
How to Change Page Size
If you’d like to work on a landscape orientation instead of the portrait or A3 format instead of A4, you can personalize the default settings. To change the default page size click on File > Document Properties
and choose the page format or insert a custom size.
How to Activate the Auto-Save Feature
To enable the Auto-Save feature
and never worry about losing the data, click on File > Preferences > Input/Output > Autosave
. Checkmark the Enable Autosave
tab and choose the time interval
after which Inkscape automatically saves your work in progress. You can also select a custom folder for your autosave
(Autosave directory) and the maximum number of autosaves. To apply the changes, restart the program
==How to Use Different Tools===
How to Insert Text
To insert text to your document click on A
icon on the left menu, select the area, and type a text. You can change its size and rotate
it using the arrow
tool, or change its colour
using the pipetting tool
How to Import an Image
To import an image to your Inkscape document, just click on File > Import...
And select the image you want.
How to Use Filters
The Inkscape app offers tons of different filters
that you can use. If you want to try the feature, click on Filters
and pick the one of your choice. It will be automatically overlaid on the picture.
How to Use Shape Tools and Gradients
There are different shape tools on your left panel. You can create rectangles, squares, triangles, arcs, ellipses, stars, 3D boxes
, etc by using it.
To colour your drawing
you can use different tools such as gradients, meshes, filling, and pipet
. Try all of them and choose the most convenient for your document.
How to Add Layers
Layers allow you to overlay illustrations on top of each other, manage the content, and easily make changes. To add a layer, go to Layer
in the upper menu and choose Add Layer
. Then you can manage your layers in the left-side menu.
How to Export File in a Different Format
Even though Inkscape supports SVG
as a default format, you can save your documents in different formats. To save it in PNG
, simply click on File > Save as PNG
. To save it under other formats
such as .eps, .pdf, .ps
etc, click on File > Save As
, then choose the desired format from the list and press Save
Clear the List of Recently Opened Files
To clear the list of recently opened files under Inkscape:
Click on the File menu > Inkscape Preferences > Interface
In the right pane click on the "Clear list" button, next to "Maximum documents in Open Recent:.."
Close the Preferences window.
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