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This is a free, user-editable, open source software manual. Inkscape Interface Inkscape. Guide to a Vector Drawing Program. 4th Edition. Color Addendum. Tavmjong Bah. (Documenting versions and ). Suggestions and. Inkscape. How to use this user guide. This handbook accompanies the taught The advantage of using PDF is that it preserves the layout and content of your.
The functions are diverse yes have a similar feel as other graphic applications. With time, one can figure out the application and the functions, but only if they are persistent and do not give up. The primary purpose behind Inkscape it to provide an open source application that will allow any user to create personal graphics.
Even for those that have experience with illustration applications, this one still appears and behaves differently in many ways. Therefore, this document, along with the in-class training should eliminate most frustrations.
The objective of this document is to make the use of Inkscape as clear and understandable as possible. Not all users are going to continue to use it after the semester is over and I am aware of that fact. However, for the purposes of the Multimedia and Development course, the introduction to the basics of Inkscape will allow each individual to experience using one of the many multimedia type programs available.
This document will not explain every single button or ever function, just the basics. When you are done with this manual and the instructions in class, you will probably be able to draw your own icons. Since everyone is different and not all learners want to go into using illustrations, I cannot promise that 3 Inkscape Instructional Manual everyone will be on the same proverbial page when we are done. Inkscape Interface When you first open Inkscape, your screen will look like Figure 1. The working area looks similar to a sheet of paper.
There are tools on the top portion and tools to the left of the screen. These tools are the main tools you will use for drawing.
However, other tools will appear as you use other functions. These will be shown in this manual and demonstrated in class.
The lower portion of the screen has the stats and color options available This manual will work through the canvas navigation, managing documents, learn the shape tool basics, selection techniques, transforming objects, gradient coloring, and basic Figure 1 — Inkscape Interface drawing tools.
I personally find the keyboard the preferred way of panning the canvas, as it does feel more flexible. You can use your mouse and select the canvas and drag using the middle button. Finally, you can use the scrollbars, which are off by default. This will also allow you to hide the scrollbars again if you care to do so. To zoom in and out, allowing you to see a close up view of your graphic, you simply hold the Ctrl key and the middle mouse button.
Inkscape Tools Here we will first have a quick glance over the interface and tools within by view of one large editing screenshot. On the following page you will find Figure 2. It is intentionally general in detail; it is simply an overview of the different parts of the interface. These will be described to various degrees; depending on the significance of the tool for learning basics: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,. Before objects can be manipulated, they must be selected.
This section covers some of the various ways selecting can be done. Normally, the Select Tool is used for selecting objects. To activate, click on the icon in the Tool Box or use the keyboard shortcut F1. One can toggle between another tool and the Select Tool by using the Space Bar if that other tool was selected first. The only scenario that does now allow switching between tools is when using the Text Tool when in text enter mode. There are times when some objects can be directly selected by other tools.
For example, shapes e. Rapid double clicking on an object when the Select Tool is active will select an object and change the tool to a tool appropriate for editing that object. For example, double clicking on a rectangle will select the rectangle and change the tool to the Rectangle Tool. Multiple objects can be selected at the same time. The Notification Region lists the number and type of objects selected.
This is especially useful when objects overlap and it isn't clear which are selected. By default, a box is drawn around each selected object. Only one of these two methods can be active at a time.
Selecting with the Mouse By adding Ctrl to many of the commands below, objects within a Group can be selected. This allows multiple objects to be selected. If the object clicked on is not already selected, it will be. If it is already selected, it will be deselected.
This allows one to select objects covered by others. If the bottommost object is already selected, this will select the topmost object. This is often referred to as rubber-band selecting. The rubber band is the temporary line drawn while dragging. Also inhibits selection of an object under the start of the drag without the shift, an object under the start of a drag is selected and moved.
These are mostly drag and drop functions, which can be used to make some simple games, along with several typical interactive functions, such as when clicking or mousing over. A quick internet search should turn up more than you can imagine! All of the path's nodes appear.
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Selecting Nodes Nodes must be selected before they can be edited. Selected nodes are indicated by a change in color as well as a slight enlargement in size. The handles of the selected nodes are shown, as are the handles for adjacent nodes.
If the handles get in the way of selecting nodes, they can be toggled off by clicking on the Hide Handles icon in the Tool Controls. Clicking the icon a second time toggles the handles back on. Nodes can be selected for editing a number of ways:.
A node turns red when the pointer hovers over it and it can be selected or deselected. The hand symbol is added to the pointer when hovering over a clickable path. Note that a node can be selected and moved in one step by click-dragging on the node. The drag must not begin on a path unless the Shift is used. Using the Shift key allows the drag to begin on a path except over a node.
Nodes can be added or removed from the selection by holding down the Shift key while using one of the above methods. This selection technique is especially useful in conjunction with node sculpting.
Two modes are possible: The default mode adds nodes based on the spatial distance from the cursor. If the Ctrl key is held down, the nodes are selected based on the linear distance measured along the path.
In this latter case, only nodes in the same sub-path can be selected. Tab selects the next node in a path if one is already selected.
This is usually the adjacent node in the direction the path was drawn. If no node is selected, it will select the first node. Editing Nodes with the Mouse The mouse can be used to move nodes and handles by dragging them.
The mouse is used to alter the shape of a path between two nodes by dragging the path. Nodes Left Mouse Drag: Move selected nodes: If the pointer starts over a selected node, all selected nodes will move. If the pointer starts over an unselected node, that node will be selected and moved.
Move selected nodes along a line collinear with a node handle or to its perpendicular passing through the node.
The handles used are those belonging to the node where the pointer begins the drag. Temporarily disable snapping nodes to the Grid or to Guide Lines if snapping of nodes enabled. While dragging, drop an unlinked copy of the nodes.
The copy is of the entire path even if only a few are selected. Handles A handle becomes active when the mouse hovers over its control point. The control point will turn red. The Shift, Ctrl, and Alt keys can be used in combination for the options listed below. Snap handle to either a multiple of the Rotation snap angle 15 degrees by default , or a line collinear with or orthogonal to the original handle.
This is a manual for new users of Inkscape. It is just a basic introduction to the basic tools for drawing. Flag for inappropriate content. Related titles. Jump to Page. Search inside document. Inkscape Interface When you first open Inkscape, your screen will look like Figure 1.
The lower portion of the screen has the stats and color options available This manual will work through the canvas navigation, managing documents, learn the shape tool basics, selection techniques, transforming objects, gradient coloring, and basic Figure 1 — Inkscape Interface drawing tools. Inkscape Tools Here we will first have a quick glance over the interface and tools within by view of one large editing screenshot. These will be described to various degrees; depending on the significance of the tool for learning basics: Selecting with the Mouse By adding Ctrl to many of the commands below, objects within a Group can be selected.
Select Object: Select an object by clicking on it. Select All: Selects all objects in current Layer. Deselect all selected objects. Figure 4 — Rectangle Shape Figure 5 — Rectangle type Path Figure 4, demonstrates that the Rectangle can be resized, and it is still a rectangle.
The Bezier Tool As mentioned previously, all paths are represented in Inkscape as a series of Bezier curves. Figure 7 — Drawing Bezier curve Move the cursor to the position of the next Bezier curve end-point or node, as in Figures Figure 11 - Path composed of two curves Eleven other useful things to know while using the Bezier Tool: Paths from Other Objects There are several ways to generate paths indirectly.
Tracing Bitmaps The graphic image in Figure 12 was imported to be traced. Nodes can be selected for editing a number of ways: Move selected nodes in either the horizontal or vertical direction.
Rotate both handles of a node together. Allow only angle and not length to change as handle is dragged. Kumara Wanasinghe. Shin Sai. Dennis DeBerry. Michael Sturgeon, Ph. Kulwant Nagi. Kumar Sharma. Microchip Fabrication 5th Ed. Balbeer Singh Rathor. More From Michael Sturgeon, Ph. Bibliography of Self-Efficacy and Self-Motivation.
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Lwin Phyo.These are mostly drag and drop functions, which can be used to make some simple games, along with several typical interactive functions, such as when clicking or mousing over. The lower portion of the screen has the stats and color options available This manual will work through the canvas navigation, managing documents, learn the shape tool basics, selection techniques, transforming objects, gradient coloring, and basic Figure 1 — Inkscape Interface drawing tools.
As you drag the cursor, a gray line between the end-point and the cursor appears. Tab selects the next node in a path if one is already selected. The copy is of the entire path even if only a few are selected.
Dennis DeBerry. The pointer is actually pointing to the sister of the second control point, which is the initial control point of a second Bezier curve to be attached to the first. Paths drawn with the Freehand Tool tend to be composed of many Bezier curves leading to an erratic-looking path. A Sculpting mode allows easy fine tuning of paths with many nodes. Inkscape Draw Freely.
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