I just messed around with Inkscape for a little while today. I drew this skyline. I cut the windows out of the buildings with Path -> Difference. The sky and the sun have gradients on them and the smoke is made with the calligraphy tool, blurred.
We have to do something for St. Patrick’s Day, right? Let’s draw a shamrock. It’s a fun little sketch I made up in a just few minutes. Follow along with the video, and you’ll be Shamrockstar in no time!
Here’s a quick rundown of the main points:
Bezier Curve Tool
We use this to draw the stem. First we change the shape of the curve to “Triangle out” in the drop-down menu at the top of the screen.
Path Effect Editor
Wow, this thing is amazing. I don’t even know all the stuff you can do with it yet, but what little I’ve learned is really helpful. In this drawing, we just use it to make our stem a little wider. But you can do all kinds of stuff when you’re editing those nodes. You can add more nodes and make really dramatic effects on your drawings.
Stars & Polygons Tool
This is a quick and easy way to draw an equilateral triangle (and lots of other shapes)
Changing the object to a path allows us to edit the nodes on our shapes so we can change them into other shapes. When using the Nodes tool, there are a ton of buttons across the top of the screen that make those nodes do just about anything you want them to, except cook and clean.
This is a neat little effect. Basically, it takes two overlapping shapes, and cuts out the top shape, taking whatever portion of the bottom shape is overlapped with it.
I’ve only been making these tutorials for a couple of weeks now. I do it mainly so I can learn, not so much that I can teach. But trying to explain how to do it helps me understand it better. Also, I try to do something every day. I think that’s key. If I don’t keep doing stuff with what I’ve learned, I start to forget it. I feel like I’ve learned a lot these past couple of weeks, and I look forward to sharing lots more with you as I learn.
Digital cameras take pictures at pretty high resolutions nowadays. This is great for printing, because the higher the resolution, the higher quality the print will be. But with the higher resolution you get bigger file sizes. Say you have an aunt in Milwaukee with a dial-up connection. You want to email a picture to her, but she doesn’t want to spend a day and a half downloading it. One solution is to resize the image. There are other reasons why you might want to resize an image. Perhaps you’re building a website and you want a picture to display a certain size. Who knows? Well, this video shows you how to set the size of your image to anything you want.
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