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Inkscape Tutorials

Learn Inkscape for Some Desktop Publishing

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Inkscape is a popular free, open source vector drawing program for Windows, Mac, and other OS formats. These Inkscape tutorials focus on using the software to do simple page layout for business cards, fliers, ads, and similar documents. You'll also find links to more extensive graphics in Inkscape tutorials.

Available as of 2011: Inkscape 0.48 for Windows, Linux, Mac, and will run on FreeBSD, Unix-like systems. Learn more and download Inkscape.

Desktop Publishing with Inkscape

Watch basic desktop publishing with InkScape.
Watch basic desktop publishing with InkScape.

This 22 minute Screencasters video shows an overview of how to use Inkscape for page layout mock-up. The first minute is just talking about what desktop publishing is followed by why to use Inkscape for layout. Finally at 2 minutes or so in it starts actually demonstrating document setup, setting units of measurement from pixels to inches, and using a variety of menu items and tools. The final document created is a mock-up for a letter size two-column newsletter or brochure with photos, lots of text. Not a do this, do that, do this tutorial but useful for those wanting to see it in action.

Creating a Basic Business Card and Template

Create a basic business card.
Create a basic business card.

Worldlabel.com presents this illustrated Inkscape tutorial that uses a PDF template they supply. Tasks covered include working with Guides, creating background gradients and patterns, and adding text. 

Creating a Business Card

Design a grunge business card.
Design a grunge business card.

The Tutorial Geek shows how to make a designer-like grunge business card. Learn to use a background texture and work with layers.

Creating a Christmas Card

Draw with simple shapes.
Draw with simple shapes.

This is part 2 (part 1 was download and installaion). In this video it shows how to set up your card (size, orientation, measurements), where to place items, and create a Christmas ornament graphic for a card. Slow-talking but good audio instruction with the video. Part 3 continues with making the ornament.

Design an Envelope with Inkscape

Make envelopes for your greeting cards.
Make envelopes for your greeting cards.

In this Penny Duncan Creations video learn how to make an envelope to use for 5x7 cards. Nice clear audio and visual instruction.

Designing Site Layouts

Do a Web site layout in Inkscape.
Do a Web site layout in Inkscape.

Web designers can use Inkscape to create a layout. Even if not doing Web design, this tutorial covers useful tasks such as using grids and guidelines and creating layers.

How to Create a Greeting Card

Use Inkscape to make photo greeting card.
Use Inkscape to make photo greeting card.

About.com Contributing Writer Ian Pullen takes you through the steps of setting up your document, adding an image and text, then printing your card from Inkscape.

How to Export Graphics From Inkscape

Export graphics out of Inkscape
Export graphics out of Inkscape

You can start a project in Inkscape then take it into another program for finishing up. Here's how to export the image for use in a bitmap graphics program (such as GIMP or Photoshop).

How to Flow Text Into a Shape

Put text into a shape but keep it editable.
Put text into a shape but keep it editable.

A 1 minute video shows how to put your text into a heart or any shape for special effects. Great for greeting cards.

How to Make a Business Card

Designing With Steve Inkscape Video Tutorial
Designing With Steve Inkscape Video Tutorial

This is a Desiging with Steve video that uses Inkscape for Linux. The video is 7:50 long, slightly fuzzy but easy to follow and goes through all the basic steps including adding and moving around graphic and adding text. Plenty of audio instruction in addition to seeing it on screen.

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