Inkscape: Basic Tools and Techniques

Tools and Techniques
Location: E143/144
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Inkscape is a cross platform, GPL, graphics editor. Its native file format, Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) is a W3C open standard.

This tutorial guides participants through a series of tasks designed to introduce Inkscape’s interface and tools, and build foundation skills for creating and modifying vector graphics.

Assumed knowledge:
Free & Open Source Software licensing.
Difference between raster and vector graphics.

New knowledge goals:
Inkscape interface, creating shapes & lines, working with colour.
Inkscape techniques, path operations, object manipulations.
How to edit existing SVGs from wikimedia commons or

You don’t need to be a designer, artistic or know how to draw. Just install Inkscape on your laptop, bring a mouse, come along and learn how to get the best out of this brilliant tool.

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Donna Benjamin

Red Hat Open Innovation Labs

Donna Benjamin is a passionate advocate of Free and Open Source Software. For the past two decades, Donna has been the glue for many successful organisations, teams, and individuals. Her volunteer work has been instrumental in helping open source organisations to upsize (and sometimes downsize) as they mature with their communities. Her work is valued by companies of all sizes (from the micro to enterprise). Donna facilitates success. She is a recipient of the Rusty Wrench Award in recognition of her contributions, and currently works with Red Hat as an Engagement Lead, in the Open Innovation Labs.

Donna also runs her own nano enterprise, Creative Contingencies where you can read her thoughts on small business or see for her thoughts on everything else.

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Kurt Lakin
07/25/2011 6:26am PDT

I really enjoyed this session. Thank you again Donna!

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Donna Benjamin
06/22/2011 9:37am PDT

Hi folks,

If you want to hit the ground running in this session, make sure you’ve got inkscape installed on your laptop and bring a mouse (or a graphics tablet if you have one!)

This will be very hands on, light on theory – so I want to share the theory online in advance. I know some people love it, and others just want to get into using and exploring, and only learn the theory as they feel they need it. Hope to cater to both types here.

Let me know what you want to learn? What do you want to achieve?

cheers Donna