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

Creative Contingencies

Donna Benjamin is the executive director of Creative Contingencies, an Australian company specializing in customized web services, digital research, and event management tools. Donna is a passionate advocate of free and open source software (FOSS) solutions for small business and education. She’s also currently part of the outreach and licensing team of the Open Invention Network and sits on the board of the Drupal Association. In the past, Donna has served as president of Linux Users of Victoria, as a board member of Open Source Industry Australia, and as an advisor to the Ada Initiative. You can read Donna’s thoughts about business on her Creative Contingencies blog and thoughts about everything else at

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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