Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing Program (4th Revised edition)

Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing Program (4th Revised edition)

By: Tavmjong Bah (author)Paperback

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Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing Program, Fourth Edition, is the guide to the Inkscape program. With coverage of versions 0.47 and 0.48, this authoritative introduction and reference features hundreds of useful illustrations.Using Inkscape, you can produce a wide variety of art, from photorealistic drawings to organizational charts. Inkscape uses SVG, a powerful vector-based drawing language and W3C web standard, as its native format. SVG drawings can be viewed directly in browsers such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer 9. A subset of SVG has been adopted by the mobile phone market. Inkscape is available free for Windows,Macintosh, and Linux operating systems. Systematic coverage of the entire Inkscape program begins with twelve tutorials ranging in difficulty from very basic to highly complex. A new tutorial introduces the use of interactive SVG in HTML5.The remainder of the book covers each facet of Inkscape in detail, with an emphasis on practical solutions for common problems. The book is filled with valuable tips and warnings about the use of Inkscape and SVG. Find dozens of Inkscape illustrations from the book in the online color supplement available at Updated for Inkscape version 0.48, this edition includes complete coverage of new features, including the new Spray Tool, updated Node and Text tools, improved bitmap image import, LaTeX export for PDF/EPS/PS, added extensions including the JessyInk extension for web-based presentations, the adaptive UI, and the new Glyphs dialog. Complete Coverage of New and Improved Inkscape 0.4 8 Features * Live Path Effects for tasks such as adding patterns along a path while maintaining complete editability* More than two hundred pre-built SVG filters for adding textures, manipulating color, and so forth* A tiling tool to create complex tilings with thirteen different symmetries* Clipping and Masking objects* An integrated spell checker* Built-in bitmap-to-vector tracing* The ability to export to more than a dozen graphics formats, including PDF and PostScript* The ability to import from more than two dozen graphics formats, including PDF, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, AutoCad, and XFig Graphics* Complete vector drawing program supporting the W3C SVG standard* Three path-drawing tools (Pencil, Pen, Calligraphy)* Five shape-drawing tools (Rectangles, Ellipses, Stars, Spirals, 3D Boxes)* Linear and Radial Gradients* Pattern fills* Tweak Tool for fine adjustment of paths and colors* Spray Tool* Eraser Tool with both Vector and Bitmap modes* Sophisticated snapping for precision drawing and aligning objects* Extendable through scripting; more than one hundred scripts included

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Tavmjong Bah is a physicist living in Paris whose writing about Inkscape combines his love for technology and culture. An active member of the community,Tav is an Inkscape developer and is responsible for the improvement in the Text tool between versions 0.47 and 0.48. He represents Inkscape as an invited expert in the W3C SVG working group. His nom de plume is the title granted to him by the paramount chief of the Nso, a Cameroonian people.


Acknowledgments xi About the Author xii Overview of What Is in This Book xiii Introduction xiv Chapter 1: Quick Start 1 The Anatomy of the Inkscape Window 1 The Swedish Flag-A Short Example 5 The European Flag-A More Elaborate Example 16 A Hiking Club Logo-An Exercise in Paths 19 The Northern Pacific Railway Logo-A Tracing Example 31 A Box for Cards-An Isometric Projection 38 A Can of Soup-A Three-Dimensional Drawing with Gradients 43 A Vine Design-A Tiling Example 56 An SVG Button-SVG and the Web 66 A Neon Sign-Animation 73 A Bank Note-Security Features 89 A Bottle-Photorealism 101 Chapter 2: Files 110 Opening and Saving Files 110 Importing Files 111 Exporting Files 114 Printing Files 128 Vacuuming Files 129 Chapter 3: Changing the View 130 Panning the Canvas 130 Zooming the Canvas 130 Miscellaneous View Commands 131 Chapter 4: Editing Basics 134 Undo and Redo 134 Selecting Objects 134 Copying, Pasting, and Deleting Objects 137 Clones 138 Ordering Objects (Z-Order) 139 Groups 140 Layers 140 Chapter 5: Positioning and Transforming 143 Inkscape Coordinates 143 Transformations 144 Snapping 152 Alignment and Distribution of Objects 157 Chapter 6: Geometric Shapes 161 Rectangles and Squares 161 3D Boxes 163 Ellipses, Circles, and Arcs 166 Regular Polygons and Stars 167 Spirals 169 Chapter 7: Paths 172 Bezier Curves 172 Creating Paths 173 Editing Paths 185 Path Operations 194 Chapter 8: Live Path Effects (LPEs) 197 Bend 198 Construct Grid 199 Envelope Deformation 199 Gears 199 Hatches (Rough) 200 Interpolate Sub-Paths 201 Knot 202 Pattern Along Path (LPE) 203 Ruler 206 Sketch 206 Spiro Spline 208 Stitch Sub-Paths 209 VonKoch 212 Chapter 9: Text 216 Creating Text 216 Selecting Text 218 Editing Text 219 Formatting Text 220 Text on a Path 224 Text in a Shape 225 Chapter 10: Attributes 227 Fill and Stroke Paint 227 Stroke Style 249 Chapter 11: Tweak Tool 254 Tweaking Objects 254 Tweaking Paths 255 Tweaking Colors 256 Chapter 12: Spray Tool 257 Chapter 13: Eraser Tool 259 Eraser Touch Mode 259 Eraser Cut-Out Mode 259 Chapter 14: Paint Bucket Tool 261 Simple Use 261 Filling Fidelity 262 Filling Multiple Regions 263 Closing Gaps 263 Adding to a Fill 264 Chapter 15: Clipping and Masking 265 Clipping 266 Masking 266 Chapter 16: Filter Effects-Preset 267 Use of Preset Filters 267 ABCs 268 Bevels 269 Blurs 270 Bumps 271 Color 273 Distort 274 Image Effects 275 Image Effects, Transparent 276 Materials 277 Morphology 278 Non Realistic 3D Shaders 279 Overlays 280 Protrusions 281 Ridges 281 Scatter 282 Shadows and Glows 282 Textures 283 Transparency Utilities 284 Chapter 17: Filter Effects-Custom 285 Basic Use 285 Filter Effects Dialog 286 Mini Tutorial-A Drop Shadow 287 Color Filter Primitives 290 Compositing Filter Primitives 292 Fill Filter Primitives 296 Lighting Filters Primitives 300 Pixel Manipulation Filter Primitives 302 Complex Examples 311 Chapter 18: XML Editor 315 Basic Usage 315 Editing XML Nodes 316 Examples 317 Chapter 19: Tiling 319 Symmetry Tab 320 Shift Tab 323 Scale Tab 327 Rotation Tab 329 Blur and Opacity Tab 331 Color Tab 333 Trace 335 Tricks 339 Chapter 20: Tracing Bitmaps 342 Single Scans 344 Multiple Scans 346 Common Options 349 SIOX 350 Chapter 21: Connectors 351 Creating Connectors 351 Modifying Connectors 352 Chapter 22: Extensions 353 Arrange 354 Color 355 Generate from Path 364 Images 374 JessyInk (Presentations) 374 Modify Path 377 Raster 386 Render 387 Text 401 Visualize Path 403 Web 405 Chapter 23: SVG and the Web 409 Simple SVG Display 410 Positioning SVG 414 Adding Links 416 Using Style Sheets 418 Adding JavaScript 419 Simple Animation 421 Inkscape for the Web 422 Chapter 24: Customization 424 Inkscape Preferences Dialog 424 Inkscape Configuration Files 424 Chapter 25: Using the Command Line 428 General Command Line Options 429 Export Command Line Options 429 Query Command Line Options 431 Chapter 26: Challenges 433 Red Spiral 433 Knot 433 Squares 434 Pine Cone 434 Spiral Gyral 435 Appendix A: Inkview 436 Appendix B: File Format 437 Default Template File 437 SVG Groups with Objects 438 Groups of Objects 438 Paths 439 Defs 440 Appendix C: Spheres 441 Sphere with Gradient Shading and Shadow 441 Sphere with Hatched Shading and Shadow 441 Sphere with Dot Shading and Shadow 442 Sphere with Text Shading and Shadow 442 Appendix D: Solutions for Challenges 443 Red Spiral 443 Knot 445 Squares 447 Pine Cone 448 Spiral Gyral 450 Appendix E: List of Dialogs 451 Appendix F: Tips for Illustrator Converts 453 Key Mappings 453 Terminology 453 Glossary 455 Comprehensive Index 460 Index by Menu 471 Index by Tool 473

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  • publication date: 06/05/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780132764148
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 504
  • ID: 9780132764148
  • weight: 1110
  • ISBN10: 0132764148
  • edition: 4th Revised edition

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