Advertisement
  1. Design & Illustration
  2. Inkscape
Design

The A to Z of Inkscape

by
Languages:
This post is part of a series called A to Z Design Software.
The A to Z of Pixelmator
The A to Z of Sketch

With so many different tools, methods, and extensions within Inkscape, it can be pretty  overwhelming to cover everything. Thankfully, this A to Z of Inkscape will cover the best stuff this great vector program has to offer. Most of these have links that will bring you to a quick tip or tutorial relating to that tool. So sit back and enjoy this beautifully arranged glossary of Inkscape.

A

Align and Distribute: A dialog box with plenty of actions to align both objects and paths.

B

Box Tool: A unique tool that's used to create 3D boxes by adjusting all 3 dimensions of the box.

Break Apart: A path option that can separate a collection of paths, even if they were combined.

Brush Strokes: Custom brush strokes can be easily achieved in Inkscape with the many options available.

Bucket Tool: A tool that can fill the area of a shape or paths with a color.

C

Calligraphy Tool: A drawing tool that has a ton of options to create advanced brush strokes.

Clip: An object menu that uses a selected object/path to cut a second selected object/path positioned below it.

Clone: A edit option that creates a dynamic copy of a selected object. If the original object is altered, so will the clone.

Combine: A path operation that groups the selected paths to make one entire object that inherits a single fill and stroke.

Create Tiled Clones: A very useful menu with tons of options for creating large amounts of identical, yet dynamic objects.

D

Distribute: A series of options in Align and Distribute that evenly space out multiple objects.

Dropper Tool: A tool that can find the exact color of the selected pixel or pixel area.

Duplicate: An edit option that makes an exact duplicate of your object in the same position as the original.

E

Ellipse Tool: An essential tool that creates circles, ellipses, and arcs.

Eraser Tool: A tool that can be used to delete or cut out nodes.

Export Bitmap: A file option that allows you to export your artwork as a PNG bitmap file.

Extensions: A large drop-down menu that adds convenient and interesting features to Inkscape.

F

Fill and Stroke: An essential dialog box that contains styling options such as fill color and stroke style.

Filters: A drop-down menu that has many different filters and effects to enhance your drawings.

G

Gradient Tool: A tool that allows you to edit color and positioning of gradients.

Group: An object option that conveniently groups a selection of objects or paths.

H

Handles: A visual representation of paths and bezier curves that can be dragged to manipulate the nodes that make them up.

Help: A drop-down menu that offers a good selection of help material for Inkscape.

I

Isometric Projection: A unique art style that involves a 3D art style at a particular angle.

J

Join Style: A fill and stroke option that adjusts the appearance of a joined node.

K

Kerning: A text option that adjusts the letter spacing of each specific letter of a text object.

L

Layer: A drop-down menu that contains everything you need to keep your layers organized.

Letter Spacing: A text option that adjusts the spacing of every letter in a selected text object.

M

Markers: A stroke style option that allows shapes to be assigned to start, middle, and end nodes.

Mask: An object operation that refers to the amount of color lightness in an object to set the clipped object's opacity.

N

Nodes: The basis of all vector design, but Inkscape has a few unique tricks on these.

O

Objects to Marker: An object option that allows you to use any custom object as a marker.

P

Path Effect Editor: A powerful menu that has many advanced options for altering the appearance of paths, such as tapered lines and envelopes.

Pen Tool: A vital tool that easily creates paths by clicking to create nodes. It's also used for creating bezier curves.

Pencil Tool: A tool that's used mostly to create freehand paths and nodes.

Polygon Tool: A tool that makes drawing polygons and stars a breeze.

Q

Quadrilateral Distortion: A fancy term for the useful Extensions > Modify Path > Envelope that allows the distortion of all sides of a selected path.

R

Rectangle Tool: An essential tool that creates rectangles along with the ability to have rounded corners.

Repeating Patterns: It's very easy to create large amounts of identical, yet dynamic objects, such as patterns.

S

Shadows and Glows: A filter menu options that contains a variety of shadows and glows for objects and paths.

Spiral Tool: An interesting tool that draws spirals from a surprising amount of options.

Spray Tool: A great tool that can create multiple copies or clones of an object by spraying an area.

T

Tapered Lines: A style of line that tapers in one or both directions, and Inkscape has a few ways to do them.

Text and Font Tool: A tool to add text or text boxes to your designs.

Tweak Tool: A fun tool that has different methods of sculpting objects and paths, including shrinking and expanding.

U

Ungroup: An object option that simply ungroups your grouped objects.

Upper Case Text: An extension that will convert all of the characters of a text object into their upper case form.

V

Visualize Path: A unique extension that offers four different options to generate drawings based on the selected paths.

W

Warping: One feature from using the Tweak tool that can warp a selected object or path just by dragging it.

X

XML Editor: Since Inkscape's SVG file is based off of XML, Edit > XML Editor is a powerful way to manually edit your file... if you know what you're doing.

Z

Zoom: A view menu that offers a few unique ways for zoom management.

That's the Inkscape A to Z

We went over a lot of tools, menus, and dialog boxes that make Inkscape the incredible free open-source vector software that it is. This should make a great guide to keep on hand to keep yourself in tune while working on your Inkscape documents. Thanks for reading!







Advertisement
Advertisement
Looking for something to help kick start your next project?

Envato Market has a range of items for sale to help get you started.