Inkscape has been around for some time now, and with each new release it has become the vector editor of choice for many illustrators and web developers the world over. Learning more about Inkscape has been on my "to-do" list for some time now, so today I'm excited to announce that Packt Publishing has partnered with Vectortuts+ to give away 3 copies of Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook!
This Competition is now Closed. Winners will be Announced Soon!
Whether you're a professional or beginner, there's sure to be a recipe that will stir your appetite for Inkscape. Read on and find out more about Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook and how to go into the running to win your very own copy.
The Prize: Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook
This book is written for both beginners and developers who have a basic knowledge of Inkscape. Each recipe in the Cookbook comprises step-by-step instructions followed by an analysis of what was done in each task and other useful information. The book is designed so that you can read it chapter by chapter, or look at the list of recipes and refer to them in no particular order.
- Introduce you to the fascinating world of two-dimensional, calligraphic, and three-dimensional objects, using the Inkscape's powerful tools
- Assist you in adjusting color using hue, brightness, saturation, and stroke width, until you find the perfect look and feel
- Guide you in recreating iconic images from cult movies, with the help of gradient colors and complex vector shapes
- Leverage Inkscape 0.48's advanced path editing tools and techniques, producing great looking text and beautiful drawings
- Help you produce professional looking posters, calendars, and wallpapers, packaging them so you can print or share them on the Internet
- Illustrate the spectacular, and often surprising, effects of the many extensions and image filters found in version 0.48
- Teach you to develop a standards-compliant and gorgeous looking Web 2.0 site layout, complete with widgets and buttons
- Help you design and build your very own HTML5 and AJAX powered web games, presentations, and business applications, using JQuery powered SVG animation
- Aid you in extending Inkscape by writing your own plugins in the Python programming language
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How to Enter
To be eligible to win, all you need to do is leave a comment about your experiences with Inkscape and why you would like to win a copy of Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook.
Make sure to include your correct email address with your comment so that we can contact you. This giveaway is open worldwide, but make sure to get your comment in before midnight Sunday 17th July, Eastern Standard Time. We’ll be announcing the winner next week.
Please note: Envato staff and people who have written more than two tutorials/articles for a Tuts+ site are not eligible to enter.
Inkscape, Vector without Limitations
Inkscape is frequently mentioned, and lauded, as one of the best examples of open-source software available today. It is a mature, feature-full and flexible product, thanks to a very dedicated developer community. The latest version, 0.48, adds new tools, such as the Airbrush (which many have longed for), and advanced path editing, among many other additions and improvements.
Vector graphics are becoming increasingly important at the turn of this decade, now that the World Wide Web has begun its transition towards HTML5 technologies. All the major Web browsers are striving to conform to the SVG specification, as the attractiveness of scalable, high definition, three-dimensional, and Flash-free Web sites and games is irresistible. The future is bright, but the true outcome will ultimately depend on one decisive factor: user and developer adoption.
This is why a non-proprietary authoring tool such as Inkscape is important: it is a professional package for creating quality vector graphics which is freely available for everybody to use. Whether you wish to create Web site mockups, wallpapers to share with an Internet community, high-quality advertisements for the newspaper industry, digital art for a gallery exposition, or simply a Happy Birthday for your grandmother, Inkscape is available now and without limitations, to help you achieve your goal.