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Great Inkscape Tutorials from Vectortuts+


Inkscape has gone from strength to strength. The following collection of Inkscape tutorials from the Vectortuts+ archive has me itching to start drawing! Whether you're an Illustrator fan wanting to learn a new skill, or if you're an Inkscape artist looking for a project, we have a tutorial for you. Check out our hand-picked selection of Inkscape tutorials at the jump.

What is Inkscape?

Inkscape is a free open source vector program with many of the features of Adobe Illustrator and runs on Mac OS, Windows and Linux computers. It can create beautiful vectors and web elements, but don't take my word for it, check out the selection of tutorials below.


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    Creating a Coffee Cup with Inkscape

    Inkscape is an open source alternative to Adobe Illustrator and other programs for creating vector graphics. In this first Inkscape tutorial for VECTORTUTS, we’ll create a beautiful coffee cup and show off some of Inkscape’s features. We’ll mostly be drawing shapes and using the Gradient Tool to accomplish the desired effect. If you’re familiar with Illustrator or a similar program, you should be able to follow along relatively easily.

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    Use Inkscape to Create a Grunge RSS Box Icon

    How to create an Icon using new features of Inkscape 0.47, such as: gradients, blur, path effects, and mask on texture layer. We’ll be walking through every step involved in creating this grungy RSS feed icon box. There is some great vector material in this tutorial!

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  • Quick Tip: Make Eye Catching Designs with Inkscape

    Quick Tip: Make Eye Catching Designs with Inkscape

    Sometimes all you need is an abstract or intricate motif to beautify your design, but when you try to find a stock image you often have to pay for it or it’s not exactly what you’re after. Thankfully there’s some interesting tools in Inkscape suitable for this kind of work. In a few easy steps you can make abstract or floral designs in exactly the style that you need.

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    Create a Realistic Candle in Inkscape

    Discover how to draw complex shadows, highlights, and even flames in Inskscape. We’ll be using gradients, blurs, and clipping to simulate the effect of Illustrator’s gradient mesh in Inkscape. Let’s jump into this tutorial!

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    Draw A Realistic Vector Guitar in Inkscape

    This tutorial will go over the techniques used to draw a realistic guitar from scratch using the free vector program Inkscape. To complete this tutorial, you should already have a basic knowledge of vector tools, such as: the Pen tool, Edit Path Nodes tools, and you should be familiar with the Fill and Stroke toolbox. Let’s get rockin’ vector style.

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    How to Create a Vector Light Bulb Icon with Inkscape

    Today we’ll be learning how to create a vector light bulb icon with the free, open source vector program Inkscape. We’ll be following a Tango style of design for this project. Read on to learn more about the Tango Desktop Project and to learn how to create this icon.

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  • How To Create a Jeweled Butterfly In Inkscape

    How To Create a Jeweled Butterfly In Inkscape

    Today we’ll create a sparkling jeweled butterfly that will shine without using any gradients. We’ll use various path operations and the powerful extension “pattern along path” to reproduce shimmering gold. If you’re an Inkscape user, then follow along with this tutorial.

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