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50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

 

50 tutorials creating vector graphics 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

Inskape is the best vector graphics program available for free, and is a great alternative application to illustrator. If you’re a designer on a shoestring money budget this is the perfect application for creating high quality vector graphics. If you’re familiar with Adobe Illustrator a lot of similar features are also implemented into inkscape.

If you would like download Inskape, head over to thier website inksape.org to download the latest version. Another great free design program is gimp, this is a great alternative to Photoshop. We compiled a post which features most of the best gimp tutorials certainly worth checking out.

It was certainly a scavenger hunt seeking out all the best inkscape tutorials, and compiling them all into one post. This is the ultimate resource for learning, and mastering inkscape. The article consists of 50 of the very best Inskape tutorials, as well as video tutorials included with the roundup, which i find personally a lot easier to follow.

We tried to include a range of various tutorials which demonstrate some simple features of inkscape, as well as more advanced techniques. Its a great resource, which i hope you enjoy. I would love to hear your thoughts on the post, and any other great Inkscape tutorials we may have missed from the list.

1. Creating a Coffee Cup with Inkscape

inkscapetutorialcoffiecup 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

A beautiful coffee cup and show off some of Inkscape’s features. You’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.

2. Text and simple styling

stylizesometext 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

The following tutorial will attempt to illustrate a simple set of techniques and tools to stylize text. It will attempt to demonstrate how simple, quick, and effective it is to modify text stylings in Inkscape.

3. How to make simple cloudsclouds 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

A great short tutorial on how to create simple clouds using inkscape.

4. Quick Tip: How to Create a Cartoon Rocketship with Inkscapecartoonrocket 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

This Quick Tip will teach you how to create a cartoon rocket ship with some nice lighting using only basic shapes like rectangles, circles and a triangle. This is a step-by-step tutorial for beginners. The icons from the inkscape toolbar are added to the images to make it easier to find the tool and function I am describing in the text.

5. Create a chibi Tux penguin with Inkscapepenguin 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

How to create an amazing character penguin illustration using inscape.

6. Learn to draw an eye in anime styleanimestyleeyeillsustration 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

In this tutorial Maxim Grafskiy will teach you how to draw a classic anime-style eye. The technique was borrowed from an existing tutorial on Corel DRAW, improved and adjusted for Inkscape.

7. Drawing 3D objects in Inkscape3dsnowman 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

With this Inkscape tutorial you will learn to draw a 3D looking snowman, but ultimately you will get a grasp of creating shadows and reflections the right way.

8. Use Inkscape to Create a Grunge RSS Box Iconrssboxicon 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

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!

9. Draw a first-aid kit in Inkscapefirstaidkit 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

The tutorial provides example of using 3D box tool in Inkscape to create a base for a complex object in perspective and explains drawing complex shadows.

10. Kokeshi Doll

kokeshidoll 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

11. Create a Realistic Candle in Inkscape

calendar 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

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.

12. Understand butterfly technique

butterflytechnique 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

The main idea in this tutorial is to make a half butterfly wing-like shape first, then duplicate and mirror it to make the simple butterfly shape.

13. Add an acrylic image effect to photos in Inkscapeacylicillustration 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

In this tutorial babayasin explains how to create an acrylic looking picture from a photo using GIMP and Inkscape with just paths, gradient fills and gaussian blur.

14. Chrome Effect Tutorial

chrometexteffect 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

The following tutorial will guide you step-by-step through the creation of a polished metallic chrome look.

15. Quick Tip: How to Create a Classic Handgun with Inkscapehandguninkskape 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

This Quick Tip will teach you how to create a handgun using just basic shapes like rectangles, circles and triangle. This is a step-by-step tutorial for beginners. The icons from the Inkscape toolbar are to the images to make it easier to find the tool and function I am describing in the text.

16. Sketch To Vector Art

skechtovectorart 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

You will some times want or need to create elaborate vector illustrations but still want to keep the shapes simple. When the subject is complex, this can be quite a challenging task. In such cases, you can start drawing and sketching in raster mode (or on paper).

17. Draw A Realistic Vector Guitar in Inkscape

guitarillustration 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

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.

18. Drawing Mac like clock in Inkscape

macclock 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

This tutorial could be of interest for both novice and experienced Inkscape users. Basic Inkscape skills (objects manipulations, using Gradient editor) are required.

19. Pac-Man baddies with Inkscape

pakman 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

It’s a long time since I have in mind this PacMan baddies (bad guys and bad girls from the Pac-Man game, called “ghosts” in the game) tutorial, since I made months ago a silly cartoon dedicated to the Fedora Games spin. Indeed, the idea is that old, I delayed the writing because it didn’t feel right in the context of my other tutorials.

20. Urban Design

urbandesign 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

In this Inkscape tutorial It will provide a quick method of making a simple urban design by only applying a few elements: circles, clouds and swirls. It can use Inkscape as it is freely available and is very suitable for this kind of work.

21. How to draw Fall leaf with Inkscape

leafillustration 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

I’ll will show you how to draw fall leaves with Inkscape. Inkscape is open source vector graphics editor and can be downloaded for free.

22. Fasion Woman

fasionwoman 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

It is a bit more advanced tutorial, and some knowledge of the Inkscape interface is assumed.

23. Postage stamps with Inkscape

postagestamps 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

In this easy tutorial you will learn to create postage stamps using Inkscape.

24. Illustrating 3D looking objects in Inkscape (Basic)3dlookingobjects 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

llustrating objects to give it a 3D look requires a few transforms, unions, differences & most importantly the gradient. Here is a simple circle you can draw. The technique used here applies only for basic shapes and that too for particular orientations.

25. How To Create a Jeweled Butterfly In Inkscapebutterflydesign 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

You’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.

26. Skecth and heart

heartsektch 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

I was finalizing some simple illustrations for use on e-cards and I figured that I might as well explain some simple tricks with great effects in Inkscape. All still in a Valentines theme, but I am sure you can find your own use for it!

27. A cute cartoon baby

babyillustration 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

A great tutorial on how to create a cute baby illustration.

28. Illustrating Chinese Dragon

dragonillustration 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

This is less of a tutorial and more of a walk-through of creating a vector illustration of a Chinese dragon. I will be applying several techniques, which are posted earlier.

29. Creating a “Web 2.0 style” Badge in Inkscape v.45. badge 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

How to create a very cool web 2.0 badge illustration.

30. Quick Tip: How to Illustrate a Saw Blade with Inkscape  saw 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

This Quick Tip will teach you how to create a saw blade with a shiny disc using just basic shapes like rectangles, circles and triangle. This is a step-by-step tutorial for beginners.

31. Create a vector compass

compass 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

How to use inscape to create a vector compass.

32. Illustrating Hibiscus Flower

hibsusflower 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

This will be a simple step by step tutorial on illustrating a Hibiscus Flower using Inkscape.

33. Design a Brilliant cut Diamond with Inkscape

diamondring 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

This will be a simple step by step tutorial on illustrating a Hibiscus Flower using Inkscape.

34. Inkscape shiny arrow

arrowtutorial 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

A great tutorial which educates you on how to create a shiny arrow tutorial.

35. Draw a hackergotchi (or just people heads) with Inkscapefaceillustration 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

As a bonus, you will learn to draw those heads even if you don’t know how to draw, by using a photo as reference, anyone can do this, you don’t have to be an Inkscape wizard.

36. Illustrating Chain Links

chainlinks 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

Illustrating vector art of chain and chain links is quite fun once you get the hang of it. The most important thing is to get the basic shape right.

37. Rainbow and clouds..

rainbowpenguin 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

Rainbow using Inkscape’s tiled clones tool.

38. Quick Tip: How to Create a Seamless Wood Grain Effect in Inkscapewoodtexture 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

In the following Quick Tip you will learn how to create a seamless wood grain effect. This is a step-by-step tutorial which is perfect for beginners to Inkscape.

39. How to Create a Vector Light Bulb Icon with Inkscape lightbulb 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

You’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.

40. Quick Tip: Make Eye Catching Designs with Inkscape someeye 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

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.

 

Video Tutorials

41. Inkscape Tutorial – Penguin

penguinillustration 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

This Inkscape tutorial demonstrates how to make an image of a penguin. The tips and tricks in this tutorial can be useful for other drawings as well. This is a good tutorial for beginners. Inkscape version 0.48.2 was used for this video. Inkscape is not a bitmap editor, like GIMP, but rather it is a Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) editor. An advantage of SVG editors is that they allow images to be scaled without a loss of resolution. Inkscape will allow you to convert your created image into a PNG bitmap image, at the desired resolution, using the export function under the file menu. The resulting PNG file can be used in web pages or read and modified using GIMP. Note however that once the image is converted to a bitmap image, a loss of resolution can occur if the image is resized.

42. Inkscape Tutorial – Bowling Pin

bowlingpin 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

This Inkscape tutorial demonstrates how to make a bowling pin. A bowling pin is a complex shape and this video shows a technique for easily creating the shape.

43. Inkscape Tutorial – Rusty Gear

rustygear 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

This Inkscape tutorial demonstrates how to make a rusty gear. Various filters are used to give the gear the appearance of age and also to give it a rusty look.

44. Inkscape Tutorial – Eight Ball

eightballl 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

This Inkscape tutorial demonstrates how to use Inkscape to make an image of a shiny eight ball. Inkscape version 0.48 was used for this video. This tutorial shows tips and tricks that can be useful for beginners as well as all Inkscape users.

45. Inkscape Tutorial – Clip Art

ladybug 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

This video demonstrates how to make a clipart image of a shiny bug. You will see a variety of tips and techniques that you can use for making your own clipart images. Inkscape version 0.48 was used for this video.

46. Shiny Glossy Button with Beze l

button 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

This Inkscape tutorial demonstrates how to make a shiny glossy button with a bezel. The tips and tricks in this tutorial can be useful for other drawings as well.

47. Make an Owl Cartoon Character

owl 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a owl cartoon character in Inkscape (Version 0.48.2). It vaguely resembles an “Angry Birds” type of character, but that wasn’t my intent.

48. Inkscape Flourish

florish 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

Some tips and tricks for creating a flourish in Inkscape.

49. Making a game terrain in Inkscape

terrain 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape 

Making a terrain for computer game.

50. Inkscape Drawing Tutorial

dogillustration 50 Tutorials For Creating Vector Graphics Using Free Software Inskape

I demonstrate how to draw using Inkscape given a source. Obviously it’s fast-forwarded. There is a guide at TREZ that I’ve been meaning to make more public which covers this technique.

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  • http://www.feed2need.com Abdelhadi Touil

    Wow! Very helpful tutorials collection.. I’m an Inkscape user and your post is very useful. Thank you very much.
    Bookmarked :)

  • http://starsunflowerstudio.blogspot.com Sü Smith

    Great post! The snow man is too cute for words. Pinned & tweeted. :o)

  • celiapgt

    I also liked this collection of tutorials. Thanks!

  • http://webcurd.com/ Niks

    Great collection of pics and great to know all can be created in lnkscape that too free !!!
    your blog your images no more credits

  • http://malinidesign.com/ Malini

    Awesome collection of tutorial. Thanks so much

  • Nick Wityak

    Awesome vector art guys! Very helpful tutorials, and inspiring!

  • Nick Wityak

    Extraordinary Vector Art! This is truly a great tutorial and inspirational value for an up and coming graphic designer! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us creative nerds.

  • http://www.clippingpathzone.com/ Sila Mahmud

    Thanks for sharing this nice post.

  • lan_bookworm

    Hello,

    Number 2: ‘Text and Simple Styling’ is a dead link. At least for me, I don’t know about others. Here’s another link I found: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/114041587/Inkscape-Tutorial—STYLIZE-TEXT

  • http://www.ajm7.co.uk/webdesign/ Andy Mason

    That is very nice, helpful for my Inkscape trials and WordPress Web design and also many errors :)

  • http://cutcorner.co.uk/ CutCorner Studio

    Hi Guys, these are some pretty cool tutorials. Been using the software for about 7 years and have drawn up a few of our own: http://cutcorner.co.uk/blog-vault/ have a look – they’re targeted at getting young people involved in the software. Hope you like them. :)