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Inkscape Tutorial in Full Circle Magazine

Postby Xav » Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:05 pm

Edit: I've modified this first post so that I can keep an "index" of the articles here. I've noticed a few other people linking to this thread and recommending my tutorials (thanks guys!), so this should make it easier for them to link to, and quicker to find the relevant article.


Compilations:

These can all be downloaded via this page.

* Inkscape Special Edition 1: Prequel article, plus parts 1-7 in one handy download
* Inkscape Special Edition 2: Parts 8-14 in one handy download
* Inkscape Special Edition 3: Parts 15-21 in one handy download (Updated in January 2017 - parts 22-24 were split off into Special Edition 4)
* Inkscape Special Edition 4: Parts 22-28 in one handy download
* Inkscape Special Edition 5: Parts 29-35 in one handy download
* Inkscape Special Edition 6: Parts 36-42 in one handy download


Individual magazines - one part of the series per issue:

* Full Circle Magazine #60: Prequel - About vector graphics and the SVG file format.
* Full Circle Magazine #61: Part 1 - Getting started. Circles, arcs and segments.
* Full Circle Magazine #62: Part 2 - Basic keyboard shortcuts. Rectangle tool.
* Full Circle Magazine #63: Part 3 - The status bar. Stars and polygons.
* Full Circle Magazine #64: Part 4 - The colour palette, and the Fill & Stroke dialog.
* Full Circle Magazine #65: Part 5 - Fill & Stroke dialog continued. Gradients.
* Full Circle Magazine #66: Part 6 - Introducing paths.
* Full Circle Magazine #67: Part 7 - Paths and Boolean operations.
* Full Circle Magazine #68: Part 8 - Selections and groups.
* Full Circle Magazine #69: Part 9 - Layers and blend modes.
* Full Circle Magazine #70: Part 10 - The text tool. Flowed vs normal text.
* Full Circle Magazine #71: Part 11 - Text tool continued: controls on the toolbar.
* Full Circle Magazine #72: Part 12 - Saving to different formats. Exporting bitmaps.
* Full Circle Magazine #73: Part 13 - Clipping.
* Full Circle Magazine #74: Part 14 - Masking.
* Full Circle Magazine #75: Part 15 - Using bitmap graphics.
* Full Circle Magazine #76: Part 16 - Manually tracing a logo (Guidelines, snapping, colour picker).
* Full Circle Magazine #77: Part 17 - Manually tracing a cartoon sketch (Bézier tool).
* Full Circle Magazine #78: Part 18 - Manually tracing a cartoon sketch, continued (Pencil tool, Calligraphy tool).
* Full Circle Magazine #79: Part 19 - Single scan (black & white) tracing using the Trace Bitmap dialog.
* Full Circle Magazine #80: Part 20 - Trace Bitmap dialog continued (multiple scans, colour tracing).
* Full Circle Magazine #81: Part 21 - Colouring a black & white trace. Bucket fill tool.
* Full Circle Magazine #82: Part 22 - Tweak tool (object tweaks).
* Full Circle Magazine #83: Part 23 - Tweak tool continued (node tweaks).
* Full Circle Magazine #84: Part 24 - Zoom tool, plus other zooming tips.
* Full Circle Magazine #85: Part 25 - 3D Box tool.
* Full Circle Magazine #86: Part 26 - Spray tool.
* Full Circle Magazine #87: Part 27 - Eraser tool and Connectors tool.
* Full Circle Magazine #88: Part 28 - Introducing clones.
* Full Circle Magazine #89: Part 29 - Clones continued: creating mirrored or kaleidoscopic effects.
* Full Circle Magazine #90: Part 30 - Clones continued: using "unset" fills and strokes.
* Full Circle Magazine #91: Part 31 - XML Editor (to fix an issue with clones). See the detailed post for the correct images to go with the article.
* Full Circle Magazine #92: Part 32 - The advantages of combining clones with clipping and masking.
* Full Circle Magazine #93: Part 33 - Using the "Create Tiled Clones" dialog.
* Full Circle Magazine #94: Part 34 - The Scale, Rotation and Blur & Opacity tabs of the Tiled Clones dialog.
* Full Circle Magazine #95: Part 35 - The Colour tab of the Tiled Clones dialog.
* Full Circle Magazine #96: Part 36 - Finishing the Tiled Clones dialog, covering the Trace and Symmetry tabs.
* Full Circle Magazine #97: Part 37 - Grids.
* Full Circle Magazine #98: Part 38 - Align & Distribute Dialog: Aligning.
* Full Circle Magazine #99: Part 39 - Align & Distribute Dialog: Distributing and other features.
* Full Circle Magazine #100: Part 40 - Celebrating issue #100 with 100 Inkscape tips and tricks.
* Full Circle Magazine #101: Part 41 - The Arrange (formerly Rows & Columns) and Transform dialogs.
* Full Circle Magazine #102: Part 42 - Introducing Live Path Effects: Spiro Spline and Gears.
* Full Circle Magazine #103: Part 43 - LPE implementation details, and the Bend LPE.
* Full Circle Magazine #104: Part 44 - Envelope Deformation and Knot LPEs.
* Full Circle Magazine #105: Part 45 - Construct Grid, Hatches (Rough) and Interpolate Sub-Paths LPEs.
* Full Circle Magazine #106: Part 46 - Pattern Along Path, Ruler, Sketch, Stitch Sub-paths and (barely) the VonKoch LPEs.
* Full Circle Magazine #107: Part 47 - The last of the LPEs: Power Stroke and Clone Original Path.
* Full Circle Magazine #108: Part 48 - Introducing filters: creating a basic drop shadow filter.
* Full Circle Magazine #109: Part 49 - Filters: The Color Matrix filter primitive.
* Full Circle Magazine #110: Part 50 - Filters: The Composite filter primitive.
* Full Circle Magazine #111: Part 51 - Filters: The Flood and Turbulence filter primitives.
* Full Circle Magazine #112: Part 52 - Filters: The Image and Morphology filter primitives.
* Full Circle Magazine #113: Part 53 - Filters: Speeding up rendering, and the Displacement Map primitive.
* Full Circle Magazine #114: Part 54 - Filters: The Convolve Matrix primitive.
* Full Circle Magazine #115: Part 55 - Filters: Diffuse and Specular Lighting primitives.
* Full Circle Magazine #116: Part 56 - Filters: Component Transfer primitive (Inkscape 0.91+).
* Full Circle Magazine #117: Part 57 - Filters: Using "Background Image/Alpha" and chaining filters.
* Full Circle Magazine #118: Part 58 - Some SVG and web politics, installing 0.92, and the "paint-order" feature from SVG 2.




The original first post from this thread follows below...


I'm writing a series of Inkscape tutorial articles for Full Circle Magazine. The first is available now in issue #60, and is a sort of prequel which introduces the SVG format. The proper tutorials will start next month.

Full Circle Magazine is nominally a Ubuntu Linux mag, but my tutorials are largely applicable to Inkscape users on Windows or MacOS too. I'll be starting with absolute basics, but eventually hope to work my way through to fairly advanced features - and along the way offer up a few of the tips and tricks we've found while drawing our comics over the past three years.

Issue #60 is available now for free download in PDF, EPUB and Google Currents formats.

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Re: Inkscape Tutorial in Full Circle Magazine

Postby BobSongs » Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:23 am

Thank you, Xav, for the link and the article. I'm looking forward to your future installments.

Good combo: Ubuntu, Inkscape, GIMP, other Linux-related articles... I mean, what more could I ask? And it makes it more enjoyable knowing a familiar forum poster is contributing. Thanks for that.

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Re: Inkscape Tutorial in Full Circle Magazine

Postby brynn » Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:53 am

Well done, Xav!
Already bookmarked :D This will be my new "go to" link for message replies where I need to explain vector vs raster. I used to refer to Wikipedia, but your explanation is much more clear and understandable, especially for those technically uninclined folks like me. The Wikipedia one is fairly technical, and a bit obtuse (imo).

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Postby Xav » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:04 pm

Thanks for the support :D

I'm trying to keep each tutorial fairly self contained, dealing with just one or two aspects of the software at a time, but in an order that will allow even absolute beginners to draw something right from the start. In the past they've released special editions of Full Circle which pull together a number of articles from a series into a single-subject tutorial magazine. I'm hoping for something similar, once I've amassed enough articles, that can be used as a useful resource to point complete beginners at.
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Re: Inkscape Tutorial in Full Circle Magazine

Postby Xav » Sat May 26, 2012 8:02 pm

Issue #61 of Full Circle Magazine is now available for free download, and includes Part 1 of my Inkscape tutorial. It starts from the very basics, so in this instalment I cover drawing circles, arcs and segments and enough other basics to enable you to draw a simple snowman - however, given the tropical weather we're having in the UK at the moment, I'm not sure it's the most timely of images :lol:

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Postby Xav » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:57 pm

Issue #62 is available to download, free of charge, and includes Part 2 of my Inkscape tutorial. This instalment introduces some basic keyboard shortcuts and the rectangle tool:

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Postby Xav » Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:38 pm

Issue #63 is available to download, free of charge, and includes Part 3 of my Inkscape tutorial. This instalment covers the status bar and the stars and polygons tool:

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Postby Xav » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:09 am

Issue 64 is available for download. This instalment of my tutorial series covers the palette and the fill & stroke dialogue.

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Postby Xav » Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:41 pm

Issue #65 is now available for free download, with part 5 of my tutorials. This instalment continues with the Fill & Stroke dialogue, looking specifically at gradients.

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Postby Xav » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:54 am

Issue #66 is now available to download, with part 6 of my tutorial, introducing paths.

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Re: Inkscape Tutorial in Full Circle Magazine

Postby Xav » Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:00 am

I've been very lax in promoting these tutorials over the past couple of months, but they've still been appearing in the magazine. Here are the latest couple to bring this thread up to date (at least for a few days):

Issue #67, with part 7 of my tutorial (paths and Boolean operations).

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Issue #68, with part 8 of the tutorial (selections and groups).

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Postby Xav » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:02 am

Issue #69 has been out for a few days now, with part 9 of my Inkscape tutorial:

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Postby brynn » Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:59 pm

Wow, for some reason, I thought this was a short term project, like a series of 6 or 8. But I guess it looks like it's ongoing?

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Postby Xav » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:25 pm

Well I'm currently writing part 12, and have no particular plans to stop any time soon...
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Postby Xav » Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:18 am

Again I'm a bit late to post this, but Issue #70 is out, with Part 10 of my tutorial.

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Postby Xav » Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:17 pm

Catching up again....

Issue #71:

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Issue #72:

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Postby Xav » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:16 am

Issue #73 is out, with Part 13 of my tutorial, which covers clipping.

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Re: Inkscape Tutorial in Full Circle Magazine

Postby Inkspots » Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:46 am

Thank you xav,
I'm going to download it now.

Edit:
ahah! I've got it. Great tutorial.
Someone should tell the full circle team that the link
to your tutorial in the magazine's contents table, actually leads to an SQlite tutorial.
Your tut is on page 26, but the other is on page 21. As a matter of fact, I think most, if not all the links in the table of contents are wrong.
Looks like articles were moved after the table was created and no one remembered to change it to reflect the changes to the magazine.

Once I scrolled down and found the Inkscape tutorial It was very good.
Basic information was given clearly, and it was easy to follow and informative.
It was also enjoyable to read. Tutorials can be very dry and tedious , so its always nice
to come across one that manages not to be, while remaining on topic and being easy to follow.
I'll be looking for the installment that covers masking when it comes out.

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Postby Xav » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:02 am

Thanks for the kind words Inkspots.

Issue #74 has been out for about a week now, with part 14 of my tutorial series, this time all about masking:

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Re: Inkscape Tutorial in Full Circle Magazine

Postby Inkspots » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:26 pm

Just downloaded issue 74 of full circle
and thought I'd take a minute to say thanks for the tutorial.
You did a good job with it.
I liked the examples that you used, and as usual the writing was clear, to the point, and easy to follow.
I dont like to use masks and clipping, but your explanations gave me some ideas to try out
so maybe I will play around with them a bit and see what I can do.
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Postby Xav » Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:36 am

Thanks for the support :D

I rarely use masks, but clipping is something that is present in almost all of our comic strips. It can be especially useful in a comic for stopping the content hard at the edge of the frame, or for making an object appear to pass behind something else, regardless of the layers.

As for the snowman, he's been an ongoing development throughout the series. I wanted people to have enough knowledge after reading Part 1 to be able to draw something, and a snowman seemed like a good choice as a simple version can be created with just circles.
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Postby Xav » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:08 am

Issue #75, with part 15 of my tutorial series, about using bitmap graphics in Inkscape:

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Re: Inkscape Tutorial in Full Circle Magazine

Postby Xav » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:18 am

The first seven parts of the tutorial, plus the "prequel" article about the SVG file format, have now been compiled into their own a special edition:

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Re: Inkscape Tutorial in Full Circle Magazine

Postby Xav » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:01 pm

And now there's a second Special Edition, containing parts 8-14:

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