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The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editorby Dmitry Kirsanov
Synopses & Reviews
This is it. The complete and definitive guide to Inkscape, the free, vector-based graphics editor that competes with expensive drawing programs like Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW.
In The Book of Inkscape, core Inkscape developer Dmitry Kirsanov shares his design experience and knowledge of Inkscape's inner workings as he walks you through the basics of using the program: drawing, working with objects, transformations and styling, adding text and shapes, and more. Kirsanov couples his detailed explanations with step-by-step tutorials that show you how to create business cards, animations, and technical and artistic drawings.
In addition to the basics, Kirsanov teaches you how to:
This practical guide will show you how to harness Inkscape's powerful features to produce anything from a child's doodle to high-end, professional design projects. Now go ahead and draw something fun.
Book News Annotation:
Inkscape is a widely used, free graphics editor that, until now, has lacked comprehensive documentation. This manual by developer and graphic designer Kirsanov reveals the application's inner workings, taking the reader from basic drawing techniques through using Inkscape's most powerful features to create animations and technical and artistic drawings. Clear writing and numerous step-by-step tutorials make this manual the go-to reference for artists new to Inkscape and for experienced users looking for detailed information on the application's features. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Inkscape is a powerful, free, cross-platform, vector-based drawing tool similar to Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW. "The Book of Inkscape," written by Inkscape developer and graphic designer Dmitry Kirsanov, is an in-depth guide to Inkscape, offering comprehensive coverage and creative advice on Inkscape's many capabilities. Kirsanov draws on his experience using Inkscape for design and illustration as well as his extensive knowledge of Inkscape's features, several of which he developed. Following an overview of vector-based graphics in general and SVG in particular, Kirsanov takes the reader from basic techniques-selecting, transforming, styling-to more advanced topics such as gradients and patterns, path editing, artistic drawing, clones and patterns, working with text, exporting bitmaps, and using extensions. "The Book of Inkscape" is a complete guide to Inkscape for every artist, whether amateur or professional.
Inkscape is a powerful, free, cross-platform, vector-based drawing tool similar to Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW. Written by Inkscape developer and graphic designer Kirsanov, this in-depth guide offers comprehensive coverage and creative advice on Inkscape's many capabilities.
About the Author
Dmitry Kirsanov is a developer and a graphic designer, specializing in website and logo design. His articles about Inkscape have appeared in Linux Format in the UK and on TuxMagazine.com. Kirsanov also writes the "Design Lab" column teaching creative fundamentals of web design (http://www.webreference.com/dlab/), and is the author of Dmitry Kirsanov's Web Design Book (in Russian). Tim Daniels, one of the founders of the Inkscape project, is the book's technical reviewer.
Table of Contents
ACKNOWLEDGMENTSINTRODUCTIONChapter 1: INKSCAPE AND THE WORLDChapter 2: AN INKSCAPE PRIMERChapter 3: SETTING UP AND MOVING AROUNDChapter 4: OBJECTSChapter 5: SELECTINGChapter 6: TRANSFORMINGChapter 7: SNAPPING AND ARRANGINGChapter 8: STYLINGChapter 9: STROKE AND MARKERSChapter 10: GRADIENTS AND PATTERNSChapter 11: SHAPESChapter 12: EDITING PATHSChapter 13: PATH EFFECTS AND EXTENSIONSChapter 14: DRAWINGChapter 15: TEXTChapter 16: CLONESChapter 17: FILTERSChapter 18: BITMAPSChapter 19: TUTORIAL: DESIGNING A BUSINESS CARDChapter 20: TUTORIAL: CREATING AN ANIMATIONChapter 21: TUTORIAL: DRAWING A 3D-CORRECT CARTOONChapter 22: TUTORIAL: ARTISTIC DRAWINGChapter 23: TUTORIAL: TECHNICAL DRAWINGChapter 24: TUTORIAL: THE ROSEAN SVG PRIMERIMPORT AND EXPORTTHE COMMAND LINEKEYBOARD SHORTCUTSCOLOPHON
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