Inkscape is fun, powerful, free and open source software for creating scalable vector graphics. Its native file format, Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) is a W3C open standard.
This in depth tutorial will give you the foundation skills you need to create simple graphics with Inkscape, and introduce the key concepts and terminology required to take your learning further.
Participants will undertake a series of tasks designed to introduce Inkscape's interface and tools for creating and modifying vector graphics.
Assumed knowledge: None.
New knowledge goals: Inkscape interface, creating shapes & lines, working with colour. Inkscape techniques, path operations, object manipulations. How to edit existing SVGs from wikimedia commons or openclipart.org
You don't need to be a designer, artistic or know how to draw. Just install Inkscape on your laptop, bring a mouse, come along and learn how to get the best out of this brilliant tool.
Donna Benjamin is a Project Lead at Catalyst Australia. She is part of a global team of skilled open source technologists, who specialise in developing, designing and supporting enterprise grade systems using open source technologies.
Donna is a passionate advocate of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) solutions for small business and education. In particular, the use of web applications on the Drupal platform, open source graphics tools such as Inkscape and GIMP, and the Moodle and Sugar learning platforms. Donna has taken on a range of leadership roles in the Open Source community, sitting on boards and committees and organising events. She is currently a Director of the Drupal Association and the Open Australia Foundation.