Inkscape Tutorial

Inkscape Tutorial for Engineers, 12 slides in PDF for learning Inkscape.


Inkscape has become my favorite drawing tool after designing with a commercial CAD (computer-aided design) software package for several years. Most of my work drawings nowadays are designed in Inkscape. It is truly an amazing piece of open software.

This set of 12 slides was created in Inkscape when I was learning the software. It helps me become familiar with Inkscape and later serves as a reference for myself. I hope you will find them useful.

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inkscape selector
Inkscape Selector

The first tool on the toolbar is selector, and it has three modes: single click, double click, and second click.

SVG code
SVG Code

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) has six shape elements: line, rectangle, circle, ellipse, polyline, and polygon. Inkscape itself has special attributes for shapes like star.

inkscape node type
Inkscape Node Types

Inkscape has four types of node: corner (cusp), smooth, symmetric, and auto.

Here are some examples in the tutorial. Feel free to contact me if you have any comments or suggestions.

inkscape font and text
Inkscape Font and Text

The text tool in Inkscape is good for most tasks, but it is not perfect.

inkscape color palette
Color Palette

You can create custom color palettes in Inkscape. It shares same color palette format as Gimp.

inkscape extension
Inkscape Extension

Inkscape extension is a programming interface to extend its functionality.