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Inkscape : Guide to a Vector Drawing Program - Tavmjong Bah


Guide to a Vector Drawing Program

Paperback Published: 1st November 2009
ISBN: 9780137051731
Number Of Pages: 480

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"Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing Program, Third Edition, " is the guide to the Inkscape program, with coverage of versions 0.46 and 0.47. This authoritative introduction and reference features hundreds of useful illustrations.With Inkscape, you can produce a wide variety of art, from photorealistic drawings to organizational charts. Inkscape uses SVG, a powerful vector-based drawing language and W3C web standard, as its native format. SVG drawings can be viewed directly in browsers such as Firefox and Opera. A subset of SVG has been adopted by the mobile phone market. Inkscape is available free for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems. Systematic coverage of the entire Inkscape program begins with eleven tutorials ranging in difficulty from very basic to highly complex.
The remainder of the book covers each facet of Inkscape in detail with an emphasis on practical solutions for common problems.The book is filled with valuable tips and warnings about the use of Inkscape and SVG. Find dozens of Inkscape illustrations from the book in the online color supplement available at http: //tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/.
Updated for Inkscape v0.47, this new edition includes complete coverage of new features, including updated Pen and Pencil tools with new spiro, polyline, and sketch modes; the new Eraser tool; and the new Snapping toolbar with improved snapping. Advanced topics include the use of Inkscape's powerful tiling tool, built-in bitmap tracing, and SVG use on the Web.
Complete Coverage of New and Improved Inkscape 0.47 Features
Live Path Effects for tasks such as adding patterns along a path while maintaining complete editabilityOver 200 pre-built SVG filters for adding textures, manipulating color, and so forthA tiling tool to create complex tilings with thirteen different symmetriesClipping and Masking objectsAn integrated spell checkerBuilt-in bitmap-to-vector tracingThe ability to export to more than a dozen graphics formats, including PDF and PostScriptThe ability to import from more than two-dozen graphics formats, including PDF, Adobe Illustrator, Coral Draw, AutoCad, and XFig GraphicsComplete vector drawing program supporting the W3C SVG standardThree path-drawing tools (Pencil, Pen, Calligraphy)Five shape-drawing tools (Rectangles, Ellipses, Stars, Spirals, 3D Boxes)Linear and Radial GradientsPattern fillsTweak Tool for fine adjustment of paths and colorsEraser Tool with both Vector and Bitmap modesSophisticated snapping for precision drawing and aligning objectsExtendable through scripting; over a hundred scripts included

Acknowledgmentsp. x
About the Authorp. xi
Overview of What Is in This Bookp. xii
Introductionp. xiii
How to Use This Bookp. xiii
Vector Graphicsp. xiv
SVGp. xvi
The Inkscape Programp. xvi
Helpp. xvi
Quick Start 1
The Anatomy of the Inkscape Windowp. 1
The Swedish Flag A Short Examplep. 5
The European Flag A More Elaborate Examplep. 17
A Hiking Club Logo An Exercise in Pathsp. 20
The Northern Pacific Railway Logo A Tracing Examplep. 32
A Box for Cards An Isometric Projectionp. 39
A Can of Soup A Three-Dimensional Drawing with Gradientsp. 44
A Vine Design A Tiling Examplep. 56
A Neon Sign Animationp. 66
A Bank Note Security Featuresp. 82
A Bottle Photorealismp. 94
Files 103
Opening and Saving Filesp. 103
Importing Filesp. 104
Exporting Filesp. 107
Printing Filesp. 120
Vacuuming Filesp. 121
Changing the View 122
Panning the Canvasp. 122
Zooming the Canvasp. 122
Miscellaneous View Commandsp. 123
Editing Basics 126
Undo and Redop. 126
Selecting Objectsp. 126
Copying, Pasting, and Deleting Objectsp. 129
Clonesp. 130
Ordering Objects (Z-order)p. 131
Groupsp. 132
Layersp. 133
Positioning and Transforming 136
Inkscape Coordinatesp. 136
Transformationsp. 137
Snappingp. 144
Alignment and Distribution of Objectsp. 150
Geometric Shapes 154
Rectangles and Squaresp. 154
3D Boxesp. 156
Ellipses, Circles, and Arcsp. 159
Regular Polygons and Starsp. 160
Spiralsp. 162
Paths 165
Bezier Curvesp. 165
Creating Pathsp. 166
Editing Pathsp. 177
Path Operationsp. 186
Live Path Effects (LPEs) 189
Bendp. 190
Construct Gridp. 191
Envelope Deformationp. 191
Gearsp. 192
Hatches (Rough)p. 192
Interpolate Sub-Pathsp. 194
Knotp. 194
Pattern Along Pathp. 195
Rulerp. 198
Sketchp. 198
Spiro Splinep. 200
Stitch Sub-Pathsp. 201
VonKochp. 204
Text 208
Creating Textp. 208
Selecting Textp. 209
Editing Textp. 210
Formatting Textp. 211
Kerning, Shifting, and Rotating Charactersp. 214
Text on a Pathp. 215
Text in a Shapep. 216
Attributes 218
Fill and Stroke Paintp. 218
Stroke Stylep. 239
Tweak Tool 244
Tweaking Objectsp. 244
Tweaking Pathsp. 245
Tweaking Colorsp. 246
Eraser Tool 247
Eraser Touch Modep. 247
Eraser Cut-Out Modep. 247
Paint Bucket Tool 248
Simple Usep. 248
Filling Fidelityp. 249
Filling Multiple Regionsp. 250
Closing Gapsp. 250
Adding to a Fillp. 251
Clipping and Masking 252
Clippingp. 253
Maskingp. 253
Filter Effects Preset 254
Use of Preset Filtersp. 254
ABCsp. 255
Bevelsp. 256
Blursp. 257
Bumpsp. 258
Colorp. 260
Distortp. 261
Image Effectsp. 262
Image Effects, Transparentp. 263
Materialsp. 264
Morphologyp. 265
Non Realistic 3D Shadersp. 266
Overlaysp. 267
Protrusionsp. 268
Ridgesp. 268
Scatterp. 269
Shadows and Glowsp. 269
Texturesp. 270
Transparency Utilitiesp. 271
Filter Effects Custom 272
Basic Usep. 272
Filter Effects Dialogp. 273
Mini Tutorial A Drop Shadowp. 274
Color Filter Primitivesp. 277
Compositing Filter Primitivesp. 279
Fill Filter Primitivesp. 283
Lighting Filters Primitivesp. 287
Pixel Manipulation Filter Primitivesp. 289
Complex Examplesp. 298
XML Editor 302
Basic Usagep. 302
Editing XML Nodesp. 303
Examplesp. 304
Tiling 306
Symmetry Tabp. 307
Shift Tabp. 310
Scale Tabp. 314
Rotation Tabp. 316
Blur and Opacity Tabp. 318
Color Tabp. 320
Tracep. 322
Tricksp. 326
Tracing Bitmaps 329
Single Scansp. 331
Multiple Scansp. 333
Common Optionsp. 336
SIOXp. 337
Connectors 338
Creating Connectorsp. 338
Modifying Connectorsp. 339
Routing Connectorsp. 339
Extensions 340
Arrangep. 341
Colorp. 342
Generate from Pathp. 351
Imagesp. 361
Modify Pathp. 361
Rasterp. 370
Renderp. 372
Textp. 387
Visualize Pathp. 389
Webp. 391
SVG and the Web 394
Simple SVG Displayp. 394
Adding Linksp. 397
Using Style Sheetsp. 398
Using JavaScriptp. 400
Simple Animationp. 401
Customization 404
Inkscape Preferences Dialogp. 404
Inkscape Configuration Filesp. 404
Using the Command Line 408
General Optionsp. 409
Export Optionsp. 409
Query Optionsp. 412
Challenges 413
Red Spiralp. 413
Knotp. 413
Squaresp. 414
Pine Conep. 414
Spiral Gyralp. 415
Inkview 416
File Format 417
Default Template Filep. 417
SVG Groups with Objectsp. 418
Groups of Objectsp. 418
Pathsp. 419
Defsp. 420
Spheres 421
Sphere with Gradient Shading and Shadowp. 421
Sphere with Hatched Shading and Shadowp. 421
Sphere with Dot Shading and Shadowp. 422
Sphere with Text Shading and Shadowp. 422
Solutions for Challenges 423
Red Spiralp. 423
Knotp. 425
Squaresp. 427
Pine Conep. 428
Spiral Gyralp. 430
List of Dialogs 431
Tips for Illustrator Converts 433
Key Mappingsp. 433
Terminologyp. 433
Glossaryp. 435
Index 439
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ISBN: 9780137051731
ISBN-10: 0137051735
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st November 2009
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.5 x 21.8  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 1.08
Edition Number: 3

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