Inkscape

Create banners for websites and blogs with Inkscape and so much more. Inkscape is a free vector graphics editor similar to  Adobe Illustrator a widely used vector graphics editing program. Inkscape powerful enough to compete with Adobe Illustrator in terms of the functionality most users expect from a vector graphics program.

The best thing about Inkscape is the ease of use. If you do a lot of work rendering and drawing in vector, this program will save you much time, even if you are new to digital art programs the learning curve with Inkscape is much easier than that of any Adobe Creative Suite program.

The Inkscape window has a large central drawing area, with several toolbars around the edges. Many dialog boxes, such as the one for setting stroke and fill properties, will open along the right edge of the window. The layout is configurable. For example, toolbars can be hidden, and dialog boxes can be dragged out of the main window to become independent windows.

Inkscape Pros:

  • It’s free.
  • Easy to use interface and toolbar.
  • Great control of linework and editing with the Edit Paths tool.
  • Can save in a variety of formats including

The default file type of Inkscape is a .svg  but, Inkscape can import many file types including:

  • .ai
  • .pdf
  • .dxf
  • .png
  • .jpg
  • .bmp

Inkscape can export several file types including:

  • .pdf
  • .dxf
  • .png
  • .jpg
  • .bmp

Inscape Cons:

  • Fill tool a hassle to work with at times.
  • Has a tendency to shut down or freeze at times. (It is recommended you save your work frequently and after making big changes)Examples of projects you can do using Inkscape:
  • Create a digital scalable graphic of a drawing you made on paper. Using the Import tool under File you can import a scanned image and trace over it with the pen tool to digitalize it!
  • Create a logo that needs to be put on items that are different sizes.
  • Create sprites for a flash animation to import into Adobe Flash.
  • Make banners for websites and blogs.

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