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The A to Z of Inkscape

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And extensions within Inkscape, With so many different tools, methods, it can be pretty  overwhelming to cover everything. This A to Z of Inkscape will cover the best stuff this great vector program has to offer, Thankfully. Most of these have links that will bring you to a quick tip or tutorial relating to that tool. So sit back and enjoy this beautifully arranged glossary of Inkscape


Align and Distribute: A dialog box with plenty of actions to align both objects and paths


Box Tool: A unique tool that's used to create 3D boxes by adjusting all 3 dimensions of the box

Break ApartEven if they were combined, : A path option that can separate a collection of paths

Brush Strokes: Custom brush strokes can be easily achieved in Inkscape with the many options available

Bucket Tool: A tool that can fill the area of a shape or paths with a color


Calligraphy Tool: A drawing tool that has a ton of options to create advanced brush strokes

Clip: An object menu that uses a selected object/path to cut a second selected object/path positioned below it

Clone: A edit option that creates a dynamic copy of a selected object. If the original object is altered, so will the clone

Combine: A path operation that groups the selected paths to make one entire object that inherits a single fill and stroke

Create Tiled ClonesYet dynamic objects, : A very useful menu with tons of options for creating large amounts of identical


Distribute: A series of options in Align and Distribute that evenly space out multiple objects

Dropper Tool: A tool that can find the exact color of the selected pixel or pixel area

Duplicate: An edit option that makes an exact duplicate of your object in the same position as the original


Ellipse Tool: An essential tool that creates circles, and arcs, ellipses

Eraser Tool: A tool that can be used to delete or cut out nodes

Export Bitmap: A file option that allows you to export your artwork as a PNG bitmap file

Extensions: A large drop-down menu that adds convenient and interesting features to Inkscape


Fill and Stroke: An essential dialog box that contains styling options such as fill color and stroke style

Filters: A drop-down menu that has many different filters and effects to enhance your drawings


Gradient Tool: A tool that allows you to edit color and positioning of gradients

Group: An object option that conveniently groups a selection of objects or paths


Handles: A visual representation of paths and bezier curves that can be dragged to manipulate the nodes that make them up

Help: A drop-down menu that offers a good selection of help material for Inkscape


Isometric Projection: A unique art style that involves a 3D art style at a particular angle


Join Style: A fill and stroke option that adjusts the appearance of a joined node


Kerning: A text option that adjusts the letter spacing of each specific letter of a text object


Layer: A drop-down menu that contains everything you need to keep your layers organized

Letter Spacing: A text option that adjusts the spacing of every letter in a selected text object


MarkersMiddle, and end nodes, : A stroke style option that allows shapes to be assigned to start

Mask: An object operation that refers to the amount of color lightness in an object to set the clipped object's opacity


NodesBut Inkscape has a few unique tricks on these, : The basis of all vector design


Objects to Marker: An object option that allows you to use any custom object as a marker


Path Effect Editor: A powerful menu that has many advanced options for altering the appearance of paths, such as tapered lines and envelopes

Pen Tool: A vital tool that easily creates paths by clicking to create nodes. It's also used for creating bezier curves

Pencil Tool: A tool that's used mostly to create freehand paths and nodes

Polygon Tool:A tool that makes drawing polygons and stars a breeze


Quadrilateral Distortion: A fancy term for the usefulExtensions > Modify Path > EnvelopeThat allows the distortion of all sides of a selected path


Rectangle Tool: An essential tool that creates rectangles along with the ability to have rounded corners

Repeating PatternsSuch as patterns, : It's very easy to create large amounts of identical, yet dynamic objects


Shadows and Glows: A filter menu options that contains a variety of shadows and glows for objects and paths

Spiral Tool: An interesting tool that draws spirals from a surprising amount of options

Spray Tool: A great tool that can create multiple copies or clones of an object by spraying an area


Tapered Lines: A style of line that tapers in one or both directions, and Inkscape has a few ways to do them

Text and Font Tool: A tool to add text or text boxes to your designs

Tweak ToolIncluding shrinking and expanding, : A fun tool that has different methods of sculpting objects and paths


Ungroup: An object option that simply ungroups your grouped objects

Upper Case Text: An extension that will convert all of the characters of a text object into their upper case form


Visualize Path: A unique extension that offers four different options to generate drawings based on the selected paths


Warping: One feature from using the Tweak tool that can warp a selected object or path just by dragging it


XML EditorEdit > XML Editor is a powerful way to manually edit your file, : Since Inkscape's SVG file is based off of XML. If you know what you're doing


Zoom: A view menu that offers a few unique ways for zoom management

That's the Inkscape A to Z

Menus, and dialog boxes that make Inkscape the incredible free open-source vector software that it is, We went over a lot of tools. This should make a great guide to keep on hand to keep yourself in tune while working on your Inkscape documents. Thanks for reading

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