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Posted June 20, 2012
Inkscape is an awesome free program for working with vector graphics. I learned how to use the basics just by trial and error (lots of error). I needed a book that could walk me through learning it properly, and fill in the gaps of my self tutelage. The Book of Inkscape has done just that. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn Inkscape. My only wish is that it had more information on the image filters. But I suppose GIMP would be the more appropriate program for that.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2011
When I first became interested in finding a drawing program, I tried several graphics programs but was frustrated with different aspects of each of them. I was so relieved to finally find Inkscape, an free opensource program which could easily compete with many of the high-end expensive programs. I soon realized that Inkscape was much more intuitive for me than any of the others, and with the help of some online tutorials I was quickly navigating the program with ease. Following the tutorials helped me to progress from complete novice almost to an intermediate level, but at that point I found that I needed more explicit information on the options and abilities that Inkscape offers . I didnt want to waste a lot of time just troubleshooting when I knew that other people already had the answers. I was also a little embarrassed to ask some of my more basic questions on the Inkscape forum. So, at that point, I looked for a book that would assist me in learning about Inkscape in a more comprehensive way. Luckily, I found The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor written by Dmitry Kirsanov and published by NoStarch Press. The author's clear explanations of each point are never wordy or difficult to decipher. I appreciate that Mr. Kirsanov doesn't assume you already know anything, but instead he starts at the beginning and proceeds without skipping over key points. That was a big help to me because I had learned about Inkscape from watching random videos and I was relieved to be able to fill in the gaps with The Book of Inkscape. He begins by describing what vector images are and how they differ from pixel based drawing and then moves on to teach how to draw and manipulate vectors, including styling, gradients, paths, clones, filters. He also explains how to import and export vectors. There are also tutorials which walk you through the steps of the more complex tasks, like animation or technical drawings. There are frequent diagrams which illustrate his directions, as well as break up the text. I was grateful to find that The Book of Inkscape made me feel confident that I could progress far beyond the level I am at, while also giving me the knowledge to strengthen my current skills.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.