Inkscape Beginner's Guide

Inkscape Beginner's Guide

by Bethany Hiitola


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ISBN-13: 9781849517201
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Publication date: 05/24/2012
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 417,959
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Inkscape Beginner's Guide 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
CheckAvailability More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in early 2017, five years after publication. Risky. Samples needed for the tutorials are downloads from websites now gone. The publisher has a website for errata and questions where I reported this, but have not received any response. The author's own website, listed in the book, is also now gone. I was able to find replacement images for download elsewhere (by Googling) and so was able to do the tutorials with them, but it was annoying. Aside from the missing downloads, there were other errors & typos in this book - some reported on the publisher errata site, some not. Some things covered in the tutorial just did not seem to work ... and I don't know if that is because either A) Inkscape version today is much newer (although I didn't see that many differences) or B) the author neglected to mention a few steps or C) I am incompetent. That said, the lessons and tutorials were helpful.
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Boudville More than 1 year ago
Just over a year ago, I reviewed an earlier book on Inkscape version 0.48, Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook. That presupposed you already knew broadly Inkscape and perhaps needed some specialised help. In contrast, the current book by Hitola is aimed squarely at the newbie. No previous experience with Inkscape is required. The text shows how vector graphics as implemented by Inkscape is quite easy to learn. And quite different from raster or bit mapped images like GIF, JPEG and BMP. The power of vector graphics is in its ability to retain sharpness under essentially arbitrary magnification. Whereas any raster image will inevitably turn blurry upon deep resolution. Hiitola also gives a nice treatment of the comparative merits of vector versus raster images. A balanced discussion. Plus, she shows more usefully how to combine these. Essentially, pure photographs are fundamentally raster in nature, while text and geometric graphics can and perhaps should be vectorised, provided that they do not overlay a photo. You also learn that Inkscape lets you read and write to PDF files. Important for compatibility with other programs. The chapter on making paths, especially using a Bezier tool, is quite detailed. Perhaps more so than texts on other vector graphics methods. A chance to really learn thoroughly Beziers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago