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Inkscape 0.48 Essentials for Web Designers

Book Description

Use the fascinating Inkscape graphics editor to create attractive layout designs, images, and icons for your website

  • The first book on the newly released Inkscape version 0.48, with an exclusive focus on web design

  • Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of Inkscape required for web design

  • Incorporate eye-catching designs, patterns, and other visual elements to spice up your web pages

  • Learn how to create your own Inkscape templates in addition to using the built-in ones

  • Written in a simple illustrative manner, which will appeal to web designers and experienced Inkscape users alike

  • In Detail

    Do you think that your website could do with more visual appeal? Are you looking to spice it up with attractive designs and effects? Enter Inkscape 0.48 Essentials for Web Designers-the only book specifically tailored to using Inkscape for web design. This book will teach you how to effectively use the fascinating new Inkscape vector graphics editor, which, despite being in version 0.48 and having no dearth of competitors, has already separated itself from the competition. Learn everything you need to know about enhancing your website-from site layouts to templates and animations-whether you are looking for a new website design or just some eye-candy.

    The Inkscape graphics editor is powerful, but getting started is often difficult. Inkscape 0.48 Essentials for Web Designers walks you through the challenge of using Inkscape from a web design perspective in the easiest way possible.

    The first book to unlock the potential of Inkscape for web design, it begins with an introduction to the basics of Inkscape and then journeys you through implementing them in your website one by one.

    Learn to build your first website design using Inkscape. Create web page and desktop wallpapers with repeating pattern backgrounds and swirling designs. Incorporate icons and interactive maps on your website. Style and graphically manipulate text-from simple headings to shadowing, following paths, reflections, 3D effects, and more. Enhance your web pages using flowcharts, diagrams, and site maps and learn how to export them. Spruce it all up using animations.

    This book will teach you all that and more, in a simple effective manner; and what's more—you'll have fun doing it.

    Table of Contents

    1. Inkscape 0.48 Essentials for Web Designers
      1. Inkscape 0.48 Essentials for Web Designers
      2. Credits
      3. About the Author
      4. About the Reviewers
      5. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      6. 1. Inkscape 101: The Basics
        1. Vector graphics
        2. What is Inkscape and how can it be used?
        3. Installing Inkscape
        4. The basics of the software
          1. Main screen basics
            1. Main menu
          2. Toolbars
            1. Command bar
            2. Snap bar
            3. Tool controls
            4. Toolbox bar
            5. Palette bar
            6. Status bar
            7. Canvas
          3. Dockable Dialogs
          4. Panning and zooming
        5. Creating and managing files
          1. Creating web sized documents
          2. Saving Inkscape files
          3. Managing multiple file projects
        6. Paths
        7. Creating shapes
          1. Complex shapes
            1. Combing shapes
            2. Freehand objects (Paths)
        8. Summary
      7. 2. Designing Site Layouts
        1. Architecting a web site
        2. Web layout — principles and basics
        3. The basic design
        4. Starting a new design project
        5. Using grids and guidelines
          1. Viewing the grid
          2. Making guides
            1. Creating a new layer
            2. Creating basic design areas in Inkscape
            3. Converting shapes to guides
        6. Creating a layout example
          1. Designing the background
            1. Making the header background
            2. Building the main body background
            3. Creating the footer background
          2. Designing the header
          3. Navigational elements
          4. Creating a footer
          5. Making a sidebar
          6. Creating content areas
        7. Exporting design mock-ups
          1. Creating a slice layer
          2. Exporting slices
        8. Working with programmers
        9. Summary
      8. 3. Working with Images
        1. Importing images in Inkscape
          1. Embedding images
          2. Importing from the Open Clip Library (Mac users)
        2. Rendering a Bitmap image
        3. Basics about photo manipulation
        4. Tracing images
          1. Using Protrace
          2. Using SIOX
        5. Converting raster logos to vector-based logos
        6. Using individual images as design elements
        7. Summary
      9. 4. Styling Text
        1. Creating and editing text tools
          1. Text styling keyboard shortcuts
        2. Text effects
          1. Using the Lorem Ipsum effect
          2. Find and replace
          3. Sentence case
          4. Title case
          5. Uppercase and lowercase
          6. Flipcase
          7. Random case
        3. Using reflections, shadows, and glows
          1. Reflections
          2. Shadows and glows
        4. More about text and paths
          1. Using a path for text
          2. Placing text within a closed shape
        5. Using perspective
        6. Pulling it all together
        7. Creating title bars and headings
        8. Exporting title bars for use as a design element
        9. Summary
      10. 5. Creating Wallpapers and Pattern Backgrounds
        1. Using wallpapers and patterned backgrounds
        2. Using the built-in patterns
        3. Creating a simple pattern
        4. Creating a pin-stripe background
          1. Use the pin-stripe as a fill for another object
        5. Creating advanced tiled backgrounds
          1. Changing Inkscape bounding box preferences
          2. Creating your base tile
          3. Cloning the template tile
          4. Decorating your tile
          5. Exporting your tile for a background
        6. Creating swirling design backgrounds
          1. Creating a swirl
          2. Creating spiro swirls
            1. Editing your spiro
          3. Converting swirls to backgrounds
        7. Exporting for use in a functional web page
        8. Using the design in the layout design
        9. Summary
      11. 6. Building Icons, Buttons, and Logos
        1. Using icons, buttons, and logos in web design
        2. Creating icons
          1. Using grids and snapping
          2. Simple icons
          3. More detailed icons
        3. Creating buttons
        4. Logos as the cornerstone of the design
        5. Best practices for creating logos
          1. Information gathering
          2. Creating initial designs
        6. Importing existing logos
          1. Re-creating existing logos
        7. Logo re-designs
        8. Exporting logos for use on the web and more
        9. Summary
      12. 7. Making Diagrams, Site Maps, and More
        1. Diagrams and maps
        2. Diagrams
        3. Organizational charts
        4. Flow charts
        5. Site maps
        6. Exporting for use within a web page
        7. Summary
      13. 8. Designing for Blogs and Storefronts
        1. Web design principles for blogs and storefronts
          1. Keeping it simple
          2. Identifiable
          3. Making your site navigationally easy
          4. Feeds and social networking links
          5. Making checkout easy
        2. Creating Web templates in Inkscape
          1. Designing for blogs
          2. Designing a storefront and merchandise pages
        3. Grids and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
        4. Summary
      14. 9. Using the XML Editor
        1. What is Inkscape's XML Editor
        2. Accessing the XML Editor
        3. SVG basics
          1. Attribute types
          2. Basic attributes
          3. Paths
            1. Images
            2. Text
        4. Using the XML Editor to change characteristics
        5. Using XML and graphics with programmers
        6. Summary
      15. 10. Creating Simple Animations
        1. Animations in web design
        2. Basic techniques to animate
          1. Installing Gimp
          2. Creating the animation
          3. Bringing the animation together
        3. Creating scrolling text
        4. Exporting animations
        5. Creating animating banners or advertisements
        6. Summary
      16. 11. Plugins, Scripts, and Templates
        1. Templates in Inkscape
          1. Installing and using templates
          2. Creating your own custom templates
        2. Plugins, scripts, and extensions
          1. Installation
        3. Common extras for web design
        4. Summary
      17. A. Keyboard Shortcuts
      18. B. Glossary of Terms
      19. C. Fonts
        1. SVG fonts and Inkscape
        2. Using common web browser fonts