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Old 06-27-2012, 12:35 AM   #1
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Inkscape and it's capabilities


Hi
I am trying to learn Inkscape after 2 to 3 years of working with GIMP.

I went to:
http://inkscape.org/doc/basic/tutorial-basic.html
And went through these 35 tutorials:
http://speckyboy.com/2009/04/28/35-t...sing-inkscape/
And this page to try to understand how to adjust the canvas size but I am still struggling with this because there is something that I don't know.
http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index....Fit_Your_Image

Does anyone know of an Inkscape help website?

This is a good program and I'd like to use it anyone have any suggestions?
 
Old 06-28-2012, 12:58 PM   #2
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Greetings,

Well, this drove me to distraction when I first started playing with Inkscape as well, but I eventually figured it out... It's a matter of perspective; Your's versus the program's.

In answer to your question; Have you checked out the tutorial at Linux Today? They seem to break things down pretty well.

Now, for a quick answer to your issue: When you start Inkscape, it generally starts with opening "New Document 1" when it first comes up. It's 'document' is your 'canvas'. From there, go to File => Document Properties (or hit Ctrl+Shift+D) to open the "Document Properties" window. In the "Document Properties" window, on the first tab, called "Page", it has a huge list of standardized sizes as well as an area towards the bottom to set a custom size for the current working page. If you choose or set a new size, it should take effect immediately.

Note: For a bit of additional info, remember that when you export any 'document' to a bitmap from Inkscape, you have to make sure of what you have selected at the top of the "Export Bitmap" window. It gives you four choices; Page, Drawing, Selection, Custom. Be careful that whichever is selected when you do the export is what you wanted. It's really irritating when you think you are just exporting the new image you created and end up getting a graphic in the middle of a white A4-sized page (the default starting size for an Inkscape document).

HTH. Let us know.

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Old 06-28-2012, 01:08 PM   #3
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Inkscape and GIMP are totally different things---
Inkscape is a vector drawing program
GIMP is not intended as a drawing program, althought it can be used as such---regardless, it does drawing using bitmaps

For drawing, I am used to tools like [Open|Libre]Office, and more recently Google sketchup. I find the Inkscape UI to be somewhat awkward and unconventional. If motivated, I'm sure I could get used to it.
 
Old 06-28-2012, 04:20 PM   #4
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@pixellany: You are correct.

Inkscape and GIMP are completely different, but more to the point: While you can do a lot of graphical tasks in Inkscape, it seems the main purpose for it is to do the layout and the finishing touches on your graphics to make sure that they look proper no matter what size they are (which is one of the primary purposes of Scalable Vector Graphics, iirc). Just like you can do some layout tasks with GIMP, but it's much easier and faster to do it in Inkscape (like layering, alignment, distribution, etc.)

As I noted above, Inkscape looks at a current job as a document, no matter what you are working on. As if to prove that point, there is no "Image" pulldown menu in Inkscape like there is in nearly every other graphics application. There's an "Object" pulldown, but that has options like Group/Ungroup, Rows, Columns, Hide/Unhide, Align, etc. More the feel of a Layout application.

So, it seems to me that GIMP and Inkscape are two different graphics applications that were practically made to work together. One does the image creation and effects, the other does the layout and finishing.

Just my 2.
 
Old 06-29-2012, 08:37 AM   #5
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I see Inkscape as a vector drawing program. Such programs can import bit-mapped graphics to use as objects, wallpaper, etc.

GIMP is a photo editor

For page layout, I would use *Office or maybe Scribus. If you're a masochist, look into Tex (AKA LaTex, and a few other monikers)



*Office:
In the Windows world, we just say "Office", when we mean MICROSOFT Office.....In the OSS world, It was always OpenOffice---or, if your beard is gray enough: Star Office. Now it's LibreOffice.
I'm going to just start saying "Office", and see if MS sues me......
 
Old 06-30-2012, 12:25 AM   #6
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Greetings,

Well, this drove me to distraction when I first started playing with Inkscape as well, but I eventually figured it out... It's a matter of perspective; Your's versus the program's.

In answer to your question; Have you checked out the tutorial at Linux Today? They seem to break things down pretty well.

Now, for a quick answer to your issue: When you start Inkscape, it generally starts with opening "New Document 1" when it first comes up. It's 'document' is your 'canvas'. From there, go to File => Document Properties (or hit Ctrl+Shift+D) to open the "Document Properties" window. In the "Document Properties" window, on the first tab, called "Page", it has a huge list of standardized sizes as well as an area towards the bottom to set a custom size for the current working page. If you choose or set a new size, it should take effect immediately.

Note: For a bit of additional info, remember that when you export any 'document' to a bitmap from Inkscape, you have to make sure of what you have selected at the top of the "Export Bitmap" window. It gives you four choices; Page, Drawing, Selection, Custom. Be careful that whichever is selected when you do the export is what you wanted. It's really irritating when you think you are just exporting the new image you created and end up getting a graphic in the middle of a white A4-sized page (the default starting size for an Inkscape document).

HTH. Let us know.
I wrote down the instructions that you gave....Thank You

I'll be careful in my selection process before I start the export function.

In 3 years I have made some amazing designs in GIMP. I look forward to learning Inkscape and investing my time to produce productive works.

I'll visit linuxtoday and see the good that's there. Again; Thank You
 
  


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