Inkscape

Cre­ate and edit your own vec­tor graph­ics. FREE | INKSCAPE.ORG/EN/

APC Australia - - Software - Alex Blake

Inkscape is a great free pro­gram for creat­ing vec­tors (scal­able graph­ics that won’t blur when you re­size them). It’s so good, in fact, that it’s a se­ri­ous al­ter­na­tive to pre­mium tools like Adobe Il­lus­tra­tor. Sim­ply put, if you can do it in Il­lus­tra­tor, chances are you can do it in Inkscape, and that’s pretty in­cred­i­ble for a piece of free soft­ware. If noth­ing else, give it a try to see how you find it; if it’s not for you, you haven’t lost a thing.

But don’t think it’s a pared-back, lim­ited of­fer­ing. Inkscape comes with all sorts of tools for ma­nip­u­lat­ing and creat­ing vec­tor graph­ics in­clud­ing a large range of fil­ters, lay­er­ing tools, shapes texts and fills.

You can also ma­nip­u­late im­age shapes, fill them with gra­di­ents, ap­ply fil­ters, group them with other lay­ers, con­vert them to paths, dis­tort them and so much more. There’s not enough space here to list ev­ery­thing that Inkscape can do, which just at­tests to how pow­er­ful it is. Since Inkscape is an X11 app, it runs a lit­tle slow and doesn’t have the in­tu­itive con­trol scheme you might find from some of its com­mer­cial equiv­a­lents, but once you get the hang of it, the fea­tures and (no) cost out­weigh the lim­i­ta­tions of the in­ter­face.

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