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Inkscape: the free cross-platform vector graphics software

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

In graphic design, we usually use Adobe Illustrator to construct basic, line-based icons and logos, which are then transformed into more complex patterns and designs. Yet, Adobe Illustrator is not your only choice for image processing. Inkscape, the free vector graphics software we are going to introduce, has functional capabilities that are comparable to Illustrator, perfectly meeting your needs.

Q: What is Inkscape?

A: Inkscape is an open source vector graphics software that can be used on Windows, Mac, Linux and other operating systems. It also supports .cdr (CorelDraw), .ai (Adobe Illustrator) and other formats. One thing to note is, thanks to its easy-to-understand interface, Inkscape is the digital drawing software of choice in many primary and secondary schools in China for teaching art and design subjects.

Q: What features does Inkscape have?

A: As a full-featured and easy-to-use vector drawing software, Inkscape includes many similar editing features to Illustrator for SVG shapes, helping users perform basic operations on points, lines, faces, circles, rectangles and curves. In addition, advanced operations such as node editing and path manipulation can be performed in Inkscape. Inkscape also supports special color effects such as gradients and transparencies to make your work more vibrant and attractive.

Q: Why should I learn to use Inkscape?

A: Because Inkscape is the best alternative to Illustrator. Compared to Illustrator, Inkscape has a simpler interface and is easier to use, making it ideal for those who are new to vector drawing or for amateur graphic designers. As an open source software, Inkscape can be downloaded for free. Users do not have to be burdened by subscription costs.

To learn more about Inkscape and other graphic design concepts, why not take a look at the "DECT Career Course Guide - Image Processing With Design Practice, GIMP & INKSCAPE Introductory Workshop", jointly organized by Krystal Institute and Neng Yan College. During the workshop, our instructors will share professional techniques, practical tips and spiritual insights with the support of practical examples throughout the entire design process to enhance your knowledge of image processing and graphics design.

For more information about the course, please visit the following link:

We are also running a free workshop which you can now register by clicking on the link below. Places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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