Inkscape is awesome for vector drawing and with a price tag of zero, noppes, nada, gratis it is sure software that should not be overlooked. Inkscape is also growing up fast. At VSD we try to use Inkscape as much as possible and we use it almost exclusively to achieve our professional portfolio. We like to share our knowledge in a series of short tutorials that add up to a design that is directly useful.
In this tutorial we use the powers of Inkscape to create a simple Japanese cherry blossom design that would look good as website background or on a creative business card. I am sure you'll find some use for it. The tutorial is suitable for the beginning Inkscape user.
Tools and techniques demonstrated: Gradient tool, Cloned Tiling, Duplicating vs Stamping, Spiro Curves, Layers.
File size: 8MB
Click on the "START" button in the center of the screen to start this video tutorial. The video can be paused at any time by clicking the pause button on the control bar at the bottom.
The design is made available for download in eps, Inkscape svg and in multiple colour png formats here.
Today, 28 January 2012, over 140,000 viewers have visited this page and our statistics show that it is still the most popular tutorial on this site. This tutorial is suitable for Inkscape version 0.47 and 0.48.
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