It took a long wait, but Inkscape 0.47 was released on 24 November 2009. It has taken over a year of intensive development and refactoring, but Inkscape is slowly growing up. We use several vector applications at VSD, but as strong supporters of Open Source software, Inkscape holds a special place. We put up with some of its quirks and try to use the program wherever possible, as it has some seriously cool features.
One of the new additions to Inkscape is the possibility to use Spiro curves (Cornu spirals), which were introduced to the design world by Raph Levien.
In this tutorial I demonstrate the basics of Spiro curves in Inkscape at a slow pace and use it to create smooth flowing swirls.
This tutorial assumes no prior Inkscape knowledge, so it may be a tat slow if you are already familiar with Inkscape's interface and the more advanced features such as the path editor.
I know... I should have made a start button so you determine when the video rolls... it is not there (yet).. please have some patience while contents load. Feel free to comment if you have further suggestions for improvement or have questions about the techniques shown.
File size: 7 MB
The video starts automatically - just give it some time to load. Pause the tutorial at any time with the control bar just below it.
The main focus of Very Simple Designs is to provide digital resources that can be used for print and web design. While we fill the site to the brim with our professionally created vector stock, patterns and textures as well as brushes for Photoshop and Paintshop Pro, we offer everything free for personal use.