Getting Started in Inkscape

Take your first steps creating vector art for free

4.55 (677 reviews)
Graphic Design
2 hours
Jul 2018
last update
regular price

What you will learn

Students will be able to use the basic inkscape tools

Students will be able to create colourful and crisp vector graphics


This course is aimed at the complete beginner, where the very basics of Inkscape are learned. This section is great for getting started in vector art in general and Inkscape in particular.

Inkscape is highly acclaimed vector art software, and it is completely free and open source. If you want to get started creating vector art without splurging on license fees then this is a great place to start. Once you have gained the key skills you can easily and painlessly switch over to commercial software if you want. (Or you can continue using Inkscape of course!)

Contents of this section:

  • The interface
  • Basic shapes
  • Fill and Stroke
  • Gradients
  • Boolean functions
  • Layers
  • Bezier curves
  • Groups
  • Tracing

This course is completely free, and provides the prerequisites for my other Inkscape courses:

  • Creating Seamless Patterns and Tiles
  • Mastering the Filter Editor

You can also bundle the courses and buy "Creating 2D Textures in Inkscape" and get an additional two sections with of examples.


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The Interface
Basic Shapes and Selection Tool
Follow Along Exercise 1 - Basic Shapes
Fill and Stroke
Follow Along Exercise 2 - Gradients
Exercise - An Egg
Boolean Functions
Paths and Nodes
Follow Along Exercise 3 - Refining
Exercise - Yin Yang
Bezier Curves
Follow ALong Exercise 4 - Clouds
Exercise - An Owl
Tracing I
Tracing II
Exercise - Tracing
Follow Along Exercise 5 - Tracing the Eagle
Follow Along Exercise 6 - Tracing to Tree
Follow Along Exercise 7 - Putting it Together


August 21, 2021
I am new to Inkscape. Having heard that Inkscape is comparable to Adobe AI so I watched several online tutorials to design logo using Inkscape but it was hard for me to get started because I don't understand inkscape's capability and its features. This course provides a good introduction for beginner, who want to explore Inkscape. Thanks tuitor for making this tutorial a free course, I will definitely consider your paid courses first before browsing other similar courses.
July 31, 2021
Talks clearly , takes you patiently step by step through what the software can do . Simple and clear. Never felt lost at any point . After a few short videos I have already learned how to do a lot of things. Excellent !
April 17, 2021
A very good course for beginners. It provides you most of the basic things you need to venture into a more advanced level.
April 15, 2021
it's a nice course. I like the pace of it. nice and smooth. I also like the accent of the teacher! =)
March 29, 2021
The icons in the program are hard to see and don’t always match up with the icons I have in my version of Inkscape.
February 19, 2021
For someone who had no experience in photo editing, I am so thankful for this course. I came to learn about designing icons and am sure with a bit more practice, i will be excellent at it.
January 24, 2021
Great so far - thanks! One thing that caught me out - after a clean installation of Inkscape (on Mac), I couldn't understand why, when creating a rectangle, I saw nothing until I'd released the mouse buttons, and then just saw an outline. The reason was that, bizarrely, the default fill colour is white! I had to manually select blue. Then all my problems went away.
January 21, 2021
This is one of the best courses I ever had taken. There are some things which are not covered by other courses.
December 29, 2020
Before joining this class, I was intimidated by graphic design software in general. Despite knowing the little basics like "add text" and "crop image," I kept away from them. This course has helped me get rid of my uneasiness. I feel confident enough to experiment with the exercises here, to explore and am happy with my learning thus far. It's simple, easy to follow and hands-on. Thank you, Mr Paul.
December 14, 2020
This course was great until the last video, which seemed like it was accidentally uploaded to this course, but belonged to a separate course. Throughout the course, we built a sunset scene. However, in the last video, the scene changed to a rock and grass tile scene, which was not explained at all in the course. So, that threw me a bit. Otherwise, great intro course. I'll be checking out some of his other ones.
December 6, 2020
i found it very well suited for beginners who do not any kind of experience or knowledge about Vector Graphics..... i learned alot !!! thanks alot !!
November 26, 2018
tengo ventaja por que ya conozco programas de este tipo y para mí va lento, pero entiendo que para alguien que nunca ha tocado programas vectoriales es el ritmo normal.
November 24, 2018
With the instructor's pace, I found it very easy to have the course video open in one window, and an open window for Inkscape to follow along with. The concept of doing an exercise, and then viewing the solution was perfect for me.
November 19, 2018
So far this has been what I was hoping for. I have zero experience with Inkscape or Graphics editing in general, but need to learn it for work and also because I feel I can use it more with my photography ideas
November 12, 2018
Conocía del programa Inkscape pero nunca lo había usado a pesar de tenerlo instalado, simplemente no sabía por dónde empezar, ahora puedo decir que lo sé usar a nivel básico y es gracias a éste curso.



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