Vector graphics with Inkscape


Article from Issue 56/2005

When it comes to drawing with the computer, professionals often opt for vector graphics. Inkscape brings the power of vector graphics to Linux users. Our workshop demonstrates how to use the program.

Although you may be a genius with pen and paper, drawing directly on your computer will not always give you the glossy results you are looking for. When lines turn to squiggles, professionals turn to Bézier curves to help them draw smooth lines, with anchor points to define the path of the curve and tangents to define radii.

Even though major bitmap editors such as GIMP support Bézier curves, it takes a vector graphics program to leverage their true power [1].

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