Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design


Step 12: The Bezier Tool

Now we will put some Curved Text at the bottom of the Oval. This requires creating Text and a Curve.

The Text is "Create the Perfect Day!" Set Font Family to "Gabriola". Set Style to Normal. Set Size to "36". Set Layout to Left. Set the Fill to "White" and the Stroke to "Black".

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Inkscape
Bezier Tool
Go to the Tool Box and click on the Bezier Tool.

Hold the left mouse button down and then drag the mouse from Left to Rght.

Stop at about 2 inches then double click at the end of your line.

Inkscape Bezier Line
Inkscape Bezier Line
You should have a straight line with "2 End Points".


Step 13: The Path Tool

Select the Path Tool.
Inkscape Path Tool
Inkscape
Path Tool
Go to the middle of your line, hold down the left mouse button and drag downward until you get the desired curve.

Inkscape Edit Path - Curve
Inkscape Edit Path - Curve
Use the Select Tool to drag this curve to the bottom of the Oval so that you can see how they line up.

Move the "2 Arrows" in the upper left and right corners toward the Oval to make adjustments.


Step 14: Text on Path

Inkscape Text Menu - Put on Path
Inkscape Text Menu - Put on Path
Select both the Text and the Curve with the Select Tool while holding down the "Shift" Key. Then go to the Menu Bar and select Text > Put on Path.

Resulting in the following:
Inkscape Text on Curved Path
Inkscape Text on Curved Path


Step 15: Downward Curved Text

Next using the Text Tool, click on the beginning of the Text and press the Spacebar until Text is Centered. Go down to the bottom left of the screen and right-click on the Stroke Window and select Remove Stroke.
Inkscape Stroke Options
Inkscape Stroke Options


This will remove the Stroke from the Path and give you Curved Text on an invisible Path.
Inkscape Curved Text
Inkscape Curved Text

Inkscape Curved Text on Path
Inkscape Curved Text on Path



Now the Flyer should look like this.

Only the Title is missing.


Step 16: Format Text

To do this we will attempt Gradient Filled Shadowed Text on a Curved Path. First select the Text Tool, click anywhere on the canvas and start typing the title of the flyer, in this case "Bridal Pageant Boutique".

Then click on the Text Properties Icon and change the Font to Advert, which you can get from FontFreak, set Size to "48" and Center.
Inkscape Bridal Title Text
Inkscape Bridal Title Text


The Text will look like this:


Step 17: Upward Curved Text

Next redo the steps to create Text on a Path, only this time when you are using the Path Tool, drag the mouse upward so that you get an Upward Facing Curve.

Inkscape Bridal Text Curved Upward
Inkscape Bridal Text Curved Upward
Remember to move the curve above the Oval to make sure it lines up well. It should look this:


Step 18: Set No Stroke

Inkscape Object Menu - Fill & Stroke
Inkscape Object Menu - Fill & Stroke
Select the Path and go to the Menu Bar.

Click on Object > Fill and Stroke.

This will bring up the Fill and Stroke Window.

Click on the Stroke Paint Tab and then select the
Inkscape No Stroke Icon
Inkscape
No Stroke
Icon
for No Stroke.


Step 19: The Gradient Tool

Click on any White area on the canvas, then using the Select Tool, click on the newly curved Text again. Then select the Gradient Tool, hold the left mouse button down while over the Text and drag up through the Center of the Text. It should look like this:
Inkscape Black & White Gradient Text
Inkscape Black & White Gradient Text


You will notice a "Square" and "Circle" handle on either end of the Gradient Line. The line between them is the direction of the Gradient. The Handles also allow you to change the Colors of the Gradient.


Step 20: Change Gradient Colors

Go down to the Color Palette, click on the Arrow to the right and select Inkscape Default from the pop up menu.

Then click on the "Square Handle" and select one of the Orange Colors on the Color Palette.

Then select the "Circular Handle" and select Yellow.

Inkscape Colored Gradient Bridal Text
Inkscape Colored Gradient Bridal Text
The result is:


Step 21: Filter Effects

Inkscape Objects Menu - Filter Effects
Inkscape Objects Menu - Filter Effects
Next we will add a Drop Shadow.

To do this, go to the Objects Menu > Filter Effects.

This will open the Filter Effects Window.



Step 22: Rename Filter

To create the Fill Effect, click on New.

Inkscape Filter Effects Window - Rename Filter
Inkscape Filter Effects Window - Rename Filter
In the Filter Column, you will see Filter1.

To change this Text, right click on Filter1 and select Rename.

Inkscape Filter Drop Shadow
Inkscape Filter Drop Shadow
Type in "Drop Shadow".


Step 23: Add Effects

Inkscape Filter Effects Window - Add Effect
Inkscape Filter Effects Window - Add Effect
Move over to the Add Effect button.

Select the down arrow and select 3 Effects, Gaussian Blur, Offset and Merge, clicking Add Effect after each one.



Step 24: Gaussian Blur Connection

Inkscape Gaussian Blur & Source Alpha
Inkscape Gaussian Blur & Source Alpha
Click on the Little Gray Triangle on the right side of Gaussian Blur, while holding the left mouse button down, drag a line to Source Alpha.


Step 25 : Offset Connection

Inkscape Offset & Gaussian Blur
Inkscape Offset & Gaussian Blur
Click on the Offset Triangle and drag to Gaussian Blur if this one is not already done for you.



Step 26: Merge Connection

Inkscape Triangle - Offset - Source Graphic
Inkscape Triangle - Offset - Source Graphic
Connect the First Merge Triangle to Offset and the Second Triangle to Source Graphic.






Step 29: Apply Drop Shadow

Inkscape Drop Shadow Check
Inkscape Drop Shadow Check
Click on the Select Tool, click on the Image you want to add the Shadow to, then go back to the Filter Effects Window and select the Check Box for Drop Shadow in the Filter Column.

Inkscape Bridal Text with Drop Shadow
Inkscape Bridal Text with Drop Shadow
The Shadowed Text will look like this:


Step 30: Save File

Inkscape Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer
Inkscape Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer
Use the Text Tool to position the Text above the Oval. Now you have a completed flyer.

Go to File > Save. It will be saved as a Scalable Vector Graphic (svg) file by default.

You've been able to successfully create a Bridal Flyer using this Inkscape Tutorial.

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