Inkscape Digital Photography Flyer Tutorial
This Inkscape Tutorial gives you the illustrated step by step instructions to create a Digital Photography Flyer using the Open Source Vector Graphics Editor - Inkscape.
Inkscape Digital Photography Flyer
01: Document Setup
02: Colored Background
03: Rectangle Setup
04: Fill and Stroke
05: Color Palette
06: Fill Both Rectangles
07: Add Text
08: Text and Font Window
09: Change Text Color
10: Add New Text
11: Create Star
12: Change Star's Color
13: Change Star's Opacity
14: Filter Effects
15: Rename Filter
16: Add Effects
17: Gaussian Blur Connection
18: Offset Connection
19: Merge Connection
20: Gaussian Blur - S D
21: Offset - Delta X and Y
22: Apply Drop Shadow
23: Royalty Free Images
24: Import Images
25: Give Image Border
26: Arrange Images
27: Save File
Step 01: Document Setup
Upon opening Inkscape Menu Bar
Inkscape, locate the Menu Bar.
Select Inkscape File Menu - Document Properties
File > Document Properties.
Inkscape Document Properties Window
This will open up the Document Properties Window.
You will notice tabs for Page, Guides, Grids, Snap, Color Management, and Scripting.
On the Page Tab where the Default Units is set to , select the px Down Arrow and choose for in Inches from the drop down window.
In the Page Size section select US Letter for .
8.5" x 11" Orientation will be set to Portrait by Default.
To close the window, simply click on the x in the upper right hand corner.
Now you can move on to creating your document.
Step 02: Colored Background
Now we will make 2 Rectangles that go side by side. Select the Inkscape
Rectangle Tool Rectangle Tool from the Tool Box.
(Flipped horizontally for the purpose of the Tutorial)
Step 03: Rectangle Setup
Then go up to the Inkscape Tools Control Bar
Tools Control Bar.
Set the Width to "4.24", Height to "11", Rx to "0", Ry to "0" and then change the last box to "in" for inches. Then draw the Rectangles on the canvas.
To the bottom left of the screen is the Step 04: Fill and Stroke Fill and Stroke Box.
Inkscape Fill and Stroke Box
If you double click on it, the Fill and Stroke Window will appear.
However, if you right click the Inkscape Edit Fill Menu
Fill Color in this Fill and Stroke Box, a menu to edit the Fill will pop up. Vice versa, if you right click the Stroke Color, a menu to edit the Stroke will pop up.
Step 05: Color Palette
Just above the Inkscape Color
Options Menu Fill and Stroke Box is the Color Palette. It should show the Default Inkscape
Inkscape Color Palette
To verify, click on the Arrow to the bottom right of the screen. A Inkscape
Arrow Color Menu will pop up. If you wanted to change the colors that you see, you could select one of the other options
on the menu.
Step 06: Fill Both Rectangles
Using the Inkscape Red &
Black Rectangles Select Tool click on the 1st Rectangle and set both its Inkscape
Select Tool Fill and Stroke to "Black" and the
Fill and Stroke of the 2nd Rectangle to "Maroon". It should look like this:
Select the Step 07: Add Text Text Tool on the Inkscape
Text Tool Tool Box and click anywhere on the canvas and start typing your blocks of
In this case we will start with the Title which is "Aiden's Digital Photography".
Go to the Command Bar and select the Text Properties Icon .
Inkscape Command Bar
This will open the Step 08: Text and Font Window Text and Font Window. Here you can change the Font Family, Style, Size, Layout and Line Spacing. You will also be able to see a Preview of your modifications.
In this case the Font Family is "Disko" which is a free Font that was downloaded at FontFreak. The Font Size is "56", Style is Italic and Layout is Centered. Click Apply then Close.
Inkscape Text & Font Window
Step 09: Change Text Color
Using the Inkscape Set Fill
& Stroke Menu Select Tool, select the Text then go down to the Color Palette and right click on the Color "White" and select Set Fill, this will change the Text to White. Then drag the Text to the desired spot on the flyer.
Inkscape White Title Text
It should look like this:
Step 10: Add New Text
Next we can add the remaining Inkscape Flyer with All White Text
Text to the document. The Font used is "Segoe Print" which you can also get at FontFreak.
Be sure to also make this Text White by setting the Fill to "White".
Next we will create a Step 11: Create Star Star with a Drop Shadow. To do this, click on the Star Tool on the Inkscape
Star Tool Tool Box.
Then go up to the Inkscape Tool Control Bar
Tool Control Bar.
Select the Star Icon, set Corners to "5" and Spoke Ratio to "0.550". Then
draw the Star anywhere on the canvas.