Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design


Step 07: Multicolored Rectangle Bar Fill

Repeating the steps to set Fill Color, set the following:

Rectangle 1 - R 128, G 51, B 0

Inkscape Brown R 128 G 51 B 0
Inkscape Brown R 128 G 51 B 0

Rectangle 2 - R 255, G 102, B 0

Inkscape Orange R 255 G 102 B 0
Inkscape Orange R 255 G 102 B 0

Rectangle 3 - R 212, G 170, B 0

Inkscape Gold R 212 G 170 B 0
Inkscape Gold R 212 G 170 B 0

Rectangle 4 - R 102, G 128, B 0

Inkscape Green R 102 G 128 B 0
Inkscape Green R 102 G 128 B 0

So that your Flyer will now look like this:

Inkscape Multicolored Bar
Inkscape Multicolored Bar


Step 08: Group Multicolored Bar

Before moving on, we will group the Multicolored Bar so that none of the Rectangles accidentally get moved out of line with the others.

Inkscape Select Tool
Inkscape Select Tool
To do this, click on the Select Tool from the Tool Bar, and while holding down the left mouse button drag the cursor over the 4 Rectangles.

Inkscape Group Selected Objects Icon
Inkscape Group Selected Objects Icon
Click on the Group Selected Objects Icon on the Menu Bar. Movement of the entire Multicolored Bar will now be much easier.

Inkscape Menu Ungroup
Inkscape Menu Ungroup
If for some reason you need to make a change to one or more of your Rounded Rectangles, simply select the bar, right click the mouse, and select Ungroup from the popup menu.

Inkscape Ungroup Selected Objects Icon
Inkscape Ungroup Selected Objects Icon
To make this step even simpler, select the Ungroup Selected Objects Icon located on the Menu Bar.


Step 09: Royalty Free Images

With this done, we can now focus on adding Images to the Flyer. The Royalty Free Images for this Fall Fest Flyer were downloaded from PublicDomainPictures.

Autumn Still Life Image
Autumn Still Life Image
The Top Image is called Autumn Still Life.

Sweet Conker Image
Sweet Conker Image
The Bottom Image is called Sweet Conker. Both Images were taken by Petr Kratochvil.

Once your Images have been downloaded, you will need to place them into the Flyer.



Step 10: Import Images

To place the New Images, go to File > Import.
Inkscape File Menu - Import
Inkscape File Menu - Import

This will open the Select File to Import Window.

Inkscape Import File Window
Inkscape Import File Window

After you've located the file, click the Open button at the bottom right of the window.

Inkscape Imported Image
Inkscape Imported Image
Your Image will appear with 8 Arrows around it.


Step 11: Resize Image

Inkscape Image with Resizing Arrows
Inkscape Image with Resizing Arrows
To Resize the Image, move your mouse over one of the corner arrows and while holding down the Ctrl key ( to keep Proportional Image) drag the mouse to decrease the Size of the Image, then move into place on the Flyer.

Click in any white area on the canvas to deselect the Image.

Repeat these steps to place the 2nd Image, so that both Images on the Flyer should look like this:

Inkscape Images on Fall Fest Flyer
Inkscape Images on Fall Fest Flyer



Step 12: Free Fonts

Next we can start adding Text to the Flyer.

For the Fall Fest Title, the Font used is Kingthings Annex by Kevin King, which was downloaded from FontFreak.

Kingthings Annex Font
Kingthings Annex Font

This Font was picked especially because of all the foliage that comes with it, going well with the theme of the Flyer - Fall. If you want to view more of Kevin King's Free Fonts check out his website at KingthingsFonts.

(Note for a newly downloaded Font to be usable on your machine, you must first install it. Any Font installed while Inkscape is open, will not be visible in the Font List. To correct this, you must first restart the Inkscape Program after Font(s) installation.)



Step 13: Insert Text

Inkscape Text Tool
Inkscape
Text Tool
To insert the Text, go to the Tool Box and select the Text Tool.

Click anywhere on the page and type "Fall Fest". Go to the Tool Properties Bar, click the First Down Arrow and select KingThings Annex from the Font List, then set the Font Size to "144" by clicking on the Next Down Arrow to the right and selecting "144" or you can just click in the box and type in that number, whichever is faster for you.

The Font should look like this:

Inkscape Fall Fest Title
Inkscape Fall Fest Title



Step 14: Edit Text Color

Inkscape Fill & Stroke Icon
Inkscape Fill & Stroke Icon
To change the Color of the Text, hold down the Left mouse button, drag the mouse to select only the word "Fall".

Once selected, go up to the Menu Bar and click on the Fill and Stroke Icon.

In the Fill Tab set R to 68, G to 85, and B to 0.

Inkscape Text with Green Fill
Inkscape Text with Green Fill

Repeat this step for "Fest" and set R to 212, G to 170, and B to 0.

Inkscape Text with Gold Fill
Inkscape Text with Gold Fill

Use the Select Tool to move your Text to the Top Center of the Flyer.

The Colored Title will look like this:

Inkscape Multicolored Fall Fest Title
Inkscape Multicolored Fall Fest Title

When added to the Flyer, it should look like this:

Inkscape Fall Fest Flyer with Images & Colored Title
Inkscape Fall Fest Flyer with Images & Colored Title


Step 15: Add & Format New Text

Now to add the remaining text. Originally, when I first did this Fall Fest Flyer (years ago), I downloaded a Font called Segoe Print from FontFreak.com and it was Freeware at the time. Now it no longer is available there, seems you have to purchase it for both personal and commericial purposes. Unless you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 running on your machine or you use Microsoft Office 2007 or Microsoft Office 2010. Seems these fonts are now bundled with these programs.

So for those of you without any of these, you'll have to find a free Font that goes well with this Flyer. Again, check out FontFreak and verify that you can use a Font by checking its License.

Ok, back to the Font. Set the "Saturday" text to "Segoe Print", Size 40, Centered and Bold.
Inkscape Center Icon
Inkscape
Center Icon
To Center, with text selected, click on the Center Icon which can be found on the right side of the Font Size Box.

Inkscape Bold Icon
Inkscape
Bold Icon
Set Text to Bold by clicking on the Bold Icon. Move your text into place using the Select Tool.
The "Craft" text is "Segoe Print", Size 48, Aligned Left
Inkscape Align Left Icon
Inkscape
Align Left
Icon
and Bold. Again move the text into the proper position on the Flyer. The "Children" text is "Segoe Print", Size 32 and Centered.

The "Address" text is "Segoe Print", Size 23 and Aligned Left.
Inkscape
Inkscape Inkscape Menu Bar





Inkscape
Inkscape Inkscape Menu Bar
Move into position on the Orange Colored Bar making the Bar appear to be the background for the Text.

Inkscape
Inkscape Inkscape Menu Bar



Step 16: Save File

Inkscape File Menu - Save
Inkscape File Menu - Save
To save your file, go to File > Save. It will be saved as a Scalable Vector Graphic (svg) file by default.

There you have it, we have created an eyecatching, vibrant, colorful Fall Fest Flyer by implementing a very simple step by step process.

Your completed Fall Fest Flyer using the OpenSource Professional Graphic Design Application - Inkscape should look like this:

Inkscape Fall Fest Flyer
Inkscape Fall Fest Flyer
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