Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design



Step 07: Adjust Line Segment

Then drag your cursor over the 3 newly added Nodes to select just them.

Inkscape X Coordinate of Selected Node
Inkscape X
Coordinate of
Selected Node
Drag these Nodes to the Left a couple of Inches or you can set the X Coordinate on the Controls Bar for precise movement.

Set this X Coordinate to 5.650".

Now these 3 Nodes will have been moved inward.

Inkscape Nodes Moved With X Coordinate
Inkscape Nodes Moved With X Coordinate

Inkscape Make Selected Nodes Symmetric Icon
Inkscape Make Selected Nodes Symmetric Icon
Keeping these Nodes selected, click on the Make Selected Nodes Symmetric Icon.

The Line Segment curves.

Inkscape Selected Symmetric Nodes
Inkscape Selected Symmetric Nodes

Click anywhere to deselect the Nodes.

Inkscape Middle Node Lower
Inkscape Middle Node Lower
You will see that the Middle Node is slightly lower than the other 2 Nodes.

Select the Middle Node and change its X Coordinate to 5.400".

Inkscape Arched Line Segment
Inkscape Arched Line Segment
Now the entire Line Segment appears to have just One Arc instead of 2.

Next select the Top and Bottom Right Nodes and set their X Coordinates to 8.200", so that both Nodes move away from the Right Page Margin.

Inkscape Adjusted Arc
Inkscape Adjusted Arc



Step 08: Create Custom Color

Create a New Rectangle with these dimensions - Width 3.2" and Height 11".

Give it a different Fill & Stroke Color than the first shape so that you can distinguish between the two.

Place this New Rectangle so that it completely covers the Arc.

Inkscape Rectangle Covers Arc
Inkscape Rectangle Covers Arc

Now we will create a Custom Color for this Rectangle.

Inkscape Commands Bar
Inkscape Commands Bar

Inkscape Fill & Stroke Icon
Inkscape
Fill &
Stroke
Icon
Move your cursor to the Commands Bar and select the Fill & Stroke Icon.

This opens the Fill & Stroke Docker on the right side of the screen.

Inkscape Fill & Stroke Docker
Inkscape Fill & Stroke Docker

On the Fill Tab you will see the RGB Color Values for the Black Rectangle - where R, G, & B are all set to 0.

Set the New Values to R 0, G 128 and B 128.

Inkscape New Flat Color RGB Values
Inkscape New Flat Color RGB Values

Hit Enter or click anywhere on the screen to see the New Color.

Inkscape Blue Rectangle with Black Outline
Inkscape Blue Rectangle with Black Outline
You can see that the Rectangle still has a Black Outline.

On the Fill & Stroke Docker, select the Stroke Paint Tab and apply the same RGB Values.

Inkscape Stroke Paint Tab
Inkscape Stroke Paint Tab

Now the Rectangle has a Solid Fill.

Inkscape Rectangle with Solid Fill
Inkscape Rectangle with Solid Fill



Step 09: Arrange Order

Select the Blue Rectangle. Go up to the Select Tool Controls Bar.
Inkscape Select Tool Controls Bar
Inkscape Select Tool Controls Bar

Inkscape Lower to Bottom Icon
Inkscape Lower to Bottom Icon
Select the Lower Selection to Bottom Icon.

This sends the Blue Rectangle behind the Gray Shape.

Inkscape Blue Rectangle Behind Shape
Inkscape Blue Rectangle Behind Shape


Step 10: Create Duplicate

Select the Gray Shape and hold down your Ctrl and D Keys together to create a Duplicate Shape.

Another way to create a Duplicate would be to go to the Menu Bar and select Edit > Duplicate.

Inkscape Edit Menu Duplicate
Inkscape Edit Menu Duplicate

Inkscape Duplicate Selected Objects Icon
Inkscape Duplicate Selected Objects Icon
A third way would be to select the Duplicate Selected Objects Icon from the Commands Bar.

A Duplicate Shape will be created.

It's hard to tell that a Duplicate has been created, but know that it is there.

Change the Fill & Stroke Color of this Duplicate to White.

Inkscape White Duplicate
Inkscape White Duplicate

You can either use the Color Palette at the bottom of the screen or the Fill & Stroke Docker.

Move the White Shape so that its Right Margin aligns with the Right Margin of the Flyer. You can use your Arrow Keys to do this.

Inkscape White Shape Moved Right
Inkscape White Shape Moved Right

Instead of sending this Duplicate all the way to the back of the Flyer, we need to send it just One Layer below.

Inkscape Lower Selection One Step
Inkscape Lower Selection One Step Icon
Select the Lower Selection One Step Icon.

Now that the Flyer has a Background, we can insert an Image next.

Inkscape Selection Lowered One Step
Inkscape Selection Lowered One Step



Step 11: Royalty Free Clip Art

Clker Necktie
Necktie
The Royalty Free Clip Art in this Happy Father's Day Flyer was downloaded from Clker.

The Clip Art is called Necktie.

Once the Image has been downloaded, you will need to place it into the flyer.


Step 12: Import Image

To Import the Image go up to the Menu Bar and select File > Import.
Inkscape File Menu Import
Inkscape File Menu Import

This will open the Select File to Import Window.

Inkscape Select File to Import Window
Inkscape Select File to Import Window
Locate the File that you wish to insert in the document, select it and click Import.

A Window appears asking if you wish to Link or Embed the Image. Select Embed and click OK.

Inkscape Link or Embed Image Window
Inkscape Link or Embed Image Window

Inkscape Rectangle with Gray Fill & Stroke
Inkscape Color Palette
The Imported Image appears with Rotation and Skewing Handles around it.

Set the Image Dimensions on the Tool Controls Bar.

Set Width to 1.97" and Height to 8".

Drag the Image over the Blue Background.

Inkscape Image and Background
Inkscape Image and Background

Now we can start adding Text to the Flyer.