Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design



Step 13: Free Fonts

Gabrielle Font
Gabrielle Font
The majority of Text on this Happy Father's Day Flyer uses the Gabrielle Font which was downloaded from FontFreak and created by Dieter Steffmann.

Desyrel Font
Desyrel Font
The Desyrel Font which was downloaded from FontSquirrel and created by Apostrophic Labs is the Font used above the Necktie.

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. For more information on Fonts and how to properly install them, visit the FlyerTutor Blog.


Step 14: Insert Text

Inkscape Text Tool
Inkscape Text Tool
Let's start with the lettering above the Tie. Select the Text Tool from the Toolbox.

Inkscape Typed Text
Inkscape Typed Text
Click anywhere on the page and type in the word Dad. Make sure each Letter is Uppercase and that you hit the Enter Key after each Letter so that the word becomes Vertical.

Inkscape Highlighted Text
Inkscape Highlighted Text
Drag your cursor over the Text to Highlight it.


Step 15: Format Text

Inkscape Text Tool Controls Bar
Inkscape Text Tool Controls Bar

Notice the Text Tool Controls Bar.

Click the Down Arrow on the Font Family List and select Desyrel.

Inkscape Font Family List
Inkscape Font Family List

Inkscape Formatted Vertical Text
Inkscape Formatted
Vertical Text
Right next to the Font Family Box is the Font Size Box. Type in 110 and hit your Enter Key.

Inkscape Tie with White Text
Inkscape Tie with White Text
Before placing this Black Text over the Black Tie, change the Fill & Stroke Colors to White. Now you have a striking Tie for Dad.

For the Flyer Title, "Happy Father's Day", set the Font Family to Gabrielle, with Font Size 80.

Inkscape Title with No Stroke
Inkscape Title with No Stroke

To add some more emphasis to this Title, open the Fill & Stroke Docker.

Inkscape Stroke Stlye Width
Inkscape Stroke Stlye Width

Click on the Stroke Style Tab. Set Width to 0.030 Inches.

Inkscape Flat Color Icon
Inkscape Flat Color Icon
Then go to the Stroke Paint Tab, and select the Flat Color Icon.

Set R to 0, G to 128 and B to 128 and hit Enter.

Now the once boring Title stands out.

Inkscape Title with Colored Stroke
Inkscape Title with Colored Stroke

Two more blocks of Text need to be added. The "My Hero" Text is set to Gabrielle, Font Size 72. The "I Love You Dad" Text is set to Gabrielle, Font Size 56.

Inkscape Align Center Icon
Inkscape
Align
Center
Icon
Select the Text Tool and click anywhere inside the first Text Block. On the Text Tool Controls Bar, select the Align Center Icon.

Inkscape Text Aligned Left
Inkscape Text Aligned Left

The Text will go from Left Alignment to Centered.

Inkscape Text Centered
Inkscape Text Centered

Repeat for the other Block of Text.

Now the Flyer is coming along nicely. All that is left to be added are the Hearts.

Inkscape Happy Father's Day Flyer Without Hearts
Inkscape Happy Father's Day Flyer Without Hearts

You may think this goes against the 10 Basic Design Principles, since Images are being added last.

In this case, we can make an exception, as it would be more difficult to add tiny Hearts all over the Flyer and then try to find space for blocks of Text.



Step 16: Create Bezier Curve

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Inkscape Bezier Tool
Select the Bezier Tool from the Toolbox.

We will draw just 1/2 of the Heart with this tool. Using the Left Margin of the Flyer as a guide, click on a Point on the Line to start the Bezier Curve.

Inkscape Bezier Straight Line
Inkscape Bezier Straight Line
Move your cursor to the Left, you will see a Red Straight Line.

Inkscape Bezier Curved Line
Inkscape Bezier Curved Line
Hold down your left mouse button and drag downward and out to the Left then release the mouse.

You will see that the line becomes Green and Arched.

Inkscape Bezier Red Curved Line
Inkscape Bezier Red Curved Line
Move your cursor downward and back towards the Gray Margin of the flyer. You'll see another Red Curved Line.

Inkscape Bezier Curve
Inkscape Bezier Curve
There, Double Click to exit the Bezier Tool and create the Bezier Curve.


Step 17: Create A Heart

Using the Select Tool, click on the Bezier Curve. Create a Duplicate.

Inkscape Flip Selected Objects Horizontally Icon
Inkscape
Flip Selected
Objects
Horizontally
Icon
Next, Flip this object from Left to Right, by clicking the Flip Selected Objects Horizontally Icon from the Select Tool Controls Bar.

Inkscape Flipped Object
Inkscape Flipped Object
The Duplicate becomes flipped over the Original.

Using the Arrow Keys, move this object to the Right until the End Points of the Original touch those of the Duplicate.

Inkscape Object Endpoints Meet
Inkscape Object Endpoints Meet

Drag your cursor over both Shapes to select them.

Inkscape Shapes Split Down Middle
Inkscape Shapes Split Down Middle

For another way to do this, you can also select One Shape, then hold down your Shift Key while you select the Other Shape.

Notice the Selected Shapes are split down the Middle.

On the Menu Bar select Path > Union.

Inkscape Path Menu Union
Inkscape Path Menu Union

Now the Two Shapes join to become One Heart.

Inkscape Path Union Forms Heart
Inkscape Path Union Forms Heart



Step 18: Apply Color & Rotation

Resize the Heart, setting both Height and Width to 0.650". Set Stroke Style Width to 0.85".

Inkscape Blue White Heart
Inkscape Blue White Heart
Heart Colors will alternate between White and R 0, G 128, B 128.

Inkscape White Blue Heart
Inkscape White Blue Heart
The Hearts with the Blue Fill can be made slightly larger for added contrast. Width & Height 0.80".

The Hearts have been added to the Flyer.

Inkscape Hearts Added to Flyer
Inkscape Hearts Added to Flyer

Inkscape Heart with Rotation Handles
Inkscape Heart with Rotation
Handles
Select the 1st Heart, then click on it again to reveal its Rotation Handles.

Click on a Corner Handle and drag to Rotate the Heart. Repeat for the other Hearts.

There you have it, you have created a Happy Father's Day Flyer in Inkscape.

Inkscape Happy Father's Day Flyer with Rotated Hearts
Inkscape Happy Father's Day Flyer with Rotated Hearts


Step 19: Save File

All that's left to do is Save the file.

Go to the Menu Bar and select File > Save.

Inkscape File Menu Save
Inkscape File Menu Save

This opens the Select File to Save to Window.

Inkscape Select File to Save to Window
Inkscape Select File to Save to Window

Browse to where you would like to save the file, create a File Name, then click Save.

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