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Inkscape Valentine's Day Party Flyer 2 Tutorial


This Inkscape Tutorial gives you the illustrated step by step instructions to create a Valentine Day Party Flyer 2 using the Open Source Vector Graphics Editor - Inkscape.

Inkscape Valentine's Day Party Flyer
Inkscape Valentine's Day Party Flyer

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Steps


01: Document Setup
02: Insert Rectangle
03: Edit Path by Nodes
04: Duplicate Shape
05: Edit Shape Fill & Stroke
06: Arrange Shapes
07: Group & Flip Objects
08: Create Bezier Curve
09: Create Heart
10: Rotate Shape
11: Stroke Width
12: Free Fonts
13: Insert Text
14: Drop Shadow
15: Format Text
16: Arched Text
17: Save File

Step 01: Document Setup

Upon opening Inkscape, you will see a blank canvas. The Default Canvas Size is A4. Set this Size to Letter by going to the File Menu and selecting Document Properties.
Inkscape File Menu Document Properties
Inkscape File Menu Document Properties

This opens the Document Properties Window.

Inkscape Document Properties Window
Inkscape Document Properties Window

Select US Letter for the Page Size and in the General Section and Page Size Section, make sure to set Default Units and Units respectively to In for Inches.

Then hit the X in the upper right hand corner to close.



Step 02: Insert Rectangle

Inkscape Rectangle Tool
Inkscape Rectangle Tool
From the Toolbar located on the left side of the screen, select the Rectangle Tool.

Holding down your left mouse button, drag and draw a Rectangle on the page.

Inkscape Rectangle
Inkscape Rectangle

You'll notice that the Default Color of the Rectangle is Blue and that it is surrounded by 8 Sizing and Scaling Arrows.

On the Tool Controls Bar located just below the Menu Bar, you will see settings for Width and Height.

Inkscape Width & Height Settings
Inkscape Width & Height Settings

Set Width to 8.5 Inches and Height to 2 Inches. Hit your Enter Key to see the change. Move the Rectangle to the Top of the Canvas.

Inkscape Rectangle at Top of Page
Inkscape Rectangle at Top of Page


Step 03: Edit Path by Nodes

Inkscape Edit Path by Nodes Icon
Inkscape Edit Path by Nodes Icon
Next, select the Edit Path by Nodes Icon from the Toolbar. You could also just double click the Shape to make this Tool active.

Notice the change to the Tool Controls Bar and to the Shape.

Inkscape Convert Selected Object to Path Icon
Inkscape Converted Selected Object to Path Icon
On the Tool Controls Bar select the Convert Selected Object to Path Icon.

4 Tiny Nodes will appear at the 4 Corners of the Shape.

Inkscape Rectangle Nodes
Inkscape Rectangle Nodes

Drag your cursor over the bottom Nodes of this Shape to select them.

Inkscape Selected Node
Inkscape Selected Node
Selected Nodes appear Dark Blue.

Inkscape Insert New Nodes Icon
Inkscape Insert New Nodes Icon
Select the Insert New Nodes Icon once to Insert a Middle Node, then once more to insert 2 more Nodes.

Inkscape Inserted Nodes
Inkscape Inserted Nodes

Click in any white area to Deselect the Nodes.

Select the Last 2 Newly Inserted Nodes, by holding down your Shift Key as you select. Using your Arrow Key on your keyboard move these Nodes upward about an Inch.

Inkscape Moved Nodes
Inkscape Moved Nodes

Deselect the Nodes, then select the Middle Node and move Upward about 1/4 Inch. Deselect the Node, then drag your cursor over these 3 Nodes to select them.

Inkscape Auto Smooth Icon
Inkscape Auto Smooth Icon
Next select the Make Selected Nodes Auto Smooth Icon.

The Shape changes.

Inkscape Curved Shape Adjusted Nodes
Inkscape Curved Shape Adjusted Nodes



Step 04: Duplicate Shape

Let's create 2 Duplicates of this Shape. There are 4 ways to perform this step. You can go to the Edit Menu and select Duplicate.
Inkscape Edit Menu Duplicate
Inkscape Edit Menu Duplicate

You can right click over the Shape and select Duplicate from the Menu that appears.

Inkscape Menu Duplicate
Inkscape Menu Duplicate

The 3rd is to hold down your Ctrl and D Keys together.

The 4th way is to select the Duplicate Selected Objects Icon from the Commands Bar located on the right side of the screen.

Whichever way you choose, repeat in order to create 2 Duplicates. Your Duplicates are there even though you do not see them.



Step 05: Edit Shape Fill & Stroke

This step is just to make it easier to work with the Duplicates.

Select the 1st Duplicate, and at the bottom of the Window, you will see the Color Palette, click on a Color. This changes the Fill Color of the Shape.

Move this Shape down and select the 2nd. Set it's Fill to another Color. Move down so that Last Shape is in view.
Inkscape Colored Shapes
Inkscape Colored Shapes

Next select the Top Shape and set its Shape Fill to one of the Dark Reds.

Inkscape Set Stroke
Inkscape Set Stroke
Right click over the same Color and select Set Stroke from the Menu that appears.

Leave the Middle Shape as is and set the 3rd Shape to a slightly Lighter Shade of Red.

Inkscape Recolored Shapes
Inkscape Recolored Shapes



Step 06: Arrange Shapes

Select the Middle Shape.

Inkscape Lower Selection One Step Icon
Inkscape Lower Selection One Step Icon
On the Tool Controls Bar, select the Lower Selection One Step Icon.

Then using the Up Arrow Keys move this Shape Upward, until there is about 1/4 Inch of it still showing.

Inkscape Shape Lowered
Inkscape Shape Lowered

Next set both its Fill and Stroke to White.

Inkscape Lower Selection to Bottom
Inkscape Lower Selection to Bottom
Select the Last Shape and on the Tool Controls Bar select the Lower Selection to Bottom Icon.

Then start moving the Shape upward as well. Stop when about 1/4 Inch of this Shape is showing.

Inkscape Moving Shape
Inkscape Moving Shape

This is the resulting Multicolored Background Shape.

Inkscape Multicolored Background Image
Inkscape Multicolored Background Image