This tutorial gives the illustrated step by step instructions to create a Fall Fest Flyer using the Free Professional Graphic Design Application - Inkscape.
Fall Fest Flyer
Fall Fest Flyer
Step 01: Document Setup
Upon opening Inkscape, locate the Menu Bar.
Select File > Document Properties.
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 px, select the Down Arrow and choose in for 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: Create RectangleThe first thing that you will add to this Flyer will be a Rectangle. Go to the Tool Bar and select the Rectangle Tool. Notice that this will change the Tool Properties Bar, which is located above the Flyer/Canvas.
You'll see that the Width and Height boxes are grayed out. Draw a Rectangle at the bottom of the page. Once this is done, the Width and Height boxes will change to allow you to edit the Rectangle Dimensions.
On the Tool Properties Bar, the last box allows you to change the measurement type. Here it is set to px for Pixels. When you select the down arrow a drop down menu will appear that has different measurement types to choose from.
pt for Points
px for Pixels
mm for Millimeters
cm for Centimeters
m for Meters
in for Inches
Choose in for Inches.
Then go over to the Width Box and enter "8.05" in, and set the Height Box to "0.46" in.
Note that this gives you a Rectangle without rounded corners.
Step 03: Set Rounded CornersTo Round the corners of the Rectangle go back to the Tool Properties Box and set Ry (which is the Vertical Radius of Rounded Corners) to 0.09 in. Click on any white area outside of the Flyer to deselect the Rectangle.
It should look like this:
Step 04: Rounded Rectangle ColorNow we need to change the Rounded Rectangle's Color. To do this, first go to the Toolbar and pick the Select Tool.
Using this tool, click on the Rounded Rectangle. Proceed to the Tool Bar and select the Fill and Stroke Icon. This opens the Fill and Stroke Window.
The Fill Tab will be active. Select the Flat Color Icon
(the second icon in the Fill Tab).
This will show the Flat Color Options with Tabs for RGB, HSL, CMYK & Wheel.
Under RGB, set R to 255, G to 102, and B to 0 by entering the desired number or using the up and down arrows to change the visible figures.
This changes the Rounded Rectangle's Fill from the previous color to our desired Orange color.
So that your flyer should look like this:
Step 05: Multicolored Rounded Rectangle BarOk, now using what we've just learned we will now create a Multicolored Rounded Rectangle Bar. Draw 4 Rectangles and place them side by side. We will use the following dimensions for each Rectangle:
1st Rectangle's Dimensions: W 2.16, H 0.48, Ry 0.11
2nd Rectangle's Dimensions: W 1.65, H 0.48, Ry 0.11
3rd Rectangle's Dimensions: W 2.16, H 0.48, Ry 0.11
4th Rectangle's Dimensions: W 1.35, H 0.48, Ry 0.11
With the Rectangle Tool still selected, click on the First Rectangle. Set the Dimensions (remember to use the Tool Property Bar). Repeat steps for the other Rectangles. They will all have the last Fill Color applied which was our Custom Orange. Before applying the new Colors to the Rectangles, let us align and adjust them.
Step 06: Align Rounded RectanglesLook at the Ruler on the left side of the screen.
Pick a number with which to line up your 4 Rectangles, let's say a random number 6. Using the Select Tool, click on the first Rectangle and drag it over to this number 6 on the ruler.
Then select the Zoom Tool from the Tool Bar, and click to zoom in as far as you would like to go. Reselect the Rectangle and move it so that it lines up with this 6. Then do this for every other Rounded Rectangle.
Once you have lined up all 4 Rectangles, go up to the Menu Bar and select the Zoom to Fit Page in Window Icon.
Using the Select Tool, move the Rectangles to the right of each other so that there is a tiny space between each Rectangle.
So that the flyer should look like this: