The first video in a new How Two series on Font Art in Inkscape! People have wanted to do more with text for their designs and that is what this series is all about!
Font Art in Inkscape
In this video we introduce the series and share the basics of text and it’s manipulation in Inkscape. These techniques are the building blocks for the cooler Font Art we show you how to create later in the series. You won’t be creating SVGs just yet. We wanted to give a solid foundation in Inkscape and text to work from first.
We aren’t stretching this one out though, so you won’t have to wait long! We will be releasing a new video every day this week in to Saturday as we go through the five videos in this series.
How Two Reference Sheet
At the end of this series we will be making one page featuring all the videos and all the reference sheets on one page. Just like we did with our Coloring Book SVG series where we showed you how to make your own SVGs by tracing pictures in Inkscape.
For now, here is the reference sheet to use as a guide when trying out these techniques in Inkscape.
Only download applications from their official sites! Other sites may not have your best interests at heart. These applications are freely distributed products, you should never have to buy them to use them.
- Get Inkscape at: http://inkscape.org – The ‘Downloads’ menu will let you choose Windows or Mac OS X.
- Windows users will want to choose the ‘Installer’ link.
Mac OS X Users
The Mac version of Inkscape available through their website is actually 0.48.2 not 0.48.4 which is available for Windows. A developer has made a build of 0.48.4 for the Macintosh that also runs as a self-contained application and does not need XQuartz installed. Another benefit is that more of the keys work properly, such as the ALT + Arrow keys combination. Sorry, the ALT+ [ ] keys still don’t rotate text on OS X in this one either.
You can get his version at the link below. Go to the Latest folder and then download the “osxmenu” version, not the “devel” development version. I have been running this version on my Mac for over a month now without any issues. At Crafts By Two we always tell people to download from the official site, but in my use I feel this is a safe version. This is the version we use in these videos.
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