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The Book of Inkscape--New from No Starch Press: The Definitive Guide to Drawing and Designing with Inkscape

September 22, 2009

The Book of Inkscape San Francisco, CA, September 23, 2009—Inkscape is a free graphics editor that competes with expensive programs like Adobe® Illustrator. The favorite tool of designers who use it daily to create professional-quality illustrations and graphics, Inkscape has lacked comprehensive documentation—until now.

In The Book of Inkscape (No Starch Press, September 2009, 480 pp., $44.95, ISBN 9781593271817, color insert), core Inkscape developer Dmitry Kirsanov shares his hands-on experience with Inkscape. This complete, heavily illustrated guide walks readers through basic drawing techniques and shows them how to transform objects; add text and shapes; and create business cards, animations, and technical and artistic drawings.

"Like many open source applications, Inkscape really needs a comprehensive guide. I'm excited that The Book of Inkscape will be the first," said No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock. "As an Inkscape developer, Dmitry has been living and breathing the software for years and his book beautifully combines his accumulated knowledge with clear exposition."

The Book of Inkscape teaches readers how to:

  • Navigate the canvas and customize their workspace and views
  • Create new objects and then transform, style, clone, and combine them
  • Use drawing tools, strokes, and Bézier curves
  • Work with gradients, patterns, filters, and path effects to liven up their work
  • Use the XML Editor to view and manipulate the structure of their artwork
  • Work with layers, groups, object order, and locks to control their images
  • Export their artwork to various formats

Artists new to Inkscape will find The Book of Inkscape invaluable, and experienced users will find in it the detailed information on using Inkscape features that they've been hoping for. The Book of Inkscape is sure to become the go-to guide for any Inkscape user.

For more information or to request a review copy of The Book of Inkscape, contact Travis Peterson at No Starch Press (nostarchpr@oreilly.com, +1.415.863.9900, x300), or visit www.nostarch.com.

About the Author
Dmitry Kirsanov (http://www.kirsanov.com) is a core Inkscape developer, author, and graphic designer, specializing in website and logo design.

Additional Resources
Chapter 10: "Gradients and Patterns" (PDF)
Chapter 19: "Designing a Business Card" (PDF)
Table of contents overview
Detailed table of contents (PDF)
Index (PDF)
Large cover image

The Book of Inkscape The Book of Inkscape
by Dmitry Kirsanov
September 2009, 480 pp
ISBN 9781593271817, $44.95 USD

Available in fine bookstores everywhere, from www.oreilly.com/nostarch, or directly from No Starch Press (http://www.nostarch.com/, orders@nostarch.com, 1-800-420-7240).

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