Should I Include Inkscape?

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott on February 14, 2007

What I’m wondering is, should I include Inkscape as a tool for the tutorials on this blog? It’s another open-source application which does vector paths a lot better than the GIMP’s GFig plugin and I could make things like the Web 2.0 violators look a million times better. I’d still try to do everything here with the GIMP whenever possible, only using Inkscape when I felt it could accomplish the task in a way the GIMP could not.

I don’t know how to do one of the fancy polls, so just post a comment with your opinion please. Thank you.

Update: It seems like the overwhelming majority would appreciate some Inkscape content. Havoc makes a very good point though. I’m a very busy guy. I’m a husband and a father. I have a full time job, and I am also taking a couple of courses at the local University. My time is Precious. However, one of the benifits of my job is that when things are going well, I can pretty much research and do what I please. I’m not terribly familiar with Inkscape, but since people (including myself) feel that it is a valuable addition, I will make an effort to include it when appropriate. After all, one of the reasons I started this project is to learn new things. So far, there’s really only been one post where it would have made a difference in my opinion, so there may not be much call for it.

Thank you everyone. I really appreciate the input.

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  1. funi said, on February 14, 2007 at 6:50 am

    I really enjoy this blog, thank you very much for all the time you spend on it!

    If you want to, and have the time, please include Inkscape also!
    It is a great tool!

  2. mw said, on February 14, 2007 at 6:55 am

    I agree, only if you have time to do all of this. Thanks for the great tutorials. I’ve enjoyed them and have been using them.

  3. Albertosky said, on February 14, 2007 at 7:05 am

    I suggest to use both (Inkscape or Xara and Gimp), so we can have a comparison and leaving to the reader the final choice. If you can’t afford this work (it can be a time-consuming work), then use only Inkscape.

  4. Glenn said, on February 14, 2007 at 7:42 am

    Yeah Inkscape is cool :)

  5. Anders said, on February 14, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Yes, I think that would be cool! Thanks for the initiative, I look forward to reading your blog going forward (I’ve subscribed as of today :-)

  6. Eric said, on February 14, 2007 at 8:06 am

    I say go for it! I have been searching for some tutorial that shows a realistic workflow using GIMP, Inkscape and other FOSS tools. Keep up the excellent work!

  7. Cristiano said, on February 14, 2007 at 8:14 am

    Yes! And Xara LX too!

    And a pony. I want a pony.


  8. trybik said, on February 14, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Definetly Inkscape.. vector graphics flexibility/reusability is priceless… for everything else there’s MasterCard=]

  9. Karlisson said, on February 14, 2007 at 8:48 am

    I think you should…

  10. Christopher said, on February 14, 2007 at 9:02 am

    If you can and you have the time, I would encourage it.

  11. heathenx said, on February 14, 2007 at 9:12 am


    Personlly, I think GIMP and Inkscape go hand in hand (like Photoshop and Illustrator).

  12. Gleb said, on February 14, 2007 at 9:15 am

    Yes please, this would be very useful. I’m particularly interested in icon design using both Inkscape and GIMP. Thank you.

  13. havoc said, on February 14, 2007 at 9:15 am

    Are you using Inkscape? If you’re using it anyway, I guess it’s okay, but you can already see from the previous comments that it’s a slippery slope. What about Xara? What about Krita? What about X?

    I’d encourage you to stick to your strengths and your passions. If inkscape is part of that, go for it. Don’t get buried under an avalanche of things you don’t have that burning passion for.

    I like this site, I’d hate to see it die because you burned out.

  14. Peter Gasston said, on February 14, 2007 at 9:19 am

    I would love it if you included Inkscape too!

  15. heathenx said, on February 14, 2007 at 9:46 am

    You mentioned drawing Web 2.0 style violators in Inkscape. Something like this can be done in just a minute or two in Inkscape. If one follows the typical Photoshop tutorial for drawing violators, it takes 50 steps (exaggerating for effect).

  16. Richard Querin said, on February 14, 2007 at 9:59 am

    I’m a huge Inkscape fan, so my heart says include it, but you might be taking on a bit too much to chew and might regret it. There are many times I see a tutorial or example done in Photoshop (or the GIMP) where I know the same (or very similar) thing could be done in Inkscape in half the time. I’m almost inclined to favour a separate ‘Adapting bitmap tutorials for Inkscape’ blog.

    It would be a lot of work to provide both GIMP adaptation and Inkscape adaptation. Maybe one of the smart commenters here should shadow your blog and provide an Inkscape variation on the GIMP variation of a given Photoshop tutorial. ;)

    Boy you’ve really stepped into this time eh?

  17. Richard Querin said, on February 14, 2007 at 10:00 am


    heathenx, fancy meeting you here! :)

  18. Chris said, on February 14, 2007 at 10:05 am

    Inkscape tutorials would be useful for me, too. GIMP and Inkscape would cover a lot of bases, hoewever I’m still trying to find an open source program that does what Fireworks can do – i.e. vector and raster sittin’ in a tree..

    But, like havoc says, don’t burn yourself out. This is a fantastic resource which deserves to be kept going.

  19. Trevor said, on February 14, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Yes, definitely go for Inkscape too!

  20. heathenx said, on February 14, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    @Richard Querin

    Likewise, Richard.

  21. Josie said, on February 14, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Yes, I think you should. I need to learn to use Inkscape and GIMP.

  22. Kim said, on February 27, 2007 at 2:14 pm


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