Introduction to Inkscape on Linux

13 set 2023 1 min di lettura
Introduction to Inkscape on Linux
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Inkscape is free and open-source vector graphics software that lets you create and edit vector images such as illustrations, diagrams, line art, web graphics, and more. Available for many platforms, including Linux, Inkscape is a valid alternative to commercial software like Adobe Illustrator.


Most Linux distributions offer Inkscape in their official repositories. To install it on Ubuntu, for example, you can use the following command:

sudo apt-get install inkscape

User interface

Inkscape's interface is intuitively organized:

  • Toolbar: Contains icons for drawing tools, text, shapes, and more.
  • Properties panel: Here you can change the properties of the selected object, such as color, outline and transparency.
  • Layers pane: allows you to organize and manage the different layers of your drawing.

Creating Basic Shapes

Inkscape offers a number of tools for creating shapes such as rectangles, circles, and polygons:

  • Select the desired tool from the toolbar.
  • Click and drag on the canvas to draw the shape.

Modification and Transformation

Once you've created your shapes, you can easily edit them:

  • Select: Click on the shape with the selection tool.
  • Resize: Drag one of the corners of the selected shape.
  • Rotate: Click on the shape a second time and drag the rounded circles to rotate it.

Working with Text

Inkscape offers advanced text management tools:

  1. Select the text tool from the toolbar.
  2. Click on the canvas and start typing.
  3. Use the properties panel to change font, size and style.

Example of creating a simple logo:

  1. Select the rectangle tool and draw a square.
  2. Change its color to blue from the properties panel.
  3. Select the text tool and write your company name above the square.
  4. Adjust the size and font as desired.


Inkscape is a powerful tool for vector graphics, ideal for beginners and professionals alike. Thanks to its open-source nature and large user community, it is constantly updated and improved. If you're interested in vector graphics, Inkscape is definitely a tool worth exploring!

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