Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator’s Cookbook – Review

Title: Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator’s Cookbook

Authors: Mihaela Jurkovic, Rigel Di Scala

Publisher: Packt Publishing

109 recipes to create scalable vector graphics with Inkscape

That is the subtitle of this book. I really did not count up the number of recipes in the book, but there seems to be that many spread across 12 chapters.

  1. Creating and Editing Objects
  2. Editing Colors
  3. Speeding Up Your Workflow
  4. Creating and Editing Clones
  5. Live Path Effects
  6. Extensions
  7. SVG Filters
  8. Putting it All Together
  9. Raster and Almost Raster
  10. Web Graphics Preparation
  11. SVG in Websites
  12. Draw Freely

The book is very thorough and as can be seen from going over the table of contents, covers almost every nook and corner of Inskcape.

Though the book is intended for an audience of all levels of Inkscape expertise, in my opinion it is for intermediate to advanced level. Now there is nothing in the book that is actually hard for a beginner to understand. In fact, in some of the recipes, when it gets more complex, the book provides ample screenshots to help the reader. But in my opinion, just he amount of information provided in the book can be quite daunting. If an Inkscape beginner were to leaf through the book, they might be put off.

But for ones who have tested waters with Inkscape, or generally with vector illustration, this book is an invaluable reference for the current available version. Now, a person may not be needing everything mentioned in the book. In fact, for most of us who are using Inkscape at advanced level, we would only be using a sub-set of the features available with Inkscape. But this book would help us make sure that we know everything there is to know about the chosen subset of tools.

If you are a beginner to Inkscape or to vector graphics (or are thinking of suggesting this book to someone who is a beginner), then I would suggest you hold off on purchasing this book. Download Inkscape and install it, (it is not that hard), and doodle with it for a week or so. If you feel you are still interested in it, then go ahead and buy the book to see what Inkscape has to offer.

If you are an intermediate or advanced level of user, check the table of contents to see how much of the subset of tools it covers. The book is definitely worth buying and using it as your reference resource. The book will not make you more creative illustrator, but it will help you in applying your creative ideas.

Check out the sample chapter: Chapter 5 – Live Path Effects (PDF)

Disclaimer: Packt Publishing has sent me a reviewer’s copy of the book.


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