Build a Custom Profile Avatar with Inkscape

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In this Guided Project, you will:

Navigate the Inkscape workspace and shape tools, and create vector graphics.

Draw basic and complex shapes from scratch using Inkscape’s shape tools and path functions.

Customize an avatar and create a background.

Clock2 hours
BeginnerBeginner
CloudNo download needed
VideoSplit-screen video
Comment DotsEnglish
LaptopDesktop only

By the end of this project, you will build a customized profile avatar in Inkscape—a free, open-source graphics program. You’ll build complex shapes that can be expanded and resized without losing image quality, so you can resize and use the same image in different social media profiles and on other websites. You will practice working with vector graphics, including path editing, and you will feel comfortable using Inkscape to build basic and complex shapes, using align commands to accurately and easily position those shapes, and adding color and stroke to create eye-catching images. To build these skills, you’ll build a custom avatar from scratch, then add details and color to customize your profile. Note: This course works best for learners who are based in the North America region. We’re currently working on providing the same experience in other regions.

Skills you will develop

CreativityVector Graphics EditorGraphic Design

Learn step-by-step

In a video that plays in a split-screen with your work area, your instructor will walk you through these steps:

  1. Get Used to Inkscape

  2. Draw Basic Shapes in Inkscape

  3. Draw Complex Shapes

  4. Move and Accurately Align Shapes

  5. Customize an Avatar and Create a Background

How Guided Projects work

Your workspace is a cloud desktop right in your browser, no download required

In a split-screen video, your instructor guides you step-by-step

Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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