Master Lighting in Inkscape

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In this Guided Project, you will:

Navigate the Inkscape document setup and workspace.

Use Inkscape's fill, stroke, and path tools to create solid-color lighting effects.

Build lighting effects with Inscape’s linear and radial gradients.

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

By the end of this project, you’ll be able to control lighting and highlights for objects in Inkscape. Inkscape, a free and open-source vector graphics program, offers built-in tools that help you render objects with stylized or realistic lighting effects. Adding light means adding depth and dimension, and it can be surprising how much life an object can have once light effects are applied. To master lighting in Inkscape, you’ll practice with vector graphics tools and use three different methods to light up selected objects in Inkscape. You’ll start with a quick examination of light and how it works, then use those ideas to build better lighting with filters, complex shapes, and gradients. By the end of the project, you’ll create a sample of what each method looks like. 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

  • Inkscape
  • Vector Graphics
  • Graphic 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. Navigate the Inkscape workspace

  2. Examine light on an object, then apply lighting filters with Inkscape

  3. Create lighting effects in Inkscape with outlines and strokes

  4. Create solid-color highlights with Inkscape’s path functions

  5. Build lighting effects with Inscape’s linear and radial gradients

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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