Inkscape Opensource Vector Drawing Software

Inskcape software allows you to create and edit drawings and vector paths

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About Inkscape software

Inkscape is a free vector graphics editing software program, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, and Xara X, using the standard or W3C Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

This free vector drawing software program was created from the Sodipodi project and a Gill code fork, a software program created by Raph Levien for the GNOME desktop. The primary goal of Inkscape is to create a powerful and easy-to-use drawing tool, fully compliant with XML, SVG and CSS standards.

Inkscape is available on Windows, Mac Os X, Linux, Ubuntu and OpenSUSE platforms.

Inkscape software allows you to create vector drawings and prepare usable vector paths for cutting or laser engraving.

Inkscape software helps you:

  • Create drawings and 2D shapes freehand or from pre-defined shapes (rectangle, oval, polygon, spiral, etc.) 
  • Transform, group, align, combine, and sequence 2D shapes
  • Fill in 2D shapes with solids, gradients, or patterns
  • Create dotted outlines, with several pre-defined dotted patterns
  • Convert shapes and texts into paths, especially to convert outlines into paths
  • Vectorize raster images by creating monochromatic or color paths (Bitmap vectorization)
  • Create texts based on pre-defined paths 
  • Create texts incorporated in a shape (with the text following the outline of the shape)
  • Create renderings 
  • Export to many vector design formats, SVG in particular

Vector files with Inkscape: List of Formats

Inkscape software supports importing:

  • The following photo file formats:
    Postscript, EPS, JPEG, PNG and TIFF

  • The following vector file formats:
    EPS and SVG

When exporting, svg files are back up with units in pixels. You should know that in Inkscape 90 dpi = 90 px = 1 inch = 25.4 mm (the conversion factor is different in Illustrator software).

There are very useful and easy-to-use plugins for Inkscape software, to design vector files to be used for laser cutting: 

Inkscape software is free and can be downloaded on the official website

Inkscape does not support 3D files. To create a 3D file, consult our tutorials and tips for making 3D models. 








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