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Inkscape by Bethany Hiitola

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Creating your first vector graphic

In this section, we will show you how to create some basic vector graphics with shapes and paths in Inkscape (which thankfully doesn't require you to do any mathematical equations when using it) and export them in a couple of different formats.

Here are the standard shapes that are part of the SVG standard:

  • Rectangles, squares, and 3D boxes
  • Circles, ellipses, and arcs
  • Stars and polygons
  • Spirals

Creating a polygon

Let's break down creating our first graphic—a star—into many smaller substeps just to get started. We will do the following:

  • Open a new document
  • Create the polygon object
  • Change the object properties
  • Save our graphic

Let's get started!

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