O'Reilly logo

Inkscape by Bethany Hiitola

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Time for action — opening a new document

When you first open Inkscape, a new document is opened and you are ready to start. However, it uses a default canvas size of A4 and you may need to change the orientation and size for the graphic you are creating, as follows:

  1. Open Inkscape.
  2. If you need to create a new document, go to File | New. A menu appears with the predefined sizes Inkscape has for you.
  3. If you want to manually change your document properties, just go to the main menu and select File | Document Properties. You will see the Document Properties window displayed with a number of options for customizing your canvas size.
    Time for action — opening a new document
  4. If you want to change ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required