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9. Drawing with Inkscape

Steve Oualline and Grace Oualline1

(1)San Diego, California, USA

Inkscape is a Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) editor. Most images you see on a computer are raster images made up of a bunch of dots. In other words, the lines you see on the page are really a series of small dots. If you zoom a lot, you’ll see a rough line consisting of a bunch of big dots.

SVG graphics contain a description of the image. For example, a line on the page consists of a command to the program such as “Draw a line of 1.0 width from point (0, 0) to point (6, 3).”

You can use Inkscape ...

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