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Introduction to Inkscape

Inkscape is a free and open source graphic design software. It specializes in the creation of vector images. Vector images are usually created with computer programs. They are scalable i.e., they can made larger or smaller to fit our needs. Inkscape is usually used for making logos, illustrations, graphs, infographics, diagrams and line arts.

What can it do?

Inkscape can export images in SVG which is a vector image format supported by many modern browsers. It can also export images as PDF documents. This makes Inkscape suitable for both online and print media. Inkscape can also export images as PNG which is one of the most common image formats used on computers. Since it is an vector editor program, Inkscape can produce images of any resolution to fit any screen size and ratio.

The fact that Inkscape has so many features and the price is always zero makes it a compelling alternative for industry standard software like Adobe Illustrator. For context, Illustrator costs $19.99 for a yearly subscription or $29.99 with a monthly subscription. Many people don’t have or don’t want to pay that kind of money for a software program that they use once in a while. This makes Inkscape an attractive option for enthusiasts and hobbyists. If you do not work for a corporation that demands the use of a particular choice of software, Inkscape can be the right option for you.

Where can I get it?

Inkscape is also available for all the major platforms like Windows, MacOS and Linux. If you are a Linux user you may not have other corporate choices  like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw available for you. Many Linux builds have Inkscape preinstalled.

Inskcape is an offline tool and does not require any internet connection to  function properly. It is a light weight program which makes it suitable even for older hardware.

You can download Inkscape for free from